News headlines in April 2009, page 2

  1. ENVIRONMENT: Israel Stripping West Bank Quarries

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Israeli human rights organisation Yesh Din is taking the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), the Israeli civil administration and a number of Israeli mining companies to court.

  2. MIDEAST: A Former 'Terrorist' Speaks Out

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    A former high-level Palestinian resistance fighter, who spent years on the run from Israel's security forces, has just been appointed to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, and made honorary theatre director.

  3. RIGHTS: Roma Seek to Flee Czech Republic

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    The situation of Roma in the Czech Republic has always been bad, but growing right-wing extremism has taken tensions to new levels, driving many to seek asylum in Canada.

  4. MAY DAY: Europeans Begin to See Red

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    European unions are facing a difficult choice this May Day between holding protests to protect workers' interests, or holding off to avoid a further deepening of the economic recession.

  5. MIDEAST: Hamas Gaining International Legitimacy

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Delegations from the rival Fatah and Hamas organisations have again failed in Cairo to bridge their differences meant to usher in a Palestinian unity government, but this has in no way slowed inroads which the Islamist movement has been making to increase its international legitimacy - much to Israel's concern.

  6. NEPAL: People's Voices: Reflecting on the Republic

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Maoist hammer and sickle graffiti from last year's constituent assembly (CA) election is still fresh on the walls all around Gorkha Bajar. This historic town, some 150 km west of the capital Kathmandu, used to be a Maoist stronghold during the 'peoples war' from 1996-2006.

  7. US: Culture of Unpunished Sexual Assault in Military

    Wednesday, April 29, 2009

    Sexual assault of women serving in the U.S. military, while brought to light in recent reports, has a long tradition in that institution.

  8. POLITICS-US: Rights Groups Still Waiting for Obama to Deliver

    Wednesday, April 29, 2009

    While human rights and open-government groups are generally pleased with President Barack Obama’s rhetoric during his first 100 days, some are sceptical that he will deliver on his promises.

  9. ANGOLA: No Law to Stop Domestic Violence

    Wednesday, April 29, 2009

    Teresa Barros’ problems started last year with the death of her baby.

  10. HEALTH-MALAWI: Women’s Group Sues Govt Over Abortion Rights

    Wednesday, April 29, 2009

    An influential women rights organisation in Malawi, Women in Law in Southern Africa-Malawi (WILSA-Malawi), is suing the government of Malawi for preventing women from accessing safe abortion.