News headlines in June 2009, page 3

  1. SOUTH AFRICA: Young, Educated and Unemployed

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    Unemployment among young South Africans is hovering at 30 percent, shooting up to over 60 percent for youths in their late teens and early twenties. But tertiary education and skills development seem not to be making much of a dent in what is now regarded as a crisis.

  2. FRANCE: Ambiguous on Nuclear Disarmament

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    As the international war of words over nuclear programmes heats up, with North Korea threatening to strengthen its 'nuclear deterrence' against the United States, countries such as France find themselves in a stance that some analysts describe as ambiguous and hypocritical.

  3. HONDURAS: Obama Declares Coup 'Not Legal' Amid Uncertainty

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    Capping a day of mixed signals, U.S. President Barack Obama said late Monday that he considered Sunday's ouster and exile of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to be 'not legal' and that Washington still considered him the legitimate president of the Central American country.

  4. CUBA: Video Sheds Light on Raúl Castro's Strict Approach

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    In another demonstration that it is impossible to hide anything in this socialist Caribbean island nation, the hottest video in Cuba today appears to show President Raúl Castro's determination to root out certain vices and disloyalties, regardless of the rank of the people involved.

  5. KENYA: Report Charges Killing, Torture and Rape by Security Forces

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling for an immediate investigation of Kenyan security officials it says were sent to protect civilians in the country’s northeastern Mandera district during the move to disarm the heavily militarised region in October 2008, but who beat and tortured those civilians instead, according to the report released Monday.

  6. SRI LANKA: Journalists Laying Aside Pens Once Again

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    Sri Lankan journalists are laying aside their pens once again and bracing for renewed confrontation with President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government after the revival of the repressive Press Council and fresh attacks on the media.

  7. HONDURAS: Analysts Call Coup a 'Return to the Past'

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    Sunday’s coup d’etat shows that in Honduras, democracy - which was restored in 1982 - is still hemmed in by the military’s alliance with the economic and political powers-that-be, according to local analysts.

  8. POLITICS: Obama Still Buoyed by Extraordinary Global Popularity

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    Six months into his new job as president of the United States, Barack Obama inspires more public confidence than any other political leader, said a new WorldPublicOpinion.org (WPO) poll released here Monday.

  9. U.S.: Anti-Regime Exiles Galvanised by Iran Unrest

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    While mass demonstrations in Iran are dwindling – with large gatherings and the opposition appearing largely paralysed by the authorities’ crackdown – the crisis there is causing a return to prominence for groups of Iranians living in the West: the exiles who have long advocated regime change in Iran, sometimes by armed means.

  10. PAKISTAN: An Unexpected Tribute to MJ

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    In this South Asian nation, people fondly remember a pop-singer who stole many hearts