News headlines in June 2009, page 5

  1. MIDEAST: Deal on Gaza Makes Headway

    Sunday, June 28, 2009

    Under a complex twin-pronged initiative from the U.S. and Egypt, Israel's hard- line government is moving towards backtracking on two major planks of its policy in the occupied territories - resisting demands for a blanket freeze on all settlement building in the West Bank, and acquiescing in the end of its tight siege of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

  2. US-IRAN: 'Obama Effect' Versus 'Freedom Agenda'

    Sunday, June 28, 2009

    Two weeks after allegations of fraud in Iran’s presidential elections triggered massive and instantly-iconic protests, partisans here of President Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush, are debating whose policies deserve more credit for encouraging the Iranian mobilisation.

  3. GERMANY: Have no Nuclear Weapons, Just Share Them

    Saturday, June 27, 2009

    Most Germans support nuclear abolition, but the country may still not give up its policy of nuclear sharing.

  4. CLIMATE CHANGE: India’s Monsoon Predictions More Uncertain

    Saturday, June 27, 2009

    Predicting the monsoons - a risky proposition despite the deployment of satellites and supercomputers - appears to have become iffier thanks to climate change.

  5. IRAN: Cries and Whispers

    Saturday, June 27, 2009

    After several tumultuous days, the streets of Tehran are relatively quiet. But the density of police and basij presence has given the city an air of suffocation. It is hard to breathe.

  6. SOUTHEAST ASIA: Regional Rights Body Dismissed as 'Toothless'

    Saturday, June 27, 2009

    Southeast Asia is weeks away from getting its own regional human rights body, but not everyone is cheering the birth of this new mechanism due to be approved at a foreign ministers’ meeting here. Least of all the region’s vibrant human rights community, spread across the 10 countries that belong to the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN).

  7. POLITICS-EGYPT: Women Get Help on Road to Parliament

    Friday, June 26, 2009

    Egypt elected the first Arab woman to parliament in 1957, but in the half century since, the most populous country in the Arab world has gone from being a leader in women's political participation to a lagger.

  8. TECHNOLOGY: Rare Metals Could Trigger Next Trade War

    Friday, June 26, 2009

    Used in electric car motors and wind turbines, neodymium, a 'rare earth metal,' is at the epicentre of the race between wealthy and emerging nations to create green technologies, while poorer countries appear to be relegated to spectator status.

  9. ENVIRONMENT: Japan to Take Leadership Role Toward Copenhagen

    Friday, June 26, 2009

    Environment Minister Tetsuo Saito talked to IPS about Japan giving technical and financial support to developing countries and its goal of cutting its greenhouse emissions by 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. Japan is the world’s fifth- largest greenhouse gas emitter.

  10. U.S.: House Passes Controversial Climate Legislation

    Friday, June 26, 2009

    Amid furious lobbying on both sides, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved landmark legislation Friday designed to reduce the nation's greenhouse emissions that contribute to global warming 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.