News headlines in July 2009, page 3

  1. MIDEAST: As U.S. Winds Down, Iraq Tilts Toward Iran

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    A raid by Iraqi security forces on a camp of Iranian dissidents is widely seen as a sign that Iraqi authorities are establishing their independence as the U.S. occupation winds down – and tilting instead towards Iran.

  2. NICARAGUA: Zelaya's Followers at Risk of Humanitarian Emergency

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    The huge number of supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya who have flocked to a small farming town in the north of Nicaragua have caused a social emergency that could spiral into a full-fledged humanitarian crisis, said United Nations officials visiting the area.

  3. AGRICULTURE: Disease Threatens Afghan Wheat Crop

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    Agronomists and crop experts fear that an aggressive disease that attacks wheat crops could soon reach Afghanistan, potentially threatening food security and initiatives to curb the cultivation of illicit crops.

  4. HEALTH-AFRICA: HIV Laws Do More Harm Than Good

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    In Sierra Leone, a mother who transmits HIV to her child can be fined, jailed for up to seven years, or both. Human Rights Watch reports that in 2008, several men were arrested in Egypt simply for being HIV positive. New legislation is currently being discussed in Angola that could lead to a three to ten year jail sentence for those who knowingly pass on HIV.

  5. GREECE: Zero Tolerance, Zero Concern

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    Increasing evidence has surfaced that a zero tolerance policy is denying due protection to people fleeing hardship, and condemning them to degrading treatment.

  6. MOROCCO: New Law, But the Same Old Men

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    The new Moroccan family law was designed to give women equal rights in the family. But five years after its introduction, Moroccan women leaders say opposition to the law from politicians and within the judicial system persists, and the new law has not been able to change Moroccan mentality.

  7. MIGRATION-US: Profiling Persists Despite Revamped Guidelines

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    A three-day widely publicised immigration raid by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office left the city of Mesa like a ghost town. Small businesses closed. Workers stayed home to avoid being pulled over and questioned for documents.

  8. Q&A: EU Stepping Closer to Israel, Regardless

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    Israel enjoys closer relations with the European Union than almost any other foreign country - and work on deepening ties with Israel continues, even as its oppression of the Palestinian people worsens.

  9. EGYPT: Christian-Muslim Tensions Rise

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    A handful of recent clashes between Muslims and Christians has again raised the spectre of sectarian discord in Egypt. The incidents, though relatively minor, highlight longstanding tensions between the country's Muslim majority and its Christian minority.

  10. MOLDOVA: Opposition Steps Ahead of Communists

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    After eight years of communist rule, four Moldovan opposition parties won a majority percentage of parliamentary seats during Wednesday's nationwide elections.