News headlines in July 2009, page 4

  1. LEBANON: Global Warming Makes Mischief Worse

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    With its long, dry summers, Lebanon's diminishing woodlands are devastated by wild fires every year - and this year is no exception.

  2. U.S.: Sky's the Limit for Bank Fees

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    Banks bailed out with U.S. taxpayer money, like Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp, are raking in money by charging 150 percent interest and more on short-term, payday loans to people with no savings, consumer advocates say.

  3. U.S.: Levee Uncertainty Weighs on Katrina's Displaced

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    Today, the population of New Orleans is still about 175,000 people fewer than it was before Hurricane Katrina hit four years ago next month. Along with concerns about jobs and housing costs, the city's vulnerability to flooding has weighed heavily on the minds of many evacuees, many of whom have not returned.

  4. CLIMATE CHANGE: Publics See Warming as Urgent, Govts as Failing

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    A poll of 19 nations released here Wednesday reveals that majorities in most countries believe climate change should be a high priority for their governments, but relatively few thought that their leaders were doing enough about the problem.

  5. RIGHTS-PARAGUAY: First Remains of Victims of Dictatorship Exhumed

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    The discovery of the remains of two victims of the 1954-1989 dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay has opened a new chapter in the investigation of human rights crimes committed by the regime.

  6. POLITICS: U.N. Calls for "Green Zone" in Strife-Torn Somalia

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    Somalia, a perpetually violence-prone country described as one of the world's failed states, may go the way of Iraq.

  7. POLITICS: US-China Confab Short on Concrete Commitments

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    China and the United States concluded two days of talks Tuesday with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the Obama administration is touting as evidence of both countries' commitment to battling climate change and proof of a strengthening bilateral relationship.

  8. Q&A: 'Every Work Form You Fill Asks Your Marital Status'

    Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    When the New Delhi High Court amended Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial-era law which was used to criminalise consensual homosexual relationships, on Jul. 2, it was a 'life-changing moment for me,' says Lesley Esteves, a journalist and queer activist based in New Delhi.

  9. LATIN AMERICA: Don't Miss the Train to Beijing, Delhi, Moscow

    Wednesday, July 29, 2009

  10. ENVIRONMENT: Monsanto, Dow Stacking the Deck, Critics Say

    Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    The most complex genetically engineered corn (maize) yet has been approved for use next year in Canada and the United States without its potential health and environmental risks being investigated, anti-biotech activists charged Wednesday.