News headlines in August 2009, page 4

  1. RIGHTS-MEXICO: Slow Progress Against Human Trafficking

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    Despite progress in bringing Mexican law into compliance with the international treaty against human trafficking, little has been achieved so far in this country in terms of prosecutions and convictions of traffickers, protection of victims and prevention of this increasingly widespread crime, says a new report released in the Mexican capital Thursday.

  2. WATER-NAMIBIA: For What Does It Profit a Man...

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    'Our profit so far is 5,000 Namibian dollars, divided by twenty people,' reports Anna Nauses. Silence descends on the office of the Prosopis Project in Okombahe as all do the math. Sixteen months of hard labour felling water-thirsty trees along the Omaruru River has yielded just 30 U.S. dollars per person.

  3. CUBA: El Niño Taming the Hurricanes

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    The cyclical climate phenomenon known as El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the equatorial Pacific Ocean this year is helping weaken cyclone activity in the Northern Atlantic and the Caribbean. But Cuban meteorologists are warning against complacency.

  4. MIDEAST: Obama Steers the Peace Train On

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    It isn't formal yet, but it's bound to be soon - within the coming six weeks, Palestinians and Israelis will again be sitting down around the peace table.

  5. ZIMBABWE: Use of Foreign Money Becoming Political Football Again

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    Dorothy Tembo wears a look that tells a story of years of hard work. She dotes over her grandchildren and enjoys talking about the past. A keen observer of the history happening around her, she easily narrates Zimbabwe's trials and tribulations from the pre-independence years to the present, of which she says she has never seen so much death and suffering.

  6. TAJIKISTAN: Recalling the Good Old Soviet Union

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    The collapse of the Soviet Union has brought misery to Tajikistan's remote eastern half. People are being driven once again to live as nomads.

  7. EUROPE: Divided We Stand United

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    The 'poison' of populist politics in central and Eastern Europe is behind an escalating row between two new EU member states that could spill over into ethnic violence, political analysts warn.

  8. POLITICS-CAMBODIA: Khmer Rouge Tribunal Keeps the Country Informed

    Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    The ongoing Khmer Rouge tribunal here of Kaing Guek Eav, known as Comrade Duch, has heard some highly charged testimony in recent weeks, as civil parties have told the court of how the murders of their loved ones ruined their lives.

  9. Q&A: A Second Chance — As Advocate for Women Migrants in Argentina

    Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    In her 48 years, Natividad Obeso has already lived several different lives. There was the time when she lived in her native Peru as a successful businesswoman and mother of four. Then there was the time when she spent her days wandering the streets of the Argentine capital, penniless and alone, a fugitive of political persecution that she never understood.

  10. POLITICS-US: Afghan Elections Reveal Growing Doubts About War

    Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    Washington continues to wait on results from last week's elections in Afghanistan, but few analysts here expect the outcome to provide much of a boost to the U.S.-backed campaign against the Taliban, regardless of who wins.