News headlines in September 2009, page 2

  1. SOUTHERN AFRICA: Neglected Land Washing Away

    Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    Damage to wetlands high in Lesotho's Maluti mountains has impacts on the health of the whole of the Orange-Senqu river system.

  2. POLITICS-US: Nukes Agency Pushes New Bomb Production

    Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    Despite statements by U.S. President Barack Obama that he wants to see the world reduce, and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration continues to push forward on a programme called Complex Modernisation, which would expand two existing nuclear plants to allow them to produce new plutonium pits and new bomb parts out of enriched uranium for use in a possible new generation of nuclear bombs.

  3. AFRICA-CORRUPTION: Anti Graft Now in the Hands of Civil Society

    Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    The fight against corruption in Sierra Leone has taken on a new face. Government and civil society are now working together to stamp out rampant fraud.

  4. VIETNAM: VIETNAM: Anti-Smoking Drive Fails to Curb Male Tobacco Abuse

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    At a ‘tra da’ (iced tea) stand in Hanoi’s Truc Bach area, men in baggy white singlets sit on low plastic stools drinking strong green tea poured from a chipped porcelain tea pot.

  5. ENVIRONMENT: Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilisation?

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    In early 2008, Saudi Arabia announced that, after being self-sufficient in wheat for over 20 years, the non-replenishable aquifer it had been pumping for irrigation was largely depleted.

  6. POLITICS: U.S. Story on Iran Nuke Facility Doesn't Add Up

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    The story line that dominated media coverage of the second Iranian uranium enrichment facility last week was the official assertion that U.S. intelligence had caught Iran trying to conceal a 'secret' nuclear facility.

  7. AFRICA-RIGHTS: Suppressing ‘Enemies' of the State

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    In the wee hours of one Saturday morning, Mary Serumaga was woken up by a disturbing phone call. Her younger brother Robert Kalundi Serumaga had just been abducted by four unknown gun-wielding men the previous night.

  8. DEVELOPMENT:: Gender Advocates Keep a Close Eye on Climate Talks

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    After nine months of a rollercoaster ride pushing for a gender perspective on climate change, advocates are finally beginning to reap the fruits of their labour.

  9. CHILE: Activists Press Candidates to Take a Stance on Women's Rights

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    Chilean women’s organisations are not at all willing to lose what they have gained during the present government of President Michelle Bachelet. Aware of the importance of the female vote in the December presidential elections, they are seeking commitments from candidates to further progress for women.

  10. HONDURAS: Crackdown Prompts International Outcry

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    Honduras's de facto government under the leadership of Roberto Micheletti is coming under increasing international pressure to restore civil liberties, reopen closed television stations, and negotiate a solution to the coup crisis that was brought to a head by the clandestine return of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who has been taking refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa for the past week.