News headlines in October 2009, page 4

  1. POLITICS: U.S. in Pakistan’s Mind: Nothing But Aversion

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    To the west of Peshawar on the Jamrud Road that leads to the historic Khyber Pass sits the Karkhano Market, a series of shopping plazas whose usual offering of contraband is now supplemented by standard issue U.S. military equipment, including combat fatigues, night vision goggles, body armour and army knives.

  2. MEXICO: Int'l Tribunal 'Scandalised' by Denials of Workers' Rights

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    On the day his trade union section held elections for officials, 'our offices were occupied, damaged and ransacked' by thugs from the executive committee of the National Teachers Union (SNTE), said Mexican teacher Gerardo Cruz, a leader in the CNTE, a dissident caucus seeking reform within the union.

  3. HONDURAS: Talks Resume after US Mission Arrives

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    At the urging of a high-level U.S. government mission, the negotiating teams of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and de facto leader Roberto Micheletti restarted talks Thursday to find a solution to the four-month political crisis.

  4. SIERRA LEONE: New Agriculture Plan Sprouts

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    When in power, the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) promised that thanks to its pursuit of a pro-agriculture agenda, no Sierra Leonean would go to bed hungry by 2007. But the appointed date came and the people were still hungry. Unfortunately for the SLPP, it was an election year.

  5. HEALTH: U.S. Urged to Double Aid to Global Projects

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    As the effort to achieve universal health coverage within the U.S. crawls forward in Washington, a new report by a coalition of global health organisations details how the U.S. can 'help lead the world to universal access to comprehensive health care in developing countries'.

  6. EASTERN EUROPE: Loans Make the Middle Class Poor

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    Low-income Eastern Europeans contracting easy consumer loans in the mid- 2000s are now falling below poverty lines.

  7. MIDEAST: Egypt Makes Cultural Clout Count

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    Egypt has long been recognised as the cultural trendsetter of the Arabic- speaking world. Despite recent challenges to this role with the advent of satellite television, experts say that contemporary Arab culture remains largely defined by Egyptian literature, music, film and television.

  8. ENVIRONMENT: A Dozen Countries Take on Toxic Pollution

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    Of the tens of thousands of toxic sites affecting the health of 500 million people in the middle- and low-income countries of world, only 12 are being cleaned up, according to a new report.

  9. GERMANY: New Govt May Neglect Development Aid

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    Concerns have risen with the inauguration of the new government that Germany will cut back on its commitments on international development.

  10. CUBA: Food Security Focus of New UN Programmes

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    Three new international cooperation agreements channeled through the United Nations system in Cuba are aimed at strengthening food security, especially in the poorest parts of the country.