News headlines in December 2009, page 3

  1. Q&A: Report on Massacre of Native Protesters in Peru Biased, Says Head of Inquiry

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    The coordinator of the commission convened by the Peruvian government to clarify a June massacre of 33 indigenous protesters and police near the Amazonian town of Bagua refused to sign the final report, which he says is biased.

  2. Q&A: ''Israeli Settlements Killing Two-Nation Solution''

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    In the absence of any progress towards peace between Israelis and Palestinians, leaders of the Palestinian Authority (PA) are adopting a reasonable approach as a way of building up international pressure on Israel to get it back to the negotiating table.

  3. MIDEAST: New Year Reopens Wounds of the Old

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    For many survivors of the last Israeli war on Gaza, time has not healed their wounds, physical or emotional.

  4. NIGERIA: Fears for the Future as Religious Violence Claims 35

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    Government has again clashed with a religious sect in the state of Bauchi. Just under six months ago, an Islamist sect called Boko Haram launched attacks on police stations across four northern states, and hundreds of lives were lost before the situation was brought under control.

  5. KENYA: Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Bill Passes, But Does Govt Mean Business?

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    Kenya's Parliament finally passed the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Bill in December. But while the passing of the bill is viewed as a highlight of the Tenth Parliament, many fear it may just be a gimmick by the government to appease international partners.

  6. DEVELOPMENT: Filipino Communities Turn Trash Into Cash

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    Days after the New Year’s Eve revelry dies down, expect colorful lanterns or wreaths to remain hanging on the windows of many Filipino homes — part of a tradition in this South-east Asian country known to have the longest Yuletide celebration in the world.

  7. CLIMATE CHANGE: Carbon Prices Reflect an Uncertain Year

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    As what was supposed to be a breakthrough year for action on climate change comes to a close, one indicator of the disappointment surrounding an anti-climactic outcome in Copenhagen and stalled U.S. Senate legislation can be seen on the European Climate Exchange.

  8. U.S.: Democrats Get a Push from the Left

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    National progressive groups are gearing up for the 2010 Congressional elections by targeting centrist Democrats in the U.S. Congress and supporting their more left-leaning opponents.

  9. CUBA-US: Stuck at a Standstill

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    Relations between Cuba and the United States are still bogged down in longstanding political and ideological differences, in spite of the signals of greater openness and opportunities for dialogue when Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at the White House.

  10. ENVIRONMENT-CONGO: Defence of Great Apes Begins With Children

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    'But why do they kill gorillas, why do they trap them and put them in cages? One day, if i'm president, i'll stop all those who kill gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos,' says 11-year-old Judicaëlle, a student at the Holy Sprit of Moungali School in Brazzaville.