News headlines in 2009, page 2

  1. POLITICS: Indonesia Mourns the Passing of a Beloved Leader

    Thursday, December 31, 2009

    The news about fourth Indonesian president and cleric Abdurrahman Wahid being admitted to the hospital last week merited only a passing mention in the national media. It was overshadowed by reports on the country’s tumultuous political situation, such as allegations that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was involved in a banking scandal and the controversies hounding the country’s corruption eradication agency.

  2. ENVIRONMENT: Fishing in the Sewer

    Thursday, December 31, 2009

    After four hours on the Nile in a rowboat with his two sons, fisher Hussein Abdel Malek tallies the morning catch: a plastic water bottle, an empty juice box, a half dozen plastic bags and two small tilapia.

  3. POLITICS: U.S. Arms Feed Yemen's Gun Culture

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    When Yemen refused to vote in support of a U.S.-sponsored Security Council resolution against Iraq during the 1990-1991 Gulf War, a visibly angry U.S. delegate turned to the Yemeni diplomat and said: 'That will be the last time you will ever vote against a U.S. resolution.'

  4. U.S.: Digging Out or Digging Deeper?

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    As 2009 draws to a close, the big question here is whether President Barack Obama is succeeding in digging out of the hole — international as well as financial - that he inherited from George W. Bush or digging deeper into it.

  5. BURMA: China’s Oil, Gas Pipelines Recipe for Abuse, Warn Activists

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    China’s growing dependence on military-ruled Burma to meet its energy demands is poised to take concrete form when, according to activists, work commences in the coming months on the construction of oil and gas pipelines.

  6. CLIMATE CHANGE: Doors Opening for Carbon Tax

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    With the chance for a global climate change treaty on hold, a tax on greenhouse gases could be an effective alternative for discouraging the activities that create emissions, say economists and environmentalists.

  7. TANZANIA: Community Still Worried By Mine Contamination

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    Susanna Solomon is still tending her shamba, but she won't eat the harvest from her farm when it's ready.

  8. HUNGER: New Warning on Food Security for Horn of Africa

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    The European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) has raised a red flag over the worsening food security situation in the Horn of Africa.

  9. COLOMBIA: Farm Subsidy Scandal Exposes Corrupt Policies

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    The Attorney General's Office of Colombia is keeping a tight lid on developments in its investigation of 113 million dollars in farm subsidies handed out over the last three years to wealthy families, many of whom have no involvement in the agricultural sector whatsoever.

  10. CANADA: Olympics, 21st Century Style

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    Restrictions on art displays and signage critical of the upcoming February 2010 Winter Olympics and the creation of a massive high-tech security network are putting a damper in some residents' minds on what should be a celebratory sports extravaganza in Vancouver.