News headlines in February 2010

MIGRATION: France Urges EU to Tighten Mediterranean Borders

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The European Union is studying a range of measures aimed at strengthening its external borders to deter undocumented migrants from entering via Mediterranean member states such as Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

DEVELOPMENT: Grassroots Groups Taking Root in China

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chinese civil society is coming increasingly to the fore as wealthy tycoons create big charitable foundations and grassroots organisations form networks of their own, observers and activists say.

POLITICS-BURMA: Conflict Pushes Karen Women to be Village Chiefs

Sunday, February 28, 2010

In military-ruled Burma’s Karen state, tradition and a male-dominated social order have long guaranteed men the role of village chiefs. But this order is crumbling in the country’s eastern region, giving rise to the new phenomenon of women village chiefs.

POLITICS: Defying U.S., Pakistan Keeps Custody of Baradar

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The refusal of Pakistani intelligence to turn over Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and as many as six other top Taliban figures to the United States or the Afghan government has dealt a serious blow to the Barack Obama administration's hopes for Pakistani cooperation in weakening the Taliban.

MIDEAST: New Call to Past Adds to Troubles

Sunday, February 28, 2010

When last December Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, delivering to an international conference in Herzliya outside Tel Aviv what has become the equivalent of Israel's 'State of the Union' address, chose to focus not on Iran's nuclear ambitions or on the prospects of Middle East peace, but on 'the need to re-enforce our national heritage,' his vision was dismissed by supporters and critics alike as inconsequential.

Q&A: 'We Can't Continue to Pay Lip Service to Gender Equality'

Sunday, February 28, 2010

When the 45-member U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) holds a two-week session beginning Monday, one of the lingering issues that will come up is the success - or failure - in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action on gender empowerment.

US-IRAN: Looming Sanctions Could Hit Major Oil Firms

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Earlier this month, Iran's ambassador to India said that his country continues to import gasoline from a private Indian oil refinery, even though the firm, Reliance Industries Ltd., had promised last year that it would stop gasoline exports to Iran, fearing U.S. sanctions.

MEXICO: Ecological Smoke from Fuel Efficient Stoves

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The lives of many rural women and children in Mexico are changing, and the country's high deforestation rate could be reduced, as inexpensive fuel-efficient cook stoves are being distributed by non-governmental organisations with corporate and government support.

US-HAITI: Katrina Victims Feel Kinship, Offer Help

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Many survivors of Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans and the U.S. Gulf Coast in August 2005, have been seeing their own reflection in media images of Haiti earthquake victims. And despite - or even because of - their own struggle, many feel personally driven to help organise assistance for the people of Haiti.

U.S.: Blackwater's Migraines Multiply

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Legal headaches are growing exponentially for the security firm formerly known as Blackwater — once the darling of the military-industrial community.

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