News headlines in February 2010, page 2

  1. US-MEXICO: Escalating Drug Violence Rooted in Northern Demand

    Sunday, February 28, 2010

    As the war over health care continues in Washington and a war of a bloodier nature heats up in Ciudád Juárez and elsewhere in Mexico, top U.S. and Mexican officials are hoping to reduce both pressures on the health system and the ongoing bloodshed.

  2. JORDAN: Where Iraqi Women Are Also Fathers

    Sunday, February 28, 2010

    Back in Najaf, Iraq, Khayzaran and her family lived in a well-kept house. They had two cars and a small orchard. Her children, two girls and three boys, attended school and came home to modest feasts.

  3. RIGHTS-GERMANY: 'Catholic Church Protects Paedophile Priests'

    Saturday, February 27, 2010

    The Catholic Church has for decades protected paedophile priests and clerics who sexually abused children from judiciary prosecution, according to German theologians, law experts, and internal church documents.

  4. U.S.: Senate Torture Probe Uncovers Missing Emails

    Saturday, February 27, 2010

    The Justice Department investigation into whether the authors of the George W. Bush-era 'torture memos' were guilty of professional misconduct did not have full access to the emails used by those lawyers and by other key figures in the investigation, including former Attorney General John Ashcroft and former counsel to the Vice President David Addington.

  5. U.S.: DynCorp Oversight in Afghanistan Faulted

    Saturday, February 27, 2010

    Afghan police are widely considered corrupt, unable to shoot straight, and die at twice the rate of Afghan soldiers and NATO troops. After seven billion dollars spent on training and salaries in the last eight years, several U.S. government investigations are asking why.

  6. MIDEAST: How to Check Both Iran and Israel

    Saturday, February 27, 2010

    The U.S. is raising the stakes in its bid to halt Iran's nuclear programme, putting the issue on a 'pressure track', says top U.S. general David Petraeus. The U.S. and other world powers are drumming up support for a fourth round of UN sanctions against Iran for its refusal to comply with repeated ultimatums to suspend uranium enrichment and to agree to a deal involving UN-backed nuclear fuel.

  7. US-IRAN: How Was Rigi Arrested?

    Saturday, February 27, 2010

    New details of the arrest of the Jundullah leader, Abdolmalek Rigi, partly corroborate and partly contradict the initial narrative given by Iranian officials for his arrest.

  8. RIGHTS: What Fish may do for Western Sahara

    Saturday, February 27, 2010

    Legal advice stating that European vessels have no justification to fish off Western Sahara - a territory occupied by Morocco - has provoked a row between the main political institutions in Brussels.

  9. THAILAND: Thaksin Verdict Leaves Judiciary’s Stamp on Politics

    Saturday, February 27, 2010

    Even as they were prepared for the worst, supporters of ousted former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra conducted an eleventh-hour ritual in his home province this week, hoping for a miracle in Friday’s court verdict on the fate of his seized assets.

  10. MIDEAST: Palestinians Excluded From Bulk of West Bank

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    Israel’s illegal occupation and continued expropriation of Palestinian land in the West Bank has left 2.5 million Palestinians living there with effectively less than 40 percent of the territory.