News headlines in February 2010, page 4

  1. URUGUAY: A Return to Mud and Straw

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    More and more Uruguayans are keen on building ecological homes. The problem is that there is hardly any market or specialised labour for what is known as 'bio-building.'

  2. RIGHTS-EUROPE: Military Technology to Track Down Migrants?

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    Arms manufacturers have been asked to advise an official European Union (EU) body on how their products can be used to stop asylum seekers entering the bloc’s territory.

  3. PAKISTAN: Smoke-free Stoves A Godsend for Village Women

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    Forty-something and unlettered, Sona Siddiqi never imagined she would become the most sought-after woman in her village of Ramzan Katiar.

  4. ENVIRONMENT-CHINA: Dam Plans Open Gates to Tough Choices Ahead

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    The Nu River flows from the Tibetan highlands through China’s western Yunnan province, cutting between two mountain ranges before rushing through Burma into the Andaman Sea. It is home to a third of the country’s ethnic groups and a diverse ecosystem of 7,000 species of plants and 80 rare or endangered animals and fish.

  5. RIGHTS-BURMA: For Sex Workers, A Life of Risks

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    When Aye Aye (not her real name) leaves her youngest son at home each night, she tells him that she has to work selling snacks. But what Aye actually sells is sex so that her 12-year-old son, a Grade 7 student, can finish his education.

  6. RIGHTS-CUBA: Dissidents Bid Final Farewell to Hunger Striker

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    Several dozen anti-government opponents gathered Wednesday at the headquarters of the Ladies in White, a Cuban dissident group, in the capital, to hold a 'symbolic wake' for Orlando Zapata, a political prisoner who died on the 85th day of a hunger strike.

  7. NIGERIA: U.S. Concerned About Yar'Adua's Return

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    U.S. officials expressed concern here Wednesday that the return of Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua, after a three-month stay in a Saudi hospital, could destabilise the oil-rich West African country.

  8. RIGHTS: Women Still Battling Gender Bigotry Worldwide

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    Nearly 62 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaimed 'all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,' a few of the world's discriminatory laws against women are being progressively repealed in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America.

  9. SWAZILAND: Long-distance Learning Certificate for Caregivers

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    Every Tuesday you will find 70-year-old Precious Dlamini under a tree, weighing children and babies from her local community as she monitors their health and nutrition.

  10. ENVIRONMENT: Window of Opportunity (Limited Time Only)

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    Two months after the Copenhagen conference on climate change, which was widely regarded as a fiasco, the international community is meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali to discuss biodiversity and ecosystems, promote the green economy and carry out institutional reforms.