News headlines in February 2010, page 5

  1. US-MIDEAST: Unraveling the Knottiest Issues in Stalled Peace Talks

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    The United States needs to take on a more aggressive presence in peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, according to a major report published earlier this month by the James Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.

  2. ENERGY: Coal-Fired Power on the Way Out?

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    The past two years have witnessed the emergence of a powerful movement opposing the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States. Initially led by environmental groups, both national and local, it has since been joined by prominent national political leaders and many state governors.

  3. CLIMATE-PERU: El Niño Throws a Tantrum

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    Peru's lack of disaster prevention policies and measures, combined with climate imbalances in South America, have led to the loss of dozens of lives and thousands of homes in this Andean country in the last few months.

  4. RIGHTS-FRANCE: Policy Ignores Deeper Questions of Migration

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    Activists continue to protest against the French government’s handling of undocumented migrants, in a bid to secure more humane laws and treatment.

  5. PAKISTAN: Residents Bent on Making Life as Normal as Possible

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    Amid news of the Pakistani government’s arrest of another Taliban leader and a suicide attack in the volatile Swat district this month, residents here are bent on making the most out of a life that has been returning to as close to normal as possible.

  6. PAKISTAN: Transgenders Make Their Presence Felt at the Workplace

    Tuesday, February 23, 2010

    Dressed in women’s attire and a nose-pin errantly positioned on one nostril, 38-year-old Shahzadi adjusts her ‘dupatta’ (scarf) over her head as she enters the office of Cantonment Board Clifton, a provincial government bureau that recently hired her.

  7. THAILAND: Community Radio Stirs Political Passions in Villages

    Tuesday, February 23, 2010

    In an age when television continues to dominate national media, including Thailand’s, and gives birth to new celebrities, Kwanchai Praipana is a bit of an anomaly. His rise as a local star in this north-eastern city has been through community radio, the poor cousin of the local media.

  8. RIGHTS-EGYPT: Families Uprooted as Sphinxes Revive

    Tuesday, February 23, 2010

    Hajj Khodari lifts a defiant fist at the demolition machinery now just meters away from his front door.

  9. HAITI: Secure Shelters Scarce as Rainy Season Looms

    Tuesday, February 23, 2010

    A cacophony of murmurs and cries echoed through the neighbourhoods of Haiti's capital city Monday night as a violent aftershock shook people awake. Ten minutes later, another tremor rocked the ground, this time more smoothly back and forth.

  10. HEALTH: Addressing Preterm Births Crucial to Anti-Poverty Goals

    Tuesday, February 23, 2010

    Reducing the annual 13 million preterm births and 3.2 million stillbirths should be a global public health priority, says a report released Monday which asserts that significant reductions in these numbers could be achieved by improving access to low-cost interventions in both low and high-income countries.