News headlines in March 2010, page 2

  1. SOUTH AFRICA: Teaching Girls to Report on the World Cup

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    For the nearly 50 million people of South Africa, the 2010 World Cup represents an opportunity to show the world its progress through sports. But for a new nonprofit organisation, soccer's biggest stage also offers an opportunity to publicise young women who tend to go unheard.

  2. AFGHANISTAN: McChrystal's Support for Raids Belies New Image

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal has recently acquired the image of a master strategist of the population-sensitive counterinsurgency, reducing civilian casualties from airstrikes and insisting that troops avoid firing when civilians might be hit during the recent offensive in Helmand Province. One recent press story even referred to a 'McChrystal Doctrine' that focuses on 'winning over civilians rather than killing insurgents.'

  3. ECONOMY-CUBA: 'What About the Changes?'

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    Changes to improve the Cuban economy are not happening fast enough to satisfy people's expectations, and instead appear to have got bogged down due to the international financial crisis and the island's internal difficulties in overcoming the impact.

  4. AFRICA: Growth Down; Unemployment Up

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    Due to the global economic and financial crisis, growth on the African continent dropped to an average of 1.6 percent in 2009, compared to 4.5 percent in 2008.

  5. U.S.: Immigration Detention Abuses Continue

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    More abuses in the U.S. immigration detention system came to light last week when it was revealed that two mentally disabled men continue to be held in detention while facing possible deportation for criminal assault convictions, despite having already served their time.

  6. CHILE: Quake a Chance for Sustainable Rebuilding

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    Although there is not yet an official tally of the environmental consequences of Chile's Feb. 27 earthquake and tsunami, environmental groups and experts are calling for quick and sustainable responses to the problems.

  7. U.S.: Big Energy Firms Blocking Solar Power in South

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    As citizens, businesses and non-profit organisations seek to transition to cleaner power sources like solar and wind, some big energy firms whose business models rely on polluting sources are standing in the way.

  8. DEVELOPMENT: Recovery Could Leave Behind World's Poorest

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    The world's 49 least developed countries (LDCs), described as the poorest of the poor, could feel the effects of the global economic crisis for decades, a senior U.N. official warned this week.

  9. RIGHTS-SWITZERLAND: Calls to End Forced Deportations Follow Custodial Death

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    Human rights organisations have been demanding an independent inquiry into the death of a Nigerian asylum seeker died while being deported and a stop to all forced repatriations.

  10. DEVELOPMENT: More Food, Except For That Billion Or So

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    While agricultural research has made massive strides over the years in helping the world produce more food from the same amount of land, around one in six people, the 1.02 billion hungry, have not noticed.