News headlines in May 2010, page 4

  1. BRAZIL: Everyday Superheroes Against the Mad, Bad World

    Saturday, May 29, 2010

    They fight against a crazy world, armed only with dramatic improvisation. A programme of urban inverventions from a university in Río de Janeiro is battling 'the mad world' based on the archetype of the anti-hero.

  2. NEPAL: Peace Process Survives Scare But Road Ahead Still Bumpy

    Saturday, May 29, 2010

    Nepal’s three major political parties inked a compromise deal Friday, an hour before the expiry of the Constituent Assembly’s (CA’s) tenure, and voted in favor of a bill proposing extension of its term by a year, thus saving the country’s four-year-old peace process from breaking down.

  3. THAILAND: Social Media Provide Space for Arguments, Catharsis

    Saturday, May 29, 2010

    After months of turmoil, silence — albeit an uneasy one — has finally fallen over the streets of Bangkok. But the shouting continues in cyberspace as Thais and even foreign residents bicker and debate over what this South-east Asian country has just experienced, as well as about the challenges it continues to face.

  4. More Deepwater Disasters on the Horizon?

    Saturday, May 29, 2010

    Despite a federal moratorium on offshore oil drilling, new permits and controversial environmental waivers for oil rigs continue to be granted, sparking criticism from policymakers and environmentalists.

  5. And Not a Drop to Drink for Palestinians

    Saturday, May 29, 2010

    A new desalination facility has come up here on Israel's Mediterranean seashore, to soothe Israel's chronic fresh water shortage. An elaborate network of pipes beneath the beach reaches westward far into the sea. Eastward, it links up with the national water system.

  6. Millennium Goals Need Development, Not Charity

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came into existence in the right place, the United Nations, but at a most unpropitious time, in September 2000, when ideas about the invincibility of market forces still held sway in the world.

  7. URUGUAY: Environmental Partners

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    A wide range of strategies are being followed in the southeastern Uruguayan province of Rocha to counteract the environmental damages of activities like soy cultivation, plantation forestry and tourism. But challenges abound.

  8. BRAZIL: Pres. Candidates Not Risking Economic Surprises

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    Not the leftists, not the social democrats, not the greens. Ideological differences aside, the three leading candidates for the Brazilian presidency are singing the same tune on the economy: no surprises, no market shake-ups.

  9. Banning Junk Foods in Mexico's Schools to Fight Obesity

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    Consumer organisations and experts say the Mexican government's plan to remove junk food from schools is a step in the right direction in the fight against obesity in this country, which has the highest rate of childhood obesity in the world, and the second highest rate for adults, after the United States.

  10. SOUTH AFRICA: Lack of Quality Health Care Causes Rise in Orphans

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    Two small boys play quietly on a jungle gym, some distance away from other children. The six-year-old twins, who live at the Masigcine children's centre in Mfuleni township, 35 kilometres out of Cape Town, are severely traumatised from being orphaned at the age of one and have difficulty relating to their peers.