News headlines in May 2010, page 5

  1. JAMAICA: Communities Pay High Price for Soaring Crime Rates

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    This week's ongoing standoff in Jamaica, in which 73 people have been killed as police search for a wanted gang leader in the Tivoli Gardens neighbourhood of Kingston, is focusing renewed international attention on the island's seemingly intractable violent crime rate.

  2. U.S. Defence Spending Far Outpaces Rest of the World

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    The United States continues to lead the world in defence spending, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centre for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, a U.S.-based non-partisan research organisation.

  3. Legal Groups Protest Probe of Guantanamo Lawyers

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    The American Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and numerous other legal organisations are demanding that the Senate Armed Services Committee reject a provision in a House of Representatives bill that would mandate an investigation into lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay detainees.

  4. Fighting Off Criticism, IWC Looks to Rein in Whaling

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    It may seem odd that an outright ban on whaling would not be the most effective way to prevent the controversial practice, but that is exactly what the International Whaling Commission is betting on.

  5. PERU: Native Peoples' Right to Consultation on Land Use Enshrined in Law

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    Indigenous peoples in Peru finally have a law that obliges the state to consult them about any project or provision that affects their territory or communities. But it will be difficult to implement, as the body charged with this task is in need of reforms, and additional legislation is needed before it can be fully enforced.

  6. EUROPE: Cutting Emissions, and Costs

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    Deeper cuts to the European Union's greenhouse gas emissions than those approved by its governments would be less expensive than previously thought, according to a new analysis.

  7. ENVINRONMENT-SRI LANKA: Saving the Island’s Remaining Coral Reefs

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    It is Saturday morning and the Pollhana beach, 160 kilometres south of the capital Colombo, is jampacked as usual with local and foreign tourists alike, who are either playing in the sand or bathing in its calm, shallow water, which is gleaming under the sunlight.

  8. ENVINRONMENT-SRI LANKA: Saving the Island’s Remaining Coral Reefs

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    It is Saturday morning and the Pollhana beach, 160 kilometres south of the capital Colombo, is jampacked as usual with local and foreign tourists alike, who are either playing in the sand or bathing in its calm, shallow water, which is gleaming under the sunlight.

  9. U.N. Biodiversity Plan Demands Voice for Women

    Thursday, May 27, 2010

    Women provide up to 90 percent of the rural poor's food and produce up to 80 percent of food in most developing countries, and yet they are almost completely ignored when policy decisions are made about agriculture and biodiversity.

  10. Obama Security Strategy Stresses Economy, Multilateralism

    Thursday, May 27, 2010

    In his first National Security Strategy (NSS), President Barack Obama Thursday pledged to maintain Washington's 'military superiority' but stressed that the persistence of the nation's global power will depend more on the health of its domestic economy and international cooperation.