News headlines in June 2010, page 5

  1. PAKISTAN: Water Trickles Back into Village, Thanks to Solar Desalination

    Sunday, June 27, 2010

    Ismail Achar never thought a day would come when his island village would be reduced to a barren tract of land with hardly a drop of water to drink.

  2. ENVIRONMENT: Thailand Fights Addiction to Plastic Bags

    Sunday, June 27, 2010

    Buy a hairpin and the sales clerk has a microscopic plastic bag for it. A soda purchase from a corner store may end up having the liquid poured into a plastic bag, and then topped off with a plastic straw. There is no plastic bag yet that could fit a car, but if there was one country that could come up with one, Thailand would probably be it.

  3. Love, Commitment and Anger in Detroit

    Sunday, June 27, 2010

    The 2010 U.S. Social Forum ended Saturday in Detroit, a city viewed by many as a metaphor for the excesses of U.S. capitalism, with strong parting words from Pablo Solon, Bolivia's permanent representative to the United Nations.

  4. BRAZIL: Forestry Law Reforms Augur More Disasters

    Sunday, June 27, 2010

    While the Brazilian authorities tally the death toll and the economic losses caused by recent torrential rains in the northeast, activists warn that a legislative bill to modify the Forestry Code will only worsen the effects of extreme weather, which is increasingly frequent in the context of climate change.

  5. EDUCATION: EnGendering Awareness in Trainee Teachers

    Sunday, June 27, 2010

    The teacher seats the most attentive girls in the front row and the troublesome boys at the back of the classroom. He punishes the liveliest pupil and lets the withdrawn one be. Dark-skinned boys sit with dark-skinned girls, boys play with boys and girls with girls.

  6. Wrangling Continues over New U.N. Women's Entity

    Sunday, June 27, 2010

    Ahead of a week-long meeting on gender equality starting Monday at the United Nations, women's rights activists have been pushing for concrete progress on a pledge made last September by the world body to create a new, better-funded U.N. agency for women.

  7. Activists Slam G8's Aid Shell Game

    Saturday, June 26, 2010

    The G8 bloc of wealthy nations promised five billion dollars Saturday for health and nutrition programmes that benefit women and children in developing countries.

  8. ENVIRONMENT: Honduran Caribbean on a Tightrope

    Saturday, June 26, 2010

    The biodiversity of Capiro Calentura National Park, on the northern coast of Honduras, could disappear as a result of tourism, agricultural expansion and drug trafficking.

  9. G20: China May Not be the Saviour

    Saturday, June 26, 2010

    Against a backdrop of rising expectations that it holds the key to global economic recovery, China has sent a subtle signal that its economic health is frail and that external pressure to revalue its currency will cause more damage than good.

  10. THAILAND: Government Targets Red Shirts with Harsh Law, Propaganda

    Friday, June 25, 2010

    With the force of an emergency law behind it, the Thai government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is tightening the screws on an opposition protest movement that, if mishandled, could extract a heavy political price.