News headlines in July 2010

  1. U.S.: Controversy Highlights Plight of Black, and White, Farmers

    Saturday, July 31, 2010

    The controversial firing of an African-American federal government employee over comments misconstrued to be racist has refocused attention on the plight of black farmers in the U.S. South.

  2. Ocean Losing Its Green

    Saturday, July 31, 2010

    The oceans are the lifeblood of our planet and plankton its red blood cells. Those vital 'red blood cells' have declined more than 40 percent since 1950 and the rate of decline is increasing due to climate change, scientists reported this week.

  3. Families of Dead U.S. Vets Accuse Insurer of Massive Scam

    Saturday, July 31, 2010

    Prudential cheated the families of dead U.S. soldiers and Marines out of more than 100 million dollars in interest on their life-insurance policies, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in a Massachusetts federal court.

  4. Haitian Immigrant Street Peddlers Try to Get a Leg Up

    Saturday, July 31, 2010

    Gaston Dorelus has little education, no vocational training, no extrinsic qualifications to make his way through life any easier.

  5. CUBA: Village with English Past, Ecological Present

    Saturday, July 31, 2010

    Only hurricanes disrupt the tranquility of Cocodrilo, a Cuban coastal village founded by immigrants from the Cayman Islands in the early 20th century.

  6. BURKINA FASO: Race to Achieve Goals on Sanitation

    Saturday, July 31, 2010

    The government of Burkina Faso has embarked on the construction of 55,000 latrines each year to improve access to proper sanitation for the population from the present 10 percent to 54 percent by 2015.

  7. POLITICS-GUINEA: Women Amongst Also-Rans in Presidential Elections

    Friday, July 30, 2010

    Celou Dalein Diallo gained a significant advantage over Alpha Condé, his main rival for the Guinean presidency, when a third candidate said he would back Diallo in a second round of voting in August. But what has become of women candidates for high political office in this West African country?

  8. POLITICS: Temple Row Sours Thai-Cambodian Ties - Again

    Friday, July 30, 2010

    Thailand’s tempestuous relationship with its eastern neighbour Cambodia looks set to worsen, fuelled by the latest round of anger over the future of a 10th- century Hindu temple perched atop a steep cliff along the two countries’ border.

  9. BRAZIL: Young Indigenous Hero Teaches History in Video Game

    Friday, July 30, 2010

    Computer game technology can have an impact on the way we view the world. In a new video game developed in Brazil, a young indigenous boy named Jeró helps break down the stereotypes of the worldwide video game industry while teaching about the history of colonialism.

  10. HUMAN RIGHTS-CHILE: Unfinished Business

    Friday, July 30, 2010

    The controversial proposal to pardon some convicts in Chile for humanitarian reasons, which was put forward by the Catholic Church and partially taken up by President Sebastián Piñera, has revived the debate on the country's human rights situation, both past and present.