News headlines in August 2010, page 3

  1. Embattled U.N. Chief on Charm Offensive, Says Press Corps

    Monday, August 30, 2010

    When an Asian ambassador hosted a sumptuous lunch for more than a dozen U.N. correspondents in his swanky New York apartment many moons ago, he confessed he had a hidden agenda.

  2. Media Didn’t Buy Petraeus Command’s Story of Low Taliban Morale

    Monday, August 30, 2010

    In an effort to introduce a story of 'progress' into media coverage, Gen. David Petraeus’s command claimed last week that the Taliban is suffering from reduced morale in Marjah and elsewhere, despite evidence that the population of Marjah still believes the Taliban controls that district.

  3. RIGHTS-CHINA: Environment Lawsuits Often Become Lonely Fights

    Monday, August 30, 2010

    Feng Jun's fight against a local government and the steel mills he believes polluted the water that killed his daughter has cost him nearly everything.

  4. RIGHTS-PAKISTAN: Mob Brutality Raises Painful Questions

    Monday, August 30, 2010

    A breakdown in Pakistan’s justice system, a sign of a society desensitised to violence, an example of mob brutality.

  5. BURMA: Military Shake-up Reveals Junta’s Plans for New Gov’t

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    As the November general election in Burma approaches, the country’s junta is revealing the political designs underway in order to place the powerful military under civilian authority after a lapse of 22 years.

  6. SPAIN: Puppet Marathon for Building School in Bolivia

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    The 17th Titirilandia (Puppetland) Festival will conclude with a marathon puppet show, to be held Sunday Aug. 29 in Spain's capital city in aid of a school in the remote Bolivian mining province of Potosí.

  7. Q&A: Capital Punishment in Canada, Revisited

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    Thirty-four years ago, Canada was one of the first Western countries to abolish the death penalty. In 1987, the question of capital punishment and whether it should be reinstated resurfaced in the House of Commons.

  8. Outrage Grows Over Failure to Protect DRC Civilians

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    As details emerged this week of the U.N.'s knowledge of rebel activity in the villages where nearly 200 women were systematically gang raped by armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) late last month, human rights groups are demanding an investigation into the U.N.'s failure to prevent the raid from occurring.

  9. PHILIPPINES: Media Take a Hit in Hostage Crisis

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    In the wake of the bungled hostage-rescue operation that left eight Hong Kong tourists and the gunman dead, the Philippine media are finding themselves a target of anger by many who say that sensationalism and no-holds-barred coverage added to the bloody end to a crisis they call an international embarrassment.

  10. MIDEAST: Bureaucracy Limits Rights of Palestinian Women

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    As Hamas cracks down on the rights of Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip, their sisters in the occupied West Bank are slowly gaining ground. But a bureaucracy, that is sometimes supported by foreign aid, is crippling these advances.