News headlines in November 2010, page 2

  1. Brazil Keeps a Grip on Bolivia's Natural Gas Industry

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobrás maintains a solid and vigorous presence in natural gas production within Bolivian territory, even with the nationalisation of petroleum and gas in 2006 led by Bolivia's left-wing President Evo Morales.

  2. Russians Refuted U.S. Claim of Iranian Missile Threat to Europe

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    A diplomatic cable from last February released by Wikileaks provides a detailed account of how Russian specialists on the Iranian ballistic missile programme refuted the U.S. suggestion that Iran has missiles that could target European capitals or intends to develop such a capability.

  3. UGANDA: Carbon Finance May Not Benefit Forest Communities

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    Uganda has lost more than two million hectares of forest since 1990, mostly converted to farmland by a growing population of smallholders. Carbon finance through the REDD programme is often presented as one way to arrest this destruction, but only if the benefits clearly translate to the grassroots.

  4. From DREAM to Nightmare, Deportations Soar in U.S.

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    While the U.S. Congress idles on the passage of the DREAM Act, immigrants here face ever harsher treatment. The rate of deportations has increased by 1,200 percent since 1990, from 30,000 per year then to a staggering 360,000 under the Barack Obama administration.

  5. PERU: Mineral-Rich Highlands Lack Legal Protection

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    More than 11 percent of Peruvian territory is distributed among mining concessions. Those mining blocks can include moors, river sources, and even protected natural areas.

  6. Gender-Based Violence: 'Zimbabwe Police Officers Forget Themselves'

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    Tasha Ncube* has no kind words for the police. Early last month, the 31-year-old mother of two was beaten several times by her husband over what she says were small arguments. This was the first time in a marriage that has gone for years without any such occurrence.

  7. MIDEAST: Egypt's Duplicity Stands Exposed

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    More than 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables released by online whistle- blower WikiLeaks include statements made behind closed doors that could prove embarrassing for Egypt’s government, say analysts.

  8. RIGHTS-JAPAN: Lay Judges Open Up Judicial System

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    It recently handed down two death sentences just a few days apart, leaving many of those against capital punishment upset. But legal experts say Japan’s lay-judge system is changing this country’s criminal justice process for the better, largely because it is making this process closer to the public.

  9. U.S.: Federal Reserve Conjures - and Redefines - Money

    Monday, November 29, 2010

    The private central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve, has begun purchasing $600 billion of long-term U.S. Treasury Bonds, essentially subsidising the federal deficit for the year.

  10. U.S.: No Top Secrets, but Damaging Nonetheless

    Monday, November 29, 2010

    While the massive dump of some 250,000 internal U.S. diplomatic communications by Wikileaks includes none marked 'top secret', their dissemination is already causing considerable embarrassment and may well inflict longer-term damage on Washington's foreign relations.