News headlines in November 2010, page 5

  1. HAITI: Do Elections Equal Reconstruction?

    Friday, November 26, 2010

    Posters cover almost every conceivable surface, even tombs in graveyards. Trucks mounted with loud speakers blare campaign jingles. Candidates' faces are everywhere. It's elections 'à la américaine', complete with polls and whistle-stops.

  2. Genetic Flight of Nature's Jewels from Chile

    Friday, November 26, 2010

    Cactus, bushes, flowers and countless other plants are taken out of Chile daily to be studied, improved, marketed and patented. Due to the lack of regulations, the country can only stand by and watch them go.

  3. DEVELOPMENT: Economic Boom Worsened De-industrialisation of LDCs

    Friday, November 26, 2010

    Least developed countries (LDCs) in Africa did not use the commodity export boom of the mid-2000s to diversify their economies from commodity dependence to manufacturing value-added products. Significantly, the agricultural sector has also not benefited, with the result that LDC reliance on imported food has become even worse.

  4. THAILAND: Photo Exhibition Captures Human Rights — And Wrongs

    Friday, November 26, 2010

    In this fast-developing South-east Asian country where dizzying neon signboards and glass-clad skyscrapers have been overshadowed only by a colourful political battle, a group of young photographers are hoping their work behind the lens can bring human rights back into focus.

  5. Senegal Debates Merits of Ban on Begging

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    The face of the Senegalese capital has been transformed. The beggars who swarmed along its major arteries, especially in the centre of the city, its biggest markets and independence square are gone.

  6. MADAGASCAR: New Livelihoods to Protect A River's Life

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    The Nosivolo River has the greatest concentration of freshwater fish species in Madagascar. Strengthening protection of the river's biodiversity has involved transforming the livelihoods of local people.

  7. CAMBODIA: EU Trade Access Goes A Long Way

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    When the European Union slapped crippling anti-dumping duties on Vietnamese bicycle exports in 2006, one factory’s Taiwan- based owner decided enough was enough.

  8. CUBA: Lesbians Demand Fair Treatment from Health Providers

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    Lesbian and bisexual women's groups in Cuba, which welcome anyone who wishes to participate 'with solidarity and in a respectful, friendly and healthy manner,' point to the need to sensitise health personnel to the issue of female sexual diversity.

  9. DEVELOPMENT: Africa's Time Has Come

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    There is the image of Africa, worse than Africa is, and then there is Africa, so much of it better than its image. It's the continent whose time has come, African civil society leaders emphasised at a meeting in Madrid Thursday.

  10. Promise of Elbow Room for Malawi Students

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    The announcement that 5,000 new classrooms will be built thanks to a $140 million World Bank loan would come as welcome news at the Chitowo Primary School - if only the children sitting on the floors, perched on doors and in windows, even taking lessons in the dust beneath trees in the yard could hear it.