News headlines in 2010, page 4

  1. Q&A: 'This Time There Will Be No Noah's Ark'

    Tuesday, December 28, 2010

    'The market is not going to resolve the environmental crisis,' says theologian and environmentalist Leonardo Boff, professor at Brazil's State University of Rio de Janeiro. The solution, he says, lies in ethics and in changing our relationship with nature.

  2. POLITICS- NAMIBIA: Numbers of Women in Government Declining

    Tuesday, December 28, 2010

    Twenty years after independence, representation of women in senior government structures and in Parliament is declining in Namibia. According to the latest demographic survey results of August 2010, out of a population of around 2 million, women outnumber men 10:9. In 2001, the ratio was 94 males per 100 females.

  3. FOOD CRISIS: Two New Varieties of Vegetables on Kenyan Food Market

    Tuesday, December 28, 2010

    Agriculture remains one of the most significant economic activities in Kenya. It accounts for over 24 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with an estimated 70 percent of total production coming from small scale farmers who typically have about 2-5 acres of land, depending on the region.

  4. CHINA: Researchers Race Toward Renewable Energy

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    Researchers in China, the world’s leading provider of wind turbines and solar panels, are working toward making renewable energy cheaper, more efficient and a bigger part of the country’s power grid.

  5. CAMBODIA: Aid Dependence May Hurt Successes in HIV, AIDS

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    Thanks to a healthy cocktail of foreign aid and a pragmatic condom policy, one of South-east Asia’s poorest countries is well on course to meeting an international target aimed at reversing the spread of HIV and AIDS.

  6. PERU: Sacrificing the Rainforest on the Altar of Energy

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    The construction of five hydroelectric dams in Peru as part of an energy deal with Brazil will do considerable damage to the environment, such as the destruction of nearly 1.5 million hectares of jungle over the next 20 years, according to an independent study.

  7. GUATEMALA: Women Make Inroads in Key Positions of Power

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    Guatemala, it seems, is trying out a new image. As of this month, women are at the helm of the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Comptroller General's Office, winning their posts on merit, in what local activists are calling an important step in women's access to political power -- though 'there is a long way to go.'

  8. MAURITIUS: They Do Politics Differently

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    'I do politics every day, but partisan politics? No, thank you,' says Jane Ragoo, long-time trade unionist and social worker. She believes in working to bring about change in society and improve people’s lives but has no interest in clambering onto a truck to campaign for office.

  9. INDIA: Life Term for Activist a Setback for Human Rights

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    The life sentence served on Dr Binayak Sen on charges of helping Maoist rebels in eastern India has rattled people and organisations fighting to strengthen human rights in a country that prides itself on being the world’s biggest democracy.

  10. PERU: Decades On, Women Remain Last in Line for Justice

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    Investigations of the raping of women in the 1980s during Peru's counterinsurgency war have ground to a halt, even though the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission filed the respective complaints in 2004. Not one sentence has been handed down for the soldiers alleged to have committed the rapes, while more victims come forward.