News headlines in January 2011, page 4

  1. EGYPT: Eerie Silence Follows ‘Unprecedented Brutality’

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    Tear-gas and smoke wafted through the air of the Egyptian capital on Friday as police moved swiftly to disperse anti-government demonstrations throughout the city.

  2. Rampant Speculation Inflated Food Price Bubble

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    Billions of dollars are being made by investors in a speculative 'food bubble' that's created record food prices, starving millions and destabilising countries, experts now conclude.

  3. EGYPT: Embattled Regime Cuts Internet Services

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    Twitter was an early casualty. Then Facebook access became spotty. But when the Internet itself went down, Egyptian pro-democracy activists knew their protests were having an effect.

  4. SOUTH AFRICA: New, Assertive Women's Voices in Local Elections

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    Noncedo Pulana lacks many things, but she is certainly not short of confidence as she prepares to stand for election as Khayelitsha ward councillor. She feels her long years as an activist in the sprawling township have prepared her to do a better job.

  5. Russia Struggles to Get a Grip on Corruption

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    A government initiative aimed at rooting out deep-seated corruption in Russia has hit a number of stumbling blocks since its implementation. According to experts, the initiative, adopted by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the beginning of his term, has been unsuccessful in combating the pervasive issue of corruption, particularly in regional administrations and offices, in this eastern European country.

  6. Dams Threaten Aboriginal Tribe

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    Over the years, the Kadars, a dwindling aboriginal tribe who live on the borders of the southern Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, have survived pestilences, extreme exploitation and even mass sterilisations. But a new government plan to build a hydroelectric dam across the Chalakudy River would have been the death knell for the group who now number about 1,500.

  7. France Holds Back the Sun

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    France’s high tariffs for solar-generated electricity have led to an investment boom in photovoltaic panels, but now the government is rowing back, much to the chagrin of environmentalists.

  8. U.S.-MIDEAST: Obama Riding a Tiger

    Thursday, January 27, 2011

    Suddenly faced with an unprecedented number of challenges across the Arab world, the administration of President Barack Obama is scrambling hard to keep up.

  9. RIGHTS-CUBA: Few Advances, Besides Release of Prisoners

    Thursday, January 27, 2011

    A dissident group in Cuba described the human rights situation in the country as 'very unfavourable,' although it recognised that the number of people prosecuted or imprisoned for 'political motivations' has gone down in the last 12 months.

  10. AFRICA: France Plays Suspicious Role in Countries in Crisis

    Thursday, January 27, 2011

    The three African states in which political crises have recently erupted — Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Tunisia — all feature a strong French economic presence as well as close military and political ties to the former European colonial power, with France at times playing a protective role towards elites accused of abuses.