News headlines in February 2011, page 5

  1. ARGENTINA: Proposal to Go after Clients of Sex Trafficking Victims

    Friday, February 25, 2011

    An Argentine government proposal to crack down on clients benefiting from the trafficking of persons for the purposes of sexual exploitation has unleashed a heated debate between feminist organisations that support the idea and sex workers who are opposed to it.

  2. UN Rights Envoy Faces Balancing Act in Cambodia

    Friday, February 25, 2011

    A United Nations rights envoy says Cambodia must accelerate the pace of its democratic reforms, but it’s unclear how much sway he holds with a government that has become increasingly resistant to international criticism.

  3. Central America Hopes for Answers from Obama

    Friday, February 25, 2011

    Central America is cautiously hoping that the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to El Salvador Mar. 22-23 will give tangible form to Washington's commitment to protecting immigrants and fighting organised crime in the region, analysts told IPS.

  4. TRADE: South African Imports Filling Zimbabwean Shop Shelves

    Friday, February 25, 2011

    When the government of national unity (GNU) was formed two years ago, Zimbabweans expected that the days of shop shelves being filled with imported consumer goods would soon be over.

  5. Q&A: 'Education Must Reach the Marginalised'

    Friday, February 25, 2011

    Although more girls are enrolling in school - notably in countries with the greatest gender gaps like Chad, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Yemen - two-thirds of the world's illiterate adults are still women.

  6. DEVELOPMENT: Support Piles Up for Millennium Consumption Goals

    Friday, February 25, 2011

    Suggestions are pouring in from all corners of the world on how the world’s rich could reduce climate-damaging consumption habits, called Millennium Consumption Goals (MCGs), envisioned to be the flipside of the eight-point Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set for the poor.

  7. INDIA: Fishers in Survival Battle With Turtles

    Friday, February 25, 2011

    A growing number of endangered olive ridley sea turtles have been getting killed in Eastern India’s coastal state Orissa by mechanized vessels defying a fishing ban on one of the world’s largest turtle sanctuaries, Gahirmatha.

  8. Anti-Gay Laws Fuel HIV

    Friday, February 25, 2011

    Outdated laws that treat same-sex relations as a crime in a third of Asia-Pacific countries fuel fresh HIV infections, especially among men who have sex with men (MSM), a most vulnerable community.

  9. PERU: Nutritional Supplement Programme Big Business for a Few

    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    Peru's Glass of Milk Programme (PVL) is failing in its aim of providing nutritional supplements to all poor children in Peru. But it has been a big business opportunity for the handful of companies that supply the programme, according to a special audit report seen by IPS.

  10. Never Tip the Army in Egypt

    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    Abu Mustafa Al Matriah and Abu Ahmed Abu Amrah, both Bedouins in Northern Sinai are thankful to the army that they can complete their daily deliveries without having 'to pay so much baksheesh' (gratuity).