News headlines in March 2011

  1. COTE D'IVOIRE: U.S., U.N. Press Gbagbo to Yield

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    As forces loyal to Ivorian President-elect Alassane Ouattara closed in on Abidjan Thursday, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for the incumbent president, Laurent Gbabgo, to immediately step down.

  2. 'Bold Decisions' Needed in AIDS Struggle

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    A new report by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released Thursday found progress in combating HIV/AIDS worldwide to be promising, yet inadequate to meet the needs of the 33.3 million people estimated to be living with HIV in 2009.

  3. /CORRECTED REPEAT*/ BAHRAIN: Slashing Levies to Help Businesses Cope With Unrest

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Bahrain is considering slashing or putting on hold levies on businesses to help them cope with the deteriorating economy, with losses topping an estimated 500 million dollars since the beginning of unrest here in February.

  4. A Creative Boost for South-South Cooperation

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    In a rare and timely collaboration, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) teamed up with the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to produce a report on the urgent need for developing nations to pour effort and resources into their so-called creative economies.

  5. Combating Poverty With 'Poor Economics'

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    French economist Esther Duflo thinks poverty can be alleviated or even eradicated with the right policies. All it takes is for politicians to 'translate research into action,' implementing programmes that have been shown to work.

  6. ARGENTINA: Cutting-Edge Model of Coastal Protection

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Governments, environmentalists and private companies have just under four years to establish joint management of 43 protected areas on Argentina’s Atlantic coast, one of the world’s most productive and best preserved biomes.

  7. Israel Warns Against Recognition Of Independent Palestine

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    The Israeli government has warned the U.N. Security Council and the EU that it will resort to unilateral countermeasures if the international community recognises Palestine as an independent state at the General Assembly session next September.

  8. Swaziland’s Middle-Income Status Reflects Only King’s Lifestyle

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    While Swaziland struggles to alleviate its fiscal crisis with foreign aid because of its World Bank classification as a lower middle-income country, the government has increased the budget for King Mswati III, Africa’s last remaining absolute monarch and one of the richest royals in the world.

  9. JAPAN: Disaster Focuses Economic Vulnerability

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    As authorities struggle to control dangerous radioactive material spilling from the quake ravaged Fukushima nuclear power reactors, a more difficult question has begun to unsettle Japan - is the country’s post-war prosperity as invincible as was believed till now?

  10. CUBA: Forum Calls for Decentralisation, to Boost Participation

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    The annual Critical Observatory Social Forum discussed the need for new spaces of dialogue, debate and participation in Cuba, including the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and decentralisation to empower local communities.