News headlines in March 2011, page 2

  1. 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 at 500 million dollars since the beginning of unrest here in February.

  2. ZIMBABWE: Fears for Next Generation of Women Leaders

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Zimbabwe's veteran women politicians fear there are no younger women coming up through the ranks to replace them. Measures to improve women's representation have achieved little and young women are absent from the traditional entry points into politics.

  3. Zimbabwe's Braying Cavalry in Campaign for Literacy

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Across Zimbabwe, economic and political crisis has forced students to do without books, classroom furniture, teachers - the basics of a conducive learning environment. These learners cannot go to libraries, so the libraries have gone to them.

  4. MALAWI: Putting Knowledge Into Practice in Childbirth

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Post-partum haemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. A decade of applying research to midwifery practice in one Malawi district demonstrates that PPH is quite easy to prevent.

  5. U.S.-SYRIA: Neo-Cons Target Assad Regime

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Despite the clear opposition of the Barack Obama administration and apparent ambivalence on the part of the right-wing government in Israel, neo-conservative hawks here have set their sights on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who they hope will be the next domino to fall to the so-called 'Arab Spring'.

  6. CUBA-US: Carter Visit Puts Problems on the Table

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    During former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's three-day visit to Cuba, which ended Wednesday, the main problems to be resolved in order to reduce tension and move towards an eventual improvement in relations between the two countries were put on the table.

  7. U.S.: Budget Cuts Threaten Handful of Beds for Homeless Youth

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    When Malika, 21, fled her parents' house in the U.S. state of Virginia three years ago to escape a forced marriage in Iran, she did not expect to end up homeless and living in shelters.

  8. MIDEAST: Washington's Patchwork Policy on Democracy

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    While a NATO-led coalition continues to enforce a no-fly zone in a Libya that seems to be on the brink of catastrophe, the Barack Obama administration has yet to formulate a set of guiding principles in dealing with ongoing protests throughout the region in countries like Bahrain.

  9. Least Developed Countries Stagnate Under Ailing Strategies

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    A report released Tuesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO) for the Fourth Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) slated to take place in Istanbul, Turkey in early May expressed a strong critique of the snail's pace of development, but stopped just short of calling for radical new policies to be implemented.

  10. BOTSWANA: Capital Upgrade for City's Sewers

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    The evidence of Gaborone's inadequate sewerage system hangs in the air over the Botswana capital's low income area. Pit latrines dominate, and residents complain that the city doesn't empty them frequently enough. But the end may be in sight.