News headlines in March 2011, page 4

  1. ZIMBABWE: Backlash Against Women in Politics

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    'Women in Zimbabwe are largely seen as a huge demographic to be exploited by politicians who seek our support,' says Ntombikayise Mswela. 'But when we take to the streets to demand respect and our rights from the same government we are thrown into prison.

  2. Latin America's Gaze Increasingly Turns East

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    On the heels of U.S. President Barack Obama's trip to Latin America, Washington's traditional role as 'regional hegemon' is being reevaluated as its attention focuses on the Arab Spring and an emerging commercial competitor - China - focuses on the U.S.'s backyard.

  3. LIBYA-U.S.: Obama Speech Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    Widely praised as an effective defence of Washington's 10-day- old military intervention in Libya, President Barack Obama's speech Monday evening appears to have left several key questions about his future intentions unanswered.

  4. Syria Between Hope and Fear

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    Pro-democracy 'Day of Dignity' rallies in Syria have led to many casualties in recent days. Before real political reforms are introduced, many lines will be crossed, lives lost, and human rights discarded

  5. GUATEMALA: Evictions of Native Families Add Fuel to Fire Over Land Acces

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    'We have nowhere to plant our corn, we have nothing,' Jorge Chocoj told IPS while waiting with his wife and three children for the police to evict them from the land they farmed in northwestern Guatemala.

  6. AUSTRALIA: Pushing Uranium Exports Despite Japanese Crisis

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    Many countries view nuclear energy as a way to meet growing electricity demands without releasing large amounts of greenhouse gasses. And as a major uranium exporter, Australia is keen to capitalise on future opportunities despite the ongoing nuclear emergency at Japan’s Fukushima reactors.

  7. Asian Group in Key Role in High-Level U.N. Elections

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    The 53-member Asian Group, one of the largest regional groups in the world body, is expected to endorse the final candidates for two key positions in the organisation: the president of the next General Assembly sessions, beginning in September, and the secretary-general of the United Nations for the next five years, beginning in January 2012.

  8. U.S. High Court Rejects High-Profile Death Penalty Appeal

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that it would not hear an appeal by death row inmate Troy Davis, in what could be the end of the legal road for the Georgia prisoner whose case has garnered international support.

  9. AGRICULTURE: Malawian Cotton Farmers Ecstatic Over High Prices

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    An ardent listener to the radio, small-scale cotton farmer Mercy Kaduya from Chikhwawa in Nsanje in southern Malawi has just heard an item during the international news segment that cotton prices have hit a record high on the international market.

  10. ECUADOR: Trees on Shaky Ground in Texaco’s Rainforest

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    When the trunks of the trees move with every step you take, you know you are in a swamp. This is what happens when you walk over the seemingly firm and vegetation-covered ground over what was once a pit used to dump oil sludge in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest.