News headlines in April 2011, page 4

  1. Sunshine and Shadow in Rwanda's Rural Housing Programme

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    The gleam of new corrugated iron sheets shimmers through the blue-green haze that veils Rwanda's rural valleys and hillsides. It is a visible sign of Rwanda’s metamorphosis from a nation devastated by genocide seventeen years ago to the fastest modernising state on the continent.

  2. BAHRAIN: McCarthyism in Manama?

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    As the savage crackdown on the majority Shiite opposition movement drags on in Bahrain, King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa's military regime — backed by the hefty armed forces of Sunni- dominated Saudi Arabia — has moved from launching outright assaults on peaceful protestors on the streets of Manama in broad daylight into the murky waters of what experts are calling state terror, featuring all the old tactics of petrifying a population into submission.

  3. YEMEN: Children Dragged Into Dangerous Protests

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Children are increasingly facing frontline risks at Yemen’s anti-government protests. Parents are bringing them to demonstrations in the belief that they too are necessary for sacrifices in the revolution against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

  4. HEALTH: Fukushima, Chernobyl Raise Questions about WHO's Role

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    The nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan and the 25th anniversary of the catastrophe in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have thrown into relief contradictions in the role played by the World Health Organisation, which civil society organisations have spent years pointing out.

  5. Washington Failing to Understand Iran's Opposition

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    The popular uprisings that have brought turmoil to Arab countries across the Middle East and North Africa have also underscored Washington's dearth of knowledge about forces on the ground in authoritarian states in the Middle East. One of the largest questions bedeviling policy makers has been the composition of various emerging opposition movements.

  6. GCC Brokers Power Transfer for Yemen's Embattled Leader

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    The official Yemeni opposition group, the Joint Meetings Party (JMP), has announced it will sign a deal brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Wednesday which will officially transfer President Ali Abdullah Saleh's powers, temporarily, to his vice president Abd al-Rab Mansur al Hadi.

  7. Why U.S. and NATO Fed Detainees to Afghan Torture System

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Starting in late 2005, U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan began turning detainees over to the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS), despite its well-known reputation for torture.

  8. BOLIVIA: The Boomerang Effect for Morales

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    It wasn't easy to get to the Bolivian city of Riberalta from Brazil. The adventurous journey included potholes on the Brazilian highway, a rickety boat that ferried us across the Mamoré - the border river - and an unnerving ride on a motorcycle taxi. But the biggest complication was the roadblocks.

  9. The Royal Are More Royal Outside Britain

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Quite a treat Britain has on offer for the world these days. Or who would ever have been talking - in this day and age - about a prince and princess riding in splendour into a world of pageboys and palaces.

  10. U.S.: Connecticut Likely to Abolish Ultimate Punishment

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    This month, Connecticut became the latest in a growing line of U.S. states to move toward ending capital punishment.