News headlines in April 2011, page 5

  1. U.N. Role Questioned in Camp Ashraf Massacre

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Two weeks after an attack by Iraqi security forces against Camp Ashraf, a base for Iranian exiles, killed 34 people and left over 300 injured, international and humanitarian law experts have urged the U.N. to conduct an impartial investigation regarding the role of Prime Minister Nouri Al- Maliki, as well as Iran and the United States, in the massacre.

  2. Friends or Foes, Syria's Neighbours Wary of Assad's Ouster

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    As Syria accelerates a violent crackdown on opposition demonstrators, the country's rising instability and uncertain future are already reverberating beyond its borders in Iran, Israel, Lebanon and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf.

  3. Q&A: 'Brazil Doesn’t Need Poisons to Maintain Food Production'

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Brazil could give up its dubious rank as the world’s number one consumer of agrochemicals without decreasing the amount of food it produces for its own people, according to João Pedro Stédile, leader of the Landless Workers Movement (MST).

  4. OP-ED: Maternal Meltdown From Chernobyl to Fukushima

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    On this day 25 years ago, a massive explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine released clouds of radioactive particles into the atmosphere across Russia and Europe. The catastrophe had lasting effects on people’s health, particularly on women and their unborn children. On this sober anniversary, we look back at Chernobyl and the lessons learned to ensure the health of Japanese women as the Fukushima disaster unfolds.

  5. MIDEAST: Israel Awaits Palestinian ‘Tsunami’

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    A small rally by prominent Israeli left-wing intellectuals in support of Palestinian statehood revived the dormant debate about the morality and sustainability of Israel's 43-year occupation. Neither the choice of site nor timing was coincidental.

  6. Asian Allies Back Burma Uneasily

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Already Burma’s new civilian government poses problems for its Asian allies as it tries to woo the international community. The month-old quasi-civilian administration, led by President Thein Sein has launched a new diplomatic charm offensive in an effort to get international approval for the cosmetic changes that have been introduced under the guise of a new civilian government.

  7. SENEGAL: Local Heath Posts a Qualified Success

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    'We no longer need to go to Hanène, three kilometres away, for vaccinations or for check-up for our children,' said Maguette Niang, a 40-year-old mother from Keur Madaro, a village in the west of Senegal.

  8. Toll Rises as Army Storms Syrian Towns

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Syrian troops backed by tanks and heavy armour have stormed the southern town of Deraa and also Douma, a suburb of the capital Damascus, resulting in many deaths and dozens of arrests.

  9. U.N. Chief Powerless to Pursue War Crimes in Sri Lanka

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon admitted Monday he is not empowered to establish an international war crimes tribunal to probe the 'serious violations' of international humanitarian and human rights law committed during the concluding stages of the decades-long conflict in Sri Lanka in May 2009.

  10. PORTUGAL: Commemoration of Revolution Turns into Protest Against IMF

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    The traditional celebration of the anniversary of the 1974 Carnation Revolution in the Portuguese capital turned into a massive protest against the extreme austerity measures imposed by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a condition for the imminent financial bailout.