News headlines in May 2011, page 4

  1. China Takes Back Seat on IMF, For Now

    Sunday, May 29, 2011

    The sex scandal in the top couloirs of the IMF and the power struggle to find a successor to Dominique Strauss-Kahn has fascinated the Chinese. Rife speculations about political intrigues and shadowy deals behind the scenes have spilled into cyberspace and the usually restrained media.

  2. Iceland Pushes Energetically Ahead

    Sunday, May 29, 2011

    Iceland’s national power company, Landsvirkjun, has announced that it intends to double its generating capacity over the next 15 years, with a blend consisting mostly of hydroelectric and geothermal plants but potentially using wind and tidal energy as well.

  3. Peacemakers Swim Against the Tide

    Sunday, May 29, 2011

    Although politicians seem to have put the peace process on ice, there are many different groups in Israel and the Palestinian territories that still believe in reconciliation. They call on the world not to believe in stereotypes. 'The minute you choose sides, you become part of the conflict.'

  4. Taiwanese Ponder Democracy Deficit

    Sunday, May 29, 2011

    A coalition of Taiwan social activists has warned that the island country's democracy is now in a state of ''stagnation'' after three years of government under the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang or KMT) administration of President Ma Ying-jeou.

  5. G8: ‘Arab Spring Could Lead to African Drought’

    Saturday, May 28, 2011

    Stressing that there is only so much money to go around, development experts worry that the aid package the Group of Eight (G8) has announced for North Africa may mean fewer funds for the rest of the continent.

  6. INDIA: Kashmir in Search of Lost Culture

    Saturday, May 28, 2011

    While the conflict in Indian Kashmir and the destruction it has caused often makes the news, its impact on culture has hardly gotten any attention.

  7. MIDEAST: Settlers See New Support from Obama

    Saturday, May 28, 2011

    The leader of Israel’s most right-wing government since the establishment of the Jewish state 63 years ago, has returned to Israel with his popularity surging since talks with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.

  8. PAKISTAN: Women Lose Livelihood Centres to Militants

    Saturday, May 28, 2011

    Housewife Shahida Jabeen was devastated when she heard the news that she could no longer take sewing and embroidery classes at the local training centre in her hometown in South Waziristan in north-west Pakistan.

  9. SRI LANKA: Peace Dividend Skips Remote Villages

    Saturday, May 28, 2011

    The road to Unnichchai in eastern Sri Lanka makes for a nerve-wracking journey trying to avoid large crater-like potholes, squeezing across narrow bridges, and passing by a patchwork landscape of paddy fields - both abandoned and cultivated - with not a building in sight.

  10. Amnesty's Tireless Vigil during South America's Dark Night

    Friday, May 27, 2011

    In the 1970s, with no Internet or social networking sites to get information out, Amnesty International managed to become a thorn in the side of the dictatorships of the Southern Cone of South America, several people who benefited from its advocacy work recalled on the occasion of the rights watchdog's 50th anniversary.