News headlines in July 2011, page 2

  1. Data Shows All of Earth's Systems in Rapid Decline

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Protecting bits of nature here and there will not prevent humanity from losing our life support system. Even if areas dedicated to conserving plants, animals, and other species that provide Earth's life support system increased tenfold, it would not be enough without dealing with the big issues of the 21st century: population, overconsumption and inefficient resource use.

  2. Cubans Aren't Racist, But…

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    'I'm not racist, but at night, if I see three black men coming, I cross the street'; 'I have a black friend, but I'd never accept him as my brother-in-law'; 'Who me, racist? Not at all! But my daughter marrying a black man…' These are the kinds of comments that can frequently be heard in Cuba, where discrimination of any kind is prohibited by law.

  3. U.S.: New Clean Air Rules Force Some Coal Plants to Close

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Utility companies across the U.S. have announced plans to shut down and retire several coal-fired power plants following a new rule published by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intended to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.

  4. U.N. Rights Committee Breaks 43-Year Israeli Taboo on Gaza

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    When the United Nations General Assembly created a three- member special committee to investigate Israeli human rights violations in occupied territories back in December 1968, the Jewish state reacted with obvious anger.

  5. RIGHTS-INDIA: ‘Juveniles Get No Justice in Kashmir’

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Kashmir’s juvenile justice system is sorely deficient for a state ridden with a long, and often violent, separatist conflict that attracts youth, say lawyers and rights activists.

  6. MOROCCO: Students Seek Training, Not Teaching

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Despite 12 years of reform, Morocco’s universities continue to fall short of expectations, with students complaining that the training they get does not meet the demands of the job market.

  7. MIDEAST: Palestinians Prepare for Massive Uprising

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Leading members of the Palestinian Popular Committees in the West Bank plan massive civil unrest and disobedience against the Israeli occupation authorities come September when the Palestinians take their case for statehood to the UN.

  8. U.S. Accuses Tehran of 'Secret Deal' with Al-Qaeda

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    In a significant escalation in the rhetorical battle against Iran, the U.S. Treasury Department Thursday accused Tehran of having forged a 'secret deal' with Al-Qaeda to allow it to use Iranian territory to transport money and operatives to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

  9. U.S.: BP Disaster a Year Later, Healthcare Crisis Worsens

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    When news of the disastrous BP oil well explosion reached the residents of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana last April, Mayor Tim Kerner did the only thing he could think of to stop the oil from destroying his community. He encouraged everyone in his town to join him on the water, working day and night throughout the disaster to clean-up the spill.

  10. CENTRAL AMERICA-MEXICO: Following the Trail of Missing Migrants

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    'We were in prison for three days in Mexico,' Amarilis Rodríguez from Guatemala says between sobs. 'When we crossed the border at Piedras Negras, in Tamaulipas, into the United States, we were chased by the 'migra' (border patrol agents). They caught me, but my brother escaped and I haven't heard from him since.'