News headlines in August 2011, page 3

  1. U.S.: New Oil Pipeline Sparks Civil Disobedience

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    On the tenth day of a protest wave that has been gaining momentum since Aug. 20 and will continue until Sep. 3, nearly 300 people gathered in Lafayette Park directly across from the White House in Washington D.C., chanting, 'When I say 'tar sands', you say 'no!' When I say 'action', you say 'go!''

  2. Neglected Diseases Group Seeking Child-Friendly AIDS Drugs

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    A scientific alliance in which developing countries are playing a key role has taken on the challenge of producing paediatric AIDS drugs, an area that is no longer a priority for pharmaceutical companies because mother-to-child transmission of HIV has virtually been eliminated in the industrialised world.

  3. BURKINA FASO: Justice Campaigners Welcome Police Convictions for Fatal Beating

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    The conviction of three policemen for the February death of high school student Justin Zongo should be another building block in the struggle against impunity in Burkina Faso, say student leaders and human rights defenders.

  4. Hariri Bombing Indictment Based on Flawed Premise

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    The indictment of four men linked to Hezbollah in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri made public by the Special Tribunal on Lebanon Aug. 17 is questionable not because it is based on 'circumstantial evidence', but because that evidence is based on a flawed premise.

  5. SOUTH AMERICA: Leap in Mercosur Bloc Exports 'Not Just Commodities'

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    The boom in exports from South America's Mercosur trade bloc is due not only to commodities sold to China and other large emerging economies, but also to industrial goods bound for other Latin American and Caribbean markets.

  6. IRAN: Music Finds a Voice in Tehran

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    The waiter at the coffee shop moves rapidly to the entrance for a quick glance outside. Within, a young Iranian musician has started to play the saxophone. He has five minutes to perform, he cannot risk a raid on the 'guerrilla' location for a little music.

  7. AUSTRALIA: Refugee Centres Breed Mental Illness

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    Concern is growing for the mental health of thousands of people locked up indefinitely in this country’s immigration detention system.

  8. U.N. Launches Campaign to Break Catch-22 of Statelessness

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    For the majority of the world’s population, citizenship is a fact of life, something so fundamental that the idea of not being citizen to any state seems unfathomable. Yet for 12 million people worldwide, ordinary life as most people expect it is impossible because they belong to no country and are thus deprived of basic rights.

  9. First Federal Reserve Audit Reveals Trillions in Secret Bailouts

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    The first-ever audit of the U.S. Federal Reserve has revealed 16 trillion dollars in secret bank bailouts and has raised more questions about the quasi-private agency’s opaque operations.

  10. LIBYA: When Caught in the Crossfire

    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    Thousands have been caught in the Libyan fighting — people neither with Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, or with the rebels. Ayman Agamy Abdelgawad, an Egyptian released from Tripoli’s Abdu Selim prison, shares his experiences with IPS. He narrates his experience below: