News headlines in August 2011, page 4

  1. Female Trafficking Soars in Iraq

    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    Rania was 16 years old when officials raped her during Saddam Hussein’s 1991 crackdown in Iraq’s Shia south. 'My bothers were sentenced to death, and the price to stop this was to offer my body,' she says.

  2. MEXICO: Games that Kill

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    Experts and activists are calling for the reinstatement of the ban on casinos in Mexico, saying they foment not only problem gambling but also links to organised crime. The debate was revived after at least 52 people were killed in a fire set by armed men in the Casino Royale in Monterrey.

  3. COLOMBIA: Microcredit Growing Steadily at 15 Percent a Year

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    The more than 1.2 million microenterprises operating in Colombia are responsible for around 50 percent of all employment. And many of these small businesses owe their existence to the microfinance system, according to a report by Visión Económica, a local business research group.

  4. U.S.: New Report Identifies Organisational Nexus of Islamophobia

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    A small group of inter-connected foundations, think tanks, pundits, and bloggers is behind the 10-year-old campaign to promote fear of Islam and Muslims in the U.S., according to a major investigative report released here Friday by the Center for American Progress (CAP).

  5. U.S.: Analysts Criticise Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    Critics of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) gathered here Thursday to voice concerns over the U.S.’s stronghold on intellectual property rights.

  6. BRAZIL: Organised Crime Raises the Stakes

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    The assassination of Brazilian Judge Patrícia Acioli, who was investigating militias made up of off-duty police and death squads, points to a new stage of organised crime, which is expanding into the vacuum left by the impunity surrounding 90 percent of murders in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

  7. Palestinians Thirsting for Justice in Water-Starved Occupied Territories

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    In the strife-stricken Middle East, oil has always been in the realm of politics. But in the Israeli-occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank, oil has been supplanted by water.

  8. Q&A: NGOs Must Play Key Role in Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    As the United Nations readies for a major international conference on sustainable development next June in Brazil, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are preparing to play a key role in the run-up to the summit meeting and are preparing a plan of action to be adopted by world leaders.

  9. CONGO: Poachers Feel the Long Arm of New Law

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    Authorities in the Republic of Congo are showing an encouraging new readiness to arrest and prosecute people trading in endangered species.

  10. PAKISTAN: For Shia Hazaras, it’s Funeral After Funeral

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    Rukhsana Ahmed finds comfort visiting her husband Ahmed Ali Najfi’s grave. 'I feel at peace there,' says the 60-year-old widow, mother of four and member of the Shia Hazara community.