News headlines in August 2011, page 5

  1. Global Warming Behind Somali Drought

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    The severe drought in the Horn of Africa, which has caused the death of at least 30,000 children and is affecting some 12 million people, especially in Somalia, is a direct consequence of weather phenomena associated with climate change and global warming, environmental scientists say.

  2. U.S.: Budget Talks Have Major Defence Contractors on Edge

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    When an expensive unmanned aircraft built by Lockheed Martin Corporation, a U.S. defence contractor, disappeared during a U.S. military test flight off the Pacific coast earlier this month, the debacle raised eyebrows.

  3. CHILE: 'We Are Prepared to Give Our Lives for Education'

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    As students and teachers continue their massive protests in the streets of Chile's cities, one of the most extreme methods of demanding higher-quality, free public education is the hunger strike being undertaken by 28 youngsters at secondary schools across the country, four of whom have not taken food for nearly 40 days.

  4. CULTURE-CUBA: Women Rappers a Vocal Minority

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Women are still a small minority on Cuba’s hip hop scene. 'If the situation is hard for us nationwide, imagine what it’s like in the eastern region, where this genre has very little recognition,' says Yaneidys Tamayo, leader of the group Las Positivas.

  5. Q&A: ‘Cooperatives Aren’t Charity'

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    As industrial production penetrates all corners of the planet and transnational capital gains have unfettered access to virtually every country and community, the United Nations has declared 2012 to be the ‘International Year of Cooperatives (IYC)’.

  6. CENTRAL AMERICA: 'Green Economy' Not a Panacea

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    The 'green economy' will not solve the problems of poverty and natural disasters in Central America as long as the development model continues to be based on over-consumption and over-production, regional experts say.

  7. IRAQ: Trafficked to Baghdad’s Green Zone

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Ukrainian and Bulgarian workers are currently camped out on a construction site of half-built luxury villas in Baghdad’s elite 'Green Zone' — a vast security enclave housing government offices, embassies and international NGOs - demanding their salaries before being shipped back home.

  8. GHANA: Struggle to Prevent Import of Counterfeit Drugs

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Counterfeit medicines have flooded the market in Ghana and have even made their way into government hospitals as the country’s drug regulator struggles to control the importation of drugs.

  9. LIBYA: Evidence of 'Mass Execution' in Tripoli

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Al Jazeera has found evidence of a possible mass execution of political activists in Libya.

  10. BRAZIL: Fight for Gay Rights Making Strides

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Brazil is making progress in cracking down on homophobia and upholding the rights of homosexuals. The latest step was the introduction in Congress of a bill on sexual diversity, sponsored by the bar association in consultation with civil society.