News headlines in October 2011

  1. EUROPE: ‘Agenda for Change’ Leaves Middle-Income Countries Out in the Cold

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Last week the European Commission unveiled its ‘Agenda for Change’, a new policy framework outlining priorities for the European Union’s development aid and detailing the Commission’s renewed focus on economic growth as a means of poverty reduction, particularly in the world’s poorest countries.

  2. U.S.: Occupy Movement Divides Civil Rights Activists

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    While some veterans of the Civil Rights Movement have joined forces with the Occupy Movement, other civil rights advocates, some of a new generation, have been more critical, even as the city government's response to the movement reached new levels.

  3. U.S. Halts UNESCO Funding After Palestinian Vote

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    The administration of President Barack Obama announced Monday that it would immediately cut U.S. funding for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, just hours after UNESCO's governing board voted overwhelmingly to grant Palestine full membership.

  4. Long Overlooked, Cooperatives Get Their Due at United Nations

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Hailed as economically viable and socially responsible, cooperatives have over one billion members worldwide and can be found in sectors ranging from agriculture to finance to health.

  5. US: Latinos Call for Immigration Reform, Not Record Deportations

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    In his campaign, President Barack Obama promised to make comprehensive immigration reform a top priority — a pledge mainly directed at Latino voters.

  6. INDIA: Kashmir's Fence Eats Crops

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Touseef Bhat’s seven-acre farm in this scenic alpine valley of Bandipora district has an incongruous feature — an electrified barbed wire fence running through it.

  7. U.S.: Who is the 99 Percent? — Part 2

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    While the Occupy movements sweeping the U.S. have become almost synonymous with democracy, consensus-based processes, human microphones and other symbols of unity, many populations in the country have felt isolated by the language and tactics of the movement.

  8. WEST AFRICA: Niger River under Pressure from Dams

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Several major new dams are being constructed on the Niger River. It's a positive sign of growing investment in agriculture and energy, but it also has some observers worried.

  9. ZIMBABWE: Forcing Parents to Top Up Teachers' Salaries Cannot Continue

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    As concerns deepen about the quality of education in Zimbabwe, parents can expect an indefinite extension of subsidising teacher salaries as the cash- strapped government struggles to meet the bloated civil service wage bill.

  10. Libya's 'Other' Victims

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Suleyman and Rasool have come to the University of Bani Walid, in western Libya. If they are lucky they might find some chemistry notes and, perhaps, a computer that works. Unfortunately it is not likely, since NATO reduced the campus to rubble.