News headlines in October 2011, page 2

  1. CENTRAL AMERICA: No Right to Housing for Millions of Slum Dwellers

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    'The governments of Central America outline a number of requisites for access to housing, and people don't have the money to meet them,' says Roly Escobar, an activist with a Guatemalan movement of slum dwellers fighting for the right to decent housing.

  2. AFRICA: Regulating the Rush for Land

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    The adoption of international guidelines to regulate so-called land grabs has been pushed to next year after negotiators failed to agree on conditions for large-scale land investments and enforcement.

  3. EGYPT: First Woman Candidate Begins Campaign

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    When post-revolution Egypt holds presidential elections next year, Buthaina Kamel is set to become the first woman in the country's modern history to run for the highest office. Although she knows her chances of winning are slim to none, she says she's doing it out of principle.

  4. JAPAN: Wall Street Protest Finds Strong Echoes

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Inspired by the ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in the United States, thousands of Japanese youth and workers, dissatisfied with growing unemployment and harsh working conditions in the world’s third largest economy, have taken to the streets to demand stable jobs and government reforms.

  5. MIDEAST: Virtually, There Are No Borders

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

    Israeli entrepreneurs dream of a region without borders. Given their country's remoteness from its vicinity, that's a natural need. It's a dream also nurtured by their Palestinian counterparts, and a national necessity given their own encirclement by Israel. That's where high-tech comes into play…

  6. Sri Lankan Rights Abuses Obstruct Trade Efforts with Canada

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

    Despite the crossfire of Canadian accusations of human rights violations by Sri Lanka at the end of its civil war and Colombo's corresponding counter-claims, the economically battered South Asian country aims to bolster its trading relationship with Canada and increase foreign direct investment.

  7. Q&A: Cooperatives a 'Compelling Model of Economic Enterprise'

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

    With 800 million members in over 100 countries, the cooperative sector is a globally important group of collective organisations. On Oct. 31, the United Nations (U.N.) will begin a year of recognising their importance by launching the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) in New York.

  8. PAKISTAN: Singing Against the Taliban

    Saturday, October 29, 2011

    'In the last few years, I have sung more than a dozen songs against the Taliban,' award-wining singer Khyal Muhammad tells IPS. 'I got threatening messages on the mobile phone. But I will continue to sing because it gives me strength.'

  9. MEXICO: Wixáritari Indians Fight Mining in Sacred Desert Site

    Friday, October 28, 2011

    Some 200 Wixáritari or Huichol men, women and children travelled 20 hours from western Mexico to the capital to defend their sacred ceremonial sites from silver mining.

  10. LATIN AMERICA: Communities Should Go to Court Over Water

    Friday, October 28, 2011

    Local communities in Latin America should go to court more often to fight for access to drinking water, regarded as a universal right, and combine legal action with social protests and political lobbying, experts say.