News headlines in 2011, page 4

  1. DEVELOPMENT: When a Quick Fix Gets the Deep Six

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    Figuring out how to change the world for the better is a daunting challenge, but throngs of passionate people are willing to take on the task.

  2. SYRIA: Mass Protests in Homs as Arab Monitors Visit

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    Tens of thousands of Syrians have reportedly taken to the streets of Homs, as Arab League monitors finished their first day of observation in the city that has been the centre of the anti-government protest movement.

  3. GUATEMALA: Military Allies Take Ex-Guerrillas, Journalists to Court

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    Relatives of former military personnel and businessmen are bringing lawsuits against ex guerrillas and journalists in Guatemala in connection with the 1960-1996 civil war — a legal offensive that human rights defenders say is politically motivated.

  4. MAURITIUS: Thirsty for Ideas to Address Water Woes

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    Mauritius plans to privatise its water sector, as rains become rare, and century-old pipes continue to leak almost 50 percent of the water available, added to waste by the population, mismanagement and over-consumption.

  5. PERU: No Time Left to Adapt to Melting Glaciers

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    The water supplied by the glaciers of the Cordillera Blanca, vital to a huge region of northwest Peru, is decreasing 20 years sooner than expected, according to a new study.

  6. ISRAEL: Exercising the Right to Torture

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    In a case that has highlighted Israel’s abuse of Palestinian detainees, an Israeli military court recently acquitted a Palestinian man after it became clear that Israeli interrogators used excessive physical and psychological abuse as a way to coerce a confession from him.

  7. ZAMBIA: 'People Are Not Dead Until They Have Died'

    Monday, December 26, 2011

    'I had no power, I could not even walk. I just had to be lifted by someone. When bathing, when going to the toilet, when going anywhere,' Geoffrey Mwila says in a soft voice.

  8. PERU: Weak Environmental Impact Studies for Mines

    Monday, December 26, 2011

    The stiff local opposition to the Conga gold mining project in the northern Peruvian highlands region of Cajamarca revived a long-postponed debate in this country, on the weakness of environmental impact studies in the mining industry.

  9. SWAZILAND: Processing Plant Threatens Water in Capital

    Monday, December 26, 2011

    A multi-million dollar iron-ore reprocessing plant in the northern part of Swaziland, owned by Indian mining company Salgaocar, is threatening the water security of local communities and even the country’s capital city, Mbabane.

  10. SOMALIA: Taking Schools Back From Militants

    Sunday, December 25, 2011

    Schools are beginning to re-open slowly in areas of capital Mogadishu that were until recently controlled by the militant Islamic group al-Shabaab. But an estimated 80 percent of students have not yet returned.