News headlines in January 2012, page 3

  1. SYRIA: 'Street Fighting Rages' Near Damascus

    Monday, January 30, 2012

    Fighting is continuing in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, according to activists, as Syrian security forces appeared to be reasserting their control over the restive fringes of the country's capital.

  2. UGANDA: Rural Women’s Banks Ease Tough Times

    Monday, January 30, 2012

    For most Ugandan women, obtaining a commercial loan to start a business has been very difficult. Many do not have the required collateral of land title deeds and many cannot afford the interest rates charged by commercial banks.

  3. CHINA: In Chains, And Writing Out

    Monday, January 30, 2012

    Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, has been placed at the forefront of the fight for human rights in China once again with a new collection of works published in translation this January.

  4. PAKISTAN-INDIA: Women Expose Secret Genital Cutting Rite

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

    'It was a dark and dingy room, where an elderly woman asked me to take off my panties, made me sit on a low wooden stool with my legs parted and then did something…I screamed out in pain,' recalls Alefia Mustansir, 40, of her childhood experience.

  5. The Ancient Wither in New Iraq

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

    'I’d say there are around 5,000 of us in the country, but if you ask me next week we may well be under 3,000. After twenty centuries of history in Mesopotamia, we Mandaeans, are about to vanish.' Anxiety about the future of his people is more than evident in the figures given by Saad Atiah Majid, chairman of Basra’s Mandaean Council.

  6. PORTUGAL: Going Underground in Hard Times

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

    The underground economy in Portugal is booming thanks to the steep increases in taxation and prices demanded by a 'troika' of international creditors to address the country's economic crisis.

  7. PAKISTAN: New Rehab Plan Brings Hope for War-Disabled

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

    The prolonged United States-led war against terrorism has left a large number of people disabled in Pakistan, compelling the government to institute a rehabilitation plan that will include imparting vocational skills.

  8. ICELAND: Recovering Dubiously From the Crash

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

    Three years ago, thousands of Icelanders were standing outside Iceland’s parliament building chanting 'incompetent government' in an attempt to bring down the conservative government that had been seen as responsible for the collapse of the country’s banking system.

  9. THEMATIC SOCIAL FORUM: Working Towards a Never-Ending Democracy

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    For five centuries, Europe has taken it upon itself to enlighten the world, teaching it ways to address and overcome crises, from ideas and wars to missionary work and genocides.

  10. GUATEMALA: Ríos Montt to Stand Trial for Genocide

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    After a hearing that lasted more than 11 hours, a Guatemalan court ordered the trial of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt (1982-1983), who could face up to 30 years in prison if he is convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity.