News headlines in January 2012, page 4

  1. INDIA: Male Activists Enhance Pre and Postnatal Care

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    The primitive Juang tribe in remote Nola village on Chandragiri hill experienced its first three institutional childbirths only a month ago.

  2. DEVELOPMENT: Uniting Against Extreme Poverty

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    When Louisamène Joseph Alionat unexpectedly began singing in a packed hall at the United Nations cultural agency here this week, it was an attempt to give encouragement to her peers engaged in the uphill battle of trying to end extreme poverty.

  3. HEALTH-SOUTH AFRICA: HIV-Related Deaths Slows Economy

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    If there was no HIV/AIDS, South Africa would have 4.4 million more people than today, the size of a major city. This significant slow-down in population growth is causing a slow down in economic growth and resulting in social ills, researchers warn.

  4. Falklands/Malvinas, From Rhetoric to Pressure

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    Although the latest rhetoric seems to signal a hardening of the historical sovereignty dispute between Argentina and Britain over the Malvinas/Falkland Islands, some experts are sceptical and say nothing will change in essence.

  5. MIDEAST: Censorship Changes Colours

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    Attempts by regimes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to suppress the flow of information during the region's pro-democracy uprisings has led a higher number of journalists killed, attacked or arrested.

  6. U.S.: Growing Elite Opposition to Military Option Against Iran

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Like the imminent prospect of one's hanging, to paraphrase the 18th century British essayist Dr. (Samuel) Johnson, the suddenly looming possibility of war can concentrate the mind wonderfully.

  7. BRAZIL: Community Radio Flourishes Online

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Community radio stations in Brazil are finding the internet and user-friendly information technologies to be valuable allies for their broadcasts, which focus on citizenship, social equity and human rights.

  8. U.S.: Plan for Popular Presidential Vote Quietly Advances

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Unlike many of the younger democracies around the world, the United States still does not elect its president by popular vote. Indeed, a majority of U.S. citizens elected Al Gore to be President in 2000, but because the U.S. elects its presidents by way of a convoluted system called the electoral college, George W. Bush was declared the winner that year instead.

  9. U.S.: Forced Marriages Still an Ugly Secret

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Two years ago, 40-year-old Vidya Sri decided to leave the devastating marriage her parents had forced her into nearly two decades ago. Alone for the first time, she began an earnest quest for support groups, women's organisations or service providers who might help her in the healing process.

  10. ARGENTINA: Drought Threat Looms Again

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    The low humidity in Argentina's most agriculturally productive region has already caused a decline in grain yield - in particular corn and soybean - with ensuing losses for producers and the government.