News headlines in January 2012, page 5

  1. ZIMBABWE: To Yuan or Not to Yuan, That is the Question

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    From downtown shops that stock cheap clothing and shoes that fall apart after one wear, to mining concessions in platinum, gold and diamonds - the Chinese finger is now in virtually every Zimbabwean pie.

  2. PAKISTAN: Violence, Death Stalk Child Domestic Help

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    'He was a happy child, my younger brother,' Mohammad Ramzan, 18, reminisced, his voice steeped in sadness.

  3. CAMEROON: Anglophones Feel Like a Subjugated People

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    When Cameroon’s President Paul Biya announced that the 50th anniversary of the reunification of French and British Cameroon will take place later this year, it resurrected bitter feelings among Anglophone Cameroonians who say they do not feel like equal partners with their Francophone counterparts.

  4. AFGHANISTAN: 38 Attacks a Day Take Their Toll

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    A red flare lights up the moonless night at a remote military outpost in southern Kandahar, a signal to land for the incoming helicopter. Bordering Pakistan, this desolate strip of desert is deadly, especially during peak ‘fighting season’ every summer between NATO-ISAF military forces and the Taliban.

  5. U.S. Probe of Border Attack Hardened Pakistani Suspicions

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    The Pakistani military leadership's response to the U.S. report on its helicopter attack on two Pakistani border posts Nov. 26 assailed the credibility of the investigation by Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven Clark and expressed doubt that the attack could have been 'accidental'.

  6. EL SALVADOR: Gangs May Be Scapegoat for Soaring Murder Rate

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    El Salvador is one of the most violent countries in the world, with one of the highest murder rates. But the authorities cannot agree on whether or not most of the killings should be laid at the door of the youth gangs known as 'maras'.

  7. UZBEKISTAN: Population Endures Shortages Amid Plenty

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Just a week ago at a cabinet meeting, Uzbek leader Islam Karimov hailed the achievements of the Uzbek economic model, which is basically a retrofitted command system. But Karimov clearly hasn't gotten out of the capital much lately. For many citizens in Central Asia's most populous state, electricity cuts and gas shortages have become a defining feature of this winter.

  8. Senior Management Heads Roll at World Body

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues his search for a new team of senior managers for his second five-year term in office which began Jan. 1, two more heads have rolled at the world body.

  9. LEBANON: Could a New Civil Law Unify a Divided Society?

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Odette Klysinska, a Catholic French native, sits in her living room in an affluent neighbourhood in Beirut, clutching her will in one hand, shocked to learn that it is no longer legally valid in the country she now calls home.

  10. The Logic and Limits of Nonviolent Conflict

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Today marks the one-year anniversary of the uprisings in Egypt that unseated an authoritarian regime and rekindled the spark of nonviolent resistance around the world.