News headlines in February 2012, page 2

  1. Tunisia Summit Highlights Glaring Absence of Unity on the ‘Syria Question’

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    In the Friends of Syria meeting held in Tunis last week, Gulf Arab monarchies offered nearly unqualified support for the Syrian opposition, while the democratic states were more cautious.

  2. INDIA: Kashmir Missing Its 'Demographic Dividend'

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    Kashmir is missing out on a ‘demographic dividend’ and unable to cash in on its youthful population for lack of initiatives from a state government bogged down by a two-decade-old separatist insurgency.

  3. DR CONGO: Farmers' Organisations Slam New Agriculture Law

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    Farmers' organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo say the country's new Agriculture Law — enacted last December — could lead to many smallholder farmers losing their land.

  4. Rural Women Are Leading the Way - Will the World Follow - Part 2

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    The United Nations’ 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) opened Monday in New York, with the empowerment of rural women high on a list of priorities for this year.

  5. Correcting the Record of Haiti's Earthquake

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    The world reacted swiftly to Haiti's catastrophic 7.0 earthquake in 2010. The United States shipped in 20,000 troops, some to perform lifesaving medical procedures, others to protect aid workers from earthquake victims deemed dangerous. Movie stars, criminals and other prospective parents rushed to adopt motherless Haitian babies.

  6. ‘When’ to Attack Iran, Not ‘If’

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    'The quiet before the storm' is how Israeli pundits describe the countdown — not to Israel going solo on Iran’s nuclear and military installations, but to the meeting between due Monday next week between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

  7. U.S. Voters Increasingly Alienated by Two Major Parties

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    A new book shows there are now more U.S. voters who identify as independent than as Democrats or Republicans, despite the fact that the two major parties maintain their virtual stranglehold on U.S. politics and, so far, on the 2012 presidential election process.

  8. Warming to Ignite the Carbon Bomb

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    Rising temperatures are drying out northern forests and peatlands, producing bigger and more intense fires. And this will only get much worse as the planet heats up from the use of ever larger amounts of fossil fuels, scientists warned last week at the end of the major science meeting in Vancouver.

  9. Women Journalists in Cuba Revive Transgressive Group

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    More than 15 years after the 'deactivation' in Cuba of the Association of Women Communicators (MAGIN), its members remain united in an informal network that transcends any specific political situation and has become a reference for the new generations.

  10. Argentina Losing Regional Leadership Position in Health

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    In Latin America, Argentina spends the most on healthcare. It has a vast infrastructure, highly qualified health professionals and the necessary material resources. But other countries in the region are achieving better and faster health outcomes with fewer resources.