News headlines in February 2012, page 4

  1. Oscar-Winning Film Unites U.S., Iranian Audiences

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Amid mounting tensions between Iran and the United States over Tehran’s nuclear programme, perhaps nothing less than an Oscar to the acclaimed feature film 'A Separation' could have brought smiles to the faces of millions of Iranians who see most news as bad news these days.

  2. U.S.: Growing Pessimism on Afghanistan After Quran Burning

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    While top officials in the Barack Obama administration insist that U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is working, the violent aftermath of last week's apparently inadvertent burning of copies of the Quran at a military base is fuelling growing pessimism about the U.S. and NATO mission there.

  3. Illegal Wiretapping Continues in Colombia, U.N. Says

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Illegal spying on human rights activists and journalists is still happening in Colombia, according to a new report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

  4. MALAYSIA: Privatisation of Healthcare Turns Election Issue

    Sunday, February 26, 2012

    A plan by the Malaysian government to privatise the public healthcare system and get consumers to pay for it through salary cuts is rapidly turning into a major election issue.

  5. Rural Women Are Leading the Way — Will the World Follow? — Part

    Saturday, February 25, 2012

    Agriculture currently provides a livelihood for roughly 1.3 billion smallholder farmers and landless workers, of which nearly half — close to 560 million — are women.

  6. NGOs Urge 'Solution from Within' for Somalia

    Saturday, February 25, 2012

    While the international community discusses Somalia's future in London and Brussels, European and Somali non-governmental organisations are calling for a radical shift from a military to a humanitarian approach as the only solution to the country's war-torn condition.

  7. Misrata Rebuilds, Slowly

    Saturday, February 25, 2012

    This week more than half the residents eligible to vote in Libya’s embattled coastal city of Misrata cast their ballots for local council representatives in their first democratic election in decades.

  8. Rural Women in Latin America Face Myriad Hurdles

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    'Sometimes I think of giving it all up,' Aura Canache, a small farmer in Venezuela, told IPS. 'My neighbours get loans and aid, but I never have. The farm assistance plans are for men, although there are many women living off the countryside too.'

  9. SPAIN: Demonstrators Protest Bank Bailouts and Spending Cuts

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Demonstrators in nearly two dozen cities in Spain raised their voices Friday to protest against the use of public funds to bail out banks while the budgets for basic services like education and health are being slashed.

  10. Privatisation Derailed Argentina’s Rail System

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Increasingly frequent and tragic railway accidents in Argentina, like this week’s crash, show that the rail system, run by private companies that receive hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies from the state, constantly ignores warnings from inspectors and fines, observers say.