News headlines in February 2012, page 5

  1. Wanted: Climate-Smart Agriculture

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    As the links between food security and climate change become increasingly inextricable, the necessity for sustainable agriculture is now a universal concern.

  2. BRAZIL: A Curse on Hydropower Projects in the Amazon?

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    'Perhaps it's the curse of Rondônia,' joked Ari Ott, referring to teething troubles with the first turbine of the Santo Antônio hydroelectric plant which was intended to kick off a new cycle of huge power projects in Brazil's Amazon jungle region.

  3. COTE D’IVOIRE: Illicit Timber Trade Exposes the North to Drought

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Environmental groups in Côte d'Ivoire say the illegal logging and sale of wood from the African gum tree is exposing the north of the country to the encroaching desert. The NGOs are calling on the authorities to take firmer action against the illicit timber traders — who allegedly include government officials.

  4. Q&A: 'Malaysians Must Vote Out Corruption, Racism'

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Malaysia’s charismatic opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is tapping the spirit of the Arab Spring to end the 55-year unbroken rule of the United Malay National Organsiation (UMNO) and its allies in the Southeast Asian nation.

  5. Despite War Drums, Experts Insist Iran Nuclear Deal Possible

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    Amid the persistent beating of war drums, an influential international conflict prevention group is insisting that a deal between Western countries and Iran on Tehran's controversial nuclear programme can still be reached.

  6. Haiti's University Languishes in Ruins - Part 2

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    When the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission failed to approve, or even respond to, a proposal by the University of the State of Haiti (UEH) for a unified campus to replace the nine destroyed or badly damaged faculties in the capital, Vice Rector Fritz Deshommes was not surprised at the silence.

  7. Haiti's University Languishes in Ruins - Part 1

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    Two years after the earthquake, and despite the proposals written, the consortiums organised and the foreign delegations entertained, the University of the State of Haiti (Université d'Etat d'Haïti or UEH) still has not seen any 'reconstruction', and the proposal for a university campus that would unite all 11 faculties remains a 25-year-old dream.

  8. Azerbaijan and Israel: The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    As the showdown over Iranian nuclear ambitions intensifies, political analysts in Azerbaijan are urging the government to deepen the country's ties with Israeli and Western security structures.

  9. Women, Victims of War, Have No Seat at Negotiating Table

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    When the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held its inaugural meeting in London back in 1946, the U.S. delegate, Eleanor Roosevelt, read an open letter to 'the women of the world' calling on governments to encourage women everywhere to participate in national and international affairs.

  10. EL SALVADOR: Military Commission to Investigate Army Abuses

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    'It’s awful to see people who are criminals treated as heroes,' said Dorila Márquez, one of the survivors of the El Mozote massacre committed by Salvadoran army troops in December 1981.