News headlines in March 2012, page 2

  1. Brazil and South Africa Hit Hard by Exchange Rate Complications

    Friday, March 30, 2012

    Brazil and South Africa have experienced a widespread contraction of their manufacturing industries, with the latter suffering massive unemployment as well, thanks to the rampant volatility and misalignment of dominant global currencies like the dollar, trade experts from the two countries say.

  2. Hindu Girls Targeted in Coerced Conversions

    Friday, March 30, 2012

    Bharti, a 15-year-old Hindu girl living in the Lyari area in Karachi, left home for her sewing class last December, never to return. Three days later, her father Narain Das was told she had converted to Islam.

  3. A Little Power to Some Palestinian People, For Now

    Friday, March 30, 2012

    A handful of makeshift homes built from small boulders and plastic tarps and secured with thick ropes sit in the isolated community of She’b El- Buttum in the South Hebron Hills. A few metres away, several rows of solar panels and two wind turbines are affixed to the rocky hilltop, providing electricity to the village’s 150 residents.

  4. Israel Shields Public from Risks of War with Iran

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling Israelis that Israel can attack Iran with minimal civilian Israeli casualties as a result of retaliation, and that reassuring message appears to have headed off any widespread Israeli fear of war with Iran and other adversaries.

  5. U.N.'s Mega Renovation Project Runs Short of Funds

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    The United Nations, which is in the process of refurbishing its 62-year-old headquarters building at a cost of over 1.8 billion dollars financed by member states, is now seeking additional funds because of huge cost overruns.

  6. Native People in Argentina Demand a Say in Lithium Mining

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    Native communities in northwest Argentina turned to the Supreme Court to claim their right to be consulted about projects for prospecting and mining of lithium, regarded as the mineral of the future, located under an enormous salt flat.

  7. BRICS Tighten United Front

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    At their summit in the Indian capital on Thursday, leaders of the coalition known as BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — made several poignant decisions that experts say hint at the converging of economic and political interests of a disparate regional bloc.

  8. Spanish Officials Turn Deaf Ear to General Strike

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    Spain’s centre-right government stood firm and announced that it would not modify the labour reforms that tens of thousands of people protested Thursday in a 24-hour general strike.

  9. Winds of Lent Blowing in Cuba

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    Debates in civil society, tension with internal opposition groups, demands from outside the country and inevitable comparisons with John Paul II’s visit to this socialist island in 1998 surrounded Benedict XVI’s visit 14 years later to a very different Cuba.

  10. ARGENTINA: Lack of Information Raises Risk of Cervical Cancer

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    A novel research study in Argentina explored women's knowledge and beliefs about cervical cancer, in the provinces with the highest mortality from this highly preventable form of cancer, to design more effective policies.