News headlines in March 2012, page 4

  1. New Alternative in Senegal After Wade Defeat

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    Analysts say that Senegal’s outgoing President Abdoulaye Wade was made to pay for his failure to respond to popular demands, particularly arising from the high cost of basic commodities, a lengthy strike by teachers, and high youth unemployment, by loosing his bid for a third term of office.

  2. OP-ED: Narcotics Watchdog Turns Blind Eye to Rights Abuses

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    In a world where drug offences are punishable with the death penalty, torture or arbitrary detention, we must ask how far States can go to enforce the global prohibition on drugs.

  3. Petrol Guzzlers Send Venezuela's Carbon Emissions Soaring

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    China may be the country that emits the most carbon dioxide (CO2), but oil-rich Venezuela and some of its Caribbean neighbours produce more of this greenhouse gas responsible for global warming on a per capita basis.

  4. OP-ED: Tunisia's Youth and Their Fight for Freedom of Expression

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    In Tunisia, a new debate is taking shape. Long suppressed by the authoritarian regime of former President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia's free expression movement for many years existed on the fringe, comprised of bloggers, software developers, media aficionados and expats whose frustration at Tunisia's Internet censorship and surveillance regime — in place for over a decade — fomented their activism.

  5. Neighbours to Confront Mali Coup Leaders

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    Mali's neighbours have threatened to use sanctions and a readiness to use military force to dislodge those behind last week's coup, urging them to quickly hand back power to civilian rulers.

  6. Women Lead Poverty Reduction in Bangladesh

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    Kalpana Rani Pal’s pottery business is modest by any yardstick but it is small enterprises like these that are helping reduce poverty levels in Bangladesh.

  7. The Forgotten Emergency in Sudan’s Blue Nile State

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    Hamid Yussef Bashir said he walked for 17 days with his wife and five children to get to a refugee camp in South Sudan. Here in Jamam, they joined about 37,000 other people who fled from the war across the border in Sudan’s Blue Nile state.

  8. Learning Lessons From the Khmer Rouge

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    For four years, Wan Preung toiled in the fields under the Khmer Rouge, unable to speak his mind. But after the regime fell in 1979, there was still one sensitive subject the teacher could seldom broach with his students: the Khmer Rouge.

  9. Former War Zone Produces Plenty

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    Most things in Sri Lanka are becoming expensive these days. In early February fuel prices were increased by margins ranging from eight to 49 percent, with the all-important diesel, used widely in commercial transport and power generation, going up by 36 percent. The Sri Lankan rupee that was trading at 107 rupees to the dollar in January surpassed 130 rupees per dollar last week.

  10. Pope Strikes Moderate Tone in Cuba

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    On his three-day visit to Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI has so far struck a moderate tone, although he called on Catholics in this country to fight with the 'weapons' of peace and understanding for an 'open, renewed society.'