News headlines in March 2012, page 5

  1. Rio+ 20 Suffers Leadership Void Weeks Ahead of Summit

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    When a landmark U.N conference on sustainable development kicks off in Brazil mid-June, more than 120 world leaders are expected to participate in the much-ballyhooed talkfest on the future of the global environment.

  2. Argentine Baby Theft Trial Nears End

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    The trial for the theft of babies of political prisoners during Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship is nearing its end after more than three decades of work by the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who have so far tracked down 105 of an estimated 500 missing children.

  3. Pro-Peace Jewish Lobby Stresses Return to Stalled Talks

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    At the third annual conference of J Street, the 'pro-Israel, pro-peace' lobby group that is widely seen as a counterweight to the more right-wing American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Israel-Palestine conflict took the focus back from the ongoing tension with Iran.

  4. Senegal's Investment in Rural Youth Bearing Fruit

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    Darou Ndoye is the sort of village young people cannot wait to leave in search of better prospects in the city or across the seas in Europe. But 40 youth working on 10 hectares of a 20-heactre farm here in western Senegal show how a little support goes a long way in creating rewarding work in rural Senegal.

  5. More Ecology, Less Economy for Rio+20

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    Hundreds of non-governmental organisations and social movements from around the world hope to counter the failure of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which they consider inevitable, with the success of the alternative People’s Summit.

  6. Climate Change Threatens the Poor in Cities

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    India, like other Asian countries, has focused its climate change adaptation strategies on rural and urban areas while neglecting the urban fringes, say experts.

  7. Exit Americans, Enter Sectarian Strife

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    Barely three months after the pullout by U.S. troops, sectarian clashes between Sunni and Shia Muslims have begun to take a heavy toll across Iraq.

  8. World Congress Hopes to Enforce Commitments Made at Rio+20

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    World leaders may face an unexpected challenge come June, when a major global summit on sustainable development will be held in Brazil. Unlike during previous summits, these leaders might have trouble making promises they are unable to keep.

  9. Salvadoran Civil War Survivors Demand Restorative Justice

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    A choked-up Mercedes Alfaro told the fourth session of the International Restorative Justice Tribunal in El Salvador how she lost seven members of her family in a 1982 massacre.

  10. Climate Change Aggravates Water Shortage in Cuba

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    In this eastern Cuban city, Danny Dip Leyva has begun to use her shower again after decades of hauling water into her house by hand. But in Aurora, a small neighbourhood on the outskirts of Havana, Manuel Roque still longs for a regular supply of piped water.