News headlines in May 2012, page 4

  1. Climate Change and Family Planning - Twin Issues for LDCs

    Wednesday, May 30, 2012

    The reproductive rights agenda, from improving women’s access to education to systematic family planning to reducing birth rates and combating poverty, has become a cornerstone of most industrialised nations’ development policies toward the least developed countries (LDCs), comprised primarily of sub-Saharan African states.

  2. Independent Media Losing Foothold in Morocco

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    The Moroccan government’s announcement that it would issue new public media guidelines at the end of May has reignited a stormy debate around independent media in the kingdom.

  3. Barbados Begins New Drive to Bolster Local Agriculture

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Mere weeks ago Arthur Smith, who has been farming here for more than 20 years, was dangling thousands of carrots in front of local consumers, but there were no buyers to be had.

  4. Brotherhood Marches On Towards Presidency

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Results of the first post-Mubarak presidential election last week have left most Egyptians stunned, with Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi coming in first and Ahmed Shafiq - ousted president Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister - coming in a close second. The two are now slated to face off in a hotly-contested runoff vote next month.

  5. Fate Unites, Israel Separates

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Hundreds of thousands of families - from Palestinians to Southeast Asian migrant workers to African refugees - struggle under Israeli policies that seek to limit the number of non-Jews within Israel and in the areas it occupies.

  6. Chinese Women Step Forward in the Backwaters

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    For years Gou Suqin had to rely on her husband’s meagre migrant’s income from the city to support their rural family. Now, following a 10,000 RMB (1,500 dollars) microcredit loan from UN Women, 50-year-old Gou runs a successful musk deer farm. She now earns 60,000 RMB (9,000 dollars) a year - or six times as much as her husband.

  7. OP-ED: Rio+20 is Everyone's Conference

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, otherwise known as Rio+20, is a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

  8. Rural Women in Peru Key to Adaptation of Seeds to Climate Change

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    For ages, rural women in the Peruvian highlands have been selecting and storing seeds, ensuring their preservation. But the authorities have failed to tap into this storehouse of knowledge and experience, despite the contributions it could make to the design of effective policies for adaptation to climate change, which poses a growing threat to the women’s livelihoods.

  9. Runaway Gold Prices Spark Major Headaches for Guyana

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Fabian George drank and generally used water from jungle rivers near his mountainside home for decades until world market prices for gold began climbing in recent years.

  10. Native Canadians See Way of Life Under Assault

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Canada's West Coast First Nations are feeling overwhelmed by crises affecting their land rights, economic well-being and health, prompting warnings in one territorial dispute with a local energy company that the country risks a degeneration of Aboriginal-federal government relations to a level unseen in two decades.