News headlines in May 2012, page 5

  1. Paprika — Spicing Up Malawi’s Economy

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    As she sits down to watch the 8pm news on TV, Mercy Kamphoni from Chamtulo Village in Malawi’s Mangochi lake district looks elated. She still cannot believe that she is the new proud owner of a television set, refrigerator and radio.

  2. Q&A: North-South Divide Looms Heavily Over Rio+20 Summit

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro was to a large extent derailed by a North-South divide: a battle between a coalition of rich industrial nations versus the world's developing countries led by the Group of 77.

  3. Guatemala Halts Widely Praised Maya Biosphere Reserve Initiative

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    The ambitious Cuatro Balam project for the management and conservation of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the northern department of Petén has been put on hold after the change of government in Guatemala, say environmental and other civil society organisations.

  4. Ikea Products Made From 600-Year-Old Trees

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    The home furnishing giant Ikea, founded in Sweden in 1943, is facing heavy criticism for the logging and clear-cutting of old-growth forests in the north of Russian Karelia by its wholly owned subsidiary Swedwood.

  5. And Let the Fish be Dammed

    Monday, May 28, 2012

    Khom Kieu and her family have run a bustling fish market on the outskirts of Phnom Penh for as long as she can remember. But these days, ensuring a steady supply of Cambodia’s main source of protein is harder than ever.

  6. HIV-Positive Women in Argentina Mainly Infected by Stable Partners

    Monday, May 28, 2012

    The immense majority of women diagnosed with HIV in Argentina in the last two years were infected through unprotected sex with their stable partners, a new report says.

  7. French Journalist to Be Released by Colombian Rebels

    Monday, May 28, 2012

    If all goes well, French journalist Romeo Langlois will return home on Wednesday May 30, after spending just over a month in the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

  8. South Africa’s ‘Traditional Courts Bill’ Impairs Rights of 12 Million Rural Women

    Monday, May 28, 2012

    The Traditional Courts Bill currently under discussion in South Africa’s parliament and due to be enacted by the end of 2012 could undermine the basic rights of some of the country’s most vulnerable inhabitants: the 12 million women living in remote rural communities across the country.

  9. Annan: 'Bold Steps' Needed for Syria Peace

    Monday, May 28, 2012

    Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, has called on the country's government to take bold steps to prove its commitment to restoring peace during a visit to Damascus.

  10. ‘Green Economy’ - New Disguise for Old Tricks?

    Monday, May 28, 2012

    Though the current global economic and financial crises are undoubtedly devastating much of the world, they present the perfect opportunity for remodeling our economic system, according to participants at the ninth annual Terra Futura (Future Earth) exhibition of ‘good practices’ in social, economic and environmental sustainability held here from May 25-27.