News headlines in July 2012, page 4

  1. Govts Boost Nukes While Cutting Aid, Social Services

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 27 (IPS) - As U.N.-led talks on disarmament resume in Geneva Monday, calls are growing for nuclear-armed nations to cut spending on their stockpiles and instead divert resources to development.

  2. Military Service Leaves Culture of War Behind in Guatemala

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    GUATEMALA CITY, Jul 27 (IPS) - “I feel proud to be a part of this change. Malnutrition cannot be wiped out in just two or three years, but this is the beginning and I want to be a part of it,” says Isabela Tzoc, a civic service volunteer involved in a youth programme aimed at fighting extreme poverty in Guatemala.

  3. Punish Those Carrying Out FGM, Say Côte d'Ivoire Campaigners

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    ABIDJAN, Jul 27 (IPS) - Nine women in the northern Côte d'Ivoire town of Katiola have been convicted for carrying out female genital mutilation – the first time that a 1998 law banning FGM has been applied.

  4. Orange Shadow Over Olympics

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    HANOI, Vietnam, Jul 27 (IPS) - Agent Orange (AO), often called the ‘last legacy’ of the United States war in Vietnam (1955-1975), has popped up again thanks to its manufacturer Dow Chemical’s controversial sponsorship of the Olympic Games.

  5. Africa Must Earn Its Climate Change Adaptation Finance

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    HARARE, Jul 27 (IPS) - With the United Nations Climate Change Conference less than four months away, African countries need to present convincing arguments and successful adaptation projects to attract competitive funding for adjusting to changes in global weather patterns, climate finance experts say.

  6. President’s Death Could Drive National Unity in Ghana

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    KUMASI, Ghana, Jul 27 (IPS) - The death of President John Atta Mills will have a sobering effect on national politics in the months leading up to Ghana’s December 2012 election, according to the Executive Secretary of the West Africa Network for Peace, Emmanuel Bombandey.

  7. Banksters Hijack Microfinance

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    PARIS, Jul 27 (IPS) - For several decades, microcredit presented itself as a magical and benign financial tool for the poorest people in the world, who were otherwise completely excluded from conventional commercial banking services, to secure easy access to loans in order to set up their own businesses and live a dignified life.

  8. Papua New Guinea Casts Wide Net Against Malaria

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    PORT MORESBY, Jul 26 (IPS) - In Papua New Guinea, a Pacific Island nation located south of the equator, 90 percent of the population is at risk of malaria and 1.9 million cases are reported every year.  But, according to a recent medical study, a programme to distribute long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets to every district in the country has dramatically reduced malaria infections.

  9. Bolivia’s Indigenous Women Seek the Political Kingdom

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    COCHABAMBA, Bolivia, Jul 26 (IPS) - A growing number of Bolivia's indigenous women are participating in politics, ready to break the barriers of gender and ethnicity.

  10. When a Moral Duty to Halt Atrocities Runs into Realpolitik

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Jul 26 (IPS) - Against the backdrop of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a panel of United States government officials and experts called for stronger methods to prevent modern-day genocides and mass atrocities, particularly in the case of Syria.