News headlines in August 2012

  1. Nepal's President Urged to Reject War-Era Amnesty

    Friday, August 31, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (IPS) - The Nepali government is receiving significant national and international blowback for a draft ordinance that rights groups, including ones in the United States, say would allow for a widespread amnesty for some accused of human rights and other abuses perpetrated during Nepal's decade-long civil war.

  2. Women Spend 40 Billion Hours Collecting Water

    Friday, August 31, 2012

    STOCKHOLM, Aug 31 (IPS) - As the weeklong international conference on water concluded Friday, it was left to one of the keynote speakers from the United Nations to focus on a much neglected perspective on water and food security: the role of women.

  3. Q&A: “Another Chile Is Possible, with Greater Democracy and Social Rights”

    Friday, August 31, 2012

    SANTIAGO, Aug 31 (IPS) - It is essential for young people in Chile to assume a more active role in politics, especially in two key electoral processes: the municipal elections in October and the legislative and presidential vote in 2013, says student leader Camila Vallejo, who has not ruled out running for a seat in parliament herself.

  4. PACIFIC ISLANDS: Marine Protected Areas Bolster Conservation Efforts

    Friday, August 31, 2012

    RAROTONGA, Cook Islands, Aug 31 (IPS) - The world's smallest island nations wield more power than their sizes would suggest, with millions of square kilometres in their domains, said leaders of Pacific Island nations gathered at a special forum here in the Cook Islands.

  5. Five Years of Protests in Nicaragua for a Partial Pension

    Friday, August 31, 2012

    MANAGUA, Aug 31 (IPS) - Luisa Gutiérrez, 65, dances a frenzied mambo on an unusual dance floor: a street in the Nicaraguan capital. Dozens of cars line up behind her, honking their horns impatiently, while she, surrounded by elderly people with canes, walkers and protest signs, dances to demand a government pension.

  6. Burkina Faso's VIPs – Very Important People Championing Ventilated Improved Pit Latrines

    Friday, August 31, 2012

    OUAGADOUGOU, Aug 31 (IPS) - For far too many households in Burkina Faso, going to the toilet means heading for the bush. The Burkinabè government has launched a new campaign to change this, calling on prominent personalities as both sponsors and champions.

  7. Taiwanese Officials Get Away With Murder, Legally

    Friday, August 31, 2012

    TAIPEI, Aug 31 (IPS) - Human rights activists warn that Taiwan government prosecutors have sent a message that torture is permissible by refusing to indict a former defence minister and eight other former military officers behind the wrongful execution of a young Air Force private by torturing him into confessing rape and murder.

  8. Long Wait to Defect From Assad’s Forces

    Friday, August 31, 2012

    GUNDIK SHALAL, Syria, Aug 31 (IPS) - "Of course I want to defect but I cannot give up my salary. How could I possibly feed my 11 children?" The war is putting every Syrian on the brink, including this policeman on the side of President Bashar Al Assad.

  9. Kashmir’s Melting Glaciers May Cut Ice With Sceptics

    Friday, August 31, 2012

    SRINAGAR, India, Aug 31 (IPS) - Jowhar Ahmed, an air-conditioner dealer in Srinagar, is pleased at a spurt in business this summer caused by temperatures soaring over 35 degrees Celsius - unusual in this alpine valley ringed by snow-capped mountains.

  10. International Food Prices Again at Record Levels, World Bank Warns

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (IPS) - After decreasing somewhat in recent months, international food prices have again risen dramatically, according to figures published on Thursday by the World Bank. Statistics for July indicate a 10 percent rise over just the previous month, and a six percent increase over already high prices from the same time frame a year ago.