News headlines in August 2012, page 3

  1. OP-ED: Radical Salafis Overrunning the Syrian Revolution

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    Aug 29 (IPS) - The recent visit by Abd al-Halim Murad, head of the Bahraini Salafi al-Asalah movement, to Syria to meet with Syrian rebels is an attempt by him and other Gulf Salafis to hijack the Syrian revolution.

  2. Intervention in Eastern Congo a Rising Priority for Activists

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Aug 29 (IPS) - As the situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to deteriorate in the wake of an armed rebellion that began in April, some activists have strengthened calls for foreign military intervention.

  3. Sweden to Fund Innovations in Water Sector

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    STOCKHOLM, Aug 29 (IPS) - When the international community was struggling to ward off a potential decline in development aid in early 2000, it came up with a novel idea: a proposal for "new and innovative sources of financing", including a tax on airline tickets and a levy on foreign exchange transactions.

  4. Q&A: The Undying Legacy of Dambudzo Marechera

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    WINDHOEK, Aug 29 (IPS) - Legendary and controversial Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera, who once famously told people to let him write and drink his beer, has been dead for 25 years. However, interest in the life and work of the author, who has become a cult icon to aspiring young writers in Zimbabwe and abroad, will not die.

  5. As Temperatures Rise in Sri Lanka, Drought Wreaks Havoc

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    PUTTALAM, Sri Lanka, Aug 29 (IPS) - It is a time of extreme heat and anxiety in Sri Lanka. Even the rains last week felt like a sudden burst of cold water on the smouldering asbestos sheets on most Sri Lankan household roofs, creating a blast of cold air before the heat returns once the rains end.

  6. Spain Hit by Epidemic of Despair

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    MÁLAGA, Spain, Aug 29 (IPS) - Rising rates of depression and suicide are among the most obvious signs of the increase in mental illness resulting from the economic crisis in Spain.

  7. Palestinian and Israeli Kids Play a Serious Game

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    JERUSALEM, Aug 29 (IPS) - On a sunny summer afternoon, kids start arriving with their parents at a park near Ein Rafa, a Palestinian village in the south of Jerusalem. The Arabic speaking kids stay in one cluster at first, and the Hebrew speaking kids chat among themselves. Soon a ball appears, and before long all the kids intermingle in a fast-paced game of Chinese football.

  8. Drought Dries Up Balkans Harvests

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    BELGRADE, Aug 29 (IPS) - After two months of waiting, people from the central Serbian town Valjevo followed the call of their bishop and went to local Orthodox Church to pray for rain.

  9. Irregular Migrants Face the Boot in Greece

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    ATHENS, Aug 29 (IPS) - A crackdown on irregular migration has entered its fourth week in Greece. The government is shutting the Greek-Turkish northeastern border across river Evros, and removing massive numbers of undocumented migrants from big urban centres into makeshift detention camps.

  10. Colombia to Seek Its Own Oslo Accord

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    BOGOTA, Aug 29 (IPS) - The Colombian government and FARC rebels will start formal peace talks in Oslo on Oct. 5, in an attempt to put an end to an armed conflict that has gone through different stages since 1946, with brief lulls.