News headlines in August 2012, page 4

  1. Q&A: Swapping Children for Protection in Central African Republic

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Aug 28 (IPS) - The protection of children remains critical in the Central African Republic, where parents willingly give their children to armed groups in exchange for protection and services.

  2. Could Water Strife Lead to 'Mass Killings' in the Future?

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    STOCKHOLM, Aug 28 (IPS) - As the world faces possible water scarcities in the next two to three decades, the U.S. intelligence community has already portrayed a grim scenario for the foreseeable future: ethnic conflicts, regional tensions, political instability and even mass killings.

  3. Shifting to Renewables in Japan – An Uphill Task

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    TOKYO, Aug 28 (IPS) - Renewable energy is emerging as the “clinch deal” in Japan`s painful power crisis that pits the government and business against public demand for zero nuclear power. But experts say the going is easier said than done.

  4. Argentina – The Promised Land for South American Neighbours

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    BUENOS AIRES, Aug 28 (IPS) - "The new buildings in the Argentine capital were built by Paraguayans,” Isidro Méndez says with some pride. The 60-year-old immigrant, who runs a construction company, is one of the hundreds of thousands of foreigners who came to this country with hopes for a better future.

  5. Study Damns Mekong Dams

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    BANGKOK, Aug 28 (IPS) - Impoverished Laos is unlikely to cancel a Thai project to build a mega dam across the Mekong River at Xayaburi, despite warnings from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that it could devastate the region’s rich biodiversity.

  6. Palestinians Find Refuge Across the Atlantic

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 28 (IPS) - Issam Ali Hassan spent more than four years in an isolated desert camp in Jordan before he was taken in by Brazil. The son of Palestinians had been living as a refugee in Baghdad when he had to escape after the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.

  7. In Uruguay, the Answer Is Blowing in the Wind

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    MONTEVIDEO, Aug 28 (IPS) - Uruguay needs to reinforce and expand its electric power grid to absorb the 1,200 megawatts of wind energy that it plans to generate by 2015.

  8. Feed Europe, Feed the World

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    WARSAW, Aug 28 (IPS) - A huge moment for reform of the industrial farming system in Europe has many stakeholders on edge. Farmers who are feeling the crunch of rising input costs – from fertilisers to fuel – believe they can benefit greatly from a transition to more traditional and sustainable farming methods.

  9. Detention in Italy Better Than Home in Tunisia

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    GAFSA, Tunisia, Aug 28 (IPS) - A year ago Salim, a 23-year-old from the ancient Tunisian city Gafsa decided to leave his country using a smugglers’ network notorious for transporting desperate Tunisian citizens to Europe by boat.

  10. Filling the Granaries in Burkina Faso

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    OUAGADOUGOU, Aug 28 (IPS) - The seeds were sown, and the harvest is beginning to come in. Burkina Faso farmers are reaping the benefits of their government's programme to develop and popularise improved varieties of maize.