News headlines in August 2012, page 5

  1. Small Arms Trade Bigger Than Ever, Report Says

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (IPS) - The goal of curbing small arms proliferation appears more elusive than ever, according to a report released this morning by the independent research project Small Arms Survey.

  2. U.S. Foreign Weapons Sales Triple, Setting Record

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (IPS) - U.S. weapons sales around the world have massively expanded over the past year, setting several records. Agreements for foreign arms sales in 2011 totalled around 66.3 billion dollars – three times higher than the previous year and constituting an "extraordinary increase", according to the Congressional Research Service.

  3. Feminine Creativity in the Face of Natural Disasters in Cuba

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    HAVANA, Aug 27 (IPS) - Blanca Lima raises all her appliances above flood level, puts boxes of clothes on top of wardrobes, and fills the shelves she installed near the ceiling with all kinds of objects. In less than an hour, she is ready to evacuate her home in case of a flood in the Cuban capital.

  4. Q&A: Smallholder Farmers Driving New Trend Against Climate Change

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    BULAWAYO, Aug 27 (IPS) - Small-scale irrigation schemes can provide the biggest opportunity for boosting food security in Africa, according to Meredith Giordano, the research director at the International Water Management Institute.

  5. 'Eating' Water Latest and Rising Threat to a Thirsty World

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    STOCKHOLM, Aug 27 (IPS) - Paradoxically, the water we "eat" is likely to become one of the growing new dangers to millions of the world’s thirsty, hungering for this finite natural resource.

  6. Organ Trafficking Resurfaces in Pakistan

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    KARACHI, Aug 27 (IPS) - Despite the enactment of a transplant law in 2010, there are reports of a resurgence of the organ trade in Pakistan. Credit: aturkus/CC BY 2.0

    About two months back, 28-year old Asif Ahmed* put up an announcement on the internet to sell one of his kidneys.

  7. Norway Counts the Usefulness of Lending

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    Aug 27 (IPS) - The Norwegian government has announced it would assess the legitimacy of developing countries' debt to Norway. In effect it will investigate whether its loans have been useful enough to warrant repayment.

  8. There’s Bride at the End of the Tunnel

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    GAZA CITY, Aug 27 (IPS) - Mai Ahmed, a 26–year-old from the West Bank fell in love over the Internet with Mohammed Warda from Nussirat refugee camp in Gaza after they ‘met’ on the Internet. The Israeli government refused permission for her to travel to Gaza. Mai travelled to Jordan, flew from there to Egypt, drove across the Sinai, and then crossed through a tunnel into Gaza, where she now lives. “It’s a story I will tell my grandchildren,” she says.

  9. Philippines Floods Prompt Climate Action

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    MANILA, Aug 27 (IPS) - This year’s floods, one of the worst in Philippine history, destroyed a staggering 57 million dollars worth of crops, pushing  this climate vulnerable country to implement disaster risk reduction measures.

  10. U.S.: Political Leadership Critical to Fighting Rising Islamophobia

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (IPS) - The attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in early August on the heels of the shooting at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado signals the rise of right-wing domestic terrorism in the United States, experts say.