News headlines in 2012, page 6

  1. Q&A: Mutant Fruit Trees to Grow in Saline Soils in Cuba

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    HAVANA, Dic 20 (IPS) - During some parts of the year, a layer of salt can be seen on the ground in eastern Cuba, which makes it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to farm. Since agronomist Orlando Coto saw this with his own eyes, he has been searching for salt-tolerant fruit trees.

  2. First Strike in Quarter Century Exposes Treatment of Migrant Labour in Singapore

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    SINGAPORE, Dic 20 (IPS) - The first workers strike in 26 years in this affluent Southeast Asian city-state has triggered some soul-searching about the treatment of migrant labour and the low wages they are paid.

  3. Drug-Resistant Malaria Pushes Rural Thailand to Shoulder Global Role

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    BANGKOK, Dic 20 (IPS) - As Thailand braces itself to combat drug-resistant malaria, a spread of small, nondescript buildings scattered close to corn and rice fields along its hilly, western border are being cast into a bigger, international role.

  4. Funding Restored for U.S. Military Biofuels Programme

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Dic 19 (IPS) - Reversing attempts to eliminate the U.S. military's advanced biofuels programme, both houses of Congress on Tuesday approved major legislation that now presents no obstacles to broad-reaching Defence Department plans to mainstream and spread the use of alternative fuels throughout its operations.

  5. Obama’s Victory a Boon for Clear Air, Water Acts

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    ATLANTA, Georgia, Dic 19 (IPS) - With Barack Obama's re-election last month as U.S. president, key environmental protections escaped a likely Republican chopping block, and new regulations are expected when his second term begins in January.

  6. Surprise Visits to Prisons in Argentina to Prevent Torture

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    BUENOS AIRES, Dic 19 (IPS) - Representatives of the Argentine state and of non- governmental organisations will be visiting prisons without prior warning, beginning next year, to prevent inmates from being tortured and abused – a problem that persists three decades after the end of the dictatorship, often with fatal results.

  7. Endangered Bird Falls Prey to Royal Hunting Games

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    KARACHI, Dic 19 (IPS) - Every year, between November and January, the Indus Flyway bears witness to a migration of an endangered bird species – the houbara bustard – from Central Asia to the deserts of Pakistan.

  8. Community Water Management Stuck in Legal Limbo*

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    MEXICO CITY, Dic 19 (IPS) - Community-based water supply systems, which serve thousands of rural communities in Mexico, are seeking official recognition under the new federal legal framework currently under development.

  9. Curbing Tanzania’s “Land Grabbing Race”

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Dic 19 (IPS) - From January 2013, Tanzania will start restricting the size of land that single large-scale foreign and local investors can "lease" for agricultural use. The decision follows both local and international criticism that major investors are grabbing large chunks of land here, often displacing small-scale farmers and local communities.

  10. A Third Intifada on the Horizon?

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    HEBRON, Occupied West Bank, Dic 19 (IPS) - A new Palestinian group called the National Union Battalions (NUB), comprising Palestinians from across the political spectrum, has called for a third Palestinian uprising or Intifada. Simultaneously, Israeli intelligence is warning that conditions on the ground in the West Bank are ripe for another Palestinian revolt.