News headlines in January 2013, page 2

  1. U.S. Firms Stash Tens of Billions in Tax Havens, Govt Says

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (IPS) - The research arm of the U.S. Congress is warning that U.S. corporations' use of tax havens has risen substantially in recent years, with companies offering massively inflated profit reports from small countries with loose tax regulations.

  2. Shell Case Shows Failure of Nigerian Judiciary

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    LAGOS, Nigeria, Jan 31 (IPS) - The decision by The Hague over Shell's liability for polluting in the Niger Delta shows that justice is possible – but it is extremely hard to achieve if you are taking on a massive multinational, says Amnesty International's Africa programme director Audrey Gaughran.

  3. Building Angolan-Brazilian Ties on Infrastructure

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    LUANDA, Jan 30 (IPS) - Brazil has turned to large infrastructure as a unique way to globally expand its economy and build up its political influence, with the added bonus of furthering the development of small nations. But this strategy is not without its risks.

  4. Washington Urged to Stress Diplomacy in Mali

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (IPS) - As Washington broadens its military "footprint" in the Sahel region of Africa, U.S. analysts are urging the administration of President Barack Obama to devote more effort to diplomacy, especially in Mali.

  5. U.S. Marijuana Lobby Sets Sights on Full Legalisation

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan 30 (IPS) - Since the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington fully legalised marijuana via ballot initiatives in the November 2012 elections, efforts to medicalise, decriminalise, or legalise marijuana at the state level are sprouting up like so many hemp stalks on a sunny day.

  6. Reformists Ambivalent about Participation in Iranian Election

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    TEHRAN, Jan 30 (IPS) - With the June 2013 presidential election drawing closer, Iran's reformists are debating what they should do in the face of the severe restrictions to which their leaders and political parties have been subject since the popular protests that roiled the country after the last election four years ago.

  7. The Bank Stops Here

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    JOHANNESBURG, Jan 30 (IPS) - Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but nonetheless it is difficult to miss the irony in the following sentence from a news release, sent out by South Africa's First National Bank on Jan. 17.

  8. Israel Votes for More of the Same – And Seeks Change

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    JERUSALEM, Jan 30 (IPS) - "He who believes doesn't fear"…re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hums a popular tune played with great intensity by his supporters. Indeed, faith is what Netanyahu badly needs right now as people showed just how little faith they have in him. "We'll have coalition problems," confides a Likud lawmaker.

  9. Australian Boot to Asylum Seekers Challenged

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    SYDNEY, Jan 30 (IPS) - Papua New Guinean opposition leader Belden Namah has launched legal proceedings against an Australian detention centre for asylum seekers in Manus province of this South Pacific island nation.

  10. Q&A: Raising Tariffs “Common Sense” Not Protectionism

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    JOHANNESBURG, Jan 30 (IPS) - South Africa has denied that it is taking a protectionist stance to protect its own producers against foreign competition, but says it is justified in boosting tariffs where this is allowed under international trade agreements.