News headlines in February 2013

Ahead of March Iran Talks, U.S. Urged to Back Possible Israeli Strike

Thursday, February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (IPS) - In the same week that talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) concluded in Kazakhstan with rare positive Iranian feedback, a joint resolution declaring U.S. support for Israel in the event of an Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear programme was brought before Congress.

'Media Needs an Alliance With Minorities'

Thursday, February 28, 2013

VIENNA, Feb 28 (IPS) - Amid calls from world leaders for media diversity and plurality to be strengthened to combat a rising tide of extremism and intolerance, media experts have warned that change should not be expected overnight and that governments and states have a crucial role to play in the process.

Q&A: No 'Us' and 'Them' in Fight for Women's Rights

Thursday, February 28, 2013

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 28 (IPS) - As the earthquake in Haiti has proven, even more important than a recognised name or robust physical presence is the quality of services delivered by humanitarian relief organisations.

China Maps Out Venezuela's Valuable Mining Resources

Thursday, February 28, 2013

CARACAS, Feb 28 (IPS) - An agreement signed by the government of Venezuela and the Chinese state-owned company Citic Group for prospecting and mapping the country's mining reserves is being challenged by both the opposition and experts who argue that it will leave valuable natural resources dangerously exposed.

Aid Hurting Palestinians

Thursday, February 28, 2013

RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank, Feb 28 (IPS) - Local food for local people. That's the idea behind Sharaka (‘partnership', in Arabic), an entirely volunteer-run, Palestinian organisation that aims to bring locally grown products directly to Palestinian dinner tables.

Women Struggle for a Place in the Pacific

Thursday, February 28, 2013

SYDNEY, Feb 28 (IPS) - Women face greater odds in achieving equal political representation in the Pacific Islands than in any other region of the world, holding just 3 percent of seats in national parliaments, compared to 20 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa and 18.5 percent in South East Asia.

Freedom Pushes Past Snags in Tunisia

Thursday, February 28, 2013

TUNIS, Feb 28 (IPS) - The extent to which Tunisians are able to express themselves freely is an ever-changing phenomenon. While the country is still in the grips of turmoil after the recent killing of left-wing politician Chokri Belaid, which sparked some of the largest protests since the initial revolution in 2011 that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the airing of dissent has become second nature for many.

New Development Bank to be Key BRICS Building Block

Thursday, February 28, 2013

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 28 (IPS) - Emerging market leaders want their Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa club to be taken seriously, and next month they are expected to make a decisive move towards setting up a development bank to give it real substance and credibility.

Aid Groups Applaud Potential Reforms to U.S. Food Aid

Thursday, February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (IPS) - Advocacy groups working on global hunger and poverty are hailing rumoured proposals that would change the way the United States distributes its international food aid.

Alliance Aims to Get Past Intolerance

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

VIENNA, Feb 27 (IPS) - A UN summit designed to promote tolerance, plurality and global inclusiveness of civilisations has opened with dire warnings of the threat of religious and ethnic intolerance – at the same time as many states that have ostensibly signed up to the UN's ideals continue to enforce laws and practices restricting religious freedom, and implicitly marginalising communities.

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