News headlines in February 2013, page 5

  1. Haitian Senate Calls for Halt to Mining Activities

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb 24 (IPS) - Outraged that they have not been consulted, this week Haitian senators called for a moratorium on all activities connected with recently granted gold and copper mining permits.

  2. Winter of Discontent Progresses to Bulgaria

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

    WARSAW, Feb 24 (IPS) - Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borisov of the ruling centre-right Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria (GERB), announced his resignation Wednesday, following two weeks of sustained protests across the country which were sparked by rising electricity and heating costs.

  3. Democracy Tastes Bitter as Poverty Bites

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

    CAIRO, Feb 24 (IPS) - On a recent Friday, coppersmith Alaa Moussa parked himself in the same spot where two years earlier he had stood defiantly with a handwritten banner addressed to then president Hosni Mubarak. His petition that cold February morning in 2011 had listed the key demands of Egypt's 18-day uprising: "bread, freedom, dignity".

  4. Open Pit Miners Strike in Colombia

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    BOGOTA, Feb 23 (IPS) - Two weeks into an indefinite strike called by workers at Cerrejón, one of the largest open-pit coal mines in the world, the company has agreed to sit down again and negotiate with Colombia's National Union of Coal Industry Workers (Sintracarbón).

  5. Malian Refugees Wanting to Return Home Face Difficult Choices

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    NIAMEY, Feb 23 (IPS) - When northern Malian refugees fled their country for Niger in 2012, they expected they would be able to return home shortly afterwards. But despite the armed intervention by the French army in the West African nation, few of the 50,000 Niger-based refugees are ready to leave for home just yet.

  6. Stopping Uranium to Fight Off Nuclear

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    KOSICE, Slovakia, Feb 23 (IPS) - Local activists have begun protests in Slovakia after a government ministry appeared to give its backing to a controversial uranium mining project despite reassurances to people living near the proposed site that no mining would be allowed to take place.

  7. Five Hungry Men Feed Palestinian Resolve

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    GAZA CITY, Feb 23 (IPS) - A few stoic lines from Palestinian political prisoner Samer Issawi, 33, transmitted to his sister Shireen have given new strength to Palestinian resolve to fight Israeli occupation and its prison policies. As has the hunger strike of four others in Israeli prisons along with Issawi.

  8. Israeli Licence to Cheney-Linke Energy Firm on Golan Heights Raises Eyebrows

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (IPS) - In a potential new source of contention between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel has reportedly granted a U.S. energy firm with heavyweight political connections to explore for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights.

  9. Biofuels Converting U.S. Prairielands at Dust Bowl Rates

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (IPS) - The rush for biofuels in the United States has seen farmers converting the United States' prairie lands to farms at rates comparable with deforestation levels in Brazil, Malaysia and Indonesia – rates not seen here since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

  10. Argentina Strikes Deal with Iran to Probe AMIA Bombing Suspects

    Friday, February 22, 2013

    BUENOS AIRES, Feb 22 (IPS) - An agreement between Argentina and Iran to dig deeper into a 1994 bomb attack on a Jewish community centre in this city will test the solidity of the evidence garnered by a judicial investigation that has ground to a halt because of lack of cooperation from Tehran.