News headlines in March 2013, page 5

  1. Concerns Mount as U.S. Plans Major Natural Gas Exports

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Mar 26 (IPS) - Environmentalists and others here are reacting with concern to a surprise announcement on Monday of a major deal that would see U.S. natural gas exported to the United Kingdom, marking the first time that such sales have been permitted.

  2. Iran’s Nuclear Activities Go On Despite Sanctions

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Mar 26 (IPS) - While the U.S.-led sanctions regime on Iran has produced substantial economic hardship, analysts here are increasingly pointing out that Tehran's controversial nuclear activities have continued unabated.

  3. U.S. Congress Inches Away from the Straight and Narrow

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    ATLANTA, Georgia, Mar 26 (IPS) - Even as the issue of gay marriage continues to make waves in the U.S., change is inexorably arriving in the halls of power, with a record seven openly homosexual or bisexual members of the new U.S. Congress.

  4. Young Computer Scientists in Cuba Short of Opportunities

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    HAVANA, Mar 26 (IPS) - Thousands of young Cubans are graduating in computer engineering, a sector the government decided to strengthen over the past decade. But their professional future is uncertain because of failures of organisation and of internet connectivity.

  5. These Women Know Their Assailants

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    SYDNEY, Mar 26 (IPS) - Lynette Edwards (not her real name) grew up watching her mother being beaten by her partner each night. In high school, Edwards began associating with bullies, thinking this would protect her from being abused; but when she turned 16, two male acquaintances raped her.

  6. Tug-of-War Over Nuclear Future

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    TOKYO, Mar 26 (IPS) - Pushed and pulled in opposite directions, the future of Japan's energy plans in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant two years ago is emerging as a fight between national economic advancement and what anti-nuke activists call "the lives of the people".

  7. Electricity for All but Those the Kariba Dam Displaced

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    LUSITU, Zambia, Mar 26 (IPS) - Indigenous people who were displaced from the Zambezi Valley almost six decades ago for the construction of the Kariba Dam say they have not benefited from the development they made way for.

  8. Ranchers Try to Drive Tsimané Indians Off Their Land

    Monday, March 25, 2013

    EL JATATAL, Bolivia, Mar 25 (IPS) - "We can't take any more abuse," Carmelo Tayo, the head of this small Tsimané indigenous village, says sadly. The community has lived for decades on land in Bolivia's Amazon jungle that outsiders are now trying to gain control of.

  9. Looking for Answers after CAR Coup D'etat

    Monday, March 25, 2013

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Mar 25 (IPS) - Days after the sudden fall of the Central African Republic to Séléka rebels, questions are being raised about the circumstances surrounding the hasty departure of President Francois Bozizé.

  10. /UPDATE*/Boreholes, Boreholes Everywhere….And Not a Drop to Drink

    Monday, March 25, 2013

    MBABANE, Mar 25 (IPS) - Every day for the last four years, 52-year-old Tintfombi Msibi has had to walk past the borehole in her village of Ekuphakameni, one of the driest rural villages in southern Swaziland, to a dirty stream two kilometres away to collect drinking water.