News headlines in May 2013, page 2

  1. OP-ED: Incessant Killing of Elephants is Killing Africa’s Future

    Friday, May 31, 2013

    BONN, May 31 (IPS) - More civil unrest in Africa, another coup d'état, more reports of child soldiers in the front line, involvement of foreign troops, the poorest of the poor losing what little they have – and all the while the proceeds of a country's wealth are diverted from much-needed social and economic development to financing death and destruction. 

  2. Warlords and Vague Constitution to Blame for Renegade Somali State

    Friday, May 31, 2013

    MOGADISHU, May 31 (IPS) - Attempts by clan elders and militia commanders in southern Somalia to form an autonomous state, without the consent of the central government but with the apparent backing of foreign countries, remains a dangerous, destabilising element in the region, say analysts.

  3. Sex Educators Struggle to Break Taboos

    Friday, May 31, 2013

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (IPS) - Liberian journalist Mae Azango says she spent a year living "like a bat, going from tree to tree" with her daughter in order to escape religious fanatics who were threatening to kill her for exposing the practice of female genital mutilation in her home country last year.

  4. U.N. Panel Projects a Poverty-Free World by 2030

    Friday, May 31, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, May 31 (IPS) - A U.N.-commissioned high-level panel of eminent persons, led by three world leaders, has moved the goal posts for the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger: from the current 2015 deadline to a new targeted date of 2030.

  5. Afghan Media Brace for Financial Drought

    Friday, May 31, 2013

    KABUL, May 31 (IPS) - As Afghanistan prepares for the 2014 withdrawal of foreign forces that have occupied this country for over a decade, investors are already beginning to bid a hasty retreat amid rumours that "chaos" and civil war will replace NATO's boots on the ground late next year.

  6. U.S. Urged to Reject Genetically Engineered Trees

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    WASHINGTON, May 30 (IPS) - Consumer advocates and environmentalists this week are taking advantage of an industry conference to highlight concerns over the U.S. government's pending approval of a genetically modified eucalyptus tree.

  7. Native People More Than Just Park Rangers

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    DARWIN, Australia, May 30 (IPS) - Some good-byes can actually mean the start of a long road working together. That was how it felt at the end of the World Indigenous Network (WIN) conference in this northern Australian city.

  8. Q&A: Israel Treats the Bedouin Like 'People in a Box'

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, May 30 (IPS) - For thousands of years the Bedouin people have made their home in the desert of what is now Israel. But for almost six decades, the Bedouin have been on the move, repeatedly relocated to make room for Israeli settlements.

  9. U.S., China Woo Caribbean 'Friends' Just Days Apart

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 30 (IPS) - First it was U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who travelled to Trinidad and Tobago Tuesday to speak with "our friends" in the Caribbean.

  10. Courage to Combat Domestic Violence

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    AUKI, Solomon Islands, May 30 (IPS) - Selina, a resident of a small community in Malaita, the most populous province in the Solomon Islands, watched in horror as a man standing on the road in front of her house tore the clothing off his wife, then beat her and inflicted wounds with a knife.