News headlines in June 2013, page 4

  1. OP-ED: Why Bahrain's Al-Khalifa Family Is Losing the Right to Rule

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, Jun 26 (IPS) - By continuing its repressive policies and refusing to engage civil society and moderate political groups in meaningful dialogue for genuine reform, the Khalifa family has squandered its legitimate right to rule Bahrain. King Hamad could still salvage his rule, but he would need to act boldly by taking the following steps.

  2. Q&A: Through 'My Afghanistan', Rural Afghans Share Their Stories

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    NEW YORK, Jun 26 (IPS) - A bomb blast on a road. A suicide attack near a grocery store. Such is the uncertainty for ordinary men and women in Afghanistan, where daily life is still marred by violence.

  3. Agriculture Leans on Japanese Women

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    TOKYO, Jun 26 (IPS) - Yukako Harada, an energetic 29-year-old, is part of a small but determined band of women farmers working hard to revitalise Japan's moribund agricultural sector, which is feeling the crunch of an ageing population and a flood of cheap imports.

  4. Q&A: How One Woman Demands Answers and an End to FGM

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 26 (IPS) - Bogaletch Gebre knows exactly what women in her Ethiopian community are going through. Along with her sisters, the women's rights activist was a victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) when she was a child in a part of Ethiopia where the practise was carried out on every girl.

  5. U.N. Downplays Health Effects of Nuclear Radiation

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 26 (IPS) - The United Nations has come under criticism from medical experts and members of civil society for what these critics consider inaccurate statements about the effects of lingering radioactivity on local populations.

  6. Q&A: Empower Indigenous Women to Assert Their Rights

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 26 (IPS) - Women around the world are exposed to domestic violence, sexual and economic exploitation, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation and child marriage. For indigenous women and girls, however, the risk of being victims of such issues are especially high.

  7. Education in Afghanistan – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    KABUL, Jun 26 (IPS) - Despite impressive advancements in enrolment rates, media reports of gas attacks on girls' schools, shoddy books, and a lack of classroom facilities continue to mar the reputation of the education system in Afghanistan.

  8. Creating Their Own Spring

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    GIRKE LEGE, Syria, Jun 26 (IPS) - The soldiers of former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi had left just a few days before, but a group of about 50 children were already singing in the Amazigh language in the village of Yefren, 110 kilometres south of Tripoli. This month will mark two years since the establishment of the first Amazigh school in Libya.

  9. ‘Smiling Coast of Africa’ Works to Attract Tourists

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    BANJUL, Jun 26 (IPS) - Mr. and Mrs. Gridley* are among a handful of tourists laying pool side and working on their tropical tan at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, a five-star hotel on the idyllic coast of Kololi in the Gambia.

  10. U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Voting Rights Provision

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    ATLANTA, Georgia, Jun 26 (IPS) - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision, Section 4, of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 in a five to four ruling today, halting enforcement of Section 5 of the act.