News headlines in July 2013, page 5

  1. Kenyan Spring Failing to Blossom

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    NAIROBI, Jul 25 (IPS) - Kenyan police are said to be investigating the rise of a group dubbed the March 4th Movement (M4M), which aims to make Kenya ungovernable by recruiting youths to take part in protests, similar to those that saw Egyptians overthrow their president. But politicians and analysts here say they do not foresee the movement capable of creating an East African Spring.

  2. For First Time Since 2009, U.S. Senate Talks Closing Guantanamo

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Jul 25 (IPS) - Momentum appears to be building in the push to close down the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, where 166 inmates, 86 of whom have been cleared for release, remain held without charges.

  3. Soldiers Trade in Illegal Ivory

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    GOMA, DR Congo, Jul 25 (IPS) - At a popular tourist art market in Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, paintings and art sculptures made from bronze, copper, malachite, stone or wood attract visitors. It seems like an ordinary tourist market. But only the regulars know that this is also a black market for ivory products.

  4. Race Still Major Factor in U.S. Income Gap

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Jul 24 (IPS) - President Barack Obama is vowing to spend his remaining time in office encouraging bipartisan efforts to strengthen the U.S. middle class by ensuring it is open to those from all backgrounds.

  5. BOOKS: China’s March to “Wealth and Power”

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    NEW YORK, Jul 24 (IPS) - The China pavilion is a red, inverted pyramid in Shanghai that was built for the city's bustling 2010 World Expo. While the pavilion pays some homage to China's ancient past, it mostly shows off China's 21st century ambitions, with as much swagger as the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  6. U.S. Courts Uphold Conflict Minerals Disclosure

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Jul 24 (IPS) - A U.S. federal judge has upheld a key regulatory provision aimed at ensuring that the profits from products mined in central Africa are not used to benefit armed groups, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

  7. Thailand Brings Same-Sex Marriage Debate to Asia

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    BANGKOK, Jul 24 (IPS) - A draft law being readied for parliament that seeks to offer lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) couples the same legal rights as heterosexual couples could make Thailand the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise gay marriage.

  8. Industry in Argentina Going Strong, But More Is Needed

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    BUENOS AIRES, Jul 24 (IPS) - Industry in Argentina has seen a sustained rise in production, exports and employment since 2003. But in order for this trend to become a structural change, greater import substitution is needed, analysts say.

  9. Where Sports Replace Terror

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jul 24 (IPS) - Pakistanis are no strangers to sports-related violence; in fact, many have come to expect scuffles and conflict, especially following a major cricket match. In the country's northern Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), however, cricket has become a tool to promote peace.

  10. Thou Shalt Not Eat Meat… On Mondays At Least

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    MEXICO CITY, Jul 24 (IPS) - Nutritionists are promoting an 11th commandment in Mexico: "Thou shalt not eat meat… at least one day a week."