News headlines in August 2013, page 3

  1. German Sun Beats Swiss Water

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    LUCERNE, Switzerland, Aug 28 (IPS) - Water power is the backbone of Alpine countries' energy supply. Despite its important role in Europe's energy shift, further development of hydroelectric infrastructure in Austria and Switzerland is on hold.

  2. Zimbabwe Sails Close to Economic Rocks

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    HARARE, Aug 28 (IPS) - For President Robert Mugabe to defeat the opposition in the Jul. 31 election by hook or by crook may have been a walk in the park, but beating the economic crisis will be another matter. The stock market fell 11 percent the day he was sworn in, the biggest fall in a day since 2009.

  3. U.S. Neocon Hawks Take Flight Over Syria

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Aug 28 (IPS) - In an echo of the tactics they used to promote U.S. intervention in the Balkans, Iraq and Libya, a familiar clutch of neo-conservatives published a letter Tuesday urging President Barack Obama to go far beyond limited military strikes against Syria in retaliation for its government's alleged use last week of chemical weapons that reportedly killed hundreds of people.

  4. In Rush to Strike Syria, U.S. Tried to Derail U.N. Probe

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (IPS) - After initially insisting that Syria give United Nations investigators unimpeded access to the site of an alleged nerve gas attack, the administration of President Barack Obama reversed its position on Sunday and tried unsuccessfully to get the U.N. to call off its investigation.

  5. U.S. Court Ruling Boosts Vulture Funds at Developing World's Expense

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    LOS ANGELES, Aug 27 (IPS) - A recent U.S. court ruling over a fight between Argentina and its creditors on Wall Street will increase global poverty by making it easier for "vulture funds" to seize the assets of indebted nations, according to anti-debt campaigners who are urging the U.S. government to overturn the decision.

  6. Nuclear Test Moratorium Threatened by North Korean Impunity

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (IPS) - When the United Nations commemorates the International Day Against Nuclear Tests later this week, the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists is whether or not the existing moratorium on testing will continue to be honoured - or occasionally violated with impunity.

  7. New York's Stop and Frisk Tactic Leaves Lasting Mark

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    NEW YORK, Aug 27 (IPS) - A colourful mural occupies the entire facade of the right side of a three-storey house on the corner of Irving and Gates Avenue in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bushwick. It depicts a group of youths taking cellphone footage of an arrest scene. Above it, a message reads, "You have the right to watch and film police activities."

  8. Q&A: Everyone Loses in War Over Amazon Dams – Part 1

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    SAO PAULO, Aug 27 (IPS) - In the war over major hydropower dams in the Amazon jungle, everyone loses - even the winners who manage to overcome the opposition and build them, but who suffer delays, costs that are difficult to recoup, and damage to their image.

  9. Exclusive Bus Lanes Speed Things Up in Buenos Aires

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    BUENOS AIRES, Aug 27 (IPS) - A new system of exclusive lanes for bus rapid transit appears to be benefiting public transport passengers and bus drivers in the most congested part of the centre of the Argentine capital.

  10. Rwanda Tribunal Digs Up Partial Truth

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    ARUSHA, Tanzania, Aug 27 (IPS) - The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) based in Arusha, Tanzania, is due to conclude its business at the end of 2014 following several deferrals. A United Nations Security Council Resolution set up the tribunal in 1994.