News headlines in August 2013, page 4

  1. Censorship Threatens to Re-emerge in Myanmar

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (IPS) - One year after the government officially struck down laws obstructing free press in Myanmar, a parliamentary bill could allow previous censorship practices to re-surge.

  2. Peace No Longer Rests on the Palestinian Issue

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    JERUSALEM, Aug 27 (IPS) - The end of the world's most enduring conflict was always regarded as the essential linchpin of Mideast security. As direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians resume following a three-year hiatus, it seems too late for peace between them - if the declared goal of a peace deal within nine months is achieved - to end the violence unleashed by the ‘Arab springs'.

  3. Widows Celebrate a Little At Last

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    VARANASI, India, Aug 27 (IPS) - Namuna Gautam was among millions of Indian women who celebrated Rakshabandhan this year, but one thing set her apart. It was the first time the 80-year-old took part in the festival, in which sisters pray for the long life, health and happiness of their brothers.

  4. Major U.S. Debate Over Wisdom of Syria Attack

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (IPS) - While some kind of U.S. military action against Syria in the coming days appears increasingly inevitable, the debate over both the why and how of such an attack has grown white hot here.

  5. U.S. Sells Attack Helicopters to Indonesia amid Rights Concerns

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  6. U.N.'s New Phone Network Vulnerable to Surveillance

    Monday, August 26, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 26 (IPS) - The U.S. National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance and telephone data collection programme has come under heavy fire for violating privacy laws, even as the U.N.'s new telephone network appears vulnerable to hackers and eavesdroppers.

  7. Uruguay Prepares for Iron Rush

    Monday, August 26, 2013

    MONTEVIDEO, Aug 26 (IPS) - A bill that would regulate large-scale mining operations is making its way through Uruguay's two houses of parliament, despite a lack of political consensus and vocal opposition from environmental organisations and other sectors of civil society.

  8. OP-ED: Obama Should 'Resist the Call' to Intervene in Syria

    Monday, August 26, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (IPS) - President Obama got it right. He was picked by U.S. voters to put the nation's interests first – not those of any ally, any member of Congress, or the media, even if they clamour for him to "do something" yet do not take responsibility for the consequences if things go wrong, as they have for some time in the Middle East.

  9. Q&A: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Is Not Going Away

    Monday, August 26, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (IPS) - Almost 1,000 Egyptians have died, according to official count, since Aug. 14 when Egypt's armed forces began cracking down on Muslim Brotherhood-led protests against the military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. That number well exceeds the 846 people officials say died during the 18 days of protests that ended Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule in January 2011.

  10. Deceased Offer Hope for the Diseased

    Monday, August 26, 2013

    KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug 26 (IPS) - Forty-year-old Sajja Bibi from Sukkur, 470 km from Pakistan's port city of Karachi, has been camping on the pavement across from the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation for over two years now.