News headlines in December 2013, page 2

  1. OP-ED: NAFTA’s 20 Years of Unfulfilled Promises

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Dic 29 (IPS) - Twenty years after it took effect, NAFTA has failed the vast majority of Mexicans.

  2. Sri Lanka Faces New Year Pressure Over Rights

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

    COLOMBO, Dic 29 (IPS) - When the American Centre in Colombo held a memorial event honouring the late South African President Nelson Mandela, the first few questions at the question and answer session had nothing to do with the great freedom fighter.

  3. Waiting for the Rains, Zambia Grapples With Climate Change

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

    LUSAKA, Dic 29 (IPS) - It is seven in the morning and Georgina Musende, 56, of Kamanga Township, which just lies east of the Zambian capital Lusaka, is already sweating as she digs into the dry earth. Every time the hoe hits the ground, the dust engulfs her.

  4. West Papua Searches Far for Rights

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

    SYDNEY, Dic 29 (IPS) - The indigenous struggle for liberation in West Papua on the western half of the island of New Guinea in the south-west Pacific, with the loss of thousands of lives, is far from ending. But, despite political uncertainties, a united coalition of pro-independence leaders has reignited hope of freedom by galvanising the support of a Pacific Islands inter-governmental organisation.

  5. Every Eucalyptus Felled Equals Gallons of Water

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

    NSO, Cameroon, Dic 28 (IPS) - Sabina Shey Nkabiy, a farmer in Cameroon's North West Region, moves around these days with a million-dollar smile on her face. The mother of six, who used to trek 10 kilometres a day to farm, now harvests food in her backyard.

  6. Farmers in Mozambique Fear Brazilian-Style Agriculture

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

    NAMPULA, Mozambique, Dic 28 (IPS) - Rodolfo Razão, an elderly small farmer in Mozambique, obtained an official land usage certificate for his 10 hectares in 2010, but he has only been able to use seven. The rest was occupied by a South African company that grows soy, maize and beans on some 10,000 hectares in the northeast of the country.

  7. Syrian Children Lose More Than Their Country

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

    BEIRUT, Dic 28 (IPS) - As refugees from Syria continue to pour into Lebanon, the majority of children are not going to school, spurring concern that they will become a ‘lost generation'.

  8. Coal Trains Run into Stiff Resistance in U.S.

    Friday, December 27, 2013

    SPOKANE, Washington, Dic 27 (IPS) - Citizens and activists in the U.S. Pacific Northwest are fighting three different proposed coal terminals, including one in Oregon and two in Washington.

  9. Free Expression Still a Mirage for Zimbabwean Artists

    Friday, December 27, 2013

    BULAWAYO, Dic 27 (IPS) - That citizens cannot enjoy democracy if they are ruled by an undemocratic party is the warning that got Cont Mhlanga's play "Members" banned from theatre stages in Zimbabwe in 1985.

  10. Giving Villages the Technology They Want

    Friday, December 27, 2013

    BANGKOK, Dic 27 (IPS) - Mobile broadband services are seen as a key tool of development communication the world over, but people in rural Asia and Africa say telecom companies should cater to their needs and not simply impose technology on them.