News headlines in January 2014, page 5

  1. Big Gap Surfaces in Davos

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 24 (IPS) - As self-appointed global leaders gather at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos and discuss ‘The Reshaping of the World', a stone's throw away non-governmental organisations named this year's winners for their dreaded Public Eye Awards.

  2. Impoverished Cambodians For Sale

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    PHNOM PENH, Jan 24 (IPS) - Many Cambodian women arrive in South Korea or China for marriage, only to find themselves being chosen as mistresses, say labour rights activists. While young Cambodian men, who travel to Thailand to work on fishing boats, often fall prey to drug abuse.

  3. World Bank Arm Admits Wrongs in Honduras Loan

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (IPS) - In an unusual statement, the World Bank's private-sector arm has threatened to cancel a controversial investment in a Honduran palm oil company that has been implicated in serious human rights abuses, including numerous killings, over the past five years.

  4. Digital Age Demands Educational Transformation, World Forum Says

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    CANOAS, Brazil, Jan 24 (IPS) - The challenges of the digital age call for schools to develop an alternative model of education, with teachers who incorporate new technology and employ a more critical pedagogy, participants said at the Fórum Mundial de Educaçao (World Education Forum) in this southern Brazilian city.

  5. As Afghan Pullout Looms, U.S. Urged to Rethink Pakistan Ties

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (IPS) - With the 2014 deadline for a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in sight, analysts here are urging Washington policymakers to drop the term ‘Af-Pak' and recognise the importance of Pakistan beyond its implications for Afghanistan.

  6. U.S. Agency Accused of Safeguards Failure in Liberia Investment

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    Jan 23 (IPS) - Hundreds of Liberians have filed a complaint accusing a U.S. government agency of failure to carry out due diligence or ensure that safeguards were followed for investments made to a failed biomass project in Liberia.

  7. The Future According to Mr. Clean (Energy)

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    NEW YORK, Jan 23 (IPS) - Jigar Shah likes math. It inspires him. After all, crunching numbers allowed him to convince wary investors of the money-making potential of solar energy, allowing him to ignite an industry that was crippled by roadblocks.

  8. Saving Cameroonians from Ill Health

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    YAOUNDE, Jan 23 (IPS) - The Cameroonian government has begun a crackdown on illegal medical facilities and plans to shut down more than 524 medical training centres and 600 private clinics operating unlawfully in this Central African nation. 

  9. Swiss Spring for Syrian Refugees Passes

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    LUCERNE, Switzerland, Jan 23 (IPS) - Switzerland facilitated family reunification for Syrians in September. So far, more than 1,100 Syrian refugees have benefited from the programme, while thousands are waiting at Swiss embassies in the region, hoping for a similar chance. Surprised by these numbers, Switzerland put an end to the programme.

  10. Top Israel Lobby Group Loses Battle on Iran, But War Not Over

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (IPS) - Eight years ago, Stephen Rosen, then a top official at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and well-known around Washington for his aggressiveness, hawkish views, and political smarts, was asked by Jeffrey Goldberg of the New Yorker magazine whether some recent negative publicity had harmed the lobby group's legendary clout in Washington.