News headlines in May 2009, page 2

  1. MEXICO: Indigenous Rape Victims Fight Military Impunity

    The aberrations of Mexican justice were clearly visible in the cases of rape and torture allegedly committed by soldiers in 2002 against two indigenous women, Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo. But their experiences are not exceptional in rural areas of the southern state of Guerrero.

  2. POLITICS: Abbas Visit Comes as U.S.-Israeli Tensions Mount

    U.S. President Barack Obama’s first meeting on Thursday with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas was less remarkable for the actual talks between the two leaders than it was for the changed Washington political climate in which it took place.

  3. POLITICS-US: Implementing Af-Pak Strategy Is the Hard Part

    With the strategic review for U.S. goals in Afghanistan and Pakistan now complete, the administration of President Barack Obama must shift to the more difficult task of choosing and – even more daunting – implementing policies that seek to quell the militant insurgencies in both countries, says a new report from a think tank here known to be close to the administration.

  4. U.S.: NGOs Oppose Nearly 100-Billion-Dollar Pledge to IMF

    A broad coalition of civil society groups, as well as some U.S. lawmakers, is fighting what they call a 'blank cheque' from the U.S. to expand funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

  5. POLITICS: Where Iran Fits in the Mideast Peace Puzzle

    What is the relationship between the United States’ policy towards Iran and its performance on Arab-Israeli peacemaking, including the crucial quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians?

  6. DEVELOPMENT-VIETNAM: Govt Bauxite Plan Stirs Public Worries

    While investors and their opponents argue the pros and cons of an ambitious plan to mine bauxite deposits in Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, life for the tea and coffee farmers in nearby towns has already become a lot more complicated.

  7. INDIA-US: Thorny Times Ahead Despite Nuclear Deal

    Although Manmohan Singh, the man who steered through the landmark Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear deal, has been voted back to power, there is little sign that his second term as prime minister will see the same geniality between the world’s two major democracies.

  8. CLIMATE CHANGE: More Subsidies for Fossil Fuels in Recovery Plans

    Despite the economic slow down, growing numbers of world leaders are calling for urgent action on climate change while many governments used their economic stimulus packages to increase subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.

  9. FRANCE: 'Defying Rules on Arms Sales to Israel'

    French arms sales to Israel are 'in total contradiction' of European Union rules on the defence industry, the author of a new study has said.

  10. MIDEAST: Palestinians Honour Holocaust Victims

    On a cool and overcast day, a procession of grim-faced people filed silently past pictures of heaps of skeletons piled high, of emaciated survivors with blank stares corralled behind barbed wire, barely clinging to life.