News headlines in November 2009, page 3

  1. WORLD AIDS DAY: Children Still Falling Through the Cracks

    While most HIV-positive people in the Western world can gain decades of good health thanks to increasingly effective drug regimens, in the developing world, nearly a third of children born with HIV are still dying before their first birthday.

  2. ASIA: Artists Join Forces to Make a Difference in Mekong

    Nouv Srey Leab, 24, could not quite contain her excitement about the chance to participate in the just concluded regional arts and media festival held in this capital, believing it was one welcome occasion meet fellow artists from other countries in the Mekong sub-region.

  3. BURMA: Junta under Scrutiny for Concrete Pre-election Signs

    In the wake of a meeting attended by the all-powerful military elite, Burma’s military regime is due to come under close scrutiny for concrete signs of change leading up to a promised general elections in 2010.

  4. POLITICS-US: High Court to Hear Patriot Act Challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging a law that critics say treats human rights advocates as criminal terrorists, and threatens them with 15 years in prison for advocating nonviolent means to resolve disputes.

  5. POLITICS: Tajik Grip on Afghan Army Signals New Ethnic War

    Contrary to the official portrayal of the Afghan National Army (ANA) as ethnically balanced, the latest data from U.S. sources reveal that the Tajik minority now accounts for far more of its troops than the Pashtuns, the country's largest ethnic group.

  6. /UPDATE*/Namibia: Waiting at the Polls

    The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has again suspended the observer status of a human rights watchdog it accuses of lying about mistakes on the voter’s roll.

  7. EDUCATION-US: Social Justice Schools Shape New Wave of Activists

    While most U.S. public schools are responding to new high-stakes testing requirements by teaching more math and English to the neglect of social studies and civics, a very small minority of schools are pushing forward a different agenda.

  8. WORLD AIDS DAY: Groups Urge Repeal of 'Antiquated Colonial Laws'

    On the heels of a new report by UNAIDS that the HIV virus is now infecting Caribbean men and women at an equal rate, activist groups are urging regional leaders to eliminate laws that further the stigmatisation associated with the deadly virus.

  9. CANADA: Govt Stonewalls on Alleged Torture of Afghan Detainees

    Canadians appear unlikely to get the entire story behind their military's transfer of Afghans captured in war to Afghan government authorities and possible torture.

  10. MIDEAST: The Man Who Would Move a Hill

    In this city of fraternal faiths and conflicting political aspirations, dreams need to be made of sterner stuff.