News headlines in November 2011

  1. For Big Financial Institutions, Profit Trumps Women's Rights

    This year, for the first time, the World Bank dedicated its 2012 annual flagship World Development Report to women as indispensable players in the global economy and launched a media campaign to 'think equal'.

  2. To Women's Rights, Financial Institutions Pay Lip Service Only

    On day seven of 'the 16 days of activism to end violence against women' campaign, women's rights organisations around the world are asking what the biggest international financial institutions (IFIs) are really doing to protect women's rights, which are under daily assault.

  3. Pak Border Post Attack a Big Loss for U.S. War Policy

    The U.S. military and the Barack Obama administration have been thrown into confusion by the attack on two Pakistani military posts near the border with Afghanistan Saturday morning, even as the attacks provoked the Pakistani government and military leadership into much stronger opposition to U.S. policy in the region.

  4. BURMA: Realpolitik and Rights Compete for Clinton's Attention

    Hillary Clinton's historic trip this week to Burma — the first by a U.S. secretary of state since 1955 — will likely mix geo- strategic realpolitik with Washington's more idealistic interest in promoting economic and political reforms in a country that it has tried to ostracise for most of the past two decades.

  5. U.S.: States Seek Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients

    At least 36 states across the U.S. are proposing laws that would require applicants for and recipients of a variety of public aid programs to undergo drug testing in which they would have to provide a urine sample. Several states, including Arizona, Florida, Indiana and Missouri, have already passed such laws.

  6. LATIN AMERICA: Female Condoms in Short Supply

    In spite of the growing spread of HIV/AIDS among women in Latin America and the Caribbean, the female condom, which could put them in charge of their health, is not readily available.

  7. Syrian Leader Survives on Unrelenting Russian-Chinese Support

    Bashar al-Assad, Syria's beleaguered president, has openly defied the Western world, succeeded in splitting the United Nations Security Council and fractured the League of Arab States - even as it imposed unprecedented economic sanctions against his embattled country.

  8. Iran's Growing Isolation a Dubious Win for the West

    Scenes from Tehran Tuesday of bearded Iranian youth swarming over the walls of the British embassy evoked memories of the 1979-81 hostage crisis that created the image of Iran as a pariah state.

  9. Not Everyone on Board with Mesoamerica Development Plan

    Ten years after its launch under a different name, the Mesoamerica Project, which involves major investments in energy, telecommunications, housing, health and other areas, is moving ahead slowly and continues to face scepticism that it will have a real impact against poverty.

  10. Water: A Victim of Climate Change

    The Southern Africa Development Community wants water to be tabled as a standalone item on climate change negotiations — describing it as too important to leave on the periphery.