News headlines in February 2012

  1. Q&A: Climate Funding Needs Gender Equity

    Gender considerations remain largely disregarded in existing climate funds, even though women are some of the hardest hit by the impacts of climate change on livelihoods and agriculture.

  2. Israeli Poll on Iran Undercuts Netanyahu on Eve of Major Meet

    On the eve of a critical set of meetings here between top U.S. and Israeli officials, a new survey finds little backing among the Israeli public for a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities without Washington's approval.

  3. Latin America, Testing Ground for Chinese Yuan

    China is looking to Latin America to experiment with the yuan, or renminbi, to replace the dollar, taking advantage of the growth in Chinese trade and investment in this region. But because the volume is still insignificant, it is not yet clear what impact the currency will have on economies in the region.

  4. U.S.: A Musical Movement for Liberation

    Inside a dimly lit restaurant in New York City's historic Harlem neighbourhood, on an unusually warm night in the middle of February, an audience of 120 people sits spellbound while a forgotten gem is dusted off, polished and presented to the crowd.

  5. Drought in Sahel Affects Urban Cameroonians

    Sala Aminata, a housewife from the Logone and Shari Division in Cameroon’s Far North Region, looks at her six kids with apprehension as she tries to figure out how to feed them with her meagre salary.

  6. Syria Stalls Senior U.N. Official's Visit to War Zone

    The United Nations, which remains politically deadlocked over the drawn-out crisis in Syria, has hit another roadblock, this time over humanitarian assistance to the thousands of men, women and children caught up in the 11-month-old conflict.

  7. Sri Lanka Rattled by Planned UN Rights Resolution

    Strung across the main road leading away from the international airport is a banner that has an intriguing message: ‘USA, Pls Do Not Support Terrorism’.

  8. URUGUAY: Community Radios Have Innovative Law, But Are Off the Air

    Uruguay took a giant step towards more democratic media when it passed a law on community radio broadcasting in 2007. But although regulations for the law were approved in late 2010, many broadcasters are now off the air and waiting to be assigned a frequency.

  9. Caribbean Hit Hard by Sargassum Seaweed Invasion

    When scientists speak of the Sargasso Sea, which occupies part of the Atlantic Ocean, there is usually little mention of things drifting out because of the immobile currents.

  10. ZAMBIA: No Longer 'Waiting for the Mangoes to Ripen'

    Eight years ago when Mary Sitali’s husband divorced her, by sending a traditional letter to her parents saying that he no longer wanted her and they could 'marry her to any man of your choice - be he a tall or a short man, the choice being entirely yours,' she returned to her village in rural Zambia with their two children and no way of supporting them.