News headlines in July 2012

  1. Local Producers Worried about Venezuela’s Admission to Mercosur

    CARACAS, Jul 31 (IPS) - After a six-year delay, Venezuela finally became the fifth full member of South America’s main trade bloc, Mercosur, on Tuesday, bringing with it huge oil and natural gas reserves and a market hungry for the abundant agricultural production of its new partners to the south.

  2. Q&A: South Korea Steps Up as Marine Conservation Champion

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 (IPS) - When South Korea picked an oceans theme for the 2012 Yeosu World Expoit became host to the largest marine-themed event in history, with the potential to make a concrete contribution to sustainable development and simultaneously buoy the Korean global image.

  3. UNESCO Protection Crucial – and Controversial

    BANGALORE, Jul 31 (IPS) - It took six years for a dedicated team of scientists from the Wildlife Institute of India, wildlife officials from six Indian states and officials from the federal ministry to secure international protection for one of India’s most precious biological reserves.

  4. Peru Working to Reform Environmental Impact Assessment System

    LIMA, Jul 31 (IPS) - A random review by the Peruvian government of 205 environmental impact assessments approved between 2001 and 2010 revealed that 86 percent lacked complete information on how they had received the green light from the authorities.

  5. Where Are Canada's Missing Native Women?

    TORONTO, Jul 31 (IPS) - First Nations’ leaders are calling on the Canadian government to establish an independent commission of inquiry to investigate at least 582 missing and murdered indigenous women and girls - a wish which was not immediately granted by provincial premiers meeting last week.

  6. Teachers’ Strike Does Not Mean Political Liberation for Swaziland

    MBABANE, Jul 31 (IPS) - Swazis should not see the ongoing nationwide one-month teachers’ strike as a movement capable of overthrowing the political regime here, despite the fact that civil servants and nurses have joined the action, according to political analyst Dr. Sikelela Dlamini.

  7. Egypt Opening Doors to Gaza, Slowly

    CAIRO, Jul 31 (IPS) - With the election of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi as Egypt's first-ever freely elected president, the Gaza file – especially as it pertains to Egypt's border with the besieged enclave – is fast becoming one of the new president's first major foreign policy challenges.

  8. Laos’s Rural Women Await Midwives

    BANGKOK, Jul 31 (IPS) - A year after the Laotian government launched a safe pregnancy programme news of this initiative,  involving the dispatch of teams of midwives across the country, is yet to reach women in the remote  communities.

  9. Groups Vow to Fight Arctic Drilling

    WASHINGTON, Jul 31 (IPS) - Many environmental groups are concerned over a possible extension of drilling expeditions in the Arctic, as oil companies, including Royal Dutch Shell, are set to begin drilling in the region as early as this week.

  10. Q&A: "In Portugal, We Fight the Illness, Not the People Who Suffer from It”

    LISBON, Jul 31 (IPS) - Portugal’s anti-drug policies have been gaining international visibility since this country began to publish the results of its 2001 decision to eliminate all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs.