News headlines in July 2012, page 2

  1. U.S., Russia and China Stick to Their Guns

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 (IPS) - The protracted negotiations on an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) with the ambitious aim of eradicating the illicit trade in conventional arms hit a deadlock Friday at United Nations as Washington, Moscow and Beijing required "more time" after six years of preparatory meetings.

  2. Iran Diplomacy Runs into Sanctions-Happy U.S. Congress

    WASHINGTON, Jul 30 (IPS) - Congress’s rush to pass new sanctions against Iran ahead of the August recess comes amidst an intensified drive to pin the Iranian government to deadly acts of international terrorism and amplified moves by U.S. politicians to demonstrate their support for Mideast ally Israel ahead of the November presidential election.

  3. Q&A: "Israel's Heavy-Handed Abuse of Palestinian Children Is Unacceptable"

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 30 (IPS) - After a fact-finding tour of the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip - and following hearings in Amman and Cairo - a three-member United Nations committee has lambasted Israel for the harsh treatment of Palestinian children held in custody.

  4. Native Canadians Fear Mining Boom in "Ring of Fire"

    TORONTO, Jul 30 (IPS) - With accusations that Canadian resource companies and government officials are disregarding the need for indigenous consent in development projects, First Nations leaders have lashed out by approving a resolution calling for a moratorium on mining development in the so-called Ring of Fire until proper consultation begins.

  5. Profiting from Sustainable Forests on Communal Land in Mexico

    AMANALCO, Mexico, Jul 30 (IPS) - Mario Guzmán plans to start cutting down trees again in August and September, the last months of the rainy season. “Now the roads are impassable, and the trucks can’t get in to haul out the timber,” the Mexican farmer, whose community is sustainably managing its forests, told IPS.

  6. Caribbean Sees Progress on HIV/AIDS, Fears Funding Cuts

    WASHINGTON, Jul 30 (IPS) - Ian McKnight, executive director of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVCC), used one word - “tokenistic” - to sum up his perspective on the 19th International AIDS Conference that ended here over the weekend.

  7. Private Sector Debt Gnawing at Developing Countries

    NAIROBI, Jul 30 (IPS) - Twelve years after a global campaign successfully advocated the cancellation of some of the world’s poorest countries’ public debt, developing economies are again facing unsustainable debt burdens. Only this time, it is the private sector’s debt in developing economies that is inflating dangerously.

  8. Breaking the Ghostly Silence on Rape

    COLOMBO, Jul 30 (IPS) - It was the ghostly silence that struck him hardest as he walked through the Colombo suburb of Kirulapone the day after the lifeless body of a six-year-old girl had been discovered floating in a filthy canal, Kumar de Silva, a well-known local media personality, told IPS.

  9. Lebanon Heading for Failed State Status?

    BEIRUT, Jul 30 (IPS) - Every day Lebanon is being plunged further into a state of general insecurity, as chaos from the war in Syria seeps across the border.

  10. Trading Across the Line of Control

    SRINAGAR, Jul 30 (IPS) - As part of recent confidence building measures aimed at minimising tensions between India and Pakistan, which arose largely due to conflicting claims over Kashmir, the two countries have decided to make the Valley an economic bridge, rather than a bone of contention.