News headlines in March 2013

  1. Refugees of Libyan War Protest at World Social Forum

    TUNIS, Mar 31 (IPS) - "We need a solution. The U.N. has created the problem, and they should do their work and fix it," says Bright, a young Nigerian stuck in the Choucha refugee camp in Tunisia, a few kilometres from the Libyan border.

  2. Acid Victims Have a Lot to Undo

    NEW DELHI, Mar 31 (IPS) - Her face covered with a maroon  scarf and with large old -fashioned goggles hiding her eyes, Sonali Mukherjee lived one of the most cherished moments of her life when she earned a jackpot on a show hosted by Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan.

  3. The Siege Is Rubbish

    GAZA CITY, Mar 31 (IPS) - "For the past five years we've collected garbage by traditional means: donkey and cart," says Abdel Rahem Abulkumboz, director of health and environment at the Municipality of Gaza. The municipality of Gaza alone produces 700 tons of waste daily, Kumboz says. More than half of this waste is collected daily by 250 donkey carts.

  4. Women Make Flowers Pay

    HONIARA, Solomon Islands, Mar 30 (IPS) - In Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, women are taking the lead in developing a burgeoning floriculture industry. At the same time, their enterprise is contributing to community resilience as rapid urbanisation exceeds employment opportunities and challenges the economic wellbeing of many urban families.

  5. Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Will Cost U.S. 4-6 Trillion Dollars: Report

    WASHINGTON, Mar 30 (IPS) - Costs to U.S. taxpayers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will run between four and six trillion dollars, making them the most expensive conflicts in U.S. history, according to a new report by a prominent Harvard University researcher.

  6. Pope Francis Takes Over Sexophobic Church

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 29 (IPS) - Jorge Bergoglio begins his papacy as Francis I facing the challenge of a Catholic Church caught up in a burdensome contradiction with modern society, because of its negative attitude to sexuality and women.

  7. U.S. Eyes Pension Funds to Renew Crumbling Infrastructure

    WASHINGTON, Mar 29 (IPS) - President Barack Obama doubled down on a new push for infrastructure investment in a major speech Friday, highlighting roads, ports and bridges that many say have suffered from decades of insufficient upkeep.

  8. Mexico, Strong on Human Rights Abroad, Not at Home

    MEXICO CITY, Mar 29 (IPS) - Mexico has been a prominent defender of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in the battle being waged by some members of the Organisation of American States to curb its authority.

  9. U.S. Unveils Major New Proposal to Cut Vehicle Emissions

    WASHINGTON, Mar 29 (IPS) - Environmentalists and public health advocates are lauding a key, long-awaited proposal put forward by President Barack Obama's administration that would require cleaner gasoline and more effective technologies on vehicles, cutting various harmful emissions by 40 to 80 percent.

  10. Arab Spring Shifts Focus of World Social Forum

    TUNIS, Mar 29 (IPS) - The World Social Forum's traditional focus on economic, political and social injustice caused by globalisation shifted towards the revolts and unrest of the Arab Spring, in the current edition of the global gathering in Tunisia.