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HR Watch for disbanding DGFI Rab 5-19-09 The Daily Star
Human Rights Watch has recommended the disbanding of the Rapid Action Battalion and the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence, terming them symbols of abuse and impunity in a report released yesterday.
World Bank helps Bangladesh control air pollution 5-13-09 Reuters
The World Bank approved on Wednesday a $62.2 million credit to help Bangladesh to control urban air pollution through cutting emissions in key polluting sectors such as transport and brick-making.
Guatemala’s Dirty War 5-18-09 ZNet
Guatemala released secret NCP files on suspected “subversives”. Other files, released from the Military Archives, implicate the military’s high command in their planning and execution.
Guatemalan protests as leader faces murder claims 5-14-09 AFP
Angry crowds marched in downtown Guatemala City, some demanding the resignation of President Alvaro Colom and others defending him against accusations of murdering a prominent lawyer.
Development trumps regional issues in Indian vote 5-18-09 Reuters India
Millions of Indians appeared to have jettisoned caste and linguistic identities to vote for good governance in India’s general election, which may change policies to win over voters, analysts said.
India rupee posts biggest gain in 11 yrs after poll 5-18-09 Reuters India
The Indian rupee surged over 3 percent on Monday, posting its biggest gain in more than a decade on hopes for reforms, foreign inflows and a massive jump in the share market after the ruling coalition swept national polls.
Mexico Faces Downgrade After ‘Very Complacent’ Decade 5-12-09 Bloomberg
Mexico’s credit rating may be cut as the global recession exposes the government’s failure to raise taxes and ease its dependence on oil income, according to Credit Suisse Group AG and UBS AG.
Guerrillas, narcos, Washington, and the ghosts of 1910 5-14-09 Frontera NorteSur
A guerrilla group made allegations that the government was supporting the Sinaloa Cartel, as the U.S. Congress is considering a $470 million Drug War request by the Mexican government.
Political impasse delays humanitarian assistance 5-15-09 IRIN
The ongoing political impasse in Nepal has affected the flow of humanitarian assistance and development work, local and international aid workers say.
Experts call for climate change adaptation plans 5-8-09 IRIN
Nepal is one of a number of South Asian countries directly affected by global warming: Local experts warn that climate change adaptation plans urgently need to be put in place.
Minister Moves to Ease Relationship With Traditional Leaders 5-18-09 BusinessDay
A traditional leaders’ institution would be established to improve ease tensions between elected public officials and traditional leaders on rural development issues.
Huge Fire Kills Seven in South Africa 5-16-09 Shabelle Media Network
At least seven foreign and South African people have died and more others injured after enormous fire burnt a shop in Cape Town overnight.
International Relations Move From Freezer to Fridge 5-18-09 IRIN
A defrosting of relations combined with a financial mechanism designed to avoid donor money flowing through the hands of ZANU-PF is gently prising open the door for assistance.
Environment Conservation Proves Tough Call 5-14-09 Financial Gazette
While a decade of economic decay has exerted pressure on the environment as well as pushing marginalized communities into abject poverty, conserving what is left is proving to be a tough call.
Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Arrested 5-14-09 AP
A prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer was arrested Thursday at a court in Harare, colleagues said. Alec Muchadehama was arrested at a magistrates court where he had gone to work.
Grain crisis and political economy of a new scramble for Africa 5-14-09 This Day
A far-reaching crisis in the financial systems of the developed world and food security in many Asian countries is compelling them to seek land elsewhere. Africa is the choice continent, but it is brittle.
Turning Agriculture into a Business 5-14-09 API
A plan by the Africa Commission to side-step African governments and target the private sector to invigorate the continent’s business and agricultural capacity was launched in Copenhagen, on 6 May.
LGBTI Activists Optimistic about Progay Resolution 5-15-09 Pambazuka
African LGBTI human rights defenders are optimistic that a resolution to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Africa will be adopted by the African Commission.
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