We held the day. They held the night: What to do about the war in Afghanistan

About 40 years ago in the early 1970s I visited Portuguese Guine, a Portuguese African colony. Today it is an independent country called Guinea Bissau. At that time I was immersed in studying revolutions in general, and mainly the wars for independence in sub-Saharan Africa. I published an article about the conflict entitled “The War […]

Changing Sudan threatens nomadic tribe

One of the big uncertainties surrounding the referendum is what will become of the Abyei region straddling the country’s north-south border.

Abyei is the traditional home of the Misseriya tribe.

Al Jazeera’s Nick Clark reports on how their ancient nomadic existence is threatened by a changing Sudan.

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi Volcano Erupts Again

Mount Merapi volcano has erupted for a third time, with local people reportedly saying this was louder and stronger than the previous eruption on Tuesday. The latest eruption happened at around 0100 on Saturday (1800GMT Friday). Agence France Presse reported that it caused panic, with hundreds of people, including police and soldiers, trying to flee […]

NEPAL: Global warming swells glacial lakes, endangering thousands

Source: IRIN Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author’s alone. BANGKOK, 16 September 2010 (IRIN) – As global warming shrinks glaciers along the world’s highest peaks, glacial lakes in Nepal are increasingly at risk of bursting the natural […]

Landslide Buries Rescuers in Guatemala

A second landslide covered dozens of people on a highway in Guatemala Monday as they tried to dig out victims buried by a landslide the day before. “A wall of earth fell on a bus and around 100 local people organized themselves to dig out the victims. Then another landslide came along and buried them,” […]

New education system may rise from Haiti’s ruins

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Of the 800 children born each day in this luckless Caribbean nation, only 567 are fortunate enough to eventually attend school. One of three finishes sixth grade, and just seven of that original 800 ever see the inside of a university. And those numbers reflect the situation before the Jan. 12 earthquake wiped out […]

U.S. to boost aid as number of homeless doubles in Pakistan floods

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — The number of Pakistanis rendered homeless by massive flooding doubled to 4 million, the United Nations said Thursday as Washington planned to ramp up assistance to aid the suffering. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she plans to announce an additional $60 million in U.S. aid to add to the $90 […]

Clean electricity from invasive trees in Namibia?

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AlertNet) – The area around Otjiwarongo in Namibia’s heartland is a green sea of short, shrubby trees as far as the eye can see. While beautiful to some, this bush is an invader species and seen by ranchers as a dreaded pest that pushes out nutritious grasses. Since the 1950s, bad grazing practices […]

UN declares access to clean water a human right

UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly on Wednesday recognized access to clean water and sanitation as a human right. After more than 15 years of debate on the issue, 122 countries voted in favor of a compromise Bolivian resolution enshrining the right, while 41 abstained. Read More…