Soon after being shoe-horned into the top ranks of Zimbabwe’s ruling party, the wife of aging leader Robert Mugabe has gained a PhD in orphanages, seen as the latest sign that she may be destined for high office.
SAO PAULO (CNS) — Rayfran das Neves Sales, the convicted killer of U.S. Sister Dorothy Stang, was arrested Sept. 19. He was accused of being involved in the murders of three people in the northern state of Para. Sales served a little less than eight years of a 27-year sentence for shooting Sister Dorothy, a member of the Notre Dame de Namur Sisters who had U.S. and Brazilian citizenship. Sales had been under house arrest since June 2013 due to good behavior in prison. Sister Dorothy, 73, at the time of her death in 2005, was born in Dayton, Ohio. She had lived in the Amazon region for nearly four decades, working closely with the Brazilian bishops’ Pastoral Land Commission in favor of land rights for the poor and for sustainable development in the region.
TOKYO, Sep 18 2014 (IPS) – Fifty-four-year-old Marlyn Maeda, an unmarried freelance writer living in Tokyo who never held a permanent job, is now watching her dream of aging independently go up in smoke.
By Sam Badger and Giorgio Cafiero, September 12, 2014.
This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com.
Since FIFA picked Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the tiny and uber-rich Gulf emirate has increasingly come under scrutiny for its failure to protect the human rights of its burgeoning foreign workforce. Continue reading Kingdom of Slaves→
DES MOINES — At a Vatican meeting a few years ago, Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly asked Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for some advice. “You are being entirely too hard on the American nuns,” Mr. Biden offered. “Lighten up.”