Stories written by Farhan Haq

FINANCE: Profitable Year for South Africa

By all accounts, South Africa will end its financial year with the government having collected more money than it spent over the last 12 months.

/ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT/ BOOKS-US: Taking the Shine Off the US Services Sector

Until the recent US economic downturn, pundits on both the left and right had claimed that job growth had picked up during the past decade. In a new book, one left-leaning journalist finds out the reality behind the service-sector boom by actually trying to work in it.

POLITICS-US: Has America Accepted George W. Bush?

When President George W. Bush visited New York City Tuesday to pay tribute to the late Roman Catholic Archbishop, John Cardinal O'Connor, the local response was summed up by protesters' placards, which read, "Not MY President."

GLOBAL GOVERNANCE-OUTLOOK 2000: Managing in a Unipolar World

The past year has been marked by large international interventions in Kosovo and East Timor and progress on creating an International Criminal Court.

/ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC: Rock Stars Turn Serious at Century’s End

You know that the millennium is at hand when Paul McCartney, seemingly the most light-hearted of the Beatles, re-records some of his old songs as orchestral pieces for a new album titled 'Working Classical.'

RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: Evidence of Atrocities

Three UN human rights officials said Monday that they had received substantial evidence of murder, torture, rape and other abuses in East Timor after they voted Aug 30 to be independent of Indonesia.

RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: Evidence of Atrocities

Three UN human rights officials said Monday that they had received substantial evidence of murder, torture, rape and other abuses in East Timor after they voted Aug 30 to be independent of Indonesia.

RIGHTS-DRC: Rapporteur Will Resume Work on Zaire Massacres

After languishing for more than a year, a UN investigation is resuming its prove into alleged massacres that occurred in 1996-1997 in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire.

DRUGS-COLOMBIA: Shift in Commercial Flow Fuels Drug War

The growth of Colombia's cocaine traffic fuelled by increased demands from Europe and problems with coca production in Peruhas intensified the conflict between the government, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries, according to political analysts.

POLITICS-EAST TIMOR: UN Prepares to Take Charge

The United Nations stepped up plans this week for a transitional authority in East Timor and officials expected new administrators would take charge of the Pacific island state by late January.

POLITICS-UN: US, Britain Want UN Chief in Iraq Sacked

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was resisting pressure from the United States and Britain to oust his humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Hans von Sponeck, UN officials said Tuesday.

/ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT/CINEMA-USA: ‘Three Kings’ Takes on Myths of Gulf War

Before David O. Russell's Gulf War movie 'Three Kings' opened here last month, the young writer-director already had fended off criticism from parties as diverse as US Muslim anti-discrimination groups and Texas Governor George W. Bush.

RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: UN Security Council Approves Peacekeepers

The UN Security Council Monday committed the United Nations to be the interim administrators of East Timor and voted unanimously to send more than 10,000 peacekeeping troops to the Pacific island state.

POPULATION-RIGHTS: Combating Maternal Mortality

The World Bank joined three UN agencies Thursday in pursuing priority activities designed to reduce maternal mortality worldwide.

POPULATION: Cash Shortage Hurting UNFPA

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) marked its 30th year of operations Wednesday with a plea for donor nations to boost their contributions to the agency.

POLITICS-IRAQ: Annan Blasts Holds on Humanitarian Aid

The UN Security Council must end the delay on humanitarian goods entering Iraq to end the suffering there, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday.

LABOUR-US: Unions’ Endorsement of Gore Raises Questions

The US presidential campaign may be more than one year away but organised labour already has thrown its weight behind Vice President Al Gore - a candidate with strong pro- business and free-trade leanings.

RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: UN Security Council Approves Peacekeepers

The UN Security Council Monday committed the United Nations to be the interim administrators of East Timor and voted unanimously to send more than 10,000 peacekeeping troops to the Pacific island state.

RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: UN Set To Take Charge

The UN Security Council, after the green light from Indonesia, is set to approve Monday an ambitious reconstruction mission for battered East Timor.

POLITICS-SIERRA LEONE: UN Approves Peacekeeping Mission

The UN Security Council unanimously approved Friday the creation of a new peacekeeping force in Sierra Leone, which is intended to deploy some 6,000 soldiers to the West African nation within one month.

//REPEAT//ARTS-ENTERTAINMENT/CINEMA: ‘Earth’ Revives Trauma of Partition

The 1947 partition of India and Pakistan, one of the most traumatic events of the 20th century, saw one million peopled killed while millions more were forced to flee their homes.

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