By Robert Berke* – Naked Capitalism
Few meetings ever started with dimmer prospects for success than the recent meeting between Presidents Obama and Putin.
The real call for the meeting stemmed from the EU refugee crisis. With a human catastrophe brewing in Europe and the Middle East, EU leaders are urgently demanding that the U.S. and Russia set aside their differences and begin to work together in an effort to resolve the Syrian conflict, the major cause of the massive movement of people seeking sanctuary.
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 2015 (IPS) – When the Security Council recently hosted a meeting of world leaders to discuss the growing threats from violent extremism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that any success in battling intolerance will be predicated on a “unified response.”
Michele Kelemen – National Public Radio (NPR)
The international aid group Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) is calling for an international investigation into what it calls a war crime in Afghanistan — Saturday’s U.S. airstrikes that killed 22 people, including medical staff and patients at the organization’s hospital in Kunduz.
By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka* | IDN-InDepthNews Viewpoint
NEW YORK (IDN) – Over the past two years, Boko Haram has grown in influence and spread across the West African region with specific impacts on the rights of women and girls. The 500th day anniversary of the kidnapping of the Chibok girls in Nigeria recently passed. Despite a global movement calling for their return, most remain missing, with more women and girls abducted by Boko Haram each week. Millions have been displaced as a result of Boko Haram violence.
By J Nastranis | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
NEW YORK (IDN) – As part of the U.S. “rebalance to the Pacific”, the growing convergence of their respective countries’ interests in the Indo-Pacific region, and with an eye on China’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea, Washington has initiated a trilateral dialogue involving both India and Japan.
By Steven Mufson – The Washington Post
The Roha Dyechem solar plant, still under construction in August, at Bhadla, in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images)
When it comes to slowing climate change, it takes more than a village.
By Maggie Black*
After a process lasting two years, in which thousands of civil society organisations added their two cents’ worth, the UN General Assembly has endorsed a list of 17 Goals to bring about a global order of Sustainable Development. Rarely can such a mountain of effort have brought forth such a mouse.
By the Editors – The Nation
It won’t be easy, but there are concrete measures we can take right now to relieve the agony.
The refugee crisis now confronting Europe, with hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants pouring across multiple borders, has opened up deep fissures in the European Union. The crisis threatens to tear the EU apart, but it’s truly global in nature, with roots in decades of conflict, from Afghanistan to Somalia to Eritrea; in the multiple upheavals stemming from the Arab revolutions, from Libya to Yemen; and in the regional instability and extremism brought about by the US invasion, occupation, and destruction of Iraq. But the greatest source of refugees flooding into Europe now is Syria, and that demands a rethinking not only of EU and US refugee policy, but also their approach to Syria’s civil war.
BAJINDER PAL SINGH*
Right to industrialise versus protection of the environment is a dilemma for both countries
Climate change represents a unique dilemma for India and China as both countries try and reconcile their “natural and legitimate right” to continue their industrialisation and modernisation with the need to adapt to the effects of climate change.
Refocusing resistance for climate justice. COPing in, COPing out and beyond Paris
What happened to the climate justice strategy discussion after WSF in
Tunis? Well those in the middle of it of course knew but for the rest
of us it seemed as the same old story would repeat itself, a huge
demonstration gathering everyone 14 days ahead of the end so the
massive presence would not disturb the actual conference and create an
image of that the movement wish the world leaders to take action
regardless if this action leads not even close to a solution.
By Fabíola Ortiz – IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – “We will be working very aggressively to achieve the goal of making the world nuclear free by 2045,” when the United Nations will mark its 100th birthday, declared Erlan Idrissov, Foreign Minister of the Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan.
By Roberto Savio*
Rome, Oct.2015 – The last world survey on the strength of democracy went totally ignored, except for the New York Times, which did publish a special report. And yet the World Values Survey, a respected research association with the United Nations, conducted the survey and the data of the 2015 survey are extremely worrying.
By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 2015 (IPS) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights during a High-Level Core Group event on Sep. 29, noting his experiences in working with governments to eliminate LGBTI-discriminatory policies.
By J Nastranis | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
NEW YORK (IDN) – A new report released after the adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is quite upbeat about Africa’s development prospects, but expresses serious reservations on several counts. “Having made encouraging progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), African countries have the opportunity” to use the SDGs “to tackle remaining challenges and achieve a development breakthrough,” says the report.
V. Anantha Nageswaran* – livemint.com, HT Media
The pendulum that swung away from labour towards capital must swing back towards labour
Teaching for a job or for pleasure is a good thing for the mind. The exposition to students is an unexpected source of enlightenment. It happened to me on Friday at Singapore Management University. I was sharing with them my views on excessive mathematization of economics since the 1970s.
By Barbara Adams – Global Policy Watch
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) negotiated painstakingly over two years by all UN Member States with thousands of public interest organizations providing their commitment and expertise have been copyrighted. And by whom? The UN you would think? But no. They have been re-branded as Global Goals (GGs) and the copyrighted by Project Everyone, a private company incorporated and registered in London.
On its own website (www.globalgoals.org), Project Everyone claims ownership of the 17 icons that it is popularizing, with active help from celebrities and the UN Secretariat itself, representing each of the 17 Goals that the heads of State and Government are endorsing this week as common objectives of humanity from here to the year 2030.
Geoff Dyer and Kathrin Hille – Financial Times
Renewed support for Assad triggers alarm over Putin’s intentions, while Washington is under pressure to end the war Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have been forced to engage as the crisis in Syria spills over into the certainly knows how to steal a show. The Russian president will speak today at the UN General Assembly for the first time in a decade. The rapid build-up of Russian military force in Syria in recent weeks has turned Mr Putin into the centre of attention in New York, as rivals and allies both speculate about his intentions.
By Juan Cole* – The Nation
If the GOP obsession with banning abortion is about life, why aren’t they celebrating the avoidance of war with Iran?
Pope Francis’s address to the United Nations on Friday engaged robustly with world politics. He presented a carefully reasoned, systematic philosophy of peace, conflict, and the environment driven by a few central principles such as multilateralism, reasoned faith and care for human life. This philosophy drove him to support the Iran deal and to take the stance of a climate hawk. On virtually every issue, he came down against the key talking points of the Republican presidential candidates, who had counted on culturally conservative Catholics to support their belligerence toward Iran and their climate change denial.
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 2015 (IPS) – The United States and Russia are escalating arms sales to two of their major allies in the Middle East – Iraq and Syria – despite fears that some of these weapons may ultimately wind up, ironically, in the hands of armed rebel groups battling government forces.
By Zoë Carpenter – The Nation
By framing immigration as a moral challenge, rather than a criminal one, activists say the pope reinforced much of the work they are doing to challenge dehumanizing rhetoric.
When Andrea Cristina Mercado arrived at the Capitol on Thursday morning, she was tired and sore. She’d been walking for eight days, over one hundred miles from an immigration detention center in Philadelphia to Washington, DC, in order to hear Pope Francis’ address to Congress. With her were 99 other women from Uganda, China, Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil, Vietnam, the United States and other countries, some of them undocumented, all marching in support of the rights of migrants and refugees. Several were grandmothers; the youngest was a 4-year-old in a stroller that the older women took turns pushing. After a summer thick with vitriol, they were hoping the pope might soften the tenor of America’s immigration debate.