By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, May 2015 (IPS) – The United Nations is quick to point out the increasing pace at which digital technology is racing across the world.
Six out of every seven people are armed with mobile phones – and more than three billion, out of the world’s 7.1 billion people, have access to the Internet.
Still, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns that while advanced technologies are accelerating progress, there are also emerging threats.
By Robert Berke* – Naked Capitalism
Posted on May 27, 2015 by Yves Smith- Yves here. I thought this would be a useful companion post to our update today on the TPP, since the TPP is one of the US’s answer to China’s efforts to stand at the center of a new geopolitical web of alliances. Notice in particular how some of China’s new ties are fragile and how the US is dialing down its efforts to foment a new cold war with Russia.
By Katie Dain*
NEW YORK, May 26 2015 (IPS) – Governments are in the midst of tough talks in New York over the text of the Addis Ababa Accord, which is scheduled to be adopted at the end of the Third Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) , to be held in Ethiopia in July.
Submitted by Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge
Submitted by Andrew Levine via Counterpunch.org,
American diplomacy favors (majority) white, English-speaking countries (the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and non-Hispanic European settler states (Canada, Australia and New Zealand again, but also Apartheid South Africa and, of course, Israel).
South Africa eventually fell out of favor, thanks in part to boycott, divestment and sanctions efforts in Western countries.
by Parminder Jeet Singh*
In part because the time is short, I will completely eschew the conventional vocabulary and discourse that is currently employed for discussing Internet governance (IG) and go directly to the heart of the matter. I will be looking at governance of the Internet from a systemic geo-economic and geo-political viewpoint, and argue where I see the BRICS countries fit in, and what, in the circumstances, could be their best common way forward.
By James Kwak *
Why Stringer Bell should have been a Wall Street C??
One of the central dramas of the early seasons of The Wire is the cat-and-mouse game between Avon Barksdale’s drug operation and the detectives of the Major Crimes Unit. The drug dealers started off using pagers and pay phones. When the police tapped the pagers and the phones, Barksdale’s people switched to “burner” cell phones that they threw away before the police could tap them. By Season 4, Proposition Joe advised Marlo Stanfield not to use phones at all.
Well, apparently, Wall Street currency traders don’t watch The Wire. I don’t think anyone was surprised to learn that major banks including JPMorgan, Citigroup, Barclays, RBS, and UBS conspired to manipulate currency prices?—?something that regulators have been investigating for over a year and a half. One common strategy was cooperating to time large transactions in order to manipulate daily benchmark rates at which other client transactions are executed.
James Carden – The Nation
The crusade to ban Russia policy critics
As a result of the civil war that has raged in Ukraine since April 2014, at least 7,000 people have been killed and more than 15,400 wounded, many of them grievously. According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 1.2 million eastern Ukrainians have been internally displaced, while the number of those who have fled abroad, mainly to Russia and Belarus, has reached 674,300.
Paul Krugman – The New York Times
One of the Obama administration?s underrated virtues is its intellectual honesty. Yes, Republicans see deception and sinister ulterior motives everywhere, but they?re just projecting. The truth is that, in the policy areas I follow, this White House has been remarkably clear and straightforward about what it?s doing and why.
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, May 2015 (IPS) – In the conflict-ridden Middle East, minority groups continue to be threatened, attacked and expelled from their home countries by terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
By Roberto Savio*
ROME, May – The victory of the Conservative Party and the debacle of the Labour Party in the recent British general elections is yet another sign of the crisis facing left-wing forces today, leaving aside the question of how, under the British electoral system, the Labour Party actually increased the number of votes it won but saw a reduction in the number of seats it now holds in Parliament (24 seats less than the previous 256).
Robert J. Burrowes
I sometimes read that drone strikes are counterproductive to western security interests because each person killed by a drone results in more new ?terrorists?. See, for example, ?The more civilians US drones kill in the Mideast, the more radicals they create?. http://rt.com/op-edge/252705-drone-operation-us-strategy-military/
Submitted by Tyler Durden ? Zero Hedge
Submitted by Dmitry Orlov via Club Orlov blog,
One of the fake stories kept alive by certain American politicians, with the help of western media, is that Vladimir Putin (who, they vacuously claim, is a dictator and a tyrant) wants to reconstitute the USSR, with the annexation of Crimea as the first step.
Tom Engelhardt ? The Nation
From toddlers with guns to wedding parties hit by drones, here?s the news for tomorrow.
It?s commonplace to speak of ?the fog of war,? of what can?t be known in the midst of battle, of the inability of both generals and foot soldiers to foresee developments once fighting is underway. And yet that fog is nothing compared to the murky nature of the future itself, which, you might say, is the fog of human life. As Tomorrowlands at world fairs remind us, despite a human penchant for peering ahead and predicting what our lives will be like, we?re regularly surprised when the future arrives.
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, May 19 2015 (IPS) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, an unrelenting advocate of sustainable energy for all (SE4All), once dramatised the need for modern conveniences by holding up his cell phone before an audience in the Norwegian capital of Oslo and asking: ?What would we do without them??
By Tom Parfitt – Telegraph.co.uk
Survey indicates growing suspicion of possible invasion by Washington after crisis in relations over Ukraine
Moscow. Almost a third of Russians fear an invasion and occupation of their country by the United States, a new poll indicates.
The respected Levada Centre polling agency in Moscow found that 31 per cent of respondents in a survey conducted last month thought the US represented a threat of military takeover, up from 21 per cent in 2007.
Nick Turse – TomDispatch.com – The Nation
American law prevents military aid to countries that employ child soldiers?but that hasn?t stopped us in South Sudan.
Malakal, South Sudan? I didn?t really think he was going to shoot me. There was no anger in his eyes. His finger may not have been anywhere near the trigger. He didn?t draw a bead on me. Still, he was a boy and he was holding an AK-47 and it was pointed in my direction.
By Valentina Ieri
UNITED NATIONS, May 15 2015 (IPS) – Leaders from over 30 countries have come together for a two-day retreat May 14 and 15 at U.N. headquarters to reinforce their commitments to improve the health of women, children and adolescents around the world.
By CHRIS BUCKLEY and ELLEN BARRY – The New York Times
HONG KONG ? India?s prime minister, Narendra Modi, told China?s leaders on Friday that it was up to them to rethink policies that he said had hindered cooperation between the two Asian giants.
Nearly three decades after the publication of his groundbreaking critique of the Western mainstream press, Noam Chomsky still believes the media is complicit in “manufacturing consent.”
The Editors – The Nation
Hilary Clinton?s evolution on immigration reform is a testament to the youthful movement that erupted during the Obama era.
What a difference a disastrous midterm election makes. Before the 2014 vote, conventional wisdom in the Democratic Party still counseled political caution on immigration reform.