Global challenges

GLOBAL PROBLEMS CAN ONLY BE SOLVED IN GLOBAL TERMS. By Mario Soares (*) LISBON, (IPS) – Is the world divided? Certainly. In a certain sense it always was — between large and small nations, between developed and underdeveloped peoples, between… Continue Reading

Europe Counts the Cost of Expansion

By Sanja Romic BRUSSELS, Dec 29 (IPS) – Europeans are growing increasingly sceptical about prospects of a better life in the face of the expansion due next year. Development programmes meant to increase employment within the European Union (EU) are… Continue Reading

Vieques Aftermath

by Kate M. Levin A recent issue of National Geographic Traveler featured a list of its Top Five Caribbean hot spots for the year. Number one is Cuba, the perfect destination if you love those “faded Commie icons,” as the… Continue Reading

WSIS: An alternative vision

World Summit on the Information Society: From heated debate to tepid commitments Sally Burch Phase one of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) concluded in Geneva on December 12, with the adoption of a Declaration and Plan… Continue Reading

Business in Iraq

Firm Bechtel Planned to Evade 1988 Sanctions – Document By Emad Mekay WASHINGTON, Dec (IPS) – U.S. construction giant Bechtel, a firm with a major contract to help rebuild Iraq, planned to hire “non-U.S. suppliers of technology” so it could… Continue Reading

Report on the Social Dimension of Globalization

www.worldforum.org The Report of the Working Party on the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, convened by Co-Chair Juan Somavia, Director General of the international Labor Organization, has been completed and can be accessed below: Click here: http://soros.c.tep1.com/maabMD1aa23V4b36p4Yb/… Continue Reading

Blockade at Nuclear Weapon Base in Scotland

A surprise festive blockade by peace activists is preventing workers getting into Faslane naval base in Scotland, leading to long tailbacks of traffic. The blockade began this morning at 7 a.m. as 7 activists, from Trident Ploughshares’ ‘Local heroes’ affinity… Continue Reading

Try Saddam in Global Court

By Peter Richards PORT OF SPAIN, Dec 16 (IPS) – One of the main architects behind the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is pushing to have former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein tried by that tribunal. Arthur NR Robinson,… Continue Reading

The Axis of Incoherence

Analysis by Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Dec (IPS) – As the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush searches increasingly desperately for a viable “exit strategy” from an Iraqi quagmire, its policy there is appearing ever more incoherent. The latest example… Continue Reading

Statement on Communication Rights

Introduction: The initiators of the World Forum on Communication Rights in the Information Society believe that securing communication rights should be at the core of information and communication developments. Communication rights encompass all those internationally accepted human rights that pertain… Continue Reading