America and Political Islam

Global Agenda 2005 I was in New York City on 9/11. In the weeks that followed, newspapers reported that the Koran had become one of the biggest-selling books in American bookshops. Astonishingly, Americans seemed to think that reading the Koran… Continue Reading


By Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (*) BRASILIA, Jan (IPS) – The metaphor of the century took on devastating proportions in the massive waves that swept south Asia at the end of 2004. The violent tsunami reminded us that in… Continue Reading

Vote Where, How, and for Whom?

Dahr Jamail BAGHDAD, Jan (IPS) – With elections just four days away, many Iraqis are still uncertain how they will vote, or even where the polling stations are.


by David McNeill January 2005 Given the impossibly high praise lavished upon him – “One of the finest minds of the twentieth century” (The New Yorker); “Arguably the most important intellectual alive” (The New York Times) – it is hard… Continue Reading

Just one more step on Iraq\’s long path

Analysis By Paul Reynolds World Affairs correspondent, BBC News website The election in Iraq on Sunday is emerging as yet another interim stage rather than the definitive move towards democracy as was hoped.

Time to Tackle Tough Choices

Gustavo Capdevila GENEVA, Jan (IPS) – The international business and political leaders who will gather this week in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum (WEF) will be called upon to â€?take responsibility for tough choices,â€? said the event’s founder and… Continue Reading

Election Divides a Nation

Dahr Jamail BAGHDAD, Jan (IPS) – The elections due Jan. 30 appear to have brought more chaos and division amongst Iraqis than unity and hope. And they have brought greater security fears.

Bush Has No Foreign Policy

By John Brown To Our Readers President George W. Bush and his tightknit group of close advisers don’t believe in formulating or implementing a foreign policy. This was the case in Bush’s first term, and will most likely be so… Continue Reading

First Trial for Genocide Set to Begin in Spain

Marcela Valente BUENOS AIRES, Jan (IPS) – In 1995, his revelation that he helped throw political prisoners alive into the ocean from airplanes during Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship shocked the world.

Kings in the White House

By Richard Greene BBC News The US president is now as powerful as a monarch, according to a new book by an American professor published to coincide with the start of George W Bush’s second term. Does Bush really give… Continue Reading

EU to Consider Ban on Swastika

Stefania Bianchi BRUSSELS, Jan 19 (IPS) – The European Union will consider banning the swastika and other Nazi symbols next week after British Prince Harry was photographed wearing a swastika armband to a fancy dress party.