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
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
Mario de Queiroz PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, Jan (IPS) – The fifth World Social Forum (WSF) opened Wednesday in this southern Brazilian city, returning to the birthplace of this gigantic annual civil society meet.
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.
Sonny Inbaraj BANGKOK, Jan (IPS) – East Timor’s Nobel laureate Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo is appealing for peace to be given a chance in tsunami-hit Aceh as an Indonesian top-level team meets with Acehnese rebels later this week at talks… Continue Reading
The Observer As Condoleezza Rice prepares to take over the US State Department from Colin Powell, Paul Harris investigates the girl from Alabama who has risen to become the Bush family’s ultimate insider
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
Can The Human Being Be Fixed? Leonardo Boff Theologian The South East Asian cataclysm raises in many apparitions of the end of the world, or at least of the possible end of the human species. And for good reason, because… Continue Reading
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.
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
Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jan (IPS) – Almost 23 months before a new secretary-general takes office at the United Nations, there is already a vibrant debate on who should succeed incumbent Kofi Annan when he completes his second five-year term… Continue Reading
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.
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
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.
Reflections on the Tsunami David Ives * The recent tsunami that hit South East Asia has deservedly grabbed international attention. At last count, around 155,000 people have died with a high percentage of those deaths being children. Many thousands more… Continue Reading