Good News for Women as Beijing Plus 10 Starts

Khalida Khursand – Pajhwok/IPS HERAT, Afghanistan, Feb (IPS) – As delegates gather in New York on Feb. 28 to review progress in the 10 years since the U.N. women’s conference in Beijing, positive news seems to be emerging from Afghanistan.

Punishment for Thinkers

Leonardo Boff, Theologian Please allow me to adopt the article by my dear friend Marcelo Barros, the monk who blends mysticism and politics, celebration of and support for the Movement of The Landless Workers, MST. He is a refined theologian,… Continue Reading

When John Negroponte Was Mullah Omar

by Dennis Hans February 2005 Bush’s pick for director of national intelligence once oversaw an Afghan-style sanctuary for terrorists every bit as nasty as Osama and al Qaeda Remember Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban, the Islamist movement that mis-governed… Continue Reading

Deaths Outnumber Births as AIDS Ravages Southern Africa

Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Feb (IPS) – The HIV/AIDS epidemic, which continues to devastate mostly the world’s poorer nations, has increased the rate of mortality and slowed population growth, according to a new U.N. report released Thursday.

Violence Without End

Leonardo Boff, Theologian Clearly, the violence in Brazil is caused by many factors which have already been thoroughly analyzed by many. In fact, we should not even say that violent acts happen here. Violence is structural in the formation of… Continue Reading

Lack of Birth Records Leaves Children Open to Predators

Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Feb (IPS) – When rebel leaders who recruit child soldiers are confronted by U.N. officials or human rights activists, they try to evade responsibility mostly by overstating the ages of rifle-toting children pressed into battle.

A Russian Appeal to Bush

Kester Kenn Klomegah MOSCOW, Feb (IPS) – A group of leading academics has appealed to U.S. President George W. Bush to press Russian President Vladimir Putin to change his â€?authoritarian courseâ€?.

Leaders Urged to Stand Up to Bush

Stefania Bianchi BRUSSELS, Feb (IPS) – As U.S. President George W. Bush arrived in Brussels Sunday (Feb. 20) for a series of meetings with European leaders, civil society groups, trade unions and leading European officials urged the European Union to… Continue Reading

The Nuclear Domino Effect

Katherine Stapp NEW YORK, Feb (IPS) – Even as the United States leans on North Korea and Iran to renounce any nuclear objectives, peace activists say it has stepped up spending on its own arsenal, including investments in a new… Continue Reading

Summers of Our Discontent

by Katha Pollitt February 2005 The Nation As the saying goes, behind every successful woman is a man who is surprised. Harvard president Larry Summers apparently is that man. A distinguished economist who was Treasury Secretary under Clinton, Summers caused… Continue Reading