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.
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
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
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.
Antoaneta Bezlova BEIJING, Feb (IPS) – As China forges ahead with the promulgation of an anti-secession law that would legitimise war with Taiwan, the United States has stepped up efforts to keep China’s growing military might in check.
By: Sarah Wagner â€“ Venezuelanalysis.com Caracas, February 2005â€”In a press conference held yesterday, the Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information, AndrÃ©s Izarra, denounced “the false information and groundless accusations” made almost on a daily basis in the United States press… Continue Reading
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
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.
By Evelyn Iritani The Los Angeles Times February 2005 Activists have come a long way since the violent protests of 1999. Now companies and trade policymakers are giving them a place at the table. Unhappy over the World Trade Organization’s… Continue Reading
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€?.
By: Jessica Leight – COHA Recent arms sales could have an explosive impact on U.S.-Venezuela relations. Recalling Czech small arms sales to the leftist Guatemalan government in 1954, which led to a CIA-supported coup, the same could happen in Venezuela.… Continue Reading
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
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
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
The American-based National Council of Churches has recently convened a group of theologians, familiar with ecumenism and the main Christian braches, to issue a statement calling on the importance of environmental protection among religious representatives, who, the statement claims, often… Continue Reading
Julio Godoy PARIS, Feb (IPS) – A â€?rough rowâ€? has broken out between the United States and a host of other countries on protection of cultural diversity. Most European and developing countries want an international agreement that would in effect… Continue Reading
Antoaneta Bezlova BEIJING, Feb (IPS) – China has greeted the start of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change with a dramatic display of new green policies, but observers fear the surprise move would remain a symbolic victory rather than a… Continue Reading
by Ben Moxham February 2005 Last Monday, 7 February, the East Timorese newspaper Suara Timor Loro Saâ€™e reported that at least 53 people had died of starvation in the village of Hatabuiliko since October 2004. â€œThere is absolutely nothing to… Continue Reading
Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Feb (IPS) – At least 11 million people worldwide are “international orphans” — people without citizenship or nationality — who suffer discrimination, exploitation, and, in some cases, forced displacement, according to a new report by Refugees International… Continue Reading
MSNBC staff and news service reports Rejected by the United States, the U.N.-backed plan to combat global warming goes into force on Wednesday amid scant fanfare and warnings that it is only a tiny first step.