COMMENTARY By Kaveh L Afrasiabi TEHRAN – Without taking account of dissenting voices, particularly by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which now includes some 115 states, the United Nations’ chief, Kofi Annan, has fully endorsed a hand-picked panel’s sweeping proposals for… Continue Reading
Moyiga Nduru JOHANNESBURG, Mar 31 (IPS) – Muslims and Catholics do not see eye-to-eye on many issues. But when it comes to practices which they fear will allow the encroachment of unacceptable secular values – abortion, gay marriage and condom… Continue Reading
Here in the West, poverty means a bad life. But poverty in the Third World means death. By Fareed Zakaria Editor, Newsweek International Newsweek Here in the West, poverty means a bad life. But poverty in the Third World means… Continue Reading
Analysis – By Marwaan Macan-Markar BANGKOK, Mar 30 (IPS) – The rumblings spreading through South-east Asian capitals against Burma’s military regime is taking on the quality of a long overdue confession – namely that a political principle considered sacroscant by… Continue Reading
William Fisher NEW YORK, Mar 29 (IPS) – Despite a rising chorus of condemnation from journalists and media critics, the George W. Bush administration shows no signs of abandoning its distribution of taxpayer-funded “news” to U.S. newspapers, radio and television… Continue Reading
McDonald’s grabs a piece of the apple pie In an effort to escape its junk-food image, McDonald’s, the company that built its success on fries and burgers, now buys more apples than any restaurant chain in the US. This also… Continue Reading
America, Wake Up to the European Dream By Jeremy Rifkin Europe: We love to vacation there, if we can afford it. It’s the cultural mecca many of us flock to, to awaken our senses and feed our souls. But Europe… Continue Reading
Economic Disparity Spells Disaster for Children A. D. McKenzie SIEM REAP, Cambodia, Mar 28 (IPS) – The East Asia-Pacific region has experienced unprecedented economic growth in the past 14 years, despite several crises, but the increasing disparity between and within… Continue Reading
Leonardo Boff: Man cannot repeat the destiny of the dinosaur Sergio Ferrari * Adital – Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff says, “If there is an essential challenge for the human being in this historical period, it is to save the ‘common… Continue Reading
by M.Junaid Alam; Left Hook; March 2005 The blurring of political distinctions between Americaâ€™s two major political parties, achieved through Democratic acquiescence to Republican ideas on every major national question, has prompted some progressives to conclude that Democrats and Republicans… Continue Reading
Mohammed Amin Abdulqadir ARBIL, Mar (IPS) – Close to two months after the announcement of election results, Shia and Kurd leaders say an agreement over the formation of a new government is imminent.
By Anatoly Medetsky Moscow Times The Kyrgyz opposition might have hoped to start a velvet revolution by protesting parliamentary elections, but President Askar Akayev’s decision to use force appears to have brought the country to the verge of civil war.
Sanjay Suri LONDON, Mar (IPS) – A major drive has begun to counter the alarming spread of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, deputy counter narcotics minister Dawood Daoud told IPS in an interview Wednesday.
Anil Netto Selling water rights to private institutions and then having people buy them back again is an issue that keeps rearing its ugly head at every World Water Day, which falls on Mar. 22.
Saul Landau and Farrah Hassen Progreso Weekly, March 2004 After 9/11, Administration neo-cons offered a â€œnoble lieâ€? to sell the public on the need to invade and occupy Iraq (The Iraqis will shower our troops with flowers and kisses). The… Continue Reading
Stefania Bianchi BRUSSELS, Mar (IPS) – Civil society groups are calling for a change of course in the European Union’s approach to water and sanitation in developing countries.
Walden Bello Focus on the Global South, March 2005 (Adapted from the author’s speeches during an anti-war tour of Italy, Feb. 22-27, 2005) Europe and the world have witnessed over the last few days the unfolding of a diplomatic offensive… Continue Reading
by Greg Palast; BBC Newsnight ; March 17, 2005 The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq’s oil before the 9/11 attacks sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC’s Newsnight has revealed.
Tito Drago MADRID, Mar (IPS) – Changes to the current agricultural policy of the European Union would benefit not only the world’s poor nations — and thereby help achieve the Millennium Development Goals — but also the majority of European… Continue Reading
by Dilip Hiro; TomDispatch; March 2005 The United States flaunts the banner of democracy in the Middle East only when that advances its economic, military, or strategic interests. The history of the past six decades shows that whenever there has… Continue Reading