UN reform and the Non-Aligned Movement

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

Thou Shalt Not Condomise

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

The Education of Paul Wolfowitz

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

Regional Grouping Turns Screws on Burma

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

Bush Shows No Remorse for Fake Newscasts

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

Leonardo Boff- The Common House

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

How the Democratic Party Creates Conservatism

by M.Junaid Alam; Left Hook; March 2005 The blurring of political distinctions between America’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

Govt Begins to Take Shape

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.

Threat of a Kyrgyz Civil War Looms

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.

Afghanistan Takes On the Enemy Within

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.

EU Urged to Stop Water Privatisation

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.

Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq\’s Oil

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.