Grand Promises of Aid Fail to Materialise

Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Apr (IPS) – When U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked about the sluggish flow of concrete aid to tsunami-affected countries more than three months after the massive devastation, he told reporters: â€?Pledges are good, but cash… Continue Reading

Some Chernobyl Clouds Will Not Clear

Zoltán Dujisin CHERNOBYL, Ukraine, Apr (IPS) – Almost 20 years have passed since the world’s worst nuclear accident, but Chernobyl continues to bring back traumatizing memories for many Ukrainians.

The United Nations and Harm Reduction

The United Nations and Harm Reduction TNI Drug Policy Briefing Conflicting views within the UN system on harm reduction have become a major concern. Consistency in messages is crucial especially where it concerns joint global programmes such as the efforts… Continue Reading

Uneasy Warmth Grows with Israel

Adam Morrow CAIRO, Apr (IPS) – In another reflection of warming diplomatic ties, Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom – a member of Israel’s right-wing Likud Party – visited Cairo Tuesday to hold discussions with President Hosni Mubarak.

Free Rice Market Would Threaten Poor Farmers, Warns Aid Agency

Bob Burton CANBERRA, Apr (IPS) – Trade liberalisation of basic foods such as rice could have potentially catastrophic impacts unless the World Trade Organisation allows developing countries to determine their own policies on agricultural reform, warns a leading aid agency.

More Aid Still Short of Goal

Sanjay Suri LONDON, Apr (IPS) – Official development assistance rose to record levels last year, but they will have to be improved substantially next year for donor countries to meet their commitments.

The Legacy of Pope John Paul II

Leonardo Boff, Theologian John Paul II was a man of deep faith. He believed in everything that makes up the ecclesiastic galaxy, from the holy water, the relics, the saints, the holy places up to the Holy Trinity. He assumed… Continue Reading

On a Mission Against Tradition

Jeppe Hirslund Wohlert NEW YORK, Apr (IPS) – Hawa Aden Mohamed was only eight when she experienced the brutal pain of circumcision. Performed in a small Somali village, the operation was carried out without anesthesia, using only basic cutting tools… Continue Reading

Mugabe Extends a Hand of Friendship to Opposition

Sekai Ngara* HARARE, Apr (IPS) – Supporters of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party look frustrated and helpless following their defeat in the Mar. 31 elections which civil society groups claim were rigged by President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party.

The Bush Team Reloaded

Jim Lobe On September 20, 2001, just nine days after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) laid out a consensus agenda for President George W. Bush’s “war on terrorism.â€? In… Continue Reading

In the End, the World Was a Stage

ROME, Apr (IPS) – Karol Josef Wojtyla was a theatre lover and budding actor in his youth in Poland. He never quite made it as an actor, but since 1978 when he became Pope, the world became his stage.