Eunice Mafundikwa HARARE, Apr (IPS) – Emily Muronda, 55, spent seven months in hospital in 2003. She had been down with AIDS-related complications, which saw her in and out of the hospital, that year. Muronda’s ailments included tuberculosis, severe vaginal… Continue Reading
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
Saul Landau and Sarah Anderson Foreign Policy in Focus On February 25, Riggs Bank agreed to pay $9 million into a fund for victims of Augusto Pinochet to settle a case over the bankâ€™s role in hiding the former dictatorâ€™s… Continue Reading
ZoltÃ¡n 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 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
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.
Source: Third World Network Anthony James The World Bank anticipates that poverty will continue to worsen in the majority of the world for at least the next generation. In the rural north of Guatemala, in Central America, 75% of families… Continue Reading
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.
Sergio Ferrari * Adital If there is an essential challenge for the human being in the present historical period, it is to save the “common house,” the Earth. This implicitly means to free the human being from a system that… Continue Reading
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.
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
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
The People?s Health Movement and its members work with UNICEF, the World Health Organization and other United Nations? agencies. Our members and constituent organizations were so alarmed to hear of the appointment of Ms. Ann Veneman as the next Executive… Continue Reading
Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Apr (IPS) – As expected, the United States has once again raised the politically divisive issue of abortion at a crucial U.N. meeting here, refusing to reaffirm the landmark Programme of Action unanimously adopted at the… Continue Reading
By DOUGLAS JEHL and STEVEN R. WEISMAN WASHINGTON, April – A former chief of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research is expected to testify in opposition to John R. Bolton’s nomination as ambassador to the United Nations when… Continue Reading
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.
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. Bushâ€™s â€œwar on terrorism.â€? In… Continue Reading
Letter regarding John Bolton’s nomination for US Ambassador to the UN for individuals outside the U.S. to send to Karen Hughes, US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, if that is their wish. Dear Ms. Hughes:
Stephen Leahy* BROOKLIN, Canada, Apr (TierramÃ©rica) – Species are going extinct 1,000 times faster than at any time in history, with up to 30 percent of all mammal, bird and amphibian species in danger of disappearing, according to the Millennium… Continue Reading
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.