High Stakes at the U.N.

By Fred Hiatt Post Monday, May 30, 2005; A21 Democrats are devoting their energies to delaying the confirmation of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations. Republicans are delving into U.N. scandals of the 1990s. Meanwhile, the single most… Continue Reading

Uncle Sam: Jekyll or Hyde?

By Fareed Zakaria Newsweek War is a hellish business, but when you release prisoners today, they don’t just return quietly to their villages. They hire lawyers. June 6 issue – I have resisted the temptation to write something on the… Continue Reading

Global Warming Will Increase World Hunger

By Philip Pullella, Reuters ROME – May 27, 2005 . Global warming is likely to significantly diminish food production in many countries and greatly increase the number of hungry people, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday.

Language Bias Skewing Aid to Africa

Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, May 26 (IPS) – Jan Egeland, U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, says he is livid that the international donor community has brushed aside his appeal for 16.2 million dollars in emergency food assistance to Niger —… Continue Reading

Darfur: A peaceful option

By Kofi A. Annan – Alpha Oumar Konare While no one knows for sure how many people have died in the conflict in Darfur, western Sudan, more than 2.6 million are suffering because of it, and urgently need assistance. Villages… Continue Reading

Guantanamo is U.S. Gulag, Says Amnesty

Sanjay Suri LONDON, May 25 (IPS) – Guantanamo Bay has become ”the Gulag of our time,” Amnesty International secretary-general Irene Khan said at the launch of the human rights group’s annual report Wednesday.

Africa: Press Freedom in the Spotlight

Joyce Mulama NAIROBI, May 23 (IPS) – The International Press Institute kicked off its 54th general assembly Sunday, in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. About 400 delegates from around the world are attending the three-day meeting, where the troubled state… Continue Reading

Gender Equality Distant But Reachable

Fitzroy Nation AMSTERDAM, May 20 (IPS) – Some cautious optimism accompanied skepticism at a meeting this week on the millennium development goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women. This third among the eight millennium development goals (MDGs) seeks specifically… Continue Reading

Roma Forced to Face Lead Poisoning

Vesna Peric Zimonjic BELGRADE, May 19 (IPS) – Jenita Mehmeti, aged four, died last summer in the refugee camp of Zitkovci in Kosovo. She was the second child among 60 born there since 1999 to die of suspected lead poisoning.

The day the earth turned gray

Mount St. Helens eruptionbrought a cloud of ash,then blackness, then a worldof gray volcanic grit By Alan Boyle MSNBC Updated: 8:17 p.m. ET May 17, 2005 A vast cloud turned the skies pitch-black at midday, and then the rain of… Continue Reading