Emad Mekay WASHINGTON, May 31 (IPS) – Paul Wolfowitz, the former U.S. deputy defence secretary, becomes the World Bank’s 10th president Wednesday amid expectations he will lead the global lender down an increasingly politicised path. In the countdown to Wolfowitz’s… Continue Reading
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
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
Sanjay Suri LONDON, May 30 (IPS) – -The prospects for progress on climate change at the G8 summit in July do not look too good, going by the content of a leaked document. The document purporting to be a draft… Continue Reading
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.
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
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
Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, May (IPS) – If the administration of President George W. Bush fails to conduct a truly independent investigation of U.S. abuses against detainees in Iraq and elsewhere, foreign governments should investigate and prosecute those senior officials who… Continue Reading
GOP Sen. Voinovich urges rejecting Bolton for U.N. Possible bipartisan deal would allow 40 hours of debate on nomination By Sonni Efron and Maura Reynolds Los Angeles Times May 25, 2005 WASHINGTON – A moderate Republican senator has written to… Continue Reading
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.
Leonardo Boff, Theologian ALAI-AMLATINA, Rio de Janeiro.- We all know that The Landless Movement, (MST), struggles for agrarian reform. To the Movement, the Earth is not only a means of production, as the capitalist culture would have it, but much… Continue Reading
Bill Berkowitz OAKLAND, USA, May 24 (IPS) – Mainstream U.S. environmental groups, injured by political defeats, public indifference and budget cuts, are weighing alliances with neo-conservatives — improbable rightwing bedfellows in the struggle to rein in global warming who want… Continue Reading
By Jonathan Amos BBC News science reporter If we continue with current rates of species extinction, we will have no chance of rolling back poverty and the lives of all humans will be diminished. That is the stark warning to… Continue Reading
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
Increased snowfall on the central icecap partly offsets effects of melting glaciers, researchers say. By Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer As glaciers from Greenland to Kilimanjaro recede at record rates, the central icecap of Antarctica has been steadily growing… Continue Reading
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
By EDITH M. LEDERER ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations chose a State Department finance expert as its new management chief Tuesday and announced a series of reforms in response to the oil-for-food and sexual exploitation scandals… Continue Reading
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.
UN WIRE [ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations] Inadequate border control contribute to criminal activities JOHANNESBURG, 18 May 2005 (IRIN) – The rise of transnational organised crime in Africa has scared off foreign… Continue Reading
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