Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Aug 31 (IPS) – When the United States, one of the self-declared champions of human rights, ran for a seat in the 53-member U.N. Human Rights Commission back in May 2001, it suffered a humiliating defeat… Continue Reading
Leonardo Boff Theologian People of La Casa Grande (The Big House – the home of the slave owners) never accepted in politics anyone who came from Senzala (the ghetto where the slaves were crowded). Due to the corruption of the… Continue Reading
Secrecy Shrouds Patriot Act Powers William Fisher NEW YORK, Aug (IPS) – As the U.S. Congress prepares to vote on the final version of a reauthorised USA Patriot Act, a major civil rights group claims to have proof that the… Continue Reading
By Stephen Zunes Editor: John Gershman Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org The election of the hard-line Teheran mayor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, over former President Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani as the new head of Iran is undeniably a setback for those hoping to… Continue Reading
Sanjay Suri LONDON, Aug (IPS) – The United Nations summit next month on promoting the millennium development goals could end up delaying progress, a leading British charity says.
Programmes will fail unless G8 backs its pledges with cash, say officials Heather Stewart, economics correspondent The Observer Gordon Brown’s $40 billion debt relief deal for Africa could jeopardise aid programmes in some of the world’s poorest countries if the… Continue Reading
Qurratul Ain Tahmina DHAKA, Aug (IPS) – As world leaders gear up to review contributions to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the United Nations general assembly in September, activists in this least developed country worry for core concerns of… Continue Reading
August 2005 â€“ Increasing poverty and a growing schism between the â€œhavesâ€? and the â€œhave notsâ€? continue to pose a major threat to developing democracies around the world, and the resulting economic and social inequality will continue to breed violence… Continue Reading
Sanjay Suri LONDON, Aug (IPS) – The best years of microfinance may be over despite the attempted revival by the United Nations, a leading expert on microfinance says. The United Nations has declared 2005 the International Year of Microcredit. But… Continue Reading
By Roberto Savio Perhaps, in the history of thought, none has been so broadly accepted nor declined so rapidly as the Free Market Theory â€“ at one time considered a universal panacea for all problems. By default, so has its… Continue Reading
By Dante Chinni By the strictest terms and in the most fundamental way, President Bush is right not to meet with Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother who created the encamped protest down in Crawford, Texas.
Gustavo Capdevila GENEVA, Aug (IPS) – A new World Health Organisation (WHO) report shows that less than encouraging results have been obtained so far in the international community’s efforts to fulfil the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Thalif Deen STOCKHOLM, Aug (IPS) – The crisis-weary African continent, which has two of the world’s longest rivers — the 6,400-kilometre Nile River and the 4,370-kilometre Congo River — is suffering from a virtual economic paradox: a shortage of water… Continue Reading
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 WASHINGTON (CNN) — Bush administration officials Tuesday disavowed Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson’s call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Venezuela’s Vice President Vicente Rangel accused Robertson of inciting violence and challenged the White House… Continue Reading
Analysis by Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Aug (IPS) – Has the U.S. public lost so much confidence in the George W. Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq war that its current strategy — to the extent one actually exists — is… Continue Reading
By JAN M. OLSEN The Associated Press ILULISSAT, Greenland — Environmental ministers and officials from 23 countries met Thursday near a glacier that is retreating at an alarming pace and agreed that governments must stop arguing over global warming and… Continue Reading
Two Sides to a Withdrawal Sanjay Suri LONDON, AUG (IPS) – The beginning of the pullout of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip presents two contrasting pictures of two very differently placed people. While the Israelis are looking at comfortable… Continue Reading
By Craig Timberg Washington Post Foreign Service BIRGI DANGOTCHO, Niger — In a clearing among the millet fields of this starving village, tiny red-earthen graves are sprouting in a row. Yet what perplexes village chief Issufu Ibrahim, who can count… Continue Reading
Haider Rizvi UNITED NATIONS, Aug (IPS) – An overemphasis on Security Council reform is undermining efforts to help the world’s one billion people escape poverty, disease and illiteracy, warns the top official of the U.N.’s development agency.
BBC Online Britain needs a stronger sense of national identity, Conservative leader Michael Howard has told the BBC. “We should be British first and British last, while staunchly adhering to our respective faiths,” Mr Howard said.