The Failure of Utopia?

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

Hopes \’Fade\’ for Millennium Meet

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.

Glossing Over Womens\’ Issues

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

The Little There Was May Have Peaked

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

Moving Backwards

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).

Water, Water Everywhere…

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

Two Sides to a Withdrawal

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

Global Anti-Poverty Campaign Hangs in the Balance

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.

Britain \’needs stronger identity\’

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.