Diego Cevallos MEXICO CITY, Oct (IPS) – Most signs of the damages caused by Hurricane Wilma in Mexico’s Caribbean resort of CancÃºn will have been wiped away before the Christmas holidays. But for those left homeless by Hurricane Stan in… Continue Reading
By Stephen Zunes | October 2005 Editor: Emily Schwartz Greco Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org President George W. Bush’s October 6 address at the National Endowment for Democracy illustrated his administration’s increasingly desperate effort to justify the increasingly unpopular U.S.… Continue Reading
By Laura Carlsen | October 2005 International Relations Center www.irc-online.org 1. NAFTA Model has Met Significant Resistance in Latin America NAFTA was negotiated over a decade ago. Since then, many countries in Latin America have seen the growth of civil… Continue Reading
Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Oct (IPS) – Losing I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, perhaps the most influential national security official without a formal cabinet rank, marks a serious blow to the George W. Bush administration and particularly to the hawks who led… Continue Reading
By Justin Huggler, Asia Correspondent October 2005 The United Nations almost doubled its appeal for donations for victims of the Pakistan earthquake as some rich nations were accused of contributing nothing to help the survivors.
Adam Morrow CAIRO, Oct (IPS) – Egypt is engaging in intense efforts in a bid to ease pressure on Syria following publication of the preliminary UN report on the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri. The UN report… Continue Reading
Source: Reuters By Jeremy Lovell LONDON, Oct (Reuters) – Every Tuesday on her way to school in Lesotho, Reitumetse Phooko passes a boy pushing his father to the AIDS clinic in a wheelbarrow because he is too ill to walk.
Gustavo Capdevila GENEVA, Oct (IPS) – U.S. human rights groups have denounced before the U.N. Human Rights Committee that there are perhaps dozens of secret detention centres around the world where Washington is holding an unknown number of prisoners as… Continue Reading
By Laura Carlsen International Relations Center www.irc-online.org 1. Poor Compensation Access to the U.S. market is poor compensation for the concessions that Latin American governments are required to make in Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the United States because the… Continue Reading
Vesna Peric Zimonjic BELGRADE, Oct (IPS) – The United Nations Security Council’s endorsement of talks on the political future of the southern Serbian province of Kosovo provides a new foothold for efforts to resolve one of the Balkan region’s thorniest… Continue Reading
Stefania Bianchi BRUSSELS, Oct (IPS) – As the European Union launched a new programme to investigate ways to curb its greenhouse emissions, environment groups stressed that the bloc could do more to address the challenges of climate change and reap… Continue Reading
Matt McKinney, Star Tribune The monolith of the United Nations, which celebrates its 60th anniversary today, is a mosaic of thousands of people, each with a story of how they came to work in the fields of peacekeeping and humanitarian… Continue Reading
Analysis by Marwaan Macan-Markar BANGKOK, Oct (IPS) – With hardly a hint of shame, voices from the Western world’s political establishment are exhibiting a view that seems to say that the lives of people in the developed world matter more… Continue Reading
International Relations Center www.irc-online.org Both House and Senate leaders recently rejected an administration-backed recommendation by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to allot $300 million of its food aid budget to purchase food grown by local or regional producers.… Continue Reading
Stefania Bianchi BRUSSELS, Oct (IPS) – The European Union has come under fire for threatening the progress of the Doha round of international trade talks. World Trade Organisation (WTO) members are working on an outline deal this week, ahead of… Continue Reading
By EDITH M. LEDERER The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — Armed conflicts have declined by 40 percent since the end of the Cold War primarily because the United Nations was finally able to launch peacekeeping and conflict-prevention operations around the… Continue Reading
The New York Times UNITED NATIONS, Oct- The United Nations has developed procedures to curb sexual abuse by peacekeepers, but the measures are not being put into force because of a deep-seated culture of tolerating sexual exploitation, an independent review… Continue Reading
Elisa Marincola MILAN, Italy, Oct (IPS) – This could be “the century of Latin America”, as Brazilian President Luiz InÃ¡cio Lula da Silva has proposed, if the region succeeds in more fully consolidating its integration process and building a development… Continue Reading
Sanjay Suri LONDON, Oct (IPS) – The Corruption Perceptions Index published by the group Transparency International Tuesday shows high degrees of corruption among developing nations. But banking systems in the West are helping make that possible.
By Zia Mian | Editor: John Gershman, IRC Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org The past few months have seen important developments in relations between the United States and India. Much of the commentary has focused resolutely and rightly on the… Continue Reading