Sanjay Suri LONDON, Jan (IPS) – Proposals being considered for the widespread destruction of opium plantations could end up destroying the lives of millions of farmers in Afghanistan, an independent report warned Monday.
Leonardo Boff, Theologian, Letter of The Earth Commission The autonomous workings of the capitalist economy, as carried out globally, tend to realize Marx’s prophesy: to destroy both of its sources of wealth, nature and human beings. For its project to… Continue Reading
UN News Centre January 2006 â€“ Only if the United Nations engages with the worldâ€™s peoples as well as their governments can it be useful to humanity in this century, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a plenary session of the World… Continue Reading
Kester Kenn Klomegah MOSCOW, Jan (IPS) – The unearthing of a rock-like transmitter planted by British spies on a Moscow street can have consequences for the funding of several non-governmental organisations.
January 2006 – Financial Times Editorial The United Nations secretariat is learning that it is better to wash your dirty linen in public than to let others do it for you. So it is publicising its investigation of waste and… Continue Reading
Fawzia Sheikh JERUSALEM, Jan (IPS) – The Palestinian militant group Hamas has won an apparent victory in parliamentary elections. The win shocked the ruling Fatah party and has raised concerns about the future of the peace process, and about Palestine… Continue Reading
By David R. Sands – THE WASHINGTON TIMES January 2006 A showcase U.S. aid package for Bolivia worth nearly $600 million could be in jeopardy if new leftist President Evo Morales follows through on some of his campaign promises, a… Continue Reading
Humberto MÃ¡rquez CARACAS, Jan (IPS) – Although the sixth World Social Forum grants equal importance to all of the myriad workshops, seminars and other activities taking place this week in the Venezuelan capital and to all of the participating civil… Continue Reading
UN News Centre January 2006 â€“ The United Nations is conducting some 200 investigations into its procurement activities and has placed eight officials on special leave with pay in that connection, the senior UN management official announced today, estimating that… Continue Reading
Meeting Zarina Geloo BAMAKO, Jan (IPS) – The first phase of the World Social Forum (WSF), which ended Monday in the Malian capital of Bamako, created a focus on “Afrocentric” issues that was missing in previous forums, said coordinator Mamadou… Continue Reading
Leonardo Boff, Theologian, Letter of The Earth Commission I am neither a prophet, nor a prophet’s son. I am the son of an elementary school teacher and an illiterate mother. But as a theologian, I was taught to always consider… Continue Reading
By Brian Concannon Jr. | January 2006 Americas Program, International Relations Center (IRC) – americas.irc-online.org Haiti’s election dates have now been reset for the fourth time in the last five months. The Interim Government of Haiti will now miss the… Continue Reading
Julio Godoy PARIS, Jan (IPS) – French President Jacques Chirac’s threat that France could use nuclear weapons to retaliate against terrorist attacks has provoked strong opposition.
Almahady CissÃ© BAMAKO, Jan (IPS) – With just a day to go before Africa’s first-ever World Social Forum (WSF) gets underway in Mali, attitudes towards the meeting appear somewhat mixed in the West African country.
By Farah Stockman, Globe Staff | January 2006 WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced yesterday that she plans to dramatically restructure the US diplomatic presence around the world, redeploying hundreds of diplomats from Europe and Washington to developing… Continue Reading
M B Naqvi KARACHI, Jan (IPS) – Missile strikes carried out by the United States on Damadola village near the Afghan border, killing 18 people, can fuel religious fanaticism in this country and seriously complicate President George W. Bush’s â€˜war… Continue Reading
By Seth Kugel The New York Times IZAMAL, Mexico Off a lazy plaza in the historic center of Izamal, Mexico, across the street from a Franciscan monastery built in 1561 on top of a Maya pyramid, a small market putters… Continue Reading
By Peter Apps COLOMBO, Jan (Reuters) – Return to war in Sri Lanka could have more impact on malnutrition than the 2004 tsunami, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, with new violence already hitting aid programmes.
Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jan (IPS) – The widespread proliferation of small arms and light weapons can be curbed more effectively by reducing demand than by merely cutting off supplies, according to a new report on arms control released here.
By Conn Hallinan – Editor: John Gershman, IRC – Foreign Policy In Focus – www.fpif.org In a 2002 Le Monde Diplomatique article titled â€œConstructing Catastrophe,â€ Israeli journalist Amon Kapeliouk challenged one of the central myths about the ongoing conflict between… Continue Reading