Diego Cevallos MEXICO CITY, Mar (IPS) – When Presidents Vicente Fox of Mexico and George W. Bush of the United States met in 2001, they promised to advance, along with Canada, towards the creation of a North American economic community.… Continue Reading
By Bill Van Auken The government of Puerto Rico went to federal court last week, accusing the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Justice Department of obstructing justice by stonewalling a local investigation of the FBIâ€™s killing of a… Continue Reading
Antoaneta Bezlova BEIJING, Mar (IPS) – For a country in the middle of a huge urbanisation process, involving the movement of hundreds of millions of peasants to the cities, China had surprisingly little to share with its developing counterparts at… Continue Reading
ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS Associated Press GENEVA – The United Nations’ attempt to put 3 million HIV-infected people around the world on antiretroviral drugs by last year fell far short of its goal, but it saved hundreds of thousands of lives… Continue Reading
Sanjay Suri LONDON, Mar (IPS) – Women were far better off under former Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein, a women’s group has found after an extensive survey in Iraq.
Alejandro Kirk KARACHI – Many things did not work here in Karachi over the last few days. Meetings started late, were cancelled or changed venue; garbage was strewn all over the place and trash bins nowhere to be found. Just… Continue Reading
Meena Janardhan DUBAI, Mar (IPS) – In the evolving debate on reforms, Arab intellectuals and common people continue to emphasise the need for culture and region-specific democratic reforms in the Middle East, and strongly oppose the imposition of Western models.
IRC | March 2006 Americas Program, International Relations Center (IRC) Why has immigration become such a hot social and political issue in the past few years? What is the intersection between immigration policy, domestic economic policy, and foreign policy in… Continue Reading
By M K Bhadrakumar Asia Times Three assaults on the Kremlin within the month must be extraordinary even by Cold War standards. They prompted Anatol Lieven, a prominent American scholar on Russia, to pose a rhetorical question: “Why are we… Continue Reading
Moyiga Nduru JOHANNESBURG, Mar (IPS) – There is much that separates Africa and Asia, not least ethnicity, culture and language. But, as the third and final leg of this yearâ€™s World Social Forum (WSF) gathers momentum in the Pakistani financial… Continue Reading
Anil Netto PENANG, Malaysia, Mar (IPS) – While a buzz of excitement surrounds the World Social Forum, now under way in the Pakistani city of Karachi, veteran activists and political scientists here are having reservations over the regional approach to… Continue Reading
Ignacy SACHS – January 2006 Background Paper for UNCTADâ€™s Report on Least Developed Countries. The early seventies of the past century where marked by an environmental revolution in peopleâ€™s minds. It was prompted by the realization of the finiteness of… Continue Reading
Mario Osava CURITIBA, Brazil, Mar (IPS) – Affect, care, cooperation and responsibility are the four central principles of a new ethics that humanity urgently needs to adopt, in order to avoid becoming extinct as “a victim of itself,” Leonardo Boff,… Continue Reading
‘Reflect circles’ of adults cooperate to tackle development projects – and their own illiteracy. By Stephanie Hanes | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor ORANGE FARM, SOUTH AFRICA â€“ In the middle of this settlement on the southern edge of… Continue Reading
Laura Carlsen | March 2006 Americas Program, International Relations Center (IRC) The following is the text version of a presentation by IRC Americas Program Director Laura Carlsen to the plenary of the Latin America track of Ecumenical Advocacy Days in… Continue Reading
Analysis by Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, Mar (IPS) – The agreement last week between Washington and Iran to hold direct talks on Iraq has forged a new linkage between the Iraq and Iran crises.
Marie Trigona | March Americas Program, International Relations Center (IRC) Argentinaâ€™s worker-run factories are setting an example for workers around the world that employees can run a business even better without a boss or owner. Some 180 recuperated enterprises up… Continue Reading
Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Mar (IPS) – The 5,000-strong U.N. Staff Union, which passed a vote of “no confidence” in Secretary-General Kofi Annan last month, has implicitly declared that his much-publicised plan to restructure the world body is driven primarily… Continue Reading
By ERIC SCHMITT and CAROLYN MARSHALL THE NEW YORK TIMES March 2006 As the Iraqi insurgency intensified in early 2004, an elite Special Operations forces unit converted one of Saddam Hussein’s former military bases near Baghdad into a top-secret detention… Continue Reading
Diego Cevallos MEXICO CITY, Mar (IPS) – Mutual distrust and even suspicions of a “conspiracy” separate the organisers of the Fourth World Water Forum, taking place in the Mexican capital, and the activists holding their own simultaneous alternative gathering.