The New York Times SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2006 – When President George W. Bush nominated John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations last year, we argued that this convinced unilateralist and lifelong disparager of the United Nations should not… Continue Reading
Ashfaq Yusufzai PESHAWAR, Jul 31 (IPS) – Two Afghan journalists, who spent three years in the infamous United States military prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have released a new chronicle on life in the now famous iron cages. Their… Continue Reading
FranÃ§ois TraorÃ© and Jean-Michel Severino THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2006 Now that Doha seems dead and buried, what will come next for the poorest nations? For decades to come, they will continue to rely largely on farming. Farming is responsible for… Continue Reading
Analysis by Peter Hirschberg JERUSALEM, Jul 28 (IPS) – With U.S. and European leaders unable to agree on the conditions for a ceasefire, the Israeli cabinet authorising the call-up of tens of thousands of reservists, and Hezbollah still firing dozens… Continue Reading
MERCOPRESS President Michelle Bachelet said yesterday she will not be pressured on Chileâ€™s vote in the election of a new regional member of the United Nations Security Council. Bachelet spoke a day after Chilean Defence Minister Vivianne Blanlot said she… Continue Reading
Dahr Jamail BEIRUT, Jul 27 (IPS) – Amidst the rapidly worsening situation in Lebanon, the government finds itself too weak and divided to deal either with the Israel or with Hezbollah. In turmoil since the assassination of former prime minister… Continue Reading
Bill Berkowitz* BERKELEY, California, Jul (IPS) – Over the past two decades, as the Christian Right has grown in political power in the United States, there has been a parallel growth in support for Israel. Organisations made up of conservative… Continue Reading
by toni solo; ZNet | Mexico Symptoms in Mexico, Mercosur If people needed reminding that North American and European foreign policy, including policy on aid and trade, is based on sadism and hypocrisy, events in Palestine and Lebanon will surely… Continue Reading
by Ramzy Baroud; July 2006 ZNet | Israel/Palestine At first glance, history seems to repeat itself in Lebanon, where a lengthy cold war is intermittently interrupted by an extreme show of violence as traditional players quickly sprint into action, stacking… Continue Reading
Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jul (IPS) – A “straw poll” conducted in strict secrecy behind closed doors — no stenographers, no Secretariat staff — in the 15-member Security Council has left the race still wide open for a new U.N.… Continue Reading
By Dahr Jamail BEIRUT, Jul (IPS) – Much of Beirut is a devastated city, infrastructure in many areas lies in a shambles after the Israeli bombing. But the Lebanese are also just feeling devastated.
Leonardo Boff Theologian Earthcharter Commission We hear this phrase frequently, used almost as a principle. I have never heard anyone question it. But, thinking of the underlying assumptions and of their possible consequences, we must seriously question it. It involves… Continue Reading
by Marjorie Cohn; July 2006 Znet George W. Bush claims he wants to bring democracy to the Middle East. But the evidence indicates that Bush only likes democracy when the elections go his way.
Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Jul 21 (IPS) – Washington’s strong backing — hedged by occasional calls for restraint — for Israel’s 10-day-old military campaign in Lebanon has won it very few friends in the Arab world, despite recent criticism of Hezbollah… Continue Reading
Analysis by Bill Berkowitz* OAKLAND, California, Jul 20 (IPS) – If you thought that a global conflagration on the order of a World War was more the stuff of Biblical prophecy, science fiction and apocalyptic end-times novels, think again.
Compiled by Daily Star staff A UN Middle East crisis team on Wednesday said the international community had to quickly deploy troops to Lebanon to stop an escalation that could destabilize the region. Speaking in Madrid, the UN envoys said… Continue Reading
By Jim Lobe Analysis WASHINGTON, Jul 19 (IPS) – After posing as the champion of democratic reform and the long oppressed Shia minority in the Arab world, the administration of President George W. Bush appears to be scurrying back to… Continue Reading
Leonardo Boff Theologian Earthcharter Commission There is an evident and self explanatory meaning to the World Cup of Football phenomenon, with the crowds it has mobilized and with the rich world of symbols it has produced. Whoever has seen the… Continue Reading
By Bojana Stoparic WeNews correspondent When the U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva reviews U.S. compliance with a civil and political rights agreement this week, advocates will be raising women’s rights violations in a critical shadow report. (WOMENSENEWS)–The United Nations… Continue Reading
Analysis by Gareth Porter* WASHINGTON, Jul 18 (IPS) – Caught between the need to explore a possible diplomatic way out of an otherwise hopeless mess in Iraq and the domestic political need to keep the Democrats on the defensive, U.S.… Continue Reading