For Muslim Law Students, Knowledge Is Power

William Fisher NEW YORK, Aug 31 (IPS) – His name is Junaid Ahmad. He is 24 years old. And he is among a rapidly increasing number of first generation Muslim-Americans who have decided to pursue careers in the law.

Panic as Policy

TomPaine.com By Erik Leaver | August 2006 Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org The arrest of 24 British citizens accused of planning massive suicide missions against U.S.-bound airplanes unleashed widespread chaos and delays in airports around the world. In the aftermath… Continue Reading

Triage for an Ailing Planet

Emad Mekay WASHINGTON, Aug (IPS) – The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the world’s largest environmental funding body, received a shot in the arm Tuesday after 32 countries agreed to contribute a whopping 3.13 billion dollars for environmental projects over the… Continue Reading

U.S. Trade Sanctions Seek to Pressure Latin America

Ariela Ruiz Caro The U.S. government’s announcement that it will review the possibility of limiting, suspending, or withdrawing trade preferences under the General System of Preferences (GSP) to three Latin American countries—Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela—is political pressure to make these… Continue Reading

A Second Rebirth for East Timor?

Arnold Kohen | August 2006 Editor: John Feffer, IRC Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org In recent months, East Timor has witnessed a tragic renewal of violence. In May, after the government dismissed about one-third of the country’s soldiers, fighting broke… Continue Reading

Muslims and AIDS

Juan Michel – Special to IPS* TORONTO, Aug 25 (IPS) – When it comes to responding to HIV and AIDS, Muslims are neither better nor worse than anyone else, but in its progressive form, Islam is certainly better prepared to… Continue Reading

China starts to pull its weight at the UN

Michael Fullilove International Herald Tribune WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2006 SYDNEY Diplomacy Twice in the past month, China has supported tough UN Security Council resolutions on the world’s most dangerous problems. These were difficult decisions and they surprised many observers. In… Continue Reading

AFRICA:More Women,Please

Moyiga Nduru MASERU, Aug 19 (IPS) – The annual summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) wrapped up Friday with a call to speed up the process of increasing women’s representation at all levels of government in the 14-nation… Continue Reading

UN fears overstretch

By Mark Turner at the United Nations Published: August 22 2006 17:57 | Last updated: August 22 2006 21:27 The prospect of large new peacekeeping missions in Lebanon and Darfur would push the number of troops under United Nations command… Continue Reading

The Newest and Dangerous Apocalyptic

Leonardo Boff Theologian Earthcharter Commission The present days are disturbing. They have caused a big wave of apocalyptic people, ranging from the simple Christians of the Church of The Later Day Saints to President Bush of the United States. It… Continue Reading