Corruption Charges Can Be Convenient

Antoaneta Bezlova BEIJING, Sep 28 (IPS) – As a new generation of Chinese communist party leaders consolidates its grip over the world’s fastest growing economy, fighting corruption has become the new ideological weapon wielded in power struggles within its governing… Continue Reading

Rushing Off a Cliff

THE NEW YORK TIMES September 28, 2006 Editorial Here’s what happens when this irresponsible Congress railroads a profoundly important bill to serve the mindless politics of a midterm election: The Bush administration uses Republicans’ fear of losing their majority to… Continue Reading

Chavez, the Devil, Chomsky, and Us

by Michael Albert; September 2006 What can leftists learn from Chavez’s UN speech and its aftermath? That the U.S. is the world’s most egregious rogue state. We already knew that and, in fact, so does most everyone else. That Bush… Continue Reading

Mexico\’s Two Presidents

Laura Carlsen, IRC | September 2006 Editor: John Feffer, IRC Foreign Policy In Focus On September 16, over one million people raised their hands in a vote to recognize center-left leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as the “legitimate president”… Continue Reading


Alejandro Kirk UNITED NATIONS – Developed and developing countries should work together as equal partners in strengthening local resources and values, rather than trying to reproduce the “distorted” model of northern countries, Italy’s Deputy Foreign Minister Patrizia Sentinelli told IPS.

The Pope\’s Bad Example

Leonardo Boff Theologian Earthcharter Commission ALAI AMLATINA, Rio de Janeiro.- The attitude of Pope Benedict XVI is causing justified rage in the Islamic communities, as a result of his unfortunate quotation from a XIV century Byzantine emperor, who said: “Show… Continue Reading

Muslims Offered Italian Values

Analysis by Federico Bordonaro ROME, Sep 25 (IPS) – Interior Minister Giuliano Amato proposed in August that Muslim organisations in Italy will need to subscribe to a Charter of Values to signal their readiness to be fully integrated into Italian… Continue Reading

A Purely Illusory Economy

Leonardo Boff Philosopher Earthcharter Commission Now that the electoral campaigns have begun in earnest, a refrain is heard in the speeches, ritually recited by each candidate, not just here but anywhere in the world: «I promise economic growth, income distribution… Continue Reading

One More Failed U.S. Environmental Policy

Kristin S. Schafer | September 2006 Editor: John Feffer, IRC Foreign Policy In Focus Key Points • The United States has failed to adopt two key treaties: the Stockholm Convention on eliminating chemicals the international community has agreed are… Continue Reading

Thais Wonder What Comes Next

Johanna Son BANGKOK, Sep 20 (IPS) – Many Thais are heaving a sigh of relief that Tuesday’s military coup against the government of Thaksin Shinawatra has so far been a non-violent one, but not far behind is the nagging question:… Continue Reading

Light among the Ruins

Conn Hallinan | September 2006 Editor: John Feffer, IRC Foreign Policy In Focus The images most Americans have of the recent war in Lebanon are of shattered cities, dead civilians, and terrified people bunkered down in basements or picking… Continue Reading

Embargo Squeezes Palestinian Workers

Emad Mekay WASHINGTON, Sep 18 (IPS) – The U.S.-Israeli embargo on Palestinians imposed in the aftermath of the electoral victory of the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, in the occupied territories has lead to severe poverty and nonpayment of Palestinian… Continue Reading