North Koreans Flee Looming Famine

Marwaan Macan-Markar BANGKOK, Oct 31 (IPS) – The recent arrest of 91 North Korean defectors in Thailand’s northernmost province of Chiang Rai has brought into relief the conditions driving such flight: hunger and growing food shortages, according to humanitarian agencies.

Think Global, Eat Local

Toye Olori LAGOS, Oct 30 (IPS) – It’s certainly a logical suggestion: in an effort to make cocoa-producing countries in Africa less dependent on consumers abroad, why not increase domestic consumption of cocoa products?

The Ultimate Golden Handshake

Moyiga Nduru JOHANNESBURG, Oct (IPS) – Various African researchers and civil society groups have given a mixed response to the launch of a five-million-dollar prize for African leaders who relinquish power and promote good governance.

Persuasion Needed for Abolition in Europe Too

Petar Hadji-Ristic BERLIN, Oct 26 (IPS) – Some Europeans still need persuading about arguments for abolishing the death penalty — even though the continent is now virtually a “death penalty-free zone”, says the Council of Europe’s Secretary General Terry Davis.

Hunting Hugo

Conn Hallinan | October 2006 Editor: Emily Schwartz Greco, IPS Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org There are times when the tensions between Venezuela and the Bush Administration seem closer to Commedia dell’arte than politics. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez compares President… Continue Reading

Afghanistan: Five Years Later

Stephen Zunes | October 2006 Editor: John Feffer, IRC Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org On the fifth anniversary of the launch of the U.S.-led war against Afghanistan, the Taliban is on the offensive, much of the countryside is in the… Continue Reading

Latin America Sows and Reaps Divisions in UN Vote

Diego Cevallos MEXICO CITY, Oct (IPS) – The political divisions between governments in Latin America and the Caribbean have so far frustrated the process of electing one of their number to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

The Case Against Depleted Uranium

By DON MONKERUD * When the US Army advertises for recruits, it emphasizes jobs and benefits the Army offers, but nowhere are prospects informed about the risk of illness, sickness and death caused by the Army’s use of radioactive munitions.

What to Do With the World\’s Nuclear Arsenal

Haider Rizvi UNITED NATIONS, Oct (IPS) – While widely deplored by the world community, North Korea’s recent nuclear test has also prompted fresh calls for the major powers to get serious about dismantling their own weapons of mass destruction.

Beware Empires in Decline

Michael T. Klare | October 2006 Editor: John Feffer, IRC Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org The common wisdom circulating in Washington these days is that the United States is too bogged down in Iraq to consider risky military action against… Continue Reading

Israel/Lebanon Conflict Leaves Deadly Legacy

Haider Rizvi UNITED NATIONS, Oct (IPS) – The Israeli war against Lebanon was over soon after the United Nations brokered a ceasefire agreement last August. But while that may be true for outsiders, is not for the Lebanese.

Lula\’s Reelection. And now, what?

Leonardo Boff Theologian Earthcharter Commission President Lula’s first-round victory is loaded with questions and insecurities. How to continue? What type of government is possible? The doubt is due in large part to the political stupidity and irrational strategy of the… Continue Reading

Gone Nuclear: How the World Lost Its Way

by RICHARD FALK, MARY KALDOR, RANDALL CAROLINE FORSBERG & GEORGE PERKOVICH The Reykjavik Summit in October 1986 will long be remembered because the leaders of the world’s two superpowers, Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, seriously entertained for one brief moment… Continue Reading