Europe Reaches Out to the Balkans

Zoltán Dujisin BRUSSELS, Dec. 28 (IPS) – Twelve years of continuous reform will mean that on Jan. 1 2007 Bulgaria and Romania will become the latest and poorest members of the European Union (EU), amid growing scepticism over enlargement. Bulgaria’s… Continue Reading

Santa Claus or Baby Jesus?

Leonardo Boff Theologian Earthcharter Commission ——————————————————————————– Since I have a long beard and white hair, many children see me and call me “Santa Claus.” I try to explain to them, unsuccessfully, that I am only the brother of Santa Claus,… Continue Reading

Darfur in Crisis, Still

Joyce Mulama NAIROBI, Dec (IPS) – Almost four years after conflict broke out in Darfur, calls are being made for greater efforts to resolve the predicament in this western region of Sudan. During an event marking International Human Rights Day… Continue Reading

Chavez wave

JOHN CHERIAN The re-election of the President signals the failure of the U.S.-aided right wing to gain predominance in the country.

LULA IN THE LABYRINTH

FRANCISCO DE OLIVEIRA The re-election of Luiz Inácio da Silva in October 2006 allows us to decipher the ways in which Brazil’s political landscape has been reconstituted under the Workers Party government. The whirlwind of deregulation, privatization and restructuring under… Continue Reading

South-South Trade Boom Reshapes Global Order

Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Dec 21 (IPS) – The world’s new economic powerhouses, including India, Brazil, South Africa and China, are largely responsible for a dramatic surge in trade and investments among the 132 developing nations in the global South.

The Democrats & Iran

Conn Hallinan Editor: John Feffer, IRC Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org As the dust begins to settle from the mid-term elections, popular thinking is that, over the next two years, the Democrats will force the Bush administration to edge away… Continue Reading

IDB Debt Cancellation for Haiti

Debayani Kar & Tom Ricker Members of the international community got a tongue lashing at a recent donors conference on Haiti, attended by more than 90 delegations of countries and international organizations.

Former U.S. Detainee in Iraq Recalls Torment

By MICHAEL MOSS THE NEW YORK TIMES One night in mid-April, the steel door clanked shut on detainee No. 200343 at Camp Cropper, the United States military’s maximum-security detention site in Baghdad.

Israel Watchful of Hezbollah Moves

Peter Hirschberg JERUSALEM, Dec. 15 (IPS) – An Iranian and Syrian satellite, Hezbollah operating unfettered, and the Israeli army ceasing to patrol the south — that is the fate Israeli leaders fear could befall Lebanon if anti- government forces succeed… Continue Reading