By Kerry Kennedy (*) NEW YORK, Dec (IPS) The military junta that ran Argentina during the late 1970s and early 1980s thought nothing of keeping its naval officers in close proximity to the thousands of dissidents tortured and executed for… Continue Reading
Susan George For many months, people have been asking me about the situation in Attac-France. Iâ€™ve tried to answer their questions individually, but the story is rather a long one and the dawn of 2007 is perhaps a good time… Continue Reading
By Michael Wines Thursday, December 28, 2006 SHIMIDER, Ethiopia In this corrugated land of mahogany mountains and tan, parched valleys, it is hard to tell which is the greater scandal: the thousands of children malnutrition kills, or the thousands more… Continue Reading
ZoltÃ¡n 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
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
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
Analysis by Trita Parsi* WASHINGTON, Dec (IPS) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been touring the Middle East with one clear message — to make peace in the Middle East, Iran must be isolated.
JOHN CHERIAN The re-election of the President signals the failure of the U.S.-aided right wing to gain predominance in the country.
FRANCISCO DE OLIVEIRA The re-election of Luiz InÃ¡cio da Silva in October 2006 allows us to decipher the ways in which Brazilâ€™s political landscape has been reconstituted under the Workers Party government. The whirlwind of deregulation, privatization and restructuring under… Continue Reading
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.
Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Dec (IPS) – When Kofi Annan leaves the United Nations next week after an eventful 10-year tenure as secretary-general, there will be one prized possession he says he will virtually hand-carry: the Inter Press Service (IPS)… Continue Reading
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
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.
Daniela Estrada SANTIAGO, Dec 19 (IPS) – The body of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has been reduced to a handful of ashes, kept at one of the family residences. But although he had no political power at the time… Continue Reading
Stephen Leahy BROOKLIN, Canada, Dec (IPS) – This was the year that most people in the U.S. and Canada began to take climate change seriously and express hope that their governments would take action to reduce emissions — but it… Continue Reading
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 militaryâ€™s maximum-security detention site in Baghdad.
Roger Burbach In Santiago on September 11, 1973 I watched as Chilean air force jets flew overhead. Moments later I heard explosions and saw fireballs of smoke fill the sky as the presidential palace went up in flames. Salvador Allende,… Continue Reading
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
by John Cavanagh My organization, the Institute for Policy Studies, gave its annual human rights award this fall to Maher Arar, an innocent man the Bush administration falsely accused of being linked to Al Qaeda. His chilling case represents an… Continue Reading
Francesca Colombo *TierramÃ©rica MILAN, Dec 14 (IPS) – Aleida Guevara March has the eyes of her famous father, the revolutionary icon Ernesto “Che” Guevara. She speaks energetically, as if she is attempting to convince a full auditorium of her ideas.… Continue Reading