A summit to nowhere

From The Economist print edition Dec 19th 2007 What the Lisbon and Brussels summits say about today’s Europe IN THESE carbon-conscious times, there was much carping because European Union leaders held a party in Portugal to sign their new treaty,… Continue Reading

The Mourning After

By CHERIE BLAIR London LIKE many people nowadays, I’m the product of a single-parent family. My sister and I were brought up by my mother after my father deserted us when we were young. It must have been very tough… Continue Reading

\”Sex Work Is Work\”

Interview with Katrina Pacey, social justice attorney VANCOUVER, Canada, Dec 18 (IPS) – Katrina Pacey is a lawyer with the Pivot Legal Society in Vancouver. Pivot is engaged in social justice work through legal reform in the inner city of… Continue Reading

\”Where Has All the Water Gone?\”

Interview with author and activist Maude Barlow HALIFAX, Canada, Dec 14 (IPS) – Imagine a planet where nuclear-powered desalination plants ring the world’s oceans; corporate nanotechnology cleans up sewage water so private utilities can sell it back to consumers in… Continue Reading

Biofuels Scarce on Bali Menu

By Marwaan Macan-Markar NUSA DUA, Bali, Indonesia , Dec 13 (IPS) – Green groups hoping that the social and environmental cost of biofuels would get an airing at the United Nations climate change conference here are a disappointed lot. The… Continue Reading

Freedom lost

Mark Lattimer Guardian – Thursday December 13, 2007 After the invasion of Iraq, the US government claimed that women there had ‘new rights and new hopes’. In fact their lives have become immeasurably worse, with rapes, burnings and murders now… Continue Reading

NGOs Frustrated in Bali

By Eric Lemus NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 12 (IPS) – Representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) called for greater accountability on the part of industrialised countries and a firmer stance by developing nations in order to avert failure at the current… Continue Reading

Politics, Putin-Style

Editorial – The New York Times December 12, 2007 The Soviet-style guessing game over Russia’s presidential succession seemed all but decided this week when President Vladimir Putin endorsed the candidacy of his loyal protégé, Dmitri Medvedev, and then Mr. Medvedev… Continue Reading

The Bali Forecast – Low Expectations

By Eric Lemus* NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 11 (IPS/IFEJ) – The multitudinous United Nations Conference on Climate Change under way since Dec. 3 on the tropical Indonesian island of Bali has oscillated between optimism and quiet reserve. The 12-day event… Continue Reading