Study: College students more narcissistic

DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer Today’s college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors, according to a comprehensive new study by five psychologists who worry that the trend could be harmful to personal relationships and American society.

\’MDG Scan\’ to Benchmark Private Contribution

Mattias Creffier BRUSSELS, Feb 27 (IPS) – Does the presence of Heineken beer in Sierra Leone contribute to reduction of child mortality? And to what extent does the chemicals company Akzo Nobel contribute to prevent environmental damage?

Serbia Held Not Guilty of Genocide

Vesna Peric Zimonjic BELGRADE, Feb 26 (IPS) – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Monday that Serbia was not guilty of genocide in neighbouring Bosnia. The court ruled also that genocide occurred in Srebrenica, and not the whole of… Continue Reading

Government in Crisis, Again

Sabina Zaccaro ROME, Feb 22 (IPS) – The Italian government is in crisis after it failed to win a vote Wednesday on its foreign policy programme. Although the ruling centre-left coalition held only a very slight majority in the Senate,… Continue Reading

The Hummingbird Woman

Leonardo Boff Theologian Earthcharter Commission Carnival is time for story telling. Almost all cultures believe in a heaven, but there is no easy way to get there. There is always a purification process and the journey is very dangerous. Several… Continue Reading

UN Chief Relents on Restructuring World Body

Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Feb 20 (IPS) – Responding to widespread criticism from developing nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn or modified some of his controversial proposals to restructure the U.N. Secretariat — specifically in relation to disarmament, peacekeeping and… Continue Reading

Patenting Life

THE NEW YORK TIMES February 2007 Op-Ed Contributor By MICHAEL CRICHTON YOU, or someone you love, may die because of a gene patent that should never have been granted in the first place. Sound far-fetched? Unfortunately, it’s only too real.

Now It Is Lack of Food Security

Dahr Jamail and Ali al-Fadhily BAGHDAD, Feb (IPS) – The lack of security in Iraq is leading now to a collapse in food supplies. “Look at us begging for food despite the fortunes we have,” 60-year-old Um Muthanna from Baghdad… Continue Reading

Opposition to U.S. Base Rises

Zoltán Dujisin BUDAPEST, Feb 19 (IPS) – The arguments put forward by the United States to justify its project for a missile defence base in Eastern Europe are becoming less and less convincing to public opinion and experts of the… Continue Reading

Dump the Dollar!

How the World Can Stop Bush By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS What would be the consequences of a US or Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear energy sites? At the 2006 Perdana Global Peace Forum, Australian medical scientist Dr. Helen Caldicott provided… Continue Reading

Iran and the Nameless Briefers

THE NEW YORK TIMES Editorial Before things get any more out of hand, President Bush needs to make his intentions toward Iran clear. And Congress needs to make it clear that this time it will be neither tricked nor bullied… Continue Reading

Korea Deal Marks Big Victory for Realists

Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Feb (IPS) – Tuesday’s deal between North Korea and five other nations, including the United States, to take the first concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament in exchange for aid and normalised relations marks a long-awaited diplomatic breakthrough… Continue Reading

Hello Hugo

By Michael Albert Have you ever felt like there are things you want to know about what someone thinks that would matter for the lives of many people and yet you have no way to get the answers? You can’t… Continue Reading