Irene LeÃ³n The town of SelinguÃ© in Mali, Western Africa, hosted the Food Sovereignty Forum – NyÃ©lÃ©ni 2007- from 23 – 27 February 2007. Peasant organizations, small scale farmers, fisherpeople, shepherds, indigenous peoples, forest communities, women, consumers, environmentalists and some… Continue Reading
Dalia Acosta HAVANA, Apr 30 (IPS) – Close to one of the busiest crossroads in the Cuban capital, but peaceful nonetheless, the non-governmental Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Centre (CMLK) has been active in Cuban society for two decades,… Continue Reading
“CITIZENS NEED A VOICE IN GLOBAL AFFAIRS” Several hundred political leaders, among them 378 MPs from 70 countries, have joined to call for the establishment of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations (UNPA). The joint appeal states that, in… Continue Reading
Marwaan Macan-Markar BANGKOK, Apr (IPS) – Solutions to stop global warming outlined in a new United Nations-backed report may ignite heated debates, if not actually compel governments to make choices that would impact their respective economies.
By THOMAS WAGNER, Associated Press Writer http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070425/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_un_report Sectarian violence continued to claim the lives of a large number of Iraqi civilians in Sunni Arab and Shiite neighborhoods of Iraq’s capital, despite the coalition’s new Baghdad security plan, the U.N. said… Continue Reading
Daniela Estrada SANTIAGO, Apr 26 (IPS) – Regional business leaders at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Latin America admitted that unequal distribution of wealth is a crucial problem, and said they want to contribute to its solution.
Leonardo Boff Theologian Earthcharter Commission On December 17, 1961 there was a great fire in the Circo Norteamericano, in Niteroi, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in which about 500 persons died. Such an event, as in Biblical times,… Continue Reading
Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Apr 24 (IPS) – Six and a half years after U.S. President George W. Bush launched his “global war on terror”, suspicion of U.S. motives remains pervasive throughout the Islamic world, according to a new and highly… Continue Reading
by Bashir Abu-Manneh Any reader of Israel Studiesâ€™s recent issue on the â€œAmericanization of Israelâ€ would be likely to conclude that the most important aspect of U.S.-Israel relations was cultural and religious exchange.1 U.S. commodification of Israeli consumption is a… Continue Reading
Ali al-Fadhily* BAGHDAD, Apr 23 (IPS) – Iraqis blame the U.S. occupation for the failure of two parallel security plans drawn up by U.S. forces and Iraqi troops that failed dramatically with the bombings last week that killed more than… Continue Reading
Interview with Abdullah Abdullah ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Apr 20 (IPS) – Former Afghan foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah warns that the government of President Hamid Karzai suffers from “shortcomings in strategic vision” that are contributing to a deteriorating security situation in an… Continue Reading
Soren Ambrose | April 2007 Editor: Emily Schwartz Greco, IPS Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org As International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank officials engage in their joint semi-annual meetings in Washington, the Fund has a nettlesome new task: convincing… Continue Reading
Stephanie Nieuwoudt NAIROBI, Apr 19 (IPS) – Some relief for the pressing housing needs of slum dwellers may be in sight. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) is planning a revolving fund to assist poor people with credit… Continue Reading
By Steve Lohr The New York Times April 19 2007 In an effort to expand its global reach in computing, Microsoft plans to offer a stripped-down version of Windows, Office and other software for $3 to people in developing nations.
Eli Clifton WASHINGTON, Apr 18 (IPS) – The world public rejects the U.S. role as a world leader, but still wants the United States to do its share in multilateral efforts and does not support a U.S. withdrawal from international… Continue Reading
Dear friend, The hero of a French novel, every time he was released from a prison to start a new life, would buy a new suite and find himself a new mistress. My suites are old, Seda bought them all… Continue Reading
Martha Farmelo When an Argentine activist asked a municipal press officer to justify spending taxpayer money on lavish ads in a local paper warning citizens not to abandon their dogs, the official clenched a copy of the paper in his… Continue Reading
David Cronin BRUSSELS, Apr (IPS) – This year the European Union will spend more than 35 percent of its 115 billion euro (156 billion dollars) budget on supporting farmers, even though agriculture accounts for less than 5 percent of the… Continue Reading
Chris Toensing Editor: Erik Leaver, IPS Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org President George W. Bushâ€™s vision for the Iraq War was nothing if not expansive. Liberal democracy and popular sovereignty were to supplant tyranny not only in Baghdad, but in… Continue Reading
Humberto MÃ¡rquez ISLA DE MARGARITA, Venezuela, Apr 16 (IPS) – The South American energy summit that got underway Monday marks a point of convergence between the certainty that the region has the energy resources needed for its development and the… Continue Reading