Profile: Robert Zoellick

By Simon Atkinson Business Reporter, BBC News After the scandal surrounding the resignation of Paul Wolfowitz, the World Bank will be looking for a safe, experienced pair of hands to take over as its leader. And if, as expected, it… Continue Reading

Easy to See the Speck in the Other\’s Eye

Diana Cariboni* MONTEVIDEO, May 30 (IPS) – People have been collectively tearing their hair out all over Latin America because of the Venezuelan government’s decision not to renew the broadcasting licence of that country’s most popular television station, RCTV. Three… Continue Reading

The Geopolitics of Post-Soviet Activism

Zoltán Dujisin GLASGOW, May 29 (IPS) – Representatives of civic groups from the post-Soviet region admit that their organisations are sometimes more closely following the democratisation line set by donors than the aspirations of their societies. “Most people are more… Continue Reading

Women Demand Effective Local Role

Zoltan Dujisin Glasgow 26 may (Terraviva) – Bottom-up, down-to-earth, grassroots, concrete results. Many words describe the same idea: local governments should listen more to those they represent because citizen involvement works well. At a mini-plenary called “Local Government Making Accountability… Continue Reading

U.S. Role in Lebanon Debacle

Stephen Zunes | May 2007 Editor: Emily Schwartz Greco, IPS Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert continues to resist pressure that he resign following the publication late last month of the interim report by a special… Continue Reading

LEBANON: 30,000 Caught in Crossfire

Jackson Allers BEIRUT, May (IPS) – Palestinian factions inside Lebanon have been in a quandary as to how to assist the more than 30,000 residents of the densely populated Nahr el-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon trapped after three days… Continue Reading

Journalists Face Repression on All Sides

Mohammed A. Salih ARBIL, May 21 (IPS) – The working environment for Iraq’s journalists is becoming increasingly dangerous and difficult, with 31 killed just since the start of this year, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

Wolfowitz Is at the Door

Emad Mekay WASHINGTON, May (IPS) – World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, who has been warding off accusations of favouritism and nepotism at the Washington-based institution, will resign effective Jun. 30, the first president ever to be forced out.

The Bank of the South in Debate

Eduardo Tamayo G. On May 3rd, Finance Ministers from the six countries in favour of establishing the Bank of the South met in Quito to debate what responsibilities this institution should have. The previous week, Ricardo Patiño, Finance Minister of… Continue Reading

ALBA: From Dream to Reality

Emir Sader When Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez launched the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (Spanish acronym ALBA [1]) back in December 2004, such an initiative seemed to be the institutional framework for the agreements Cuba and Venezuela were then… Continue Reading

Brazil\’s Indians offended by Pope comments

By Raymond Colitt Outraged Indian leaders in Brazil said on Monday they were offended by Pope Benedict’s “arrogant and disrespectful” comments that the Roman Catholic Church had purified them and a revival of their religions would be a backward step.