UN Dispatch Though far from the television screens of most Americans, some of the fighting in Ethiopia and Eritrea resembles a war with which they might be familiar. At its peak, hundreds of kilometers of trenches snaked their way around… Continue Reading
Interview with UNICEF’s Carel de Rooy MOSCOW, May 31 (IPS) – “While UNICEF is happy that children’s rights are commemorated on Jun. 1, we would like to see every day of the year be ‘International Children’s Day’, particularly in Russia,… Continue Reading
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
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
ZoltÃ¡n 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
By Steve Bloomfield. The Independent – Africa Correspondent Across Africa, millions are dreaming of fleeing to Europe. Families scrimp and save to find the money needed to secure a seat on a boat. Young men, often fathers, squeeze on to… Continue Reading
Amantha Perera May , COLOMBO (IPS) – An army-supervised mass resettlement plan underway for more than 100,000 people, displaced by fierce battles with Tamil rebels in eastern Batticaloa district, may be causing new problems for the refugees rather than solving… Continue Reading
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 â€œLocal Government Making Accountability… Continue Reading
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
Sanjay Suri GLASGOW, May 25 (IPS) – It might be an unexpected tribute to Paul Wolfowitz that he departed leaving the World Bank a little more civil society like. It might just happen, going by some suggestions John Garrison, senior… Continue Reading
Irene Leon Thinking about diversity and putting it into practice opens the door towards a future of consensus and justice. However, to accomplish this, it is up to all of society to make changes in the present, that address the… Continue Reading
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
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).
By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer It could have been a college reunion: hugs, tears, laughter, photos, and a big friendly guy in shorts and sneakers organizing it all. But the guy in shorts was Michael Moore, whose new documentary,… Continue Reading
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.
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 PatiÃ±o, Finance Minister of… Continue Reading
Emir Sader When Fidel Castro and Hugo ChÃ¡vez launched the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (Spanish acronym ALBA ) back in December 2004, such an initiative seemed to be the institutional framework for the agreements Cuba and Venezuela were then… Continue Reading
Moyiga Nduru JOHANNESBURG, May 17 (IPS) – Nobody will escape the effects of climate change but the poor in Africa will suffer the most because of decreasing food production and the heightened prevalence of diseases such as malaria, warn environmentalists,… Continue Reading
Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, May 16 (IPS) – As international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) continue to spread their wings to the far corners of the world, their social and economic activities, as well as their humanitarian operations in politically-troubled regions, are… Continue Reading
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.