Bush’s Dangerous Liaisons

By FRANÇOIS FURSTENBERG MUCH as George W. Bush’s presidency was ineluctably shaped by Sept. 11, 2001, so the outbreak of the French Revolution was symbolized by the events of one fateful day, July 14, 1789. And though 18th-century France may… Continue Reading

CO2 Levels Begin Accelerated Climb

By Stephen Leahy BROOKLIN, Canada, Oct 26 (IPS) – Global warming has been compared to a slow-moving train wreck, in which the passengers are blissfully unaware of the coming catastrophe. With the shocking loss of the Arctic sea ice this… Continue Reading

\”If You Are Poor, You Are Out\”

Interview with Miloon Kothari, international housing advocate VANCOUVER, Canada, Oct 25 (IPS) – Miloon Kothari, the U.N. special rapporteur for housing, recently visited Canada on a fact-finding mission to look at homelessness, aboriginal and women’s housing issues, and the impact… Continue Reading

Bush Rules Out Any Détente with Cuba

By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (IPS) – Insisting that the recent transition in Cuba represents “the dying gasps of a failed regime”, U.S. President George W. Bush Wednesday vowed to maintain Washington’s nearly 50-year-old trade embargo against Cuba until… Continue Reading

Uneasy Days for Monks in Myanmar

By CHOE SANG-HUN MANDALAY, Myanmar — As the lunch gong chimed through a tree-shaded monastery, several hundred monks in burgundy robes lined up on a mid-October day, all holding alms bowls. It is a common scene in Myanmar, formerly Burma,… Continue Reading

Poland: Sighs of relief

From Economist.com Poland’s likely new, less exciting, rulers WHATEVER the details of Poland’s next government, the perplexing and sometime troubling era of the “terrible twins” is over. That, in short, is the message of the election on Sunday October 21st,… Continue Reading

From Prodigal Child to Wayward Waif

By Khody Akhavi WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (IPS) – The nation’s most powerful Religious Right organisations gathered last weekend in Washington to find a presidential candidate who shared their values. And every single Republican hopeful made the pilgrimage to state his… Continue Reading

Naming Names at Gitmo

By TIM GOLDEN NYT Well into the night of Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, lt. Cmdr. Matthew Diaz sat alone at his desk in the headquarters of the American detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, consumed with a new project. He… Continue Reading

IBSA committed to reforms in U.N.

Sandeep Dikshit Brazilian President points out that the world body remained a silent spectator in Iraq Manmohan proposes better connectivity The three countries sign seven agreements TSHWANE (PRETORIA): India, Brazil and South Africa on Wednesday committed themselves to jointly pursue… Continue Reading

US: Ties With Turkey Dodge One Bullet

By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (IPS) – Amid rising bilateral tensions with Turkey and strong White House pressure, the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to set aside a controversial resolution recognising as a “genocide”… Continue Reading

The tongue twisters

The tongue twisters From The Economist print edition Oct 11th 2007 In the last of our series on civil liberties, we look at the difficulty of reconciling traditional freedoms of expression with the new demands of national security IN COUNTRIES… Continue Reading