Employment in Free Fall

Dean Baker The data hugely overestimate jobs created in new firms, which will be corrected next year. The economy shed 533,000 jobs in November. This loss, combined with sharp upward revisions to the September and October data, brought the three-month… Continue Reading

Selling a kidney to survive

IRIN CAIRO, 16 December 2008 (IRIN) – In the darkest alleys of Shubra, a district in Cairo, illegal organ traffickers hunt down destitute young Egyptians to try to persuade them to sell a kidney for less than US$3,000. “It is… Continue Reading

La lección griega

BLANCA VILÀ * – El País La revuelta que estalló en Atenas tras la muerte de un escolar ha mostrado errores comunes a otros países: una clase política ineficiente y un sistema universitario caduco. El componente ácrata ha sido lo… Continue Reading

When Neocons Ruled Washington

By Michael Flynn GENEVA, Dec 16 (IPS) – In the first two pages of his book on the neoconservative movement, historian Stephen Sniegoski tells us that U.S. Mideast policy during the George W. Bush presidency has been “colossally erroneous” and… Continue Reading

Why China Is Too Scared to Spend

Mary Hennock – NEWSWEEK Boosting consumption is key to economic recovery. But that will take fixing a disastrous health system. From the magazine issue dated Dec 22, 2008. This month marks the 30th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms in… Continue Reading

And Now a New Green Deal?

By Ramesh Jaura POZNAN, Dec 12 (IPS) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a new green deal that would work for all nations, rich as well as poor, in the face of both climate change and the global… Continue Reading

Influence Peddlers

Greg Bruno, Council on Foreign Relations Newsweek Saudi Arabia may be making more than just peace with the Taliban. Dec 11, 2008 . Reports of Saudi-brokered talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban in late 2008 prompted a new round… Continue Reading

\”Prison Made Me Even More Determined\”

Omid Memarian interviews ABDOLFATTAH SOLTANI, Iranian human rights lawyer BERKELEY, California, Dec 11 (IPS) – Abdolfattah Soltani has received the Nuremberg annual human rights award in appreciation of more than a decade defending individuals who have been prosecuted for their… Continue Reading

Please do something—but what?

From The Economist print edition Africans, Europeans and Americans must together rescue a dying country Dec 11th 2008 . THE Zimbabwe crisis has reached a new level that is both hideous and, paradoxically, hopeful. The hideous part is that people… Continue Reading

The price of rights

Kenneth Roth – guardian.co.uk. The lasting legacy of the UDHR is the knowledge that governments that abuse human rights do so at a cost Wednesday December 10 2008 . As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of… Continue Reading