Send in the stars

By Lionel Beehner – USA TODAY Effective diplomacy doesn’t have to originate at the State Department. Scoff all you want, but celebrities have unique tools to change the world. You might not see your favorite movie star on the red… Continue Reading

Internet Article Lands Journalist on Death Row

By Tahir Qadiry MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan, Jan 30 (IPS) – An Afghan court has sentenced a 23-year-old journalist to death for blasphemy, apparently after criticising the Prophet Mohammed’s views on women’s rights, and downloading and circulating material from the Internet. Sayed… Continue Reading

WSF: More Words than Action

Analysis by Alejandro Kirk* SANTIAGO, Jan 29 (TerraViva/IPS) – Unlike the massive gatherings of past years, the World Social Forum’s “Global Day of Action” Saturday did not fill avenues around the world, nor did it make headlines in any major… Continue Reading

Davos has lost its arrogance

By Alejandro Kirk The WSF didn’t produce the progressive wave in Latin America by itself; nevertheless, it would be difficult to imagine it without (the presence of) the WSF, says Cândido Grzybowski, director of iBase (Brazil) and member of the… Continue Reading

False statements preceded war

TRASFONDO A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks. The study concluded… Continue Reading

Native Peoples and the World Social Forum

M. Marcos Terena (*) After 22 years of planning, struggle and hope, and crediting the perseverance of indigenous leaders, last September the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on Indigenous Rights. In spite of numerous obstacles, discrimination, and social alienation,… Continue Reading