Arabs Despair of U.S. Even More

Analysis by Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani CAIRO, Jul 31 (IPS) – For decades, the U.S. has jealously guarded its role of sole arbiter of the Arab-Israeli dispute. In light of recent shows of support for Israel by U.S.… Continue Reading

Fewer Conflicts, But More Refugees

By Tarjei Kidd Olsen OSLO, Jul 29 (IPS) – Despite a reduction in the number of violent conflicts around the world, the number of internal refugees has soared to levels not seen since the end of the cold war.

\’Hamas Curbing Groups Firing Rockets\’

Interview with Mohamed Bassyouni, head of the Egyptian Shura Council’s Foreign Relations Committee CAIRO, Jul 28 (IPS) – Sharing a border with both Israel and the Gaza Strip, Egypt has historically played a major role in Israeli-Palestinian affairs. Egyptian involvement… Continue Reading


João Pedro Stedile Lately, all over the world, we have witnessed an out-and-out offensive of big business and international capital and financiers to promote what they chose to call “biofuels”, referring to agrofuels. As we have pointed out at the… Continue Reading

Germans Love Obama – For Now

By Julio Godoy BERLIN, Jul 25 (IPS) – The extraordinary enthusiasm with which Germans greeted U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama in Berlin Thursday may have concealed a fear: once the presidency of George W. Bush ends, Germans might be forced… Continue Reading

Berlusconi celebrates immunity

ANSA Alfano law ends 14 years of ‘persecution’, PM says (ANSA) – Rome, July 24 – Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday said a law passed this week giving him immunity from prosecution while he holds office was ”the least that… Continue Reading

Tsunami of hunger

Esther Vivas During the last months, the impossibility to access food has thrown thousands of people in Southern countries, out of their home. Demonstrations, strikes and protests have repeatedly taken place from one end of the planet to the other.… Continue Reading

Solar Thermal Power Coming to a Boil

Analysis by Jonathan G. Dorn* WASHINGTON, Jul 23 (IPS) – After emerging in 2006 from 15 years of hibernation, the solar thermal power industry experienced a surge in 2007, with 100 megawatts of new capacity coming online worldwide. During the… Continue Reading