Six Points of Separation?

By Bankole Thompson DETROIT, Michigan, Sep 30 (IPS) – If the presidential election is close enough on Nov. 4, racism could hand the Republican nominee Sen. John McCain a victory, according to recent polls showing that Democratic nominee Sen. Barack… Continue Reading

\’Historic\’ Camorra crackdown

ANSA Arrests include three suspects in African immigrant massacre (ANSA) – Naples, September 30 – Italian police cracked down on the Camorra Tuesday in an operation Interior Minister Roberto Maroni described as ”a turning point” in the battle against the… Continue Reading

\’Little Hope of Fair Election\’

Kester Kenn Klomegah interviews ALEXANDER MILINKEVICH, opposition leader in Belarus MINSK, Belarus, Sep 26 (IPS) – Opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich fears signs that the elections due in Belarus this Sunday will not be free and fair. President Alexander Lukashenko’s government… Continue Reading

I want your money

From The Economist print edition Sep 25th 2008 No government bail-out of the banking system was ever going to be pretty. This one deserves support SAVING the world is a thankless task. The only thing beyond dispute in the $700… Continue Reading

Camorra \’at war with State\’

ANSA Maroni says mafia immigrant massacre was act of terrorism (ANSA) – Rome, September 24 – Naples Mafia the Camorra has declared ”civil war” on Italy, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said Wednesday. Speaking to the Senate about his decision on… Continue Reading

The greening of gardening

From Economist.com Horticulture will change as the climate does Sep 22nd 2008. GARDENS are more than just yard decorations for the green-thumbed: they also express a worldview. As concern over climate change grows, environmentally sensitive gardens are becoming more popular.… Continue Reading

\’Corruption Nourishes Poverty\’

Ramesh Jaura interviews HUGUETTE LABELLE, Chair of Transparency International BERLIN, Sep 23 (IPS) – A new report by Transparency International (TI) lashes out at some of the world’s poorest countries for an “ongoing humanitarian disaster”, and deplores the wealthiest for… Continue Reading

Poverty Reduction Claims Under Scrutiny

By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Sep 22 (IPS) – The World Bank’s recent estimates on global poverty, particularly in relation to China, are being challenged by an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) which monitors poverty eradication and gender equality.

Africa\’s hard black gold

Richard Uku guardian.co.uk, Sub-Saharan Africa is increasingly short of electric power. Coal could provide a low-cost solution to the problem Monday September 22 2008. Few infrastructure services in the developed world are taken for granted as much as electric power.… Continue Reading

Ending Africa\’s Food Crisis

By Tarjei Kidd Olsen OSLO, Sep 19 (IPS) – Africa’s food crisis can be alleviated by modernising agriculture and reforming supply chains so that small-scale farmers get cheaper fertiliser and high-yield seeds, experts and officials at a conference in Oslo… Continue Reading

Camorra blamed in immigrant murders

ANSA Police suspect notorious Casalesi clan killed six (ANSA) – Caserta, September 19 – Police on Friday said the notorious Casalesi clan of Naples’ Camorra Mafia was probably behind the murder of six immigrants in the small Campania town of… Continue Reading

Is the FDA doing its job?

Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero The main argument of defenders of products derived from genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) is that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined in 1992 that they are safe and therefore need no further safety testing.