By Zahira Kharsany JOHNNESBURG, Oct 29 (IPS) – More than 116 million people in 131 countries across the world participated in the global “Stand Up and Take Action” campaign that became the biggest mass mobilisation on a single issue. Activists… Continue Reading
Mark Weisbrot Senator Barack Obama’s campaign for the White House pulled ahead of his opponent, Senator John McCain, as soon as the current financial crisis hit the headlines. As one of McCain’s top strategists recently blurted out, “If we keep… Continue Reading
By Jim Lobe* WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (IPS) – With only one week before the Nov. 4 elections, Democrats are increasingly hopeful that they will emerge next Wednesday with control of the White House and substantially increased majorities in both houses… Continue Reading
IRIN- humanitarian news and analysis DAKAR, 27 October 2008 (IRIN) – Some of the biggest development and humanitarian NGOs are laying off staff or revising programmes for 2009 as their income streams flatten because of the global financial crisis.
By Gustavo Capdevila GENEVA, Oct 27 (IPS) – Governments cannot deal with the current financial crisis on their own, and need the support of the people they govern, which is “best translated by the opinions of the civil society movement,”… Continue Reading
by John Nichols – The Nation Barack Obama’s poll numbers have been looking good for so long that it is easy for his supporters to assume a triumphalism stance as America’s longest-ever presidential campaign enters its final week. But be… Continue Reading
Analysis by Jim Lobe* WASHINGTON, Oct (IPS) – While the ongoing financial crisis has almost entirely displaced foreign policy and even the Iraq War as the main concern of voters here, the differences in approach to the world beyond U.S.… Continue Reading
Tom Barry The leading anti-immigration groups don’t specially target illegal immigrants. For the restrictionist groups Federation for American Immigration Reform, Center for Immigration Studies, and NumbersUSA, the country’s 11-12 million illegal immigrants are simply low-hanging fruit. Their long-range goal is… Continue Reading
By Nancy Durham, CBC News October 22, 2008 .Who would have thought a dictator inspired a renewable energy campaign? That’s one explanation for how Portugal has come to embrace clean energy so enthusiastically.
Analysis by Sanjay Suri LONDON, Oct 23 (IPS) – For every one in 50 people around the world to make a point of standing up somewhere on the planet to say the same kind of thing adds up to a… Continue Reading
From Economist.com Banking on inflation WHEN markets move as rapidly as they have in recent weeks, anomalies appear, but spotting them is difficult. Sometimes Â£20 notes may actually be lying on the pavement, just waiting to be picked up.
Analysis by Antoaneta Bezlova BEIJING, Oct 22 (IPS) – Cast in the role of global saviour in the unfolding financial turmoil, China is playing host to a meeting of Asian and European leaders in Beijing this week that is expected… Continue Reading
By Dahr Jamail PORTLAND, Oregon, Oct 20 (IPS) – Veterans from the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, along with Iraqis, Afghanis, Vietnam veterans, and family members of U.S. military personnel converged in this west coast city over the weekend… Continue Reading
STEPHANIE NOLEN From Saturday’s Globe and Mail In Kaniola, they have coined a new term: reviolÃ©. Re-raped KANIOLA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, October 17, 2008 At the Catholic parish office, on the cramped and crowded ledger pages where they list… Continue Reading
Zahira Kharsany interviews KUMI NAIDOO* JOHANNESBURG, Oct 17 (IPS) – Since 2005, the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) has mobilised millions of unionists, activists, and ordinary people to demand an end to poverty and inequality. Last year, 43.7… Continue Reading
IRIN – humanitarian news and analysis DAKAR, 16 October 2008 (IRIN) – Food security experts say international donorsâ€™ response to the worldâ€™s food crisis has been inadequate when compared to interventions to contain the global financial meltdown. â€œHuge financial resources… Continue Reading
By David Cronin BRUSSELS, Oct 16 (IPS) – Faced with the prospect that a number of banks could collapse, European Union governments have this week approved a rescue plan worth more than 1,800 billion euros (2,460 billion dollars). Faced with… Continue Reading
Sumit Ganguly NEWSWEEK Through neglect of its Christian minority, India is allowing religiously motivated violence to threaten its rise. Since August of this year, a spate of violence has swept across significant portions of the eastern Indian state of Orissa.… Continue Reading
Ramesh Jaura interviews ASHOK KHOSLA, new IUCN President* BARCELONA, Oct 13 (IPS/Terraviva) – The IUCN has elected Ashok Khosla its new president. Widely recognised as a bridge between conservation and development, theory and practice, the traditional and the new, and… Continue Reading
ANSA House OKs classes for foreign kids (ANSA) – Rome, October 15 – A controversial government proposal to create special classes for immigrant children instead of allowing them to enter directly into Italian schools won approval in the House on… Continue Reading