Colombia: ¿Hacia un Estado paramilitar?

Por Javier Darío Restrepo BOGOTÁ, 29 may (IPS) – Visiblemente indignado, el ex presidente colombiano César Gaviria (1990-1994) denunció esta semana lo que llamó un artículo “monstruoso” del proyecto de reforma política que se discute en el Congreso legislativo.

Torture and Truth

By Jonathan Schell This article appeared in the June 15, 2009 edition of The Nation. It has fallen to President Obama to deal with the policies and practices of torture inaugurated by the Bush administration. He started boldly, ordering an… Continue Reading

Recession Bringing Repression

By Sanjay Suri LONDON, May 28 (IPS) – The underside of the global economic recession is a worldwide repression of rights, Amnesty International secretary-general Irene Khan warned Thursday at the launch of the human rights group’s 2009 report. “The economic… Continue Reading

Cheney vs. Obama: Banking on Fear

Leslie Savan -The Nation Blogs As rational, soaring, and adult-ready as Barack Obama’s speech before the shrine of the Constitution in the National Archives was–and, in contrast, as full of retreaded lies as Dick Cheney’s Personal Prosecution Protection Plan before… Continue Reading

Beyond the Crisis

By Jose Graziano da Silva (*) SANTIAGO, May (IPS) Though the world economic outlook continues to look grim, it is worth asking what the world will be like when we exit this crisis. We have to identify the forces that… Continue Reading

It\’s hard to create a democracy

From The Economist print edition Kuwait’s mould-breaking election May 21st 2009 – Cairo- A recent general election may not make the government more effective. THE economy of Kuwait is exceedingly well oiled. With just 3.4m residents, only a third of… Continue Reading


By Pascal Lamy (*) GENEVA, May (IPS) While the world could probably agree on basic objectives for our agricultural systems -adequate, nutritious, and affordable food, decent pay for farmers, and culturally and environmentally-sensitive production – we still disagree on what… Continue Reading

\’More power for premier, \’Berlusconi

ANSA Parliament ‘useless’, PM tells business body. Lower House Speaker Gianfranco Fini replies to Berlusconi’s attack: Parliament ‘neither useless nor counterproductive’ (ANSA) – Rome, May 21 – Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday reiterated plans to change the Italian constitution… Continue Reading

EU Looks East, Again

Analysis by Zoltán Dujisin BUDAPEST, May 21 (IPS) – The European Union’s Eastern Partnership, promoting closer cooperation between the EU and former Soviet Republics, has been enthusiastically endorsed in Eastern Europe, ignored in the West, and criticised in Russia. The… Continue Reading

What Happened to the Afghan Elections?

Analysis – By Killid Correspondents KABUL, May 18 (IPS) – After a series of well-known Afghan politicians announced their candidacy, the up-coming presidential election was widely believed to be a turning-point in the country’s history. But most of the big… Continue Reading