AFRICA: Trees \”vital for food security\”

IRIN NAIROBI, 28 August 2009 (IRIN) – Countries tackling food insecurity and climate change adaptation can greatly benefit from agroforestry – integrating fleshy plants and trees into their farming systems, environmental specialists say. Sub-Saharan Africa has a history of food… Continue Reading

Recalling the Good Old Soviet Union

By Zoltán Dujisin PAMIR MOUNTAINS, Tajikistan, Aug 27 (IPS) – The collapse of the Soviet Union has brought misery to Tajikistan’s remote eastern half. People are being driven once again to live as nomads. Tajikistan is a former Soviet republic… Continue Reading

The Forest is the Pharmacy

By Mercedes Sayagues SAO TOME, Aug 24 (IPS) – If you live in São Tomé, a good investment in your health is to plant a po-sabom tree (Dracaena aroborea) in your backyard. Leave space: it can grow up to 20… Continue Reading


By Leonardo Padura Fuentes (*) HAVANA, Aug (IPS) Cubans are used to living with crises, limits, shortages, emergency plans, “special” -and less “special”- periods. That may be why for a number of months many Cubans have been watching with detachment… Continue Reading


By Ignacio Ramonet (*) PARIS, Aug (IPS) The world’s conservative groups and their usual propagandists [i] received the news of the June 28 coup in Honduras with immense pleasure[ii]. Although they made critical noises about the coup itself, they swallowed… Continue Reading


By Roberto Savio (*) ROME, Aug (IPS) The Washington Consensus, the neo-liberal economic prescription presumed to be universally and permanently valid, was broadsided by the current world recession together with other “one size fits all” formulas. The name “Washington Consensus”… Continue Reading

America’s Fatal Flaw

By Fareed Zakaria | NEWSWEEK If it’s not a crisis, we can’t fix it. From the magazine issue dated Aug 31, 2009 In the past few weeks, we’ve seen the twin personalities of the U.S. government come out: one is… Continue Reading

SOUTH AFRICA: HIV biggest threat to pregnant women

PlusNews JOHANNESBURG, 11 August 2009 (PlusNews) – HIV is the main cause of death among pregnant women in Johannesburg, South Africa’s most populous city, according to a five-year study of maternal mortality at one of the city’s largest public hospitals.

The Human Face of Burma\’s Tragedy

By Gordon Brown The appalling but inevitable outcome of Aung San Suu Kyi’s sham trial is final proof that the military regime in Burma is determined to continue defying the world.

Power sharing

Jennifer Moore Since Honduran coup leaders ousted President Manuel Zelaya on June 28th at least six people have been killed and serious human rights violations against people opposing the de facto regime have been documented. (1) Vice President Alfredo López… Continue Reading

We don\’t need you any more

From The Economist print edition Iraqi commanders say they can run the show on their own. Really? Aug 6th 2009 | BAGHDAD . AMERICAN commanders in Baghdad have been here before. In 2004, a year after the invasion that toppled… Continue Reading

Honduras, another challenge for Obama

By Mario Soares (*) LISBON, Aug (IPS) A few months were enough for Obama to peacefully revolutionise the United States and the world. He radically changed the policies of Washington, domestic and international, with visible consequences at the global level… Continue Reading