By Leonardo Padura Fuentes (*) HAVANA, Jul (IPS) When in 1982 Ridley Scott filmed his prophetic and futuristic Blade Runner and showed the city of Los Angeles devastated by acid rain, sealed off, and darkened by a ceiling of clouds… Continue Reading


By Mirta Roses-Periago (*) WASHINGTON, Jul (IPS) The fulfillment of every person’s inalienable right to health and well-being is a pivotal factor in the quest for human prosperity and more inclusive, equitable, and healthy societies across the world. This requires… Continue Reading

Forget the Great In Britain

By Stryker McGuire | NEWSWEEK Its fall was inevitable, but the economic crisis will shrink the last pretenses of empire faster than anyone expected. From the magazine issue dated Aug 17, 2009 Even in the decades after it lost its… Continue Reading

Roma Dead Less Remembered

By Julio Godoy BERLIN, Aug 4 (IPS) – A ceremony at Auschwitz Sunday to commemorate the half a million Sinti and Roma killed by the Nazis became a reminder of the threats these people continue to face across Europe.

Billion-Dollar Mystery in Iraq

By Robert Dreyfuss The Dreyfuss Report – The Nation A multi-billion dollar mystery is unfolding in Iraq, and it may reach to the highest levels of the Iraqi government. It involves what the New York Times calls an “extremist Shiite… Continue Reading


By Mark Sommer (*) ARCATA, CALIFORNIA, Jul (IPS) Forty years ago I drove across the United States traversing mid-winter blizzards before entering the blissful warmth and light of California, a state blessed not only with stunning topography but also a… Continue Reading

Too young to marry

IRIN DHAKA, 31 July 2009 (IRIN) – Too many teenage girls are getting married in Bangladesh today, say health specialists. According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) State of the World’s Children 2009 report, more than 64 percent of girls… Continue Reading