WHY SHOULD WE ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS

By Hiromichi Umebayashi (*) TOKYO, Sep (IPS) Why should we abolish nuclear weapons? This apparently naive question seems to have become a matter of hotdebate. In Japan, which suffered nuclear holocaust in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there is a profound desire… Continue Reading

CUBA: START THE DEBATE

By Leonardo Padura Fuentes (*) HAVANA, Sep (IPS) Cuba’s official newspaper and organ of the Communist Party recently published a story that stunned the populace: in a country where the lack of food has become endemic and causes the people… Continue Reading

G-20: REFORM THE GLOBAL CASINO

By Hazel Henderson (*) ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA, Sep (IPS) The awful truth is emerging: globalised rogue finance is disordering human societies and destroying our ecological life-support systems on a global scale. A spate of books and studies examining the role… Continue Reading

Last gasp for the forest

From The Economist print edition A new climate treaty could provide a highly effective way to reduce carbon emissions by paying people to not cut down forests Sep 24th 2009 . IN THE south-eastern corner of the Brazilian state of… Continue Reading

A BITTER PILL FROM THE DRUG INDUSTRY

By Ignacio Ramonet (*) PARIS, Sep (IPS) The conclusions of the final European Commission report on competition abuses in the pharmaceutical industry, released on July 8, are shocking and have wide-ranging ramifications. And yet the media have largely failed to… Continue Reading

From Democracy to Videocracy

By Matteo Fracassi NEW YORK, Sep 23 (IPS) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, one of the world’s most powerful media moguls, is being increasingly accused of using his six news organisations and television channels to manipulate the country’s political… Continue Reading

A Return to Reality

By Fareed Zakaria | NEWSWEEK Missile defense wasn’t the answer. From the magazine issue dated Sep 28, 2009 By canceling plans to station antiballistic-missile systems in Poland and the Czech Re-public, President Obama has traded fantasy for reality. Keep in… Continue Reading

DRC: Insecurity continues to bedevil aid work in northeast

IRIN BUNIA, 16 September 2009 (IRIN) – Militia attacks in parts of northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the past few months are worsening the humanitarian situation there and preventing access to affected populations, says a UN official.

Base Drops Out of Radar

By Zoltán Dujisin BUDAPEST, Sep 17 (IPS) – The Czech Republic has entered election campaign period with dire warnings being sounded of falling into the Russian sphere of influence, just as the U.S. drops its plans to build a missile… Continue Reading