Practical Moves to Reset the NPT Bargain

By Jayantha Dhanapala* IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint WASHINGTON DC (IDN) – The quinquennial ritual of preparing for the Review Conference of the states parties of the Treaty for the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will reach its climax (or anticlimax) from May… Continue Reading

Europe: The Social Question

By Ignacio Ramonet (*) PARIS, Apr (IPS) With the motto “Stop the misery”, the European Union (EU) has declared 2010 “The Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion”. In the 27 countries of the EU, there are some 85 million… Continue Reading

The U.N’s Go-To Guy

BY BLAKE HOUNSHELL | Foreign Policy Samantha Power’s new film offers a gut-wrenching portrait of the late Sergio Vieira de Mello, a man whose loss the United Nations is still struggling to overcome today. APRIL 20, 2010 . He was… Continue Reading

The Brave New World of Robert Zoellick

By Ramesh Jaura IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis BERLIN (IDN) – Thirty-three years after the World Bank president Robert McNamara proposed the establishment of an international commission to break the deadlock in North-South relations, his successor Robert B. Zoellick has proclaimed that in… Continue Reading

EU Defends Food as Fuel

By David Cronin BRUSSELS, Apr 22, 2010 (IPS) – The European Union’s anti-poverty chief has refused to concede that his promotion of biofuels has helped exacerbate global hunger.

German bishop offers resignation

BBC NEWS The bishop of Augsburg in southern Germany has offered to resign following accusations that he hit children, Church officials say. Bishop Walter Mixa told the Pope in a resignation letter that his diocese needed a “new start”. The… Continue Reading


By Johan Galtung (*) JAKARTA, Apr (IPS) The US Empire is declining and leaving a power vacuum. China will not fill the gap, nor the European Union (EU) with its recent experience of how colonialism ended. The state system is… Continue Reading

Black by Choice

By Melissa Harris-Lacewell * This article appeared in the May 3, 2010 edition of The Nation. President Obama created a bit of a stir in early April when he completed his Census form. In response to the question about racial… Continue Reading