Runaway Global Economy Decimating Nature

By Stephen Leahy NAGOYA, Japan, Oct 28, 2010 (IPS) – One-fifth of all birds, fish and animals are threatened with extinction – as many as six million unique and irreplaceable forms of life – an authoritative new assessment warned Wednesday.

Killing Reconciliation

Jeremy Scahill | The Nation On March 26, 2009, Mullah Sahib Jan, a militant Taliban imam from the Mohammed Agha district in Afghanistan’s Logar province, walked into the office of the Independent National Reconciliation Commission, the main body encouraging the… Continue Reading

CHINA: As Tourists Come, Culture Goes

By Mitch Moxley JIAJU, China, Oct 27, 2010 (IPS) – In 2005, the ‘National Geographic China’ magazine named this ethnic Tibetan village in western Sichuan province, sprawled over a valley wall amid snow-capped mountains, China’s most beautiful. Depending on how… Continue Reading

G-20 Urged to Push for Eradicating Corruption

By Jaya Ramachandran IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis BERLIN (IDN) – While releasing the 2010 ‘Corruption Perceptions Index’, Transparency International has lauded the Group of 20 (G-20) for recognising corruption as “a global problem that must be addressed in global policy reforms”.

Forgetting Afghanistan

Gary Younge | The Nation October 20, 2010. During a recent debate between the Colorado senatorial candidates in Denver, Republican Ken Buck gave his considered assessment of the occupation of Afghanistan. “It’s a fundamental mistake to assume that a people… Continue Reading

Treasure House Under Threat

By Eva Bartlett GAZA CITY, Oct 22, 2010 (IPS) – Few outside of Gaza would consider its history much beyond the decades of Israeli occupation. But Gaza is a historical treasure house. Many of those treasures are now in Israeli… Continue Reading

THE CHANGING PATTERNS OF WORLD TRADE

By Pascal Lamy (*) GENEVA, Oct (IPS) The global trade landscape has changed profoundly in the past decade ­more profoundly, I suspect, than we fully understand. These changes are being driven partly by market opening, but mainly by transport, communications… Continue Reading

Quo Vadis

By Noam Chomsky* In brief opening remarks this morning I brought up the crucial fact that rights are typically not granted, but rather won, by dedicated and informed popular struggle. That includes the core principle of freedom of speech. Recognition… Continue Reading

A POLITICAL USE OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

by Johan Galtung (*) PIACENZA, Oct (IPS) In his testament, Alfred Nobel clearly stated that the Peace Prize should be given for the reduction of armies or for understanding among nations.

Democracy for Sale

The Editors | The Nation On October 6, amid the tidal wave of corporate cash flooding the 2010 campaigns—which could attach a $5 billion price tag to the most expensive midterm election in history—Bill Moyers told Common Cause that money… Continue Reading