By Claudia Ciobanu BUCHAREST, Dec 30, 2010 (IPS) – Over the past years, acceptance rates for asylum-seekers in Central and Eastern Europe have been decreasing slowly but steadily. Even for those who do receive protected status, life is a gamble.
By SIMON JOHNSON * Most experienced watchers of the euro zone are expecting another serious crisis in early 2011, tied to the rollover funding needs of its weaker governments. With debts coming due from March through May, the crisis seems… Continue Reading
By Ignacio Ramonet (*) PARIS, Dec (IPS) November 20 was the hundredth anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, the first major social revolution of the 20th century: a heroic deed carried out by two legendary popular figures, Emiliano Zapata and Pancho… Continue Reading
Michael A. Cohen | The Nation As long as there has been war, as long as one nation has sought to impose its military will on another, there have been insurgents… and there have also been counterinsurgents. It was the… Continue Reading
By Ron Daniels * As I pen this article, the Electoral Commission in Haiti is still “recounting” the ballots from an ill conceived and flawed election which threatens to further impede progress towards building a new Haiti. The international community,… Continue Reading
By SIMON ROMERO – The New York Times CARACAS, Venezuela â€” The golfers still argue over handicaps. The waiters still serve flutes of MoÃ«t & Chandon. Sunlight still kisses the grounds laid out in the 1920s by Olmsted Brothers, the… Continue Reading
By Denise HamÃº, Samuel Barreto and Eliana Salmazo (*) BRASILIA, Dec (IPS) Any marketing professional who keeps abreast of global tendencies is aware of the advantages that generate added value to corporations from investing in nature conservation and sustainable use… Continue Reading
Editorial – The Washington Post NEXT MONTH many European Union members may be regretting their system of a rotating presidency. That’s because the gavel will be handed to Hungary, whose populist and power-hungry government has just adopted a media law… Continue Reading
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR â€“ The New York Times SOUMOUNI, Mali â€” The half-dozen strangers who descended on this remote West African village brought its hand-to-mouth farmers alarming news: their humble fields, tilled from one generation to the next, were now… Continue Reading
Clarinha Glock* – TierramÃ©rica RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 23 (IPS) – Living sustainably can be learned. That is the idea championed by two schools in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, where students are learning to become environmental citizens… Continue Reading
By Nicole Colson* IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis NEW HAMPSHIRE (IDN) – U.S. authorities seemed closer to attempting to manufacture an excuse to bring WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the U.S. to face charges. Amid reports that a grand jury had been convened… Continue Reading
By Rathin Roy (*) BRASILIA , Dec (IPS) At the dawn of the Millennium, the world of the South was unimaginably different from what we see today. In the year 2000 the debate on global economic governance was firmly situated… Continue Reading
By Chris Hedemann (*) LONDON, Dec (IPS) â€œFuture generations, I am certain, will think of us and bless us for our farseeing patriotism, and it will be said of us, as Isaiah said of old, â€˜they made a way in… Continue Reading
By Noam Chomsky From a talk by Noam Chomsky, June 2010 It’s tempting to go back to the beginning. The beginning goes pretty far back, but it is useful to think about some aspects of American history that bear directly… Continue Reading
By Johan Galtung (*) SCHWERTE, GERMANY, Dec (IPS) The revelations contained in the wave of WikiLeak documents that have taken the world by storm are an indictment not only of US diplomacy but of today’s diplomacy in general. What kind… Continue Reading
James North | The Nation The Haitian government started to rig the recent presidential election well before the actual balloting on November 28. Mainstream US press accounts have mistakenly used words like â€œchaos,â€ â€œconfusionâ€ and â€œdisorganizationâ€ to describe the election,… Continue Reading
By Federico Mayor, MartÃ Olivella, and Roberto Savio * A New Consensus History will judge us severely if we are incapable of responding to the challenges and opportunities presented by the global crisis. Instead of using 50,000 million dollars to… Continue Reading
By Anders Wijkman * After the failure in Copenhagen last year, expectations for the climate conference in Cancun were low. Press reports, both ahead of and during the two weeks of negotiations, were predominately negative. Only hours before the meeting… Continue Reading
David Cronin BRUSSELS, Dec 17 (IPS) – Arms traders are seeking to convince the European Union that publicly-funded scientific research grants should help develop weapons for future wars.
IPS LISBON, Dec 16, 2010 (IPS) – While the shadow of a speculative assault looms over Portugal, similar to the economic crises that hit Greece and Ireland, this Iberian nation manages to hold up the beacon of renewable energy.