The ‘Creative Chaos’ Doctrine

By Fareed Mahdy IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint ISTANBUL (IDN) – Seemingly, the Arab region has now entered an advanced phase of the so-called “creative chaos” doctrine, which was shaped by the neo-conservative administration chaired by the former White House occupant, and spelt… Continue Reading

Rampant Speculation Inflated Food Price Bubble

By Stephen Leahy UXBRIDGE, Canada, Jan 28, 2011 (IPS) – Billions of dollars are being made by investors in a speculative “food bubble” that’s created record food prices, starving millions and destabilising countries, experts now conclude.

Financial Crisis Was Avoidable, Inquiry Finds

By SEWELL CHAN – The New York Times WASHINGTON — The 2008 financial crisis was an “avoidable” disaster caused by widespread failures in government regulation, corporate mismanagement and heedless risk-taking by Wall Street, according to the conclusions of a federal… Continue Reading

Stay on the centre lane

Patricio Navia(*) – Buenos Aires Herald When he delivers his State of the Union address tonight, US President Barack Obama will have good reasons to be optimistic. His approval ratings are improving and he has a clear winning strategy for… Continue Reading

Taking care of the Commons

Terra Futura An invitation to Florence next May. Terra Futura is a major initiative by Italian civil society concerning global issues. Every year more than 70.000 people visit its exhibition and participate in its debates. This year it will be… Continue Reading

An Assassination’s Long Shadow

By ADAM HOCHSCHILD- The New York Times San Francisco. TODAY, millions of people on another continent are observing the 50th anniversary of an event few Americans remember, the assassination of Patrice Lumumba. A slight, goateed man with black, half-framed glasses,… Continue Reading

How I Learned to Respect Africa

By Yuki Sakaguchi IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint TOKYO/ACCRA (IDN) – Akwaaba, which means “welcome,” was the first word I came across upon my arrival in Ghana. Many people identify Africa with words that have negative connotations, such as poverty, conflict or disease.… Continue Reading

Middle East Fast Bleeding Money

By Emad Mekay CAIRO, Jan 21, 2011 (IPS) – Middle East countries have seen the largest increase of illicit outflows of funds to richer nations, depriving the developing nations of much needed development money, a new international report shows. Developing… Continue Reading

MY 44 YEARS ON DEATH ROW

By Wilbert Rideau (*) LONDON, Jan (IPS) Nothing in your previous life prepares you for living on death row. You’re like a head of cabbage on a garden row: planted, forced to lead a static existence, every day exactly like… Continue Reading

Why WikiLeaks Matters

Greg Mitchell | The Nation More than fifty days have passed since the WikiLeaks document release in late November, this one centering on US diplomatic cables and quickly dubbed “Cablegate.” At this writing, not even 3,000 cables from the cache,… Continue Reading

Terrorism and the second amendment

Patricio Navia – Buenos Aires Herald. January 18, 2011. After the attacks of September 11, the United States government correctly announced to US citizens that the world had changed. The Bush administration argued that the war against terrorism required people… Continue Reading