China Offers a Different Freedom

Analysis by Antoaneta Becker LONDON, Jun 29, 2011 (IPS) – For a populist premier like China’s Wen Jiabao, the irony of landing in a European capital celebrating the art of one of the Chinese communist party’s most outspoken critics who… Continue Reading


By Ignacio Ramonet (*) PARIS, Jun (IPS) One of the most powerful men in the world, director of the largest financial institution of the planet, sexually assaults one of the world’s most vulnerable people, a humble African immigrant. In its… Continue Reading

The Seduction of Power

By Raúl Pierri MONTEVIDEO, Jun 24, 2011 (IPS) – The governments and big private media groups in Latin America are waging a war to win over public opinion, the ultimate arbiter of legitimacy, and the only solution would appear to… Continue Reading

Chinese Model Showing Cracks

Analysis by Antoaneta Becker LONDON, Jun 23, 2011 (IPS) – The Chinese Communist Party likes claiming credit for the success of the country’s model of steady rule and economic prosperity. But as it prepares to celebrate its 90th birthday on… Continue Reading

Human Rights Yes, Bombing No

By Pia Figueroa* IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint BONN (IDN) – Today it is not the state-owned media corporations that form public opinion, but transnational media companies at the service of multinationals in diverse sectors such as banking, industry and the military.

Banking’s Moment of Truth

By JOE NOCERA – NYT Capital matters. Let me put that another way. The current fight over additional capital requirements for the banking industry, eye-glazing though it is, also happens to be the most important reform moment since the financial… Continue Reading

SCO steps out of Central Asia

By M K Bhadrakumar The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) marked its 10th anniversary at the summit meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday. Anniversaries divisible by five or 10 are almost sacrosanct occasions in international politics – especially for Central Asian… Continue Reading

The Global Climate Regime on the Brink

By Martin Khor* IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint GENEVA (IDN) – We agreed in Bali in December 2007 to build a much stronger international climate regime to better cope with recent alarming analysis of the disastrous effects of climate change. But instead of… Continue Reading

Massive popular uprising in Greece

Yorgos Mitralias* Two weeks after it started the Greek movement of ‘outraged’ people has the main squares in all cities overflowing with crowds that shout their anger, and makes the Papandreou government and its local and international supporters tremble. It… Continue Reading