Henry Porter | guardian.co.uk Assuming the role of the loyal manservant after Rupert Murdoch’s first day of evidence at the Leveson inquiry, the Times suggested in its leader that we were at last seeing its master humanised. Instead of the… Continue Reading
By Jim Lobe* WASHINGTON, Apr 29, 2012 (IPS) – Although economic growth has resumed in much of the world since the 2008 financial crisis, the global unemployment situation remains alarming and could worsen, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
By Pepe Escobar* – Asia Times Goldman Sachs – via economist Jim O’Neill – invented the concept of a rising new bloc on the planet: BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). Some cynics couldn’t help calling it the “Bloody… Continue Reading
The Economist The Socialist who is likely to be the next French president would be bad for his country and Europe IT IS half of the Franco-German motor that drives the European Union. It has been the swing country in… Continue Reading
By Gordon Conway* IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint LONDON (IDN) – Food security is critical to the mission of Rio+20. The threats are numerous: repeated food price spikes; shortages of good-quality land and water; rising energy energy and fertiliser prices; and the consequences… Continue Reading
By Lars Schall* – Asia Times Recently, I had published at Asia Times Online an exclusive investigation, Insider Trading 9/11 … The Facts Laid Bare (March 21, 2012).
By Michael Spence* – Project Syndicate MILAN ? China and the United States are in the grip of major structural changes that both dread will end the Halcyon era when China produced low-cost goods and the US bought them. In… Continue Reading
Analysis by Gustavo Capdevila GENEVA, Apr 2012 (IPS) – Profound discord between industrialised nations and developing countries is threatening to ruin the UNCTAD meeting being held this week in Doha, and may even endanger the survival of this United Nations… Continue Reading
Rona M. Fields* After 25 years in a house I completely renovated in Alexandria, Virginia, I found I was able to profit on my original investment of $76,000 by selling it for $300,000.
By Vijay Prashad* – Asia Times The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) started its 13th conference at the weekend in Doha, Qatar. Delegates walking around the convention center had to negotiate a 10-meter Louise Bourgeois statue of… Continue Reading
Presseurop Sources: Financial Times Deutschland, Rzeczpospolita, El Pa?s, To Vima For the European press, the first round of the French presidential election has one winner ? Marine Le Pen of the far-right Front National and two losers, the incumbent Nicolas… Continue Reading
By Federico Mayor Zaragoza * BARCELONA, Apr (IPS) Now that the war in Iraq is considered ?over?, another major goal of Israel has come into view: attacking Iran on the pretext that it may possibly be working on a nuclear… Continue Reading
By Peter Lee* ? Asia Times With a high-profile visit to China, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued his campaign to increase the geopolitical clout of his country.
By Linus Atarah HELSINKI, Apr 2012 (IPS) – When war-torn Somalia was also ravaged by a drought-induced famine last year, which killed tens of thousands and displaced over a million people, international media was quick to blame the Islamist Al-Shabaab… Continue Reading
by Jesse Eisinger- ProPublica The path to gaming the Volcker Rule has always been clear: Banks will shut down anything with the word “proprietary” on the door and simply move the activities down the hall.
By Julio Godoy PARIS, Apr 19, 2012 (IPS) – Swiss banks are facing prosecution in several European countries, accused of complicity in tax evasion and money laundering schemes, especially with French, German, and wealthy Greek citizens.
By Gustavo Capdevilla GENEVA, Apr 2012 (IPS) – The reason the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is under attack is that rich countries do not want an organisation that carries out independent analysis, Rubens Ricupero, UNCTAD secretary… Continue Reading
Mark Weisbrot – guardian.co.uk In taking back oil and gas company YPF, Argentina’s state is reversing past mistakes. Europe is in no position to be outraged
Asoka Bandarage* In his piece, ?The Other Arab Spring? (April 8,2012),Thomas Friedman makes important connections between environmental and social collapse and the emergence of conflicts in the Middle East. His analysis and solutions, however, are inadequate.
By Jim Lobe* WASHINGTON, Apr 2012 (IPS) – Capping an unprecedented multinational contest for the post, the World Bank’s executive board upheld a nearly 70-year tradition Monday by selecting the U.S. candidate, global health expert Jim Yong Kim, to be… Continue Reading