ILO Urges Worker-Friendly Recovery Policies

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).

Rio+20: Creating Resilient Agriculture

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

Future of UNCTAD in Balance at Doha

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

J.P. Morgan Chase and Me

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.

Red ink holds UN trade challenge at bay

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

The tide has turned in Europe

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

Turkey: The odd man in

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.

U.S. Patriot Act Kept Somalia Starving

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

Europe Loses Billions to Tax Evasion

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.

Speaking Out in Defence of UNCTAD

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

Letter to the Editor of The New York Times

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.