By Juan Cole ? Asia Times Blockades and the danger of disaster [Introduction by Tom Engelhardt: Negotiators for Iran, the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany – the P5+1 or “Iran Six” – meet in Istanbul, Turkey this… Continue Reading

Getting the Market to Tell the Truth

By Lester Brown* WASHINGTON, Apr 11, 2012 (IPS) – Moving the global economy off its current decline-and-collapse path depends on reaching four goals: stabilising climate, stabilising population, eradicating poverty, and restoring the economy’s natural support systems.

Iran talks have right mix for history

By Chris Cook* ? Asia Times “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.”

Democracy to the test

Eric Maurice* -Presseurop On 1 April, the European Union became more democratic. This is the argument of defenders of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) which came into force that day. From now on, EU citizens can ?call on the European… Continue Reading

Banker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

By BENN STEIL* ? The New York Times PRESIDENT OBAMA recently nominated Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth, to be the next president of the World Bank ? a privilege accorded to the United States since the bank?s founding… Continue Reading

European NGOs Put IFIs Under Microscope

By Julio Godoy BERLIN, Apr 4, 2012 (IPS) – European civil society organisations continue to demand that international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund apply the same standards of transparency and accountability to… Continue Reading

Hungary?s Right-Wing Threat

Ari Paul – ZSpace Page From Nazi occupiers to the Soviet-backed puppet regime, Hungarians have known their share of despots. Now, at the prodding of human rights groups, the European Union is confronting a Hungarian government ? led by the… Continue Reading

The United States as Number Two

By Dean Baker* WASHINGTON, Apr 4, 2012 (IPS/Al Jazeera) – Politicians in the United States must ritualistically assert that the U.S. is and always will be the world’s leading economic, military and political power. This chant may help win elections… Continue Reading

The Arab spring has shaken Arab TV’s credibility

Ali Hashem – Twenty-two years ago my father, a Lebanese immigrant in Sierra Leone, bought a huge satellite dish with tens of channels to replace the radio that we had used to listen to the BBC’s Arabic service.

What to do about Syria?

By Johan Galtung * Alfaz, Spain, Mar (IPS) We all feel desperate watching the horrible killings, the suffering of the bereaved and the whole population. But what can be done?