By Johanna Treblin UNITED NATIONS, April 16, 2012 (IPS) – Water privatisation has been proven not to help the poor, yet a quarter of all World Bank funding goes directly to corporations and the private sector, bypassing both governments and… Continue Reading
James Saft* The founders of Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, ought to get down on their knees every night and pray in gratitude to Ben S. Bernanke.
By Constanza Vieira CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, Colombia, Apr 13, 2012 (IPS) – In preparation for the Sixth Summit of the Americas, the gathering?s Social Forum has held 25 meetings since September, as well as dozens of online working sessions, with… Continue Reading
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
Human-Wrongs-Watch Geneva-The world, in particular rich industrialized countries, is apparently unwilling to save the lives of 15 million human beings affected by the drought and conflict-related crisis in the Sahel region, with about 1.5 million are children who face the… Continue Reading
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.
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.”
By Emily-Anne Owen BEIJING, Apr 11, 2012 (IPS) – Zhang Haxia and her husband received a knock on the door in the middle of one night last December. They were dragged from their home in south-west China and forced into… Continue Reading
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
By Zadie Neufville KINGSTON, April 2012 (IPS) – Jamaican authorities are aiming to transform an island that experts say faces one of the worst climate risks in the world into a nation “equipped to prepare for and respond to the… Continue Reading
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
By Chakravarthi Raghavan* GENEVA, Apr (IPS/South Centre) Trade diplomats and trade officials face several uncertainties in 2012. Many of these have their source in the continuing serious global financial crisis and its deadening hand on the real economy. This, and… Continue Reading
By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Apr 6, 2012 (IPS) – In his keynote address to the Global Colloquium of University Presidents at New York’s Columbia University last week, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke of the growing power exercised by the… Continue Reading
By Benjamin W. Mkapa* IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint GENEVA (IDN) – In September 2011, the European Commission proposed to remove 16 African countries from the EU Market Access Regulation 1528/2007. At the end of 2007, this regulation allowed those African countries which… Continue Reading
By FRANCISCO GOLDMAN-New York Times Magazine April 5, 2012. The hotel had a musty, Pinochet-era atmosphere ? dark bar, heavy furniture, bartenders in white shirts and black ties ? and drew mostly businessmen. But when the bartenders found out that… Continue Reading
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
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
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
Ali Hashem – guardian.co.uk 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.
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?