By P?a Figueroa* IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint BONN (IDN) – Twenty years ago, as a Junior Minister in the first democratically elected government after the Pinochet era, I had the opportunity to contribute to the Earth Summit that took place in Rio… Continue Reading
Barbara Spinelli – La Repubblica, Rome On the eve of an umpteenth ?last chance summit,? leaders of the EU?s 27 member states are continuing to stick to their guns, vainly hoping that the crisis will simply resolve itself. In their… Continue Reading
Presseurop, Le Monde, Handelsblatt, P?blico and others The European Council cannot afford the hunt for a new compromise in the short term, warns the European press. European leaders must take seriously the risk that the single currency will collapse ?… Continue Reading
By Paul Krugman and Richard Layard – Financial Times More than four years after the financial crisis began, the world?s major advanced economies remain deeply depressed, in a scene all too reminiscent of the 1930s. The reason is simple: we… Continue Reading
BY ROBERT D. KAPLAN – FOREIGN POLICY Perversity characterizes Pakistan. Only the worst African hellholes, Afghanistan, Haiti, Yemen, and Iraq rank higher on this year’s Failed States Index. The country is run by a military obsessed with — and, for… Continue Reading
SPIEGEL ONLINE George Soros on the Euro Crisis With the EU summit set to start on Thursday, pressure is on European leaders to find a way out of the euro crisis. Investor George Soros is pessimistic that a solution will… Continue Reading
Analysis by Marwaan Macan-Markar BANGKOK, Jun 26 2012 (IPS) – The just-ended United Nations sustainable development summit in Rio de Janeiro has exposed the discomfort that many developing Asian countries have over buzz words like ?green economy? and ?green growth?… Continue Reading
By Joseph Stiglitz* , Financial Times US inequality is at its highest point for nearly a century. Those at the top ? no matter how you slice it ? are enjoying a larger share of the national pie; the number… Continue Reading
Editorial Presseurop; Gian Paolo Accardo* Slowly but surely ACTA is being pushed towards the waste paper basket. On 21 June, the European parliament?s International Trade Committee recommended rejecting the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, aligning its position with the views already expressed… Continue Reading
By IPS Correspondents Jun 25 2012 (IPS) – It?s the type of honour roll that journalists would prefer not to be on.
By ERIC SCHMITT ? The New York Times WASHINGTON ? A small number of C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government,… Continue Reading
By Thalif Deen RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 21 (IPS) As the global population threatens to explode ? from the current seven billion to over nine billion by mid-century ? the sharp increase in humans not only means overcrowded cities but… Continue Reading
By Martin Wolf ? Financial Times ?Marry in haste; repent at leisure.? Full of impetuous ardour, Germany?s partners seduced ? some might say blackmailed ? the continent?s most powerful economy into sacrificing monetary independence two decades ago. But, as the… Continue Reading
By Sabina Zaccaro 21 June (IPS-Terraviva) It?s 1992. Baby Vusumzi lives with his mother, Mavis, in a small house in a black township called Thornhill, one of the places blacks were moved to during apartheid. Vusumzi?s father has just died… Continue Reading
Analysis by Julio Godoy RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 20 (TerraViva) The clich? that mammoth summits like Rio+20 are ?too big to succeed? can also be applied to the megacities of our day such as Rio de Janeiro: they are simply… Continue Reading
Patrick Wintour in Los Cabos – The Guardian Angela Merkel poised to remove opposition to direct lending by rescue fund in move seen as step towards sharing debt burden
Gideon Rachman – Financial Times The night before the Greek elections, Athens exploded in joy. The Greek national team had won an unexpected victory at the European football championships. In the next round, with delicious symbolism, Greece will play Germany.
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 18 2012 (IPS) – U.N. Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner believes that he and the Rio+20 People?s Summit agree that the global economic model has caused the current environmental destruction. But the… Continue Reading
Wolf Richter* – www.testosteronepit.com Practically every car sold in the US contains Chinese-made components. But suddenly, in the middle of a heated presidential campaign, the Obama administration decided to do something about it.
Eric Maurice* – Editorial Presseurop On May 7, in the aftermath of the second round of the French presidential contest and the first of what subsequently proved to be two general elections in Greece, Presseurop wondered, ?Which election was the… Continue Reading