Israel’s Undeserving Poor

By SHMUEL ROSNER *? The New Times TEL AVIV ? In mid-December, a report by the National Insurance Institute and the Central Bureau of Statistics reported that Israel?s poverty rate was shamefully high: 23.5 percent. It found that one-fifth of… Continue Reading

The Coming Intifada

By ALI JARBAWI`* ? The New York Times RAMALLAH, West Bank ? These days, life appears to be going along as normal for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Appearances can be deceptive, however. Prior to the 1987 intifada,… Continue Reading

A Christian Peace?

by Johan Galtung* ? TRANSCEND Media Service, EDITORIAL What a Christmas gift to all of us from that amazing Pope Francis, his first Message for the World Day of Peace, Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace. A tightly reasoned… Continue Reading

When NATO Leaves Afghanistan

By Giuliano Battiston JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Dec 18 2013 (IPS) – Afghanistan?s 30 million people are deeply divided over whether President Hamid Karzai should sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Washington that will allow U.S. military operations to continue in… Continue Reading

The elusive European army

Jan Rood | Kees Homan – De Volkskrant Amsterdam In both militarily intervention and investment in the defense industry, Europeans lack coordination and have lost credibility. Yet, after the French intervention in the Central African Republic, the issue has returned… Continue Reading

Slamming the NSA

Bob Dreyfuss – The Nation The National Security Agency (NSA) and its high-tech spying cohorts have been slammed by a federal judge and, if a report in Politico is to be believed, the presidential commission set up earlier this year… Continue Reading

?We Can, And Must, End Poverty?

By Erik Solheim* – IDN-InDepth NewsDocument While the international community has learned much about what works in terms of reducing poverty, and the world is on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of… Continue Reading

Where Is the Global Economy Heading?

By Johan Galtung* WASHINGTON, Dec 2013 (IPS) – In a passage in Charles Darwin?s The Voyage of the Beagle, he condemns an egalitarian native people at the tip of South America to remain primitive.

Renewable energy: The Feldheim model

Helmut Uwer – Neue Z?rcher Zeitung, Zurich This village near Berlin is the only place in Germany that is completely autonomous in terms of energy supply. Thanks to wind turbines in their backyard and an independent grid, residents pay minimum… Continue Reading