JULY and AUGUST 2011 Combined Issue

AddThis Social Bookmark Button


CONSIDER THIS: Poor Judgement and Partisan Attacks Trump Sound Policy

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Ernest Corea* in Washington DC

Reports of stocks plummeting and investor confidence diminishing dominated news cycles even as President Barack Obama attempted to reassure fellow-Americans – and the world – that their confidence in the country's continuing strength would endure.

Read more...

DEVELOPMENT: Poor Countries Shedding the Yoke of Marginalization

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Mirjam van Reisen in Brussels*

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is exploring new relationships in order to claim its rightful position in global institutions and act as a spokesperson for the world's poor and less powerful nations.

Read more...

DEVELOPMENT: How Europe Could Help Plug Oil Spills in Africa

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Jaya Ramachandran

A new study is asking the European Parliament, European Union member states and European civil society organizations to push for regulatory measures targeted at Europe-based companies engaged in oil exploration in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Read more...

DEVELOPMENT: Farmers and Scientists as Partners Against Hunger

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Ernest Corea

Disturbing forecasts of continuing food price increases and the potential for debilitating hunger afflicting the world's poor served as the backdrop to World Bank President Robert Zoellick's exhortations on July 6 at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

Read more...

DEVELOPMENT: Droughts Do Not Happen Overnight

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Ramesh Jaura

As the international community struggled to provide all possible assistance to more than 11 million people in Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Kenya – adversely affected by the lack of food and long spell of drought – Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Luc Gnacadja, drew attention to an often ignored fact that "droughts do not happen overnight."

Read more...

MIDDLE EAST: Palestinians Want UN to Counter 'Peace Process' Flop

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Ernest Corea in Washington DC

On August 16, the Middle East Quartet (European Union, Russia, UN, and the U.S.), directed a cotton-wool soft rebuke at the Government of Israel for its decision to authorize new house-building in Jerusalem and Ariel.

Read more...

MIDDLE EAST: UN Will Count 194 Members If Palestine Gets In

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Bernhard Schell

The outcome of Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' plans to achieve full membership for the state of Palestine in the United Nations in September is far from certain in the face of strong U.S. and Israeli reservations. But the Palestinians remain upbeat.

Read more...

ASIA AND THE WORLD: Atomic Test Ban Crucial to Nuke Free World

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Taro Ichikawa in Tokyo

When the world commemorates the International Day against Nuclear Tests for the second time on August 29, it would have reasons to rejoice at the progress made toward a nuclear-weapon-free world, and at the same time take note of roadblocks ahead before that goal is achieved.

Read more...

ASIA AND THE WORLD: Why Nukes Cast No Shadow on Indian Psyche

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Jayita Sarkar in New Delhi*

In the wake of the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal of 2008 allowing India to engage in civilian nuclear trade, protest movements have emerged in several sites chosen for the construction of new nuclear power plants. India is aiming to establish at least thirty nuclear reactors and derive a quarter of its electricity needs from nuclear energy by 2050.

Read more...

ASIA AND THE WORLD: Pakistan Rock Firm Against New Nuclear Treaty

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By J. C. Suresh in Toronto*

Pakistan is standing like a rock in the surf resisting growing international pressure to endorse a global treaty that would ban production of fissile material used as fuel for nuclear weapons. Reiterating its adamant opposition, Pakistan has warned that it would boycott any process to negotiate a U.S.-backed treaty outside the deadlocked UN Conference on Disarmament (CD), the sole negotiating forum for multilateral disarmament.

Read more...

ASIA AND THE WORLD: A 'New Gandhi' Challenges India's Neo-Liberal Elite

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Amaresh Misra in Lucknow*

Till a chubby, fragile, ageing Gandhian Anna Hazare reminded India the power of mass movements, several myths about political action had built up, especially since the beginning of the liberalisation era in the early 1990s. The media today would like to see itself as the harbinger of the revival of the Indian street. But this same media, over the past two decades was painting an entirely different picture.

Read more...

ASIA AND THE WORLD: China Alone Abides by Commitments to World's Poorest

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Raúl de Sagastizabal in Montevideo*

The WTO member countries are moving towards the Eighth Ministerial Conference in Doha next December, again with no concrete results, even on issues relating to least-developed Countries (LDCs), recognized by the member countries' ambassadors in the informal meeting of last July 26.

Read more...

ASIA AND THE WORLD: China Unprepared for Climate Disasters

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Taro Ichikawa

China has been fighting two prolonged dry spells and the ongoing floods that have caused havoc in central and eastern parts of the country this year. The second spell of drought in the Yangtze River basin was followed by devastating floods with an enormously adverse economic impact.

Read more...

CIVIL SOCIETY: Faith Injects Hope in Crisis Situations

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Karina Boeckmann

BERLIN - Whether it goes down in the history of the United Nations as a milestone or not, the world body's "refugee agency" UNHCR has taken a significant step by acknowledging that when natural disasters and violent conflicts uproot entire communities and hope is slipping away, faith is the last straw at which the displaced and the forlorn clutch.

Read more...

VIEWPOINT: Japan Responding Creatively To Crisis

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Daisaku Ikeda*

The human spirit has a truly remarkable capacity – the ability to generate hope from the most devastating of crises. This ability to create value can be seen in the response to the earthquake that struck Japan on March 11.

Read more...

CSR: When Social Responsibility is Not Just a Buzzword

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By Taro Ichikawa in Tokyo
 IDN-InDepth NewsFeature

Corporate social responsibility is not just a buzzword for Isao Mizuno. It is a commitment he and his 95 employees translate into practice day in and day out. Mizuno is the president of Chiyoda Unyu, a transportation company in western Tokyo.

Read more...

QR Code

QR Code

SECOND QUARTERLY 2013



FIRST QUARTERLY 2013



December 2012



August 2012



April-Mai 2012



February-March 2012



January 2012



Nov./December 2011



September/October 2011



June 2011



May 2011



March/April 2011



February 2011



January 2011




Powered by Easytagcloud v2.1
Follow Us
Find us on linkedin
Find us on Facebook