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, by SACSIS

On South Africa Becoming a BRIC: Don’t Get a Brick Thrown at You

Saliem Fakir

On the international scene South Africa plays diplomacy for high stakes. Often in the name of Africa and for itself, but this may receive some heckles from those who know that the game of diplomacy is mostly about enlightened self-interest, as the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables more than capably (…)

, by Tehelka

Still No Country For Good Men

The Binayak Sen story has been about sending out a message, not facts or justice.

On 24 December 2010, Dr Binayak Sen — a man who has now become a cause célèbre across the country — was sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, for “conspiracy to commit sedition”. Sen had worked for 30 years with the tribal poor in the state both as a doctor (…)

, by Frontline

A case of freedom

Two recent judicial interventions on the exercise of freedom of expression have given rise to some uneasiness. Judge Navita Kumari Bagha, Metropolitan Magistrate of the Patiala Courts, New Delhi, delivered on November 27 a 12-page order that sought to reverse years of free-speech jurisprudence (…)

, by NARAIN Sunita

Deal won, stakes lost

Cancum deal shifts burden on developing countries not developed

Last fortnight we discussed the clandestine endgame afoot at Cancun to change the framework of the climate change negotiations to suit big and powerful polluters.
Since then Cancun has concluded and a deal, in the form of a spate of agreements, has been gavelled into existence by the chair. (…)

, by LINKS

Why calls for a ban on the wearing of the burqa help the racists

The following presentation was delivered to a packed meeting in inner-city Sydney on November 24, 2010. Pip Hinman was one of two local residents to organise the "town hall" meeting in response to community concern at far-right Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile’s bill to "ban face coverings" and a (…)

, by ETC Group

The Big Downturn? Nanogeopolitics

The Big Downturn? Nanogeopolitics, ETC Group’s new 68-page report on global governance of nanoscale technologies, is an update of our 2005 Nanogeopolitics survey. In the intervening five years, policymakers – some kicking and screaming – have begun to acknowledge that fast-tracking nanotech has (…)

, by Pesticide Action Network (PAN)

Global land grabbing, eroding food sovereignty

by Ros-b Guzman - December 2010

Land grabbing in massive proportions is happening all over the world, threatening not only the survival of small farms but the very food sovereignty of nations. Prospective foreign buyers and speculators are justifying the land rush with the continuing global food crisis, rising energy demand (…)

, by European Trade Union Institute

The public sector in the crisis

Against the background of governments’ consolidation strategies, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) researcher Vera Glassner provides an overview of recent developments in terms of pay, employment and reforms of the pay system in the public sector. Cuts and freezes of public sector wages were (…)

, by Action Aid International

ActionAid exposes tax dodging by brewing giant SABMiller

Giant multinational brewer SABMiller – the company that owns Grolsch, Peroni, Miller and Castle – is avoiding an estimated £20m of taxes in Africa and India every year, enough money to educate a quarter-of-a-million African children, according to a new report released today by the international (…)

, by CETRI

Walking With The Comrades

In february 2010, quietly, unannounced, Arundhati Roy decided to visit the forbidding and forbidden precincts of Central India’s Dandakaranya Forests, home to a melange of tribespeople many of whom have taken up arms to protect their people against state-backed marauders and exploiters. She (…)

, by IIED

Questions & Answers with Krystyna Swiderska on the Nagoya Protocol

Last month, after 18 years of negotiations and more than 2 weeks of tense discussions in Nagoya, Japan, the world finally struck a deal on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing. The agreement — the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Equitable Sharing of Benefits — was, (…)

, by Alternatives International

Iraqi Women: Lost Liberties

According to a UN report entitled "Iraq 2010 Humanitarian Action Plan" (2010), overall security in Iraq has begun to stabilize and the presence of humanitarian actors has had a positive impact on the observance of human rights in the country. There has been a significant decrease in violent and (…)

, by SACSIS

On Migrants and Movement

There are currently about 200 million people living outside their countries of birth. Worldwide the rate of migration grew at six percent a year during the 1990s, a rate faster than population growth as a whole. Better opportunities for employment are among the main reasons people choose to (…)

, by Infochange

Renewable energies as big business opportunities?

Biomass and biogas are the cheap, decentralised renewable energies to choose for India. But the ministry of renewable energies — and the technocrats and entrepreneurs surrounding it — appear to favour hi-tech solutions such as grid solar power, with only a few exceptions such as the project to (…)

, by London Review of Books

Public Diplomacy 2.0

On a balmy evening in April 2009 Barham Salih, then deputy prime minister of Iraq, sat in the garden of his Baghdad villa while a young internet entrepreneur called Jack Dorsey tried to persuade him that he needed to be on Twitter. Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, was in Baghdad at the invitation (…)

, by Grain

Pakistan: Corporate hybrid seeds flood efforts in agricultural reconstruction

by Roots for Equity, PANAP and GRAIN - 07 December 2010

The flooding that submerged nearly a fifth of Pakistan starting in July this year displaced about 20 million people and killed nearly 2,000. This number of people whose property and livelihoods were destroyed surpassed the number of combined victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, 2005 (…)

, by The Hindu

Little hope left for right to recycle

Clambering over garbage heaps, rummaging through trash cans, 13-year-old Supriya Bhadakwad didn’t set out to save the planet, just her family. But two decades later, in the global arena of climate negotiations, she and other rag-pickers are making their voices heard, tilting with big corporate (…)

, by NARAIN Sunita

Is bamboo a tree or a grass?

The definition is contested as the answer has immense economic implications. If bamboo is a tree or timber, it belongs to the forest department and can be auctioned to the paper and pulp industry, often at throwaway rates.
If it is a grass, then it would be classified as a minor forest produce (…)