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, by BELLO Walden

Asia: the coming fury

Foreign Policy In Focus

With the sudden end of the export era, East Asia may be entering a period of radical protest and social revolution that went out of style when export-oriented industrialization became the fashion three decades ago, writes Walden Bello.
As goods pile up in wharves from Bangkok to Shanghai, and (...)

, by Alternative Information Center

After Gaza

Interview with Michael Warschawski

What are the larger implications of the current ceasefire between Gaza and Israel and why do you think it happened right now?
The timing of the cease-fire agreement has two reasons. One, a cease-fire was necessary for Israel because there was a fear that what could be seen as a successful (...)

, by Crises

World Social Forum: Resolution and a Plan of Action

The World Social Forum ended its ninth edition on February 1 in Belém with its "Assembly of assemblies" adopting dozens of resolutions and proposals to be the subjects of a programme of mobilisations around the world in 2009.
The 21 thematic assemblies thus broke the apparent WSF taboo on (...)

, by Le Monde diplomatique

Afghanistan: chaos central

Chris Sands

A correspondent looks back at the deterioration across the country over the past three years: the resurgence of both the Taliban and the old corrupt elites, the failure of the occupation forces, and the worsening conditions of life for everybody else.
As the summer of 2005 faded, everyone in (...)

How Many Divisions?

Uri AVNERY

Nearly seventy years ago, in the course of World War II, a heinous crime was committed in the city of Leningrad. For more than a thousand days, a gang of extremists called “the Red Army” held the millions of the town’s inhabitants hostage and provoked retaliation from the German Wehrmacht from (...)

, by Amis de la Terre International (FOEI)

Who benefits from GM crops?

feeding the biotech giants, not the world’s poor

Friends of the Earth International warned today that biotech crops are benefiting biotech food giants instead of small farmers and the world’s hungry population, which due to the food crisis is projected to increase to 1.2 billion by the year 2025. [1]
The warning was issued in a new report [2] (...)

, by AfricaFiles

The battle for coltan rages in the Congo

Catherine Morand, swissinfo

A human catastrophe threatens the Congo In Kivu, in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, war has broken out again, bringing atrocities and displaced persons in its wake. At stake: the control of the fabulous reserves of coltan, a highly prized mineral fought over by all the major (...)

, by BLIN Arnaud, MARIN Gustavo

The UN and World Governance

FnWG, Forum for a new World Governance, January 2009, 31p.

Ever since it was established in the wake of World War II, the UN has asserted itself as one of the pillars of postwar world governance. It could even be said that at the institutional level, the United Nations constitutes the pillar of world governance: no other international organization (...)

What Amazonia Does the World Need?

Seminar organized by the Forum for a new World Governance and IBASE, Rio de Janeiro, May 2008

Although Amazonia is a concentrate of all possible dangers, not only to its inhabitants but also for the planet’s ecological balances, it also represents a territory for life and the future. The game is not over. In this dawning of the twenty-first century, it is poised to become one of those (...)

, by UNESCO

Racism is a mutant

Doudou Diène, Le Courrier de l’Unesco n° 10, 2008

Xenophobia and racism are intellectual constructs that have taken root in the human mind over the centuries. Legal measures are proving inadequate, as they only touch the visible tip of the iceberg. An intellectual strategy is needed, in order to reach into the historical and cultural depths of (...)

, by KLEIN Naomi

Israel: Boycott, Divest, Sanction

It’s time. Long past time. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.
In July 2005 a huge coalition of Palestinian groups laid out plans to do just that. They called (...)

, by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)

The Dark Side of Cyberspace: Inside the sweatshops of China’s Computer Hardware Production

Jenny Chan, Charles Ho, SOMO, Weed (World Economy, Ecology & Development), Procure IT Fair, December 2008

China is currently the world’s largest producer of electronic products. As in other developing economies, the transformation in electronics has been characterized by rapid upgrading from lowcost consumer goods to higher-technology items. Today, information technology (IT) is predominant – for (...)

, by Oxfam International

Operationalising participatory research and gender analysis

Development in Practice, Volume 18, Numbers 4&5, August 2008

Participatory research approaches are increasingly popular with scientists working for poverty alleviation, sustainable rural development, and social change. This introduction offers an overview of the special issue of Development in Practice journal on the theme of ’operationalising (...)

, by Institut de recherche et débat sur la gouvernance (IRG)

Civil Society Intervention in the Reform of Global Public Policy

Proceedings from the IRG/Ford Foundation international seminar, Paris, 17-18-19th of April 2007

Civil society actors throughout the world are increasingly involved in public policy making, on the national as well as the international level. Their strategies and impact was the theme of an international seminar held in Paris in 2007, jointly organized by the Institute for Research and (...)

, by Grain

Seized: The 2008 landgrab for food and financial security

Today’s food and financial crises have, in tandem, triggered a new global land grab. On the one hand, “food insecure” governments that rely on imports to feed their people are snatching up vast areas of farmland abroad for their own offshore food production. On the other hand, food corporations (...)

, by Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Cultivating Violence through Technology? Exploring the Connections Between Information Communication Technologies and Violence Against Women

Jac sm Kee, APC WNSP (Women’s networking support programme), 2005

In recent years, information communication technologies (ICTs) and violence against women (VAW) have become intricately entwined. This paper examines how ’new ICTs’ - digital technologies like the internet, multimedia and wireless phones - facilitate or enable a culture of VAW in the areas of (...)