Issue No. 249 (May 2011)
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Rich Countries Fail the World's Poorest
the world's poorest countries
A United Nations summit to assist the least developed countries
ended with new pledges, but the results were really disappointing.
adopts Istanbul Declaration, no new aid pledged
The Istanbul Declaration reaffirmed solidarity with the poorest
nations, but there were no fresh development aid commitments.
liberalisation criticised in LDC Conference panel
Enabling the LDCs to harness the development
potential of trade was the subject of a high-level session at the Istanbul
By Sanya Smith
The Istanbul meeting saw greater cooperation among
the LDCs themselves and between them and the rest of the developing
voices have not been heard...'
The Istanbul Declaration of the Civil
Society Forum held in conjunction with LDC-IV expresses civil society
activists’ deep disappointment.
rural roots of poverty and hunger in LDCs
Sustainable agriculture may solve the
problem of poverty in the LDCs caused by a decaying farming sector.
By Johannes Reichert
African state must be back in the saddle
Recent calls emanating from Africa urge the state to play a central strategic part in
time to listen to nature
Why should we only respect the laws
of human beings and not those of nature, asks Bolivia's UN representative?
By Pablo Solón
dams approved in Patagonia Chile
strong opposition, the authorities have decided to proceed with a major
dam project in southern Chile despite
the huge environmental, social and economic costs involved.
change: Neck deep in the Big Muddy
Even as the US continues to
be ravaged by the effects of climate change, it is still in a state
should not take a new IMF loan
needs external financing, but it should resist a loan from the IMF,
which does not seem to have abandoned its core fundamental tenets.
exit: Yemen's existential crisis
There is no sign of the crisis in Yemen
abating as its President refuses to step down.
By Sheila Carapico
Nakba protests: A taste of the future
Why this year's marches by Palestinians
to commemorate Nakba presage a crucial phase in their epic struggle
By Jonathan Cook
violence in Mexico: Eight theses and many questions
Mexico has descended
into a spiral of uncontrollable and unimaginable violence as a result
of its President’s decision to launch a war against drug cartels at
the behest of the US.
By Paco Ignacio Taibo II
refugee mothers fall through the cracks in Bangladesh
Burmese Rohingya mothers in Bangladeshi refugee camps survive by taking
refuge in each other.
By Misha Hussain
issues missing from election manifestos
On the eve of South Africa's
18 May local elections, women's issues are glaringly absent from the
manifestos of the contending parties.
By Zukiswa Zimela
of novelty with nostalgia
The British royal wedding of Prince
William and Kate Middleton was a festival of exclusion which denied
the reality that exists behind the image of impeccable decor.
By Jeremy Seabrook
complicit in rise of xenophobia in Europe
European media mostly present
migrants as destabilising Europe's
labour markets and welfare states.
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