Issue No. 255/256 (Nov/Dec 2011)
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A death knell for equity?
ushers in new UN climate talks without an equitable framework
The latest UN negotiations on climate change in Durban have further
undermined the prospects of realising a truly equitable and just international
treaty to tackle global warming.
By Martin Khor
clash of paradigms in Durban
The deep differences which emerged during the climate negotiations
in Durban were papered over with an ambiguous compromise.
By Meena Raman
of Kyoto Protocol still shrouded in uncertainty
Official claims that the Durban conference registered a success
in securing a second round of emission cuts under the Kyoto Protocol
By Chee Yoke Ling
flagrant violation of practice and procedure
At Durban, the Chair of a working group blatantly disregarded proper
procedures and the strong concerns of many developing countries in presenting
his report of his group's deliberations.
on Green Climate Fund adopted
A report on the debate and decisions on the Green Climate Fund –
a major issue at Durban.
learned from the financial crisis: A cautionary tale for the Green Climate
As the design, purpose and modalities of the Green Climate Fund
were debated in Durban and its final shape is worked out in the coming
year, there are some key lessons to learn from the financial crisis.
By FOE US
I targets: A disappearing act
There are potential loopholes in the emission cut pledges under
the Kyoto Protocol by the developed countries and countries with economies
By Payal Parekh
Durban package: 'Laisser faire, laisser passer'
The free market regime of measures adopted by the climate change
conferences to tackle global warming will fail to stem an increase in
temperatures beyond the critical 2°C.
By Pablo Solon
climate zombie tripped by dying carbon markets
Basing the Green Climate Fund on market mechanisms, specifically
carbon markets, is a recipe for disaster.
By Patrick Bond
Thailand has endured a perfect storm of factors, both natural and
man-made, that have starkly exposed the consequences of poor planning
By Bundit Kertbundit
governments delay the Xayaburi Dam pending further study
goal is to persuade the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and
Vietnam to permanently scrap all the 11 Mekong dams in the pipeline.
free trade pacts face opposition in Asia
Asian governments which seek to enter into free trade agreements
with the US have to face strong resistance at home.
By Chee Yoke Heong
retail firms in India
The Indian government's move to open up the country's retail market
to foreign direct investment provoked widespread protests.
By Jayati Ghosh
It's not public-sector deficits that are at fault for the euro crisis
- it's the policies that have enabled the financial sector to wield
so much power.
By Rick Rowden
Prime Minister David Cameron's refusal to endorse the fiscal straitjacket
proposed by the EU to resolve the Euro crisis is intelligible in the
context of his party's higher allegiance to London's financial markets.
of the backyard
The establishment of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean
States (CELAC), a new regional bloc that excludes both the US and Canada,
is a truly historic development.
By Benjamin Dangl
US foreign policy has now taken an ominous turn, with the primary
focus of its military strategy no longer on terrorism, but on the containment
By Michael T Klare
the West helped invent Russia's election fraud
The West was actively complicity in Russian election fraud, in creating
the template still used today by Putin.
By Alexander Zaitchik
and Mark Ames
intervention ends with scarcely a whimper
The fact that there was no fanfare in the US to herald the end of
the Iraq war is a telling commentary on how differently the war is viewed
By Jim Lobe
online repository of decades of police terror in Guatemala
The process of bringing to justice those responsible for taking
the lives of 250,000 in Guatemala’s 36-year counterinsurgency conflict
has picked up in recent years.
By Danilo Valladares
up guns for motherhood
Difficult choices face hundreds of Nepali women who were part of
the Maoist armed resistance and its decade-long war for justice and
equality and are now returning to civilian life.
Fanon and the current multiple crises
The writings of Frantz Fanon (20 July 1925-6 December 1961) on colonialism
have a continuing relevance for Third World countries as they confront
a variety of crises.
By Mireille Fanon Mendes-France
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