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TNI fellows, staff and consultants who are quoted, interviewed, featured or published in other media outlets. Please note that as many of our network also work for other organisations, we do not assume to take credit for all of these media "hits."

Americas Policy Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)

More than 800 representatives from organizations throughout the Americas made their way to the northern city of La Esperanza, Honduras to take a strong stand against the militarization of their nations and communities. Following three days of workshops, the participants read their final declaration in front of the gates of the U.S. Army Base at Palmerola, Honduras, just hours from the conference site. The first demand on the list was to close down this and all U.S. military bases in Latin America and the Caribbean.

October 2008
New Scientist No 2678
Cites Susan George as TNI

THE graphs climbing across these pages (see graph in detail, or explore the data) are a stark reminder of the crisis facing our planet. Consumption of resources is rising rapidly, biodiversity is plummeting and just about every measure shows humans affecting Earth on a vast scale. Most of us accept the need for a more sustainable way to live, by reducing carbon emissions, developing renewable technology and increasing energy efficiency.

But are these efforts to save the planet doomed?

October 2008
Media for Freedom
Cites Walden Bello

It is true that the bursting of the housing bubble started the financial crisis that is rocking the world right now. But the bursting of the housing bubble in itself and by itself is not big enough to trigger the kind of financial crash that the world is witnessing right now. Something else is going on which is much bigger and which, increasingly, looks like it could lead to a serious economic recession and, possibly, even to something similar to the Great Depression which, in 1929, started with the collapse of the stock market.

October 2008

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The article was originally published by Studies in Social Justice, Volume 1, Issue 1, Winter 2007.

October 2008
Inter Press Service
Cites Walden Bello

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (IPS) - Beyond the sound and fury at the rallies and violence at recent protests here in Thai capital, a larger, more painful struggle over how to resolve deep divisions in electoral democracy continues -- and may well reshape politics in this South-east Asian country.

For some five months now, Thais have been following the protests staged by the anti-government, conservative group called People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to try to unseat the government led by Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat.

Like his predecessor Samak Sundaravej who ha

October 2008
The Olympian
Cites Phyllis Bennis as TNI

Middle East occupations will be the focus of a three-day Peace Works conference in Olympia this Friday through Sunday.

The theme of the third annual event is "Dual Occupations: Sovereignty and freedom from Iraq to Palestine."

The event is hosted by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, an organization named after a former student at The Evergreen State College who was killed in 2003 while trying to protect Palestinian homes from being bulldozed.

Her parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie, formed the foundation to keep their daughter's wor

October 2008
Cites TNI

Drogen-Schlaraffenland Afghanistan: Um dem illegalen Opiumhandel im Land am Hindukusch ein Ende zu setzen, soll künftig ausländisches Militär direkt am Kampf gegen die Opiumproduktion beteiligt werden. Das zumindest fordert der Nato-Oberbefehlshaber Europas, John Craddock, zusammen mit den USA, Großbritannien, Kanada und den Niederlanden. Deutschland, Italien und Spanien hingegen stehen dem Vorstoß kritisch gegenüber. Aus gutem Grund: Mit den Mohnfeldern würden auch die Existenzen vieler Bauern zerstört werden.

October 2008
Cites Praful Bidwai

Srinagar, Oct 10: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani Friday right to self-determination (RSD) is the only solution for resolving Kashmir dispute not the bilateral or trilateral talks.

“There will be no bilateral or trilateral talks.

October 2008
Alter Net
Cites Walden Bello

A survey of what some of the best thinkers believe we're facing in the coming months and years -- and the best ways to prevent complete disaster.

As the financial crisis gains steam, moving from overextended American households to global banking giants, fear of a major crash is spreading. Talk of "Another Great Depression" has entered the mainstream discourse, 1 out of 6 homeowners are "under water" -- owing more to the banks than their houses are worth -- and $2 trillion of retirement wealth has evaporated over the course of a few short months.

October 2008
Cites John Cavanagh

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 7, 2008)-World leaders and private financiers descend upon Washington, D.C. this week to discuss the plight of the world's poor at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Robin Broad, co-author of Development Redefined: How the Market Met its Match and expert on globalization and development at AU's School of International Service, says there are alternatives to the free-market approaches used for decades by the World Bank to try to catalyze "development."

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October 2008
Attac France

A quoi peut servir une séance plénière de clôture d’une Université ? Et, plus précisément, à quoi peuvent servir les dernières interventions politiques prononcées ? Tout redire serait impossible. S’agit-il de présenter une synthèse ? Ce serait présomptueux. Aussi, après l’intervention de Juan Chavez qui a replacé notre combat dans une vision internationaliste, je vais me limiter à essayer de repérer quelques-uns des points les plus significatifs des questions que nous nous posons et des ébauches de réponses que nous formulons.

October 2008
Inter Press Service
Cites Ricardo Soberon as TNI

SATIPO, Peru, Oct 6 (IPS) - Small farmers from Peru’s impoverished Andean highlands provinces of Ayacucho are moving into indigenous land in the country’s central jungle region to grow coca.

The growing numbers of people occupying land in the traditional territories of Amazon jungle communities are driving away members of the groups, who fear drug traffickers and guerrillas that operate as allies in the area.

The areas that are being encroached upon are along the Apurímac and Ene river valleys, a region known by the acronym VRAE, which comprises t

October 2008
The Macau Daily
Cites Susan George as TNI

More than 20,000 anti-globalisation activists are due in the Swedish town of Malmoe this week to take part in the European Social Forum, hoping to breathe new life into a movement many say is rapidly losing speed.

The anti-globalisation movement entered the political scene in 1999 with loud protests on the sidelines of the World Trade Organisation meeting in Seattle -- promoting democracy, economic justice and environmental protection -- but activists admit its influence has waned in recent years and the movement is now struggling to regain its former d

October 2008

Fond rouge et poing levé : ce n'est pas une affiche pour un meeting de la LCR, mais celle de l'université d'été des chefs d'entreprise dans les Bouches-du-Rhône. L'Union pour les entreprises (UPE 13 - Medef) attend 1 500 à 2 000 patrons demain à l'école de management Euromed Mar­seille, à Luminy.

Pour la huitième édition de son université, l'UPE lance officiellement le thème « Travailleuses, travailleurs, unissons-nous ». « On ne se donne pas de limite dans le débat, explique Stéphan Brousse, président de l'UPE 13, arborant comme tous ses vice-présidents un polo rouge.

October 2008
The Palestine Chronicle
Quotes Jochen Hipler

Seven years after 9/11, hostility towards the US remains at shocking levels in the Muslim world where the US has followed a double standard policy. Its relationship with the Muslim nations has been based on a kind of hegemony which had taken shape in the Cold War era and continued in the post-Cold War period.

During the Cold War era the US followed the Truman doctrine of containment to limit and prevent Soviet expansionism.

October 2008
Christian Science Monitor
Quotes Boris Kagarlitsky

Moscow - In the 1990s, few listened to Alexander Dugin.

But this shaggy-bearded ultranationalist has come a long way from those days as a lonely pamphleteer. Then, amid the ruins of the Soviet Union, he forecast that Russia's inevitable return to great power status would be via Georgia.

Once derided by Russia's pro-Western elites, Mr. Dugin now looks like a geopolitical prophet.

October 2008
Cites Boris Kagarlitsky

(RTTNews) - Kuwait's official news agency, KUNA has quoted a Russian official as saying that oil prices may fall to $40 per barrel by 2010.

Boris Kagarlitsky, director of the Institute of Globalization Studies and Social Movements, also predicted continued dwindling of oil prices due to government policies to reserve energy sources and products.

The recent surge in prices was created by speculations in the oil market and not because of the increase in demand, according to him.

He tried to substantiate his point by citing the disproportionate levels

October 2008
El Pais

In the last decade, the left has taken power by democratic means in several Latin American countries. But we should rather speak of ‘the lefts’ in the plural as one of the key features of this enormous transformation is the wide variety of progressive forces in government, ranging from more or less classic social democrats – Michelle Bachelet in Chile – to a sort of populism with authoritarian tendencies – Hugo Chávez’s regime in Venezuela – through political strategies of quite difficult classification – such as Lula’s government in Brazil.

October 2008

De kredietcrisis blijft ongelofelijke ontwikkelingen vertonen.

October 2008
International Herald Tribune
Quotes Phyllis Bennis

Here's John McCain's model for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, enunciated in a television interview this week: "Teddy Roosevelt - speak softly and carry a big stick."

"I am a Teddy Roosevelt Republican," he said.

As the U.S. presidential election campaign draws into its final stretch, that remark says as much about McCain's world view as do his campaign speeches listing foreign policy credentials, the places he has visited and the many foreign leaders he has met.

October 2008