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    “Freedom” – what a pleasant word!

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    28 January 2010
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    If freedom is defined by a state’s non-participation in economic processes, as the Heritage Foundation suggests, then Haiti today would win first prize, as after the earthquake, it has no government at all.

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    A pragmatic ruler

    Praful Bidwai
    26 January 2010
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    Jyoti Basu gave the Indian Left parties a unique perspective on practical politics and acquired an unmatched national stature and universal respect.

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    Afghanistan: this war won't work

    Phyllis Bennis
    26 January 2010
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    Obama's announced troops escalation will not bring security to Afghans, it won't turn Afghanistan into a democracy, and it won't make the US safer.

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    Energy and Climate Change: C+

    Daphne Wysham
    22 January 2010
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    In his first few months in office, Obama did take some significant actions to address climate change, but failed to follow through.

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    Honduras: The preventive coup (Final Part)

    Saul Landau, Nelson Valdes
    21 January 2010
    Article

    Zelaya's biggest sin was proposing, through a non-binding referendum, a Constitutional convention to consider structural change.

  6. Ten years later: challenges and proposals for another possible world

    Susan George
    21 January 2010
    Article

    The WSF must work to strengthen and deepen the alliance of social movements with environmental campaigners, that was forged in Copenhagen, and broaden the alliance to include peace and conflict organisations as well.

     
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    China: The Prince of Denmark

    Walden Bello
    21 January 2010
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    Like Hamlet, Shakespeare's conflicted Prince of Denmark, China was caught between conflicting currents in Copenhagen. Its failure to manage these challenges led to its biggest diplomatic debacle in years.

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    The modernization trap

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    21 January 2010
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    The peculiar form of capitalism that has developed in Russia is incompatible with modernization and democracy alike.

  9. Haiti, Again?

    Phyllis Bennis
    20 January 2010
    Article

    The marginalisation of the UN and the militarisation of the US aid effort in Haiti reflect how humanitarian needs take a back seat to the Pentagon's priorities.

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    Change can be tougher than hope

    John Cavanagh
    19 January 2010
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    The Obama administration can learn from its first year's setbacks to guide the country in the right direction in 2010.

  11. Haiti's Classquake

    Jeb Sprague
    18 January 2010
    Article

    The 'classquake' in Haiti today is compounded by decades of capitalist globalization and U.S. intervention.

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    India’s non-aligned policy

    Praful Bidwai
    18 January 2010
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    Contrary to some current criticisms, non-alignment was a logical, rational and ethical response to polarisation and inequity, that allowed India to pursue its national interest while providing moral-political leadership to the global South.

     
  13. The China-Asean Free Trade Area: Propaganda and Reality

    Walden Bello
    18 January 2010
    Article

    Despite the official propaganda, the China-Asean free trade agreement that came into effect on January 1, 2010, will benefit China, but is likely to disadvantage the Asean Countries.

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    The three legacies of Darwin

    Achin Vanaik
    14 January 2010
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    The legacy of Darwin is not only the knowledge that there is a biological continuum between the animal and the human worlds, but also that there is a link between culture and nature. If only mainstream economics could learn from the life sciences which Darwin did so much to nourish, it might recognise that you cannot have unlimited growth in a finite world.

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    The struggle of electricians in Mexico goes on (Part 2, final)

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    14 January 2010
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    Behind the shutdown of the Mexico's Central Power and Lighting Company is Calderón's obligation to fulfill his commitments with foreign corporations.

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    The anniversary of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova’s murders

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    14 January 2010
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    On January 19, 2010 one year will pass since the murder of a human rights lawyer and an anarchist activist. This is the day of antifascist mobilization that will be observed every year.

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    Magical Realism -- A coup in Honduras, so 20th Century! (Part 1)

    Saul Landau, Nelson Valdes
    14 January 2010
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    By recognising the coup in Honduras, Obama follows the old US Latin American policy of siding with corporate interests against the will of the people.

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    Yemen: Deja Vu All Over Again

    Phyllis Bennis
    14 January 2010
    Article

    Obama administration approved 70 million dollars of military assistance to Yemen, just the amount of development aid that the Bush senior withdrew for Yemen's refusal to approve the first Gulf war at the UN Security Council 20 years ago.

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    Fouling up the air

    Praful Bidwai
    12 January 2010
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    India has become collusive in the weak and inequitable Copenhagen Accord. The government must correct course if India’s poor are not to suffer further.

  20. After our Copenhagen self-goal

    Praful Bidwai
    12 January 2010
    Article

    The Copenhagen Accord represents an ignominious retreat from the urgent and universal imperative of combating climate change through cooperative global action. It needs to be replaced with an ambitious, legally binding agreement.

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