The recent Iranian agreement on enriched uranium with Brazil and Turkey, and the contradictory threat of sanctions by the United States reveals deep divisions in the UN security council on how to deal with nuclear proliferation and is a watershed in the configuration of a new multipolar world.
Behind the deaths, military repression and violence that has flared up on the streets of Bangkok lies another story of a country following the dictates of the IMF and the markets, which increased inequalities and unemployment for many Thais and created the resentment that will continue to fuel conflict in Thailand.
The Mexican president was reassured of President Obama's sympathy regarding drug-related gun crime and harsh Arizona anti-immigration laws, but neither gave much attention to the plight of Mexican workers still suffering the economic violence of NAFTA and human rights abuses of the Mexican state.
Washington-style practices of corporate lobbying have crept up on New Delhi politics, subverting the policy-making process to meet the profit imperatives of private corporations. The new trend of corporate lobbying in India presents a real and serious threat to democracy.
Small farmers are being driven off their land in Maharashtra to make way for the Indian government's planned "nuclear park" - to be built by the French company AREVA. Yet, nuclear energy is notoriously slow, costly, inefficient and dangerous to develop, as demonstrated by a global decline in nuclear power that contradicts recent government enthusiasm.
The Mayapuri cobalt-60 episode shows Delhi University scientists were reprehensible and proves again that the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board is too inept, unreliable and compromised to perform its assigned functions. We need another agency.
Renewed U.S. efforts to bring sanctions against Iran are more backlash for being snubbed in favour of a tripartite deal with Turkey and Brazil than they are about nuclear proliferation. A UN Security Council coalition may be able to block U.S. pressure for sanctions that would only punish Iranian civilians.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's role in defending torture and rendition under the Obama administration raises serious concerns about the ongoing failure of the US government to end its own practice of extreme human rights abuses throughout the world.
Elena Kagan's use of the state secrets privilege to dismiss the case of a German citizen, who was kidnapped and tortured by the CIA, should be a cause for major concern over her recent nomination by President Obama to the US Supreme Court.
What we saw in the UK election campaign and the recent coalition deal is the level of opportunism amongst the political parties, and the real absence of politics and ideas on how to deal with major crises in the economy, over climate change and of our political institutions.
This year's Madrid summit marks a key milestone in the ongoing development of the Enlazando Alternativas network for both highlighting EU complicity with human rights and environmental abuses and highlighting the real alternatives offered by social movements of integration and development that respect the rights of people, communities, and protect the environment.
In the past the Philippines foreign policy has been overly submissive to US interests and often failed to promote the country's own interests. As the world increasingly becomes a multipolar environment the country will need to invest more in bringing the best minds to work on national diplomacy and strategy.