Tom Blickman, Paulo Jorge Ribeiro, Rosane Oliveira
01 March 2010
An examination of the rise of militias – well-organised private vigilante groups made up of rogue, dismissed or retired police officers, firemen and prison guards - in the recurrent episodes of extreme urban violence in Rio de Janeiro, which represents developments in urban security that spread far beyond Brazil.
"Opposition parties participating in the process view boycotting the elections as a strategic mistake. The only way forward for them is to play a better game of chess, making the best strategic use of the limited space available."
UN expert and TNI contributor Richard Falk talks live on GritTV about the illegal raid in which nine humanitarian aid workers were murdered by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) in international waters after boarding their ship in the dead of night.
A year has lapsed since Israel launched “Operation Cast Lead”, its military offensive against Gaza. The operations started on December 28, 2009, and led to the death of more than 1,400 Gazans. Most of those killed were unarmed civilians. More than 400 children lost their lives in the savage attack.
Denis Halliday spent two days in an Israeli jail after the MV Rachel Corrie, part of the aid flotilla which sought to break the illegal blockade of Gaza, was intercepted in international waters by the Israeli military on Saturday, 5 June 2010.
China's fast growing capital expansion within South East Asia is raising concerns about landgrabs and exploitative practices, especially as it is often aligned with support for authoritarian regimes such as Burma.
European Union subsidies earmarked for reducing air travel's contribution to climate change may help develop deadlier warplanes than those already found in the world's arsenals, Brussels officials have admitted.