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  1. Drugs and Conflict in Burma

    08 February 2011

    Burma/Myanmar is undergoing yet another humanitarian crisis while entering a new critical political stage. In the Kokang region, an opium ban was enforced in 2003, and since mid-2005 no more poppy growing has been allowed in the Wa region. Banning opium in these Shan State regions where most of the Burmese opiates were produced, adds another chapter to the long and dramatic history of drugs, conflict and human suffering.

  2. World Bank Doesn't Belong at the Green Climate Fund's Drawing Table

    Janet Redman
    14 April 2011
    Article

    More than 90 environment, development, human rights, and anti-debt organizations from around the world want the Bank to have no say in setting up this key new tool for helping poor nations address climate change.

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    Against a No Fly zone in Libya

    Phyllis Bennis
    07 March 2011
    Article

    The peoples of North Africa and the Middle East are looking for less, not greater militarisation of their countries. It is time for U.S. policy to recognize that reality and reject proposals for a 'no fly' zone.

  4. Guantanamo, Torture, and the Perversion of Justice: Obama’s New Executive Order

    Tom Reifer
    16 March 2011
    Article

    President Obama ratifies Bush (again): orders indefinite detention without charge for political prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other torture sites.

  5. September 11th Didn't Change the World. September 12th Did

    Phyllis Bennis
    12 September 2011
    Article

    It wasn’t the events of September 11th that changed the world, but the events of September 12th and beyond, when the Bush administration took the world to war in response; that changed the world, and continues to threaten U.S. and global security, and shred U.S. democracy.

  6. A Shameless Secretary General versus Freedom Flotilla 2

    Richard Falk
    09 June 2011
    Article

    A year after Israel's violent attack on the first aid flotilla, it has failed to keep its promise to end the blockade of Gaza, where the humanitarian crisis continues to worsen. The second flotilla planned this year will again try to ease conditions, amid the failure of political actors to bring any real change to the situation.

  7. The Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention

    Walden Bello
    23 August 2011
    Article

    Events in Libya and Syria have again brought the legitimacy of armed humanitarian intervention and so-called “responsibility to protect” into question.

  8. Why so-called "Responsible Agricultural Investment" must be stopped

    21 April 2011
    Article

    Wealthy interests are pushing to normalise the concept of "responsible agricultural investment" but this corporate lingo masks the mass appropriation of land at the cost of local inhabitants (often forcibly removed), the destruction of livelihoods and the environment.

  9. Who will reshape the Arab world: its people, or the US

    Tariq Ali
    05 May 2011
    Article

    Phase one of the Arab spring is over. Phase two – the attempt to crush or contain genuine popular movements – has begun.

  10. Another missed opportunity

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    31 March 2011
    Article

    Obama's trip to Latin America: about gaining economic advantages, ignoring historical and recent diplomatic interferences and strategically placed critisism.

  11. The growing crisis of credibility of the Indian media

    Praful Bidwai
    28 April 2011
    Article

    Despite massive growth in the Indian media industry, the lack of quality and diversity shows an increasing disconnect with the real lives of people in the country and the most important issues they face.

  12. Occupy Wall Street: New politics and new milestones

    Phyllis Bennis
    01 November 2011
    Article

    The occupy movement has achieved an incredible and much-needed shake-up of a long-standing political stasis in the US and elsewhere, but it is crucial now to highlight the connection between failed foreign policy, bloated military spending and illegal wars, and the economic crisis at home.

  13. South Africa: The ANC government’s ‘talk left, walk right’ climate policy

    Patrick Bond
    03 February 2011
    Article

    South Africa's Green Paper addressing the UN climate talks in Durban is riddled with false solutions and selective information, distracting from genuine answers to the global climate problem.

  14. Conviction by Numbers

    • Genevieve Harris
    15 May 2011
    Policy briefing

    Threshold quantities (TQs) for drug law and policy are being experimented with across many jurisdictions.

  15. Free private Manning: Unmasking the Myth of National Security

    Saul Landau
    12 May 2011
    Article

    Double standards and double speak surround the case of private Manning; the term 'national security' has been used again and again by the government to cover up bureaucratic mistakes and human rights crimes.

  16. When civil-societyism fronts for barbarism

    Patrick Bond
    17 March 2011
    Article

    The Gaddafis close relationship with the London School of Economics exposes yet another case of institutions selling favours to the rich and powerful.

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    Video: Water Union Rally in Jakarta - December 2010

    21 March 2011
    Multi-media

    In December 2010, hundreds of water union workers in Jakarta (Indonesia) protested against the privatisation of water services in the city.

  18. Opposing the Coca Chewing Amendment?

    Pien Metaal
    13 January 2011
    Other news

    In March 2009, Bolivia's President Evo Morales chewed a coca leaf at the UN High Level session on drugs in Vienna. He announced he would seek the abolition of the articles in the 1961 UN Single Convention that stipulate that the chewing of coca leaves should be eliminated within 25 years, after the treaty entered into force.

  19. Treaty guardians in distress

    Martin Jelsma
    12 July 2011
    Article

    The guardian of the UN drug control treaties has proved unable to respond in a rational manner to the need for radical reform of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. 

  20. Victory in Afghanistan

    Ross Eventon
    16 August 2011
    Article

    Debate over the 10-year-plus war in Afghanistan tends to focus on how and when it "can be won," obscuring the fundamental question of whether it was morally acceptable in the first place. Now as the US gets closer to consolidating its imperial presence in the region for decades to come, the high cost to the Afghani people continues to be ignored.

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