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  1. Durban's Climate Zombie tripped

    Patrick Bond
    12 January 2012
    Article

    Looking back now that the dust has settled, South Africa’s COP17 presidency appears disastrous. This was confirmed not only by Durban’s delayed, diplomatically-decrepit denouement, but by plummeting carbon markets in the days immediately following the conference’s ignoble end.

  2. As COP17 approaches: Dirty Durban’s manual for climate greenwashing

    Patrick Bond
    30 August 2011
    Article

    Will the host city for the November-December world climate summit, COP17, clean up its act? The launch of Durban's strategy, Towards a Low Carbon City suggests the new municipal leaders are climate greenwashers, disguising high-carbon economic policies with pleasing rhetoric.

  3. Leaving Oil in the Soil

    Patrick Bond
    04 August 2011
    Article

    Civil society must combine it's strengths to insist that oil is best left in the ground. 

  4. Fighting the Minerals-Petroleum-Coal Complex’s Wealth and Woes

    Patrick Bond, Khadija Sharife
    02 August 2011
    Article

    Ecocide by the "minerals-energy complex" should be faced by a broad-based opposition, focusing on sanctions against neo-colonial exploitation, and international solidarity with the communities affected.

  5. Climate Meetings Have Become Conferences of Polluters

    Patrick Bond
    29 June 2011
    Article

    Without serious mobilisation, Durban's UN climate conference, ‘COP 17’ (Conference of Parties), looks doomed to be a conference of procrastinators threatening the planet and its peoples.

  6. Africa: Chilling the Arab Spring

    Patrick Bond
    15 June 2011
    Article

    Isn't the IMF fully aware of the Arab Spring? There is little difference between the strategies it advocates to Arab democrats today then those advocated to Arab dictators yesterday. 

  7. The World Bank's Africa Strategy

    Patrick Bond
    08 June 2011
    Article

    Whose interest does the ten-year Strategy document for Africa actually serve? The World Bank has shown little insight into the real problems Africa faces, focusing instead on ineffective policies, support for repressive regimes and projects that are known to have failed.

  8. Can Democracy Activists Undo US and IMF Damage?

    Patrick Bond
    02 June 2011
    Article

    Obama's speech on the Middle East and North Africa missed the point of the Arab uprising, and offered little sign of conciliation or support for the Palestinians.

  9. Are African lions really roaring? The Latest Fibs From World Financiers

    Patrick Bond
    12 May 2011
    Article

    The recent wave of Afro-optimism boasting of economical and technological growth on the continent fails to stand up under closer scrutiny, veiling the harsh reality faced by Africans today.

  10. The banksters and the climate fund

    Patrick Bond
    28 April 2011
    Article

    The resumé of Trevor Manuel, confirmed co-chair of the Green Climate Fund, gives reason to worry. As South Africa's finance minister, he frequently rewarded transnational corporations at the cost of rising inequality, unemployment and environmental degradation.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Climate capitalism won at Cancun - everyone else loses

    Patrick Bond
    13 December 2010
    Article

    A sober look at what was needed to reverse current warming and what was actually delivered shows that negotiators in Cancun’s luxury Moon Palace hotel failed by any reasonable measure.

  14. From apartheid South Africa to Palestine

    Patrick Bond
    28 October 2010
    Article

    With settlement expansion and continuing human rights abuses against Palestinians, the lessons from the anti-apartheid movement continue to motivate the growing global opposition to the occupation.

  15. Africa and the climate finance controversy

    Patrick Bond
    20 October 2010
    Article

    Will Africa end up paying for technologies that commodify life, or demand reparations for ecological damage done by the North?

  16. Is Africa still being looted?

    Patrick Bond
    19 August 2010
    Article

    African elites, together with the West and now China, are still making Africans progressively poorer, thanks to the extraction of raw materials.

  17. Fifa Forbids Free Speech At World Cup Fan Fest

    Patrick Bond
    19 July 2010
    Article

    The South African government's repression of both street traders and political protest during the World Cup showed that corporations increasingly have more rights than citizens.

  18. What South Africa Really Lost at the World Cup

    Patrick Bond
    30 June 2010
    Article

    Underneath the corporate marketing of the Fifa World Cup being hosted in South Africa is a worrying picture of poverty and exclusion, corporate domination and simmering xenophobic nationalism.

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    How to cure the post-Copenhagen hangover

    Patrick Bond
    28 December 2009
    Article

    Copenhagen unveiled that the leading southern countries are willing accomplices in climate crime to the rich nations, while the hope remains with the rising power of the climate justice movements.

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    From climate denialism to activist alliances

    Patrick Bond
    01 December 2009
    Article

    Seattle offers a lesson to the African negotiators at the climate talks:  by walking out - alongside civil society protesters - and halting a bad deal in Copenhagen on December 18, we can together pave the way for subsequent progress.

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