By Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
IN MOST countries, there is a dangerous myth that there is no alternative to the past 30 years’ path of gearing economies toward the global market. Yet, as financial markets stagnate and food prices swing wildly and the environment come under siege, more and more nations are taking steps to reduce their vulnerability to a volatile global economy. Some are taking steps to encourage more “rooted” alternatives.
On a recent trip to the Philippines, we found a refreshing openness to new directions from the halls of the new Congress to the rice fields of Mindanao. Many people understood that the dominant approach to the economy since the final years of Marcos, building on 400 years of colonialism, has failed: This more vulnerable approach geared the economy toward the plunder of fish, forests and minerals that enriched the few and impoverished workers, farmers and fishers. It created an agriculture sector dependent upon unreliable imports rather than geared to feeding the people. Continue reading Yes, there are alternatives→
The situation in Haiti is desperate, but social movements aren’t letting that stop them
by Beverly Bell
When people ask me, as they do all the time, “Is there any cause for hope in Haiti?” I answer yes.
It’s more tempting to think that the situation is so hopeless that it can’t any worse, especially right now. Last week, Hurricane Tomas brought three days of heavy storms, causing flash floods which washed away farmers’ homes, animals, and crops throughout the island. The storm also left filthy standing water in towns, promising to spread cholera even more rapidly throughout the country. Continue reading Why I Have Hope for Haiti→
Please, take 5 minutes out off your day and make a giant step to STOP violence against women worldwide by calling your representative or senators asking them to cosponsor the International Violence Against Women Act. We need more members of the House and Senate to come on board and cosponsor this bill. There is hope that it may pass during this crucial lame duck session of Congress. PLEASE MAKE THESE THREE CALLS TODAY. Continue reading International Violence Against Women Act of 2010 H.R.4594 and S.2982→
ICC chief prosecutor says six suspects who committed crimes against humanity may be indicted by the end of the year.
By Eric Sande
THE HAGUE—-The International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo in a video recording played to journalists at a media workshop in Nairobi on Tuesday November 17, made it clear that he had identified six individuals against whom he will be seeking the court’s permission to prosecute before the end of the year.
The six Kenyans most of who are said to be leaders and prominent business men, are accused of inciting communities against each other and some others accused of funding their political supporters to carry out revenge attacks. They will know their fate after the judges reveal their verdict on the prosecutor’s submissions. Moreno-Ocampo said he would be appearing before the judges soon to present the Kenyan case, with the evidence linking the six to the violence that left 1,300 people dead and 650,000 displaced. Continue reading Kenya: The Hague Beckons for Post-poll Ring Leaders→
Church and human rights groups in Zimbabwe have warned against holding new elections at this time, saying the situation in the country is ‘highly volatile, uncertain and tense’ after a bloody presidential run-off election two years ago.
‘The polarised environment does not favour the holding of elections as violence would most likely erupt’, the groups, which include the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, the Christian Alliance and the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe, said in a recent statement. Continue reading Zimbabwe: Churches warn against elections→
Almost 15% of US households experienced a food shortage at some point in 2009, a government report has found. US authorities say that figure is the highest they have seen since they began collecting data in the 1990s, and a slight increase over 2008 levels. Single mothers are among the hardest hit: About 3.5 million said they were at times unable to put sufficient food on the table. Hispanics and African Americans also suffer disproportionately. Continue reading More US households short of food→