Issue No. 260 (Apr 2012)
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The battle over UNCTAD: Developing countries stave off threat to UN
wins battle for new UNCTAD mandate
Developing countries have won a battle to give UNCTAD a renewed
and broad mandate for its future work, including on the global economic
By Martin Khor
The South stands up to the North
The battle over UNCTAD's mandate revealed a fundamental difference
between South and North on state policy and development.
at UNCTAD XIII - a civil society perspective
Why civil society organisations mobilised so furiously to prevent
the whittling down of UNCTAD's mandate.
outcome document lays out areas of future work
analysis of the final document that was adopted at the conclusion of
UNCTAD XIII in Doha.
an important success, says UNCTAD Secretary-General
determination and perseverance displayed by UNCTAD XIII participants
in their engagement were a reflection of the belief that a truly important
issue was at stake.
outcome a very significant achievement, says G77
G77ís goal of promoting the collective economic interests of the South
is inextricably bound up with a strong mandate for UNCTAD.
calls for reaffirmation of Accra Accord
In resisting the moves by the North to weaken UNCTAD, the G77 and
China charged the industrialised countries with desiring to see the
'dawn of a new neo-colonialism'.
By Kanaga Raja
society says 'no' to moves to weaken UNCTAD's mandate
society organisations added their voice to the opposition against the
attempts to curtail UNCTAD's work.
UNCTAD officials warn against moves to silence organisation's voice
Some 50 former officials of UNCTAD expressed their concern over
the moves to stifle the organisation.
By Kanaga Raja
life in extremis
documents China's rivers
geologist-explorer gives his personal narrative about the intersection
between his life's work and love of rivers.
By Yang Yong
Criticism of rating agencies has become more pronounced in the course
of the global financial crisis and the current euro crisis.
By Karl-Heinz Bachstadt,
Markus Henn and Franziska Richter
a thought for the 'homeless rich'
From Manhattan to Monaco, the world's wealthiest people are disconnecting
into a class of stateless transients.
By Sam Pizzigati
why not George Bush?
Why is it that Western leaders like George W Bush who have committed
crimes against humanity have gone scot-free?
of war hovers over the two Sudans
So long as the root causes of the conflict between north and south
Sudanl remain, the prospect of renewed war still looms.
By Amanda Ufheil-Somers
destruction: The controversy over drone warfare
A new book on drones reignites the controversy over this new type
By Johanna Treblin
hunger strikes: Lightning in the skies of Palestine
An attempt to capture 'a Gandhian moment in the Palestinian struggle'.
By Richard Falk
Brazil, women take the lead in organic urban farming
Women in Brazil's shantytowns are pioneering organic urban farming
and acquiring a measure of economic independence.
By Fabianna Frayssinet
on drugs' leaves Latin American women's lives in ruins
The war on drugs in Latin America is exacerbating the femicide in
the region, say women's groups and activists.
By Vanessa Rivera de la
prevaricators of power
For over 200 years, corporations and vested interests have resisted
every move by the American people for better and fairer lives by employing
a familiar litany of lies.
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