J. Thiagarajan, November 18,2013
As the next round of climate negotiations opens in the Polish capital of Warsaw, there is generally no expectation of any dramatic developments. This nineteenth Conference of Parties (COP 19) of the United Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) is not the deadline for any particular piece of negotiations to be finalised, finished or simply wound up. However despite the absence of such deadlines, there are a number of significant issues on the agenda. Of these the most important is the further steps in taking forward the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, that was announced at the climate negotiations at Durban, South Africa, two years ago.
Peter Van Buren,Courtesy: TomDispatch.com, November4,2013
If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium -- the title of a 1969 romantic comedy -- could now fit two intertwined phenomena: the madcap global travels of Secretary of State John Kerry and the nonstop journey of the latest revelations from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Roberto Savio, October 28,2013
Much has been written about U.S. brinkmanship with default, but the clear lesson that can be drawn from this unprecedented situation is that a lunatic fringe can block democracy.
Vijay Prashad, Courtesy: jadaliyya.com, October 10,2013
In 2004, the British government brokered the transfer of militants of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) from their “undisclosed locations” in the War on Terror to the Qaddafi regime. “This was the least we could do for you and for Libya to demonstrate the remarkable relationship we have built over the years,” wrote Sir Mark Allen, head of Britain’s MI6 to Qaddafi’s aide Moussa Koussa on 18 March 2004. The specific matter here was the “safe arrival of Abu Abdallah Sadiq,” the nom de plume of Abdul Hakim Belhadj, former emir of LIFG. When Belhadj and his wife arrived in Libya through a MI6-CIA operation, Moussa Koussa chillingly greeted Belhadj, “I’ve been waiting for you.” Belhadj was subsequently tortured and brutalized. All this is documented in the Human Rights Watch report from 6 September 2012, Delivered Into Enemy Hands: US-Led Abuse and Rendition of Opponents to Gaddafi’s Libya.
D.Raghunandan, October 4,2013
The season for the volume by volume publication of the much-awaited Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened last week with the releases on 27 September 2013 of the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) of the Working Group I (WG1) Report, and the release on 30 September of the unedited version of the Report itself.
Prabir Purkayastha, October 3,2013
Soon after the military strikes on Syria was forestalled, negotiations between the US and Iran have started. Has the US really changed course in West Asia or is it only a temporary tactical shift with goals of regime change in both Syria and Iran still remaining constant?
Thalif Deen, Courtesy:upsidedownworld.org, September 30,2013
(IPS) - Throwing diplomatic protocol to the winds, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched a blistering attack on the United States for illegally infiltrating its communications network, surreptitiously intercepting phone calls, and breaking into the Brazilian Mission to the United Nations.
Sharmine Narwani and Radwan Mortada, Courtesy;english.al-akhbar.com, September 24,2013
A senior United Nations official who deals directly with Syrian affairs has told Al-Akhbar that the Syrian government had no involvement in the alleged Ghouta chemical weapons attack: "Of course not, he (President Bashar al-Assad) would be committing suicide.”
Newsclick Production, September 21,2013
The grim prospect of a war on Syria has been forestalled for now. The US Congress and the British Parliament have given a red signal to the attack on Syria. Prof. Aijaz Ahmad, senior political analyst discussing the developments around Syria with Newsclick, says that the international isolation of the US in this entire exercise was extraordinary. It is for the first time since the World War II that an American President wanted to launch a war and was prevented. He says that this is a defeat for the Israeli lobby in the US Congress. Ahmad feels that these changes will have profound consequences in Central Asia in the balance of power, in that both Russia and China could possibly gain.
Courtesy: Jadaliyya.com, September 16, 2013
On September 13, 2013 at the American University of Beirut (AUB), the Centre for American Studies and Research (CASAR) held a discussion on America’s war antics. Questions were discussed on the US policy, the pressing needs of Syrians and on the contradictions between national interests of the United States and the international role that it seems to have usurped. Newsclick reproduces the three presentations that were made: 'America and the International Community' by Vijay Prashad, 'Securing the "homeland"' by Alex Lubin and 'What Happens When the Majority of Americans Oppose a War' by Elisabeth Armstrong.