Daphnée DION-VIENS, 4 September 2002
One year after the events of September 11, we are noticing a shift in US foreign policy," explained Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at The Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC. "We are now facing a new type of empire that has more military, economic, political and cultural power than ever before," said Bennis, during a recent Alternatives-organised meeting. "The new doctrine is unilateralist. The world is divided, and those who dare to criticise the American government are being accused of supporting the terrorists. The world is afraid to challenge US power."
Pierre BEAUDET, 3 September 2002
The stakes are sky-high. Under the presidency of Fernando Henrique Cardoso, in office since 1994, the government has toed the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank line. Enormous budgets were transferred from social sectors to debt servicing. Privatization of the public sector picked (...)
Carolina IACOVINO, 2 September 2002
Throughout the 1990s, Colombia endured escalating guerrilla warfare and a worsening economic crisis. Today, with no end in sight to these problems, the Colombian government has lost all of legitimacy in the eyes of its people. Shortly after his being sworn into office on August 7, 2002, President Alvaro Uribe Velez proclaimed the "Conmocion Interior" which restricted basic civil rights, and Colombians are once again protagonists in a war that doesn’t concern them.
ALTERNATIVES, 1 September 2002
The RED (Research, Education and Development) research portal supports communities, activist networks, and social movements throughout South Africa. RED, which was developed with the help of Alternatives, aims to create a network that uses different abilities and perspectives to develop (...)
Nadine PEDERSON, 1 September 2002
Although the gas industry claims it has the technology to make it really safe, the area is subject to frequent, sudden storms (entire fishing fleets have been wiped out in a matter of hours). The strait is also on a fault line where there have been two earthquakes in the past few decades. On (...)
Murray DOBBIN, 1 September 2002
You have to hand it to the free trade zealots in DFAIT - the federal Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Almost nothing shakes them in their determination to stonewall, obfuscate, mislead and otherwise sucker our elected representatives. To what end? To convince them that (...)
Rick CZEPITA, 1 September 2002
At the sametime, the Canadian government continues to procrastinate and demand changes to the Kyoto Protocol before they will sign on. Purchasing emission credits from crumbling east-bloc and third-world countries and inclusion of carbon sinks into Kyoto, might get Canada to ratify. Without (...)