By Shastri Ramachandaran*
NEW DELHI (IDN) – India had more than one message for China prior to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's three-day visit to Myanmar, the world's newest darling of democracy being wooed with ardour by the two Asian giants and the US.
By Ernest Corea*
WASHINGTON DC (IDN) - Delegates have departed. Closed streets are back to normal, festive flag raising has ended, briefcases have been locked, and most background papers have been stored away while some might have gone to their reward – in the nearest shredder. The Group of 8 (G8) and the NATO summits of May 2012 have ended. The G8 met in Camp David, a motorcade’s drive away the US capital, and the NATO meeting was in Chicago.
By Devinder Kumar
MANILA (IDN) - Public private partnerships (PPPs), in which the state joins hands with the private sector, have experienced a boom in Asia and the Pacific in the past decade but governments need to continue reforms and address capacity gaps for the design and implementation of effective projects, says a new study commissioned by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
By Richard Johnson
GENEVA (IDN) - Peacekeeping is one among a range of activities undertaken by the United Nations (UN) to maintain international peace and security throughout the world. Presently, 120,000 peacekeepers are serving in 17 missions in some of the most dangerous places around the globe.
By Martin Khor*
GENEVA (IDN) - A fresh mandate has been given to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to continue the scope of its present activities as well as to take on some new issues in the next four years.
This was the main result of the UNCTAD's ministerial conference (known as UNCTAD XIII) that ended in Doha (Qatar) on April 26, 2012. It came after a huge battle between developing and developed countries that went on for several months, first at Geneva (where the UN organisation is located) and then at Doha.
By Vishal Chandra*
NEW DELHI (IDN) - Hamid Karzai is a master survivor of Afghan politics. He has been at the helm of Afghan affairs for more than a decade now. His stints, first as chairman of the interim and transitional administrations, and thereafter as two time elected president, is a distinction of sorts in the tumultuous politics of Afghanistan.
Since the overthrow of the monarchy in 1973, Karzai is probably the only Afghan head of state, and that too an elected one, to have survived so long in a country dominated by battle-hardened commanders and militia running into hundreds.
By Richard Johnson
PARIS (IDN) - "The challenge facing governments in the age of Occupy Wall Street is to do more to ensure that economic growth leads to positive change in living standards and well-being across all social groups," says OECD Chief Economist Pier Carlo Padoan.
By Jaya Ramachandran
BERLIN (IDN) - Government ministers from around the world concluded two-week long intensive talks on global climate change on May 25 in Bonn without reaching any substantial accords that would pave the way for a new global treaty. It was the first meeting since the UN conference in Durban from November 28 to December 9, 2011 – and was characterised by the usual blame games.
By Horace Campbell*
SYRACUSE (IDN) - Since September 15, 2008 the United States economy has been like a ticking time bomb with the unregulated activities of the banks – the fuse that is slowly burning. This fuse has affected the international banking system and while citizens of the United States are focused on an electoral contest, the issues of the future of the U.S banking system, the future of the dollar and the future of the Euro are bringing home the reality of the capitalist depression.
By Nicholas Stern*
BERLIN | LONDON (IDN) - The European Union has reached a critical point in its history, facing simultaneously a severe political-economic crisis, and its biggest opportunity to create and sustain prosperity and well-being for its people.
Voters in Greece, France and the UK have sent a clear signal . . . that they want governments to give priority to jobs and opportunities as well as reducing deficits and debt. Prolonged stagnation or recession not only wastes resources now and deeply damages the skills of the next generation, but it may also produce dangerous political instability.
By Jamshed Baruah
BERLIN | VIENNA (IDN) - "I urge you all, as human beings, to consider again the inhumanity of atomic weapons," Tomihisa Taue, the Mayor of Nagasaki and Vice President of the Mayors for Peace organisation told government representatives participating in a crucial event well in time for an international conference in 2015 to review the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).