By Martin Khor*
BONN (IDN) - In the quest for an international climate agreement on actions to address the climate change crisis, three aspects have to be the basis simultaneously: the environmental (E) imperative, the developmental (D) imperative, and the equity (E) imperative. This EDE formula requires that different pieces of the climate negotiations be seen and addressed as a whole, in a holistic way.
By Jamshed Baruah
BERLIN (IDN) - A new report is calling for abandoning the Cold War rationale and ushering in a systemic change in U. S. nuclear force structure, strategy and posture in order to address the security threats in the 21st century.
The impassioned plea has been made by the U.S. Nuclear Policy Commission of Global Zero, an international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.
By Shastri Ramachandaran*´
NEW DELHI (IDN) - Norwegians often venture where lesser mortals fear to tread. They are also known to be diplomatic and modest. But Norwegian Trade Minister Trond Giske, who warned India of "political implications" if telecom giant Telenor is forced to quit the country, obviously doesn’t give a damn about being diplomatic.
Nor does he personify the Lutheran modesty typical of Scandinavians when he thumps the table to say: "Telenor is not just any company. Fifty-four per cent of its shares are owned by the Norwegian people through the state."
By J.C. Suresh
TORONTO (IDN) – "Unless the transatlantic community takes the lead in addressing the challenges arising from the unprecedented global demand for land, energy, food, water, and minerals, severe market disruptions are likely to occur, as are increased chances of violent conflict at interstate and local levels in many 'hot spots,' especially in Asia, Africa, and Latin America," warns a new study.
By Shastri Ramachandaran*
NEW DELHI (IDN) - There are times on the world stage when statesman and diplomats stoop to conquer. And, there are times when Indian diplomats take the moral high ground only to emerge as losers. India voting in favour of the US-sponsored resolution on war crimes in Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) in Geneva on March 22 falls in the latter category.
By Moeed Pirzada*
RAWALPINDI (IDN) - Will Pakistan be able to attend the NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21? And if yes, then on what terms and conditions? There is considerable feverish anxiety around these two questions in Islamabad.
A tripartite commission consisting of NATO's commander in Afghanistan, General Allen, and the military chiefs of Pakistan and Afghanistan kept on meeting in Rawalpindi on May 12 and May 13 to brainstorm the border control measures and how untoward incidents like the Salala tragedy of November 26, 2011 can be avoided. The Defence Cabinet Committee (DCC) was expected to meet, with PM Gilani in the chair, on May15-16, and some analysts were predicting that Pakistan will be announcing opening the NATO supply route on May 17.
By Anas Altikriti*
LONDON (IDN) - It might be a cliché and often an elaborate exaggeration to term a particular event 'historic'. However, few can doubt that along with the Civil Rights movements, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the revolutions that have swept through the Arab world are no less momentous or historic.
By Ernest Corea*
WASHINGTON DC (IDN) - With six months to go for the presidential election, both sides are in full campaign mode. Punches and counter-punches are being exchanged with an enthusiasm that sometimes slips over the line into fury. From time to time, an unscripted line unexpectedly roils a campaign from within. A good example was Vice President Joe Biden's recent assertion that he is "comfortable" with same-sex marriage. Education Secretary (Minister) Arne Duncan, separately, agreed with Biden.
By Melissa Moskowitz*
NEW YORK (IDN) - Despite being immensely popular among the people of Argentina, the Argentinean government's decision to nationalize the YPF (Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales) oil company has continued to come under attack by those who obstinately promote extractive capitalism. The measure would nationalize YPF and restore 51 percent of the company's ownership to Argentina. It would thus end sister company Repsol's 57.4 percent majority stake in the company.
By R. Nastranis
STOCKHOLM (IDN) - In the run-up to the Rio+20 summit June 20-22 in Brazil, an international conference in Stockholm has agreed on a set of 13 recommendations for governments, businesses, organisations and individuals to promote and contribute to sustainable development.
By R. S. Kalha*
NEW DELHI (IDN) - According to well-placed oil industry sources, the arrival of new technology and innovative methods of drilling are opening up new vistas hitherto thought impossible. Natural gas and oil stored deep underground in fine-grained sedimentary rocks can be extracted using a process known as hydraulic fracturing – or ‘fracking’ – which involves drilling long horizontal wells in shale rocks more than a kilometre below the surface. Massive quantities of water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the wells at high pressure. This opens up fissures in the shale rock formations, which are then held open by the sand, enabling the trapped gas and oil to escape to the surface for collection.