By R. Nastranis
BERLIN (IDN) - The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a global grassroots organisation, has thrown a virtual bombshell: In a trailblazing report, it reveals the funders and manufacturers of 20,000 nuclear weapons in the possession of nine nuke-armed nations, which have a collective destructive force equivalent to 150,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs.
By Clare Castillejo*
MADRID (IDN) - The 27-nation European Union (EU) has invested heavily in Afghanistan. EU civilian assistance to the country is approximately €1 billion per year; the EUPOL mission has been in place since 2007 to strengthen the Afghan police force and the rule of law; and EU member states have contributed extensively to the NATO military mission.
By Ernest Corea*
WASHINGTON DC (IDN) - Republican contenders for their party's nomination to run against President Barack Obama in November are poised for their forthcoming "big" event: "Super Tuesday" primaries on March 6. Candidates, their campaign staffs, and supporters are enveloped in a frenzy of expectations and engulfed in an abundance of forecasts, even though this year's Super Tuesday seems a somewhat less substantial event than its predecessor of 2008.
Super Tuesday occurs in February or March of a year in which a presidential election is held. It is considered "super," because it is the day on which the highest number of primaries is held simultaneously.
By Richard Johnson
IDN-InDepth News Report
GENEVA (IDN) - Both the troops loyal to the former ruler Muammar Gaddafi and the forces that fought to oust him committed crimes against humanity and war crimes, reports the United Nations-mandated commission of inquiry that probed human rights abuses in Libya.
By Julio Godoy
PARIS (IDN) – If you ask the French ministry for foreign affairs about the country's position on a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, the spokesperson will surely refer you to the statements by the French ambassadors before the UN both in New York and Geneva, and will repeat that France supports the global application of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
By Reto Stocker*
KABUL (IDN) - Many Afghans simply say they want to leave their homeland. And they are questioning what has really improved over the past 10 years of conflict. Of course a lot of things have changed. There have been improvements to infrastructure and communications, to name only two areas.
By Meagan Kay*
WATERLOO, Canada (IDN) - When emergency relief turns into a protracted crisis, what happens to the aid that falls between short-term humanitarian relief and development assistance over the medium-term? Who should deliver it? Who should oversee it?
In the current aid architecture, it's not always clear who is responsible for ensuring funding and resources in complex humanitarian situations. The result is that funding gaps persist between where humanitarian relief ends and development assistance begins.
By Ulrich Kühn*
HAMBURG (IDN) - Middle East: The year is 2022. A growing need for energy is putting strain on three major actors in the region. There is Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Egypt, democratic but turmoil-plagued post-Assad Syria, and the military junta reigning in Saudi Arabia. Back in 2012, these states had started to realign their national energy policies. The common goal was to add a nuclear component to the mix within the next decade. Their motivations range from the general need to foster sustainable growth and to satisfy the thirst for energy of fast growing populations, to specific desalination needs.
By Santosh Anchan*
NEW DELHI (IDN) - Africa has been the world's fastest growing region over the last decade in terms of mobile penetration. While fixed line penetration has stagnated at 4% in the continent, mobile has grown at an astonishing rate to 45% with North Africa leading at 73%. However broadband is lagging behind considerably when compared to other continents.
By J. C. Suresh
TORONTO (IDN) - In the midst of unusual global economic uncertainty, caused by the unpredictable course economic policies could take in major economies over the next few years, the 34-nation OECD has come out with a flagship report passionately pleading for structural reforms as a way out of the crisis.
By Jaya Ramachandran
GENEVA (IDN) - A top United Nations official has strongly criticised the dominant pattern of international economic relations during the past three decades. In his preface to the Trade and Development Report, UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi also finds fault with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
"Financial markets and institutions have become the masters rather than the servants of the real economy, distorting trade and investment, heightening levels of inequality, and posing a systemic threat to economic stability," says Supachai, a Thai national.