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Written by Khady on Sep 25, 2009

September so far has been an exciting month! For all the environmental freaks out there and any other concerned responsible citizen of the world who cares enough to care.

On September 22nd, leaders from 100 different nations, civil society groups and activists gathered at the United Nations grounds in New York city to participate in the United Nations Climate Summit.

Climate change is the topic of the day and is an issue that is making its way up in the agendas of national governments. The question today is not so much one over the legitimacy and credibility of the climate change discourse. Rather it is a question related to timing. When will we not only talk the 'talk’ but also ‘walk the walk...

Written by Acorde on Sep 19, 2009

Have you ever wondered how Cubans connect with the world?

Here is an answer.

 (the video comes with English subtitles!!)

According to the Decree no. 209/1996 of the Cuban Constitution, Cubans can access to information over the internet-if, that is, they are lucky enough to have access to a computer with internet and if the speed is decent.  However, the use of this information is regulated by state authorities in function to Cuban national interests.

Nowadays, there are around 25 independent...

Written by johncollins on Sep 15, 2009

27 You know you are not in the United States any more when, in the span of less than a week, your city plays host to both Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales.  Both leaders have played key roles in a recent wave of political change in Latin America that has been pushing, sometimes quietly and sometimes not so quietly, against the long and continuing tradition of U.S. imperialism in the region. Yesterday I had the privilege of hearing Morales, Bolivia's charismatic indigenous president, speak to a packed house at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  In a brief but inspiring speech delivered at the university's...

Written by maamir07 on Sep 13, 2009

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission sought to reassure voters Saturday that it was impartially tallying the results of the August presidential election.

Abdullah Abdullah makes allegations of voting fraud at a news conference Saturday in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Abdullah Abdullah makes allegations of voting fraud at a news conference Saturday in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Written by ddkoth07 on Sep 7, 2009
President Obama recent visit to Ghana was fantastic, his speech was great and all. However, as I reflected on all he said i couldn't help but wonder that everything he said was the same old rhetoric that Africans have to take the destiny of the continent to their hand and modernized Africa.
President Obama illustrated the point that Kenya was bad in terms of democratic development and Ghana was great. However, he fails to understand and make it clear that development isn't just about the democratic dimension, but that it also has an economic aspect to it.

The average African, the one who gets up 7 in the morning to the farm and comes back 6pm doesn't care about democratic development, (s)he more concern about how much his/her crops is going to be worth in the global market. In that respect, I believe that economic development, fair trade instead of free trade need to be accomplish before democratic development can be prioritized. Ghana has the same ethnic and political conflicts as Kenya. The Ewe and the...

Written by ddkoth07 on Sep 7, 2009

Few days ago, the people of Gabon voted for a new leader, after the French puppet Daddy Bongo (Omar Bongo) died in a Spanish hospital. Now, the reason I writing this is that something happen in Gabon that most Africans were hoping doesn't happen, Lil Bongo (Ali Bongo) won the election. Why is this so? After all the French masters didn't really want some smart-ass African taking over and giving the French 24 hours to leave, so with their support mysteriously Lil Bongo won!

In 2005 when Daddy Eyadema (Gnassingbe Eyadema) of Togo died, his son Lil Eyadema (Faure Eyadema) came to power after "election." So, can these two countries be call Republics, since they are more like kingdoms than Republics? Which bring me to my next point, why is it that Democratic development seems to me to be doing well in the Anglophone nations (Botswana, South Africa, not Zim, Ghana...

Written by johncollins on Aug 25, 2009

Having already cleared the ground and covered the basics of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, I had planned to continue by addressing some of the early successes of this growing activist campaign.  But the case of Prof. Neve Gordon comes first because it represents the latest chapter in what is, not surprisingly, a growing backlash against individuals who speak...

Written by johncollins on Jul 24, 2009

In the first post of this series, I introduced the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and addressed some of the perceptions that often lead people to dismiss either the legitimacy of the movement or its prospects for success.  In this second installment, I will offer a basic overview and analysis of the BDS movement itself: its origins, philosophy, membership, and strategies. 

The first thing to note about the BDS movement is that it arose in direct response to concerns being articulated by Palestinians living under Israeli domination.  In that sense, it is very much a movement rooted in the spirit of global solidarity.  The second thing to note is that the movement is a broad coalition that continues to expand and build formal and...

Written by Acorde on Jul 23, 2009

-Spanish version below-

The recent negotiations surrounding the case of the coup in Honduras failed. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, Oscar Arias Sánchez, also president of the Republic of Costa Rica, could not deal with the absolutist whims of a group of two-faced politicians.

There was everything  but negotiation in Costa Rica... many of us already knew that the Gorilettis would not let anything go, starting from Arias' first suggestion, because they would have never allowed for Zelaya to return home without being incarcerated after the incidents with the non-binding...

Written by somdeepsen on Jul 16, 2009

Relative calm may have returned to Tehran but the shock effect of the post-election events in the country has ensured that the world keeps a watchful eye on Iran. The riots have exposed the cracks present within every facet of the Islamic republic that threatens the very essence of mass legitimacy that this form of political and social organization had received during the Revolution in 1979.

Critics have wondered whether these events are the inklings of the dawn of a new age, much like the one ushered in by Ayatollah Khomeini. While the potency of the opposition's activities remains questionable, it is the tactics, especially regarding the use of technology, which remains one of the most significant aspects of these events.

People around the world have been stunned by the images and of rioters and the severe levels of government oppression that made their way through...