Iran’s Adventures in Latin America

Iran’s Adventures in Latin America

As the United States continues to isolate Iran over its nuclear program, the Islamic regime is engaging in a foreign policy counter-attack with profound strategic consequences. The theater of strategic warfare between the United States and Iran has expanded well...

Brazil’s First Woman President Overcomes Opposition, Hostile Media

She was elected into office this Sunday, October 31st, with just over 56 percent of the votes, defeating conservative candidate Jose Serra by twelve points. In her victory speech Dilma called for unity and thanked outgoing President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da...

Brazil: Toward the Continuation of Lulismo

Lula, the most popular president Brazil has ever had, is stepping down after eight years that changed the face of the country and transformed its place in the world. How can it be that a nearly unknown woman, who barely had 8.4% of projected votes two years ago, is...
Iran Sanctions a Slap in the Face to Other Countries Too

Iran Sanctions a Slap in the Face to Other Countries Too

In a Washington Post op-ed, former Senator Charles Robb and retired General Charles Wald — the Chuck & Chuck show — align themselves with those for whom sanctions against Iran are not enough. It’s not that they don’t welcome the sanctions...

Iran, Brazil, Turkey and the Ghost of Lord Palmerston

Lord Palmerston—twice England’s prime minister during the middle 1800s—once commented, “England has no permanent friends and no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.” Watching the fallout over Brazil’s and Turkey’s...
Film Event: Brazil  A Report on Torture

Film Event: Brazil A Report on Torture

After the kidnapping of the Swiss Ambassador in Brazil in 1970, 70 political prisoners were released from Brazilian prisons and set free in Chile on an exchange agreement. The directors of this film, Haskell Wexler and Saul Landau, went to Chile and recorded...
Creating Another World: The World Social Forum 2009 Reports Back

Creating Another World: The World Social Forum 2009 Reports Back

At the end of January over 100,000 people gathered on the edge of the Amazon rainforest for the 9th World Social Forum. Participants spent a week imaging a new world rising out of the ashes of today’s economic, ecological, and cultural crises. Please join...

The Dracula Round

Like the good Count of Transylvania, the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round of negotiations has died more than once. It first collapsed during the WTO ministerial meeting held in Cancun in September 2003. After apparently coming back from the dead, many...

Chomsky on the Rise of the South

Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author, and foreign policy expert. On January 15, Michael Shank interviewed him on the latest developments in U.S. policy toward regional challenges to U.S. power. In the second part of this two-part interview, Chomsky also discussed...
How to be a Good Friend (When You are 4,000 Miles Away)

How to be a Good Friend (When You are 4,000 Miles Away)

Coming from small towns throughout the country-side, with stars overhead and veiled by the cover of darkness, Tania and 149 other families made their way in pick-up trucks and small vehicles, to a fazenda (farm) on the outskirts of Chatuba, a small town two...

Siesta time for the World Bank

The problem with the World Bank is much bigger than its president, Paul Wolfowitz. The publicity around Wolfowitz’s ethical lapses in securing a salary raise for his girlfriend obscures what’s really wrong with the World Bank. One need only look at the...
The Best and Worst of Nairobi

The Best and Worst of Nairobi

The World Social Forum’s greatest achievement in Nairobi was creating this space where over 70,000 people representing social movements from all over the world could gather and reflect on successes and strategize for the future. One key thing that came out was...

IMF Confidence Crisis

As International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank officials engage in their joint semi-annual meetings in Washington, the Fund has a nettlesome new task: convincing its shareholders (most of the world’s governments, represented at the meeting by Finance...

Gangs, Terrorists, and Trade

While most Americans are familiar with al-Qaida, they’re less knowledgeable about a group spreading terror within U.S. inner cities: Mara Salvatrucha. Also known as MS-13, the Maras have 20,000 North American members. Mara cadres have set up in many American...