Paris Agreement – Diplomatic Success, Planetary Disaster

For immediate release: April 22, 2016 Contact: Elaine de Leon Ahn, Communications Director IPS, elaine@ips-dc.org, 202-787-5271   NEW YORK –Today, Secretary of State John Kerry and other world leaders are expected to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York,...
Why the People’s Climate March is Vital

Why the People’s Climate March is Vital

The People’s Climate March, where an estimated 400,000 protesters rallied in New York City in support of climate change prevention, offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the vast breadth of issues related to climate change and the diverse array...
Weapons for the Weak in the Climate Struggle

Weapons for the Weak in the Climate Struggle

This past month was the hottest July in the United States ever recorded. In India, the monsoon rains are long delayed, resulting in the country’s second drought in four years. Triple-digit temperatures in New Delhi and other cities have already provoked the...
How to Occupy the World

How to Occupy the World

The leading tagline of the Occupy Wall Street movement reads: “Protest for World Revolution.” This is an ambitious claim, to be sure. And in most respects it seems to ring quite true: the movement has successfully taken root not only in cities and towns...
Debate on Globalization: Threat or Opportunity?

Debate on Globalization: Threat or Opportunity?

The IMF’s stated mission is to “foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.” However, there are those...
China: The Prince of Denmark

China: The Prince of Denmark

Almost a month after the debacle at the United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen (Conference of Parties or COP 15), the question of who scuttled the talks elicits fury and derision. By many accounts, President Barack Obama comes across either as a figure who...

Global Land Grab

Close to a billion people in the world are hungry, and there is growing poverty, unemployment, and displacement in the rural sector. The world community is in widespread agreement about the urgency of more investment in agriculture. The food crisis, partly...
Science Fiction From Below

Science Fiction From Below

Tapping into a long tradition of politicized science fiction, the young, New-York-based filmmaker Alex Rivera has brought to theaters a movie that reflects in new ways on the disquieting realities of the global economy. Sleep Dealer, his first feature film, has opened...
Can Capitalism Survive Climate Change?

Can Capitalism Survive Climate Change?

This whole week, beginning March 31, the United Nations Ad Hoc Working Groups on climate change are meeting in Bangkok in the critical first round of negotiations to follow up on the resolutions of the climate talks in Bali in December. There is now a solid consensus...

The Second Shockwave

While the economic contraction is apparently slowing in the advanced industrial countries and may reach bottom in the not-too-distant future, it’s only beginning to gain momentum in the developing world, which was spared the earliest effects of the global...