A Tale of Two Speeches

A Tale of Two Speeches

Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the United Nations General Assembly was as much about trying to reclaim his dwindling support among Palestinians as it was designed to outline Palestine’s intention to move for a new status at the UN. The...

We Experienced and We Learned: My Journey through Rio+20

Growing up I often heard my parents say the phrase ‘tajrobay shod’ whenever they did something wrong or had an unexpected outcome. In English the phrase means “we experienced and we learned.” It always left me with a feel-good, positive...

Key Countries, Organizations Call For Innovative Sources of Finance

Durban, South Africa – Officials from a diverse set of countries will join civil society leaders to call for innovative sources of finance, including a tax on financial transactions and a fee on emissions from maritime shipping, to be part of a deal in Durban...
Durban Diary: Dispatch from the Ground

Durban Diary: Dispatch from the Ground

As UN climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, go into their final week, IPS got a quick update from Janet Redman, co-director of IPS’s Sustainable Energy & Economy Network, who is in Durban at talks. Janet spoke to us from the corner of a crowded conference...

The Politics Behind the Prisoner Swap

Like so many other diplomatic and political initiatives in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the recent announcement of a new prisoner release is based on the same solution that has been proposed dozens of times before – only to collapse because the time, and...

Abbas at the United Nations a Game Changer? Maybe.

There was a potential game changer in Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the General Assembly – but it wasn’t in the words he said: that this marks the end of the 20-year-long U.S.-backed failed peace process, and the potential beginning of...

Expert Available: Phyllis Bennis on Libya’s Future

** Available for Interviews: Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Program, Institute for Policy Studies ** Washington DC – “While the opposition forces have made significant gains in the last several days, Tripoli is going to be a different...

Libya: Too Soon to Declare Victory

The origins of the Libyan transition emerged very much in the context of the Arab Spring – a popular uprising against a brutal dictatorship. But unlike others in the neighborhood – Egypt and Tunisia especially, but also Bahrain, and even Syria –...
Review: ‘The United Nations and Civil Society’

Review: ‘The United Nations and Civil Society’

Institutions of global governance such as the United Nations are often limited to inter-governmental dialogue with little input from the civil society actors they directly affect. However, in her book The United Nations and Civil Society: Legitimating Global...

What To Do Now in Georgia

There are no saints and even fewer geniuses in the conflict between Russia and Georgia over Ossetia. However, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, clearly the real power in Moscow, has certain proven himself even less saintly than other parties – and in the...

U.S. Steps Up Efforts to Prolong Iraq Occupation

The Bush administration is escalating its efforts to make permanent its occupation of Iraq through imposing a “bilateral” agreement on the Iraqi government, but Iraqi opposition is growing. If those efforts fail, the U.S. and Iraq may try to pressure the...