Convention on Preventing Violence Against Women Signed in Istanbul

At a ceremony on 11th May 2011 in Turkey, the Council of Europe gained the first signatures for a new convention on preventing violence against women. José Mendes Bota, Chairperson of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s (PACE) Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, spoke at the Istanbul launch of the Council … Read more Convention on Preventing Violence Against Women Signed in Istanbul

Economy: IMF Releases Global Financial Stability Report

The International Momentary Fund has released its April 2011 Global Financial Stability Report, which identifies a modest recovery in advanced economies and a “robust” recovery in emerging economies. Pointing out the global vulnerability to shocks such as oil prices affected by uncertainty in the Middle East & North Africa region, the report provides a reminder … Read more Economy: IMF Releases Global Financial Stability Report

Economics: Outlook for the Euro Area in 2011 and 2012

A new report published by the European Forecasting Network at the European University Institute predicts an upswing in the global economy following the expansion of trade and production over the Winter. The research group, which brings together economists from several European universities and institutions, identifies commodity prices and low confidence as the primary risk factors … Read more Economics: Outlook for the Euro Area in 2011 and 2012

Obama response to Fukushima lacks integrity and disregards U.S. public opinion and safety

The on-going and ever-worsening cascade of nuclear disasters at the Fukushima nuclear power plant site in Japan has raised many questions. But the most fundamental must be: If the consequences of a massive failure at a nuclear plant is the potentially permanent radioactive contamination of people, animals, land and sea; and if the possibility of … Read more Obama response to Fukushima lacks integrity and disregards U.S. public opinion and safety

Global Economic Recovery Provides Little Relief to Informal Workers

While it has been reported that the developing world is driving a global economic recovery, recent research shows that those employed in the informal economy are continuing to struggle with the lasting effects of the global economic crisis. “Coping with Crises: Lingering Recession, Rising Inflation, and the Informal Workforce” released by Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) and … Read more Global Economic Recovery Provides Little Relief to Informal Workers

Faith: Is Religion the Real Problem in the Middle East?

Those who enjoy the blame-game prefer it not to be a multiple choice question. A problem has to be all the fault of religion; for example the headline is “religious riots” if the criminals burning down churches and mosques happen to belong to different religions. Or, alternatively, the problem is all about land, ethnicity or nationalism; nothing to do … Read more Faith: Is Religion the Real Problem in the Middle East?

IWD 2011: Another Economics is Possible

Stephanie Seguino is Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, USA. She is a Research Scholar at the Political Economy Research Institute, Associate Editor of Feminist Economics and President at the International Association for Feminist Economics. On hearing I am an economics professor, people usually groan “that was my worst subject in school.” Behind … Read more IWD 2011: Another Economics is Possible

From Hope to Home: Leaving Afghanistan

Mohammad Razai is a student at the University of Cambridge. Here, he explains why his family left Afghanistan and what it meant to him to settle in the UK: When I was six years old, the enveloping darkness of the courtyard; the familiar sonorous sound of Muazzin from the pulpit of the mosque, calling the … Read more From Hope to Home: Leaving Afghanistan

Supreme Court Ruling Handed Down to Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church first gained notoriety after it protested outside the funeral of Matthew Shepherd, murdered because he was gay. In recent times the church has picketed at various locations, including the funerals in the US of soldiers killed in action and public figures. They are most well known for their prolific anti-homosexuality stance. On … Read more Supreme Court Ruling Handed Down to Westboro Baptist Church

Bahrain: Thousands Attend Pro-Government Rally

According to an eye-witness report, a crowd which could have been as large as 300,000 people attended a pro-Government rally in Bahrain on Monday 21st February 2011, in response to the political upheaval which has been taking place in the Kingdom over the past several days. The crowd were out to support the King of … Read more Bahrain: Thousands Attend Pro-Government Rally

European Court of Human Rights Finds Against Russia in Chechen Cases

Robert Hårdh is Executive Director of Civil Rights Defenders, an international human rights organisation based in Sweden. He urges the international community to put pressure on Russia to ensure that decisions from the European Court lead to real change in the North Caucasus.

Editorial: The Politics of Protest – Why Iran is Different

The Western media coverage of protests around the world has taken an interesting turn in the last few months. When one million Egyptians protested for 17 or more days in the Egyptian capital, the world’s media launched into a frenzy of talk about democracy, freedom and a wave of popular protest. A peaceful uprising involving … Read more Editorial: The Politics of Protest – Why Iran is Different

Belarus: President Lukashenka “Bargaining with Civil Rights”

Robert Hårdh is Executive Director Civil Rights Defenders, an international human rights organisation based in Sweden. Here he tackles the current unsettled political situation in Belarus: The foreign ministers in the European Union have agreed upon sanctions against the Belarussian leadership. A few days before the sanctions were announced several dissidents who have been detained … Read more Belarus: President Lukashenka “Bargaining with Civil Rights”

Religion: California Death Row Investment – A Moral Dilemma?

+Catholicos Scholarios-Gennadius III is the OSB Vicar General of America and All-Canada Archbishop New York & East Coast of America Ecumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Metropolitan-Archbishop at the The Holy Orthodox Catholic Church San Rafael, California/Washington, DC. Here he tackles the difficult question of spending priorities in a state which maintains the death penalty: The Marin … Read more Religion: California Death Row Investment – A Moral Dilemma?

Opinion: Professor Gunter Pauli on the Commercial Exploitation of Space

Professor Gunter Pauli created the Zero emissions research program at the United Nations in 1994. In 1996 this program was converted to the ZERI Foundation (Zero emissions research and initiatives). Prof Pauli also teaches systems design at Politecnico di Torino at the Faculty of Architecture and the School of Design. Campaigning for a “Blue Economy”, … Read more Opinion: Professor Gunter Pauli on the Commercial Exploitation of Space