Issue No. 312/313 (Aug/Sept 2016)

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COVER: Climate casualties: Aspects of the devastating impact of climate change on the South

Climate change: Hangman of the poor
Developing countries, although not historically liable for climate change, have to bear the brunt of its adverse effects.
By Nnimmo Bassey

Climate change, agriculture and food security in Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America and the Caribbean are confronting threats to their food security as a result of climate change.

Climate change's costs are still escalating
Scientific reports warn that people are already dying and economies being hit by climate change - and that the dangers are growing.
By Paul Brown

Tunisia on the frontlines of the struggle against climate change
The Kerkennah islanders in Tunisia are faced with a double threat to their existence: rising sea water levels and the extractive operations of fossil fuel companies.
By Hamza Hamouchene

Dhaka could be underwater in a decade
The Bangladeshi capital is in danger of going under within a decade if major remedial measures are not taken to prepare for the increased precipitation stemming from climate change.
By Rafiqul Islam

Climate change's iniquitous transmission of urgency: The US Gulf South
No other region of the US has been more vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change than the Gulf Coast.
By Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright

Authors are part of the climate change problem
By catering to an affluent set cut off from the reality of the poor, the South Asian literary community hides the true costs of climate change.
By Omair Ahmad


Towards a global shift to agroecology
A report has highlighted the serious problems associated with the current food and agricultural system and has called for a shift to more diversified agroecological systems.
By Clare Westwood


UN panel backs moves by developing countries to protect access to medicines
A high-level UN panel is supporting developing countries’ right to ensure access of their populations to affordable and accessible medicines by fully using the flexibilities in the WTO's TRIPS Agreement.
By D Ravi Kanth

The social geography of Zika in Brazil
Brazil's Zika epidemic has placed new and added pressure on the country's public health system, but much about the outbreak is very old.
By Jeffrey Lesser and Uriel Kitron


G20 Hangzhou agreement unlikely to heal global economy's malaise
The annual summit meeting of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies (4-5 September) at Hangzhou, China seems unlikely to heal the malaise the world economy is in.
By Aldo Caliari


A lost opportunity
The recent referendum vote by the Colombian people to reject the painfully crafted peace deal to end the 52-year civil war between the government and the rebels of the FARC sent shockwaves around the world.
By Vijay Prashad

Colombia's 'no' vote does not mean peace is impossible
While the referendum outcome presents Colombia with a grim list of potential consequences, a resumption of the war is not inevitable.
By Adam Isacson

Non-Aligned Movement holds summit as global crisis worsens
At its 17th summit in Venezuela, the Non-Aligned Movement reaffirmed its opposition to unilateralism and militarism.  
By Abayomi Azikiwe

Obama's final Asian tour 'unpivots' US war crimes in the region
President Obama’s official acknowledgement about the bombs the US had dropped on Laos was not accompanied with an apology, still less an owning up to a war crime.
By Kalinga Seneviratne

Shimon Peres: A tireless dove?
When Israeli leader Shimon Peres died in September, Western governments and media paid lavish tributes to him, hailing him as a tribune of peace – a myth exploded by this article.
By Ben White

Presidential debate moderator distorted Syrian reality
The American people are receiving a highly distorted view of the Syrian war - much propaganda, little truth - including from one of the moderators at the second presidential debate.
By Robert Parry

Speaking truth to power: The killing of Dag Hammarskjold and the cover-up
The recent UN initiative for a fresh inquiry into the death 55 years ago of the UN’s second Secretary-General, is a move long overdue.
By Henning Melber and Susan Williams


Nim Ajpu: Indigenous lawyers who are changing the face of Guatemala
An indigenous legal organisation in Guatemala aims not only to protect indigenous rights but to decolonise themselves and the law.
By Manuela Picq


Burkini ban reverse: Sign of French resistance?
Overturning the burkini ban will do little to reverse the Islamophobic consensus in France that is stirred up by politicians and the media alike.
By Emma Ducasse

South African schoolgirls provide leadership for the ongoing revolution
The recent courageous protest by students of Pretoria Girls High School against school rules embodying racist prejudices has its antecedents in the historic student protests of Soweto 40 years ago.
By Marsha Adebayo and Siki Dlanga


Greed and delusion
How my Silicon Valley start-up tried to exploit a developing country
The widespread belief that technology will solve the problems of Africa and the developing world is a Silicon Valley delusion.
By Jeff Kunzler


Friend, this is your Christmas
As Haiti grapples with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew after a succession of other calamities, and with Christmas on the horizon, the following poem written in 1945 assumes a new tragic significance.
By Rene Depestre

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