Issue No. 326/327 (Oct/Nov 2017)
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Bonn Climate Change Conference: Action now, not post-2020, say developing
2017 Bonn climate talks - an overview
Developing countries were obliged to bring back to the conference agenda
a number of issues in respect of which the West's commitment pledged
in earlier conferences was now flagging.
By Meena Raman
talks open with call for urgent action
The opening day of the Bonn climate change conference provided an opportunity
for developing countries to articulate their main concerns.
By Zhu Zhenyan
20th anniversary of Kyoto Protocol with second commitment period, say
Developing countries urged the developed countries to ratify the Doha
Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol without any further delay.
By Jade Chiang
'equity' in the global stocktake under the Paris Agreement
The issue of equity in the implementation of the Paris climate treaty
is of crucial importance to developing countries.
to show more ambition and to move faster together on climate change
The opening of the high-level segment of the climate talks saw world
leaders calling on all Parties to show more ambition and to move faster
together on climate change.
By Prerna Bomzan
adopted to advance Paris Agreement Work Programme
The concluding session of a key working group at Bonn was delayed by
three days as a result of failure to agree on matters relating to implementation
of the Paris Agreement.
By Prerna Bomzan and Meena
wrangling on modalities for addressing the issue of public finance
The developed countries were clearly cagey about making any firm commitment
on climate finance.
countries welcome decisions at COP 23, register concerns over finance
Developing countries were critical of the developed countries’ failure
to commit to deeper cuts in their carbon emissions, and dissatisfied
with the way the issue of climate finance was addressed.
By Jade Chiang and Meena
change in the courts
There has been a proliferation of climate-related suits around the world
as activists and citizens turn to the courts to compel their governments
to address the serious threats posed by global warning.
levels of antibiotic resistance in serious infections, says WHO
Surveillance data on antibiotic resistance released by the World Health
Organisation has found high levels of resistance in relation to several
serious bacterial infections across a number of countries.
By Kanaga Raja
corporations like Nestle are aggressively making people even fatter
across the globe
Developing countries are a hot market for Big Food's high-calorie junk
By Martha Rosenberg
likely to undermine public health commitments
Public-private partnerships are not the answer to cash-strapped developing
countries seeking resources for development, especially with regard
to public health.
By Anis Chowdhury and
Jomo Kwame Sundaram
evidence of Africa's systematic looting, provided by an increasingly
schizophrenic World Bank
Africa desperately needs economic diversification, but thanks to the
excessive influence of transnational corporations, governments of
resource-rich countries do not undertake the necessary reforms.
By Patrick Bond
To pay as little tax as possible in African resource-rich countries,
international corporations take recourse to illegal as well as legal
- though morally dubious - methods.
By Nico Beckert
National Defense Strategy has something for everyone (in the military-industrial
Donald Trump has clearly succumbed to the pressures of the 'military-industrial
complex' and is now pursuing a highly militarised foreign policy.
By Danny Sjursen
rare glimpse into the inner workings of the American empire in the
The US foreign policy elite still wants the Middle East for its oil
and its strategic location.
By Edward Hunt
the Trump administration's war on UNRWA and Palestinian refugees
An analysis of the forces behind the US decision to defund the United
Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) on which some 5 million Palestinian
refugees depend for aid.
By Max Blumenthal
elections in Honduras, with Washington's blessing
US support for the corrupt election in Honduras continues its history
of obstructing the country's democracy.
By Alexander Main
and/or development: The Rif protest movement and the neoliberal promise
In Morocco, demands for justice have snowballed into a wider social
movement calling for jobs, development and an end to graft.
By Emilio Spadola
a massive humanitarian crisis unfolding in Asia: The plight of the
The Myanmarese authorities are using the West's 'war on terror' to
justify their policy of ethnic cleansing against one of the most persecuted
minorities in the world.
By Vijay Prashad
of rural women have seen uneven progress in Latin America
Access to quality education, productive resources, technical training
and participation remain challenges shared by rural Latin American
women to close the persistent gaps in gender equality and realise
their full potential under equal conditions.
By Mariela Jara
the home of the homelessness
Homelessness has become a global problem, and the following poem by
the Thai poet Angkarn Chanthathip (1926-2012) highlights the plight
of the homeless.
By Angkarn Chanthathip
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