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World Bank’s Africa Strategy Remains in Rutted Comfort Zone

By Patrick Bond -ZSpace Page

A renewed wave of development babble began flowing soon after the February launch of the World Bank’s ten-year Strategy document, “Africa‘s Future and the World Bank‘s Support to It”. Within three months, a mini-tsunami of Afro-optimism swept in: the International Monetary Fund’s Regional Economic Outlook for SubSaharan Africa, the Economic Commission on Africa’s upbeat study, the African World Economic Forum’s Competitiveness Report, and the African Development Bank’s discovery of a vast new “middle class” (creatively defined to include the 20% of Africans whose expenditures are $2-4/day). Continue reading

Court stops mining projects in indigenous territories

Hernán Scandizzo

So far this year two Argentine court decisions reinforced the requirement of consultation prior to any legislative or administrative action affecting indigenous peoples.

The decisions by the Court of First Instance and the Superior Court of Justice, or STJ, in the southern province of Neuquén, regarding the Mapuche communities of Huenctru Trawel Leufú and Mellao Morales, are important in Argentina, where very few rulings address these issues, and where consultation is not instituted as a State practice. The verdicts halt the development of two mining projects, one for hydrocarbons and another for metal mining. Continue reading

Water Emerges as a Hidden Weapon

By Simba Russeau

CAIRO, May 27, 2011 (IPS) – Libya’s enormous aquatic reserves could potentially become a new weapon of choice if government forces opt to starve coastal cities that heavily rely on free flowing freshwater. Continue reading

The Republican Short List

Patricio Navia* – Buenos Aires Herald

The Republican Party is finally narrowing down its list of presidential candidates that will compete for the party nomination starting with the Iowa caucus of February 6, 2012 and the New Hampshire primaries of February 14, 2012. In recent weeks, a few hopefuls have formally thrown their hats into the ring and a larger number has formally announced that they will not seek the nomination. Going over their names tells a story of formidable strengths and evident weaknesses of the opposition party. Continue reading

Search for new IMF boss: Intrigues rage on

Editor Business Services – The Guardian

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 . MERIT, not nationality, should determine, who replaces Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the finance ministers of Australia and SA said in a joint statement recently. Continue reading

Hotel Maids Say Sexual Harassment Is Part of the Job

By Aline Cunico

NEW YORK, May 23, 2011 (IPS) – With the arrest of the once powerful head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, following allegations that he raped a maid in his 3,000-dollar-a-night penthouse suite at the Sofitel Hotel, a spotlight has been turned on the treatment of female cleaning staff, many of whom are immigrants who keep silent for fear of losing their jobs or being deported. Continue reading

Goldstone and Gaza: What’s Still True

David Shulman – The New York Review of Books

May , 2011. UN investigator Richard Goldstone visiting the destroyed house where members of the al-Samouni family were killed during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, Gaza City, June 3, 2009 Continue reading