Posted on February 26, 2005 - 9:03pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Nature | Politics
By P. Viswa Nathan
February 21, 2005 | BusinessWorld

TF! Editorial Comment: With climate change in the headlines, it is hoped that more headway can be made in the effort to reduce the global ecological footprint--despite the seeming inertia of many government bureaucracies. One literally visible manifestation of imbalance is the problem of air pollution in major cities. This article is a welcome contribution to what is in reality a growing databank of successful corporate- and citizen-led initiatives that succeed in going against the tide of inaction towards addressing this, and similar social ills at the local level. The unprecedented role taken by the judiciary in this case is both noteworthy and heartening.
Posted on February 12, 2005 - 11:15pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Politics
Thalif Deen
Feb 7, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: The recognition of the urgency of global poverty eradication, in spite of a number of much-hyped efforts, has yet to influence the uptrend in military spending. The amounts are staggering and reflect the lack of global cooperation and commitment necessary to address social development goals. As discussed in the article below, the 100s of billions of dollars of military spending are resources diverted from social programs that can build true peace and security and a more decent future.
Posted on February 5, 2005 - 11:37pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Politics
Hilmi Toros*
Jan 29, 2005 | IPSTerraViva

TF! Editorial Comment: There is a growing clamor for reform of most, if not all global institutions, many of which were founded over 50 years ago. In the article below, civil society groups at the World Social Forum are articulating a new vision for the UN—-one that stresses human security and calls for greater democracy, representation and accountability.
Posted on January 22, 2005 - 11:13pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Nature | Politics
Stefania Bianchi
Jan 17, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: Across the globe, civil society groups are often at the forefront in advocating environmental and social justice, and human rights among others. This mode of action often pits civil society against corporate interests whose narrow view of maximizing profits comes at a high cost to communities, people and nature. In the article below, chemical corporations are resisting EU efforts to regulate and in some cases ban dangerous chemicals in Europe.
Posted on December 18, 2004 - 11:42pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Politics
Marcela Valente
Dec 14, 2004 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: Many institutions are claiming to be working towards sustainable development, but there is often a disconnect when it comes to actual policies, programs and projects. As discussed in the article below, the World Bank is coming under renewed civil society criticism for its energy lending policies that favor fossil fuels over sustainable energy alternatives.