Posted on February 19, 2005 - 11:20pm :: Nature | ISD-World Affairs
by George Monbiot
February 15, 2005 | Guardian (UK)

TF! Editorial Comment: The recent entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol together with new studies on climate change have generated a flurry of press coverage. But as pointed out in the article below, the collapse of the ultimate fantasy of endless growth without natural limits still remains somewhat of a distant concept, disconnected from most people's everyday reality. But the only way forward requires fundamental changes in how we organize economic activity at the personal, national and global level.
Posted on February 19, 2005 - 11:16pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture
Isaac Baker
Feb 15, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: The documentary is emerging as a potent but perhaps inadequate antidote to the increasing corporatization of media. It is a well-accepted truism that a "free press" is critical to a functioning democracy, but as discussed in the article below, a new documentary is pointing to biased and uncritical media coverage of the Iraq War as a driving force in shaping public opinion.
Posted on February 19, 2005 - 11:10pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
José Rampal*
Feb 15, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: Poverty eradication is an increasingly hot topic and urgent challenge 10 years down the road from the World Summit on Social Development. (See Related Article.) The global poverty situation is both pervasive and diverse. As discussed below, the rural face of poverty needs special attention and priority given the disproportionate share of poor people who live in rural areas. This fact alone underlines the importance of agriculture and rural development to poverty eradication strategies.
Posted on February 19, 2005 - 11:03pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Economics
By Alexa Jenner
February 16, 2005 | Michigan Daily, USA

TF! Editorial Comment: Much of the economic analysis that makes it to the mainstream press emanates from a single mindset that has been schooled in economic orthodoxy. In the case of Joseph Stiglitz, however, the former World Bank Economist, has made a name for himself by challenging mainstream views. As the article below discusses, Stiglitz is much in demand as a speaker who adds a respected voice to those challenging an elite form of economic globalization that drives unsustainable development.
Posted on February 19, 2005 - 10:56pm :: Nature | ISD-World Affairs
Diego Cevallos*
Feb 10, 2005 | Tierramérica

TF! Editorial Comment: The raging debate surrounding transgenic crops or genetic engineering in general brings back to the fore the wisdom behind the precautionary principle: that it is better to err on the side of caution in the absence of a clear scientific basis of safety. The following interview of a key scientist in the middle of this debate is a reminder that given the vested interests, neither scientific integrity nor the freedom of speech is sacred in the face of a pursuit for unbridled profit and power. And yet, only through courageous and principled persistence, sometimes at grave personal risk, and through collaborative informed action can we secure the health of future generations and the livelihood of millions of small farmers.