Posted on December 18, 2004 - 11:44pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Economics
Patricia Grogg
Dec 16, 2004 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: The growing worldwide demand for organic food products is creating new opportunities for agricultural producers. In the article below, sustainable agriculture in Cuba is getting a boost from export markets that value the healthy food and the commitment to environmental principles that characterize this sustainable alternative to chemical farming. (See related article, this issue.)
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.
Posted on December 18, 2004 - 11:38pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Individual | ISD-World Affairs | Human
By Jean Houston
Fall/Winter 2004 issue | Kosmos Journal

TF! Editorial Comment: Leadership is a hot topic precisely because it is recognized as a key factor in achieving success in any undertaking. The rapidly changing social situation that we find ourselves in today necessitates the emergence of creative, flexible and skillful leaders who can create and realize a vision. As the article below discusses, new capacities for leadership and social artistry must be nurtured to draw out the real human potential necessary to build a sustainable future.
Posted on December 18, 2004 - 11:34pm :: ISD-Philippines | Human
By Raoul J. Chee Kee
December 14, 2004 | Businessworld

TF! Editorial Comment: The dialogue between the past and the present must continue if we are to create a sustainable future. The knowledge and traditions of indigenous peoples, for instance, is a wisdom of the past, which still holds many possible solutions to burning contemporary issues. This wisdom, however, is often overlooked or misunderstood. In the article below, an entrepreneur's vision has been successful in marrying indigenous craft traditions with contemporary design and marketing, showing how appropriate partnerships can build upon local traditions and capacities to celebrate the art of craft while creating livelihood opportunities.
Posted on December 18, 2004 - 11:33pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture
By Radzini Oledan
December 15, 2004 | Sunstar

TF! Editorial Comment: Human Rights are those rights that everyone everywhere has by virtue of being human and are the foundations of a just society. Thus, human rights are universal, inalienable and also interdependent as reflected in the universal declaration of human rights. As discussed in the article below, cultural relativism fails to acknowledge this fundamental universal aspect of human rights but, as the article rightly points out, human rights are context specific and may have different applications in different cultures, yet they still must be affirmed and protected.
Posted on December 18, 2004 - 11:32pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Politics
Jim Lobe
Dec 13, 2004 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: The efforts of civil society, including NGOs and human rights organizations, serve as a crucial counterbalance to powerful state and business interests. For one, civil society asserts cultural and ethical perspectives that are so often missing in the debates on governance and development. In wielding cultural power, civil society demands accountability in the drive for sustainable development and thus threatens "business as usual" and "governance as usual." As the article below discusses, governments, especially those with authoritarian inclinations, feel threatened by this third force and often resort to seemingly absurd means of suppression.
Posted on December 18, 2004 - 11:30pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Economics
Marwaan Macan-Markar
Dec 13, 2004 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: It is simplistic theory that says that economic growth is by itself an effective gauge of the progress, and indeed well-being, of a country. GDP figures, however, continue to grab headlines and determine policy, in spite of the many negative forms of growth that often accompany a rise in GDP. The article below reveals how UNESCAP has pointed out the phenomenon of jobless growth, which highlights one of the limitations of GDP-based planning. The challenge remains to move the policy discussions toward better indicators: those that can actually lead to things like poverty eradication and quality of life improvement interventions.
Posted on December 18, 2004 - 11:29pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Politics
By Stefania Bianchi, Brussels
December 10, 2004 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: The WTO has stalled in its agenda as the developing countries have gained influence and generally balked at further liberalization. While there has been a proliferation of regional and bi-lateral trade agreements, the WTO is still a force to be reckoned with. The election of a new Director-General is already surfacing the fault lines between "rich" and "poor" as discussed in the article below. The politics of leadership, however, mask the deeper and more fundamental questions about trade and development that need to be addressed.
Posted on December 18, 2004 - 11:27pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Economics
Rhea Gala
12 December 2004 | Institute of Science in Society (ISIS)

TF! Editorial Comment: Sustainable agriculture is the future! Traditional, chemical-based and factory farm approaches are poisoning the earth and devitalizing our food supply. Conventional "wisdom" has long held that sustainable agriculture--with its benefits to soil fertility and biodiversity among others--may be okay for small-scale, niche markets, but cannot compete in terms of yield and economic return with "green revolution" technology packages. As the article below details, new research is debunking the myths and proving the superiority of organic methods.
Posted on December 18, 2004 - 9:22pm :: Editorial
This week, ABS CBN, the country's leading and largest television station, convened a Forum on the Filipino Future. It invited a diverse range of thought and action leaders to present papers and discuss the state of the Philippines and its future. In the first week of January 2005, ABS CBN will present the results of the Forum both on prime time television, which reaches over 10 million viewers, and in its magazine, Metro, which reaches almost ½ million readers.
Posted on December 12, 2004 - 10:34pm :: Contributors
By Panjee Tapales Lopez
12 December 2004 | The Philippine STAR

I love to read and my children love stories. But it isn't easy to find good books for them. By good books I mean stories that enliven the imagination; not the kind that fill my children's developing minds with empty or too-intellectual concepts. I also look for beautiful, soft illustrations that please the senses.

When I put my children in the Waldorf school, I became ever more aware of the kind of images young children should be exposed to and how it affects their soul life and overall development. So I became more careful about choosing books. Each time I traveled, I bought them books from Waldorf-affiliated bookstores and websites. These books always take into consideration age-appropriateness and the illustrations are almost always breathtaking.