Posted on February 19, 2005 - 11:22pm :: Contributors
Panjee Tapales Lopez
February 19, 2005 | Philippine Star

I was grumbling over my monthly accounting last week when my phone rang. Olive, a dear friend, was excitedly telling me about a Chicago based Pinoy chef who was coming to town. "He's a friend of Marni's (her best friend) and will be here soon. He's cooked for Oprah and was one of the chefs she flew in for her 50th birthday!" she said. (We are shameless Oprah fans) "He wants to give back to the country and would like to offer his services for a fundraising activity. What do you think?"
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 - 11:01pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Nature
February 14, 2005 | BusinessWorld

TF! Editorial Comment: Anyone who lives near a piggery can share tales of bad smell and other nuisances. In fact, many agricultural husbandry activities that concentrate many animals in a small area can quickly become pollutive of the local environment. As the article below discusses, efforts are underway to turn point source pollution into a resource -– eg. Waste to energy systems.
Posted on February 19, 2005 - 10:59pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Human
By Rexcel John Sorza
February 14, 2005 | ABS-CBN News

TF! Editorial Comment: The prestigious award recently given to a Philippine marine biologist is particularly meaningful given the fact of the country's significant position in terms of global biodiversity and endemicity in both coastal and upland ecosystems. The article lauds this achievement but makes it clear that Ms. Honculada knows the urgency of the challenges and has no intention, in true award-winning fashion, of sitting on her laurels.
Posted on February 19, 2005 - 10:57pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Nature
February 11-12, 2005 | BusinessWorld, Philippines

TF! Editorial Comment: With the serious problems of illegal logging and deforestation once again in the public consciousness, there is a need to deepen understanding and sustain the interest of the general public and policy makers on this issue. One way forward is to highlight stories that provide solutions, as the following article does. Arising from a corporate social responsibility initiative in reforestation, the partnership among government, civil society, and Meralco is demonstrating the potential of both collaborative efforts as well as private sector leadership in addressing environmental problems, among others.
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.
Posted on February 19, 2005 - 10:54pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Culture
Patricia Grogg
Feb 11, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: Despite its awkward position in the community of nations, Cuba is increasingly a source for many innovative initiatives that address social and environmental issues and find even wider application outside the country. In the article below, a Cuban innovation in literacy education is giving a new boost to global efforts to fight adult illiteracy.
Posted on February 19, 2005 - 10:52pm :: Nature | Politics | ISD-World Affairs
Stephen Leahy
Feb 11, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: Much of corporate agribusiness continues to view food production as like any other manufacturing process. This utilitarian and one-sided commercial view is at odds with the multidimensional and ecological concepts of agriculture. An example of this dichotomy is found in the article below that discusses political efforts to unleash the "terminator" technology of genetically engineering crops to produce sterile seeds.
Posted on February 19, 2005 - 10:49pm :: Society | ISD-World Affairs
Haider Rizvi
Feb 14, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: The imperative of global action on the world's major issues like poverty and social inclusion has given rise to numerous UN-sponsored summits and conferences. As with the recently concluded World Summit on Social Development, many of these conferences have been invaluable in bringing together stakeholders, sharing information and best practices and advancing the agenda for reform. But as the article explains, in the case of social development, failure to eliminate poverty and ensure employment 10 years down the road has raised serious questions about commitments and follow-through. Ultimately, the meaningfulness of these exercises will be judged on the progress made on the ground between summits.