Posted on November 6, 2005 - 8:14pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Society
By Angela Castellanos
October 16, 2005 | Women's e News

TF! Editorial Comment: While many have already come to recognize the skills and capacities of women to hold leadership positions--whether in political, economic or cultural life--disparities persist in levels of participation by women in most of these positions. The article below describes an innovative attempt by the Mayor of Bogota to bring governance and accountability closer to the community – and he is relying on women to do it.
Posted on October 30, 2005 - 7:15pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Society
by Elina Valkonen
27 October 2005 | Six Degrees, Finland

TF! Editorial Comment: The old adage that laughter is the best medicine is ringing true for many enthusiasts who say that laughter reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, helps sleep habits, and conditions abdominal muscles among other benefits. In the article below, laughter yoga is catching on as a new stress reduction technique with clubs in many countries.
Posted on October 30, 2005 - 7:03pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
by Bill Moyers
October 25, 2005 | TomPaine.com

TF! Editorial Comment: Spiraling inequality in the world has produced an elite of mega-wealthy individuals. With wealth comes both responsibility and opportunity to make a difference in society through charitable giving, though even those less well-off can participate in the giving of gift money. In the article below, well-known journalist Bill Moyers speaks engagingly on philanthropy, the challenge of giving money away responsibly and what it can mean for social justice and ultimately democracy itself.
Posted on October 30, 2005 - 7:01pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
Nicola Johnston-Coeterier
October 24, 2005 | OpenDemocracy.net

TF! Editorial Comment: UN Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security was in many ways a watershed. It recognized the central role of women in conflict prevention, peace processes and peacebuilding. In the interview below, Nicola Johnston-Coeterier of International Alert speaks on the important role of women in peacebuilding and developments since the passage of the landmark UN Resolution five years ago.
Posted on October 24, 2005 - 6:10am :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
Stephen Leahy
Oct 20, 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)

TF! Editorial Comment: Avian flu is but the latest public health scare grabbing international headlines. Some researchers are blaming industrial agriculture practices—-especially in meat and egg production. While sustainable agriculture offers numerous possibilities for growing healthy food that is good for people, for communities and for nature, a factory mindset coupled with misplaced incentives and distorted policy-making is responsible for the spread of these intensive, factory-like operations behind the global food system. In the article below, factory farming is exposed as an unsustainable practice with unacceptable health, environmental and social impacts that is now spreading to countries around the world.