Posted on September 3, 2005 - 11:49pm :: Contributors
Panjee Tapales Lopez
3 September 2005

I'm not an artist. I coaxed the title "Line and Wash" out of a bookshelf recently, thinking it was an ode to my household chore of choice. I pushed it back into its niche --not without a twinge of embarrassment-- when I realized it had to do with watercolor technique. That's how much I know. Still, I appreciate good art not just for what I see or hear, but for what I experience when I am before it.
Posted on September 3, 2005 - 11:45pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
Marco Visscher
September 2005 | Ode Magazine - Issue: 26

TF! Editorial Comment: There is increasing alarm at growing prison populations around the world as well as rising incidences of school violence. Expressions of violence in society, to be sure, have many root causes. One relatively new school of thought is exploring the link between violence and nutrition. As discussed in the article below, new research is showing the very real effects of nutrition on social behavior. From schools to prisons, nutritional reform is creating a movement that views healthy eating as a recipe for safe schools and streets.
Posted on September 3, 2005 - 10:55pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture
By Philip Kovacs
September 1, 2005 | TF! Reader Contribution

TF! Editorial Comment: Government control of education is a fact in most countries. Bureaucracy, standardization, and utilitarianism usually follow and ultimately serve to stifle diversity and creativity with profound implications for human development and our social future. In the article below, Philip Kovacs questions the narrow focus on test scores in the U.S.; the alarming trends in the State's redefinition of educational outcomes, and ultimately, what it all means for citizenship and genuine democracy.

Posted on September 3, 2005 - 10:31pm :: Politics | ISD-World Affairs
by Lolita Baldor
September 1, 2005 | Associated Press

TF! Editorial Comment: The U.S., among others, is known for its global war on terrorism. Many have commented on the root causes of this violence—poverty, exclusion, alienation, one-sided education and fundamentalisms. In this context, it is difficult to see how the U.S. can stand for peace, justice and development while also leading the world in the sale of weaponry to developing nations. In the article below, a recent report shows that the U.S. continues to profit from the sale of weapons to developing countries with worldwide weapon sales to developing countries totaled $22.5 billion last year alone. And these sales are to countries with severe budgetary constraints that impact healthcare delivery, housing, education, environmental conservation and other basic necessities—foundations for a sustainable future.
Posted on September 3, 2005 - 10:29pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture
September 2005 | Bioneers Buzz

TF! Editorial Comment: 2005-2014 is supposed to be the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development. In many countries, an increasing number of people are recognizing the urgent need for alternative education pathways. It is not just about reforming the curricula but also about finding teaching methods which educate a child's multiple intelligences. Ecological literacy is a trend in this direction which, by its very subject matter, requires holistic, systemic thinking. A new book discusses the theory and practice of educating our children to understand ecology—a necessity if we are ever to hope to build sustainable communities.
Posted on September 3, 2005 - 10:27pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Integral Sustainable Development (ISD)
Jim Lobe
Aug 31, 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)

TF! Editorial Comment: Poverty and environmental degradation are among the most pressing global challenges. The lack of integrating frameworks often means that complex and interrelated phenomena are addressed in isolation and out of context. In the case of poverty, around the globe, many of the rural poor are intricately linked to their local environment making them extremely sensitive to environmental degradation. As discussed in the article below, many communities have demonstrated success in addressing the interconnected issues of poverty and environment through community-based approaches that promote genuine participation and empowerment.
Posted on September 3, 2005 - 10:25pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Culture
Dalia Acosta*
Aug 31, 2005 | Tierramérica

TF! Editorial Comment: World dependence on fossil fuels has led to the increased threat of environmental contamination from their extraction, transport, storage and use. Success in cleanup operations has thus far proved elusive. Bioremediation is a promising direction that uses microorganisms or their enzymes to breakdown pollutants and restore ecological health. In the article below, Cuba has perfected a new bioremediation technique for use in the tropics that is applicable for any type of hydrocarbon spill.
Posted on September 3, 2005 - 10:23pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Economics | Society
Mauro Tumbocon, Jr
August 31, 2005 | Philippine News Online

TF! Editorial Comment: The coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) is known in the Philippines as the "tree of life" in part because of the many uses of the various parts of the tree. For many years however, coconut oil has been vilified as being an unhealthy saturated fat. As discussed in the article below, Dr. Conrado Dayrit is helping to dispel misinformation about coconut oil and promote its use as a healing oil with multiple benefits.
Posted on September 3, 2005 - 10:21pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Culture
Mario Osava
August 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)

TF! Editorial Comment: For the most part science, art and religion have gone their separate ways. Multiple intelligence theory and cognitive research are showing that rational thinking can not be viewed in isolation from artistic, moral, and other intelligences. These insights have profound implications for education, human development and the search for knowledge. In the article below, a unique effort by a Brazilian theatre group is using drama to "present the human drama, emotion and ethical conflicts involved in the construction of knowledge."
Posted on September 3, 2005 - 10:17pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Politics
by George Monbiot

August 30, 2005 | ZNet

TF! Editorial Comment: The reconstruction of Iraq is still getting headlines, unfortunately not so much for positive developments but rather the many obstacles on the path to peace and stability. The attempt to create a new constitution that enshrines democratic principles and human rights is but the latest example of flawed U.S. policies. Well-known commentator George Monbiot weighs in below with an analysis of the problematic constitutional process in Iraq that brings to the fore questions of the meaning of participation in the age of representative democracy.
Posted on September 3, 2005 - 10:00pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Human
By Rexcel Sorza
August 26, 2005 | Islam Online, Qatar

TF! Editorial Comment: In spite of the enormous contribution women have made in all continents to the cause of peace, only 12 Nobel Peace Prize awards have gone to women in the 104 year history of the award. Now, a group of people is working to win the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize for a thousand female peacemakers across the globe. In the article below, 3 women from the Philippines are being honored for their efforts to bring peace and development to the strife-torn island of Mindanao.