Issue 73 Articles
- Moving On
- Can societies be rich and green?
- INDIA: Anthem Against Poverty from 'Mozart of Madras'
- World Bank Urges "Green Accounting"
- Civil society transcends right-left gap
- Katrina + Oil = Profits for Our Kings
- Philippine Bamboo: a gift to world music
- Policies for Sustainable Food Systems, National and Global
- Inequality - the Root Cause of Poverty in Latin America
- Straight Talk Expected at Post-Helsinki Roundtables
- No Agreement on Internet Governance
- Network Organizing and Community Engagement
- Study Indicates Organic Foods Are Best for Children
18 September 2005
'Sorry ladies with Cory or Susan—I will not march just to bring into power Erap, Marcos loyalists, Lacson and the Stalinists. Please pass until this reaches Cory."
"Damn those rallies. I'm so tired from work and still on the road for 4 hours. Can't you think of other ways? Why not boycott?"
These are real and valid sentiments of the times, both expressed through text. I was one of a handful who sat it out when Cory Aquino asked the crowd to applaud the pro-impeachment congressmen at the first "Bukluran Para sa Katotohanan" interfaith prayer vigil at the La Salle Greenhills a few Fridays ago. I refused to stand. I did not applaud. There are many personalities in the opposition I neither support nor respect. They have agenda and power grab written all over them. I was sure those who genuinely stand for truth and change didn't need my applause, so I sat and waited it out.
11 September 2005 | BBC News Website
TF! Editorial Comment: The Millennium Goals Review is prompting many to re-evaluate development, economic progress and the meaning of wealth among others.(See related article.) The ecological dimension is finally being seen as an integral aspect, but for development to be genuinely sustainable, it must be even more comprehensive -– addressing the spiritual, human, social, political, economic, cultural and ecological dimensions. As discussed in the article below, economic progress cannot be divorced from its ecological underpinnings. Carrying capacity must become an operative concept that restructures the principles and practice of "development."
Sep, 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)
TF! Editorial Comment: Tuberculosis or TB is the most common major infectious disease today, infecting two billion people or one-third of the world's population. TB is also sometimes known as a poverty-related disease and part of a poverty-disease complex that requires urgent attention. In the article below, Indian musical genius A.R. Rahman devotes time and creative energy as ambassador in India's Stop TB Partnership.
Sep 14, 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)
TF! Editorial Comment: "Green accounting" is an attempt to bring environmental considerations into the traditional method of bookkeeping and reflects an acknowledgement that traditional accountancy fails to address such things as natural and social services. In the article below, even the World Bank is now advocating for new indicators to measure wealth in the context of the Millennium Development Goals.
September 15, 2005 | Christian Science Monitor
TF! Editorial Comment: Culture is the realm of ideas values, worldviews, identity, ethics, art, and spirituality among others. This is the realm of civil society and cultural power in contradistinction to the political power of government and the economic power of business. The autonomous interaction of these three institutions in pursuit of integral sustainable development constitutes threefolding. In the article below, the author points to the rise of civil society in the U.S. context as an answer to the "values-vacuum" created by narrow pursuit of economic and political power especially corporate-driven globalization and U.S. unilateralism—a development with the power to transform social life.
15 September 2005 | DreamChange.org
TF! Editorial Comment: Many Filipinos are fighting to rid their country of a corrupt and fraudulent government. But the struggle of Filipinos for true democracy is a struggle that is being waged around the world. In the article below, John Perkins, author of the best-selling expose, "Economic Hit Men" writes about oil companies profiteering from tight oil supplies and an elite rule that is brazen and unaccountable to its people--providing striking parallels with the Philippine situation. As the truism goes, eternal vigilance is the price of true democracy.
TF! Editorial Comment: Bamboo is being rediscovered as a plant of multiple uses, known for its combination of strength and flexibility. Actually a fast-growing grass, bamboo has a long history of use as food source, construction material, and even as musical instrument among many other uses. In the Philippines, bamboo plays a culturally and economically significant role, and as discussed in the article below, bamboo musical instruments are part of a rich bamboo musical tradition which will be highlighted during the First National Bamboo Music Festival Sept. 21-23 in Manila.
14 Sept 2005 | Institute for Science in Society
TF! Editorial Comment: Climate change, spiraling oil prices and the poverty complex are changing the rules of global development making "business as usual" increasingly untenable. This changing context will place ever increasing pressure on the current mode of industrial agriculture and create more opportunities if not the outright necessity to shift to sustainable agriculture. In the article below, Michael Meacher--British Member of Parliament and former environment minister—clearly lays out the challenges and opportunities for creating a sustainable food system.
Sep 12, 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)
TF! Editorial Comment: With the UN meetings in New York, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are again taking center stage. Of the eight goals that all 191 United Nations member states agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015, the first features the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger. As discussed in the article below, serious poverty eradication efforts must address inequality as one of the most egregious underlying causes.
Sep 12, 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)
TF! Editorial Comment: Previous TF! articles (Search "Helsinki") have featured the Helsinki Process and its multi-stakeholder approach to governance—-an indication of the currency of social threefolding in matters of governance. As the article below discusses, when it comes to contentious development issues, process is only one-half of the equation--substance and action must follow.
Sep 12, 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)
TF! Editorial Comment: We have been regularly commenting on the emergent qualities of global civil society as a third social force alongside States and Markets. Global social phenomena are reinforcing this new map of the social terrain, although existing social structures and processes still have a long way to go. As discussed in the article below, tensions are evident in the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) as it tries to address the information gap and internet governance among others. But it is perhaps more interesting to note the formal participation of government, business and civil society--each bringing a different (though sometimes convergent) point of view to the process.
September 11, 2005 | Shelterforce
TF! Editorial Comment: Many are familiar with the debilitating effects of apathy and a feeling of disempowerment when it comes to creating social change. Successful efforts overcome this apathy, empower citizens and build community. What are their secrets? As discussed in the article below, genuine participation, creative community processes and social networking are proving successful in urban settings in the U.S. in getting people involved in community development.
September 2, 2005 | Los Angeles Times
TF! Editorial Comment: The pervasive use of agricultural chemicals worldwide has damaged soils and groundwater, impacted ecosystem and human health and shows up not only in the food chain but also in human tissue and breast milk. Sustainable agriculture is a proven alternative that could replace chemical agriculture but is limited only by policy biases and other structural impediments such as outdated agricultural education programs and extension efforts. The article below reinforces the urgency for cleaning up our food supply by showing the immediate benefits to children who switch to organic foods.