November 2009

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Obama Leaves China Without Firm Pledges on Trade and Climate

Picture: American State Department Democracy Now - As American President Barack Obama winds up his trip to the far East, the rest of the world watches with great interest as the world's current super power meets its successor. In terms of it's size, the Chinese economy will overtake the American economy within the next two decades and is predicted to become twice as big as (double) the American economy by 2050. Democracy Now speaks to Martin Jacques about China's role in a new world order. Jacques is a British journalist, academic and author...

Gideon Levy on Israel's Addiction to the Occupation of Palestine

Gideon Levy, prominent Israeli journalist who writes for the daily newspaper, Ha'aretz, talks to the Real News Network about Israel's addiction to its occupation of Palestine. Levy says: "I think that Israel needs an adult who will save it from its own addiction to the occupation. It needs a guide who would push or lead or any other way to take us out from the impossible situation that we are stuck in. And therefore I think that this balance of power, this really twisted relationship...

Climate Change and the Population 'Bomb': A Debate Not to Shy Away From

Saliem Fakir - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its "State of the World Population 2009" report on the 18th of November. It chose to take up a politically delicate topic, the relationship between climate change, population stabilisation and the importance of gender. The fundamental question it seeks to address is: how much of a threat is the growth in population to the world and how much of this increase will lead to a spike in green house gas (GHG) emissions? As the report...

Naomi Klein: Rich Countries Should Pay Reparations for Climate Change

The upcoming Copenhagen Climate Conference is being positioned by the United Nations as the now or never event for the world to secure a global agreement on addressing climate change, as it urges countries from both the developed and developing world to "Seal the Deal." Great emphasis is being placed on the urgency of resolving the crisis, as further delays on a global compact will spell certain disaster for countries of the South disproportionately affected by global warming....

Climate Change Talks: Will Compromises Make Things Worse?

Picture: United Nations Glenn Ashton - All international agreements are moulded around the fine diplomatic art of compromise. The upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen are no different; compromises will have to be made by all parties in one form or another. But the real question we need to ask is whether these compromises will inadvertently trigger chain reactions that stand to damage the environment rather than protect it. Climate change is only one threat amongst many to global ecosystems. Our oceans are being overfished by...

Israeli Jews and the One-State Solution

Picture: rahuldlucca Ali Abunimah - Anyone who rejects the two-state solution, won't bring a one-state solution. They will instead bring one war, not one state. A bloody war with no end. (Israeli President Shimon Peres, 7 November 2009) One of the most commonly voiced objections to a one-state solution for Palestine/Israel stems from the accurate observation that the vast majority of Israeli Jews reject it, and fear being "swamped" by a Palestinian majority. Across the political spectrum, Israeli Jews insist on...