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Should Crimes Against the Environment & Animals Deserve International Prosecution?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.22.2016 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should crimes against the environment and animals be addressed by an international criminal code and prosecuted by an international tribunal, particularly if national courts are unwilling, unable or deemed inadequate?

How Much Money Is the World Bank Spending to Intimidate Staff?

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.16.2016 | World
Nezir Sinani

The Bank is spending precious resources investigating its own staff to prevent leaks containing information that people around the world are entitled to know about in the first place.

Saving Lake Baikal

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.10.2016 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Lake Baikal, as a World Heritage site, should be off limits to any economic activities that may negatively affect designated sites, even under the banners of "development" or "carbon emission reductions."

Environmental Concern Empowers the People

Brian Kennell | Posted 09.10.2016 | Business
Brian Kennell

Widespread access to the Internet and new media means consumers have greater access to information, and companies may be held to greater standards of transparency and accountability.

World Bank Fails To Stop Attacks, Arrests Of Villagers Protesting Big Projects

The Huffington Post | Ben Hallman | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business

By Bopha Phorn, Michael Hudson, Barry Yeoman and Ben Hallman PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Nget Khun, a 76-year-old known to some in Cambodia’s capital ...

A Tipping Point for Water

Junaid Kamal Ahmad | Posted 09.09.2016 | Impact
Junaid Kamal Ahmad

Ours is a "thirsty" world, in which agriculture and energy compete with the needs of cities. At the same time, climate change may worsen the situation by increasing water stress and extreme-weather events.

Ending Maternal and Child Deaths in Kenya-The Private Sector Can Help

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 09.07.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

The co-authors, Dr Nicholas Muraguri and Siddharth Chatterjee along with Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas the UNRC, present a communiqué signed by Kenya's cou...

Multilateral Development Banks and Safeguards

David de Ferranti | Posted 09.07.2016 | Impact
David de Ferranti

By Vinod Thomas and David de Ferranti Independent evaluations at multilateral development banks (MDBs) have called for a reform of the system of safe...

The Refugee Crisis: Short and Long Term Solutions

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 09.04.2016 | World
José Ramos-Horta

Europeans are facing an extraordinary challenge that inevitably elicits humanitarian, moral and ethical soul-searching, but also poses real political and security questions. I can only sympathize with them as they wrestle with this complex challenge.

Fighting Corruption in Mauritania's Iron, Gold, Oil and Fisheries Sectors

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.25.2016 | World
Till Bruckner

Ba Papa Amadou has played a leading role in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Mauritania for over eight years.

Crowdsourcing Dystopia

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 08.26.2016 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you're a team of heroic proportions, larger than life.

Why the World Bank Should Embrace Human Rights

Sarah Saadoun | Posted 08.14.2016 | World
Sarah Saadoun

Requiring countries to respect human rights would ensure that, at a minimum, bank projects do not harm the same communities that the bank claims are their beneficiaries. Embracing human rights also has implications beyond the bank.

Whose Sovereignty? Gabriel Resources v. Romania

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 08.05.2016 | World
Adam Cernea Clark

Two weeks ago, a little-known Canadian gold mining company that has developed or operated exactly zero mines over 17 years announced to its investors that it had initiated international arbitration proceedings against the government of Romania for failing to permit what would be the largest open-pit gold and silver mine in Europe.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 08.06.2016 | World
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Consensus reached on ambitious new Sustainable Development Agenda to end poverty by 2030 and universally promote shared economic prosperity, social development and environmental protection.

Rights Groups Say New World Bank Proposal Endangers People And Environment

The Huffington Post | Michael W. Hudson | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The World Bank’s latest proposal for redoing its standards for financing dams and other big projects represents a “dangerous rollbac...

Why a Presidential Candidate Is Driving a Giant Coffin Called the Immortality Bus Across America

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.04.2016 | Media
Zoltan Istvan

On my tour called the "Immortality Bus," I'm hoping to share with others that we should support a society and culture that is strongly pro-science and pro-longevity. My team and I plan to have embedded journalists aboard the bus, documenting our trip and enlivening the conversation.

100 Years of Occupation in Haiti -- Still Glittering as Gold

Mark Schuller | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Mark Schuller

The first U.S. Occupation of Haiti in 1915 occurred while the European former colonial powers were at war with one another.

Aquino's Legacy in the Philippines

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 08.02.2016 | World
Edsel Tupaz

In just 5 years, Aquino's accomplishments have exceeded many expectations and have outperformed all previous administrations.

100 years of Occupation in Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Mark Schuller

Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the U.S. Occupation of Haiti. On July 28, 1915, U.S. Marines landed on the shores of Haiti, occupying the country for 19 years. Several have argued that the U.S. has never stopped occupying Haiti, even as military boots left in 1934.

Pug, Poodle or Pit Bull: Who's Watching the World Bank Group?

Nezir Sinani | Posted 07.23.2016 | World
Nezir Sinani

Since Jim Kim took up the Presidency of the World Bank Group in July 2012, heads have rolled, boxes have been moved around the organizational chart, and an unprecedented drive to shave $400 million from the budget has been undertaken.

Greece, Iran, And The Rules Of The Game

John Feffer | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
John Feffer

It's no surprise that the powerful both set the rules and break the rules with impunity. The world system isn't presided over by Miss Manners. For small countries like Greece, there's not much room for maneuver between the regulations of the EU and the general parameters established by globalization. There isn't much room for democracy either, as Greek citizens discovered when they voted in Syriza and attempted to vote out austerity in the more recent referendum. Iran, a larger country that plays a strategic role in the Middle East, has considerably more room for maneuver than does Greece. But it too cannot unilaterally remake the rules of the game. It can only negotiate the best deal it can. In the end, it must open itself up to the kind of inspection regime that more powerful countries would never tolerate.

The Deep Divide at the World Bank

Nezir Sinani | Posted 07.21.2016 | Green
Nezir Sinani

At this stage, it is unclear how long this process is going to last and moreover, how the World Bank Board will resolve its deep divide.

"If We Destroy Creation, Creation Will Destroy Us"

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 07.17.2016 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Unless the global community strikes an effective deal to rein in its carbon emissions, unchecked climate change could usher in a hellish world of lethal heat, soaring food prices, and the failure of even wealthy states.

Economic Growth and Climate Action -- A Formula for a Low Carbon World

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

The key to success is cooperation between governments, cities, communities, development banks and the private sector. We need to leverage existing partnerships and resources, whether domestic or multilateral.

A Lancet Breakthrough: Publishing About Faith and Health

Katherine Marshall | Posted 07.11.2016 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

On July 7, the renowned medical publication the Lancet launched a series of articles on faith and health, led by Ed Mills. Lancet Senior Executive Editor Bill Summerskill, made clear that this was a significant departure, a first.