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The U.S. and the UN Disability Treaty
Janet E. Lord and Michael Ashley Stein

A Tipping Point in the Niger Delta
Kia Mistilis

Pakistan's Identity Crisis
Shibil Siddiqi


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Mandate for Change: Policies and Leadership for 2009 and Beyond

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A Unified Security Budget for the United States, FY 2009

 

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Jun 18, 2009
David Alan Harris's dance therapy work for child soldiers in Africa (article here) was featured in an interview on the Marc Steiner Show.

May 6, 2009
Miriam Pemberton and David Vine's article, "Marine Protection as Empire Expansion," was republished in Truthout.

Apr 9, 2009
John Feffer had an interview with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, entitled "UN Security Council Fails to Reach Agreement on North Korea Rocket Launch."

Apr 2, 2009
Emira Woods was quoted in a Winchester Star article about a forum on Africa at Shenandoah University.

Mar 17, 2009
FPIF's Co-Direcor Emira Woods was interviewed on NPR's Africa Update on Madagascar.

 

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Conn Hallinan shows how the map of conflict corresponds all too well with the map of future energy supplies.


Youth and Activism

Young people everywhere refuse to ignore the deadliest conflict since WWII, writes Kwaku Osei in Fighting the Forgotten War: Students' Activism for the Congo.

Regardless of the outcome of its recent presidential election, youth and technology have combined to reshape Iranian politics, writes Patrick W. Quirk in Iran's Twitter Revolution.


Obama and the World: Africa

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Flickr photo of the Niger Delta, by Terry Wha under a Creative Commons license.

Obama's speech in Accra, Ghana, in some respects, set the tone for U.S. policy toward the African continent. FPIF and a coalition of organizations recommended a just policy for Africa that focuses on peace, the rule of law, human rights, and the environment in a recent briefing. You can read the press booklet for the event here. NEW: Listen to a recording of the briefing here.

In a post-speech commentary, Mukoma Wa Ngugi says it's time for Africans to practice some tough love on Obama: Obama to Africa: Tough Love or Tough Luck?

Niger Delta Standoff: Kia Mistilis writes that oil companies and the Nigerian military are attempting to maintain control of what will soon be one-quarter of U.S. oil imports.

Charles Abugre, in What Obama Should Say in Ghana, notes that what Obama says in his Accra speech will influence Africa's place in the world.

Obama should repudiate U.S. support for Uganda's near-dictator, argues Beth Tuckey in Denouncing Dictatorship in Uganda.

The food crisis, very apparent in Africa, is still with us in the form of impoverished farmers and impoverished analysis. Anuradha Mittal analyzes the G8 summit's approach to world hunger in G8 Summit: Feed the Hungry or Fuel Hunger?

It's time for some straight talk on U.S.-Africa policy, says Gerald LeMelle in Straight Talk: Revealing the Real U.S.-Africa Policy.


Fiesta!

geyer Dance and movement therapy can help child soldiers deal with trauma and postwar reconciliation. David Alan Harris talks about his work in Dancing with Child Soldiers.


"The Genesis of Torture," a poem by E. Ethelbert Miller: On the issue of torture, what goes around comes around.

vantommeNiels Van Tomme, Siding with the Barbarians: Two radical artists have set up an immigration agency, a political consulting firm, a Ponzi scheme for marketing contemporary art, and seven other enterprises. Welcome to the mock entrepreneurial art of Société Réaliste.


Strategic Dialogue:
Bashir Indictment

The International Criminal Court failed to take into consideration politics inside Sudan and in the region when making its faulty indictment, argues Hussein Yusuf. But Meghan Stewart says that indicting the Sudanese president is a strategic opportunity to bring peace to the country. Read their responses here.


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How can we tackle the global military industrial complex? Our call to action is a place to begin.

China and the United States should definitely be talking more about economic and environmental issues. But they also need to talk about reducing their military spending and avoiding a new cold war, writes John Feffer in The G-2 Paradox.

The Arms Race in Space: Bruce Gagnon says the Pentagon's spending like the sky's the limit...and beyond.

One way to deal with North Korea's nuclear program is to go regional, argues Jon Reinsch in No Nukes in Northeast Asia.

In Ploughshares Into Swords, John Feffer asks: Why is South Korean military spending going up even at a time of global recession?

The discussion on nuclear nonproliferation in East Asia must include civil society participation and focus more on tomorrow's vision than today's headlines, says Wade Huntley in The Promise of the Six-Party Process.



Peace and Security
Change Nuclear Weapons Policy? Yes, We Can.
Daryl Kimball
The next president can and must take immediate steps toward a nuclear weapons free world.

The Case for U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Sameer Dossani
Instead of scaling up an already disastrous war, the United States could change course in a way that would ultimately do a lot more to ensure the world's safety.

Strange Strike
Farrah Hassen
Syria learned yet again with the recent helicopter attack, when it comes to relations with Washington, no good deed goes unpunished.

Multilateralism
Detaining the United Nations
Phyllis Bennis
Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, wasn't allowed into Israel on a recent trip. That action fits a pattern of Israeli efforts to hide the human consequences of the siege of Gaza and of the escalating settlement expansion in the West Bank.

Challenging U.S. Global Dominance
Herbert Bix
The United States pushed NATO further eastward toward the borders of Russia while pouring money and armaments into Georgia, paving the way to the August war.

Postcard from ... the UN
Nora McKeon
In the midst of the food crisis, African farmers are finally telling their story directly to the world.

Global Economy
Green Paper Gold
Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello, and Brendan Smith
Here's an innovative way to tackle the economic crisis and global warming in one sweeping proposal.

Economic Woes? Look to Kerala
Shirin Shirin
The Indian state of Kerala's alternative development model offers valuable lessons as the global economic crisis unfolds.

Charting a Progressive International Financial Agenda
Daniel Bradlow
We've got the best opportunity in 60 years to create a more pro-people global financial order.

Africa
The Africa That Pushes Back
Mukoma Wa Ngugi
Handouts and Hollywood celebrities obscure the real work being done in Africa today.

Saving Congo: Whither the EU?
Mark Burgess
The EU has an army of sorts. Maybe it should start using it for the common good.

Somalia Resurfaces
Michael Shank
Somalis can sort out their problems if the outside world just gives them a chance.

Americas
Ecuador's Debt Default
Neil Watkins and Sarah Anderson
The South American country's refusal to make "immoral and illegitimate" payments exposes an international financial architecture glitch.

Beyond the Drug War
Coletta Youngers
The Obama administration should take advantage of promising new trends in Latin America to seek more effective and more humane drug control policies both at home and abroad.

Latin Americanists Urge Obama to Revamp Policies
Cynthia McClintock
More than 200 scholars are urging the new president to respect Latin America's new progressive leadership.

Asia
Pakistan and the Islamist Challenge
A.H. Nayyar and Zia Mian
Pakistan's failure to confront Islamic militants is a threat to itself, its neighbors, and the world.

Thailand: The Certainty of Uncertainty
Johanna Son
After a coup two years ago and multiple protests since, Thailand has a new prime minister. But don't expect stability for the near future.

One China, 2.0?
Erdong Chen
The new Taiwanese president could substantially alter the cross-strait dynamic.

Eurasia
Turkey Between East and West
Ragan Updegraff
If Europe doesn't extend a welcoming hand, Turkey will drift eastward—and that's not good news for the United States.

A New Helsinki Accord
Anton Caragea
In the aftermath of the Georgia crisis, Europe needs to think big and craft a comprehensive new agreement on borders and sovereignty.

What To Do Now in Georgia
Ian Williams
It's time for the UN to step up to the plate and help resolve the conflict.

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