Secretary General unveils latest reform
UNITED NATIONS—United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan Sept.
23 proposed a broad set of reforms to be implemented within the world
body, including simplification of administrative procedures and a
reduction of expenditures.
French analysts say President Bush's plan
to attack Iraq is covered in oil
U.S. is mixing its interest in oil with the global fight against
terrorism, leading French analysts say.
African finance ministers won't condemn
WASHINGTON—A burning issue among Europeans is the question of land
reform and the removal of White farmers and landowners in Zimbabwe.
Talk radio accused of inciting race hate
PORT OF SPAIN (IPS)—Authorities are listening intently to
radio talk show hosts they say are pushing the limit of free speech
concerning politics and race in this ethnically divided land.
World Bank chief to rich nations: 'Stop cheating the poor'
NAIROBI, Kenya (PANA)—World Bank President James Wolfensohn
called on developed nations to stop cheating poor countries and to make
good their pledge to reverse protective trade policies that exacerbate
poverty in developing countries.
Annan: Perceived 'double standard' at UN is
UNITED NATIONS (IPS)—UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said
recently that the world body has long been "dogged" by charges it has
two yardsticks to measure violations of Security Council resolutions.
Commonwealth defers action on Pres. Mugabe
LAGOS (IRIN)—Leaders of a three-member Commonwealth committee
on Zimbabwe ended talks in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on agreement of
fresh sanctions against President Robert Mugabe.
U.S. subsidies help big business, but crush
farmers from developing countries
WASHINGTON (IPS)—New U.S. agricultural subsidies benefit big
business while impoverishing poor farmers from developing
countries and they
contradict advice from global institutions like the World Bank and the
International Monetary Fund (IMF), says a development group.