The Week with IPS
Here are some of the most-read stories of the past seven days — and stories you shouldn’t go without reading.
CHINA : Property Law Denies Farmers the Good Earth
BEIJING – China’s national parliament passed a pioneering property law on Friday which, despite lofty sounding clauses and media hype, fails to safeguard the ownership rights of more than half of the population.
IRAQ: Give Us Some Real Political Leaders
BAGHDAD – Many Iraqis are now looking to local political leadership to fill wide gaps in a fractured government that is failing to provide security and basic needs.
IRAN: Anti-Stoning Women Activists Held Indefinitely
TEHRAN – The indefinite detentions of the prominent lawyer Shadi Sadr and Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, a leading campaigner against the award of stoning sentences for adultery, are being seen here as part of increasing pressure on women’s rights activists by the Islamic republic.
Bush’s Book List Gets More Islamophobic
Analysis by Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON – Accounts of a recent “literary luncheon” at the White House suggest that President George W. Bush’s reading tastes — until now a remarkably good predictor of his policy views — are moving ever rightward, even apocalyptic, despite his administration’s recent suggestions that it is more disposed to engage Washington’s foes, even in the Middle East.
AFRICA: Millennium Development Goals Depend on Power Relations Changing
JOHANNESBURG – “The people of Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta are poor not because they do not have resources but because they do not have political power. Those who wield power in Nigeria are building skyscrapers in Lagos and Abuja while there is nothing in the Niger Delta. It is the same at the global level.”
GUATEMALA: One-Way Ticket Home
GUATEMALA CITY – “They catch you and treat you like trash,” said 38-year-old Julio Medrano, shortly after being sent back to his home country along with 116 other Guatemalans deported on a charter flight from the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona.
IRAQ: Kurds Fear a New War
Mohammed A. Salih
QANDIL MOUNTAINS – The fragile quiet in this no-man’s-land is broken by a young fighter shooting into the air at a regular morning ceremony to “commemorate martyrs”.
Some More Unequal to EU Than Others
BRUSSELS – The European Union’s development aid chief has been accused of prioritising central African countries for which he has a personal fixation at the expense of other needy nations.
South Faults Double Standards on U.N. Top Jobs
UNITED NATIONS – When Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took office in January, he made a public commitment to revamp the U.N. Secretariat, inculcate high ethical standards and make his new administration fully transparent and accountable.
SOMALIA: Conference Plans for a Chaotic Capital
NAIROBI – Interim Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi appealed Wednesday for some 42 million dollars to secure his country’s capital, Mogadishu, and to fund a reconciliation conference in the war-torn state.
BOLIVIA: Living Outside of the Dike
TRINIDAD – “If you haven’t seen what has happened to our houses, get in the canoe; it’s safe, you won’t fall in. Go and visit the barrio,” says a woman in this north-central Bolivian city, and four teenagers invite this IPS reporter to climb on board for a tour.
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