IPS: What Role for EU in Mideast?

The Week with IPS


Here are some of the most-read stories of the past week — and stories you shouldn’t go without reading:


MIDEAST: Dubious EU Support to U.S. Challenged

David Cronin

BRUSSELS – The European Union’s foreign policy supremo Javier Solana declared himself “fully behind” the call for an international conference on the Middle East made recently by U.S. President George W. Bush. But is it time for the EU to cease being guided on the Israeli-Palestinian question by the United States, which as the main supplier of weapons to the Israeli military is partisan by definition?


ASIA: Iraq’s Fairytale Journey Gives Football a Shot in the Arm

Marwaan Macan-Markar



NAMIBIA: No Water In Babylon

Nzwanayi Nyandoro

WINDHOEK – Cardboard and rickety tin structures jostle for space on a barren outcrop in the sprawling suburb of Katutura in Namibia’s capital Windhoek. A putrid smell hangs in the still, afternoon air as flies wing their way over the debris.



SRI LANKA: Not All Tsunami Reconstruction Is Equal

Amantha Perera

COLOMBO – It has been 30 months since the waves struck the coasts of Sri Lanka in the morning hours of Dec. 26, 2004. Since then, in a pattern that has become symbolic of the divided nature of the South Asian island, parts of the country have motored ahead with the reconstruction effort, while others have lagged woefully behind.



PARAGUAY: Stroessner’s Crimes Under the Microscope

David Vargas

ASUNCIÓN – Paraguay’s Truth and Justice Commission has launched a campaign to collect testimonies from 2,000 victims and relatives of people who disappeared during the dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner, who ruled this country with an iron fist for 35 years.



Tiny U.S. Town Demands Justice in Dioxin Poisoning

Adrianne Appel

BOSTON – A U.S. health agency has made research subjects of people in tiny Mossville, Louisiana by repeatedly monitoring dangerously high levels of dioxin in their blood while doing nothing to get the community out of harm’s way, residents say.



HAITI: Workers Protest Privatisation Layoffs

Jeb Sprague and Wadner Pierre

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Late last month, President René Préval announced that Haiti’s public telephone company, Téléco, would be privatised. Meeting recently with the Haitian Chamber of Commerce and Senator Jean Hector Anacacis of Preval’s Lespwa political party, the president finalised plans to sell off the aging enterprise.



MOZAMBIQUE: Agriculture Input Fairs – A Chance to “Live in Dignity”

Ruth Ayisi – IPS/IFEJ

MAPUTO – Despite a chain of misfortunes, 75-year-old Gonçalves Mandlate faithfully works his plot soon after sunrise each day, hoping that his life, and those of the five grandchildren who live with him, will improve.



ARGENTINA: A Crack in Dam Safety

Claudia Mazzeo – IPS/IFEJ

BUENOS AIRES – More than 500 dams around the world have collapsed since the mid-20th century. In Argentina, ageing and inadequate maintenance of dams built before the 1970s, the lack of coordination amongst regulatory bodies, and budget shortfalls are giving a boost to the latent threat.



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