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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Q&A: Ensuring food security for all

Viewpoints: As the Ambassador of the Republic of the Sudan to Italy and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Sudan to the UN Food and Agriculture organizations in Rome, Amira Daoud Hassan Gornass, takes-up her role as chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), she shares her vision for the future of food security. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Campaign ‘rap’ needs to be real

National: As this 2016 campaign has unfolded, it has become clear, on the Democratic side, that one of the main support blocs for Bernie Sanders is young people, prominently including the college student community. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

A time to reflect on our nation’s history

Viewpoints: For over 35 years, February has served as Black History Month. As a nation, we celebrate the accomplishments of influential people of color such as Harriet Tubman, who worked tirelessly leading slaves to freedom using the Underground Railroad, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought against racial intolerance and segregation. Comment.

2 billion couples and 10 relationship challenges

Viewpoints: Joseph Chamie is an independent consulting demographer and a former director of the United Nations Population Division. NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2016 (IPS) - The relationship challenges that the world’s 2 billion couples confront vary considerably by circumstances, including age, sex, education, income, marital status, family size, length of relationship, urban-rural residence, customs, religion and region of the world. Nevertheless, 10 major challenges among married and cohabiting couples may be identified across countries. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Carson’s gambit, another mission impossible

Viewpoints: Those of us given to extremes of cynicism may well have flirted with the premise that some grand Republican scheme has been behind this freakish recurrence in recent presidential election cycles of an African American presence among the party’s so-called serious contenders for the nomination. Comment.

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Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Scrambling the picture, Bloomberg style

Viewpoints: So the scuttlebutt is, New York City’s former mega-bucks mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is eyeing a 2016 presidential run and is already indicating, the reports say, that he’s prepared to plunk one billion dollars into the effort. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Inequality in location of chemical facilities

Viewpoints: WASHINGTON, DC— A new report and interactive map just released by the Center for Effective Government finds that people of color and poor residents are significantly more likely to live near dangerous chemical facilities than white and non-poor residents in the United States. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

Ending sexism in nationality laws

Viewpoints: NEW YORK, Jan .25, 2016 (IPS) - Everyone has the right to be born with a nationality – safe, fearless and free – and secure in their human right to equally transfer, acquire, change or retain it. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Haiti: Democracy in crisis

Haiti: In January 2010, Haiti was severely struck by a devastating earthquake that literally buried a quarter million of our compatriots in the fallen debris of destroyed homes leaving an additional one million homeless. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Ensuring kooks’ confinement to sidelines

Viewpoints: There’s a potentially disturbing sequence that could envelop this 2016 presidential election scenario, leading to an eventual result that, one presumes, the clear-headed, politically alert portion of the electorate would abhor. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Enter Mr and Mrs Citizen

Trinidad and Tobago: The solution to our impending national crisis is not just financial or economic. It is not just about gas, oil and forex. The solution lies in the lap of the political economy. It is also political. Economic recovery and growth will only successfully arise through political and institutional growth. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Appointing a new UN secretary-general

Viewpoints: With Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s term of office tapering off by the end of 2016, there is increasing chatter in the corridors of the United Nations on his successor. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

2016: The forthcoming adjustment shock

Viewpoints: GENEVA, Dec 10 2015 (IPS) - Analysis of the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) expenditure projections for 187 countries between 2005 and 2020 reveals that there have been two distinct phases of government spending patterns since the onset of the global economic crisis. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

They knowingly suppressed economic reality

Viewpoints: Trinidad and Tobago’s petro-driven economy, having been traditionally regarded as a Caribbean gold standard, recent news of very troubling jitters on the economic front cannot but generate real concern, even well beyond the country’s borders. Comment.

Foreign Direct Investment: Myths and realities

Viewpoints: GENEVA, Dec 29 2015 (IPS) - Foreign direct investment (FDI) is perhaps one of the most ambiguous and the least understood concepts in international economics. Common debate on FDI is confounded by several myths regarding its nature and impact on capital accumulation, technological progress, industrialization and growth in emerging and developing economies. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

Families advance with recent tax bill, but corporations got a lot more

Viewpoints: Surprisingly, Congress’s $680 billion holiday-season tax deal will bring some cheer to working families and not just to big corporations this year. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

A booby prize GOP has earned

Viewpoints: So it may look like we planned it that way but, scout’s honor, we didn’t. Mere coincidence it was that hard on the heels of last week’s piece about the “darling of the ignorami” being unabashedly aided and abetted by the media, came news of a Quinnipiac poll’s determination that half of the country would be embarrassed by a Donald Trump presidency. Comment.

WTO: Giant steps in the World Conference

Viewpoints: NAIROBI, Dec. 23, 2015 (IPS) - World Trade Organization (WTO) members concluded the Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi on Dec. 19 by securing an historic agreement on a series of trade initiatives. The “Nairobi Package” pays fitting tribute to the Conference host, Kenya, by delivering commitments that will benefit in particular the organization’s poorest members. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

Coverage overkill of one guy’s campaign

National: Maybe it’s too much to expect that some of the media organizations committed to a 24 / 7 concentration on the buffoonery of the leading GOP presidential contender, would have the fortitude to acknowledge how much they’re responsible for the current “laughing stock” phase that has laid siege to politics in America. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015

What’s next for the U.S. after the Paris Climate Agreement?

Viewpoints: Well before the final negotiations of the COP21 climate talks in Paris, business was already making a big difference on the ground. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

Scalia again looks to reverse progress

Viewpoints: We all know that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the conservative rock of the court. But he is oftentimes acknowledged to be something of a scholar as well. And to some of us it cannot but register a bit odd that an allegedly scholarly guy, regardless of where he’s anchored ideologically, could get it so uniformly wrong with respect to issues intended to effect darkness-to-light modifications of the country’s social fabric. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

Retirement unlikely option for most people

Viewpoints: Dec. 9, 2015 (IPS) - Pensionable retirement ages and government pension programs have been established for men and women in countries around the world. Nevertheless, retirement remains an unlikely option for most people. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

Permanently support families, not corporate tax giveaways

Viewpoints: Temporary lapses of judgment can be corrected. Permanent mistakes are harder to fix. Congress is poised to offer very costly permanent tax giveaways to powerful corporations. It is also considering renewing more modest tax credits that encourage work and support millions of low-wage workers and their children. Comment.

Construction costs and the price of carbon

Environment: As the owner of a construction company, I’m angry that politicians say we can’t do anything about climate change because it would hurt business. From my perspective, not doing enough about climate change is already hurting business — and will do much more damage in the future. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

A common-sense deficit about guns

Viewpoints: But for the deadly serious topic he was addressing, it would have been laughable listening to presidential contender Senator Marco Rubio’s convoluted attempt at an explanation of why he and practically the entire Republican Senate caucus voted against the common-sense gun law reform Democrats again sought to get passed right after the San Bernardino massacre. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Why was this officer on the job?

National: The most baffling thing about the rash of controversial fatalities, where persons of color have met their deaths at the hands of white cops, is that the cycle endures. Comment.

Paid family leave is a win-win for New York

Viewpoints: A bill that would provide paid family leave insurance has been gaining momentum in Albany. It’s about time. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

The insanity of racism in America

Viewpoints: So, are we really not going to talk about the insanity that is racism in this country? Are we not going to discuss how mentally warped the idea is, that you can hate someone and consider them so subhuman to the point that you can kill them without any remorse whatsoever solely on the basis of pigmentation and melanin? Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Addressing climate change through sustainable development

Environment: ROME, Nov. 29, 2015 (IPS) - Climate change impacts are already upon us. Sea levels are rising, glaciers and ice are melting. People in poor countries are struggling to cope and adapt. Even developed countries are facing adverse consequences, taxing their own adaptive capacities to increased flooding, drought and fires. We cannot afford to wait. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015

Risks? What Risks?

Viewpoints: MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 17, 2015 (IPS) - We humans are acutely aware of risks. From our earliest times, the risks we faced were from hunger, predatory animals, extreme environmental conditions and, as our numbers grew, from other human tribes. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Indiscriminate Muslim bashing fits GOP brand

Viewpoints: So we begin with the premise that no one with all faculties intact would disagree that those abnormal life forms stoutly affirming a commitment to the mindless slaughter of innocent victims, such as we recently saw in Paris, forfeit the right to share our civilized space Comment.