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Monday, May 2, 2016

In protecting our environment, Downstate lives matter

Viewpoints: Now that the weather’s warming and tornado and hurricane seasons are approaching, expect to start hearing more talk about climate change. Here in New York, Governor Cuomo has made it clear that he wants our state to be a leader in fighting against climate change. Comment.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

World economy in serious difficulty: Call for bold measures

Viewpoints: GENEVA, April 26, 2016 (IPS) - The U.S. was the cause of the crisis but has come out better than anyone else in the advanced world and better than many developing countries. During the crisis there was a widespread perception that this was the end of US hegemony. It was end of the dollar as the major reserve currency. Comment.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Panama, secrecy and tax havens

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 22, 2016 (IPS) - Unlike Wikileaks’ exposes, the recent Panama revelations were quite selective, targeted, edited and carefully managed. Most observers attribute this to the political agendas of its mainly American funders. Comment.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Unnoticed, we are close to destruction of our planet

Environment: ROME, Apr 21, 2016 (IPS) - On the 17th of April, Italians were called to vote in a national referendum, on the extension of licenses to extract petrol and gas from the seas. The government, the media and those in the economic circles, all took a position against the referendum, claiming that 2000 jobs were at a stake. Comment.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ultimately, a GOP farce in New York

Viewpoints: The New York primaries were being touted as pivotal, and to a large extent they were. But on the GOP side, because of the bizarre plot twists that have dogged their nominee search, what they wound up with in New York was altogether a farce, in which the guy who dominated is probably still seen by the party establishment as its worst nightmare. Problem is, the rival who got beaten is a major horror show as well. Does riding high in a farce really change the dynamic? Comment.

Friday, April 15, 2016

No sidelines in fight against climate change

Viewpoints: On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day. Comment.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A revolutionary path within the system

Viewpoints: Because the 2016 campaign, thanks to the circus that has been the Republicans’ search for a presidential candidate, has so extensively concentrated on the outrageous, there’s been not nearly enough attention paid to other aspects of the upcoming vote that figure to be quite consequential. Comment.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Panama Papers: A global report card

Viewpoints: ROME, April 11, 2016 (IPS) - On Sunday, 3 April, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released an unprecedented leak of documents exposing the secretive financial dealings of some of the world’s richest and most powerful. Comment.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Ignore standard good governance prescriptions to accelerate development

Viewpoints: Jomo Kwame Sundaram was UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development. Anis Chowdhury held various senior positions in the United Nations Secretariat in New York and Bangkok. ROME, March 31 2016 (IPS) - Many well-meaning people believe that “good governance” is key to inclusive development. But research claiming that “good governance” is essential for rapid growth suffers from serious methodological or conceptual limitations. Existing definitions are extremely broad, suffer from functionalist tautology, or mainly refer to corruption. Comment.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Expect go-for-jugular campaign tactics

Viewpoints: The numbers aren’t pointing that way but in the event Bernie Sanders becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, one of the key factors that would determine how he fares would be whether he can ably withstand the assuredly withering onslaught mounted by the other side to highlight the “socialist” and / or “communist” label they would pin on Sanders. Comment.

Friday, April 1, 2016

A decalogue to understand terrorism and its consequences

Viewpoints: Roberto Savio, is founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News ROME, March 28, 2016 (IPS) - The recent Brussels massacre has created a short term reaction, which ignores a long term projection. All the debate is now about security, police reinforcement, new military strategies, as if terrorism can be solved just as a matter of public order. Comment.

Friday, March 25, 2016

We’ve fought a long time for this...

Viewpoints: To The Editor: Wherever I go in our city, people from all walks of life come up to me, literally grabbing me by the arm, all saying the same thing: “I’ve got to talk to you, because I don’t know if I can afford to stay here. I don’t know if I’m going to be priced out of my own city.” Comment.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fast fix needed at Trinidad & Tobago Consulate

Trinidad and Tobago: It would probably be difficult to find a group that was more relieved at the ouster of the regime led by former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar than employees, past and current, at the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in New York whose employment was, in some instances summarily terminated, in others, compromised to levels more befitting a 19th century workplace Comment.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Fight to end mass incarceration of women

Viewpoints: Black women today yield significant political power as the most reliable Democratic voters. Yet, despite growing political importance, they score at the very bottom when it comes to virtually every economic indicator from education to lifetime earnings to household wealth. Some past history that shapes black women’s lives just aren’t changing fast enough. Comment.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Finding a saving grace, after this

Viewpoints: As it begins to look more or less unavoidable that the GOP will be hoisting Donald Trump as its candidate for the U.S. presidency, the true dimensions of America arriving at such a sorry pass should hopefully be sinking in concurrently on those who’ve maybe gone the escapist route with the freak show narrative. Comment.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Taking a closer look over anonymous companies

Viewpoints: The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money. Comment.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Is American society coming of age?

Viewpoints: Who would have thought that the U.S. political class is now feverishly distancing itself from the Iraq war? After years of a genocidal, unethical and illegal war, everyone is now anxious to claim that he / she voted against it, spoke out against it. Comment.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Will their standards sink even lower?

Viewpoints: Is this stuff real, that would-be Republican presidents are serving up for public sampling? It’s difficult to resist the conclusion that the mud-wrestling bouts featuring what’s left of the field of GOP seekers of White House occupancy is too bizarre not to be an act – a sick promotional ploy concocted by party operatives. Comment.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Christie’s mean-spirited parting shot

Viewpoints: I remember MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow concluding another of her typically well-crafted intros with: “And that’s why this man will never be president of the United States.” Comment.

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

It’s not just Flint where kids are in danger

Viewpoints: Brown, foul-smelling water spewing out of faucets. Children poisoned by lead and other toxic metals. Families with aching joints, brittle bones, and shocking hair loss. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

UNDP at 50 seeks broad coalition targeting sustainable development

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Feb 22, 2016 (IPS) - Fifty years ago, one in every three people around the world was living in poverty. It was against that backdrop that the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP), was founded in 1966. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Unimpressive credentials for presidential duty

Viewpoints: The sorry state in which the Republican Party finds itself this presidential election year, rather than improving as the campaign grinds on, is getting even sorrier. Comment.

Building a pipeline to success in central Brooklyn

Viewpoints: Almost 53 years ago, Medgar Evers, the civil rights activist who led the movement to desegregate the University of Mississippi, died at the hands of an assassin as he fought for basic rights, including the right to a fair and equal opportunity at a decent education. Comment.

‘Crimmigration’ and its importance to our society

Viewpoints: “Crimmigration” is the marriage of Criminal and Immigration Law. “Crimmigration” is important to our community because many criminal convictions and certain non-criminal convictions may have serious adverse consequences for aliens (green card holders); non-aliens and individuals in unlawful status in the United States of America. Comment.