How Much is Left of Syrian in the Syrian War?

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:35

ROME, Nov 24, 2015 – The U.S. Congress, under the valiant leadership of Republicans, has vetoed the entry of Syrian refugees, including women and children, into the United States against Obama's intention to accept 10,000 – a symbolic amount in a country which accepts over 50.000 refugees every year – while Germany is accepting at least 800,000 Syrians.

What is frightening is the total ignorance of the world which is behind that veto.

Indicators for SDG: Counting the trees, hiding the forest

Submitted by Roberto Bissio on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:54

Roberto Bissio | After a two day-meeting in Bangkok, at the end of October, the statistical experts of the United Nations agencies and 28 countries have come with a controversial list of 159 “generally agreed” indicators to measure the Sustainable Development Goals approved last September by the UN General Assembly attended by Heads of State and Government.

Africa's Land and Seed Laws Under Attack

Submitted by Food and Nutrition on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:17


By AllAfrica

The lobby to industrialise food production in Africa is not only pouring money into plantation projects on the ground, it is changing African laws to serve foreign agribusiness as well. This is the main finding of a new report from the civil society organisations Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) and GRAIN.

SID Youth Livelihoods and Agricultural Transformation Project Updates

Submitted by Food and Nutrition on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 13:29

In March 2015, SID convened a research workshop for stakeholders of the YLAT project. The research and conceptualization workshop on “Youth Livelihoods, Employment and Agricultural Transformation: Institutional Strengthening and Policy Dialogue in East Africa” was held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania between March 11th-13th 2015 at the Landmark Hotel, Mbezi Beach.

The UN GA adopted a resolution on principles to guide sovereign debt restructuring processes

Submitted by Bhumika Muchhala on Fri, 10/02/2015 - 15:10

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on principles to guide sovereign debt restructuring processes on the afternoon of 10 September.

This landmark resolution was submitted to the General Assembly by South Africa (current chair of the Group of 77 and China developing countries). It was initiated by Argentina in the wake of the vulture funds lawsuit by an international hedge fund against the country.

The resolution yielded a ‘yes’ vote Sent from my iPhone

Europe's beams are cracking

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Fri, 10/02/2015 - 15:07

Rome, Sept. 2015 – Europe was constructed without secure beams, and those are now visibly coming apart. The idea that a common currency would be enough to integrate 28 countries could have held true with the appropriate generation of politicians still in place. But the present one is incapable of dreams and visions, and the refugee crisis is a good example.

Uruguay abandons TiSA

Submitted by Roberto Bissio on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 14:04

Roberto Bissio, Montevideo, 8 September - Just a week before the deadline for submitting national offers on liberalization of services sectors under the on-going "secret" talks for a "Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), Uruguay President Tabar? V?zquez decided on Monday, 7 September, to abandon the plurilateral negotiations and has directed the government to comply.

Consensus on Post-2015 development agenda struck behind closed doors

Submitted by Bhumika Muchhala on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 15:38

Consensus on Post-2015 development agenda struck behind closed doors - Compromises in the final 48 hours -

by Bhumika Muchhala, Ranja Sengupta and Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network (6 August 2015)

(Note: The final outcome document of the post-2015 development agenda has not yet been officially published by the UN Secretariat. This article is based on the last published text of the outcome document of late Saturday night, 1 August 2015.  A full analysis will be made by Third World Network when the text is officially available.)

Better agriculture policies in EAC

Submitted by Food and Nutrition on Sun, 08/09/2015 - 13:02

Photo: Jenn Lang/Flikr

By  Samuel Nabwiiso, 

Uganda’s Minister in charge of East African Community Affairs   Shem Bageine  in his  speech read  by the Commissioner of production and Social services in the Ministry of East African Affairs  Ronah Sserwada  during the East African Community  Agriculture  Budget Summit held at Entebbe  said   that it’s the responsibilities  of the Governments in the community  to guarantee the thrives of Agriculture sector in the Five member states of EAC.