Ideology and Dogma Create Policy Disasters – Global Problems

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury (Sydney and Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday 04 October 2022 Inter Press Service SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 4 (IPS) – Central banks (CBs) around the world – led by the US Fed, European Central Bank and Bank of England – raise interest rates, ostensibly to curb inflation . The … Read more

Nepalese government and UN agency seek investors for latest cash crop in eastern country – global issues

Large cardamom grower Kaushila Moktan on her farm in Salakpur, Eastern Nepal. Credit: Birat Anupam/IPS by Birat Anupam (salakpur, nepal) Thursday, September 29, 2022 Inter Press Service SALAKPUR, Nepal, Sep 29 (IPS) – Two and a half hours’ drive north of Kakarbhitta, Nepal’s easternmost border crossing with its massive neighbor India, is the hilly hamlet … Read more

Is there hope for anti-corruption efforts within the G20? – Global issues

Many of the global crises we face are caused or exacerbated by corruption. Credit: Ashwath Hedge/Wikimedia Commons Opinion by Sanjeeta Pant, Blair Glencorse (Washington DC) Tuesday, September 27, 2022 Inter Press Service WASHINGTON DC, Sept. 27 (IPS) — As global crises mount, the G20 appears unable to find solutions. Political disagreements within the bloc — … Read more

Inflation phobia accelerates recessions, debt crises – global problems

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury (Sydney and Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday, September 27, 2022 Inter Press Service SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 27 (IPS) – Inflation phobia among central banks (CBs) is dragging economies into recession and debt crisis. Their dogmatic beliefs prevent them from doing the right thing. Instead, they take their cues … Read more

How to Make COP27 a Success — Global Issues

The 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Egypt from November 6-18, 2022, will seek renewed solidarity among countries to realize the landmark Paris Agreement, for people and the plan. Credit: United Nations Opinion by Sohanur Rahman (Dhaka, Bangladesh) Thursday September 22, 2022 Inter … Read more

Towards a Safer Future through Effective Multilateralism — Global Problems

Opinion by Stefan Lofven (Stockholm) Wednesday 21 September 2022 Inter Press Service STOCKHOLM, Sept 21 (IPS) – As world leaders gather in New York this week for the opening of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the security horizon is undoubtedly dark. From the geopolitical shockwaves of the war in Ukraine, to … Read more

High Cost, Disputable Benefits – Global Issues

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury (Sydney and Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Inter Press Service SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 20 (IPS) – Policymakers have become obsessed with achieving low inflation. Many central banks apply inflation targeting (IT) monetary policy frameworks in different ways. Some are mandated to keep inflation at 2% … Read more

What is the African Continental Women’s Free Trade Agreement? – Global issues

The percentage of female entrepreneurship in Africa is higher than in any other region of the world. Credit: Mantu Phakathi/IPS Opinion by Jemima Njuki (nairobi) Tuesday September 13, 2022 Inter Press Service NAIROBI, Sept 13 (IPS) – Agnes Opus is selling grains in Busia, the Kenya-Uganda border town. This is her lifeline through which she … Read more

Africa struggles with neo-colonialism – global problems

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury (Sydney and Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday September 13, 2022 Inter Press Service SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 (IPS) – After a quarter of a century of economic stagnation, the recovery of the African economy in the early 21st century, even before the pandemic, was under great pressure from … Read more

Optimism prevails despite uncertainty over revolution to build African food systems – Global Issues

Leonida Odongo, an activist from Kenya’s Haki Nawiri Africa, and Dr. Timothy Wise, a fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute, agree that the African food system revolution should not be based on expensive imports. Credit: Aimable Twahirwa/IPS by Aimable Twahirwa (kigali) Monday September 12, 2022 Inter Press Service Kigali, Sept. 12 (IPS) – … Read more