The World Trade Organization: Seeking a Fair Balance of Interests

    by  • April 16, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    WTO conference in Bali 2013

    Working most of the time, far away from the attention of the world public, an international organization was recently in the limelight: the World Trade Organization. After lengthy negotiations on liberalization measures in world trade, which started in 2001 and dragged on because of considerable differences of opinion between the developed and the developing countries, [...]

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    Population: Still a Big Taboo

    by  • March 23, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Times Square NYC

    I’ve been preoccupied with the overlap between population and the environment ever since I read the Ecologist’s “A Blueprint for Survival” in the early 1970s. I’ve campaigned assiduously for progressive family planning programs since that time on, just as I have for environmental and social justice issues. It’s always been a no-bloody-brainer that the two [...]

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    Women Must Have Control Over Their Own Bodies

    by  • March 9, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Women in Sri Lanka

    Earlier this year France was the latest to join a handful of progressive countries to expand access to reproductive health services — with its National Assembly amending the country’s laws to affirm a woman’s right to an abortion through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and criminalize attempts to obstruct this right. What is refreshing [...]

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    West African Businesswomen: Stay Fearless in Your Ventures

    by  • February 17, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Woman at food stall in Douala, Cameroon.

    For a half year, I published Neue Afrique, a digital newsletter that explored business developments in the Economic Community of West African States, known as Ecowas, reaching more than 1,600 diplomats, development analysts, international civil servants, institutional investors and entrepreneurs. Neue Afrique, which involved low start-up and operating costs, acted as a prelude to my [...]

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    UN Peace Talks on Syria Collectively Failed Women

    by  • February 10, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Women Lead to Peace campaign 2014

    This is a difficult time for peace advocates. How can we talk about women participating at the peace table when talk has not translated into action? How can we discuss the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda, first mandated by the United Nations Security Council in 2000, when despite rhetoric, goodwill, ministerial support, [...]

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    Israeli-Palestinian Population Growth and Its Impact on Peace

    by  • February 2, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments

    Israeli soldiers and Palestinian children, West Bank

      A large amount of news, analysis and political rhetoric is disseminated daily about the current American-initiated Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. However, comparatively little attention — and, hence, insufficient understanding — is given to a  critical aspect of the decades-old conflict: population growth. Differential rates of population growth are redefining the relative demographic standing of Arab-Israelis, [...]

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    Could European Social Democracy Happen in Bangladesh?

    by  • December 11, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Rana Plaza in Dhaka

    Over the last year, the terrible working conditions in Bangladesh’s garment factories have made headlines around the world. The Tazreen Factory fire, in which more than a hundred people were killed, was followed quickly by the collapse of another factory at Rana Plaza, a catastrophe that killed more than 1,100 workers. Responses by Western corporations [...]

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    Isn’t It Time for the US to Ratify the UN Treaty on Disabilities?

    by  • December 18, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 


    The seventh anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities at United Nations headquarters in New York was commemorated on Dec. 13. Since March 2007, when it opened for signature, the convention has been ratified by 138 countries. Modeled after the landmark United States Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which [...]

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    Columbia Adds New Gender Focus to Its International Affairs School

    by  • December 17, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Teenage girls in Cameroon

    Gender is at the center of international agendas, not at their periphery. Today, plans in Sochi for the forthcoming Olympics — the emblem of international cooperation — are riven by disputes over Russia’s policies toward lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender persons. Peacemakers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo must address the needs of more than 2.5 million displaced [...]

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