SYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 18 (IPS) – George Soros, Bill Gates and other pundits have been predicting another financial crisis. In their recent book, Revolution Required: The Ticking Bombs of the G7 Model, Peter Dittus and Herve Hamoun, former senior officials of the Bank of International Settlements, warned of ‘ticking time bombs’ in the global financial system waiting to explode, mainly due to the policies of major developed countries.
Some delegates to a climate change conference in Thailand lament the shortfall in a United Nations program meant to help poor countries.
Some countries have lobbied to end the requirement that all 28 member states spring forward and fall back each year.
PORT VILA, Aug 21 (IPS) – Op-ed by Ralph Regenvanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vanuatu.
Cradled in the South Pacific, my home country Vanuatu is made mostly of ocean. The Pacific covers 98% of the national jurisdiction. Here, some 280,000 Ni-Vanuatu like myself live simply off the land and sea. We view the ocean as a living ‘bridge’ that connects islands and continents while sustaining life in all its forms. Where we come from, the ocean has a heartbeat.