John Bolton's grandstanding vote today opposing the establishment of a UN Human Rights Council might please hard-core isolationists. But no one else.
The World Social Forum in Caracas provided living proof of
alternative political and social visions, but raised new questions
about government co-optation.
Many Bolivians have faith in Evo Morales, the former coca farmer who
became the first indigenous president in the country's history last
month. But will Morales be able to keep his promises to nationalize the
energy industry and protect indigenous culture and the livelihood of farmers?
Long-awaited reform efforts at the United Nations have
fallen far short of Kofi Annan's original vision. But despite John
Bolton's antagonism, there has been progress.
By insisting on its right to develop the full range of nuclear technology, Iran has become a Third World hero.
The job's too vital to be left unfilled. So Bush will stiff the Senate now--and name Bolton anyhow.
Eurolabor is asking what's in the new European Monetary Union for workers.
The conservatives who applauded the President's courage in making a recess appointment are normally strict constructionists, and although Bush is not the first President to abuse the prerogative, it is clear that recess appointments were meant to be be used in cases of unexpected emergencies, not to bypass the confirmation process. Ian Williams reports.
Exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide attributes his falling-out with Washington to a disagreement over privatization.
Despite alarmist talk, the European economy is not in shambles.