Shir Hever is an economic researcher in the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour. Researching the economic aspect of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, some of his research topics include the international aid to the Palestinians [...]
Archive for December, 2012
Uri Avnery: The strong must lead to sweet Palestine by Uri Avnery IT WAS a day of joy. Joy for the Palestinian people.
Joy for all those who hope for peace between Israel and the Arab world. And, in a modest way, for me personally. The General Assembly of the United Nations, the highest world forum, has voted overwhelmingly for the recognition of the State of Palestine, though in a limited way. The resolution adopted by the same forum 65 years ago to [...]
It turns out B.P.’s Deepwater Horizon spill of almost five million gallons of oil wasn’t nearly as disastrous as the two million gallons of dispersants used to clean it up – which, in a synergistic interaction, becomes up to 52 times more toxic to small organisms when mixed with oil. This from a new study in the journal Environmental Pollution, which [...]
Gulf states quiet on climate change pledges The wealthy states have not yet pledged to cut emissions, but green energy projects are blooming in the oil-rich region. Sam Bollier
Oil-rich Saudi Arabia says it plans to get a third of its domestic energy from solar power by 2032 [Reuters] Doha, Qatar - Over the course of millions of years, heat and pressure deep underground blessed this sweltering nook of the Middle East with some of the biggest fossil fuel deposits in the world. Depending on [...]
Recession-hit Slovenians vote new president Voting under way as fears of bailout mount in the Eastern European nation once perceived as star member of EU.
Voting in the Slovenian presidential election run-off began 02 December at an even slower pace than in the first round[Al Jazeera] Voting is under way in Slovenia’s presidential run-off amid growing discontent with cost-cutting measures designed to avoid an international bailout. Sunday’s runoff pits anti-austerity incumbent Danilo Turk against former Prime Minister Borut Pahor, who has supported [...]
Don’t get fooled again The debate is still often about “who loves the economy more, when it should be about people”.
People are “actually hurt by layoffs, lack of health insurance and the austerity-police” [Reuters] Washington, DC, can be a strange place. It’s a city where experience is considered paramount – even if that experience sometimes consists of screaming “Remember The Maine” just before an ill-fated march into Iraq, or picking perhaps the single dumbest person [...]