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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in adopting a policy of governance in October 1995, claims to be the first international financial institution to have a board-approved official position on 'good governance'.
Cromwell: Regulating The University Mind
May 14, 2002
I blame my dad. As a mature student of geography and Russian at Glasgow University, he used to take me and my wee brother Kenneth to the campus in the west end of the city, just off Byres Road in Hillhead. Gilbert Scott's Gothic creation, fulfilling its m
I keep seeing books, articles and correspondence which refer to a â€œpost-colonial worldâ€. Which world is that? Hand me a telescope. It doesnâ€™t seem to be in this galaxy.
I keep seeing books, articles and correspondence which refer to a Òpost-colonial worldÓ. Which world is that? Hand me a telescope. It doesnÕt seem to be in this galaxy.
It's that time of year again. The winner of the Roger Award for the worst transnational corporation operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2001 was named at an open-air evening event in Auckland on Friday April 12th.
Choudry: Playing With Children's Lives A Tried and Tested Tactic for Australian Government
Apr 02, 2002
"I regard this as one of the most disturbing practices I've come across", Australia's Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Philip Ruddock told media at the time.
Choudry: Still Under Wraps: Official Information Laws Keep Free Trade Details Away From Prying Public Eyes
Mar 07, 2002
I don't know if he still uses it, but as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand, before being inflicted on the rest of the world through the WTO, one of Mike Moore's favourite expressions was "I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you."
Correll: JOHN Q. -
Mar 03, 2002
The critics and the news media panned it. Variety went so far as to say, "A rare case of blatant political propaganda in a major Hollywood picture, John Q. is a shamelessly manipulative commercial on behalf of national health insurance." True, the film graphically demonstrates how bad the health insurance situation is in this country and how urgently we need a solution -- which is why it's no surprise that John Q. wasn't made in Hollywood after all.
Chomsky: The Week Online Interviews Chomsky
Feb 23, 2002
Week Online: During Sunday's SuperBowl, the drug czar's office ran a series of paid ads attempting to link drug use and the "war on terrorism." If you use drugs, the ads said, you support terrorism. What is your take on this?
Now that weâ€™re all supposed to be Americans as the fight against â€œthe evil onesâ€ expands, a recent incident has reminded me that some of us, wherever we may live, are just, as George Bush said recently, â€œPakisâ€.
Now that weÕre all supposed to be Americans as the fight against Òthe evil onesÓ expands, a recent incident has reminded me that some of us, wherever we may live, are just, as George Bush said recently, ÒPakisÓ.
It might not quite be a case of Pete Townshend's "meet the new boss, same as the old boss" but the changing of the guard at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) later this year is unlikely to make any real difference to developing countries suffering under
If there's one phrase I could do with hearing less of during 2002, it's "civil society". I'm not alone. Many of my friends, community activists and organisers in a number of countries also cringe at the ritualized, ubiquitous usage of the phrase. We shud
Cromwell: The public threat to private power
Jan 14, 2002
ÔThe single greatest threat to the multilateral trade system is the absence of public support.Õ Thus spoke Charlene Barshefsky, ClintonÕs U.S. trade representative, in the run-up to the 1999 WTO summit in Seattle.
These days we are swamped by information about the impact of corporate capitalism, structural adjustment, and the power and influence of transnational corporations. We are bludgeoned with propaganda about the inevitability of globalisation, of there being
Cromwell: Terror, Delusion And Obscenities
Dec 09, 2001
A few weeks ago, while awaiting a flight from Heathrow to Glasgow, I encountered an alleged war criminal walking around freely. His name? Robin Cook. Yes, the former British foreign secretary, now leader of the House of Commons. Iraq, Serbia, East Timor.
Choudry: Canadaâ€™s Dirty War Over Words
Nov 21, 2001
My October visit to Canada was overshadowed by the vicious demonisation and vilification of a friend. ZNet has already posted a copy of University of British Columbia academic and social justice activist Sunera Thobaniâ€™s speech and her paper â€œWar Frenzyâ€ reflecting on the controversy that followed her talk.
Choudry: CanadaÕs Dirty War Over Words
Nov 21, 2001
My October visit to Canada was overshadowed by the vicious demonisation and vilification of a friend. ZNet has already posted a copy of University of British Columbia academic and social justice activist Sunera ThobaniÕs speech and her paper ÒWar FrenzyÓ
Choudry: Advance Australia Fair?
Nov 08, 2001
In historyÕs page let every stage Advance Australia Fair
The winds of change, so the clichŽ goes, are blowing across the Pacific. Yet looking at the background to two regional trade agreements launched in August makes me think that sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same.