FAO summit in Rome: Success or Failure?

The consensus is growing on what steps to take to increase the food supply

Posted by Germán Rojas, 10th July 2008

faocumbreroma1.jpgIs the glass half full or half empty? Despite criticisms, the recent meeting of the FAO in Rome reached various and important achievements, like the treatment of agriculture and food as principle themes in the international political agenda, next to energy and climate change, the author says. Secondly, more than 6,500 million dollars were raised in support of the cause.

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Puerto Rico, The 51st State in the Union?

Closer to Washington, by its own choice

Posted by Javier del Rey Morató, 10th July 2008

prusa.jpgWith 4 million Puerto Ricans on the island, and another 4 million in the United States, Puerto Rico is experiencing an unusual situation that many wish to change. Supporters of statehood and those affiliated with the Commonwealth are beginning to see a new tendency, which, while not exactly pushing for independence, leans toward Washington.

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Mendicancy in the Philippines

Is a Culture of Begging on the Rise?

Posted by Joel Adriano, 8th July 2008

nenafilipina.jpgIn a country where the basic costs of food and transportation are growing rapidly while employment opportunities remain low, begging is on the rise and remittances sent from abroad often provide a quality of life otherwise unattainable. Is this fostering a culture of mendicancy? What are the human costs of such a phenomenon?

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Good Corporate Governance is Business

The importance of ethics and balance in modern companies

Posted by Alejandro Martínez Vivar, 8th July 2008

doloreslopezintermonenrepsol.jpgAs companies are comprised of people, the focus of business should be on the human aspect, says the author. The company infrastructure, from the highest shareholder to the last employee, should develop, according to this conception, something more elevated and complete than a mere aim toward profit. To be truly ethical and balanced is the best business in our current global world. Find out why.

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Argentina: A Besieged Country

The (unnecessary) crisis is deeper than it first appeared

Posted by Zidane Zeraoui, 8th July 2008

zidaneargentina.jpgDespite the exceptional situation brought about in Argentina by the spectacular rise of food prices in the world market, the country finds itself more urgently submerged in the grave confrontation between the central government and the agricultural sector, without a visible exit in the near future. Argentina has buried itself in an unnecessary crisis, the author says, and meanwhile is losing a unique opportunity.

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Argentina: It’s Time to Stop the Aggressions

Three months later, the agricultural crisis continues without traces of a solution

Posted by Maximiliano Borches, 3rd July 2008

crisisagropec.jpgArgentina appears to be losing a historic opportunity with regards to the global demand for food in a conflict between the government and the agricultural sector that has already lasted three months. But what is truly needed is a political model that will function for the next decade, says the author.

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The Churning River of Andean Countries

Latin America-EU: Free trade agreements–from country to country or group to group?

Posted by Yolanda Vaccaro Alexander, 3rd July 2008

uribegarcia.jpgThe commotion has shaken relations between the Andean countries: accusations between Peru and Bolivia, disputes between Ecuador and Colombia, and the eventual agreement between Lima and the EU behind the backs of the Andean Community of Nations. Chavez, meanwhile, has remained silent. The reason is simple: the growing tension between those seeking to establish Free Trade Treaties with the world and improve its economy and those who reject this ideal, says the author.

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Italy and the Risk of Speed

Does acting quickly mean acting correctly?

Posted by Chiara Novelli, 3rd July 2008

inmigrantesbari.jpgA tacit and politically correct agreement between parties, media, and institutions in Italy previously prohibited the association of the word delinquent with any concrete nationality. This pact has been broken by the immigration policy of Silvio Berlusconi’s new government, the risk of which, the author says, lies in the use of simplified formulas of communication that center all public attention in fear of the others and the illusion that their expulsion will solve the problem.

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Mothers and Children First

In the developing world, 500,000 pregnant mothers die per year, one every minute

Posted by Bernardo Kliksberg, 3rd July 2008

nenesriendo.jpgLatin America paints a paradoxical picture. It is producing food for three times its actual population, yet 25 percent of new mothers suffer from malnutrition, 42-57 percent of child deaths are caused by it, and 16 percent of children suffer from it chronically.

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