A Global Epidemic

Despite international efforts and vast monetary resources, the spread of HIV has yet to be stopped. Even the immediate steps are controversial: should we focus on treating those who are living with Aids or on preventing the spread of the virus?

No Glove, No Love

Every year on December 1, tragedy strikes again as journalists around the world conclude their search for dramatic stories to commemorate World Aids Day. The stories are always the same: Infection rates are on the rise as fewer people protect themselves from HIV because of inadequate options. People

There Is No Magic Bullet

Southern Africa and South Africa in particular, remains the region with the highest number of HIV infections worldwide. Young women are the population group hardest hit by the pandemic, owing to intersecting biological, social and cultural vulnerabilities that increase their risk of acquiring HIV. H

IMF and World Bank

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund portray themselves as the stabilizers of the international market and the distributor of aid. But their policies still carry the stamp of the Washington Consensus. The neoliberal agenda often holds the biggest benefits for the givers of money, not the recipients.

Toothless Tiger

The World Bank has a legitimacy problem. Many developing countries see it as an extension of Western influence. Therefore, it is not at all regarded as immoral in developing countries to make money from interactions with the World Bank. The foreign committee of the US-Senate blocked further funds fo

Full Speed Ahead

Much has been written about how the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) have imposed economic policies in developing countries that had appalling effects on the poor. In the year 2000, the world adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets for poverty reduction focusing

The Shadow of Bretton Woods

The 1944 Bretton Woods Conference created two institutions: the International Monetary Fund, to monitor the fixed exchange rate regime prescribed by the final treaty and to offer short-term finance to help member countries to overcome temporary balance of payments disequilibria while preserving the

Tea Party

From the proverbial "main street" to the chambers of Congress: The story of the Tea Party movement puzzles many. But success comes with a price tag. Polarization has taken precedence over constructive criticism.

A Violent Tea Party?

It is, perhaps, to be expected that Europeans would express shock at the events in Arizona on January 8th. Not just shock at the killings, themselves, but because the massacre appears to be evidence that at least some Americans have gone off the deep end and are fomenting political violence. It is


The Tea Party is essentially more of a libertarian movement than a conservative movement, but their message – schizophrenic to begin with - has become even more muddled as they gain influence and popularity. The one overriding theme has been the economy. They are concerned about unemployment and


Again, Wikileaks has begun to publish tens of thousands of confidential documents. A service to democratic ideals - or a vital threat to international politics and national security?

Redefining Freedom

Julian Assange of Wikileaks, has won the reader's poll at TIME Magazine for Person of the Year in 2010. Never mind that the editors picked Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook for the prestigious recognition. Assange is still the people’s choice with more than double the votes for Turkish Prime Minister Er

Leviathan Is Still Standing

The US are able to keep secrets among millions, Arabs and Iranians are getting along just fine while Israel is pushing for a war. Cablegate shattered what many thought to be certain. This surely is to the credit of Julian Assanges group. But it would be naive to assume that this will ring in a new

Failure Of The Press

A slip-up with the delivery of the last issue of the German weekly magazine "Der Spiegel" brought a sudden end to the eager anticipation. It became known in the run up that Wikileaks had stricken once again. As has already been the case with the publication of secret records about the wars in Iraq a

The Case For Confidentiality

What’s the use of diplomacy if you can’t keep a secret? Not much. What’s its use if you can? A lot, in my humble opinion. As a retired United States Ambassador with a diplomatic career of 30 years, I have something to say about the The Wikileaks Affair.

Other countries have lost confid


Communication Quarantine

Secretly checking emails, twittering from the restroom, online 24/7. How addicted to the "social media" phenomenon have we become? Markus Albert attempts to find out himself.

Google Almighty

Social media and Google are quickly becoming invaluable to our lives. By breaking with old structures, the little start-up emerged as the most dominant force of the Internet Age.

The Highlanders' Way

The Scottish National Party is governing from Edinburgh. Their central aim: independence from England. But this does not necessarily spell doom for the UK. Instead, we might see the emergence of new forms of partial sovereignty.

Tales from the Shire

The German federal government is relinquishing power to the EU in Brussels. Yet encouraged by the success of regional autonomy movements elsewhere, Bavarians want to bring politics back to Southern Germany - and closer to the people.

Moscow, Get Ready for Trouble

The long shadow of the Soviet Union can be felt even today. Around Russia, former republics and part-republics are experiencing turmoil across national and ethnic borders. If Moscow is not careful to play her cards right, destabilizing forces could soon become energized.

There is Always Room for Mysteries

Our understanding of the universe is continuously expanding. But every question that is solved only leads to new questions. Alexander Goerlach talked to Sir Martin Rees about astronomy, scientific certainty, and the role of religion in contemporary society.

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