UNESCO Courier

Articles from September

A Pirouette around Poverty
Two enthusiastic and seasoned choreographers open new horizons for underprivileged children in Cartagena by introducing them to modern dance Alvaro Restrepo, a Colombian dancer and choreographer, could have pursued his career anywhere in the world--in...
Banana Blues
A farmers' group in Burkina Faso gains clout in its battle against the liberalization of agriculture, and turns to the global movement for support Ousseini Ouedraogo, forty-something, looks like a lumberjack. He has the moral strength of one, too....
China's Migrant Children Fall through the Cracks
Despite China's educational achievement, migrant children in the country's big cities are struggling to find a place in school. For many, the unlicensed route is at best, the only option I Every semester, Li Shumei and Yi Benyao turn away hundreds...
Connected and Capable
First, civil society acted as an opposition force, then it brought a critical voice into major world forums. Now the time has come to offer alternatives It all starts with a sense of powerlessness, springing from a paradox that can be formulated...
Crimes against Culture
In the former Yugoslavia, the destruction of cultural heritage erased a common identity in cities and fulfilled an archaic dream in the countryside In 1991, in the early days of the Cold War's end, Western Europeans were shaken by television images...
Cuddling Up to Cyborg Babies
A "cybershrink" traces relations between children and their electronic pets and computer toys over three generations Children have always used their toys and playthings to create models for understanding their world. Fifty years ago, the genius...
Ecuador: Beyond the Dollar Coup
Globalization is fine, say Ecuador's indigenous leaders, as long as it allows us to preserve our traditional culture and begin talks with the North on a level playing field Luis Macas is one of the most prominent leaders and thinkers in Ecuador's...
Globalization: A Moral Imperative
A leading international trade theorist argues that free markets and integration into the world economy are key to making a dent on poverty "Globalization" has become today's buzz word. It has also become a battle ground for two radically opposed...
Governance: Time for a Radical Remake
Despite their vastly different agendas, NGOs stand united in their plea for stemming the power of transnational corporations through more plural global structures As protest movements go, the mass gatherings that shouted down trade representatives...
Igorots: In Defence of Home
In the mid-1970s, the Igorot people won fame for fighting the largely World Bank-funded Chico River Dam project. Now, their survival is increasingly linked to changing the rules of international trade, as a leading advocate explains I had become...
Justice for Janitors in Silicon Valley
By exposing the flagrant gap between rich and poor, janitors in America's high-tech heartland have captured nationwide attention in their fight for decent working conditions Vicente Mendoza, an immigrant from Mexico, travels about 15 miles (24 km)...
Kosovo: Burned Books and Blasted Shrines
Kosovo's cultural heritage was deliberately targetted during the 1998-1999 conflict says Harvard University's Andras Riedlmayer', co-author of the first survey assessing the damage You spent three weeks in Kosovo in October 1999 documenting damage...
NGOs: Searching for Solid Ground
The role of NGOs should be to foster the emergence of a worldwide civil society, the first step towards making globalization a more democratic affair NGOs were not born yesterday, but the rising number of conflicts that have reverberated in recent...
Organic Rebel
After dodging police in the streets, a young activist in the U.S. takes the battle against corporate forces onto firmer ground "Eat your food. Children in Ethiopia are starving." It is a familiar refrain at the American dinner table to which scores...
Renewing the State
Many view globalization as a technology-driven global order that has led to an intensification of interconnectedness among nations. This, however, is merely one facet of globalization, and does not presuppose the ideological homogenization or the rapid...
Social Pioneers Come of Age
Non-governmental organizations took centre stage in Seattle, but many have been spinning their web for several decades around the globe Everywhere we turn there is good economic news. The massive growth of the global economy, fed by revolutionary...
Sport Medicine: To Heal or to Win?
On the eve of the Sydney Olympic Games, sport medicine is faced with ethical dilemmas that stretch well beyond the domain of top-level competition Advances in life sciences and biotechnology are stirring up a broad debate about ethics. Expert committees...
The Fishermen's Firebrand Takes on the Fleet
Father Thomas Kocherry has been catapulted into leading India's 10-million-strong fishing community in its campaign against industrial fleets, shrimp farms and coastal pollution "The life of the planet and the dependent health and welfare of humanity...
Tim Berners-Lee: The Web's Brainchild
A staunch idealist, the British inventor of the World Wide Web is worth more than his weight in gold. Tim Berners-Lee has shunned opportunities in the private sector to captain an international consortium grouping the Web's who's who. His foremost...
Tomorrow's Humane Economy
Countering the previous viewpoint, the author turns to history to show that belief in the market as the best of all social orders is an old ideal that does not bear up to scrutiny Since the early 1980s, when the Thatcherite and Reaganite revolutions...
Venice: Duels over Troubled Waters
How can the ecological balance of Venice be reconciled with the demands of industry? Is the highly controversial construction of mobile floodgates the solution? The decision will be made by 2001 The traveller to Venice should arrive at the end of...