Stories written by Sanjay Suri
Sanjay Suri has been chief editor since December 2009. He was earlier editor for the Europe and Mediterranean region since 2002. His responsibilities through this period included coverage of the Iraq invasion and the conditions there since. Some other major developments he has covered include the Lebanon war and continuing conflicts in the Middle East. He has also written for IPS through the period on issues of rights and development. Prior to joining IPS, Sanjay was Europe editor for the Indo-Asian News Service, covering developments in Europe of interest to South Asian readers, and correspondent for the Outlook weekly magazine. Assignments included coverage of the 9/11 attacks from New York and Washington. Before taking on that assignment in 1990, he was with the Indian Express newspaper in Delhi, as sub-editor, chief sub-editor, crime correspondent, chief reporter and then political correspondent. Reporting assignments through this period included coverage of terrorism and rights in Punjab and Delhi, including Operation Bluestar in Amritsar, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the rioting that followed. This led to legal challenge to several ruling party leaders and depositions in inquiry commissions. Other assignments have included reporting on cases of blindings in Rajasthan, and the abuse of children in Tihar jail in Delhi, one of the biggest prisons in India. That report was taken as a petition by the Supreme Court, which then ordered lasting reforms in the prison system. Sanjay has an M.A. in English literature from the University of Delhi, followed by a second master’s degree in social and organisational psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also completed media studies at Stanford University in California. Sanjay is author of ‘Brideless in Wembley’, an account of the immigration experiences of Indians in Britain.

Women at a self-help group meeting in Andhra Pradesh. Credit: SERP/IPS

DEVELOPMENT: And How the Miracle Multiplied

Most of these women had never known what it is to have the dollar a day everyone speaks of. And last year, they were seen as good enough between them to be lent a billion and a half dollars.

Molly Malekar Credit: Bomoon Lee/IPS

RIGHTS: Middle East Women Ahead But Not Home

Male leaders fail to break the Mideast impasse. Enter women from Israel and the Palestinian territories working together. And... it would have been nice to say they succeeded where the men failed.

RIGHTS: This Eerie Economic Calm

The problem now, almost, is to find a way to relive the peak of that economic crisis of September 2008. The current move back to business of old – on the face of it anyhow – could well turn out to be a longer-running difficulty than the crisis it supposedly left behind. A difficulty far greater for women than for men.

CULTURE-INDIA: Globalised Ice Cream Please, Big Scoop

"Passport Please." That's what everyone thought they'd ask if you queued up at that exclusive new ice cream shop in one of those smart new malls of fashionable south Delhi.

TRADE: U.S. Wants Its Way, But So Do Others

Three minutes to speak about the world trade situation was a little more than U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk needed to sum up his country's position on trade; after eight years of talks to thrash out a single trade deal, he needed less time than that.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Dark Clouds Gathering Over Copenhagen

It has been a bad week for the climate change summit in Copenhagen next month. During the week the last meeting in the formal round of pre- Copenhagen talks collapsed in Barcelona. Then, meeting here on the weekend, the G20 finance ministers put the seal on that failure by failing to agree a financial package.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Divide Before You Add

You could almost begin to divide the figures before you add them up. The numbers being advertised by way of aid to the developing world to contain carbon emissions do not quite add up. What is more certain is the division to follow.

HEALTH: EU Blocking Medicines for the Poor

The European Union is intercepting big shipments of medicines on their way to poorer countries, according to a new report published Tuesday.

DEVELOPMENT: A 'Great Persuasion' Gets Under Way

They are calling it 'The Great Persuasion' in Britain as millions prepare around the world to stand up for action against poverty.

RIGHTS: Unsafe Abortions Killing 70,000 a Year

Unsafe abortions kill about 70,000 women a year, says a report by the U.S.- based Guttmacher Institute. An additional five million women are treated annually for complications arising from unsafe abortion, adds the report, based on a global survey.

FINANCE: Not Reforms, But Reformed

The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have run into a predictable roadblock in setting out brave new directions: a roadblock called memory. What could have been an immensely sensible idea of turning the IMF into a new central bank for the world is up against years of mistrust the IMF has built for itself.

Protesters have also descended on Pittsburgh demanding solutions to environmental and economic crises they say were created by the G20.  Credit: whatleydude/flickr

G20: Rising Above the G8

Something that was perhaps only half-expected has happened in Pittsburgh: the G20 has moved on from being an event to becoming an institution.

G20: An Emerging Development

Almost before anyone knew it, a new language has become current leading up to the two-day G20 meet in Pittsburgh that divides the world in ways that seem suitable at the high table of the day. The new tiers are the developed, the emerging, and of course the poor.

Mergers such as the one proposed between telecom giants Bharti of India and MTN of South Africa and others will give substance to IBSA.  Credit:  IPS

G20: Cementing a Southern Alliance

Major developing countries are again preparing to stand together on critical issues at the G20 heads of government meeting in Pittsburgh Sep 24-25.

G20: Moving Up BRIC by BRIC

Every one of these 'G' meetings becomes now an occasion for the developing countries - say the emerging economies - to turn that extra energy into a louder voice in the business of global decision-taking.

G20: More May Be Needed, to Do More

The tests are coming thick and fast. After the G20 summit in Washington last year, the G20 in London in April, and the G8 in L'Aquila that was substantially a G20, the G20 finance ministers are meeting in London this Friday and Saturday ahead of the G20 gathering in Pittsburgh later this month.

DISARMAMENT: N-Britain Goes Uselessly to Sea

Too early yet to call it a victory for anti-nuclear lobbyists, but the British government decision last week to put off an upgrade of its Trident nuclear system is at least denial of immediate victory to those who want newer nuclear weapons.

G8: Some Aid Can be Hard to Stomach

As numbers go, and as expectations went, 20 billion dollars would be a fair bit for the G8 to produce to fight the food crisis and bring down hunger. Certainly, it was more than most expected.

CLIMATE CHANGE: G8 Declares a Lack of Promise

The G8 summit is no climate change meeting, and not formally associated in any sense with the series of negotiating meetings leading up to the climate change conference in Copenhagen in December. But the outcome of a G8 sponsored forum on climate change should get environmentalists worried about any outcome in Copenhagen.

G8: Doha Deal Begins to Look Nearer

Clear signs are emerging at the G8 summit here of progress towards concluding new terms for international trade.

G8: The Five Throw a Challenge

"The world needs a new global governance," the G5 declared Wednesday, "the construction of which must be based on inclusive multilateralism." As rhetoric goes, this might sound like more of the same. But the time and place of that declaration gave the words a new significance.

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