This week, the European Parliament published a report that finally offered official confirmation of the existence of Echelon: a shadowy worldwide electronic spying network set up by secret treaty in 1947. Echelon is a global spying network established by the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and run by the US that uses supercomputers to intercept messages and store them according to key words. Originally, eavesdropping, or signals intelligence (Signit as it is known in the trade) was more

More than two weeks after President Bush announced a $200 million commitment from the U.S. to the United Nations Global Aids Fund, other UN member countries — seeming more interested in supporting their own initiatives and cautious of the fund's still-evolving mission — have yet to contribute any money of their own, the Boston Globe reports.

The corruption of governmental institutions threatens the common aspirations of all honest members of the international community. It threatens our common interests in promoting political and economic stability, upholding core democratic values, ending the reign of dictators, and creating a level playing field for lawful business activities.

This week marks the 40th anniversary of Amnesty International. The following text is extracted from the Foreword to AI’s Annual Report 2001 and written by Pierre Sane, former Secretary General.

The end of the Cold War was hailed by many as the start of a new world order that would bring freedom and prosperity for all. But for millions the reality has proved very different.

Globalization - the spread of the free market economy, multi-party political systems and technological more

It is time for the talking to stop and the action against corruption to begin. This is the central message that civil society organisations from across the world will deliver when they place a set of key demands before the more than 100 governments gathering at the Second Global Forum on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity in The Hague, The Netherlands from May 28-31, 2001.