PostGlobal celebrates its second birthday this week. Is there a growing global agenda -- that is, an agenda of issues being discussed that affects the world rather than individual countries? Or are local concerns still paramount?

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Nikos Konstandaras is managing editor and a columnist of Kathimerini, the leading Greek morning daily. He is also the founding editor of Kathimerini’s English Edition, which is published as a supplement to The International Herald Tribune in Greece, Cyprus and Albania. He worked as a correspondent for The Associated Press from 1989 to 1997 before joining the Greek press and has reported from many countries in the region.

Global Is the New Local

We need institutions and policies that will do for the 21st century what those after World War II did for the 20th.

Posted by Nikos Konstandaras Athens, Greece | 3 COMMENTS
Jun 16, 2008 at 11:52 AM
Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

PostGlobal Takes the World's Pulse

PostGlobal has tackled local issues with global perspective.

Posted by Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 4 COMMENTS
Jun 12, 2008 at 3:51 PM
Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog,, hosted at Globo online at She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.

A Farewell to Isolation

There is no longer such thing as an isolated community. Even uncontacted Amazon tribes will feel the fallout from global decisions.

Posted by Miriam Leitao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 8 COMMENTS
Jun 11, 2008 at 4:40 PM
Njoroge is a journalist who formerly worked for the Kenya-based People Daily. He was Africa Correspondent for the Science and Development Network (, a UK-based web site highlighting science and technology issues from developing countries. He also freelanced for the Switzerland-based Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO). Njoroge was a press fellow at the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge for four months in 2003, where he researched the role of alternative press in the democratization process in Africa. Njoroge currently lives in the U.S. He has studied Journalism and Technical Communication at the graduate level.

United States’ War Rules Global Agenda

You don’t need to look far to conclude that the terrorism seems to be what’s driving the global agenda.

Posted by Njoroge Wachai Kenya | 5 COMMENTS
Jun 11, 2008 at 4:33 PM
Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary.

A Single Human Agenda

Instead of stressing about local concerns and international concerns separately, it might be better to collectively deal with the ones that are most urgent.

Posted by Miklos Vamos Budapest, Hungary | 0 COMMENTS
Jun 11, 2008 at 3:51 PM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Globally, There is No Agenda

The world has plainly squandered many chances to agree on common values and rules for a flat playing ground.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 4 COMMENTS
Jun 11, 2008 at 11:54 AM

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