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Putney Debate 2014 – 01 – Crash, Cuts. Crisis – Causes, Consequences, Solutions

The New London Putney Debates began with a reflection on the history of activism and its achievements in the UK, followed by reflections on the environment, the economy, the Media and the increasing repression of protest in a so-called Democracy. The invitation circulated by David Dewhurst read: "We know our current system is nonsense, and a lot of the billionaire-owned media (or tax avoiding directed media ...

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Occupy Democracy, Parliament Square open Assembly demands

#OccupyDemocracy Ends Occupation, Agrees to Re-occupy Parliament Sq in November & Present demands to MPs at 2pmOct 27 "Occupation ends peacefully The nine-day pro-democracy occupation in Parliament Square ended peacefully last night with a joyful closing ceremoy as the organisers intended. The occupation was organised to draw attention to our democratic crisis and the need for urgent, radical reform so ...

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The exceptional case People of Amazon vs. Chevron-Texaco

Julio Prieto has been a lawyer for the plaintiffs against Chevron-Texaco for 10 years, or should we say, in this struggle of David against Goliath. In a conference at The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). The Hague, on Oct 23 2014, he gave an overview on the legal case of an environmental crime of nearly 30 years, the struggle of the affected indigenous community for compensation and repair o ...

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More Respect, Less Criminalization for Migrant Workers, UN Human Rights Expert Urges

The lack of political will to stand up for migrant workers’ rights remains the greatest challenge to the protection of this “very vulnerable” group of human beings, an independent United Nations expert affirmed on 24 October 2014.     Speaking before the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which reviews the work accomplished by the UN’s independent human rights experts, Francisco Carrion Mena, Cha ...

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Europe Is Positioning Itself Outside World Arena

Human Wrongs Watch By Roberto Savio* Rome, 22 October 2014 — The new European Commission looks more like an experiment in balancing opposite forces than an institution that is run by some kind of governance. It will probably end up being paralysed by internal conflicts, which is the last thing it needs.     During the Commission presided over by José Manuel Barroso (2004-2014), Europe has become m ...

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Podemos: an unusual process

Deliberation in Podemos[1] is public and open, it allows for varying degrees of involvement, within it are participating people from social movements and its structure is designed not only for militants but rather for popular participation. By Olga Rodríguez for Zona Crítica Podemos [we can] uses the first person plural, not the third person.  It’s not “they can”, it’s “we can” and this promotes good will f ...

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The New putney Debates 2014 start on Mon 27/10

After the ongoing Occupy Democracy protests at Parliament Square, ending on October 26th, Occupy London will continue to push for real democracy with The New Putney Debates. It will overturn discredited narratives of the political mainstream, and examine democratic pathways to social, economic and ecological justice. The New Putney Debates takes place in accessible London locations. The events benefit from ...

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UK Health Service at risk from TTIP: The Royal College of Nursing

Royal College of Nursing Press Release “We want a cast-iron guarantee that TTIP will not leave the NHS vulnerable to privatisation through the backdoor” - RCN warns of trade deal’s impact on the health service > The NHS needs to be protected from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has declared today. > The RCN warns that the NHS and all public ...

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Occupy Democracy: guest at UK Uncut blog

This is a guest blog from Occupy Democracy. Find out more about the project, and see a full list of workshops here. Follow @occupydemocracy and #occupydemmocracy to stay up to speed. Our time is now. In Hong Kong, hundreds of people are fighting courageously for the right to a real vote. They know that a system where candidates are decided by the state is no democracy. In Scotland, 45% of people rejected We ...

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Europe Is Positioning Itself Outside World Arena

  Human Wrongs Watch By Roberto Savio* Rome, 22 October 2014 — The new European Commission looks more like an experiment in balancing opposite forces than an institution that is run by some kind of governance. It will probably end up being paralysed by internal conflicts, which is the last thing it needs. **Map of the Thirty Years’ War | Author: Map_Thirty_Years_War-fr.svg: historic air | Wikimedia Com ...

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