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‘No way out for Greece while the same policies of austerity are implemented’

By Russia Today* (RT), 20 July 2014 – Greece has become a social experiment for the implementation of the most extreme neo-liberalism aimed at not contaminating the eurozone during the first period of the crisis, with the same policies being followed now, Greek MEP George Katrougalos told RT. RT: The Wall Street Journal recently suggested the IMF owes Greece an apology for making its financial struggle wors ...

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Elite Insanity on Display in Ukraine

By Robert J. Burrowes* For those of us interested in understanding what is driving the conflict in Ukraine, now seriously complicated by the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet – which has raised the potential of the conflict to explode into a nuclear war with devastating consequences for humanity – it is worth delving into the psychology of key parties to the conflict and particularly those ...

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UK: On TTIP and the NHS, they are trying to bamboozle us

By John Hilary 14 July 2014, for Open Democracy The TTIP trade treaty talks re-open in Brussels this week. We should not be reassured by the convenient 'leak' of a private letter between key TTIP advocates claiming the treaty poses no threat to the NHS. The NHS [National Helath Service]has become a key battleground for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the controversial treaty curre ...

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EU: A union for big banks

Published by the Corporate Europe Observatory in January 2014 We reproduce here the Conclusions of this exhaustive study into the new EU "Banking Union". The original can be read here Though the banking union is an ambitious project, it is not particularly promising. Bankers, Commissioners, politicians and governments have depicted the banking union as a solution to all ills of the banking sector. But while ...

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Encounters with the Profound: Photographic Exhibition and Books Presentation

London: An Exhibition of Photographs and Words: "...translations of experiences of contact with hidden internal dimensions whose depth cannot be captured by the categories of space-time in which we believe we live. In particular circumstances these experiences become accessible manifesting or erupting in ways that move our consciousness and change our lives decisively. Experiences which have no name but whi ...

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Ban neonicotinoids now – to avert another silent spring

This pesticide is destroying life across the natural world: the evidence cannot be denied. Only a global moratorium will stop it George Monbiot, The Guardian, Tuesday 15 July 2014 Here’s our choice. We wait and see if a class of powerful pesticides, made by Bayer and Syngenta, is indeed pushing entire ecosystems to oblivion, or suspend their use while proper trials are conducted. The natural world versus tw ...

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In UK, big-labor strikes and low-wage struggles jockey for future

Decca Muldowney,  July 12, 2014 for Waging Nonviolence On July 10, 2014, hundreds of thousands of public sector workers across the United Kingdom — including firefighters, teachers, civil servants, National Health Service staff and local government workers — went on strike against pay freezes and pension cuts. The strike was coordinated by six of the United Kingdom’s largest trade unions, and leaders claime ...

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UK: 1000 At the TTIP protest but no mainstream Media Coverage!

The protest against The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) started at the Business Innovations Services (BIS) at 1 Victoria street where about 1000 gathered on the pavement. Organisers then guided the crowd to march through the Westminster area which was jam packed with site seers and commuters chanting the message that TTIP is a threat for democracy and for all the civil protection right ...

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Congratulations on 15th anniversary of Roma Virtual Network

Established in 1999, Roma Virtual Network will celebrate 15 years of highly-qualified services in the fields of communication, information and education on 19th July, 2014. Els de Groen, author, poet; former MEP and initiator World Artists Initiative “Khetanes” This is an excellent moment for personal reflection. In 20 years, I learned to know many Roma: painters, writers, scholars, filmmakers and many, ver ...

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Big Media vs. Social Media in the global, non-violent and humanist revolution

This is the synthesis of Pressenza's workshop at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2014: Whereas Big Media tends to focus on sensationalism, to promote the interests of business over the needs of individuals, to cover minority acts of violence and has relatively few reporters on the ground, Social Media compensates by turning users into de-facto reporters, focussing on human issues, covering nonviolent ...

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