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22.09.2016 Right Livelihood Award Foundation

2016 Right Livelihood Awards Uphold Fundamental Human Rights and Values in the Face of War and Repression

2016 Right Livelihood Awards Uphold Fundamental Human Rights and Values in the Face of War and Repression

The Laureates of this year’s Right Livelihood Award, widely referred to as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, have been announced today in Stockholm, Sweden. This years’ Laureates are: Syria Civil Defence (The White Helmets), ‘for their outstanding bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement in rescuing civilians from the destruction of the Syrian… »

15.09.2016 Redazione Italia

Children’s literature: new book series on human rights

Children’s literature: new book series on human rights

Educating children to respect the Other and understand human rights through targeted readings. This is the aim of the new book series, lisolachecé, that was announced a few days ago by Multimage – a humanist nonprofit publishing association based in Florence – on its profile Facebook and… »

09.09.2016 David Swanson

The Trumpillary war machine is bad news

The Trumpillary war machine is bad news

By David Swanson I was fortunate enough to view a screening of the new Snowden movie Wednesday evening with some of the whistleblowers who have cameos in it and with its director Oliver Stone. I’m not allowed to review it until Saturday night, but it is a truly great… »

31.08.2016 Pressenza London

Reclaiming ritual

Reclaiming ritual

Traditionally the preserve of religion and state, ritual is being used as a means to connect with others and reshape the future. By Lucy Purdy 31 August 2016 for openDemocracy Thousands of people holding lanterns stretch in procession along the beach. The lights… »

29.08.2016 Democracy Now!

Beyoncé Brings “Mothers of the Movement” to MTV Video Music Awards

Beyoncé Brings “Mothers of the Movement” to MTV Video Music Awards

The legendary singer Beyoncé wowed audiences of the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, performing a 15-minute medley of songs from her album “Lemonade.” Beyoncé invited to the gala several mothers of African-American men killed by police or vigilantes, including Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant; Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown;… »

28.08.2016 Robert Burrowes

Book Review, Nonviolent revolt in the twenty-first century

Book Review, Nonviolent revolt in the twenty-first century

Robert J. Burrowes I sometimes wonder whether one of the ways in which ‘Amercian exceptionalism’ manifests is that many US scholars and others are unable to consider the contributions of those who are not from the USA. For example, I routinely read about studies of Martin Luther King Jr. and… »

20.08.2016 Alberto Cacopardo

Next time I go swimming I might wear a good burkini

Next time I go swimming I might wear a good burkini

In the days of Berlusconi, people over here happened to feel ashamed of being Italian. These days, one may just as well feel ashamed of being European. Cannes, August 2016. The mayor of a world-renowned municipality comes up with the brilliant idea of forbidding women from bathing without getting half-naked,… »

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