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The Fall of the US Empire-And Then What?

Human Wrongs Watch By Johan Galtung*, 1 Sep 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service — Is the title of a book published by TRANSCEND University Press in 2009, now in second printing, and several translations including Chinese. There were two subtitles indicating answers: Successors, Regionalization or Globalization? – US Blossoming or US Fascism? What is the situation today, five years later? Successors? UK is milita ...

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Is there still hope for peace in Ukraine?

--> Berlin, 1961 (photomontage) The Ukrainian government, like Israel in Gaza, relentlessly goes on bombing residential areas in the eastern regions “to kill the terrorists hiding out there” (but also the civilians living there). The separatists, called “terrorists”, are in a siege; to break it, they have launched a bloody counteroffensive to the South, with civilian casualties there, too. Tension has sp ...

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Italian parliamentarians present motion supporting a treaty banning nuclear weapons

A motion was recently submitted to the Italian Parliament supporting the humanitarian initiative and urging the government to take action towards a nuclear weapons ban. We spoke to Lisa Clark of PNND and Francesco Vignarca from Rete Disarmo about this motion, and what this could mean for Italy and its involvement in creating a ban on nuclear weapons. Rete Disarmo and PNND Italy supported a motion that was p ...

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“Security Arc” forms amidst Middle East terror

"Many observers are correct in noting that the Middle East is undergoing yet another seismic shift - that the Russian-brokered destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, a US-Iranian rapprochement, the diminished strategic value of Saudi Arabia and Israel, and a US withdrawal from Afghanistan will all contribute to changing regional dynamics considerably. But what is this new direction? Where will it ...

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Glossary of Words that Work for Peace

by Rosa Lia, for the Palestine-Israel Journal Here is a list of terms taken from different cultures and languages (English, Hebrew, Arabic, Sanskrit and Bantu) that all form part of the quest for that one elusive word: peace. Ahimsa: A Sanskrit term meaning no harm or no injury. It’s one of the cardinal virtues of Budhism, Janism and Hinduism. It stems from the belief that every living being has a spark of ...

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From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools in a panoply of repressive instruments of power used by Israel and the U.S. By Corinna Mullin and Azadeh Shahshahani A version of this article originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. From the death and destruction in Israel’s latest war on Gaza to the dramatic arrival of the national guard on the streets of Ferguson, M ...

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Our humanist politics – Which world inspires it?

 NOTES OF AN EXCHANGE OF FERNANDO GARCIA WITH FRIENDS OF THE HUMANIST PARTY OF INDIA. India’s Semi-annual Get-together - with friends of the Humanist Movement and Silo’s Message. Madhupur (Jharkhand, India), July, 18-20, 2014. Dear friends, as you all know, I no longer collaborate with the Humanist Party of India. Maybe I am not acquainted with many details about politics in society and its formal democracy ...

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Renewed Israeli Assault on Gaza Kills Dozens; Hamas Executes 18 Palestinians

Israel is continuing its military assault on the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports five people have been killed today and at least 38 on Thursday, including three senior Hamas military commanders. Since the offensive began six weeks ago, at least 2,087 Palestinians have died, the majority civilians, while 67 people have died on the Israeli side, all but three of them soldiers. The renewe ...

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From Assad to ISIS, a tale of Syrian resistance

Julia Taleb, August 22, 2014, for Waging Nonviolence In July of 2013, when activists in the Syrian city of Raqqa feared demonstrating in front of the headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, Suad Nofel marched onto the streets alone. Holding her handmade cardboard sign, the schoolteacher walked through the city facing not only ISIS, but society as a whole. Nofel’s act of nonviolent resi ...

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No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law

By Amy Fallon KAMPALA, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an “AIDS-free generation” now a “backwards” HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the “wilful and intentional” transmission of the disease has been signed into law. The act, they say, will lead to people shunning testing and treatment, but will particularly drive sex workers and gay men underground, and make women more v ...

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