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‘Returning to a Basic Level of Trust in Relations between Russia and the West’

  Human Wrongs Watch By Lars-Erik Lundin*, 30 September 2014 (SIPRI) At the height of the cold war, during summits between the Soviet Union and the United States, US President Ronald Reagan frequently made reference to the Russian proverb ‘Доверяй, но проверяй’, or ‘Trust but verify’. Now, some 30 years later, few would expect Western leaders to use the same expression in negotiations with Russian Pres ...

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Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

The streets and echoes resounding in Hong Kong in this moment are energised by an invigorating turmoil. It’s as if the shrouded urbanity had shook itself and woken up. People found themselves shoulder to shoulder, fired into a new solidarity. The young of course are at the helm, calming the torrid tending waters of city life usually dictated by me-first business interests. It started as a cry for a faster p ...

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Occupy London: The New Putney Debates 1647-2014

Occupy London is holding a series of events inspired by the Levellers and Diggers’ demands for social justice, civil rights and equal access to the land. The programme of events is scheduled between Wed 15th October and Sunday 9th November 2014, and the venue for some events will be St. Mary’s Church in Putney where the debates started on 28 October 1647. Throughout the New Putney Debates there will be an e ...

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Ukraine – Truce or Trojan Horse: Retreat, Re-Armament and Relaunch

  Human Wrongs Watch By Prof. James Petras*, September 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service –  The NATO proxy war in the Ukraine started with the violent US-EU-sponsored overthrow of the elected government via a mob putsch in February 2014. This was well financed at $5 billion, according to President Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. The result was a junta, composed of neo-liberal puppets ...

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Hong Kong Students make the grade

Following the student led protests against the Hong Kong government’s handling of the electoral reforms imposed by China’s Beijing rulings, and especially as the police used pepper sprays and the like to quell the dissent, the foreign press is picking up the story. PressTV gave a pretty much straightforward depiction of the context and action: High schoolers join university protest in Hong Kong High school ...

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Hong Kong needs a mayor to lead the city’s renewal and reinvention

The exhausting distraction of constitutional and political arrangements continues to divert much energy from our senior leadership, and has done so ever since 1982. This diversion is the reason why many government departments are operating under outdated practices, guidelines and statutes, unable to get the support they need from the top for making changes, as well as the cross-bureau and cross-department c ...

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Will Russia and China Hold Their Fire Until War Is the Only Alternative?

Obama’s September 24 speech at the UN is the most absurd thing I have heard in my entire life. It is absolutely amazing that the president of the United States would stand before the entire world and tell what everyone knows are blatant lies while simultaneously demonstrating Washington’s double standards and belief that Washington alone, because the US is exceptional and indispensable, has the right to vio ...

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Coalition of the Clueless

The airwaves are still heaving with spin two days after US airstrikes against Syria.  The irony, of course, is that they are doing so at the UN – the global political body that pledges to uphold international law, peace and stability, and the sanctity of the nation-state unit.Undoubtedly the attacks were timed to occur on the eve of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, so ‘Coalition’ ...

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2014 Awards honour courageous and effective work for human rights, freedom of the press, civil liberties and combatting climate change

PRESS RELEASE, Stockholm 24 September 2014 The 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award goes to EDWARD SNOWDEN (USA) “for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights”. and to ALAN RUSBRIDGER (UK) “for building a global media organisation dedicated to responsible journalism in the public interest, undaunted by th ...

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Beating Climate Change, Either Lead or Get Out of the Way

Human Wrongs Watch By Arin de Hoog – 22 September, 2014, Greenpeace* – Yesterday  [21 September 2014], over half a million people in 160 countries across the world marched against climate change. What clearer signal can there be to policy leaders that they need to either lead or get out of the way?        Leading means using tomorrow’s climate summit to show that governments are going to take ...

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