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22.03.2017

UNESCO Pits Media Development Against Fake News

UNESCO Pits Media Development Against Fake News

By Guy Berger Guy Berger is Director, Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development. PARIS (IDN) – While global controversies around “fake news” continue unabated, UNESCO holds two events at its Paris HQ this week which will give more insight into the issues. First up is an annual meeting… »

21.03.2017

Security Council Stresses Need to Fight Human Trafficking

Security Council Stresses Need to Fight Human Trafficking

By Santo D. Banerjee NEW YORK (IDN) – With conflicts driving the desperation and disorder that enables human traffickers to thrive, Security Council has held an open debate on human trafficking, modern slavery and forced labour and highlighted the need for three P’s: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution. The dimensions of the… »

20.03.2017

World Politics-Economics Right Now

World Politics-Economics Right Now

By Johan Galtung The net conclusion? The enormous US imbalance: no longer winning wars, less political clout, economically bankrupt but still powerful, shaping the world culturally. Wise US policy would celebrate the last two; unwise policy would Make America Great Again-military-political, as Trump wants. Drop “Again” Mr. Trump, Make America… »

19.03.2017

Oh Happy Day!

Oh Happy Day!

By Baher Kamal Once a year, there is a day when the seven billion inhabitants of Planet Earth should feel happy or at least are encouraged to do so–the World Happiness Day, which is marked every year on March 20. So far, so good. »

19.03.2017

The roots

The roots

We see Trump and all the other representatives of the destructive tendencies of the populist right moving through the world as the problem, but like with many illnesses people are fighting the symptoms and not the causes. One of the principles of Valid Action (1) says: ‘you will make your… »

18.03.2017

Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is responding by slamming the door on refugees and cutting aid funding while… »

15.03.2017

Japan detains movement leader to silence struggle against U.S. military bases

Japan detains movement leader to silence struggle against U.S. military bases

By Michael Caster On October 17, Hiroji Yamashiro was arrested for cutting a wire fence at a protest against a U.S. military base in Okinawa. He has been held in detention ever since. Yamashiro, the chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, has been a fixture of the nonviolent opposition… »

15.03.2017

Why Do Some Men Rape?

Why Do Some Men Rape?

A recent report from Equality Now titled ‘The World’s Shame: The Global Rape Epidemic’ offered a series of recommendations for strengthened laws to deter and punish sexual violence against women and girls. However, there is substantial evidence that legal approaches to dealing with… »

13.03.2017

Film Review. Hidden Figures. Unmissable

Film Review. Hidden Figures. Unmissable

I am grateful that this film was made, not only because it is an important testimony against racism but also because in the midst of violent blockbusters often depicting imaginary superheroes the very real lives of three black female mathematicians working for NASA is an inspiring reminder of our human… »

12.03.2017

Understanding the situation of the Middle East today. From one world war to another (1/3)

Understanding the situation of the Middle East today. From one world war to another (1/3)

To understand the situation of today’s Middle East, it’s necessary to review a century of history. It’s necessary to go back to the aftermath of the First World War to see a large part of the geopolitical data that explains the multiplicity and entanglement of the present conflicts. One thing… »

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