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24.01.2014

Rafael Correa: “This is a humanist model but with the feet firmly on the ground”

Rafael Correa: “This is a humanist model but with the feet firmly on the ground”

By Nelsy Lizarazo for Pressenza Ecuador – President Correa Press Conference. With these words, President Rafael Correa responded to today’s question by Pressenza IPA during the press conference held with members of the foreign press. The question revolved around the new production model and its contribution to the direction that… »

23.01.2014

Italy attaches great importance to relations with Iran: Former PM

Italy attaches great importance to relations with Iran: Former PM

Kourosh Ziabari – Tehran Times: Following the election of the moderate politician Hassan Rouhani as the Iranian President in the June 14, 2013 elections, the European countries have become more willing to interact with Iran on equal footings and based on mutual respect. In the recent months and following President… »

18.01.2014

Sacked for being gay in the Turkish Police Force

Sacked for being gay in the Turkish Police Force

Osman (28) was a senior policeman who has recently been expelled from his position due to his sexual orientation. He served with the police for 6 years. Now he has filed a lawsuit to get his job back. He is looking forward to the trial day. “I am a devout… »

17.01.2014

There is no “middle” in the Middle East today

we-magazine: The conflict between Sunnis and Shiites seems to deepen in Lebanon. Who is fueling this divide and why? Narwani: I am wary anytime I hear about Sunni-Shia conflicts in the Mideast. While there are historic tensions between these two groups, the region is aflood with Sunni-Shia marriages, particularly in those… »

13.01.2014

“Surveillance Breeds Conformity”: Salon’s Glenn Greenwald Interview

“Surveillance Breeds Conformity”: Salon’s Glenn Greenwald Interview

by Natasha Lennard – Salon for Transcend Media Service 3 Jan 2014 – Glenn Greenwald tells us what he’d have done different in ’13, why privacy matters and his hope for his new venture. Longtime Salon readers will have known for some years that Glenn Greenwald is an unapologetically… »

24.12.2013

Book Review: Coffee with Silo and the Quest for Meaning in Life

Book Review: Coffee with Silo and the Quest for Meaning in Life

A book by Pressenza co-director and first time author, Tony Robinson, has recently been published in Hungary.  It’s an autobiographical work which charts the author’s experiences as an activist in the Humanist Movement over 20 years but spans from his birth on the island of Guernsey off the coast of… »

12.12.2013

From Marxism to Neoliberalism: Ronnie Kasrils on How Mandela & ANC Shifted Economic Views

Juan Gonzalez for Democracy Now! Speaking from Johannesburg, leading anti-apartheid activist and former South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils discusses the evolution of the African National Congress’ economic views from its time as a liberation movement to leading South Africa after the fall of apartheid. Kasrils says the ANC was forced… »

10.12.2013

Sharmine Narwani: Syrian opposition is not united and cohesive

Sharmine Narwani: Syrian opposition is not united and cohesive

 Syria is entrapped in a mesmerizing and unusual conflict these days. Fighters from more than 80 countries, mostly the European and Arab allies of the United States, have taken up arms against the Syrian government and persistently push for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad from power. Opinion… »

04.12.2013

Occupy, dead or evolving?

Occupy, dead or evolving?

“Out of sight, out of mind” was translated into Spanish some years ago during an EU summit as “locura ciega” (“blind madness”), very fitting for the feeling many have that Occupy, the inspired and inspiring movement that opened a ray of hope for millions of people has all but disappeared. »

28.11.2013

Facing the Future: Kosovo at the cross-road

Facing the Future: Kosovo at the cross-road

  Focus Group with Fisnik Kumnova and Mehmet Kaçamaku, social activists in Mitrovica, Kosovo   by Gianmarco Pisa, IPRI (Italian Peace Research Institute) – Rete CCP (Civilian Peace Corps Net)   We find ourselves, in a cloudy October afternoon, in Hit Bar in Mitrovica, Kosovo, in the so-called “Confidence Area”,… »

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