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17.11.2017

Why are Police in the USA so Terrified?

Why are Police in the USA so Terrified?

In a recent incident in the United States, yet another unarmed man was shot dead by police after opening his front door in response to their knock. The police were going to serve an arrest warrant on a domestic violence suspect – the man’s neighbour – but… »

17.11.2017

Brexiters, beware: if the ties that bind us unravel, tyranny may soon follow

Brexiters, beware: if the ties that bind us unravel, tyranny may soon follow

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Public projects such as the NHS, BBC and social security define us as a nation. Without that cohesion, authoritarianism could flourish.  So what is this country we are asked to love? This might once have been an easy question to answer. National identity… »

15.11.2017

Armistice Day & Remembrance Day: Finding and Keeping Hold of Always Elusive Peace in the World

Armistice Day & Remembrance Day: Finding and Keeping Hold of Always Elusive Peace in the World

By Jerome Irwin The world has just honored yet another Armistice Day – Remembrance Day – Veterans Day for all those who lost their lives in armed defense of their nation’s right to exist and remain a free people. Nation’s like the United States, Canada and Israel pay constant… »

15.11.2017

Time for Truth and Reconciliation for the US and Russia

Time for Truth and Reconciliation for the US and Russia

By Alice Slater NATO’s recent provocative decision to build up its military forces across Europe by sending four new multinational battalions to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland, comes at a time of great turmoil and intense questioning of global security with new forces for both good and evil straining to… »

15.11.2017

Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ To Humanity. Can We Listen Now?

Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ To Humanity. Can We Listen Now?

By Andrea Germanos Yikes. Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a dire warning to humanity: “Time is running out” to stop business as usual, as threats from rising greenhouse gases to biodiversity loss are pushing the biosphere to the brink. The new warning was published Monday… »

15.11.2017

When reaction grows out of the barrel of a gun

When reaction grows out of the barrel of a gun

What can the left do to organize for a world free of both gun violence and right-wing fanaticism exemplified by the NRA? Danny Katch puts forward some answers. EACH MASS shooting in the U.S. is a sign of societal sickness, and their increased pace and deadliness shows the disease… »

15.11.2017

U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans

U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans

By David Swanson Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because it’s hard to answer. It’s important to answer because it’s important for us to… »

15.11.2017

How Increased Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Detrimental To Food And Nutrition

How Increased Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Detrimental To Food And Nutrition

By Dr Arshad M Khan The UN has announced record average levels of CO2. So states the annual flagship report released October 30 by its World Meteorological Organization. The average levels measured using ships, aircraft and land stations have reached over 400 parts per million (ppm), prompting the authors and other scientists… »

14.11.2017

The twilight of the (pseudo)idols and the dawn of the Internal Guide

The twilight of the (pseudo)idols and the dawn of the Internal Guide

Few times I felt when reading the works of a philosopher the ire and venom distilled by Nietzsche in The Twilight of the Idols. Here we have a very angry thinker, I mused. My mistake was, of course, to assume that philosophers are intellectually and emotionally detached people. I was… »

11.11.2017

A New Armistice Day

A New Armistice Day

By David Swanson Exactly at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 99 years ago, people across Europe suddenly stopped shooting guns at each other. Up until that moment, they were killing and taking bullets, falling and screaming, moaning and dying. Then they stopped, on schedule. »

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