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15.10.2019

Face 2 Face with Martha Hauze

Face 2 Face with Martha Hauze

On this show we speak with Martha Hauze, founding member of Movement for the Peace in Colombia, about the present situation of the ongoing peace process there and the challenges facing the country during this very complicated socio-political moment. Social leaders are being killed every day and the… »

15.10.2019

Spanish nationalism loses the plot

Spanish nationalism loses the plot

The English nationalism unleashed by Brexit is not the same as the Spanish nationalism unleashed by the Catalan crisis. Not yet. Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte for openDemocracy 14 October 2019 Imagine if what just happened in Spain, happened here. Imagine if the Scottish government declared the… »

14.10.2019

Ecuador: Brief notes after the dialogues between President Moreno and CONAIE

Ecuador: Brief notes after the dialogues between President Moreno and CONAIE

Ecuadorian President Lenin Boltaire Moreno insists that the mobilisations against the “Paquetazo” [raft of austerity measures decreed by the government] were encouraged from the political sector that responds to former President Rafael Correa, in this way he can continue with the arbitrary persecution of opponents and arrest them without evidence. »

13.10.2019

Historic protests and today’s politics give hope for Extinction Rebellion

Historic protests and today’s politics give hope for Extinction Rebellion

The Greenham Common peace camp and other 1980s anti-nuclear activists made a real difference – now a stronger tide is with the climate protestors. Paul Rogers for openDemocracy This week’s Extinction Rebellion actions in London have produced some notable headlines, one being the Daily Mail’s “Extinction Rebellion… »

12.10.2019

A self-inflicted wound: Trump surrenders the West’s moral high ground

A self-inflicted wound: Trump surrenders the West’s moral high ground

By Dr James M Dorsey For the better part of a century, the United States could claim the moral high ground despite allegations of hypocrisy because its policies continuously contradicted its proclaimed propagation of democracy and human rights. Under President Donald J. Trump, the US has lost that moral high… »

12.10.2019

Goodbye Columbus, Hello Indigenous Peoples Day

Goodbye Columbus, Hello Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day is increasingly being celebrated across the U.S. in place of Christopher Columbus Day, as the myth of Columbus as beneficent discoverer is debunked and as the critical role of indigenous people in protecting the planet becomes more recognized. Indigenous defenders of Mother Earth are often at the… »

11.10.2019

The Nobel Committee Is Doing Better

The Nobel Committee Is Doing Better

By David Swanson The committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize was right not to give the prize to Greta Thunberg, who deserves the highest prizes available, but not one created to fund the work of abolishing war and militaries. That cause ought to be central to the work of… »

11.10.2019

Ecuadorian state censors International Pressenza Radio En la Oreja [In the Ear]

Ecuadorian state censors International Pressenza Radio En la Oreja [In the Ear]

We were censored. They censored me. The programme that we have been doing for five years on Radio Pichincha Universal cannot broadcast by order of President Lenin Moreno. This affront occurs after he ordered the contents of the station to stop broadcasting and only repeat the unofficial National Public Radio,… »

10.10.2019

Trump throws Rojava’s Kurds under Turkey’s bus

Trump throws Rojava’s Kurds under Turkey’s bus

As reported by The Guardian “Turkish troops have advanced into north-eastern Syria, following airstrikes and artillery barrages aimed at US-backed Kurdish forces who control the region. ”The Turkish military confirmed on Wednesday it had “launched the land operation into the east of the Euphrates river” and later said it… »

10.10.2019

The big polluters’ masterstroke was to blame the climate crisis on you and me

The big polluters’ masterstroke was to blame the climate crisis on you and me

Fossil fuel giants have known the harm they do for decades. But they created a system that absolves them of responsibility by George Monbiot for The Guardian  Let’s stop calling this the Sixth Great Extinction. Let’s start calling it what it is: the… »

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