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26.04.2017

“Neutral” Ireland’s hidden involvement in US military operations

“Neutral” Ireland’s hidden involvement in US military operations

This article originally appeared on the pages of World Beyond War with the title “Hey Ireland, Your Ambassador Just Told Me You’ll Do Anything Trump Wants“. Dear brothers and sisters of Ireland, your ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson spoke at the University of Virginia Tuesday afternoon. After… »

25.04.2017

Indigenous Peoples – Best Allies or Worst Enemies?

Indigenous Peoples – Best Allies or Worst Enemies?

By Baher Kamal It all happened on the very same day—4 April. That day, indigenous peoples were simultaneously characterised as fundamental allies in the world’s war on hunger and poverty, while being declared as collective victims of a “tsunami” of imprisonments in Australia. See… »

24.04.2017

Reducing urban violence

Reducing urban violence

For the World Forum on Urban Violence, Madrid, 19-21 April 2017, Johan Galtung wrote an editorial piece for Transcend Media Service which we reproduce in full here. Mayors from around the world, Ladies and Gentlemen, To reduce direct violence in cities we have to move from urban violence… »

22.04.2017

How U.S. Race Laws Inspired Nazis

How U.S. Race Laws Inspired Nazis

James Q. Whitman’s new book is called Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. It is understated and over documented, difficult to argue with. No doubt some will try. In cartoonish U.S. historical understanding, the United States is, was, and ever shall be a… »

22.04.2017

The Illusion of Correctional Medicine

The Illusion of Correctional Medicine

By Mumia Abu-Jamal In the netherworld of American prisons, one must jettison any medical assumptions one brings in from the so-called ‘free’ world. We have been conditioned to see nurses as sweet sources of solace, and doctors as people dedicated to healing the sick, and easing our pains. In prison,… »

22.04.2017

America’s Longest War Drags On In Afghanistan

America’s Longest War Drags On In Afghanistan

By James Cogan The US national security advisor, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, was in Afghanistan over the weekend, speaking with President Ashraf Ghani and General John Nicholson, the US military commander in the country. The aim of the talks, the Military Times reported prior to McMaster’s arrival in Kabul, was… »

22.04.2017

Separating Fact from Fake News

Separating Fact from Fake News

Danny Katch, author of Socialism…Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation, considers how the left can analyze the world in the Trumpian era of “alternative facts.” ALL GOVERNMENTS lie, as the independent journalist I.F. Stone once said. But not all governments lie as proudly as those led by… »

22.04.2017

International Collaboration to End Violence

International Collaboration to End Violence

While much of the world is engulfed in violence of one sort or another (whether violence in the home or on the street, exploitation, ecological destruction or war), a global network of individuals and organizations is committed to ending this violence in all of its manifestations. »

21.04.2017

Middle East, Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’

Middle East, Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’

By Baher Kamal A perfect storm has engulfed the Middle East, and continues to threaten international peace and security. Hardly anyone could sum up the Middle East explosive situation in so few, blunt words as just did Nickolay Mladenov, the UN… »

21.04.2017

The Coalition Berlin says #NoIvanka at W20 and hosts a “Gala Für Alle”

The Coalition Berlin says #NoIvanka at W20 and hosts a “Gala Für Alle”

The 'empowerment' of the W20 is dependent upon exploitation of women, those excluded from this exclusive summit and gala. Ivanka Trump's own clothing line is produced in sweatshops by mainly female garment workers living in China, Vietnam and Bangladesh. How can Ivanka Trump talk of women's ‘empowerment’ at the same time President Trump has blocked funding for international reproductive care? Ivanka's silence on life-and-death matters for women is deafening." »

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