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24.11.2014

Support needed for a strong Anti-racism Intergroup in the European Parliament

Support needed for a strong Anti-racism Intergroup in the European Parliament

As a transnational organisation part of a wider coalition supporting the re-establishment of a strong Intergroup on Anti-racism and Diversity (ARDI) for the 8th European Parliament legislature, we attach great importance to main-streaming racial equality in the policy and legislative work of EU bodies, as well as to enhancing the… »

24.11.2014

‘For oil companies, our rights are just another obstacle’

‘For oil companies, our rights are just another obstacle’

Human Wrongs Watch By Martin L., Joris T., Leon V. and Faiza O.*, 21 November, 2014  – Once upon a time fossil fuel exploration took place far away, out of sight and out of mind. But as oil and gas giants become ever more desperate for new reserves they’re… »

23.11.2014

Mourning John F. Kennedy and a half-century of degraded arts and culture

Mourning John F. Kennedy and a half-century of degraded arts and culture

Fifty-one years after the event, circumstances had conspired so, I found myself in the political capital of the Global Empire, walking beside an infantry of weeping willows, and,—across Rock Creek Parkway and a sliver of greensward—the meandering Potomac. Between the columns of willows, a fountain of youth—or hope—or tears; all… »

22.11.2014

Speaking with forked tongues can win you an election

Speaking with forked tongues can win you an election

What better allegory than the Native Americans’ to describe Orwell’s “double speak” or the semantic violence of those who steal the discourse of the opposite view to increase their appeal amongst those who normally would not agree with or vote for them? The wolves in sheep’s clothing, (and why do… »

22.11.2014

A few words about the “F” word

A few words about the “F” word

“ Fascism” is a particular political response to a perceived national crisis. To fascist practitioners, the root cause of the crisis is identified as contamination of a pure, virtuous national polity by alien elements, maybe ethnic, maybe religious, maybe cultural, often “all of the above”. The national essence must be… »

21.11.2014

President Obama and the Immigration Move

President Obama and the Immigration Move

New York 11/20/2014 – For immigrant activists who have been working for immigration reform for more than 10 years, what President Obama did today is what we wanted him to do when he was elected back in 2008. Instead the President decided to work with Congress and the Republican Party… »

21.11.2014

Growth: the destructive god that can never be appeased

The blind pursuit of economic expansion stokes a cycle of financial crisis, and is wrecking our world. Time for an alternative By George Monbiot for The Guardian, Tuesday 18 November 2014 Another crash is coming. We all know it, now even David Cameron acknowledges… »

21.11.2014

Americans are a dead people that history is about to run over

Americans are a dead people that history is about to run over

I recently had the chance to interview Paul Craig Roberts. I remember briefly, for the uninitiated, that Dr. Roberts was a senior official of the US government, economic advisor to the President during the first term of Ronald Reagan. It is to him the creation of Reaganomics, the economic policy… »

20.11.2014

Every Dollar Invested in Water, Sanitation Brings Four-Fold Return in Costs – UN

Every Dollar Invested in Water, Sanitation Brings Four-Fold Return in Costs – UN

Human Wrongs Watch For every dollar invested in water and sanitation, there is a $4.3 return in the form of reduced health care costs for individuals and society around the world, where 2.5 billion people still lack access to basic sanitation services, with 1 billion practicing open defection,… »

20.11.2014

On World Toilet Day — 1 in 3 Women Worldwide Does Not Have Access to Safe Toilets

On World Toilet Day — 1 in 3 Women Worldwide Does Not Have Access to Safe Toilets

Human Wrongs Watch With one out of three women worldwide lacking access to safe toilets, it is a moral imperative to end open defecation to ensure women and girls are not at risk of assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility, United Nations Secretary-General… »

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