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21.07.2014

Paulo Genovese’s presentation at the Pressenza Workshop of the Global Media Forum

Paulo Genovese’s presentation at the Pressenza Workshop of the Global Media Forum

My presentation is focused on Brazil, especially in the protests of June 2013. Millions of people took to the streets in hundreds of cities. It started with 20 cents. This was the amount of the increase in public transport fares for bus and metro in the city of São Paulo. »

21.07.2014

Gaza and the definition of violence

Gaza and the definition of violence

I ask, what is violence, really? Depending on where in the political spectrum one is, either it’s Hamas or Israel’s fault that the Gaza Strip is once again flaring up into violence. But, it’s clear that the majority of people agree that Israel’s reaction – the target bombing of Gaza… »

19.07.2014

Malaysian link to terror in Syria

Malaysian link to terror in Syria

Since April 2014, the Malaysian media has carried numerous stories of Malaysians who are directly or indirectly linked to terrorist groups operating in Syria, and to a lesser extent, Iraq. We are told that they see themselves as “jihadis” who are fighting for an Islamic cause. There are unconfirmed… »

18.07.2014

Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, but They Understand Hate’

Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, but They Understand Hate’

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas put a prominent, public face on the immigration crisis this week when he was detained by the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas. After a number of hours and a national outcry, he was released. He first revealed his status as an… »

18.07.2014

The Political Objective and Strategic Goal of Nonviolent Actions

The Political Objective and Strategic Goal of Nonviolent Actions

By Robert J. Burrowes*.- All nonviolent struggles are conducted simultaneously in the political and strategic spheres, and these spheres, which are distinct, interact throughout. I have discussed this at length elsewhere: see ‘The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense: A Gandhian Approach’ http://www.sunypress.edu/p-2176-the-strategy-of-nonviolent-defe.aspx Despite this,… »

16.07.2014

Ban neonicotinoids now – to avert another silent spring

This pesticide is destroying life across the natural world: the evidence cannot be denied. Only a global moratorium will stop it George Monbiot, The Guardian, Tuesday 15 July 2014 Here’s our choice. We wait and see if a class of powerful pesticides, made by Bayer and… »

16.07.2014

About the Humanist Party and the situation in the world

About the Humanist Party and the situation in the world

I think we are in a very interesting moment now in the Humanist Party worldwide. We are experiencing crisis and that is wonderful! We are in a wonderful opportunity for reflection, asking ourselves who we are and where we are heading. And I have big faith that we… »

16.07.2014

Being played like a piano by strategic suicide

Being played like a piano by strategic suicide

Taking sides between two violent factions will not end a conflict. Working for reconciliation is the only way. The Arab Israeli conflict cannot be seen in terms of goodies and baddies; here we have two peoples, deeply traumatized by their history, locking one another in a hopeless escalation of violence. »

15.07.2014

Before the Next ISIS, We Need Nonviolent Counterterrorism Strategies

by Erin Niemela, War Is A Crime – TRANSCEND Media Service A relatively new group engaging in non-state political violence, ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, recently called for the creation of an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria and a continuation and strengthening of… »

14.07.2014

TED Lecture: How do you explain consciousness?

Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: “There’s nothing we know about more directly…. but at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.” He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads. See Video Transcript:… »

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