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13.10.2014

A Guide to Turkey’s Politics and the PKK

A Guide to Turkey’s Politics and the PKK

  Human Wrongs Watch By Alex MacDonald, 11 October 2014 (Middle East Eye)* As violence between the PKK and Islamic State continues in Kobane, the different players in the long running Turkey-PKK conflict examine their options. Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) The… »

12.10.2014

Hong Kong – NED and the stalemate

Hong Kong – NED and the stalemate

The Chinese State, or Communist Party-run People’s Daily’s overseas edition on Friday blamed the United States for being behind the pro-democracy protests that are unsettling Hong Kong. That pointer immediately averted by the State Department. The report said the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Washington-based nonprofit group, started involvement… »

10.10.2014

The Nobel Committee again ignores Nobel’s will

The Nobel Committee again ignores Nobel’s will

This prize is not a human rights or do-good prize. The two – excellent – people who are awarded the prize for 2014 have done great work for children’s rights but, unfortunately, human rights is not what Alfred Nobel sought to reward. Therefore the Nobel Committee has, once again, violated… »

10.10.2014

The myth of Assad, ISIL and extremism

The myth of Assad, ISIL and extremism

It is difficult to find US officials directly claiming that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is in league with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but you will find plenty who will allude to it using specious reasoning. By Sharmine Narwani US Secretary of State … »

09.10.2014

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

The demands of business dominate our politicians and embed inequality. It’s a full-blown assault on democracy By George Monbiot for The Guardian The more power you possess, the more insecure you feel. The paranoia of power drives people towards absolutism. But it doesn’t work. Far from curing them of the… »

09.10.2014

Hong Kong, Beijing, seeking a way through

Hong Kong, Beijing, seeking a way through

Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protests have reached a stage that could be called, ‘in the doldrums’, at least if you judge by the few hundred remaining day-time protesters and the lacklustre news reportage as everyone repeats the few press announcements that have circulated around the same themes since… »

08.10.2014

‘Indigenous Knowledge Essential to Halting Biodiversity Loss’

‘Indigenous Knowledge Essential to Halting Biodiversity Loss’

  Human Wrongs Watch The knowledge and traditional practices of indigenous people and local communities are key to halting biodiversity loss and achieving sustainable development, a United Nations official on 7 October 2014 stressed at a major meeting on biological diversity in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. “The collective work… »

07.10.2014

Hong Kong Occupy Central – the Adults Show Up

Hong Kong Occupy Central – the Adults Show Up

The student curtainraiser in Hong Kong appears to be over for now. A few hundred diehard students remain on post at the three main demonstration sites. In some places there are more journos than demonstrators. But don’t get the impression the movement has petered out. The grownups have appeared to… »

07.10.2014

Instead of bombing ISIS

Instead of bombing ISIS

  This two-part article offers a pro-peace perspective on the present war on ISIS in Iraq and Syria. First some principles to stimulate another discourse, another way of thinking that is not militarist – and then some concrete proposals – 27 in all for your deliberation, discussion with friends and… »

06.10.2014

The End of the World is… avoidable

The End of the World is… avoidable

“The End of the World is Nigh” is a slogan that has been repeated ever since human beings could formulate the concept.  Prehistoric cavemen found meteorites, volcanos, unusual weather patterns, changes in animal behaviour, and other such omens to be portents of doom and imminent destruction. In more recent times… »

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