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16.02.2012

Making Worlds: An Occupy Wall Street Forum on The Commons

From February 16th to the 18th, the Empowerment and Education working group of Occupy Wall Street organized a forum to reflect on the direction and aims of the Occupy movement and articulate strategies for the movement’s future. The forum occurred at the Church of the Ascension at 122 Java Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and was open to the public. »

11.02.2012

Nuclear Free Middle East “High Priority”

New York – UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser is committed to convening an international conference directed at establishing a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East. »

01.02.2012

Nuclear Free Middle East — Necessary Yet Impossible

Finally, there is some argumentation in the West supportive of a nuclear free zone for the Middle East. Such thinking is still treated as politically marginal, and hardly audible above the beat of the war drums. »

26.01.2012

Egypt: Jubilation, But…

Cairo, 26 January – It started as a day of celebration, with tens of thousands of Egyptians converging on Tahrir Square to mark the first anniversary of Egypt’s revolution, 25 January. The morning crowd — dominated by bearded Islamists — waved flags and strolled peacefully in the Square — flashpoint of the eighteen day uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak last year. »

26.01.2012

Obama’s late payment to mortage-fraud victims

In his State of the Union address, many heard echoes of the Barack Obama of old, the presidential aspirant of 2007 and 2008. Among the populist pledges rolled out in the speech was tough talk against the too-big-to-fail banks that have funded his campaigns and for whom many of his key advisers have worked: “The rest of us are not bailing you out ever again,” he promised. »

25.01.2012

Nuclear Dangers, The World Is “One Minute Closer to Midnight”

Berlin – “We want a nuclear weapons free world.” More than 80 percent of people around the globe have expressed this overwhelming desire to authors of a new report. But a close look shows that very little is happening rather slowly in terms of reducing nukes and putting a halt to proliferation. This is cause of profound concern also to atomic scientists. »

24.01.2012

Egypt: State TV Employees Stage Sit-in Protesting Censorship

Cairo, 23 January – Egyptian state TV –for decades the mouthpiece of the authoritarian regime– is an ugly towering block of concrete and steel overlooking the River Nile at Maspero in downtown Cairo. In the post-revolutionary era, it is a heavily fortified fortress surrounded by barbed wire and stone barricades. »

20.01.2012

The Time is Right for the Human Right to Peace

No time is more appropriate than now to build the culture of peace. No social responsibility is greater nor task more significant than that of securing peace on our planet on a sustainable foundation. Today's world with its complexities and challenges is becoming increasingly more interdependent and interconnected. The sheer magnitude of it requires all of us to work together »

19.01.2012

The Day the Internet Roared

Wednesday Jan.18 marked the largest online protest in the history of Internet. Websites from large to small went dark in protest of proposed legislation before the US House and Senate that could profoundly change the Internet. The bills SOPA in the House and PIPA in the Senate, ostensibly aim to stop the piracy of copyrighted material over Internet on websites based outside USA »

15.01.2012

“Canada, Climate Criminal”

At the dawn of the 21st century a new political regime has transformed Canada from global hero – once standing up for peace, people, and nature – to global criminal, plunging into war, eroding civil rights, and destroying environments, says journalist, ecologist and historian Rex Weyler. »

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