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13.01.2014

Why people travel from all over the world for an encounter of Silo’s Message in Punta de Vacas

Why people travel from all over the world for an encounter of Silo’s Message in Punta de Vacas

A remote outpost on the foothills of Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain of the Andes Range near the Argentinean/Chilean border has been for several years, at the beginning of January, the site for an encounter of Silo’s Message, attended by people from the most distant corners of the world, from… »

12.01.2014

West Bank Silent Strike

West Bank Silent Strike

Nablus, 2014/01/03 – To strike is a cry of desperation to re-establish ones rights. To strike is to show the society the valuable work the striking workforce performs. For 31 days the strike in all 19 UNRWA refugee camps on the West Bank has been carried out. For 31 days… »

11.01.2014

The FBI, the NSA and a Long-Held Secret Revealed

The FBI, the NSA and a Long-Held Secret Revealed

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan This week, more news emerged about the theft of classified government documents, leaked to the press, that revealed a massive, top-secret surveillance program. No, not news of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency, but of a group of anti-Vietnam war activists who perpetrated one… »

09.01.2014

Snowden and Manning deserve clemency based on NYT criteria

Snowden and Manning deserve clemency based on NYT criteria

Last week, the New York Times editorial board thrilled government transparency advocates worldwide when they released an article calling on President Obama to grant clemency to Edward Snowden. They declare him a whistleblower loud and clear in the article’s title, and detail the NSA’s legal and ethical violations which… »

09.01.2014

Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘heckle therapy’ offers a lesson in nonviolent self-defense

By Bryan Farrell editor at Waging Nonviolence. It takes a lot of courage to be a stand-up comic — one person in front of a room of people who are waiting to be impressed. And when they aren’t, a few of those people will then turn to heckling. More than simply… »

06.01.2014

Pakistan: reflections on a year of change – 2013

Pakistan: reflections on a year of change – 2013

It is difficult to wrap up this perplexing and transitional phase of 2013 in short as it was full of turmoil and new happenings. Overall this year of 2013 in Pakistan was a year of fears, anxieties, hopes and transitions because all top class positions such as president, prime minster,… »

29.12.2013

Pressenza’s Opinion of 2013

Pressenza’s Opinion of 2013

In our second review of 2013 we examine the opinions of our columnists that have most widely resonated with our readers. It has been an eventful year as always: A new Pope, the death of Chavez in Venezuela, continuing troubles in the Middle East and huge social protests in Brazil… »

29.12.2013

Dynamics of people’s movement in mainstream indian politics

Dynamics of people’s movement in mainstream indian politics

That mass-participation is the mahout of political change, politicos are aware that truckloads of ‘bought-out’ crowds is on the decline as bona fide, change-seeking masses are now participating in growing numbers to express support to cleaner politics By Qureish Raghib Unlike the Arab Spring uprising that… »

23.12.2013

The Mandela bandwagon, something for everyone

The Mandela bandwagon, something for everyone

The eclectic bunch of mourners eulogising the undoubtedly great African hero showed an interesting phenomenon. Even those who had had him in the terrorist list (till 2008) were there to pay tribute. Was that hypocrisy or a change of heart in the face of the man’s outstanding achievements? Only each… »

21.12.2013

Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

President Barack Obama proclaimed Dec. 15 Bill of Rights Day, praising those first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution as “the foundation of American liberty, securing our most fundamental rights — from the freedom to speak, assemble and practice our faith as we please to the protections that ensure justice… »

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