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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… »

19.12.2013

Interesting times in North Korea

Interesting times in North Korea

Interesting Times in North Korea – those who care, shudder. What next? Following the execution of Jang Song-thaek, the unknown remains. Is the young Kim (Leader, Kim Jong-un) bent on further centralising power and continuing on the much-derided (internationally) path of his antecedents or, is this a violent end to… »

18.12.2013

An Open Letter to the People of Brazil

An Open Letter to the People of Brazil

By Edward Snowden Source: Folha De S. Paulo Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Translation/source, ZNet Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government’s National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist’s camera. I shared with the world evidence proving… »

18.12.2013

Homo Creditensis: Debt as an instrument of social control

Homo Creditensis: Debt as an instrument of social control

The Argentinean economist Guillermo Sullings at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in June this year, explained that “…it is clear that capitalism is approaching a dead end. That capitalism, which sometime ago appeared to reformulate its distributive equation encouraging Keynesian policies and the welfare state, has revived its… »

18.12.2013

Noam Chomsky: A Roadmap to a Just World – People Reanimating Democracy

Noam Chomsky: A Roadmap to a Just World – People Reanimating Democracy

Transcript of Avram Noam Chomsky’s lecture: (Transcript of audio recording), Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, Bonn, June 2013 Question from conference moderator at the end of the presentation: You have been very critical of the press. What would you like the press to do? Chomsky: It’s very simple. I’d like… »

11.12.2013

Should the US Play Solomon and Split the Senkakus?

Should the US Play Solomon and Split the Senkakus?

I have grown pretty tired of hearing about the Senkakus.  I have a feeling I’m not alone. As far as I can see, Taiwan has the strongest claim to the Senkakus, by geography, geology,  history, and propinquity.  Japan grabbed the Senkakus in 1895, lost them in… »

10.12.2013

Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out

Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out

Buying more stuff is associated with depression, anxiety and broken relationships. It is socially destructive and self-destructive George Monbiot for The Guardian, Monday 9 December 2013 Owning more doesn’t bring happiness: ‘the material pursuit of self-esteem reduces self-esteem.’ Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA That they are crass,… »

09.12.2013

The road ahead after breakthrough over Iran

The road ahead after breakthrough over Iran

By Jayantha Dhanapala* | IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint KANDY, Sri Lanka (IDN) – Even cynics must admit that the time comes in international relations when long frozen situations suddenly thaw causing positive change for international peace and security. Examples of such “game-changers” are many but outstanding are (in chronological… »

09.12.2013

“Poverty Wages in the Land of Plenty”

“Poverty Wages in the Land of Plenty”

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan for Democracy Now! The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their staffs. Undergirding the sale prices is an army of workers earning the minimum wage or a fraction above it, living check to… »

03.12.2013

The lies behind this transatlantic trade deal

The lies behind this transatlantic trade deal

Plans to create an EU-US single market will allow corporations to sue governments using secretive panels, bypassing courts and parliaments George Monbiot The Guardian, Monday 2 December 2013 Panic spreads through the European commission like ferrets in a rabbit warren. Its plans to create a… »

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