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02.09.2014

China and the New Democracy of Mao

China and the New Democracy of Mao

In Hong Kong media yesterday morning (Monday 1 Sept, 2014) Headline Daily reported in its columns, under the title, “NPC sets framework for chief executive election”, that deputy secretary-general Li Fei of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee urged Hong Kong people to discuss the chief executive electoral reform rationally. »

28.08.2014

Conflict about refugee protests in Germany is getting worse

Conflict about refugee protests in Germany is getting worse

Since two years now, Germany is shaken by refugees who protest against isolation in far-off asylum seekers camps, against the obligation to reside in their camps, for fair and fast procedures for granting the right for asylum, in general for more respectful treatment by the institution and the chance of… »

28.08.2014

Nisteling: The art of deep listening

Nisteling: The art of deep listening

The word ‘listening’ has many meanings and the context in which it is done will often determine the level of concentration that is required for one to be considered to be listening. Many people work while listening to music playing in the background. People often talk in small groups where… »

28.08.2014

How a “Yes” vote for Scotland’s independence could chalenge the UK’s nuclear weapons program

By Steve Rushton Crossposted from Occupy.com (USA publication) “The entire Scottish independence movement is firmly against nuclear weapons,” Jimmy Watson, a resident at Faslane Peace Camp, tells me. At 32 years old, Faslane is one of the world’s longest-running peace camps and a symbol of the widespread… »

26.08.2014

From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools in a panoply of repressive instruments of power used by Israel and the U.S. By Corinna Mullin and Azadeh Shahshahani A version of this article originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. From the death… »

25.08.2014

Breakthroughs and Hurdles in Colombia’s Peace Talks

Analysis by Constanza Vieira BOGOTA, Aug 25 2014 (IPS) – Three major advances were made over the last week in the peace talks that have been moving forward in Cuba for nearly two years between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, while the… »

23.08.2014

School – 1950s v 2014

School – 1950s v 2014

 It’s common these days for friends to send jokes to each other over the Internet and at times those jokes hit on some reality that does not otherwise penetrate into daily life. Here is one such instance from Rodney Dawes of South Yonderup, near Perth, Australia; a contribution to Pressenza, relaying… »

22.08.2014

OPINION: International Relations, the U.N. and Inter Press Service

OPINION: International Relations, the U.N. and Inter Press Service

By Roberto Savio This is the first in a series of special articles to commemorate the 50th anniversary of IPS, which was set up in 1964, the same year as the Group of 77 (G77) and UNCTAD. ROME, Aug 22 2014 (IPS) – In… »

21.08.2014

In 2008 Israel Agreed to a Protocol for the Port of Gaza. Why not now?

Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children In August, 2008, I and forty-three other participants motored into Gaza by sea in two converted fishing boats, becoming the first to openly succeed in doing so since 1967.  The entry stamp in our passports reads “Gaza port” and was created for the occasion. … »

20.08.2014

My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine

My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land. By Desmond Tutu | Aug. 14, 2014 | The past… »

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