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24.05.2014

Norway – Number 1 on Quality of Life, Yet Having High, Increasing Loneliness. How Come?

Norway – Number 1 on Quality of Life, Yet Having High, Increasing Loneliness. How Come?

“Two major contradictions: between ranking as No. 1 on Quality of Life indicators, yet having a high and increasing loneliness and not only at old age; and between having a country but increasingly letting others do the work. How come? Because interaction nets dissolve. Extended families disappeared long… »

23.05.2014

William Worthy & Vincent Harding: Thank You and Goodbye

William Worthy & Vincent Harding: Thank You and Goodbye

The world lost two remarkable men in May, two African Americans who helped shape modern history, yet whose names and achievements remain too little known. William Worthy, a journalist, died at the age of 92. Civil-rights activist Vincent Harding was 82. Each was a witness to some of… »

23.05.2014

A Third of Our Food Depend on Bees and Other Insects — Don’t Kill Them!

A Third of Our Food Depend on Bees and Other Insects — Don’t Kill Them!

By Matthias Wüthrich, Greenpeace* A third of our food, including some of our most delicious produce such as apples, tomatoes and coffee, along with most of the flowering plants on earth, depend on honeybees, wild bees and other insects for pollination. The situation, however, doesn’t look… »

23.05.2014

Commercial Sexual Exploitation Generates US$ 99 Billion… a Year!

Commercial Sexual Exploitation Generates US$ 99 Billion… a Year!

ILO* – Forced labour in the private economy generates US$ 150 billion in illegal profits per year, about three times more than previously estimated, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO report, Profits and Poverty: The Economics of Forced… »

21.05.2014

The media and the humanist revolution

The media and the humanist revolution

As has been well noted, just as the printing press changed the way information was disseminated in the Middle Ages which launched massive change and initiated processes of more generalised education and expansion of accessibility to literature and the written news in general, the Internet has opened up… »

20.05.2014

Wheelering and Dealing at the FCC

Wheelering and Dealing at the FCC

Michael Powell is the son of Gen. Colin Powell. The elder Powell knows a thing or two about war. He famously presented the case for invading Iraq to the United Nations, on Feb. 5, 2003, based on faulty evidence of weapons of mass destruction. He calls that speech… »

16.05.2014

Inequality and Democracy

Inequality and Democracy

By Roberto Savio In this Column, ROBERTO SAVIO, founder and president emeritus of Inter Press Service (IPS), writes on persistent inequality and the failure of “trickle down” economy. ROME, May 15 2014 (IPS) – Not a day goes by without news on the growing… »

15.05.2014

Protecting water and land from grabbers. For a new water ethic

Protecting water and land from grabbers. For a new water ethic

We gladly publish the speech of Maude Barlow, president of the Council of Canadians and Food & Water Watch in the session “Discovering resources. The effects of grabbing and Europe’s role” in the International Conference” A fair future or just a future? Environment, consumption and development: instructions for use.” The… »

14.05.2014

Murder in the “Coal” Mines

On 13th of May 2014 Turkey faced with the biggest coal mine explosion in the country’s history. It is reported that there are more than thousand mine workers trapped inside the privately owned mine and death toll rises every single second. More than 230 mine workers died, is… »

14.05.2014

China – Book review: The Man Who Stayed Behind

China – Book review: The Man Who Stayed Behind

The Man Who Stayed Behind By Sidney Rittenberg and Amanda Bennett Simon & Schuster, published 1993 Reviewed by Tony Henderson What a story. He really was a believer – in the Communist ideals… and why not. Thrown in jail in China for long spells, not just once but… »

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