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09.05.2014

Solitary Confinement Is Not the Answer

There has been much attention, and rightly so, on the CIA’s extensive use of torture, which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is said to have documented in its still-classified 6,000-page report. The use of torture is not limited to the CIA, however. It is all too common… »

05.05.2014

Britain: Land of Impunity

Britain: Land of Impunity

Politicians and government contractors now seem to be able to get away with almost anything. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 6th May 2014. What do you have to do to fall out of favour with this government? Last month, the security company G4S was quietly rehabilitated(1). »

04.05.2014

Disposable Consumer Goods At High Human Costs

Disposable Consumer Goods At High Human Costs

By Julio Godoy* | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis BERLIN (IDN) – Hundreds of thousands around the world demonstrate for better working conditions and fair wages on the International Labour Day. However, when May 1 is over, many of these demonstrators go back to their daily reckless consumption patterns, which consider practically… »

04.05.2014

Open Letter to Evo Morales about nuclear energy

  This letter was delivered to the Secretary of the Presidency of Bolivia on March 27, 2014. We are awaiting the response of President Morales and we will publish it as soon as it will arrive. Dear Evo Morales, First of all… »

03.05.2014

Echoes of the Future

Echoes of the Future

By Tina Bakolitsa for Occupy Times In the 39th episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Jean-Luc Picard, the captain of the starship Enterprise, finds himself in the unique situation of having to confront his future self. Through a recovered video log, this future Picard is shown… »

28.04.2014

UK – The Shooting Party

UK – The Shooting Party

As the food queues lengthen, the government is giving our money to the super-rich. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 29th April 2014 So now you might have to buy your own crutches, but you’ll get your shotgun subsidised by the state. A few days after False… »

26.04.2014

Race Matters: Resegregation and the Rollback of Affirmative Action

“I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” So proclaimed Alabama Gov. George Wallace more than a half-century ago. His proudly racist rhetoric was matched by heinous actions: Murders, lynchings and systemic violence, often endorsed or organized by state and local governments, were inflicted on African-Americans and their… »

25.04.2014

Obama runs China’s pivot gauntlet

Obama runs China’s pivot gauntlet

The People’s Republic of China has dropped several public relations clangers: it barred Japan from a fleet review in Qingdao and, after the US pulled its ship in solidarity with Japan, cancelled the whole review; it snubbed Japan’s Marine Self Defense Force delegation by refusing a bilateral meeting;… »

21.04.2014

Multilingualism in Bangladesh

Multilingualism in Bangladesh

We belong to an age where global distances are decreasing rapidly. To be an active part of the global village, co-operation through exchanging our various diversities is a continuous necessity. Diversities exist at all levels of life, and in every nook and corner of the world. Among the components, language… »

16.04.2014

Chrystia Freeland at TED: The rise of the new global super-rich

See the TED lecture here Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds — and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that… »

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