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14.06.2014

Children on the Run: The Deepening Immigration Crisis

Children on the Run: The Deepening Immigration Crisis

Have you seen the pictures? All the kids, sleeping on floors in row upon row, detained by the Department of Homeland Security. There are more children coming in every day, and the federal government doesn’t know where to keep them. “When I first saw the pictures,… »

13.06.2014

Renaming of Aeroporto La Torre, Comiso

Renaming of Aeroporto La Torre, Comiso

They have all of them reached the airport by now in a swarm of bodyguards. Pietro Grasso, Chairman of the Italian Senate,  a nice stocky typically sicilian man. Orlando, the Minister of Justice, Filippo Spataro, the Mayor of Comiso, bravely wearing the three coloured stripe of the italian flag.  Together… »

11.06.2014

With “friends” like these who needs enemies

With “friends” like these who needs enemies

Most “friendly fire” incidents do not get reported. Sometimes they come to light, a few here and there but the full extent of the damage caused during war by inaccurate identification or calculation, or care, is generally underplayed, as it shows one more ugly truth about war. Furthermore, most acknowledged… »

09.06.2014

Farewell to a celebrated Bangladeshi editor

Farewell to a celebrated Bangladeshi editor

The news was heartbreaking for me as the Bangladesh media outlets reported – Mahbubul Alam, former editor of The Independent, passed away in a hospital in Dhaka today (June 6, 2014) at the age of 78. The veteran journalist of Bangladesh started his career with Associated Press of Pakistan… »

08.06.2014

My American heroes

My American heroes

I was on the train on my way home in Sunnyside, Queens, when, just a minute before my stop, I saw canopies and lines of people on the sidewalks. I had my camera with me and the weather was so beautiful, it was like an invitation to walk… »

06.06.2014

Bergdahl, Afghanistan and the “Darkening of the American Soul”

Bergdahl, Afghanistan and the “Darkening of the American Soul”

When Bowe Bergdahl was reported missing in Afghanistan on the morning of June 30, 2009, a crack formed in the U.S. narrative about the longest war in our nation’s history. Bergdahl’s release this week, as part of a prisoner-of-war swap with the Taliban, has provoked the partisan pundits… »

06.06.2014

A Common Vision – The Abolition of Militarism

A Common Vision – The Abolition of Militarism

By Mairead Maguire JUNE 6 – In this column, Mairead Maguire, peace activist from Northern Ireland and Nobel Peace Laureate 1976, argues that exactly 100 years after the start of the First World War, now is the time for a new ambitious start, offering new… »

05.06.2014

Tiananmen – Total Recall or Total Revamp!

Tiananmen – Total Recall or Total Revamp!

June 4th in Hong Kong was commemorated with the usual gusto by Hong Kongers, mostly the youth, with a strong core of oldies that were around in 1989 when the Tiananmen incident took place. All the regulars that emerge on every Sunday for disputes with government over one… »

04.06.2014

Spain HP at odds over worth of joint actions

Spain HP at odds over worth of joint actions

The five members of the European Parliament (MEPs) achieved by Podemos* reignite some questions about whether or not joint actions of the Humanist Party (HP) with other forces was or is worthwhile. This short writing aims to give a view on the rise of Podemos and the decision of the… »

03.06.2014

Politics, where are you now? Europe, where are you going?

Politics, where are you now? Europe, where are you going?

In these last few days we have heard (and published on Pressenza) a number of points of view formulated around the results of the European elections: Here we shall endeavour to make a further analysis, bearing in mind some of the themes, i.e. peace, humanism, nonviolence, human rights, and non-descrimination… »

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