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31.03.2014

Sri Lanka: Patriotism without justice is pure bluff

Sri Lanka: Patriotism without justice is pure bluff

Human beings, however poor or however oppressed, seek justice in the same way. Even a tuberculosis patient looks for fresh air. All wisdom traditions have associated justice as having the same character as fresh air. To deny justice is to deny a fundamental condition of being human. If a… »

31.03.2014

Is Voting Habit-Forming?

Is Voting Habit-Forming?

By Linda Gorman.- Economists and political scientists have observed that a citizen who votes today is more likely to vote in the future, but determining whether that is the result… »

28.03.2014

Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.” So wrote President Barack Obama, back on Jan. 29, 2009, just days into his presidency. “Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” Now, six years into the Obama administration, his… »

25.03.2014

Egypt in the Rear Mirror (I): The Irresistible Temptation to Analyse What One Ignores

Egypt in the Rear Mirror (I): The Irresistible Temptation to Analyse What One Ignores

By Baher Kamal.- “If we, the Spanish people, spoke only of what we know, an immense silence would be generated”. This statement was made by Manuel Azaña, Spanish politician and writer who served as prime minister of his country (1931-1933 , 1936) and, later on, as… »

18.03.2014

How Big Tobacco’s lobbyists get what they want from the media

How Big Tobacco’s lobbyists get what they want from the media

With cigarette packs on the agenda, the BBC must be asked why it lets thinktanks argue the tobacco companies’ case without revealing who their paymasters are. By George Monbiot for The Guardian Almost everything is fake. The brave proverbs with which we were brought up… »

15.03.2014

NO Referendum in Crimea

NO Referendum in Crimea

A referendum is one of the tools of a democratic process and cannot be used under military occupation. Russia has used military forces to annex Crimea, which is currently part of Ukraine. The international community needs to take a very clear stance. It is… »

13.03.2014

Ukraine: Warlike confrontations inadmissible today

Ukraine: Warlike confrontations inadmissible today

Again the same polarizations, tensions, provocations and pre-war situations. The conflict in Syria has not been resolved and the echoes from Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, are still sounding. But the insatiable war machine needs even more feeding – this time in another strategic area for those playing geopolitics: the Ukraine. Rafael… »

12.03.2014

Lighter touch to the Korean issue needed

Lighter touch to the Korean issue needed

What to do about North Korea, how to penetrate the untruths, what to propose that will lead to the best scenario of North and South Korea integration, the release from any need of occupying troops from foreign soils, and the dismantling of the nuclear weapons programmes of all sides –… »

10.03.2014

Give and take in the EU-US trade deal? Sure. We give, the corporations take

Give and take in the EU-US trade deal? Sure. We give, the corporations take

“I have three challenges for the architects of a proposed transatlantic trade deal. If they reject them, they reject democracy By George Monbiot for The Guardian Nothing threatens democracy as much as corporate power. Nowhere do corporations operate with greater freedom than between nations, for here… »

10.03.2014

Ukraine: an analysis by David McReynolds

Ukraine: an analysis by David McReynolds

Before launching into my analysis of events in Ukraine, there are a few points which should be made for an American audience. Putin: Commentators are engaged in a campaign to discredit Vladimir Putin, dismissing him as nothing more than the former head of the KGB. I hold no brief… »

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