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18.12.2013

Homo Creditensis: Debt as an instrument of social control

Homo Creditensis: Debt as an instrument of social control

The Argentinean economist Guillermo Sullings at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in June this year, explained that “…it is clear that capitalism is approaching a dead end. That capitalism, which sometime ago appeared to reformulate its distributive equation encouraging Keynesian policies and the welfare state, has revived its… »

18.12.2013

Noam Chomsky: A Roadmap to a Just World – People Reanimating Democracy

Noam Chomsky: A Roadmap to a Just World – People Reanimating Democracy

Transcript of Avram Noam Chomsky’s lecture: (Transcript of audio recording), Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, Bonn, June 2013 Question from conference moderator at the end of the presentation: You have been very critical of the press. What would you like the press to do? Chomsky: It’s very simple. I’d like… »

11.12.2013

Should the US Play Solomon and Split the Senkakus?

Should the US Play Solomon and Split the Senkakus?

I have grown pretty tired of hearing about the Senkakus.  I have a feeling I’m not alone. As far as I can see, Taiwan has the strongest claim to the Senkakus, by geography, geology,  history, and propinquity.  Japan grabbed the Senkakus in 1895, lost them in… »

10.12.2013

Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out

Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out

Buying more stuff is associated with depression, anxiety and broken relationships. It is socially destructive and self-destructive George Monbiot for The Guardian, Monday 9 December 2013 Owning more doesn’t bring happiness: ‘the material pursuit of self-esteem reduces self-esteem.’ Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA That they are crass,… »

09.12.2013

The road ahead after breakthrough over Iran

The road ahead after breakthrough over Iran

By Jayantha Dhanapala* | IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint KANDY, Sri Lanka (IDN) – Even cynics must admit that the time comes in international relations when long frozen situations suddenly thaw causing positive change for international peace and security. Examples of such “game-changers” are many but outstanding are (in chronological… »

09.12.2013

“Poverty Wages in the Land of Plenty”

“Poverty Wages in the Land of Plenty”

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan for Democracy Now! The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their staffs. Undergirding the sale prices is an army of workers earning the minimum wage or a fraction above it, living check to… »

03.12.2013

The lies behind this transatlantic trade deal

The lies behind this transatlantic trade deal

Plans to create an EU-US single market will allow corporations to sue governments using secretive panels, bypassing courts and parliaments George Monbiot The Guardian, Monday 2 December 2013 Panic spreads through the European commission like ferrets in a rabbit warren. Its plans to create a… »

23.11.2013

Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks

Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks

[divide] WARSAW, Poland—The United Nations is holding this year’s climate conference in Warsaw, a city steeped in history. Nicolaus Copernicus, the famous Polish astronomer who first posited that the Earth revolves around the sun and not vice versa, is celebrated here. The Frederic Chopin Airport is named for the brilliant… »

21.11.2013

Deal or No Deal, Iran’s Stock Keeps Rising

Deal or No Deal, Iran’s Stock Keeps Rising

The recent high-drama nuclear negotiations in Geneva were riveting, to be sure. Old foes shuttled between conference rooms, chatted amiably in corridors, colluded to guard the sensitive details of their discussions from an eager global media. Every utterance from officials, every smile, grimace and gesture made its way… »

18.11.2013

Climate change driving weather off the charts

Climate change driving weather off the charts

Meteorologists are calling the typhoon that slammed into the Philippines with 195-mile-an-hour winds on November 8, 2013, the most powerful tropical storm to make landfall on record. Super Typhoon Haiyan had gusts reaching 235 miles per hour and a storm surge swelling as high as 20 feet, so the destruction… »

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