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01.02.2014

When pacifism is turned upside-down – Reflections on Japan’s new foreign policy

When pacifism is turned upside-down – Reflections on Japan’s new foreign policy

With his second term in office, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo of Japan and members of his administration have outlined a vision for Japan’s foreign and security policy based on ‘pro-active pacifism’. In his address to the UN General Assembly in September 2013, Abe elaborated that he “will make Japan a… »

29.01.2014

Gezi Park and Workers

by Kıvanç Eliaçık(*) The ‘occupation’ of Taksim Gezi Park in response to the clear-cutting of trees was transformed into a country-wide, anti-government ‘movement’ due to disproportionate police violence. The ‘happening’ went into the annals of republican history as the largest-ever social movement in terms of the number of participants,… »

28.01.2014

“We Shall Overcome”: Activist Pete Seeger

“We Shall Overcome”: Activist Pete Seeger

The legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. For nearly seven decades, Seeger was a musical and political icon who helped create the modern American folk music movement. We air highlights of two appearances by Seeger on Democracy Now!, including one of his… »

28.01.2014

When a penis is not a penis but a weapon, or a torture instrument

When a penis is not a penis but a weapon, or a torture instrument

Another gang rape in India, this time in a tribal area, a young woman is found in the company of a man from another village, moreover a Muslim; the village unofficial council imposes a hefty fine which the woman’s family cannot pay, so she gets gang raped by the men… »

25.01.2014

Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

By Amy Goodman PARK CITY, Utah—A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film… »

24.01.2014

Canada: Inuit genocide, mining and human rights

Canada: Inuit genocide, mining and human rights

One thing environmentalists or historians rarely talk about is that mankind’s road to the destruction of cultures and the world began several thousand years ago and not in the Twentieth Century – with the introduction of agriculture. By Lionel Mok* Urban folks look down on people from the country, calling… »

23.01.2014

Inequality at Davos

Inequality at Davos

Published on Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:39 by Critical Thinking The World Economic Forum at Davos this week is discussing inequality. NBC News declared: “With the global economy slowly getting back on its feet, 2,500 delegates gathered in Davos, Switzerland face a vexing question this week: How to spread… »

21.01.2014

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chainstores

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chainstores

Freedom is something to use or lose – we must fight the antisocial behaviour bill Consumerism’s petty liberties have made us inhumanly passive. We’ve forgotten what freedom is, and how easily it is lost By George Monbiot for The Guardian The question has changed a little… »

21.01.2014

Austerity Generates Gigantic Costs

Austerity Generates Gigantic Costs

By Jutta Wolf | IDN-InDepth News Analysis BERLIN (IDN) – Austerity policies in several countries around the world are denying work to millions of people and leaving vast production opportunities unused, says a new study by the German-based World Future Council (WFC), which places the value of lost… »

18.01.2014

Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World

Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World

Amy goodman for Democracy Now! TOKYO—“I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the world,” wrote the journalist Wilfred Burchett from Hiroshima. His story, headlined, “The Atomic Plague” appeared in the London Daily Express on Sept. »

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