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16.07.2014

Being played like a piano by strategic suicide

Being played like a piano by strategic suicide

Taking sides between two violent factions will not end a conflict. Working for reconciliation is the only way. The Arab Israeli conflict cannot be seen in terms of goodies and baddies; here we have two peoples, deeply traumatized by their history, locking one another in a hopeless escalation of violence. »

15.07.2014

Before the Next ISIS, We Need Nonviolent Counterterrorism Strategies

by Erin Niemela, War Is A Crime – TRANSCEND Media Service A relatively new group engaging in non-state political violence, ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, recently called for the creation of an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria and a continuation and strengthening of… »

14.07.2014

TED Lecture: How do you explain consciousness?

Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: “There’s nothing we know about more directly…. but at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.” He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads. See Video Transcript:… »

13.07.2014

Why Are Most Human Beings So Powerless?

Why Are Most Human Beings So Powerless?

By Robert J. Burrowes.- Human beings stand at the edge of extinction and yet few of us are mobilized in defense of human existence. Why is this? And what can we do about it? Unless someone lives in a cave secluded from all news, the evidence… »

12.07.2014

Nomads of the Digital Age

Nomads of the Digital Age

The freedom to communicate and to share has entered a new era. The power promised by this freedom, by the Internet, is immense, so much so that it frightens entrenched institutions. Governments, militaries, corporations, banks: They all stand to lose the control they exert over society when information… »

12.07.2014

Ever Wondered Why the World is a Mess?

Ever Wondered Why the World is a Mess?

By Roberto Savio Addressing this column to the younger generations, Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News, offers ten explanations of how the current mess in which the world… »

12.07.2014

Almedalen: A Swedish Export the U.S. Could Use

Almedalen: A Swedish Export the U.S. Could Use

VISBY, Sweden—Sixty miles off the coast of Sweden, in the Baltic Sea, sits the island of Gotland. Every summer, for one week, tens of thousands flock here to participate in a unique public event known as Almedalen (pronounced ALL-meh-DAH-len). The name comes from a park in Gotland’s main… »

08.07.2014

This is thrilling life-extension news – for dictators and the ultra-rich

Longevity science may divide us into treated and untreated: the first living ever longer, the second dying even younger than now George Monbiot, The Guardian, Monday 7 July 2014 19.15 BST Once it was a myth. Now it’s a dream. And soon it will be an… »

01.07.2014

Telefonica-Movistar: a united fight against exploitation

Telefonica-Movistar: a united fight against exploitation

The tentacles of Spain’s Telefonica Movistar spread far and wide. I refer not only to the interests of their shareholders, such as banks BBVA and La Caixa, or close links with political power, and their “representatives” on the board, but its “army” of workers. In Spain, the company claims to… »

26.06.2014

Fears for New Electoral Violence in the Solomon Islands

Fears for New Electoral Violence in the Solomon Islands

Even though the elections in the Solomon Islands of 2010 were relatively violence free, the scars of the riots of 2006 are still fresh. Now with new elections expected to take place in October or November of this year, there are strong reasons to fear violence will disrupt the electoral… »

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