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13.11.2013

Why Politics Fails

Why Politics Fails

Nothing will change until we confront the real sources of power. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 12th November 2013 It’s the reason for the collapse of democratic choice. It’s the source of our growing disillusionment with politics. It’s the great unmentionable. Corporate power. The media will… »

08.11.2013

Is Kenya on the brink of religious war?

Is Kenya on the brink of religious war?

I had joined my fellow members of ‘Sitarusha Mawe Tena Peace Campaign’ and several partners in marking the ‘International Day of Peace’ on the 21st September, 2013 when news of the attack at the Westgate Mall came in. We had decided to mark the day by holding a cleanup exercise… »

06.11.2013

Bill de Blasio and Immigrant Political and Civic Engagement, Part II

Bill de Blasio and Immigrant Political and Civic Engagement, Part II

By Arturo Ignacio Sánchez. Published in the hardcopy edition of QueensLatino.com In a previous column, I suggested that the incoming de Blasio administration would be well served to include immigrant New Yorkers as full members in the post-electoral governing coalition. By doing so, mayor de Blasio… »

02.11.2013

Food Stamps and Food Banks: austeritiy’s new “Special Relationship”

Food Stamps and Food Banks: austeritiy’s new “Special Relationship”

Democracy Now! [US]”Food Stamp Recipients Face “Hunger Cliff” as Deep Cuts Take Effect The more than 47 million people who receive food stamps in the United States will see a decrease in their aid beginning today as a temporary boost from the 2009 stimulus expires. Dubbed the “hunger cliff”… »

26.10.2013

The voice of a new sensibility speaking loud and clear. Russell Brand going viral

The voice of a new sensibility speaking loud and clear. Russell Brand going viral

For a while it was difficult to understand his success. The bad mouthed ex-junkie speaking faster than one could follow his thoughts did not have a very wide appeal but a niche audience kept up, and suddenly he has become a kind of mouthpiece for every person disenchanted with pseudo-democratic… »

23.10.2013

With Goodwill and Determination, Iran-US Rapprochement is Possible: Thomas Pickering

With Goodwill and Determination, Iran-US Rapprochement is Possible: Thomas Pickering

  People in Iran and the United States are enthusiastically monitoring the headlines on the newspapers and the TV channels to see if a historic breakthrough between their countries will finally emerge at the critical juncture when the two rivals are expected to strike a deal over the decade-long controversy… »

21.10.2013

New Zealand statement at the UN on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons

New Zealand statement at the UN on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons

Today, 21st October, 2013, at 17:20 in New York, Disarmament Ambassador Dell Higgie from New Zealand delivered the following statement on behalf of 124 states in the UN General Assembly’s First Committee. “I am taking the floor on behalf of the following Member States, Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda,… »

17.10.2013

A 16-year-old maestro re-educates the US

A 16-year-old maestro re-educates the US

Before you start reading this article, please take a moment to remember who you were at 15 – what your days were like, how you spent your time, your preoccupations and your aspirations. During the past weeks, Malala Yousafzai was seen frequently in the news and television, touring the U.S. »

17.10.2013

GMO Emperor Has No Clothes

GMO Emperor Has No Clothes

World Food Day Message from Vandana Shiva Today, 16th October is World Food Day, a day when people all over the world are reminded of the shameful fact that more than one billion people go hungry and another billion are malnourished – this despite the fact that throughout the last… »

15.10.2013

Film Review: The Fifth Estate

Film Review: The Fifth Estate

Probably the sleekest, most entertaining and visually overcomplicated piece of character assassination you’re likely to see in the cinema, made more effective by its subtlety. Benedict Cumberbatch’s depiction of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is no doubt a great feat of acting, but I had problems to identify the damaged and… »

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