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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… »

04.03.2014

The Tyranny of Experts

The Tyranny of Experts

During a presentation on Monday at Copper Union of his new book “The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor,”  William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU) and Director of the Development Research Institute, argued that the logic used by the… »

02.03.2014

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba: A Life of Struggle, a Legacy of Progress

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba: A Life of Struggle, a Legacy of Progress

By Amy Goodman for Democracy Now! The world lost a visionary activist this week, with the death of Chokwe Lumumba, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Miss. Lumumba died unexpectedly at the age of 66 of an apparent heart attack. Last June, he won the mayoral race in this… »

27.02.2014

Toxic bedfellows. Lessons from Ukraine, Syria, Egypt and oh, so many other places

Toxic bedfellows. Lessons from Ukraine, Syria, Egypt and oh, so many other places

“The situation in Ukraine is evolving by the hour.  Right wing ultranationalists and their “liberal” collaborators have taken control of the Rada (Ukrainian parliament) and deposed the democratically elected, though utterly corrupt and incompetent, President Yanukovich. Former Prime Minister, and convicted criminal, Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed, and is now… »

23.02.2014

Drones are a devastating security strategy in Afghanistan

Drones are a devastating security strategy in Afghanistan

The use of drones in what is termed ‘the war against terrorism’ has become very controversial, wherever in the world. Now that the US drone programme has passed five years under President Obama’s national security strategy it has been estimated that the death toll by drone strikes is at least… »

15.02.2014

From Akhenaton to Pope Francis: the meaning of true and enduring change

From Akhenaton to Pope Francis: the meaning of true and enduring change

Following previous references to the Pressenza article on the Akhenaton Syndrome (that explains that often what follows to the death of an enthusiastic reformer is a return to the previous stage, sometimes to an ever worse state of affairs) it is interesting, in the light of the new Pope’s presentation… »

14.02.2014

When China Rules The World

When China Rules The World

When China Rules The World, by Martin Jacques * While there is much to comment on about this book, as it details the history of both east and West in regard to China, how it was and now is, that is not what I particularly want to record here. What… »

13.02.2014

Electricity: burden or saviour in developing Bangladesh

Electricity: burden or saviour in developing Bangladesh

Bangladesh is now moving towards becoming a medium-income-level economy with almost six percent growth per year. Although having difficulties in the political sector which affects significantly the economy of Bangladesh, the workforce of the country is maintaining the growth by integrity and hard work. By Tawfiq MD. Hasan* It is… »

12.02.2014

The Moral Cost of Torture

by Anthony Marsella – TRANSCEND Media Service Dr Anthony Marsella was a Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii. He is a consultant to numerous national and international agencies. Dr Marsella is widely known as a pioneer figure in the study of culture and psychopathology. He has challenged… »

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