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16.05.2013

Well done Pakistan!

Well done Pakistan!

WELL DONE, PAKISTAN! Pritam K. Rohila, Ph.D. For quite a while the media has been flooded with dire predictions by various analysts, commentators, and experts, about the future of Pakistan. But the May 11, 2013 elections have proved them wrong. Even though terribly malnourished, bloodied and tormented, the Spirit… »

15.05.2013

Bangladesh – Just pretending…!

Bangladesh – Just pretending…!

Dipu Moni, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister, appeared on Al Jazeera May 15, 2013. While it is understandable that the minister defends her government’s actions, just as Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina defends same, there was no trace of accountability nor transparency in their statements. Ms Moni saying protesters were… »

14.05.2013

Thesis for a new paradigm arising from emerging movements

Thesis for a new paradigm arising from emerging movements

A collaborative effort between people of the 15M, OWS, Occupy, Indignados, and YoSoy 132 movements. These notes are an attempt to summarise some of the common points between what are known as emerging movements, that is, the various social movements that have appeared in different parts of the world since… »

14.05.2013

Syria Dispatch #3: prisoner release; attack on M. Agnes; Homs project

Syria Dispatch #3: prisoner release; attack on M. Agnes; Homs project

Syria Dispatch #3: prisoner release; attack on M. Agnes; Homs project In my previous dispatches I withheld some information from you. Over the last four months I have been in touch with Dr. Mohja Kahf, who is active in the Syrian Nonviolence Movement. Dr. Kahf has produced some… »

13.05.2013

A financial transaction tax for Europe

A financial transaction tax for Europe

Here are a few facts: 1) In the postwar period, the amount of money that Wall Street dealt with every year represented approximately 15 percent of the US GDP. In 1975 it was 17 percent, at the end of the 80s it was up to 35 percent and ten years… »

13.05.2013

Dispatch #1 from the International Peace Delegation to Syria: “When can we go back?”

Dispatch #1 from the International Peace Delegation to Syria: “When can we go back?”

“When can we go back?” This plaintive question of refugees since time immemorial was asked again of Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire at the United Nations High Commission on Refugees intake center in Zahleh, Lebanon, overlooking the vast Beqaa valley, now dotted with refugee camps wherever we look. … »

13.05.2013

Muhammad Yunus – Savar tragedy, garments industry and Bangladesh

Muhammad Yunus –  Savar tragedy, garments industry and Bangladesh

THE Savar tragedy is a symbol of our failure as a nation. The crack in Rana Plaza that caused the collapse of the building has only shown us that if we don’t face up to the cracks in our state systems, we as a nation will get lost… »

07.05.2013

The War of the Health Models. What would it mean to humanise medicine?

The War of the Health Models. What would it mean to humanise medicine?

A video circulating on the internet seems to suggest that a miracle cure has been found for Malaria. (and AIDS, cancer, Hepatitis, warts, etc, etc, etc). Cheap, easy to administer and non toxic. It appears to have the Red Cross backing, al least locally in Africa, but there is a… »

07.05.2013

The Chameleon’s Attack

The Chameleon’s Attack

Oleg Yasinsky presents his views on the current state of Venezuela and how facts and myths are contorted by the right wing and mass media. In recent days, the residents of Venezuela’s wealthiest neighborhoods received pamphlets containing the following message: “We, the active youth of Venezuela, consider it our duty… »

07.05.2013

NPT conference: A strategy for nuclear disarmament

NPT conference: A strategy for nuclear disarmament

On Friday last week, the NPT PrepCom finished in Geneva to reconvene in New York in 2014.  Ray Acheson of Reaching Critical Will gives a final review of the outcomes. The scene of the final day of the second NPT PrepCom provided a snapshot of the NPT process itself. Marked… »

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