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10.09.2011

Reflections from New York City on 9/11/2011

As the ten year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, an intense media blitz is in motion. To be honest, I find most of the coverage offensive in that it imposes and manipulates assumed feelings about the event without the least reflection on the real meaning and consequences of that day. I get the feeling that a particular response is expected. But my response is different. »

08.09.2011

After 9/11: the big mistake

"As Bev and I sat down on the precipice in solemn meditation, I prayed that God would come into our hearts. I prayed for understanding and love. I prayed for Alicia's soul and the souls of the others who had died with her earlier in the day. I prayed for our world." These are words of John Titus, father and author of “Losing Alicia”, whose daughter was flight attendant on 9/11. »

06.09.2011

‘Egyptian Revolution, Inevitable And Irreversible’

The world lives in the era of knowledge and information sharing. With satellite TV, mobile phones and the internet, the word “distance” has lost its meaning as there is hardly a place today that is too’ remote’ for information access. The uprisings in the Arab World are a striking example of the rapid dissemination of information. »

02.09.2011

The “Pots and Pans revolution” in Iceland and its aftermath

The Economic Crash in Iceland led the “Pots and Pans revolution” leading to some radical changes. Humanist Party members Julius Valdimarsson and Methusalem Thorisson have carried out an appraisal in terms of the sensibility of the people in general and on the political Scene wondering if such process can promote Human Rights based Real Democracy. »

31.08.2011

How Zenawi ‘Weaponizes’ Famine in Ethiopia

"Why are Ethiopians starving again? What should the world do and not do?" These are the two enduring questions Time Magazine asked in December 21, 1987. The reply in short was couched as a question: "Is the latest famine wholly the result of cruel nature, or are other, man-made forces at work that worsen the catastrophe?" Something that should strike as déjà vu 24 years later. »

30.08.2011

The real root causes of crime

Far from being keen on the obituary sections covering most of the communicative space in the media sphere, I think it is essential to throw light on the root causes from which most criminal activities come from today. This is precisely what the following note, published here in full, is dealing with. »

30.08.2011

Sun and Sanity

Ralph Nader, former US Presidential candidate for the Green Party and the guy blamed by the loosing side for the failure of the Democrat, Al Gore, to win the White House reflects on President Obama’s energy policy in a week when a thousand people are expected to be arrested while demonstrating against a new pipeline transporting low quality oil from Canada to the US Gulf Coast. »

29.08.2011

Nonviolent resistance in Palestine

From the blog “Fuera de Lugar” (Out of Place) of publico.es: Interview with Ali Abu Awwad, by Amador Fernández-Savater and Juan Gutiérrez. Made in the framework of the meetings “Positive peace: a possible challenge” (8th June 2010, Bilbao). »

26.08.2011

Pakistan – where lie your dormant Hazares?

Shahzad Chaudhry - “In India, we have a 74-year-old, feeble man, à la Gandhian mould, leading a popular anti-corruption movement against a corrupt political and business culture and within that challenging an unyielding political system. While in Pakistan, we only cry out the advent of a transformational moment but remain mired in introspective idealism.” »

24.08.2011

And the looting goes on…but we are saved. Give them Oxytocin

UK commuters face an 8 to13% increase in rail fares, well above the rate of inflation, whilst Stagecoach, one of the private rail companies, announces a return of £340m in profits to shareholders – including an £88m payment to two chief executives. Meanwhile the inevitable austerity driven “double dip recession” looms across major economies but the banks refuse to lend. »

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