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21.01.2019

It’s Fascism and Dictatorship, Here in USA

It’s Fascism and Dictatorship, Here in USA

By Partha Banerjee America is surely slipping into the monstrous nights of fascism and dictatorship. And elite politicians and media do not care, much. Then comes the task of controlling the so-called “populist” base: the angry, frightened, disillusioned white population, primarily males. Since there is no way for Trumpism… »

21.01.2019

Treaty of Versailles began the modern era of multilateralism – 100 years on, is a new world older emerging?

Treaty of Versailles began the modern era of multilateralism – 100 years on, is a new world older emerging?

Dan Plesch, SOAS, University of London for The Conversation “Rubbish in, rubbish out” – it’s as true of international organisations as it is of computers. And it’s an aphorism worth keeping in mind as we think of the Paris Peace Conference which began on January 18 1919… »

19.01.2019

The fear that lies behind aggressive masculinity

The fear that lies behind aggressive masculinity

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Why do so many men love Jordan Peterson and hate the Gillette ad? If they’re truly strong they don’t need to prove their virility. What strikes me most is the fragility. Gillette makes an advertisement calling on men to challenge abusive behaviour,… »

19.01.2019

How do you say “cool” in Chinese?

How do you say “cool” in Chinese?

We take the future Asian superpower for granted, but who is their Robert Redford? By Rafael Poch for Ctxt. In the 20th century, in order to become a global superpower, the United States established itself in the first phase as the hegemonic power of the Western Hemisphere. »

18.01.2019

The Mythology of Modern Israel

The Mythology of Modern Israel

by Tariq Ali1 This article is a transcription extracted from a conference at Rothko Chapel.   “… In order to create a myth to justify the existence of… »

17.01.2019

A New Spectre Is Haunting Europe

A New Spectre Is Haunting Europe

After Teresa May’s defeat in the British parliament it is clear that a new spectre is haunting Europe. It is no longer the spectre of communism, which opens Marx’s Manifesto of 1848; it is the spectre of the failure of neoliberal globalisation, which reigned uncontested following the fall of the… »

17.01.2019

Human Beings are Destroying Life on Earth but Deluding Ourselves that We are Not

Human Beings are Destroying Life on Earth but Deluding Ourselves that We are Not

It is easy to identify the ongoing and endless violence being inflicted on life on Earth. This ranges from the vast multiplicity of assaults inflicted on our children and the biosphere to the endless wars and other military violence as well as the grotesque exploitation of many… »

15.01.2019

The Twisted Logic of the Jewish ‘Historic Right’ to Israel

The Twisted Logic of the Jewish ‘Historic Right’ to Israel

Our political culture insists on seeing the Jews as the direct descendants of the ancient Hebrews. But the Jews never existed as a ‘people’ – still less as a nation. Until World War II, the vast majority of Eastern and Western Jews were avowed anti-Zionists. by Shlomo… »

15.01.2019

Banning the bomb, smashing the patriarchy | Ray Acheson

Ray Acheson, from Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament wing of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom talks about nuclear weapons in the conext of the patriarchal system in which we live today. Transcript: Who has the biggest nuclear button?  No, I’m serious.  This is a real foreign… »

15.01.2019

Could we force politicians to tell the truth?

Could we force politicians to tell the truth?

By DAVID MOUNTAIN 13 January 2019 for openDemocracy Politics is pre-truth not post-truth. Does the regulation of advertising provide some answers? It’s a truism that politicians lie.  Even politicians themselves half-acknowledge this fact: they are, in their own words, ‘terminologically inexact’ or ‘economical with the… »

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