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04.01.2019

Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019

Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019

In many ways it is painful to reflect on the year 2018; a year of vital opportunities lost when so much is at stake. Whether politically, militarily, socially, economically, financially or ecologically, humanity took some giant strides backwards while passing up endless… »

01.01.2019

Will 2019 bring opportunities to change the system?

Will 2019 bring opportunities to change the system?

By Howard Richards Some of us think 2008 was a lost opportunity. Humanity had a chance to change course to save itself and the biosphere. We blew it. Could 2019 be a second chance? The reason why 2008, instead of some other recent year, stands… »

01.01.2019

Advertising and academia are controlling our thoughts. Didn’t you know?

Advertising and academia are controlling our thoughts. Didn’t you know?

George Monbiot for The Guardian By abetting the ad industry, universities are leading us into temptation, when they should be enlightening us. To what extent do we decide? We tell ourselves we choose our own life course, but is this ever true? If you or I had… »

31.12.2018

Solidarity Economy to Change the Course of History: Six Theses for Conversation

Solidarity Economy to Change the Course of History: Six Theses for Conversation

By Howard Richards 1. A new economy (or economies), in other words a new social structure (or structures), whose principle is solidarity, is necessary, not optional. 2. It is impossible to construct the new economy using only the best-known old methods for changing society (legislation, revolution, electoral politics, nonviolent resistance,… »

30.12.2018

Worse than the “worst” oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 14 years and counting

Worse than the “worst” oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 14 years and counting

When talking about fossil fuels disasters we are running out of superlatives. The Deepwater Horizon operated by BP discharged an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on 19 September 2010. Reports in early 2012 indicated… »

29.12.2018

That Con Ed Explosion Big Media Hushed Up!

That Con Ed Explosion Big Media Hushed Up!

By Partha Banerjee Yesterday (December 27), a huge explosion of some sort at New York City’s Con Edison Astoria power plant turned the night sky blue. It was frightening. It was so big that idiots thought it was an alien invasion, and smart people nicknamed it Astoria Borealis (after Aurora… »

28.12.2018

Isolationism or Imperialism: You Really Can’t Imagine a Third Possibility?

Isolationism or Imperialism: You Really Can’t Imagine a Third Possibility?

Of the United Nations’ 18 major human rights treaties, the United States is party to 5, fewer than any other nation on earth, except Bhutan (4), and tied with Malaya Malaysia, Myanmar, and South Sudan, a country torn by warfare since its creation in 2011. The United States is the only nation on… »

22.12.2018

The need for a European Citizens’ Initiative on Universal and Unconditional Basic Income

The need for a European Citizens’ Initiative on Universal and Unconditional Basic Income

In 2013, a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) on Universal and Unconditional Basic Income (UBI)[1] was carried out, but the one million signatures required were not collected and for some activists the action was a failure. The truth is that, back then UBI was not as well-known as it… »

22.12.2018

Drone shuts down UK airport and Trump shuts down US Government

Drone shuts down UK airport and Trump shuts down US Government

Gatwick drones Between 120,000 and 350,000 people (depending on which paper you read) had their Christmas plans disrupted by the closure of Gatwick airport south of London over a 36+ hours period due to drones flying illegally and creating chaos. The police considered that shooting them down was too dangerous… »

22.12.2018

China, 40 years of Reform and Openness

China, 40 years of Reform and Openness

I recently returned from my first trip to China and I am still thinking about everything I saw, which undoubtedly made me realize – once again – how much distortion comes from the press, manipulated by Western interests, on a daily basis. We construct our picture of the world on… »

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