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18.05.2019

Long Life to Their Majesties, The Bees!

Long Life to Their Majesties, The Bees!

By Baher Kamal* Amazingly organised social communities, bees ensure food chain. ‘Bee’ grateful to them… at least in their Wold Day! While the (surprisingly) still called homo sapiens continues to destroy Mother Nature, bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, carry on performing their vital role as… »

17.05.2019

The Humanist Forum seen from the outside

The Humanist Forum seen from the outside

I left Santiago with the memory of the most beautiful closing event that I have ever lived… and considering that in my life as a university professor, writer and lecturer there were many such events, not to mention those that I myself organised: “Building Convergence” was the title of the… »

17.05.2019

Encouraging signs of a new business ethos for a new society

Encouraging signs of a new business ethos for a new society

Neoliberal capitalism has been denounced recently as a destructive and dehumanising force responsible for human and environmental disasters. The alternative models are not easily found in corporate media where Margaret Thatcher’s TINA (“there is no alternative”) is still the orthodoxy for economists in power. It is, then, encouraging to find… »

16.05.2019

The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth

The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth

Like many people who have struggled to understand why human beings are driving the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history, which now threatens imminent human extinction as well, over many decades I have explored the research and efforts of a great many activists and scholars to secure this understanding. »

16.05.2019

Pompeo’s Arctic Shipping Lanes

Pompeo’s Arctic Shipping Lanes

America’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at the prestigious Arctic Council biannual meeting in Finland, christened the Arctic meltdown: “A wonderful economic opportunity for international trade.” In a nutshell, here’s a critique of the Secretary’s advice: An ice-free Arctic reduces travel time for shipping lanes between Asia and the… »

16.05.2019

Venezuelan Communes Protect the State

Venezuelan Communes Protect the State

Direct democracy works like a charm. Check out Venezuela’s Communes… Venezuela’s ubiquitous Communes are proof that direct democracy works. And, interestingly enough, those same Communes are powerful buffers to attempted coups, protecting the sanctity of direct democracy in their country. In all likelihood, John Bolton and Trump and Pence and… »

13.05.2019

Globalisation was rife in the 16th century – clues from Renaissance paintings

Globalisation was rife in the 16th century – clues from Renaissance paintings

Leah Clark, The Open University for The Conversation For many, the Renaissance was the revival or “rebirth” of Western classical antiquity, associated with great artists painting the Sistine Chapel and the invention of the printing press in Europe. These local, European phenomena seem rather parochial compared to… »

12.05.2019

An Urgent Need to Advance Peace

An Urgent Need to Advance Peace

By Dr Marina Caparini, Senior Researcher and Director of the Governance and Society Programme at SIPRI. Her research focuses on peacebuilding and the nexus between security and development. STOCKHOLM, May 10 2019 (IPS) – Let us be blunt: the world is in crisis. »

11.05.2019

When the next crisis hits, progressives must be ready to seize the agenda

When the next crisis hits, progressives must be ready to seize the agenda

In 2008 progressives lacked a coherent and compelling alternative to neoliberal policies. This time it must be different. Carys Roberts 9 May 2019 for openDemocracy “Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the… »

10.05.2019

What should British universities do about benefits received from past wrongs?

What should British universities do about benefits received from past wrongs?

Steven Greer, University of Bristol for The Conversation The University of Cambridge has embarked on a project to discover how it may have contributed to, and benefited financially from, slavery. This venture follows hot on the heels of a similar investigation at University College London, and a… »

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