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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… »

21.12.2018

The future of peace in the world

The future of peace in the world

By Juan Gómez “I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and build a better life for their children…” ~J.F.Kennedy Frequently we ask ourselves if peace is possible. Many… »

19.12.2018

Africa – Realising The Promise of the Demographic Dividend

Africa – Realising The Promise of the Demographic Dividend

Viewpoint by Graça Machel The author, who writes this piece following the recent publication of the Africa Report on Child Wellbeingand the African Child-Friendliness Index, is the widow of Nelson Mandela and former First Lady of both South Africa and Mozambique. She is Chair of the International Board of Trustees… »

16.12.2018

Of Cockroaches and Humans

Of Cockroaches and Humans

By Roberto Savio* Rita Levi-Montalcini, the Italian Nobel laureate honoured for her work in neurobiology, once gave a splendid conference with the title “The imperfect brain”. There she explained that man has a brain that is not used completely, while the reverse is true for the cockroach. In the… »

15.12.2018

At the U.N. Climate Summit, Youth Leads the Way

At the U.N. Climate Summit, Youth Leads the Way

Close to 15,000 people have descended on Katowice, in the heart of Poland’s coal country, for the annual U.N. climate change summit. This meeting is dubbed “COP24,” for the 24th “Conference of the Parties” to the climate negotiations. The efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming have… »

14.12.2018

There is no legal reason why Spain should not sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

There is no legal reason why Spain should not sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

NATO member countries have no legal impediment to signing the TPNW. Signing it or not is purely a political matter. If Spain signs it, it would be a revolutionary step that would contribute enormously to reducing nuclear hegemony. By Carlos Umaña. On the 7th of July last year, at the… »

13.12.2018

Piketty’s proposal to remake Europe

Piketty’s proposal to remake Europe

By Howard Richards In the midst of more than one crisis, a stellar group of left-leaning intellectuals led by Thomas Piketty has written a proposal to remake Europe. It includes a manifesto, a treaty establishing what would amount to a new European legislature, and a budget. Details can be found… »

13.12.2018

Why Green New Deal advocates must address militarism

Why Green New Deal advocates must address militarism

Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? by Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater for Common Dreams. In the spirit of a new year… »

12.12.2018

In Defense of the Human Individual

In Defense of the Human Individual

While it is now very late in the life cycle of homo sapiens, with extinction now due to consign us to Earth’s fossil record – see ‘Will humans be extinct by 2026?’ – I would like to make a… »

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