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19.07.2017

Zia Mian on the Nuclear Weapons Ban and Prohibition Treaty

Zia Mian on the Nuclear Weapons Ban and Prohibition Treaty

I had the privilege of attending the opening and penultimate sessions of the Nuclear Weapons Ban and Prohibition Treaty negotiations at the U.N. this spring and summer. And, midst considerable celebration, on July 7, representatives of the majority of the world’s governments agreed to a treaty designed to outlaw the… »

19.07.2017

The Spiritual Shadows of Shahidul Alam

The Spiritual Shadows of Shahidul Alam

By Shahidul Alam Bait Ur Rouf, the Bangladeshi mosque of Dhaka where this photography was done, is a work of art. The sculptural quality, the use of light, the tranquility of the space, the intelligent use of geometry and the natural ventilation, are some of the features… »

19.07.2017

A despot in disguise: one man’s mission to rip up democracy

A despot in disguise: one man’s mission to rip up democracy

By George Monbiot for The Guardian James McGill Buchanan’s vision of totalitarian capitalism has infected public policy in the US. Now it’s being exported. It’s the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half… »

19.07.2017

Vandana Shiva: “Nonviolence builds a Resilient Spirit”

Vandana Shiva: “Nonviolence builds a Resilient Spirit”

Activist Vandana Shiva launched a strong and hopeful message during the “Poison at the Doors” conference in Rome on July 10. According to the Indian scientist, 70% of the food consumed worldwide is still grown by small and medium scale farmers. However, she says that industry multinationals selling low quality… »

19.07.2017

Ethics of Not Ruining Everything

Ethics of Not Ruining Everything

Today I listened to the audio book of Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationship With Animals by Lori Gruen while reading the hardcopy of From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel Dennett. As a result I have been better able to empathize with… »

19.07.2017

The US Empire, The CIA, And The NGOs

The US Empire, The CIA, And The NGOs

By Dr Ludwig Watzal The Ancient Greeks knew: “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.” No less a figure than the late Zbigniew Brzezinski and the CIA made use of this saying by recruiting the Muslim Brotherhood to… »

19.07.2017

Top Gov’t Ethics Watchdog: U.S. is “Close to Laughingstock”

Top Gov’t Ethics Watchdog: U.S. is “Close to Laughingstock”

The director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub Jr., says the Trump administration has so undermined ethical standards that the United States is “pretty close to a laughingstock at this point.” Shaub is resigning today. He’s been critical of President Trump on a slew of issues, including Trump’s… »

18.07.2017

Halting Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism, Mission Impossible

Halting Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism, Mission Impossible

By Baher Kamal While the business sector jumps for joy as the number of tourists grew in 2016 for the seventh consecutive year to reach 1.2 billion, and as the first four months of 2017 have registered 6 per cent increase, the sheer speed,… »

18.07.2017

11 passengers thrown off plane following spontaneous protest over on-board deportee

11 passengers thrown off plane following spontaneous protest over on-board deportee

A group of passengers who forced a two-and-a-half delay of a flight between Barcelona and Dakar by protesting against the deportation of a Senegalese man on-board, were barred from re-boarding the plane and are now considering legal action. There were 172 passengers scheduled to depart on low-cost airline Vueling’s flight… »

17.07.2017

Liu Xiaobo And Liu Xia: A Love That Survived Incredible Odds

Liu Xiaobo And Liu Xia: A Love That Survived Incredible Odds

By Zeenat Khan A photo shared on Twitter by activist Ye Du was inserted in arecent front-page story in the New York Times. The skeletal like couple (Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia) clinging onto one another will break any heart. In the photo, frail Xiaobo is pictured in his hospital… »

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