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19.06.2019

Council of Europe member states must assume more responsibility for rescuing migrants at sea and protecting their rights

Council of Europe member states must assume more responsibility for rescuing migrants at sea and protecting their rights

“European states’ approach to migration in the Mediterranean Sea has become much too focused on preventing refugees and migrants from reaching European shores, and too little on the humanitarian and human rights aspects. This approach is having tragic consequences”, said Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while… »

16.06.2019

WikiLeaks publisher Assange faces US extradition trial next February

WikiLeaks publisher Assange faces US extradition trial next February

Chief judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled that WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange will face a trial in February 25 next year to determine whether he is extradited to the United States. As far as Britain’s government and judiciary are concerned, the verdict is a forgone conclusion. Assange will be railroaded… »

16.06.2019

Economic growth: a short history of a controversial idea

Economic growth: a short history of a controversial idea

The relentless pursuit of GDP growth is being challenged from environmental and well-being standpoints. But where did the idea come from? By Gareth Dale for openDemocracy The politics of economic growth are complex and contested as never before. In rich countries, rates of GDP growth have declined,… »

13.06.2019

[UK] Revealed: Climate change denier makes big donations to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt

[UK] Revealed: Climate change denier makes big donations to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt

Tory hopefuls [to the post of Prime Minister] under fire for accepting cash from company linked to major ‘climate science denial’ group. Johnson has yet to declare the funding, ‘raising questions about who else is bankrolling him’. By Peter Geoghegan 12 June 2019 for openDemocracy A prominent… »

13.06.2019

Strange D-Day Celebrations: Mocking the Reasoned History

Strange D-Day Celebrations:  Mocking the Reasoned History

In the 17 th Chapter of the Bible – Saint Luke: it is written: The kingdom of God is within man Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men; in you, the people. In Al-Qur’an, the Divine revelations make the point: Your Lord is… »

13.06.2019

Can Russia invade Europe?

Can Russia invade Europe?

By Jan Oberg Oh yes! It can and it is ready to. And perhaps it even will. To tell you the truth, although NATO is the strongest, it could well fall apart thanks to Russia’s – Putin’s – cunning schemes. See here is how and why – in a video… »

12.06.2019

‘Sea Rescues Have Been Criminalized’

‘Sea Rescues Have Been Criminalized’

German Boat Captain Faces 20 Years in Prison For Saving Refugees. We have only followed international law, especially the law of the sea, where the highest priority is to save people from distress.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer For Common Dreams A German boat captain faces… »

11.06.2019

​In France’s National Assembly: a Referendum Bill for abolishing nuclear and radioactive weapons

​In France’s National Assembly: a Referendum Bill for abolishing nuclear and radioactive weapons

​On 5 June 2019, a bill for a “shared-initiative” referendum was presented at the National Assembly in Paris. Its aim is for French citizens to have a say on France’s participation in the abolition of nuclear and radioactive weapons. The first three speakers were MPs speaking on behalf of the… »

08.06.2019

Want to tackle inequality? Then first change our land ownership laws

Want to tackle inequality? Then first change our land ownership laws

From housing costs to wildlife collapse, we pay the price while the rich boost their profits. But from today we can fight back By George Monbiot  for The Guardian What is the most neglected issue in British politics? I would say land. Literally and metaphorically, land underlies… »

08.06.2019

Something beautiful, despite the odds, lives on in Calais

Something beautiful, despite the odds, lives on in Calais

A disturbing trend across Europe sees NGOs attacked and people showing compassion stigmatized. By Stefan Simanowitz 4 June 2019 for openDemocracy Last week as the trial began of Scott Warren, a humanitarian aid volunteer who faces up to 20 years in prison for giving food, water and other supplies… »

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