Europe

24.06.2019

1000s of Climate Activists Block German Coal Mining Operation

1000s of Climate Activists Block German Coal Mining Operation

Hundreds of activists entered and occupied an open-pit coal mine in the western Rhineland region of Germany Saturday to protest Europe’s dependency on fossil fuels amid the mounting climate crisis. The protest ended on Sunday after police repeatedly ordered them to leave, citing life-threatening danger. Some of the protesters were… »

23.06.2019

340+ organizations call on the EU to immediately halt trade negotiations with Brazil

340+ organizations call on the EU to immediately halt trade negotiations with Brazil

In an open letter, more than 340 civil society organizations are calling upon the European Union to immediately halt negotiations of a free trade agreement with Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) due to the deterioration of human rights and the ecological situation in Brazil. The letter is addressed to… »

20.06.2019

The Power of Volunteers

The Power of Volunteers

On World Refugee Day it is important to remember the ongoing struggles of people living in overcrowded conditions for months on end in Reception Centres. Last week marked an unprecedented change in the dialogue between the Greek State and the volunteers supporting refugees in the island Reception Centres. An NGO,… »

20.06.2019

Long hours at the office could be killing you – the case for a shorter working week

Long hours at the office could be killing you – the case for a shorter working week

Shainaz Firfiray, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick for The Conversation UK employees have the longest working week compared to other workers in the European Union. But, despite the long hours, recent studies have shown this does not make the UK a more productive nation. An… »

20.06.2019

UK Court of Appeal finds Government broke law over Saudi Arabia arms sales

UK Court of Appeal finds Government broke law over Saudi Arabia arms sales

Campaigners have welcomed a Court of Appeal decision to overturn a 2017 High Court judgment which allowed the UK government to continue licensing the export of arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. The appeal hearing took place in April 2019. The judgment comes amidst global concern over the use of… »

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… »

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