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06.02.2014

Mexico showing the importance of including human security in the post-2015 development agenda

Mexico showing the importance of including human security in the post-2015 development agenda

By Mauricio Salazar* and Marte Hellema** On February 6, 2013, as part of the debate on the Post-2015 Development Agenda process, the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals will take place. Issues for discussion will include, among others, conflict prevention, post-conflict… »

28.01.2014

“We Shall Overcome”: Activist Pete Seeger

“We Shall Overcome”: Activist Pete Seeger

The legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. For nearly seven decades, Seeger was a musical and political icon who helped create the modern American folk music movement. We air highlights of two appearances by Seeger on Democracy Now!, including one of his… »

28.01.2014

Privatisation will be irreversible unless the NHS is exempted from the EU-US Trade deal

Privatisation will be irreversible unless the NHS is exempted from the EU-US Trade deal

Published by the National Health Action Party (UK) One of the main planks of our Euro election campaign is calling for the NHS to be exempted from the EU-US Trade deal, or the TTIP as it’s officially called. Most people have probably never even heard of TTIP. But we… »

25.01.2014

Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

By Amy Goodman PARK CITY, Utah—A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film… »

24.01.2014

Canada: Inuit genocide, mining and human rights

Canada: Inuit genocide, mining and human rights

One thing environmentalists or historians rarely talk about is that mankind’s road to the destruction of cultures and the world began several thousand years ago and not in the Twentieth Century – with the introduction of agriculture. By Lionel Mok* Urban folks look down on people from the country, calling… »

18.01.2014

The City, the banks and the EU – all in it together

The City, the banks and the EU – all in it together

By Tom Lines for New Internationalist. Reproduced with permission. A few times a year – we don’t know exactly how often – 52 people meet in a room in London. We think they meet in the Guildhall. While most ordinary people know nothing about these meetings, the British government… »

16.01.2014

Open letter to Mayor Bill De Blasio

Open letter to Mayor Bill De Blasio

By Arturo Ignacio Sanchez Charles Dickens’ opens the Tale of Two Cities with the memorial phrase: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” This paradoxical catch phrase fits contemporary New York like the proverbial glove. It evokes the aspirational hopes of New Yorkers, the growing… »

11.01.2014

The FBI, the NSA and a Long-Held Secret Revealed

The FBI, the NSA and a Long-Held Secret Revealed

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan This week, more news emerged about the theft of classified government documents, leaked to the press, that revealed a massive, top-secret surveillance program. No, not news of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency, but of a group of anti-Vietnam war activists who perpetrated one… »

09.01.2014

JPMorgan Pays $2.6 Billion Fine to Avoid Criminal Charges in Madoff Case

JPMorgan Pays $2.6 Billion Fine to Avoid Criminal Charges in Madoff Case

The financial giant JPMorgan Chase will pay $2.6 billion to settle allegations it failed to disclose suspicions of fraud in what turned out to be a massive Ponzi scheme by Bernie Madoff. Senior executives at JPMorgan Chase had serious doubts about Madoff’s investment business at least 18 months before it… »

07.01.2014

“Drugs Aren’t the Problem”: Neuroscientist Carl Hart on Brain Science & Myths About Addiction

“Drugs Aren’t the Problem”: Neuroscientist Carl Hart on Brain Science & Myths About Addiction

Amy Goodman for Democracy Now! As we continue our conversation on the nationwide shift toward liberalizing drug laws, we are joined by the groundbreaking neuropsychopharmacologist Dr. Carl Hart. He is the first tenured African-American professor in the sciences at Columbia University, where he is an associate professor in the… »

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