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21.02.2020

Writing to Julian Assange

Writing to Julian Assange

Dear Julian, I wish I were in fifth grade. If so, this letter would be easier to write. I think if the judge were in fifth grade too, he would release you. But when we grow up, logic is compromised with personal interests, fear, and arthritis sometimes. I had read… »

20.02.2020

Afghan troops say Taliban are brothers and war is “not really our fight.”

Afghan troops say Taliban are brothers and war is “not really our fight.”

By Nicolas J S Davies The world is waiting anxiously to see whether the U.S. and Afghan governments and the Taliban will agree to a one-week truce that could set the stage for a “permanent and comprehensive” ceasefire and a withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign occupation forces from Afghanistan. Could… »

18.02.2020

The Lancet publishes letter from doctors: “End torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange”

The Lancet publishes letter from doctors: “End torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange”

By Laura Tiernan This week’s edition of the Lancet—the world’s pre-eminent peer reviewed medical journal—carries a letter from 117 medical doctors in 18 countries, renewing their call for urgent action to save the life of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. Their letter appears less than one week before the start of the… »

18.02.2020

Global Economy Still Slowing, Dangerously Vulnerable

Global Economy Still Slowing, Dangerously Vulnerable

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram In an annual ritual early in the year, most major economic organizations have released forecasts for the global economy in 2020. Incredibly, almost as a reminder of where financial power resides in this day and age, the International Monetary… »

13.02.2020

‘The Saddest Thing Is That This Won’t Be Breaking News’: Concentration of CO2 Hits Record High of 416 ppm

‘The Saddest Thing Is That This Won’t Be Breaking News’: Concentration of CO2 Hits Record High of 416 ppm

“Emissions from fossil fuels and deforestation need to be reduced to ZERO to stop this trend!” By Jessica Corbett, staff writer The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high Monday, a reading from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that elicited fresh calls from climate activists… »

09.02.2020

Risk of Nuclear War Rises as U.S. Deploys a New Nuclear Weapon for the First Time Since the Cold War

Risk of Nuclear War Rises as U.S. Deploys a New Nuclear Weapon for the First Time Since the Cold War

The Federation of American Scientists revealed in late January that the U.S. Navy had deployed for the first time a submarine armed with a low-yield Trident nuclear warhead. The USS Tennessee deployed from Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia in late 2019. The W76-2 warhead, which is facing criticism at home… »

06.02.2020

Degrowth Toward a Steady State Economy: Unifying Non-Growth Movements for Political Impact

Degrowth Toward a Steady State Economy: Unifying Non-Growth Movements for Political Impact

Co-Written By Brian Czech and Riccardo Mastini Limits to Growth and the Environmental Movement No later than the 1960s, scholars wrote in rigorous terms of the limits to economic growth. Europeans such as E.F. Schumacher, Americans including Herman Daly, and European-born Americans (most notably Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen and Kenneth Boulding) set… »

06.02.2020

Italy: Revoke Abusive Anti-Asylum Decrees

Italy: Revoke Abusive Anti-Asylum Decrees

Draconian Migration Measures Put Lives, Rights at Risk Italy’s Democratic Party-Five Star Movement coalition government should revoke anti-asylum and anti-rescue measures held over from the previous government, Human Rights Watch said today. The government is expected to propose modifications to two so-called security decrees pushed through by the previous coalition… »

05.02.2020

Curbing The Coronavirus – While Targeting China

Curbing The Coronavirus – While Targeting China

By Dr Chandra Muzaffar We are inundated with an avalanche of information on the novel coronavirus infection. Within this avalanche, there is a lot of “news” that is clearly false. Those responsible for such news can be classified into two categories at least. The first comprises mischief-makers who derive some… »

01.02.2020

Humans Love Violence: Gandhi and the World Economic Forum

Humans Love Violence: Gandhi and the World Economic Forum

As we observe the 72nd anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on 30 January 1948, it is worth reflecting on one simple fact that he did not realize. His efforts to teach humanity that conflict, including violent conflict, could be resolved without violence were based on one fundamentally… »

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