Politics

03.05.2020

Face masks: what the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory

Face masks: what the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory

Should people be forced to wear face masks in public? That’s the question facing governments as more countries unwind their lockdowns. Over 30 countries have made masks compulsory in public, including Germany, Austria and Poland. This is despite the science saying masks do little to protect wearers, and only might prevent them from infecting… »

03.05.2020

Labor Day, with Safety Distances.

Labor Day, with Safety Distances.

This year, the celebration of the first of May was different: there was a rally of unions, political parties, feminist collectives, etc. There were people, and the participants observed the security measures linked to the covid 19 pandemic, with safety distances and masks, unlike the police. Photos: Giannos Iliadis… »

03.05.2020

SIPRI Numbers: New Record Level of Global Military Expenditure – Arms Race Continues

SIPRI Numbers: New Record Level of Global Military Expenditure – Arms Race Continues

Global military spending reaches new record high – SIPRI figures show: the international arms race continues Despite the burning need to solve the major global problems together on the basis of cooperation, the industrial nations continue to rely on arms races and rivalry. The SIPRI figures clearly show the disproportionate… »

02.05.2020

France extends health emergency until July 24 as Europe mulls lifting lockdown restrictions

France extends health emergency until July 24 as Europe mulls lifting lockdown restrictions

France’s minister of health has announced an extension of the public health state of emergency until July 24. The country was placed under emergency on March 24 due the Covid-19 outbreak. The move was announced by Olivier Veran on Saturday, following an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers. While… »

02.05.2020

From Predation to Saving the Lives of All the Earth’s Inhabitants

From Predation to Saving the Lives of All the Earth’s Inhabitants

Agora of the Inhabitants of the Earth – M A N I F E S T O 2 0 2 0 From pillage to security. Life for all the inhabitants of the earth Three scourges are devastating the life of the Earth’s Inhabitants – the Covid-19 pandemic ( more than… »

30.04.2020

More Concerns: Legislative Oversight Amid Covid-19

More Concerns: Legislative Oversight Amid Covid-19

At times of difficulty, confusion seems to reign. Congressional leadership acts with one legislative piece after another, but more often, a bill contains something to placate the people while substantial concessions are made elsewhere. For those watching, it’s an all-too familiar tune. Misaligned priorities are clearer today as Covid-19 continues… »

29.04.2020

EU opens legal case against Poland over judicial reform

EU opens legal case against Poland over judicial reform

Poland passed judicial reforms that would give the government new oversight over judges’ work and careers. The European Commission fears that politicians could use the reforms to control rulings. The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, has launched a legal case against Poland for introducing a new disciplinary regime for… »

29.04.2020

WPC Statement of Condemnation of the Decision of US Against Venezuela

WPC Statement of Condemnation of the Decision of US Against Venezuela

The World Peace Council condemns strongly the decision of the US Attorney General, on behalf of the US administration, to announce criminal charges against the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and other high ranking officials with the pretext of their alleged involvement in international drug trafficking. The US… »

29.04.2020

Why Did the World Health Organization Wait Until March to Declare a Global Pandemic?

Why Did the World Health Organization Wait Until March to Declare a Global Pandemic?

The 2005 regulations pushed on the World Health Organization by the United States and the Europeans hampered the WHO’s ability to declare an emergency and a pandemic. By Vijay Prashad When U.S. President Donald Trump cut off his government’s funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), one of his grievances was… »

28.04.2020

Universal basic income could improve the nation’s mental health

Universal basic income could improve the nation’s mental health

Many people are talking about universal basic income (UBI) these days. Giving everyone a guaranteed income could be the solution to many economic woes. But one factor that hasn’t been mentioned much in discussions of UBI is how it might improve our mental health. Social psychiatry research… »

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