By DAVID MOUNTAIN 13 January 2019 for openDemocracy Politics is pre-truth not post-truth. Does the regulation of advertising provide some answers? It’s a truism that politicians lie. Even politicians themselves half-acknowledge this fact: they are, in their own words, ‘terminologically inexact’ or ‘economical with the… »
Caroline Nye, University of Exeter for The Conversation Japan brought in a controversial new labour policy at the end of 2018 which will open up blue-collar jobs to workers from countries such as Nepal, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. The amendment to Japan’s notoriously restrictive immigration laws… »
by Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater. A deafening chorus of negative grumbling from the left, right, and center of the US political spectrum in response to Trump’s decision to remove US troops from Syria and halve their numbers in Afghanistan appears to have slowed down his attempt to bring our… »
Drones caused havoc at Gatwick, so why are governments still spending billions on tanks and aircraft carriers?
The disruption caused by reports of drones flying over Gatwick airport in December 2018 was a magnificent illustration of the uselessness of the UK’s big-ticket defence spending. The United Kingdom is not short of high-end military kit. Apart from its nuclear deterrent (which may or may not be in working… »
Julius Probst, Lund University for The Conversation Swedish academic Hans Rosling has identified a worrying trend: not only do many people across advanced economies have no idea that the world is becoming a much better place, but they actually even think the opposite. This is no wonder,… »
We publish below the call to participate in a rally against NATO, war and racism in Washington DC, USA on the 30th of March, 2019. The campaign website can be found here, where both individuals and organisations can register their endorsement of the initiative. The mobilisation coincides… »
Bobby Duffy, King’s College London for The Conversation Immigration led the headlines again over the holiday season. Around 100 migrants were found on beaches or rescued from boats in the English Channel, sparking talk of a “crisis” and “major incident” and leading the home secretary, Sajid… »
Pressenza is officially ten years old! We are really proud of what we have achieved together in our first 10 years. This is the only international news agency with a profile of peace and nonviolence, we publish about 800 articles, videos, photo reports and podcasts every month in 8 languages,… »
Benjamin H. Bradlow, Brown University for The Conversation Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro, who took power on Jan. 1, is often called the “Trump of the Tropics” for his law-and-order rhetoric, racist and sexist remarks, pro-business stances and outsider pledges to upend politics as usual. U.S. »
By ADAM RAMSAY 28 March 2018 for openDemocracy You can’t understand the Cambridge Analytica scandal until you understand what its parent company does. “The Gulf War Did Not Take Place”. This audacious claim was made by the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard in March 1991, only… »
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