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… »
Rick Greenough, De Montfort University; Anna Pigott, Swansea University; Daniele Malerba, University of Manchester; Mike Wood, University of Salford… »
By KATE PICKETT and RICHARD WILKINSON for openDemocracy Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other. When people are asked what matters most for their happiness and wellbeing, they tend to talk about the importance of their relationships with family, friends… »
Tom Shillam, University of York for The Conversation Seventy years after Gandhi’s assassination on the streets of New Delhi, Ramachandra Guha’s new book, Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-48, reopens a familiar debate around his legacy. What was Gandhi’s message? What were his politics? What… »
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