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19.06.2019

Council of Europe member states must assume more responsibility for rescuing migrants at sea and protecting their rights

Council of Europe member states must assume more responsibility for rescuing migrants at sea and protecting their rights

“European states’ approach to migration in the Mediterranean Sea has become much too focused on preventing refugees and migrants from reaching European shores, and too little on the humanitarian and human rights aspects. This approach is having tragic consequences”, said Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while… »

17.06.2019

‘Blatant Theft’: Netanyahu Unveils Illegal Settlement Named ‘Trump Heights’ in Occupied Syrian Territory

‘Blatant Theft’: Netanyahu Unveils Illegal Settlement Named ‘Trump Heights’ in Occupied Syrian Territory

“Trump Heights is such a great name for the colony built on theft, since Trump’s whole life has been about being wealthy and powerful enough to escape the consequences of his crimes.” by Jake Johnson staff writer for Common Dreams In what critics denounced as an obscene celebration of… »

16.06.2019

Economic growth: a short history of a controversial idea

Economic growth: a short history of a controversial idea

The relentless pursuit of GDP growth is being challenged from environmental and well-being standpoints. But where did the idea come from? By Gareth Dale for openDemocracy The politics of economic growth are complex and contested as never before. In rich countries, rates of GDP growth have declined,… »

15.06.2019

Who’s afraid of LGBT superheroes?

Who’s afraid of LGBT superheroes?

Ultra-conservatives have launched homophobic campaigns against Disney and Marvel for ‘LGBT propaganda’. It seems laughable but it’s part of a coordinated backlash. By Claire Provost for openDemocracy The US Christian right has been busy. Over the last few months they’ve been busy in America pushing for… »

13.06.2019

[UK] Revealed: Climate change denier makes big donations to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt

[UK] Revealed: Climate change denier makes big donations to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt

Tory hopefuls [to the post of Prime Minister] under fire for accepting cash from company linked to major ‘climate science denial’ group. Johnson has yet to declare the funding, ‘raising questions about who else is bankrolling him’. By Peter Geoghegan 12 June 2019 for openDemocracy A prominent… »

12.06.2019

‘Sea Rescues Have Been Criminalized’

‘Sea Rescues Have Been Criminalized’

German Boat Captain Faces 20 Years in Prison For Saving Refugees. We have only followed international law, especially the law of the sea, where the highest priority is to save people from distress.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer For Common Dreams A German boat captain faces… »

10.06.2019

It’s less about Iran and more about stability in the Middle East

It’s less about Iran and more about stability in the Middle East

History suggests that attempts to exclude such regional powers produce instability, or worse. Erwin Van Veen 7 June 2019 for openDemocracy The web of American sanctions on Iran is being tightened. The White House recently cancelled the waivers that still permitted a few countries to import Iranian… »

08.06.2019

Something beautiful, despite the odds, lives on in Calais

Something beautiful, despite the odds, lives on in Calais

A disturbing trend across Europe sees NGOs attacked and people showing compassion stigmatized. By Stefan Simanowitz 4 June 2019 for openDemocracy Last week as the trial began of Scott Warren, a humanitarian aid volunteer who faces up to 20 years in prison for giving food, water and other supplies… »

06.06.2019

Spiritual science: how a new perspective on consciousness could help us understand ourselves

Spiritual science: how a new perspective on consciousness could help us understand ourselves

Steve Taylor, Leeds Beckett University for The Conversation Scientists have long been trying to understand human consciousness – the subjective “stuff” of thoughts and sensations inside our minds. There used to be an assumption that consciousness is produced by our brains, and that in order to understand it,… »

05.06.2019

We say yes to Europe [Catalan MEPs]

We say yes to Europe [Catalan MEPs]

If these three Catalan MEPs are not allowed to participate in the next legislature, Europe will have lost more than three active and pro-European members at their service. By Alfred Bosch  5 June 2019 for openDemocracy Catalonia has always been a committed and reliable partner in the construction… »

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