Reto Thumiger

Reto Thumiger

The Swiss-born business administrator has been an activist in the New Humanism for over 25 years. His concerns, such as cultural diversity, equal rights and opportunities for all people, as well as an inner and outer revolution - based on active nonviolence - led him to very different countries, such as Hungary, Spain, Togo and Sierra Leone. Through his voluntary work in Pressenza Berlin he wants to give a mouthpiece to the new sensibility and the new awareness appearing in the world. With his commitment for the organization ‘Convergence of Cultures’ he would like to get from a multicultural coexistence to a truly worldwide human nation.

12.07.2019

An Iranian and an Israeli talking about nuclear weapons

An Iranian and an Israeli talking about nuclear weapons

This unremarkable title for an evening event last Wednesday at the Framed.berlin cultural centre did, in fact, draw attention. Discussion events are not necessarily a big crowd-puller nowadays and most people prefer to look away rather than listen when it comes to nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, about 80… »

31.03.2019

Fridays the for Future: 25000 demonstrate in Berlin with Greta Thunberg

Fridays the for Future: 25000 demonstrate in Berlin with Greta Thunberg

More than 25,000, mostly pupils and students, have gathered again in Berlin to give visible and audible expression to the climate strike “Fridays for the Future”. Most of the participants were not at my eye level, as they were not yet fully grown. That’s why most of the cardboard… »

02.02.2019

INF Treaty suspension: Prevent the deployment of new missiles

INF Treaty suspension: Prevent the deployment of new missiles

One day after the USA announced suspension of the INF Treaty, Russia has followed suit and announced the development of new missiles. US withdrawal from the INF Treaty by Donald Trump breaks with a proven arms control measure, and is thus exposing the world, and Europe in particular, to an… »

15.10.2018

Indivisible – 240,000 demonstrating for solidarity instead of exclusion in Berlin

Indivisible – 240,000 demonstrating for solidarity instead of exclusion in Berlin

The call of #unteilbar (indivisible) is that: “We will not allow the welfare state to be played off against asylum and migration. We will stand in resistance when fundamental rights and freedoms are in danger of being further restricted. They expect us to accept the deaths of those seeking… »

17.07.2018

Interview with Ann Wright: “It’s your land and yet the US is using it to kill other people around the world “

Interview with Ann Wright: “It’s your land and yet the US is using it to kill other people around the world “

Ann Wright served 29 years in the US Army as a colonel and moved to the diplomatic service, where she worked for 16 years as a diplomat in US embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She resigned in March 2003… »

22.06.2018

Romania: a nightmare of human rights and the EU turns a blind eye

Romania: a nightmare of human rights and the EU turns a blind eye

Eleven years after joining the European Union, Romania is trying to clean itself up, but poverty and corruption are still in control. Only Bulgaria, among EU member states, is below Romania on the poverty scale. Right in the centre of Bucharest, outcasts live underground in the former heating tunnels of… »

08.04.2018

Puigdemont: The denial of dialogue is not an option in democracy

Puigdemont: The denial of dialogue is not an option in democracy

Carles Puigdemont, former president of the Generalitat [Goverment] of Catalonia, has appeared this afternoon to the press in Berlin for the first time since his release. The overnight and apparently improvised press conference took place in Berlin-Kreuzberg, in a cultural space full of journalists and supporters.   Puigdemont gave a… »

08.07.2017

False fire alarm shortly before Assange video appearance at DiEM25 event in Hamburg

False fire alarm shortly before Assange video appearance at DiEM25 event in Hamburg

On Friday evening, the participants of the DiEM25 event entitled “Constructive Disobedience”, had to be evacuated in the Audimax Auditorium of the University of Hamburg shortly before the live connection with Julian Assange. On request, the spokesman of the Hamburg Fire Brigade reported that it had been a… »

25.03.2017

Time to go: ban nuclear weapons

Time to go: ban nuclear weapons

This week several demonstrations have taken place in four NATO-member European countries where US nuclear weapons are deployed.  The demonstrators demand that their governments get rid of them and call for them to be banned. ICAN activists have organised protests in Germany, Holland, Belgium and Italy under the slogan “Time… »

29.01.2017

The East Side Gallery in Berlin should become a living Monument to Joy

The East Side Gallery in Berlin should become a living Monument to Joy

Despite the fact that the East Side Gallery is a listed historic monument, it is deteriorating and becoming increasingly hemmed in. The main reason is that private interests are placed above public land rights and the law. People from all over the world, not just within Germany, are committed… »

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