Silvia Swinden

Silvia Swinden - Author of “From Monkey Sapiens to Homo Intentional: The Phenomenology of the Nonviolent Revolution” – Adonis & Abbey, London 2006. Pressenza London Editor

11.05.2017

What do Jeremy Corbyn and Richard III have in common? Both are victims of bad press

What do Jeremy Corbyn and Richard III have in common? Both are victims of bad press

Nobody should be surprised by many Labour supporters saying they are disillusioned with Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Labour leader that has led to his party becoming the largest in UK history. We hear the new trends of “post truth” and “fake news” as if they have been invented today, but… »

06.05.2017

The combined Media onslaught and self-sabotage in the Labour Party pays off

The combined Media onslaught and self-sabotage in the Labour Party pays off

The results of the Local Elections in Britain are in, and it is not good for Labour. Of course its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, will be blamed, of course the right wingers within the party will shout ‘I told you so’, of course the Media, which has been carrying out an… »

19.03.2017

The roots

The roots

We see Trump and all the other representatives of the destructive tendencies of the populist right moving through the world as the problem, but like with many illnesses people are fighting the symptoms and not the causes. One of the principles of Valid Action (1) says: ‘you will make your… »

13.03.2017

Film Review. Hidden Figures. Unmissable

Film Review. Hidden Figures. Unmissable

I am grateful that this film was made, not only because it is an important testimony against racism but also because in the midst of violent blockbusters often depicting imaginary superheroes the very real lives of three black female mathematicians working for NASA is an inspiring reminder of our human… »

22.01.2017

The anti-Trump women’s march in London

The anti-Trump women’s march in London

Photo-reportage by Anna Swinden for Pressenza    … »

27.10.2016

Nobel committee losing patience with Bob Dylan. They should have read his lyrics more carefully

Nobel committee losing patience with Bob Dylan. They should have read his lyrics more carefully

Alfred Nobel invented dynamite and other explosives, so perhaps he felt responsible for their military use. But dynamite also opens roads through mountains and gave access to people who were not communicated. So he cannot really be blamed for inventing something with the potential to be weaponised. As usual it’s… »

18.10.2016

Closure of Russia Today bank accounts in Britain

Closure of Russia Today bank accounts in Britain

Russia is accusing Britain of closing Russia Today’s NatWest bank account which is described as a move against freedom of speech. According to The Guardian “Long live freedom of speech!”, RT’s editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, tweeted sarcastically. “Simonyan said she had received a letter out of the blue from NatWest… »

09.10.2016

Mixed responses to the Nobel Peace Prize given to Colombian President

Mixed responses to the Nobel Peace Prize given to Colombian President

Many are outraged that this year’s Nobel Peace Price went to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Others thought it is a good idea that will support the continuation of the Peace process in spite of the NO vote. Here are some of the arguments for and against. Nobel Committee Gets… »

07.10.2016

Food of War, an art collective with plenty of food for thought

Food of War, an art collective with plenty of food for thought

Pressenza met at the IPB Berlin International Peace Conference with Omar, Quintina, Hernán and Simone, from the Arts Collective Food of War http://www.foodofwar.org/ Their idea grew out of plastic arts as an artistic medium regarding war and food after travelling to Israel, where they saw that food in Palestine passes… »

06.10.2016

Youth and military recruitment: child soldiers?

Youth and military recruitment: child soldiers?

The Creeping Militarisation of our Society A lively workshop run by youngsters involved in MAW (Movement for the Abolition of War) took place during the Berlin IPB Conference. The theme was the way the military attract children to participate in “fun” activities that involve guns, other weapons and… »

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