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Brexit: The end of the beginning

by Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust For the outcome of last week’s General Election to have any chance of postponing or even preventing Brexit, four related pieces of the electoral jigsaw needed to fall into place. The Labour Party needed to do as well in votes and seats as in 2017; the Liberal Democrats had to gain more seats ... Read More »

Europe: Tear down those walls!

by David Gow on 9th November 2019 @gowdav It may be three decades since the Berlin wall came down but too many others have recently proliferated. ‘Die Mauer in den Köpfen’ (the wall in the heads) is a phrase I first heard as a German correspondent in the 1990s, not that long after the October 1990 celebrations of reunification at ... Read More »

The world mustn’t sleep-walk into another debt crisis

By Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General 16 October 2019 -Trade wars, protectionism, and nationalist rhetoric are combining to create the possibility of a nightmare debt crisis that could be worse than any previously experienced. Global borrowing is now at the highest levels since the 1950s – and history suggests we should take this as a warning that a debt crisis could ... Read More »

Saving Pacific Islanders from geoengineering

by François Martel SUVA – Geoengineering will save us from the climate crisis, its champions insist. By using technology either to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or to deflect some solar radiation away from the Earth, they claim, we can undo the damage wrought by humanity’s failure to reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. But while it certainly sounds like a ... Read More »

To the postcapitalist city … via Amsterdam circa 1619

What makes the 21st century city the harbinger of a postcapitalist world is that for the first time in modern history the network can transcend the market. Imagine yourself in Amsterdam exactly 400 years ago. What word would you use to describe the extraordinary economic and social system around you? There are a stock exchange, a currency market and a ... Read More »

Authoritarianism, social inequalities a prelude to conflict

STOCKHOLM, May 17 2019 (IPS) – I want to talk about peacebuilding and inclusive peace. My main point is that peace begins in the minds of people, and people, communities, societies must be allowed to participate in peace for it to be sustainable. Peace means a lot more than just the absence of war. I want to highlight the need for ... Read More »

Is climate changing: Reflections on a 1977-story

I zoomed back 42 years into the past as I was looking at my new portrait taken only yesterday as the old ones do not resemble me in full right now. I did go to make some copies of an old photograph from a photoshop. The man at the counter handed my old photo over to one of his colleagues ... Read More »

Ecuador’s soft coup and political persecution

By Rafael Correa The destruction of the rule of law Can you imagine a “democracy” in which the president handpicks a council that proceeds to dismiss the Constitutional Court, the Judicial Council which oversees the judiciary, the National Electoral Council, the Attorney General, the ombudsman, and all six major regulators (superintendents)? Unfortunately, that is the current situation in Ecuador. Abusing ... Read More »

The New New Anti-Semitism

By Richard Falk 18 Nov 2018 – I along with many others am being victimized these days. They are being labelled anti-Semites, and in some instances, self-hating Jews as well. This is a Zionist and Israeli effort to shut down our voices and punish our non-violent activism, with special venom directed at the BDS Campaign because it has become so ... Read More »

Trump pulling out

By Chandra Muzaffar It is significant that US President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw his troops from Syria. The 14th December decision was followed immediately by another announcement by the President to pull out a sizeable number of soldiers from Afghanistan where the US has been involved in a war for the last 17 years — the longest war ... Read More »

Argentina is no climate leader

by Fernando Cabrera Neuquen – Argentinian President Mauricio Macri claims that exploiting his country’s oil and gas shale reserves – the second-largest in the world – is vital not only to lift the economy out of the doldrums but also to provide a “bridge fuel” to support the climate transition. The reality, which is already becoming apparent, is not nearly ... Read More »

Syria’s No-Fly Zone

By Askiah Adam The Russian Defence Minister has announced that the promised S-300 air defence system has been delivered to Syria with the Karushka 4 radar systems jammer and other related military equipment, to boost the safety of Russia’s military personnel and facilities. The system will be in place by 20th October. Syrian Army personnel will, meanwhile, be brought up ... Read More »

The mass rape of the bosnian women was genocide!

By Professor Francis A. Boyle, University of Illinois College of Law The author won two Orders from the International Court of Justice overwhelmingly in favor of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina against Yugoslavia to cease and desist from committing all acts of genocide in violation of the 1948 Genocide Convention on April 8, 1993 and September 13, 1993. This ... Read More »

The post Iran nuclear deal deal scenario

By Chandra Muzaffar Now that the Iran nuclear deal is being implemented, it is perhaps time to ask, what does it mean for Iran, if implemented for other nations in West Asia and North Africa (WANA), for Israel, for the United States of America, for Europe? What does it mean for the world as a whole? Read More »

War of words over a memorial in northeast India

By Nava Thakuria A near-completion monument in the heart of Guwahati city of northeast India has emerged as an issue of un-ending debates among Assamese academician, writer, journalist and ex-service personalities. While a section of prominent citizens have raised voices to halt the construction process of the memorial on northern bank of Dighalipukhuri (literary meaning long pond), the ex-armed forces ... Read More »

Deven Guilford 17 family filed a wrongful death lawsuit

By Daniel Marans and Matt Ferner The family of an unarmed teenager shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy during a Michigan traffic stop in February has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the officer’s “entire course of action was illegal.” The lawsuit, filed Wednesday against Eaton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jonathan Frost and the county, says the officer was ... Read More »

The end of rat race

Sudhurendar Sharma Whether or not you smell them, their presence remains ubiquitous.Think and you will find them, not one but many – here, there and everywhere. Having followed humans to just about every corner of the globe, these creatures have demonstrated their incredible propensity for travel. Rats are as much comfortable on moving ships as in running trains.They may have ... Read More »

A social confession box

Sudhirendar Sharma Bollywood cinema has held a mirror on the society, reflecting its overt and covert anxieties, contestations and aspirations Bollywood cinema is a creative paradox. On a familiar plot, which consists of a love story, half a dozen songs, big dance numbers and a stylized villain, it creates visual dramatization of public fantasies, over and over again. Unless the ... Read More »

28 inspiring urban agriculture projects

Danielle Nierenberg Around 15 percent of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), urban farms already supply food to about 700 million residents of cities, representing about a quarter of the world’s urban population. By 2030, 60 percent of people in developing countries will likely live in cities. At ... Read More »

Hopes dashed, Addis outcome disappoints: IBON Int’l

Addis Ababa – There is no one-size, fits-all solution for financing for development, remarked Mr. Wu Hong Bo, United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), in the opening plenary of the CSO FfD Forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ahead of the official conference. FfD3 thus ... Read More »

Revealed: the role of the west in the runup to Srebrenica’s fall

By Ed Vulliamy Classified documents and research show that British, American and French governments were negotiating to cede ‘safe area’ town to Serbs The fall of Srebrenica in Bosnia 20 years ago, prompting the worst massacre inEurope since the Third Reich, was a key element of the strategy pursued by the three key western powers ‘Britain, the US and France ... Read More »

Permaculture – growing prosperity

Danielle Nierenberg Last week, I had the honor of talking to permaculture experts in Malawi. Permaculture is an innovative ethics and design based process used to make agriculture more sustainable, restore soil, conserve water, and redirect waste streams. The process is inspired by the everyday relationships found in nature. The primary goal of adopting permaculture principles is to empower individuals ... Read More »

Caught in the crossfire

Sudhirendar Sharma The stories of human sufferings in an unjust world are often subsumed in dominant political-economy discourses that focus on resource extraction as a means of so-called human development. Charlie Hebdo killings may have moved the world but continuing massacre in Congo has largely gone unnoticed. The decade-old conflict between the government forces and the rebels, which some observers ... Read More »

Morsi: Sentencing justice to death in Egypt

By Chandra Muzaffar It is utterly disgraceful that the first democratically elected president of Egypt has become the first Egyptian president in history to be sentenced to death by the highest judicial and religious authorities in his country. Dr. Mohamed Morsi was elected president in June 2012 in an election that was judged “free and fair” by a number of ... Read More »

Exposing lies, telling the truth

Robert J. Burrowes I have just read Andre Vltchek’s new book ‘Exposing Lies of the Empire’. Let me tell you something about this book of 800 pages. Vltchek writes with passion and poetry, describing the true horror experienced by the world at large, living at the gunpoint of the imperial powers, while also describing and drawing you into a ... Read More »

Peace lessons: How to reduce violence

Robert J. Burrowes If you are interested in learning more about the meaning of, and the relationships among, direct, structural and cultural violence and how one peace studies scholar suggests we use the integrative power of nonviolence to address violence constructively, then I suggest you read the new book by historian, playwright and novelist Professor Timothy Braatz called ‘Peace Lessons’. ... Read More »

City’s double life

Sudhirendar Sharma To strike a balance between religious obligations and human desires, a majority of Tehranis are forced to lie to ensure survival Life in a city is about survival, and Tehran is no different. Survival is as much an evolutionary feature as an act of desperation, moreso when a city seems torn between tradition and modern, conflict and resolution, ... Read More »

Legacy of War

Robert J. Burrowes As the world continues to engage in various commemorations in relation to World War I, Australia approaches the centenary anniversary of a defining event in the nation’s history: ANZAC Day. On 25 April 1915, and for many days after, Australia suffered savage losses at Gallipoli in Turkey. Sometimes when we reflect on war, we talk about sacrifice ... Read More »

Teesta should be dealt with holistically in any deal

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The recent 4-day visit of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banarjee to Dhaka at the invitation of the Prime Minister on the occasion of the21 February ‘Bhasha Dibas’ attracted much media attention in Bangladesh. This was because the September 2011 failure of then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to sign a Teesta water sharing treaty was blamed ... Read More »

The Iran nuclear deal: Step in right direction

By Chandra Muzaffar There is no guarantee that the preliminary agreement reached in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 2nd April 2015 between Iran, on the one hand, and the United States and five other world powers, namely, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, on the other, in relation to Iran’s nuclear programme will lead to a final accord at the end of ... Read More »