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27.10.2016

European Parliament votes in favour of a nuclear weapons ban

European Parliament votes in favour of a nuclear weapons ban

European Union’s legislature takes clear stance on upcoming negotiations on international treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons: the EU’s Member States should “support the convening” and “participate substantively” in its negotiation.  Today the European Parliament took a clear stance to support the negotiations of a treaty banning nuclear weapons. »

27.10.2016

Opinion: Arms exports – Germany a party to war

Opinion: Arms exports – Germany a party to war

Once again, Germany’s arms exports have increased – including to Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich kingdom is waging war in Yemen. By supplying it with weapons Germany, too, is a warring party, writes Matthias von Hein. “The German government pursues a restrained, responsible arms export policy.” These are the reassuring words… »

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… »

26.10.2016

Punishment is violent and counterproductive

Punishment is violent and counterproductive

By Robert J. Burrowes Punishment is a popular pastime for humans. Parents punish children. Teachers punish students. Employers punish workers. Courts punish lawbreakers. People punish each other. Governments punish ‘enemies’. And, according to some, God punishes evildoers. What is ‘punishment’? Punishment is the infliction of violence as revenge on a… »

26.10.2016

DiEM25: The Pan-European Movement is Picking Up Speed

DiEM25: The Pan-European Movement is Picking Up Speed

A quick recap of where DiEM25 is today: The movement kicked off in Berlin last February, quickly followed by two other important events in the Spring: the launch of DiEM25’s Transparency campaign in Rome, and its Refugees and Migration Assembly in Vienna. The summer saw… »

25.10.2016

Darfur genocide: Silence harming women

Darfur genocide: Silence harming women

Activists and the victims of the Darfur genocide are calling on the international community to do more to end the on-going violence against women and children in the Darfur region of Sudan. Women and children as young as seven years old have allegedly been raped in Darfur since the so-called… »

24.10.2016

United States confirms that it has fired depleted uranium in Syria

United States confirms that it has fired depleted uranium in Syria

US admits that it fired DU on two occasions in November 2015, contrary to earlier claims; military justification for use unclear after target analysis; ICBUW and PAX call for full disclosure to facilitate harm reduction measures; Russia takes advantage of news to distract from its own conduct in the conflict. »

24.10.2016

Human rights ‘not a zero-sum game,’ says award-winning journalist

Human rights ‘not a zero-sum game,’ says award-winning journalist

Carolin Emcke received the German Book Trade’s peace prize for this year. In her acceptance speech, Emcke openly addressed the debate around personal rights, including homosexuality and the Islamic veil. Nearly 1,000 guests, including German President Joachim Gauck, were present during the award ceremony at Frankfurt’s St. Paul’s Church on… »

21.10.2016

Opposition to nuclear energy grows in Japan

Opposition to nuclear energy grows in Japan

Opinion polls show the Japanese people oppose nuclear plants going back into operation. It underlines the scale of the problem facing the government in convincing everyone that it’s safe. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo. Before October 16, Ryuichi Yoneyama had contested four regional elections and been soundly beaten each time. »

20.10.2016

How war dehumanises everyone it touches

How war dehumanises everyone it touches

All acts of mass murder are crimes against humanity, and require a gross debasing of other people. Paul Tritschler 19 October 2016 for opeenDemocracy On a recent visit to one of my favourite haunts in London, Gloucester Books, I flicked through the… »

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