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20.10.2016

‘Architect’ of Rousseff impeachment arrested on corruption charges

‘Architect’ of Rousseff impeachment arrested on corruption charges

Eduardo Cunha has been charged with taking millions in bribes, money laundering and depositing funds in a secret Swiss account. The former Brazilian lawmaker was instrumental in the impeachment of ex-president Rousseff. The Petrobas corruption probe continued to send shockwaves through the Brazilian political system as it claimed yet another… »

20.10.2016

Mayors seek “a seat at the global table”

Mayors seek “a seat at the global table”

By Santiago Bolaños. In the context of the Habitat III conference that finished today in Quito, Ecuador, mayors from different parts of the world presented the initiative “A seat at the Global Table”.  In the event the mayors sought to take on a protagonist space in the New Urban Agenda. »

19.10.2016

Greece welcomes refugee children to schools

Greece welcomes refugee children to schools

The Greek Ministry of Education has secured classrooms and teaching staff on time and succeeded in welcoming asylum seekers under 15 years of age while preparing and integrating minors aged 15-18 in vocational education programs for the current school year. As a result… »

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… »

18.10.2016

CETA threatens the rule of law

CETA threatens the rule of law

Press Release EU law experts: investor privileges in TTIP/CETA threaten rule of law 17/10/2016 101 professors of law from 24 European countries have signed a joint statement asking European decision makers to exclude controversial legal instruments from TTIP and CETA. Their top concern is the provision of special privileges for… »

18.10.2016

EU trade ministers postpone decision on CETA

EU trade ministers postpone decision on CETA

The European Union decided to postpone its final decision on the CETA free trade agreement with Canada. A number of member states, chiefly Belgium and Romania, had earlier expressed concerns about CETA. EU trade ministers in Luxembourg failed to agree on the details on the free trade deal with Canada… »

18.10.2016

The new power of manipulation

The new power of manipulation

Google and Facebook are able to influence the opinions of their users. That’s dangerous. By Sandro Gaycken Computer scientist Sandro Gaycken was long active in the German hackers’ association, Chaos Computer Club. He now advises companies and institutions such as NATO on cybersecurity issues. The relationship between democracy and the… »

18.10.2016

“It is time for Europe’s humanists to reclaim Europe”

“It is time for Europe’s humanists to reclaim Europe”

Last year, I came to La Fete with a message from Greece. The Athens Spring had just been crushed by the Troika because Europe’s Establishment was planning to bring the Troika to Paris. Since then, the Troika has come to Paris. Labour Laws have been passed by Presidential decree. Civil liberties… »

17.10.2016

A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

By Robert J. Burrowes As the evidence mounts that we are fast approaching the final point-of-no-return beyond which it will be impossible to take sufficient effective action to prevent climate catastrophe – see ‘The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently’ – the evidence of ineffective official responses climbs too. »

17.10.2016

Banning the ‘super’ greenhouse gas

Banning the ‘super’ greenhouse gas

Hydrofluorocarbons, which replaced ozone-depleting CFCs, proved disastrous for climate change. Countries have now agreed to ban HFCs – but that may not bring as big a climate benefit as was hoped. It’s a historic achievement in the fight against global warming: Envoys from the nearly 200 nations signed up to… »

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