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31.12.2016

The Russians Are Coming

The Russians Are Coming

By Oliver Stone As 2016 draws to a close, we find ourselves a deeply unsettled nation. We’re unable to draw the lines of our national interest. Is it jobs and economy, is it national security, or is it now in our interest to ensure global security — in other words,… »

30.12.2016

China and Europe–Comparisons and Futures

China and Europe–Comparisons and Futures

By Johan Galtung To understand something we often compare it with something else. A recent Harvard study found 26.7% of world car production in China and 13.3% in USA; US economy bigger but China leading in export with 8 of the 12 biggest harbors;… »

30.12.2016

Make Russia Great Again? Aleppo and a Plea from Another World

Make Russia Great Again? Aleppo and a Plea from Another World

By Juan Francisco Lobo During the last days of December, Russia will host a round of diplomatic talks with Iran and Turkey. A hundred years ago, Ernst Jünger described a peculiar encounter with a frightened British officer in his account of trench warfare, Storm… »

29.12.2016

Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Response to the UN Resolution on Palestine Is ‘Hysterical’

Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Response to the UN Resolution on Palestine Is ‘Hysterical’

Israel’s suspension of relations with the UN Security Council member nations that voted for the resolution—powerful countries including the U.K. and France—has effectively realized a goal of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. By Ken Klippenstein / AlterNet December 28, 2016       The United… »

28.12.2016

To Weapons Dealers, Laws Are Decorative Holiday Ornaments

To Weapons Dealers, Laws Are Decorative Holiday Ornaments

You might be forgiven for imagining that laws are serious things. When you violate them, you can be locked in a cage for decades. That’s not true for big-time weapons dealers like the U.S. government. Two years after the creation of the Arms Trade Treaty, the news is… »

22.12.2016

Desecrating Expression in Asia

Desecrating Expression in Asia

The rights to freedom of expression and religion are both essential components of a vibrant and pluralistic democracy. There are long-held laws that guarantee these freedoms in Asia. However, the way they are interpreted and used, is causing life-threatening situations in many countries. Recent years have seen increasing intolerance and… »

20.12.2016

Reflections 41 years after Invasion Day

Reflections 41 years after Invasion Day

By Pamela Sexton* Dili, Timor-Leste – Recently, thousands of U.S. military veterans travelled to North Dakota to support the peaceful struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux to defend their sovereignty and protect their land and water. I watched the veterans bend down to ask forgiveness from the many indigenous tribes… »

19.12.2016

Dijsselscrooge: Greece attacked for paying Christmas bonuses to pensioners

Dijsselscrooge: Greece attacked for paying Christmas bonuses to pensioners

Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s salary as the Netherlands’ Finance Minister is over €170,000 p.a. This is more than 212 times as much as the best off of those Greek pensioners whom he is determined to deprive of their Christmas bonuses.  by Steve McGiffen originally published on Spectrezine, 17/12/2016.   Greece’s… »

19.12.2016

What Racist Registries Look Like

What Racist Registries Look Like

A new large photo book has just been published called Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II. People who support creating a Muslim registry should take a look. Here are the victims before, in their small farms and their LA mansions. Here they are being forcibly removed. »

18.12.2016

The End of a Cycle ?

The End of a Cycle ?

By Roberto Savio Is the demise of Matteo Renzi really a local affair? There is no doubt that a referendum on a constitutional change can be a matter of confidence in him, having personalized the issue to a point that it became… »

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