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18.10.2016

The Universal Human Nation: Identifying the bad guys

The Universal Human Nation: Identifying the bad guys

In every conflict it’s always good to know who the bad guys are, who those people are who are exploiting, or abusing or being violent towards others. In Hollywood, it’s mostly easy.  The good guys have American accents, and the bad guys have accents from foreign countries.  [Although to audiences… »

17.10.2016

Spain “Without Government”–And Then What?

Spain “Without Government”–And Then What?

Johan Galtung Democracy is rule with consent of the ruled; of all by dialogue, of majority by voting.  Parliamentarism is government with parliament consent by all or by majority; and voter consent by proportionality. In one week the Spanish illegitimacy crisis–caretaker government voted into… »

17.10.2016

Either we build the Universal Human Nation or oblivion awaits

Either we build the Universal Human Nation or oblivion awaits

This is the choice that humanity faces.  It might sound a bit strange as a title because the first concept isn’t one that circulates widely in the public consciousness and the second concept is rather frightening; but this is the choice facing humanity. Today’s world is not sustainable and is… »

15.10.2016

Why Aleppo is the symptom of what is wrong with how we deal with atrocities

Why Aleppo is the symptom of what is wrong with how we deal with atrocities

By Patrick T. Hiller | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service 8 Oct 2016 – “Never again!” is once again brought to our attention as we are facing killing and suffering of civilians on a large scale. The Syrian city of Aleppo is under siege and the United… »

14.10.2016

Oct 12th 1942-2016. Nothing much to celebrate

Oct 12th 1942-2016. Nothing much to celebrate

 By Irene Halford Guaicaipuro Cuatemoc charges the debt to Europe By Luis Britto García,  El Nacional newspaper, Caracas,  18 October 1990 “Guaicaipuro Cuautemoc, who has come to discover those who are celebrating the discovery. Here am I, a descendant of those who colonised America 40,000 years ago, who… »

10.10.2016

Russia and the west: risks of hype

Russia and the west: risks of hype

An inflated view of Russia’s power, influenced by its role in Syria, could hasten further destructive conflict. By Paul Rogers 6 October 2016 for OpenDemocracy The assaults on rebel-held districts of Aleppo by Russian and Syrian government forces have been deadly, not least… »

10.10.2016

Apple, Brussels, and Ireland’s Bruised Sovereignty

Apple, Brussels, and Ireland’s Bruised Sovereignty

By Yanis Varoufakis Despite their unequivocal Europeanism, the Irish have been serially mistreated by the European Union. When Irish voters rejected the Treaty of Lisbon in 2008, the EU forced them to vote again until they delivered the “right” outcome. A year later, when… »

09.10.2016

The Trade Charade

The Trade Charade

DONALD TRUMP probably thinks he won the first presidential debate more than anyone has ever won anything, but everyone else knows he was horrible–except for the opening minutes when he went after Hillary Clinton for her husband Bill’s promotion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) while president and… »

06.10.2016

Behind the NO Vote in Colombia

Behind the NO Vote in Colombia

Everyone is trying to understand what happened in the referendum to ratify the Colombian peace agreement. A few questions immediately come to mind. Why did so few people vote (only 32%) and why did 50.2% vote NO to a peace agreement after 52 years of conflict? The issue needs to… »

05.10.2016

A Dual World

A Dual World

27.09.2016 Barcelona – Javier Belda “1984” by George Orwell, published in 1949, was one of those books of the so-called dystopian literature, which reached several generations who were captivated by the aesthetics of existentialism’s sombre tones, Pink Floyd’s chords and the “somas” of the time. Orwel recreated “Brave new… »

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