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30.05.2016

Palestine: a potted history

Palestine: a potted history

Palestinians are the endogenous people of the Southern Land of Canaan (Western Part of the Fertile Crescent), the area between the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan.  Key milestones in human civilization occurred in this Land of Canaan: animal and plant domestication, development of the alphabet,… »

30.05.2016

Islam against female genital cutting – ritual outside of religion

Islam against female genital cutting – ritual outside of religion

In traditional societies, FGM or female genital mutilation, is still justified and explained under the terms of  “Islam”. However, FGM is prohibited according to Islam because it causes enormous harm to the bodies and souls of women. FGM is a brutal and irreligious ritual that not only disregards the rights… »

24.05.2016

DiEM25 member Ken Loach wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

DiEM25 member Ken Loach wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

Lauded British director and DiEM25 member, Ken Loach, was awarded his second Palme d’Or last night at the Cannes Film Festival for I, Daniel Blake. The film, which portrays a disabled man’s struggle with England’s social welfare system, heralds Loach’s long time preoccupation with social politics. In his acceptance… »

24.05.2016

Redefining “Place”

Redefining “Place”

By Gabriela Jurosz-Landa The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut: Four Solo Exhibitions Engaging Place, May 21, 2016 – February 5th, 2017 “Place” in our world is becoming redefined, extended, pushed, fluid. Once a thing of steadiness, today “place” is rather a point, one to leave from or come… »

13.05.2016

Music for forging links

Music for forging links

By Beatriz Prieto (Warmis Base Team – Convergence of Cultures) Music to generate empathy: this is the idea behind the project “Lakitas Sinchi Warmis: Women blowing wind” – set in motion by the Warmis base team of the international humanist organisation, Convergence of Cultures – which has been selected by… »

11.05.2016

Noam Chomsky on US Military Presence in Europe & the Case of Edward Snowden

Noam Chomsky on US Military Presence in Europe & the Case of Edward Snowden

In this interview with MIT professor, anarchist, philosopher and renowned linguist, Noam Chomsky, we discuss US military presence in Europe and the case of Edward Snowden. Why are circa 44,660 US troops and 170 military installations stationed in Germany? What historical decisions are tied to US military presence in… »

07.05.2016

…to surpass this final stage of human prehistory…

…to surpass this final stage of human prehistory…

A quick look at the social situation usually immerses many people in a “sea of outrage”.  The most aberrant news floods the mass media.  Migration crisis, mass hunger, insensitive politics, inhuman governments, wars, the threat of nuclear attack and other similar stories compete daily to occupy the front pages.  We… »

07.05.2016

Let’s raise dust to the skies – China’s May Day Rock Festival

Let’s raise dust to the skies – China’s May Day Rock Festival

Chinese band Sin performed at Taihu Midi Festival in Suzhou City, in east China’s Jiangsu Province, April 30 to May 2, 2016. The sights told of a different China and gave pause to reflect on why the authoritarian Communist Party perpetually worries about the nation’s explosive youth. Rockers will know… »

07.05.2016

Islam as a feminist religion – an Iranian activist speaks her mind

Islam as a feminist religion – an Iranian activist speaks her mind

Jila Movahhed Shariat Panahi, born in 1951, had her Science Engineering Degree from Sharif University of Technology in 1973. After graduation, she worked for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran as a specialist in Radiation Protection. After the revolution, in 1985, she started her protest against the government for two reasons. »

05.05.2016

China’s foreign NGOs kinda safer and kinda not!

China’s foreign NGOs kinda safer and kinda not!

China denounced the United Nations for its declaration against its new law governing foreign NGOs operating in China as based on “prejudiced and unfounded allegations”, and has demanded that the statement be withdrawn. China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told the media in Beijing that his government: “firmly opposed” the… »

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