Global Issues

The Tip Of An Iceberg: Engineered Indifference, Systematic Dehumanisation

Opinion - New Matilda

Bureaucracies the world over have in-built cruelties, something which Palestinians in particular know all about, writes Professor Stuart Rees. Stuart Rees New Matilda The humiliation experienced by the citizens of many countries occurs in encounters with officials who represent bureaucracies. When inquiring about… The Tip Of… Read More »

Top class! Free speech is a fundamental right … but only for the ruling Right

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Any debate about free speech in our society is really about free speech for the ruling class. John Passant Independent Australia Capitalism is built and maintained on the denial of free speech to the working class, among other things. US citizen Rupert… Top class! Free… Read More »

The US + Britain trivialize mainland Europe, NATO and the EU

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After the insults the German Chancellor Angela Merkel experienced in Washington last week, the Anglo-American duo last Tuesday orchestrated new assaults on mainland Europe. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting It’s not only the outrageous option of the no-deal Brexit, which gains momentum in London, possibly being encouraged by Washington. It’s also a… The US + Britain… Read More »

This 50 Year-Old Economics Book Helps Explain the Corporate Republic We Live In

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Revisiting my father’s great work of theory can help us figure out what will take the place of faith in the free… James K. Galbraith The Nation The New Industrial State was my father’s great work of theory. First published in 1967, nearly a decade after the triumph of The Affluent Society, The New Industrial State went beyond criticism of… This 50 Year… Read More »

When the ‘interests of the common good’ no longer apply

Ireland - Irish Examiner

An Bord Pleanála has a duty to the Irish people that it is not living up to with regards to Indaver’s plans for Cork Harbour, writes Linda Fitzpatrick Linda Fitzpatrick Irish Examiner THE Constitution, in the section outlining the fundamental rights of every citizen in Ireland, says that the courts, and all other bodies or persons making decisions that affect you, must treat you fairly. As a community… When the ‘interests… Read More »

The most dangerous ally

Daily Sabah

It’s funny to see the efforts of certain figures in Western media to ‘evidently’ portray Turkey as the most dangerous ally in international relations Hakki Ocal Daily Sabah Christopher Dickey, the world news editor of the Daily Beast website, thinks that the U.S. administration should remove the estimated 50-90 thermo-nuclear weapons from Incirlik Air Base because Turkey has become the most… The most dangerous… Read More »

Are America and China destined for war?

Asia Times

In his recent book The Improbable War, professor Christopher Coker explains that it is “of vital importance that the possibility of a conflict between China and the United States continues to be discussed.” Harry J Kazianis Asia Times Coker’s rationale for this is simple: “If the United States and China continue to convince themselves that war is too ‘improbable’ to take seriously, it is not they but the rest of the world that may ultimately pay the price.” It would ... Read More »

Solutions for tumultuous times

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To tackle global threats such as climate change, conflict and disaster, we must join forces and take collective action. Cihan Sultanoglu Al Jazeera News These are infinitely complex times. From the refugee… Solutions for tumultuous… Read More »

The tax I pay should be for peace, not war

Peace not war - The Guardian

I have the right not to kill during military conflict. Mark Rylance The Guardian So why am I forced to pay for others to do so on my behalf? A young man… The tax I… Read More »

Urgent Messages to the Muslim World

Muslim world

A dangerous message is being sent to the Muslim world by the West: There is nothing that moderate Muslims or anyone else should fear from radical Islamic terrorism! Nonie Darwish Gatestone Institute Look at us Western governments! We are bringing… Urgent Messages to… Read More »

2016 didn’t just give us “fake news.” It likely gave us false memories.

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A psychologist explains how easy it is to form false memories — and what that means for the future of our shared reality. Brian Resnick VOX Here’s a reasonable fear: 20 years from now, very few people are going to agree on the details of our shared history. Recently, I spoke… 2016 didn’t just… Read More »

350 Wrongs And One Right

The Daily Caller

Young progressives have an Israel problem. David Brog The Daily Caller They believe that Israel is occupying the land on which the Palestinians want to build their state, thereby rendering them stateless. And they’re convinced… 350 Wrongs And… Read More »

America Seeks to Destroy Syrian Civilization, Replace it With Terrorism and Ignorance

Syria - Global Reseacrh

NATO/GCC/Israeli proxy terrorists in Syria have committed all manner of atrocities with a view to destroying Syria’s culture, history, economy, pluralism, its very essence. Mark Taliano Global Research They want to create a blank slate. They want to… America Seeks to… Read More »

The sweep of perpetual famine?

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The media is presenting us with images of the mother of all famines, stretching from Yemen to Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and northern Nigeria. Jonathan Power Arab News There have been bad famines in the not-so-distant past, such as the Ethiopian one in 1985 that triggered rock star Bob Geldof to organize a global popular response. In 1974 at… The sweep of… Read More »

EU reaches for the rising sun

EU President Donald Tusk (R) and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker (C) welcome Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe prior to their talks at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 3, 2016. / AFP / JOHN THYS        (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s PM visits Brussels as pressure rises on the EU to clinch trade and political agreements. David M. Herszenhorn, Hans Von Der Burchard and Christian Oliver Politico As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe visits Brussels Tuesday, the European Union faces intensifying pressure to deliver on a promised pivot to Asia by sealing a new trade accord and strategic political partnership with… EU reaches for… Read More »

It’s harder for governments to tax their way out of rising inequality

Inequality - The Conversation

Higher inequality makes it harder to raise taxes and therefore redistribute income to fight its spread, our analysis shows. Chris Doucouliagos The Conversation This is because in the past, on average, inequality has reduced the amount of income tax governments can collect as a share of GDP. We also found… It’s harder for… Read More »