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Juncker calls for EU defense HQ

The European Union should set up a headquarters to coordinate efforts towards creating a common military force, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Sept. 14. “We don’t have a permanent structure and without that, we are not able to work efficiently and so we must have a European HQ and… Source: Juncker calls for EU defense HQ – EUROPE Read More »

Denmark Intends To Be The World’s First 100% Organic Nation

By True Activist Bhutan announced its plan to become the world’s first 100% organic nation in 2013, but it now has some competition. That’s right, Denmark’s government announced its plan to become Earth’s first 100% organic nation – and it has a solid plan of accomplishing that feat… Source: Denmark Intends To Be The World’s FIRST 100% Organic Nation | | Read More »

Rats in the yard: 4 years of UK asylum housing by G4S

Today, yet again, a Parliamentary committee will hear how commercial landlords are failing asylum seeker tenants. And then what? JOHN GRAYSON A few days ago I was chatting with Jean, the mother of three small children, in the back yard of her Sheffield home. Jean pointed to rat poison boxes, the… Source: Rats in the yard: 4 years of UK asylum housing by G4S | openDemocracy Read More »

US bombers in show of force against N Korea

Two huge U.S. bombers flew over South Korea on Sept. 13 in a show of force against the North as a top U.S. envoy said China must help close loopholes in sanctions following Pyongyang’s largest-ever nuclear test… PYEONGTAEK, South Korea – Agence France-Presse Source: US bombers in show of force against N Korea – ASIA Read More »

Drug use shot up after Greece’s economic collapse

After the Greek economic crisis struck in 2010, public sector funding was aggressively slashed and unemployment reached 30%. A new study suggests that—to cope with the stress—Greeks may have been turning to both legal and illegal drugs, Chemical and Engineering News reports. Researchers analyzed wastewater in Athens between 2010 and… Source: Drug use shot up after Greece’s economic collapse | Science | AAAS Read More »

A hijack or a mutiny? Labour, leadership and the left

Labour is an increasingly uneasy alliance between a parliamentary party and its membership base. Who can claim to represent the ‘real’ Labour party? JEREMY GILBERT Is Corbynism a hijack of the party or a mutiny of its members? What is Labour for? Labour is facing the… Source: A hijack or a mutiny? Labour, leadership and the left | openDemocracy Read More »

Knowing you’re being manipulated doesn’t stop it from happening

By Simon Oxenham Brain Scanner is Simon Oxenham’s monthly column that sifts the pseudoscience from the neuroscience Do subtle attempts to change your actions still work when you know they’re happening? It was thought that it’s easier to manipulate people who are kept in the dark, but it now seems we don’t mind being clearly “nudged” to behave in… Source: Knowing you’re being manipulated doesn’t stop it from happening | New Scientist Read More »

Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island

Labor’s push for inquiry passes Senate with backing of Derryn Hinch, Jacqui Lambie and the Nick Xenophon Team Paul Farrell Australia’s parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers held in Australia’s care on Nauru and… Source: Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

We, the People Versus We, the Wealthy

How did the United States become the land of the unequal—and how do we find our way back? By Bill Moyers Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I… Source: We, the People Versus We, the Wealthy | The Nation Read More »

Kalashnikov light firearms give Russia’s special forces new options

At the Army 2016 Forum the Kalashnikov Concern presented a series of new light small firearms for the Russian army, the National Guard and the FSB. In the words of Andrei Kirisenko, advisor to Kalashnikov’s general director, the new RPK-16 hand machine gun can even be used as a sniper’s weapon… Source: Kalashnikov light firearms give Russia’s special forces new options | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

The prime minister must take action to cement the UK’s ‘bold new positive role’ on the international stage

This is a crucial time for the UK to prove its credentials as a positive player in international relations. BEN DONALDSON In the wake of Brexit, there is a perception that the UK is set on a course of nationalism and reduced international cooperation. Whether true or not, it is… Source: The prime minister must take action to cement the UK’s ‘bold new positive role’ on the international stage | openDemocracy Read More »

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari review – chilling

The epic, widely celebrated Sapiens gets the sequel it demanded: a breathless, compulsive inquiry into humanity’s apocalyptic, tech-driven future Tim Adams The Guardian Yuval Noah Harari began his academic career as a researcher of medieval warfare. His early publications had titles like “Inter-frontal Cooperation in the Fourteenth Century and Edward III’s 1346 Campaign” or “The Military Role of the Frankish Turcopoles”. Then, the story goes, having won tenure at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he embarked on a crusade of ... Read More »

Israel rejects appeal against force-feeding prisoners

Supreme court rejects an appeal from Israeli doctors who view the practice as torture and medically risky. Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike is constitutional after rejecting an appeal from the Israel Medical Association. “This law is legal under Israeli law and… Source: Israel rejects appeal against force-feeding prisoners – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end

Ahmet Altan and his brother, Mehmet Altan, were taken away in a dawn raid on Saturday. We call for his release and for freedom of expression to be respected. Orhan Pamuk, JM Coetzee,Elena Ferrante and others We the undersigned call upon democrats throughout the world, as well as those who care about the future of Turkey and the… Source: Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta must end | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Thousands protest in Mexico against gay marriage legalization

Thousands of people marched throughout Mexico Sept. 10 to protest President Enrique Pena Nieto’s initiative to legalize gay marriage. MEXICO CITY – Agence France-Presse The National Front for the Family — a coalition of conservative religious groups — called for the protests, and is also planning a mass march for Sept. 24 in… Source: Thousands protest in Mexico against gay marriage legalization – AMERICAS Read More »