Say no to elimination

Say no to elimination

Elimination is the keyword that runs through many of the atrocious tales that assail us from around the world. Elimination is a solution to no problem. The wish to eliminate others as the source of our problems is based on a wildly false premise,...

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Stop the warmongering

Sunset over lake

Bombs are never an answer to problems, no more than guns are. Repeatedly resorting to weapons as a solution to complex, conflictual situations should not be seen as a sign of strength or intelligence. It is an admission of weakness, of inability, of failure, of lack of imagination, even of insanity...

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Who cares? We do!

Who cares? We do!
While people drool over the sex scandals of the US president, more pressing and life-threatening issues go unattended... [Read More]
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Tribute: young people show the way

Tribute: young people show the way
“We were always taught from a very early age to be the change we wish to see in the world…” Elijah Abraham, student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school... [Read More]
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Women’s Day 2018

Women's Day 2018
International women's Day 2018. "We are strong. We bow to no one. We are the creative force of this world. We give birth to the future, our future..." Annie Wight, Stories People Tell... [Read More]
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Brexit and the fantasies that ensue

Brexit and the fantasies that ensue
Brexit: what better illustration of how a new word can become the vehicle for so much wishful thinking, so many fantasies and such terrible nightmares, as well as a festering breeding-ground for divisive thinking and extreme ideologies. First of all, there was a vote. A referendum. Living as I do [Read More]
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Boycotting Apple and Amazon over National R*fle Association streaming app

Boycotting Apple and Amazon over National R*fle Association streaming app
Activists are calling for a one-day boycott of Apple and Amazon on March 1st because they host an app streaming material for the American National R*fle Association. In many European countries advertising cigarettes is banned because encouraging behaviour that damages health is considered socially and legally unacceptable. So it makes [Read More]
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Beyond elimination – rethinking democracy

landesgemeinde rethinking democracy
That Donald Trump is a grave danger to humanity leaves no doubt. That his supporters and backers are criminal in their intention to ransack the world and blight the poor, the marginalised and the needy for their own gain is clear to see. But let not the looming catastrophe blind us to the fact that, above all, it is the functioning of the democratic system that needs fixing... [Read More]
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Climate breakdown says George Monbiot, not change

George Mombiot

Climate breakdown, not climate change. The words we use to discuss an issue like the impact of climate on the world have an important effect on the way we communicate and the way we understand what is happening. George Monbiot underlines this fact in an article entitled Natural Language saying: If we want people to engage with the living world, we should stop using such constipated terms to describe our relationship to it. ...

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Every life matters!

Murdered Palestinian girl

Enough is enough. The violence has to stop! Eight-year-old Aseel Tareq Abu Oun was killed after being rammed by an Israeli settler's car, near Furush Beit Dajan area, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The girl was leaving a supermarket with a friend when she was struck and killed in broad daylight in front of her father. In a time of wide-spread violence and rampant disregard for life, it is so easy to banalise a death here and a murder there. Aseel Tareq Abu Oun was not just another victim. Every life matters! It is our responsibility to shout that from the roof tops...

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