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 in Switzerland which regularly holds such votes on all manner of issues, it is well known that many voters do not respond to the question asked, but a question of their own choosing.… (Read more...)

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 sense that Europeans would support action that seeks to put a break on the promotion of gun ownership and individual accumulation of guns by an organisation like the NRA even if that plays out in a third country.… (Read more...)

Beyond elimination – rethinking democracy

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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. We, as citizens of this Earth, are understandably preoccupied and urgently need to deal with these threats.… (Read more...)

Climate breakdown says George Monbiot, not change

George Mombiot

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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.(Read more...)

Every life matters!

Murdered Palestinian girl

Enough is enough. The violence has to stop!

Aseel Tareq Abu Oun – RIP

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.… (Read more...)

Guardian interview with Felicity Lawrence

The Guardian has published an interview with Felicity Lawrence, recent recipient of the Orwell Prize for investigative journalism. Here is how the introduction to the interview begins:

Felicity Lawrence has reported on some of the most challenging issues facing the modern world, from corporate power – especially in the food system – to migration, the re-emergence of slavery, climate change, and global tax avoidance.(Read more...)