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...)
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...)
(…) every time we act as if an unprecedented weather event is hitting us out of the blue, as some sort of Act of God that no one foresaw, reporters are making a highly political decision. Itâ€™s a decision to spare feelings and avoid controversy at the expense of telling the truth, however difficult.… (Read more...)
Almighty joke? Erect soldiers standing to attention by the path side to greet the day after a night of violent storms. Well at least the Almighty Architect had a sense of humour. Seeing the state of the world, there was some doubt about that. Or maybe he or she just had a limited palette of forms to chose from.… (Read more...)
Women are not objects. Yet news from around the world underlines how many men act as if they were, while key figures, like Trump, set a disastrous example.
Today it was announced that a ten-year-old Indian girl, victim of repeated rape by her step father, has given birth after having been refused the right to abortion by the Indian Supreme Court.… (Read more...)
Enough of the clown. That attention is so focused on him is not surprising. He knows how to hold media attention with his outrageous and shocking behaviour. People are understandably up in arms against his words and acts. Not only is he a staunch neo-liberalist out to rape the world and most of its people for the betterment of a select few, but recent events have reminded everyone that he is and always has been a racist.… (Read more...)
Race-hatred is being fanned across the U.S. but also in many other countries. Both right-wing politicians and certain media fuel discontent, repeatedly and incorrectly heaping blame on those who are different. The campaign for Brexit was a flagrant example of a nationalist, isolationist discourse with heavy racist undertones.
This weekend, alt-right groups including the KKK marched armed and unmasked through the university campus in Charlottesville sporting flags with swastikas.… (Read more...)
Private militaryenforce corporate agendas. There is increasing recourse to private military not only to backup or even replace the army in conflict zones, but also to enforce the agenda of industrial conglomerates as in the eviction of peaceful demonstrators at Standing Rock who were attempting to halt the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline.… (Read more...)