Fascism then and now

Fascism then and now

By John Scales Avery September 17, 2019 A new book I would like to announce the publication of a new book, entitled “Fascism, Then and Now”. It can be freely downloaded here. Please circulate the link to your friends who might be interested. Parallels between fascism of the 1930’w and neo-fascism today There are many […]

Once again censorship at the heart of the UN

Once again censorship at the heart of the UN

By Jonathan Power September 17, 2019 The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has long been controversial. Back in the days of the Soviet Union, Moscow protected communist and ultra-socialist dictators around the world from any attack on their human rights abuses. At the same time routine attacks on Israel, even the extravagant ones, were given […]

Burning Amazonia, denying climate change, devastating Syria, starving Yemen, and ignoring Kashmir

Burning Amazonia, denying climate change, devastating Syria, starving Yemen, and ignoring Kashmir

By Richard Falk September 12, 2019 The World Order Backdrop Arguably, even before the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, there was a widespread sense that a state-centric form of world order was morally and functionally deficient in certain fundamental respects. Political actors were indifferent to the outbreaks of war, disease, and famine outside of […]

Saving the Emerald Forest

Saving the Emerald Forest

By Jonathan Power September 11, 2019 Belem is the Brazilian city at the mouth of the Amazon. Unlike its slummy counterpart, Kinshasa, at the mouth of the Congo, it’s full of resplendent streets with beautiful nineteenth century houses. It has squares and market places full of cafes, fountains and life. The large city grew up […]

Iranian foreign Minister Zarif at SIPRI and the human rights defenders

Iranian foreign Minister Zarif at SIPRI and the human rights defenders

August 5, 2019 By Farhang Jahanpour Iran’s Foreign Minister Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif gave a speech at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). SIPRI is a highly respected research institute with a special place in the hearts of peace-lovers throughout the world. In a world where there are so many think thanks and organisations […]

The need for non-violence in Hong Kong

The need for non-violence in Hong Kong

By Jonathan Power September 5, 2019 The gloves are off in Hong Kong. Judging from the pictures on today’s BBC News the police no longer have any compunction about beating protestors. Ironically, they don’t appear to get close to the fringe of protestors who are using violent tactics. Rather they are swinging their batons left […]

Ben Okri, a great novelist, hits out

Ben Okri, a great novelist, hits out

By Jonathan Power August 27, 2019 “In the beginning there was a river. The river became a road and the road branched out to the whole world. And because the road was once a river it was always hungry.” This must be one of the best opening lines ever penned by a novelist. It’s the […]

Iran’s foreign minister speaks at SIPRI – and the media dont get it

Iran’s foreign minister speaks at SIPRI – and the media dont get it

Iran Collage # 1 by Jan Oberg By Jan Oberg August 27, 2019 On August 21, 2019, Iran’s foreign minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, gave a speech at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI. Zarif spoke at length without a manuscript, in details and with references to facts and history of the region and the […]

War without remorse: A callous tweet about a tasteless celebration

War without remorse: A callous tweet about a tasteless celebration

Or – The US, A Shameless Warrior By Jan Oberg August 23, 2019 Yesterday, the US Ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands, tweeted the following: As will be seen below, there were four photos from an event in Copenhagen. The first shows all the people present, including former Danish Prime minister Fogh Rasmussen (also on the […]

Iran’s foreign minister is right about weapons preventing peace

Iran’s foreign minister is right about weapons preventing peace

By Jan Oberg August 22, 2019 Dr. Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, yesterday spoke at SIPRI – the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. (At the moment of writing nothing comes up on its homepage when searching his name but you may see his speech and the discussion that followed here). I was asked by Iran’s […]

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