The hard right and its threats to democratic liberalism

The hard right and its threats to democratic liberalism

By Edmund Fawcett Originally published by Open Democracy on April 7, 2018 here on   Unlike the hard right I have not conjured up an imaginary Other, but identified a genuine adversary in a struggle over democratic liberalism that is already engaged.   28 March 2018, Germany, Berlin: Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance (SPD), […]

Mass starvation as a political weapon

Mass starvation as a political weapon

  January 27, 2018 Mass starvation killed more than three million people in Stalin-era Ukraine in the 1930s and more than 18 million in China during Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Yet by the start of this century, famines like those were all but eliminated, Alex de Waal […]

Trashing The Planet For Profit

Trashing The Planet For Profit

By William Bowles • Before I began this essay I read through some of my past forays that mentioned climate change and capitalism, the first I think, being in 2006 where I opined in a piece on the ‘War on Terror’: Perhaps the impending climate catastrophe as well as the genocidal actions of the US […]

The World Is Getting Better And Nobody Knows About It

The World Is Getting Better And Nobody Knows About It

By Justin Brown December 31, 2016 As 2016 comes to a close, many people are welcoming the new year with trepidation after a number of incredibly transformative and surprising events during the year. We saw the people of the United Kingdom decide to leave Europe in the Brexit vote. The USA went to the polls […]

Sustainable development goals – United Nations

Sustainable development goals – United Nations

• On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, […]

Today, around 21,000 children died around the world — Global Issues

Today, around 21,000 children died around the world — Global Issues

Via globalissues.org By Anup Shah • Every minute, some 15 children die around the world, from poverty, easily preventable diseases, illnesses, and related causes. This rarely makes the headline news that one might expect such a tragedy to do. Some 21,000 children die every day around the world (data from 2010). The silent killers are […]