Every time we learn about a terrorist attack in developed countries -according to the system- we feel this tragedy as ours, and it is not because of our human nature since it is clear that we are devoid of it. We react according to our double standards, racism and classism. The disavowal of what we are as a society. Mass reactions are alarming because of the false outrage. How many of us were Je Suis Charlie when 12 cartoonists were murdered in France? We were outraged and demanded that (...)
“We are all Belgium,” but who wants to be human?
Ilka Oliva Corado7 April, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
Syria and the Left : Interview with Yassin Al Haj Saleh
New Politics17 September 2015, posted by colaborador@s extern@s
February 2015 - New Politics - Yassin Al Haj Saleh is one of Syria’s leading political dissidents. He spent from 1980-1996 in Syrian prisons and became one of the key intellectual voices of the 2011 Syrian uprising. He spent 21 months in hiding within Syria, eventually escaping to Istanbul. He was interviewed via email by New Politics co-editor Stephen R. Shalom in early November 2014.
You have written eloquently about the ongoing struggle for progressive values in Syria. In most Western (...)
6th BRICS Summit: The Seeds of New Financial Architecture
Ariel Noyola Rodríguez13 July 2014, posted by Riley Pentico
June 30th 2014 - The day following the World Cup final in Brazil, the 6th BRICS Summit (initials for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will commence. Fortaleza and Brasilia will be the host cities of the meetings on July 14th, 15th, and 16th, which are to finally settle on a financial model with a new image under the slogan: “Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Solutions.” Unlike the difference of Asian and South American initiatives of financial regionalization, the BRICS (...)
The Wishful Thinking Left: Unwitting Agents of the Imperial Order
Jean Bricmont, CounterPunch11 September 2013, posted by John Malone
August 14, 2013 - CounterPunch.
Once upon a time, in the early 1970′s, many people, including myself, thought that all the “struggles” of that period were linked: the Cultural Revolution in China, the guerillas in Latin America, the Prague Spring and the East European “dissidents”, May 68, the civil rights movement, the opposition to the Vietnam war, and the nominally socialist anti-colonial movements in Africa and Asia. We also thought that the “fascist” regimes in Spain, (...)
Statement by Edward Snowden to human rights groups at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport
6 August 2013, posted by John Malone
Friday July 12, 15:00 UTC.
Edward Joseph Snowden delivered a statement to human rights organizations and individuals at Sheremetyevo airport at 5pm Moscow time today, Friday 12th July. The meeting lasted 45 minutes. The human rights organizations included Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and were given the opportunity afterwards to ask Mr Snowden questions. The Human Rights Watch representative used this opportunity to tell Mr Snowden that on her way to the airport she had (...)
UNITED KINGDOM - Statement by Julian Assange after One Year in Ecuadorian Embassy
24 June 2013, posted by Dial
Saturday June 22nd 2013.
It has now been a year since I entered this embassy and sought refuge from persecution.
As a result of that decision, I have been able to work in relative safety from a US espionage investigation.
But today, Edward Snowden’s ordeal is just beginning.
Two dangerous runaway processes have taken root in the last decade, with fatal consequences for democracy.
Government secrecy has been expanding on a terrific scale.
Simultaneously, human privacy has been secretly (...)
JAPAN - Call for Solidarity from Tokyo’s Tatekawa Kasenshiki Park
8 May 2013, posted by John Malone
We are the homeless of Tatekawa Kasenshiki Park, in the East of Tokyo. Our park is built on top of a filled-in river, and extends lengthwise under the highway. We have built shelters and live there. In 2012, we were targeted by two violent eviction operations. Using the renovation of the park as an excuse, running water has been stopped, access to the public toilet has been prohibited for 4 months and the toilet is now closed overnight. Since the renovation work, large iron gates prohibit (...)
En Doha la lucha es por financiación climática
Stephen Leahy, IPS4 de diciembre de 2012, puesto en línea por Claudia Casal
IPS - El Fondo Verde para el Clima, destinado a asistir a los países pobres a afrontar el cambio climático, puede tener un presupuesto mayor que el del Banco Mundial. Pero ahora está vacío.
No hay compromisos financieros para alimentarlo, aunque el Fondo deba empezar a entregar dinero en 2013.
«Las finanzas están en el centro de las negociaciones», dijo a Tierramérica el asesor de políticas sobre cambio climático de Oxfam International, Timothy Gore, quien participa en la 18 Conferencia de las (...)
Ivan Illich’s Talk Delivered at the Conference on Interamerican Student Projects, April 20, 1968
Ivan Illich, CIASP Canada28 June 2011, posted by Dial
CIASP Canada - This talk was delivered on the evening of Saturday April 20 at St. Mary’s Lake of the Woods Seminary in Niles (Chicago) Illinois. Monsignor Illich was invited to make a presentation to the American Midwest Regional Meeting of CIASP (The Conference on Interamerican Student Projects). The Conference had an especially strong line-up of speakers and it was opened to all other regions of CIASP (all US regions and Canada) as well as the public.
This text version of the speech was (...)
Open Letter to the World Trade Organization on the July 2008 Round of Negotiations
Evo Morales Ayma13 October 2008, posted by Dial
July 18, 2008.
International trade can play a major role in the promotion of economic development and the alleviation of poverty. We recognize the need for all our peoples to benefit from the increased opportunities and welfare gains that the multilateral trading system generates. The majority of WTO members are developing countries. We seek to place their needs and interests at the heart of the Work Programme adopted in this Declaration.
Doha World Trade Organization Ministerial (...)