Europe on New Pathways – Temporal or Eternal

By Jagdish Kapur (1920–2010), Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of the WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”

The wealth from the colonies and the power of the gun gave Europe a flying start in catalysing what came to be regarded as Western Civilisation. Newtonian Science and the Cartesian separation of the physical from the metaphysical greatly accelerated this process. Consequently, vast differentials in power and wealth within European countries became the cause celébre for the First and Second World Wars. This brought about the weakening and later the break up of the colonial structure and the power shift towards the United States. Europe became the recipient of its largesse and chief supporter of its policies and goals.

Europe, Security and Terrorism

An Interview with Walter Schwimmer taken by Giuliano Luongo (IsAG, Italy), April 14, 2015

In the framework of the studies of IsAG (Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Science) on current security issues in Europe and abroad, Giuliano Luongo – Director of the “Africa” Research Programme at IsAG – interviewed Dr. Walter Schwimmer, Former Secretary-General of the Council of Europe (1999-2004) and current Co-Chairman of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” (WPFDC).

Security Council Resolution on War in Yemen not Conducive to Peace

I.P.O. Information Service, Moscow / Vienna, April 17, 2015

President of International Progress Organization addresses expert meeting at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia

In a televised speech earlier today, Professor Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization (I.P.O.), told a seminar on the theory of international conflicts in Moscow that Security Council resolution 2216, adopted on 14 April 2015, has further exacerbated the conflict in Yemen. Instead of imposing an inclusive arms embargo on all warring parties, the Council chose to ban the sale and transfer of arms to only one party to the conflict, namely the Houthi insurgents. As in any situation of domestic strife, such partisan support will make peaceful settlement between the adversaries much more difficult. Calling upon neighboring states to inspect all cargo to Yemen (operative para. 15 of the resolution), the Council has, though unintendedly, provided a further excuse to those who are responsible for a de facto humanitarian embargo that has caused even more death and suffering among the civilian population.

Democracy and Solidarity, not Austerity and the Troika! For a Radical Change in Europe

A Speech by Hans-Jürgen Urban, Executive board member of the German trade union IG Metall, for a rally of the DGB (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, Confederation of German Trade Unions) as part of the Blockupy protests, March 18, 2015

It is quite obvious that Greece is being made an example of. Those who dare escape from the prison of austerity will be hunted down.

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The New Multilateral Financial Architecture

By Akshay Mathur, Gateway House, April 1, 2015

The announcement that major European powers will join the AIIB as founding members means the bank is now clearly accepted as a tangible game changer in the multilateral financial architecture. The formidable intentions of AIIB and the new transnational corridors project are both a challenge and an opportunity for India.

New World Political Geography, Ongoing Mutations

By Come Carpentier de Gourdon, Convener of the Editorial Board of the World Affairs Journal, Pressenza, April 12, 2015

Tocqueville wrote that “history is a picture gallery where there are many copies and few originals” (1). The enormous demographic, technological, economic and cultural changes of the last few decades should have proved him wrong but, instead we can notice many parallels and similarities with past processes and situations in the current transformations and developments of the present.

Obama’s Fateful Indecision

By Robert Parry, Consortiumnews, April 6, 2015

The foreign policy quandary facing President Barack Obama is that America’s traditional allies in the Middle East – Israel and Saudi Arabia – along with Official Washington’s powerful neocons have effectively sided with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State out of a belief that Iran represents a greater threat to Israeli and Saudi interests.

But what that means for U.S. interests is potentially catastrophic. If the Islamic State continues its penetration toward Damascus in league with Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and topples the Syrian government, the resulting slaughter of Christians, Shiites and other religious minorities – as well as the risk of a major new terrorist base in the heart of the Middle East – could force the United States into a hopeless new war that could drain the U.S. Treasury and drive the nation into a chaotic and dangerous decline.