Peace & Justice in Modern World

What Venezuelan ‘Regime Change’ Could Mean What Venezuelan ‘Regime Change’ Could Mean Andrés Cala, Consortiumnews, April 15, 2014 For 15 years, the economic keystone of Latin America’s growing independence from U.S. domination has been energy-rich Venezuela’s willingness to provide... Read more...
Violence and the Struggle for Power in Egypt Violence and the Struggle for Power in Egypt An Article by Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia, 14 April 2014 There is no sign to show that political violence in Egypt is abating. Political... Read more...
America's Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953 America's Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953 Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet, April 8, 2014 Soon after the 2004 U.S. coup to depose President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, I heard Aristide's lawyer Ira Kurzban speaking in Miami. He began his... Read more...

Solidarity Economies for Humane Society

Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don't Want You to Know Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don't Want You to Know A Transcript of the Interview with Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman conducted by journalist Bill Moyers, April 18, 2014 Paul Krugman: Piketty is telling us that we are on the road not just to a highly unequal... Read more...
The Most Dangerous Word in Tech The Most Dangerous Word in Tech Quentin Hardy, The New York Times, April 12, 2014 The most important word in the technology industry is “innovation.” It is also the most dangerous. Read more...
Five Theses on Financialisation Five Theses on Financialisation By Gabriel Méndez Hincapíe, Critical Legal Thinking, March 11, 2014 The fact is that financialisation constitutes an impersonal system. Its aim is not to destroy the communities and ecosystems of the... Read more...

Sustainability of Modern World and Future

Becoming Human: Different Cultural Approaches Becoming Human: Different Cultural Approaches A Paper by Professor Marietta Stepanyants, Chief Research Fellow and Chairholder, UNESCO Chair "Philosophy in the Dialogue of Cultures", Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, delivered... Read more...
A New Spiritual Horizon for Humankind A New Spiritual Horizon for Humankind A Paper by Hugo Novotny, President, World Center of Humanistic studies, Argentina, delivered at the International Conference "The Relevance of Traditional Cultures for the Present and the Future", New... Read more...
How Western Is Germany? Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict How Western Is Germany? Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict An Essay by Christiane Hoffmann, Spiegel Online, April 9, 2014 Many Germans feel a special bond to Russia. This makes the Ukraine crisis particularly dangerous for Berlin because it raises important... Read more...

PREVENTING WORLD WAR 100 YEARS LATER: THROUGH GLOBAL SOLIDARITY

Rhodes Forum Opening PlenaryEvery autumn since 2003 the ancient Greek island of Rhodes hosts a session of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilization" called the Rhodes Forum that brings together public figures and statesmen, academics, religious figures and representatives of the arts, mass media and business spheres from all over the world. The sessions of the WPF "Dialogue of Civilizations" proved the urgency and efficacy of the Forum by brining the focus of world public opinion to the problems of intercultural dialogue and the need to work out instruments to make interaction among cultures and civilizations possible. The results achieved by the Forum give a hope for further harmonization of international relations and strengthening of stability in the world.

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Europe: Lost in Translation?

International Conference “Europe: Lost in Translation?”

An international conference for European and Non-European NGO representatives, political leaders, economists and experts in social sciences with a focus on the future of a wider Europe as a unique space for inter-civilizational dialogue and coexistence will take place in Berlin on May 14-16, 2014. The conference is organized by consolidated efforts of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" and "German-Russian Forum".

25 years after the end of the Cold War, Europe is still in search of an identity beyond the old divisions. Culturally and socially, there is a great deal that Europeans in East and West as well as North and South share in common. One key challenge is therefore how to build common institutions and foster both trust and cooperation in order to realize the idea of a «Greater Europe» from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

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Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don't Want You to Know

A Transcript of the Interview with Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman conducted by journalist Bill Moyers, April 18, 2014

Paul Krugman: Piketty is telling us that we are on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy. A society of inherited wealth.

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What Venezuelan ‘Regime Change’ Could Mean

Andrés Cala, Consortiumnews, April 15, 2014

For 15 years, the economic keystone of Latin America’s growing independence from U.S. domination has been energy-rich Venezuela’s willingness to provide discounted oil to many of its neighbors, a project now at risk amid violent opposition protests at home and threats of destabilizing sanctions from Washington.

The preferential financial terms for oil was the brainchild of Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez who understood that the only way that he could counter America’s economic might was to use his nation’s petroleum to stabilize the fragile economies of Caribbean and Latin American countries, including longtime U.S. target, Cuba.

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Violence and the Struggle for Power in Egypt

An Article by Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia, 14 April 2014

There is no sign to show that political violence in Egypt is abating.

Political violence has become even more pronounced since the ouster of the democratically elected President, Dr Mohamed Morsi, on the 3rd of July 2013. The ouster is in fact one of the primary causes for the increased violence. They are inter-linked for two reasons. The suppression of Morsi’s movement, the Ikhwanul-Muslimin, by the military backed interim government has been violent. Peaceful protest camps were crushed in a deadly operation on 14 August 2013. At least a thousand people were killed in a week of violence. Thousands of Ikhwan members were arrested, including its spiritual leader, Mohamed Badie. The Ikhwan was declared a “terrorist” group in December 2013. On 25 March 2014, 529 people, many of them connected to the Ikhwan, were sentenced to death by a court for rioting and killing a policeman. It was a decision whose brutal severity shocked the world.

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America's Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953

Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet, April 8, 2014

Soon after the 2004 U.S. coup to depose President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, I heard Aristide's lawyer Ira Kurzban speaking in Miami. He began his talk with a riddle: "Why has there never been a coup in Washington D.C.?" The answer: "Because there is no U.S. Embassy in Washington D.C." This introduction was greeted with wild applause by a mostly Haitian-American audience who understood it only too well.

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A New Spiritual Horizon for Humankind

A Paper by Hugo Novotny, President, World Center of Humanistic studies, Argentina, delivered at the International Conference "The Relevance of Traditional Cultures for the Present and the Future", New Delhi, March 26, 2014

The US, Japan and the European Union nations are gradually losing their dominant positions in the world. At the same time, powerful countries like Brazil, India and China do not try to impose their political and cultural values in less developed countries, but rather they intend to base their relations on a mutually beneficial cooperation. Thus, the new system of international relations taking shape due to the growth of Asian, Latin American and African nations is erasing the fragile dependency and colonial servility inherited from the history of the last few centuries by means of the power of common agreements and convergence of interests. There is hope that this will turn the current global crisis into a true opportunity for global change.

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