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- Published on Friday, 06 December 2013 10:19
Nelson Mandela died yesterday and it is a sad day for the world to lose someone who achieved so much. But it is also an opportunity to celebrate his life and use his passing as a spur to work for his vision of harmony and a decent life for all.
There Is More To Learn From a Nelson Mandela by Danny Schechter
The fall of apartheid in South Africa was dramatic and unimaginable a few years earlier. That it happened without widespread bloodshed is a testimony to Mandela's wisdom, stature and ability to create harmony where there is division. It could be argued that Mandela's focus on reconciliation was at the cost of meaningful change for the majority of black South Africans who remain disadvantaged by the political and economic system. This is not to undermine what was achieved but to remember that the job is nowhere near finished and Mandela's legacy is his tenacity, courage and moral guidance for the task ahead.
Democracy Born in Chains By Naomi Klein
Leaders are human, with weaknesses and flaws like the rest of us. We need a system of governance which places less burden on the few who rise to the top of politics but which involves everyone taking responsibility for creating a better world.
- Published on Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:30
Daily Pickings has referred to StopTTIP, an Occupy London initiative, to expose the real intent behind the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement being negotiated, on behalf of corporations, behind closed doors. There are many groups emerging across Europe to oppose this agreement, sharing information and building a coalition of resistance. It is drawing support from NGOs and many others concerned by TTIP's impact on environmental, employment, health and social policy. It also has other implications such as the criminalisation of intellectual property infringement and granting power to corporations to sue governments under the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions.
Open Enterprise by Glyn Moody
TTIP Update VII
Hat tip to Tom for this
The TransPacific Partnership (TPP) is a similar secret agreement in negotiation between Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam and is generating concern across those countries. The Australian Senate has promised to publish the full text of the agreement before it is signed.
Australian political games could see full TPPA treaty revealed By Richard Chirgwin
Secretive treaty with nasty IP provisions a step closer to scrutiny
This contrasts with the Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) which has been signed into being by Canadian PM, Stephen Harper, and yet the terms of the agreement haven't been made public.
Citizens around the world are waking up to the growing threat of corporate hegemony and subversion of democracy.
- Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:45
November's Runnymede Gazette is packed with interesting articles covering the ruling elites, corporate lobbying, state surveillance and economics.
Hat tip to Frank for this
These next two items are seemingly unrelated but they are illustrative of the war being fought between corporate hegemony and people. Google has been induced into the sacred circle of Bilderberg and the corporate mafia. "Do no evil" is an impossible ambition when you become part of the system which is manifestly so. This is not because of the personalities involved, however much the media (progressive and mainstream) like to target individuals or groups for ridicule or vilification. It is the systemic incentives to "do the wrong thing" which create so much misery in the world.
Hat tip to Arvind and Bob for this
Finally, a minor victory over Monsanto whose technology is threatening life on earth as we know it.
Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France by Joe Martino.
Hat tip to Arvind for this
- Published on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 10:03
Most of what we hear about fracking is hearsay because data on the health and environmental effects remain suppressed in North America where they've been fracking for over 20 years. One eccentric preacher, who exhausted all conventional means to remove the existential threat to his family, farm and local community, was driven to sabotage.
The Saboteurs By Chris Hedges