UK Newswire Archive
08-02-2009 14:26When we talk about discrimination, we tend to blend in racism, heightism, sexism, ageism, ableism, lookism and as many other ‘isms’ as one can think of. These terms describe how people differentiate unfavourably between a self-defined “normal” and a self-defined “abnormal”. Reading over a blog I’d never seen before, I was moved to ask, are all these forms of discrimination the same or are they different? What features do they share in common?
08-02-2009 14:20Neoconservatism thinking, according to E.D. Kain (via Sullivan), goes like this: The Islamic world is nothing like the Western world. We have few, if any, of the same values and virtually no historical commonality save our shared, centuries-old conflict with one another. The Islamic world, by and large, has none of the laws or customs necessary to develop an organic democratic society the way Western nations have. Therefore, the only way to achieve peace with the Islamic world is for them to adopt our notions of plurality, democracy, and humanism. They won’t do this on their own because of their lack of shared values, and so it follows that we must intervene on their behalf to impose these values, and fashion democracies for them in our image.
08-02-2009 14:15'I have some good news and some bad news,' the sergeant in the joke tells his men. 'The good news is that you are going to change your dirty socks. The bad news is that you are going to exchange them among yourselves.'
08-02-2009 14:07Set in a landscape of dry brown hills and arroyos flooded with dust, Cochabamba, Bolivia's third-largest city, is not rich in water. Seen from the air in early September, at the tail end of the southern winter, the land is brown and barren from the ridgetops to the river valleys. A warm wind blows dust in billowing clouds. Thousands of feet below the soaring, icy peaks of the altiplano to the west, and thousands of feet above the lush coca fields of the Chapare to the east and the Amazon to the north, Cochabamba enjoys the mildest climate in the country, but suffers from what geographers call "water stress," compounded here, as everywhere, by climate change.
08-02-2009 12:32The very least we can do is email Milliband the Spineless
08-02-2009 11:55PUBLIC EVENT organised by London Basque Solidarity Campaign
Thursday 12th February 2009 (7:00pm) Oxford House
Projection of the documentary The Spanish Inquisition
Speaker Saleh Mamon (Human Rights activist)
08-02-2009 11:37A High Court ruling by two British judges regarding the torture of a Guantánamo detainee has unleashed a major political crisis.
The judges have stated that they have been pressured by the United States into concealing evidence that should be made available in any country governed by the rule of law. This took the form of threats to withdraw security cooperation, instigated under the Bush administration and continued under Barak Obama's presidency.
08-02-2009 10:21Increased incidents of racism and xenophobia, some of them characterized by unprecedented violence
08-02-2009 04:09In an interview with Day.az, the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Lluis Maria de Puig expressed his regret over the broadcast ban of foreign radio stations as well as concern over recent constitutional amendments. These changes seriously undermine the possibility for a democratic state in Azerbaijan especially because Azerbaijan took the responsibility to abide by the principles of democracy, respect for law and human rights when joining the Council of Europe.
08-02-2009 04:06Steve Best and I penned an essay that focuses specifically on the struggle for animal rights, but also presents a broad and harsh critique of dogmatic pacifism and a strong argument that the growing ecocrisis necessitates that we employ holistic, pluralistic, contextualist tactics (including the use of militant direct action) in the battle for total liberation for humans, non-human animals, and the Earth.
08-02-2009 03:59At least 25 people were shot dead today in Madagascar's capital Antananarivo during a march to the presidential palace called by the city's mayor Andry Rajoelina after he declared himself the leader of a new transitional government at a political rally. In the past weeks, a power struggle between the mayor and the president Marc Ravalomanana has led to both violence and looting.
08-02-2009 03:48Part II: Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law: What Remedy?
08-02-2009 03:46Part I: What Law Applies?
08-02-2009 03:41Propaganda is most effective when subtly planted and the reader remains unaware that a commentary is actually indoctrination. Sometimes the writer is not cognizant that what he has published has been moved by its propaganda effect – sources for the material are actually misleading and publication is facilitated when the commentary fits a particular agenda.
08-02-2009 03:19In the university town of Mérida, Venezuela, student political organizations have had a significant presence at marches both for and against a proposed constitutional amendment that will eliminate the two-term limit on elected offices if it is approved in a national vote this February 15th. The predominant discourse has been quite polarized between opponents and supporters of President Hugo Chávez, who plans to run for a third term in office and carry on the construction of “21st Century Socialism” if the amendment passes. However, nuanced voices have emerged from the campaign hype. Seeking to highlight the deeper analysis provided by these non-conformist voices, Venezuelanalysis.com interviewed student leader and social activist Carmen Pulido about the state of radical student activism and the amendment. Pulido regularly organizes student-labor solidarity activities and other political events along with a loose network of anti-capitalist university students. These students have been staunch supporters of many of the initiatives undertaken by Chávez’s ten year administration. Nonetheless, the students persistently retain their autonomy in order to push the “Bolivarian Revolution” led by Chávez toward what they see as a more just and revolutionary path.
08-02-2009 02:54The Lancashire Evening Press has outdone itself again with the lack of balanced reporting regarding a homeless person speaking the truth against a tory sc******bag
Im appealing for people to get in contact withe paper and register their disgust!!
or even offer advise as to get shit done!!!
incarceration as a result of taking part in antifascist actions (attacking nazi demos).
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