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14.05.2021

Ground the Drones!

Ground the Drones!

There are a number of hurdles to clear before you can get people to support banning armed drones or surveillance drones. One is the existence of good drones. It seems silly, but it is the number one cause of failures to pass local resolutions against drones. Unlike some of the… »

14.05.2021

Amid Eid ul-Fitr celebrations, a look at the Muslim presence in the Caribbean

Amid Eid ul-Fitr celebrations, a look at the Muslim presence in the Caribbean

Written by Fausia A. Eid is an Islamic feast of togetherness From Barbados’ Quran memorisers (hafiz) and Guyana’s religious radio programmes to open-air, socially distanced Arabic classes in Trinidad and Tobago, Muslims and their religious practices have been a part of the regional landscape since… »

12.05.2021

How Chileans went from jumping subway turnstiles to rewriting the Constitution

How Chileans went from jumping subway turnstiles to rewriting the Constitution

While most Chileans want deep systemic change, the vote to create a new constitution is a historic moment in the struggle to undo the legacy of Pinochet’s dictatorship. Jordan Flaherty By Jordan Flaherty Mass protests that began in 2019 in Chile — and have deep roots in… »

11.05.2021

Be grateful

Be grateful

It had been raining cats and dogs when I met Ana. In fact, if it had not been raining so heavily the day that I had to seek shelter with all my groceries in a nearby church, I would probably have never met this lovely old lady in her mobile… »

09.05.2021

How can we influence European policies as citizens?

How can we influence European policies as citizens?

May 9th, Europe Day, through a new initiative, also becomes EU Sign Day, and is calling on European citizens to sign the European Citizens’ Initiatives and in that way strengthen their participation in the EU policies. 9th of May is Europe Day. A day when Europe is celebrating a historic… »

09.05.2021

Mandala-making: snippets of lived experiences and reflections (cont’d)

Mandala-making: snippets of lived experiences and reflections (cont’d)

SPIRITUALITY         by Genevieve Balance-Kupang The joy of seeing accomplished mandalas is but one of the humble responses to the overwhelming challenge of creating a new culture. It draws one to experience and appreciate beauty, creativity, uniqueness, the mystery of life, and the longing for peace and… »

08.05.2021

Why the PRO Act Is a Game-Changer for Labor and the Economy

Why the PRO Act Is a Game-Changer for Labor and the Economy

A comprehensive labor bill would give workers a level playing field to organize for their rights—if Senate Democrats can muster enough votes. By Sonali Kolhatkar Among the many reasons behind the recent failure of Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, to form a union was their employer’s intimidation tactics… »

08.05.2021

United States Withdraws From Afghanistan? Not Really

United States Withdraws From Afghanistan? Not Really

The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 was criminal. It was criminal because of the immense force used to demolish Afghanistan’s physical infrastructure and to break open its social bonds. By Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad On October 11, 2001, journalist Anatol Lieven interviewed the Afghan leader Abdul Haq… »

07.05.2021

Also Men – My Case Against Trigger Warnings in the New School

Also Men – My Case Against Trigger Warnings in the New School

I also was raped. The word ‘also’ shouldn’t need to be written there, but it seems necessary to make my voice heard. The word ‘also’ issues a message: Not only women are raped. I was a soldier, 17 years old, serving mandatory military service in Colombia. What I remembered… »

06.05.2021

Overfishing, Conservation, Sustainability, and Farmed Fish

Overfishing, Conservation, Sustainability, and Farmed Fish

As with many other aspects of government policy, overfishing and other fishing-related environmental issues are a real problem, but it’s not clear that government intervention is the solution. Indeed, it might be one of the main drivers of overfishing and other conservation and sustainability issues stemming from commercial fishing. Much… »

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