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In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth

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Binu Mathew

18 January, 2015

In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth
By Jon Queally

Humanity's rapacious growth and accelerated energy needs over the last generation—particularly fed by an economic system that demands increasing levels of consumption and inputs of natural resources—are fast driving planetary systems towards their breaking point, according to a new pair of related studies

A Population Perspective On The Steady State Economy
By Herman Daly

If our ethical understanding of the value of "sustainability" (longevity with sufficiency) is to "maximize" cumulative lives ever to be lived, subject to a per capita consumption level sufficient for a good life, then we must limit the load we place on the earth at any one time

On Finding Other Ways
By Vincent Di Stefano

The Cold War may have ended, but the US and Russia continue to harbour over 15,000 nuclear warheads between them. And a further 1,000 nuclear weapons are held by the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan and Israel. Does the thought of overkill come anywhere into the lexicon, let alone the imagination, of politicians and military planners?

Pope Francis, Salman Rushdie And Charlie Hebdo
By Richard Falk

I find myself siding with the abstract sentiments of Pope Francis, but with Rushdie's view of minimising the role of law and the state. In this respect, if we impose limits by way of government we are entering the domain of censorship. At the same time, we need to protect individuals and groups against malicious forms of defamation and hateful attacks on identities without confusing such protection with efforts to channel public awareness in certain prescribed directions

Five Facts That Prove Paris Massacre is A False Flag Terror Op
By Feroze Mithiborwala

Fact 1: 'Terrorist Leaves ID CARD' is part of an elaborate frame-up
Fact 2: The 'Getaway car' and the 'Abandoned Car' in which the 'ID' was found are two different cars of the same Citroen C3 model.
Fact 3: The 24x7 Police Security Provided to Charlie Hebdo had been withdrawn ~ Why? ~ When? ~ Who Issued the Order?
Fact 4: Eye-witness report from 'France Info Radio', Role of Police and suspicious character spotted 4 hours prior to the attack
Fact 5: All the four terrorists were police informers, terrorist recruiters known and working for French Intel

The Zionist Terror Is The Major Cause Of Islamic Fundamentalism, Wars And Terrorism
By Dr Salim Nazzal

Europe's busy at the moment inductively for answers about what can be done after the terror that hit the French capital. But all the comments and analyses do not seem that Europe has come to the key question, about the reasons of the Arab and Muslim hostility towards the west. And the Islamic fundamentalism is the irrational product of this hostile environment. This hostility did not come overnight, and did not come as well by parachute, but has a clear history, title and address

Paris, Peshawar And Boko Haram- Religion, Politics And Violence
By Ram Puniyani

Do we need to factor in the political forces, Kings of the past, the colonial masters of yesteryears and the 'oil hungry' global superpowers, behind promoting, abusing religions' identity to understand the dastardly acts tormenting the humanity? The phrases joining any religion and terrorism are the biggest insult to the morality of religions to be sure!

'Uncaged Corporate Parrots' And The False GMO Narrative
By Colin Todhunter

British Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has stated that genetically modified (GM) food should be grown in Britain because it is more 'eco-friendly'. She adds that steps should be taken to speed up this development. Her statements come as little surprise to many because Truss's predecessor, Owen Paterson, was also a staunch supporter of GM technology

America Is Open for Business in Iraq (Psst... Wanna Buy an M1 Tank?)
By Peter Van Buren

Even as the Obama administration stumbles and bumbles along in search of a magical political strategy in Iraq that would make sense of everything, American weapons-makers can expect a bountiful future. In the meantime, Washington is putting forces in place that, by doing more of the same for the third time in a disintegrating Iraq in the middle of a fracturing region, guarantee more of the same. In that sense, you might say that American forces are partly in place to help promote the investment. If one needed an example of how the military-industrial complex works today, that might be it. Every mistake by Washington is a boon for future arms sales

Art Has To Fight For Justice
By Andre Vltchek

Why did I decide to write this essay? Why now? It is because the world appears to be facing yet another calamity, another great onslaught of fascism, this time conducted by the increasingly mad and brutal leaders of the Empire

#BlackLivesMatter, Veganism, & Intersectionality
By Mickey Z.

An Interview with A. Breeze Harper

Fascism Thrives In The Form Of Democracy
By Sukumaran C. V.

When a democracy doesn't listen to the words of the people like Ram Bai and doesn't stop creating large number of hapless people like the tribal man who says that it would be better for his baby to die, it ceases to be a democracy. And it seems that fascism thrives both in the 'strongest' democracy in the world and in the 'largest' democracy of the world too

Terrorism Beyond Charlie Hebdo, Terrorism Of Motorists
By Vidyadhar Date

The recent terrorist shooting of cartoonists in Paris and of school children in Peshawar needs to be strongly condemned. But if one looks at the numbers, far more people are killed by motor vehicles on roads in India than by Islamic terrorism. But few want to talk about the terrorism on the roads by private vehicles because it is inflicted by the upper class and in a way by the administration itself

The Right To Education: Rhetoric or A Reality?
By Shalu Nigam

Right to Education in India ensures that every child under the age of 14 years must be provided with free and compulsory education. However, to make this a reality, a continuous effort is required on the part of the state to ensure that both the quantitative and qualitative requirements are met. This means not only increasing availability of and accessibility to schools, classrooms, teachers and infrastructure facilities across the country but also there is a need to improve the quality of education

Time To Rebuild Sri Lanka: Basil Fernando

W. J. Basil Fernando is a Sri Lankan jurist, author, poet and human rights activist. Having been a lawyer engaged with human rights issues, he had to flee Sri Lanka decades ago. After that he became a legal adviser to Vietnamese refugees in a UNHCR-sponsored project in Hong Kong before joining the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC) in 1992 as a senior human rights officer for Cambodia. He also served, later, as the Chief of Legal Assistance to Cambodia of the UN Centre of Human Rights (now the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights office). He is associated with Asian Human Rights Commission and Asian Legal Resource centre, based in Hong Kong since 1994. He was executive director of the organization for almost two decades. Here is an interview that DIGNITY (erstwhile RCT) of Denmark did with Basil Fernando on regime change in Sri Lanka

AHRC Writes To Minister Of Finance, Sri Lanka
By Basil Fernando & Bijo Francis

AHRC is writing this letter in order to draw your attention to two important components necessary for the establishment of good governance that if they are to be realized, would require budgetary allocations. The two major areas where such budgetary allocations would be required are: 1) Measures for the modernization of the Sri Lankan police, to progress from the primitive style of policing that exists in the country to one that is possessed of the qualities and capacities found in modern times in many countries; 2) The establishment of a commission against bribery and corruption that could genuinely implement a program of prevention of bribery and corruption, again, in terms of what has been achieved in many countries in modern times. One recognized example is the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) in Hong Kong

India: No One Killed 22 Dalits- Jehanabad Court
By Asian Human Rights Commission

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