Song-do, the global city without soul

By Francesco Martone*

Song-do – roughly two and a half hours metro trip from Seul, South Korea – is a city built out of nothing, on 6.5 square kilometers reclaimed from the sea, by a human hand that alters boundaries and morphologies. It would eventualy host 250,000 and is rapidly becoming a trendy location to the extent that various soap opera stars moved in what they would like to see as the Beverly Hills of the East.

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Political Elites’ Program of Austerity Set the Stage for Brexit

By Dawn Foster – The Nation

Scapegoating immigrants for economic suffering is easier than confronting the politicians that crafted austerity policy.

At 4:00 AM following the UK referendum on EU membership, Nigel Farage, the leader of the Eurosceptic UK Independence Party gave a tentative victory speech. Bullish and beaming, but couching his cheer in caveats that not all areas had declared results, flanked by jeering young men pogoing in suits, Farage announced that if the Leave campaign had won, “We will have done so without a single bullet being fired.”

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Xenophobic Rhetoric, Now Socially and Politically ‘Acceptable’ ?

By Baher Kamal

ROME, Jun 23 2016 (IPS) – “Xenophobic and racist rhetoric seems not only to be on the rise, but also to be becoming more socially and politically acceptable.”

The warning has been heralded by the authoritative voice of Mogens Lykketoft, current president of the United Nations General Assembly, who on World Refugee Day on June 20, reacted to the just announced new record number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution.

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Islamophobia Documentary

Dear readers,

Sending you the link for the Islamophobia panel documentary
Best regards, The Editor – Other News

Islamophobia Documentary
Dear Friends, Chers Amis

This video as a souvenir of our joint action on Islamophobia/ Cette video en souvenir de notre action conjointe sur l’islamophobie
With best regards,/ Meilleures pensées,
Idriss Jazairy, Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures
of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Below is the link for the Islamophobia panel documentary:

The Right to Development: 30 Years On

Viewpoint by Marin Khor *

This article is based on the text of a speech at a panel discussion at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 15 June 2016.

GENEVA (IDN | South Centre) – The Declaration on the Right to Development, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1986 (as Document 41/128) is 30 years old. It is appropriate to celebrate this anniversary. For the right to development has had great resonance among people all over the world, including in developing and poor countries. Even the term itself “the right to development” carries a great sense and weight of meaning and of hope.

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What Is Putin Up To in China?

By Damien Sharkov – Newsweek

Selling arms and oil and unnerving the West will be on the agenda for Putin’s China visit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will be on his way to China on Friday, the Kremlin has announced, in what has become an almost routine visit in recent years.

The two have enjoyed a close relationship since Chinese President Xi Jinping made Putin the first foreign leader he visited after becoming president in 2013 and since then regular annual meetings between the two have usually also come with announcements of significant new economic and political joint deals. As Putin is due to meet his Chinese counterpart this week, here are the most likely talking points and possible announcements.

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The Brexit crash will make all of you poorer – be warned

George Soros*

My 60 years of experience tells me the pound will plummet, along with your living standards. The only winners will be speculators

David Cameron, along with the Treasury, the Bank of England, the International Monetary Fund and others have been attacked by the leave campaign for exaggerating the economic risks of Brexit. This criticism has been widely accepted by the British media and many financial analysts. As a result, British voters are now grossly underestimating the true costs of leaving.

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European values are more important than economics

Wolfgang Münchau – Financial Times

Many emerging countries have shunned Europe and chosen a finance-based US-style model of capitalism

If you live in Italy or Spain, it is easy to defend the EU. You can simply point to the many common policy areas, point out a small list of achievements and rest your case. Yes, there is a rise in Euroscepticism in these countries. But if they held a referendum on EU membership we would not doubt the outcome. The EU has become part of their political DNA.

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Not Politically Correct Reflections on Brexit

By Roberto Savio*

ROME, Jun 2016 (IPS) – Allow me a rare personal anecdote. In 1965 I met Lord Hume, who had just left the post of Prime Minister and we had a mutual sympathy. Lord Hume invited me for lunch at the Chamber of Lords. Over an extremely delicious rump of Scottish lamb, I asked if I was allowed to ask a complex question. I explained that I had started my professional career as a Kremlinologist, which had served me well in following British foreign policy. One day London was looking to Europe as its compass, and another day, to Washington. All this on the basis of small signals, difficult to detect. Could his Lordship explain to me how to address this dualism?

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Fact Check: does Vladimir Putin really want a Brexit from the European Union?

Alexander Titov – Lecturer in Modern European History, Queen’s University Belfast
Richard Sakwa – Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent

The Conversation UK.

Disclosure statement

The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.

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The Orlando Massacre and the “Muslim Factor”

By Hasan Ferdous*

Jun 16 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) – When I first saw the news flash scrolling at the bottom of my TV screen, my first thought was, please God, not another Muslim!

With Donald Trump waging his own “jihad” against Muslims – all Muslims, including those who are American – I was hoping that the shooter was from another religion, any religion but Islam. My hope turned into a nightmare when the shooter was confirmed not only to be a Muslim, but someone who was born in New York and had gone to US schools. Omar Mateen was just a regular guy, it seems, who wore a bandana, loved taking selfies, dated a Pakistani woman, and even occasionally visited the same gay night club where he unleashed his vengeance. He may have been a closeted gay.

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A Critique of Human Society since the Neolithic Revolution

Robert J. Burrowes*

There is a long history of social critics and progressive thinkers offering critiques of human society.

Among those who are better known, Karl Marx offered a critique of capitalism, anarchists have critiqued the state, Mohandas K. Gandhi offered a critique of industrial society, Sigmund Freud and Herbert Marcuse offered critiques of civilization, and feminists have critiqued patriarchy. In addition, critiques of colonial/industrial society by indigenous people, critiques of white society by people of color, critiques of modern industrial society by environmentalists and cultural historians as well as critiques of technocratic society by a succession of scholars have been presented.

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