The Most Important Thing We Can Do to Fight Climate Change Is Try

Rebecca Solnit – The Nation

The future will follow an unpredictable route, but we must still follow a compass called hope.

Most forecasts of the future presume that something in the present will continue to grow and increase its power or influence. It’s as simple as doing a math problem on compounding interest or multiplication tables.

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Obama Sees No Mideast Peace Deal During His Term

By Carol E. Lee – Wall Street Journal?

Deal that included the creation of a Palestinian state was a top foreign-policy goal

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama, citing conflicting comments in the past week from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, predicted Tuesday that there would be no peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians during the remainder of his time in office.

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ICDP President Federico Mayor meets with Pope Francis

International Commission against the Death Penalty

On 20 March 2015, ICDP President Mr Federico Mayor met Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican and discussed issues related to the abolition of the death penalty and areas of mutual cooperation. President Mayor highlighted during the audience that there is a strong global trend towards abolition of the death penalty.

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Eyewitness Greece: The SYRIZA factor in European politics

By Dick Nichols – LINKS

The following talk — “The Greek elections — what next? SYRIZA and the fight against austerity” – was presented to the Department of Political Economy and the Australia-Greece Solidarity Campaign, March 10, 2015, at the University of Sydney’s New Law School. Dick Nichols is Green Left Weekly’s and Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal’s European correspondent, based in Barcelona, and a member of the Australian Socialist Alliance. Nichols is currently touring Australia presenting an eyewitness account of the SYRIZA election victory.

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A Radical Approach to Global Citizenship Education

By Wayne Hudson*

BRISBANE, Mar 2015 (IPS) – Although global citizenship education has now received the recognition it deserves, much of the literature recycles old agendas under another name – ‘education to promote peace and justice’, ‘sustainability’, ‘care for the environment’, ‘multi-faith’ and ‘multi-cultural understanding’ – and so forth.

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“Goebbelnomics – Austerian Duplicity and the Dispensing of Greece

By Rob Parenteau – Naked Capitalism

“It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.” ? Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda 1933-45.

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The Militarists and Haters Win in Israeli Elections

by Rabbi Michael Lerner* – The Huffington Post

According to Israeli newspapers reporting on the outcome of the Israeli election on Tuesday, Likud increased its lead in the next Knesset of 120 members. It will now hold 30 Knesset seats, compared to the Zionist Union (former Labor Party) with 24 seats. As the front runner, Netanyahu will be asked to create the government coalition.

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Climate Change Continues, Impervious to Official Declarations

By Roberto Savio*

ROME, Mar 2015 (IPS) – It is now clear that we are not going to reach the goal of controlling climate change.

It is worth recalling that the goal of not exceeding a 2 degree centigrade rise in global warming before 2020 was adopted at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009 as a formula for consensus. Many in the scientific community had been clamouring for immediate action – and at most for a 1 degree rise – but bowed to political realism, and accepted an easier target.

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Noam Chomsky on the Roots of American Racism

By George Yancy and Noam Chomsky – The New York Times

This is the eighth in a series of interviews with philosophers on race that I am conducting for The Stone. This week’s conversation is with Noam Chomsky, a linguist, political philosopher and one of the world’s most prominent public intellectuals. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, “On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare,” with Andre Vltchek.
– George Yancy

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IMF Loan to Ukraine Props Up Failing Banks, Enriches Oligarchs

By John Helmer* – Naked Capitalism

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has decided to give the Ukrainian banks R&R&R – that’s rest from regulation and refinancing. Inspection of the foreign exchange book, unwinding related-party credits, recovery of non-performing loans, and obligatory recapitalization, which were all conditions of the Fund’s 2014 Ukraine loan, have been relaxed. The new loan terms announced by the IMF last week, postpone reform by the commercial banks until well into 2016. In the meantime, the IMF says it will allow about $4 billion of its loan cash to be diverted to the treasuries of the oligarch-owned banks. That is almost one dollar in four of the IMF loan to Ukraine.

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Churchill and Hitler–Two Europeans

by Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

Who wrote this?

“The Aryan stock is bound to triumph”.

“The Dictator of the Red Citadel (Petrograd)–all Jews”

“The same evil prominence was obtained by Jews–in Hungary”

“The same phenomenon has been presented in Germany–preying”

“-the schemes of the international Jews /against/ spiritual hopes”

“-this worldwide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization”

“-it played recognizable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution”

“-the mainspring in every subversive movement in the 19th century”

Churchill did. (from Robert Barsocchini, countercurrents.org 02-02-15). His point was not that Jews were active in many places, the point is that for Churchill they were the cause of all the revolutions, the root of evil, not, for instance, feudalism gone mad.

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Germany and Greece Losers in ECB’s Quantitative Easing Pla

By Conor Gaffey – Newsweek

Greece and Germany stand to lose out from the European Central Bank’s (ECB) quantitative easing programme, according to analysts.

Greece has not been included in the bond-buying scheme, in which the ECB have committed to ploughing around €1.1 trillion into the Eurozone economy by buying €60 billion-worth of sovereign assets each month until September 2016.

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The ‘Acapulco Paradox’ – Two Parallel Worlds Each Going Their Own Way

By Roberto Savio*

ROME, Mar (IPS) The world is clearly splitting into two parallel worlds, with each going its own way, in what we could call the ‘Acapulco paradox’.

Take the official version of the image of Acapulco – a splendid Mexican resort, with horse riding on the beaches, a place blessed by nature and enriched by beautiful villas, gourmet restaurants, a place of bliss and relaxation.

Now take the version of the people living there – a place torn by criminal gangs with several deaths every day, where locals live in fear and total insecurity.

In the same way, there are now two ways to look at global reality.

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