How to End the Civil War in Syria

By the Editors – The Nation

It won’t be easy, but there are concrete measures we can take right now to relieve the agony.

The refugee crisis now confronting Europe, with hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants pouring across multiple borders, has opened up deep fissures in the European Union. The crisis threatens to tear the EU apart, but it’s truly global in nature, with roots in decades of conflict, from Afghanistan to Somalia to Eritrea; in the multiple upheavals stemming from the Arab revolutions, from Libya to Yemen; and in the regional instability and extremism brought about by the US invasion, occupation, and destruction of Iraq. But the greatest source of refugees flooding into Europe now is Syria, and that demands a rethinking not only of EU and US refugee policy, but also their approach to Syria’s civil war.

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India and China must not take Paris Climate Conference lightly


Right to industrialise versus protection of the environment is a dilemma for both countries

Climate change represents a unique dilemma for India and China as both countries try and reconcile their “natural and legitimate right” to continue their industrialisation and modernisation with the need to adapt to the effects of climate change.

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The voice of civil society on climate change

Refocusing resistance for climate justice. COPing in, COPing out and beyond Paris

What happened to the climate justice strategy discussion after WSF in
Tunis? Well those in the middle of it of course knew but for the rest
of us it seemed as the same old story would repeat itself, a huge
demonstration gathering everyone 14 days ahead of the end so the
massive presence would not disturb the actual conference and create an
image of that the movement wish the world leaders to take action
regardless if this action leads not even close to a solution.

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By Roberto Savio*

Rome, Oct.2015 – The last world survey on the strength of democracy went totally ignored, except for the New York Times, which did publish a special report. And yet the World Values Survey, a respected research association with the United Nations, conducted the survey and the data of the 2015 survey are extremely worrying.

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An Upbeat UN Report Stresses Need of Funds to Spur Africa’s Development

By J Nastranis | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis

NEW YORK (IDN) – A new report released after the adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is quite upbeat about Africa’s development prospects, but expresses serious reservations on several counts. “Having made encouraging progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), African countries have the opportunity” to use the SDGs “to tackle remaining challenges and achieve a development breakthrough,” says the report.

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From markets to Marx

V. Anantha Nageswaran* –, HT Media

The pendulum that swung away from labour towards capital must swing back towards labour

Teaching for a job or for pleasure is a good thing for the mind. The exposition to students is an unexpected source of enlightenment. It happened to me on Friday at Singapore Management University. I was sharing with them my views on excessive mathematization of economics since the 1970s.

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Public SDGs or Private GGs?

By Barbara Adams – Global Policy Watch

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) negotiated painstakingly over two years by all UN Member States with thousands of public interest organizations providing their commitment and expertise have been copyrighted. And by whom? The UN you would think? But no. They have been re-branded as Global Goals (GGs) and the copyrighted by Project Everyone, a private company incorporated and registered in London.

On its own website (, Project Everyone claims ownership of the 17 icons that it is popularizing, with active help from celebrities and the UN Secretariat itself, representing each of the 17 Goals that the heads of State and Government are endorsing this week as common objectives of humanity from here to the year 2030.

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US-Russia: The battle for Syria

Geoff Dyer and Kathrin Hille – Financial Times

Renewed support for Assad triggers alarm over Putin’s intentions, while Washington is under pressure to end the war Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have been forced to engage as the crisis in Syria spills over into the certainly knows how to steal a show. The Russian president will speak today at the UN General Assembly for the first time in a decade. The rapid build-up of Russian military force in Syria in recent weeks has turned Mr Putin into the centre of attention in New York, as rivals and allies both speculate about his intentions.

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Pope Francis’s Endorsement of Iran Deal Exposes Republican Hypocrisy

By Juan Cole* – The Nation

If the GOP obsession with banning abortion is about life, why aren’t they celebrating the avoidance of war with Iran?

Pope Francis’s address to the United Nations on Friday engaged robustly with world politics. He presented a carefully reasoned, systematic philosophy of peace, conflict, and the environment driven by a few central principles such as multilateralism, reasoned faith and care for human life. This philosophy drove him to support the Iran deal and to take the stance of a climate hawk. On virtually every issue, he came down against the key talking points of the Republican presidential candidates, who had counted on culturally conservative Catholics to support their belligerence toward Iran and their climate change denial.

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How Pope Francis Vindicated the Immigrant Rights Movement

By Zoë Carpenter – The Nation

By framing immigration as a moral challenge, rather than a criminal one, activists say the pope reinforced much of the work they are doing to challenge dehumanizing rhetoric.

When Andrea Cristina Mercado arrived at the Capitol on Thursday morning, she was tired and sore. She’d been walking for eight days, over one hundred miles from an immigration detention center in Philadelphia to Washington, DC, in order to hear Pope Francis’ address to Congress. With her were 99 other women from Uganda, China, Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil, Vietnam, the United States and other countries, some of them undocumented, all marching in support of the rights of migrants and refugees. Several were grandmothers; the youngest was a 4-year-old in a stroller that the older women took turns pushing. After a summer thick with vitriol, they were hoping the pope might soften the tenor of America’s immigration debate.

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Yemen pays price for Saudis’ sectarian paranoia

Richard Falk* –

Any attempt to provide a coherent account of the political strife afflicting Yemen is bound to fail. The country is a crucible of contradictions that defy normal categories of rational analysis. Looking beyond the political fog enveloping the conflict, the tragic circumstances of acute suffering imposed on the civilian population emerge with stark clarity.

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How some Syrians are forging way to Europe

Tania Karas – Irish Examiner

Obaida, a 22-year-old refugee from an area of Syria controlled by Islamic State, said he tried hard to get a passport the legal way. In May, he paid his way to Istanbul from the border town in Turkey where he now lives. He spent five days waiting in line at the Syrian consulate. He was told to return in a year. That’s too long for the former chemistry student, who supports his family in Syria with cash he earns through odd jobs in Turkey, including at a non-profit.

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From Rome to Havana, With Pope Francis

By Rosa Miriam Elizalde – Nation

A dispatch from the first Cuban journalist to travel with the pope.

Rome-Havana— “Your Holiness, thank you for the loving message you addressed to my nation,” was what I came up with to say to him when he passed by my seat, while he greeted, one by one, the journalists who accompanied him on the flight to Havana. His smile came swiftly: “Cuba is a nation that I love very much,” he replied.

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‘Now is not the time for small steps. Now is the time for boldness’

Naomi Klein* – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Speech given by Naomi Klein on September 5 to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, Sydney.

Thank you so much Ann and everyone else at FODI [the Festival of Dangerous Ideas], my publisher Penguin and all the other amazing speakers who are part of this festival. And I want to thank you for your acknowledgement of country. Out of respect I’d also like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, past and present, here in Sydney and the elders of the over 500 Aboriginal nations across Australia, where I’m told 5000 other people are also joining us via livestream.

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Hungary has been shamed by Viktor Orbán’s government

George Szirtes* – The Guardian

As a 1956 refugee I deplore Orbán’s policy of fear. He doesn’t represent the thousands who care about those crowded at the Hungarian-Serbian border

One night, after the failed uprising of 1956, when I was just eight, my family walked illegally across the Hungarian border into Austria. It was 1956. It was dangerous to do so but at least we didn’t have to face the possibility of a sinking boat or suffocation in a truck. Why did we do it? No one discussed it with me then, just as no one has told the young children crowding at the Hungarian-Serbian border.

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