Forever Under Construction

priceless

Posted in World by homeyra on July 3, 2011

200 years that changed the world

Posted in World by homeyra on March 28, 2010

Check the webpage: Gapminder – more videos here

Peace?

Posted in World by homeyra on March 25, 2010

Someone wrote that just as Alfred Nobel, arms and dynamite dealer, established that ill-fated prize, it only made sense when Mr. Obama’s Nobel peace prize speech justified the ongoing wars and announced more in the future.

Arundhati Roy wondersWhat does “peace” mean? You know, we may not need peace in this unjust society, because that’s a way of accepting injustice…

Here is another Peace Prize speech: h/t to PULSE: John Pilger – Sydney Peace Prize address: ‘Breaking the Great Australian Silence’ – transcript here)

Stunted

Posted in Children, Pakistan, World by homeyra on May 13, 2009

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Stunted growth is a reduced growth rate in human development. It is a primary manifestation of malnutrition in early childhood, including malnutrition during fetal development brought on by the malnourished mother.

I got there listening to British-Pakistani historian and novelist Tariq Ali in the following discussion with Harry Kreisler, host of Conversations with History – Institute of International Studies; University of California, Berkeley.

Tariq Ali places the present crisis in its historical context exploring the origins of the Pakistani state, the failure to forge a national identity, the inability and unwillingness of Pakistani leaders to address the country’s poverty and inequality, and the role of the military in the country’s spiral toward violence and disunity. In this context, Tariq Ali highlights the significance of the U.S. relationship throughout Pakistan’s history and he analyzes current US policy and it implications for stability in the region. See P U L S E for commentary

Check this summary of the Moderation and Militancy in Islam series.

The World According to Monsanto

Posted in GMO, World by homeyra on May 10, 2009

Or how the genetically modified organism or GMO‘s regulation were determined by politics rather than science, how natural crops – and people – are contaminated, and more.

In March 2008, award winner French journalist and film maker Marie-Monique Robin‘s documentary The World According to Monsanto was aired on the Arte network in France and Germany. It was a co-production between Arte and the National Film Board of Canada.

Present in forty-six countries, Monsanto has become the world leader in GM crops, as well as becoming one of the most controversial companies in industrial history. Since its foundation in 1901, the firm has faced trial after trial because of the toxicity of its products. Today it has reinvented itself as a “life sciences” company which has been converted to the virtues of sustainable development.
Using hitherto unpublished documents and the testimonies of victims, scientists and politicians,
The World according to Monsanto pieces together the origins of an industrial empire, built upon lies, collusion with the American government, pressure and attempted corruption, which has become the world’s leading seed manufacturer, spreading GM crops worldwide – amid a lack of any proper controls with respect to their effects on nature and human health.

The following is also relevant. Physicist, ecologist and author Vandana Shiva‘s keynote address at the Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon, on February 28, 2009. (h/t 99)

McFreedom

Posted in Books, World by homeyra on April 20, 2009

A great lecture, if you haven’t seen it already

From South America, New Orleans, China to Iraq, Naomie Klein depicts with clarity and humour, patterns of McFreedom: corporate liberalization and militarism together with the steady neglect of the public sphere and infrastructure, the inherent need of violence in order to push these economic policies, and the accompanying narratives.

Klein highlights the importance of knowing and remembering history – not  fairy tale history – in order to recognize those patterns and react in a constructive way.

Relevant link: Iran, War or Privatization: All Out War or “Economic Conquest”?
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Global poverty

Posted in World by homeyra on April 2, 2009

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With the slogan “poverty is political,” War on Want focuses on the root causes of poverty rather than its effects, challenging the power structures which they believe keep people poor.

Something beautiful

Posted in Music, World by homeyra on December 9, 2008

Check this at Bill Moyers

Playing for change official website.

h/t 99

Back to the future

Posted in World by homeyra on October 5, 2008
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Covers

Posted in Iran, Press, World by homeyra on September 17, 2008

Newsweek latest cover by geographical region

Iran on Time’s cover 1934-2007 link via Ballatarin

Update: Pedestrian wonders on the choice of images and words.

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Perspective

Posted in War on Terror, World by homeyra on September 14, 2008

anda multi-billion-dollar industry not solving it.

This World map shows the country and the frequency of people dying of starvation, waterborne diseases and AIDS. One person every other second needlessly dies. Approximately 85% of them are children.

Starvation.net

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Laugh Now

Posted in World by homeyra on August 16, 2008

The Latest League

Posted in World by homeyra on July 28, 2008

An interesting article referring to a New World Order dilemma:

‘League of Democracies’ is a frightening thought
The world already has a peace-maintaining institution: the UN, by Robert Skidelsky, member of the British House of Lords, professor emeritus of political economy.

“[...] the US was built for a purpose — to serve “eternal and universal principles.” Its God-given task is to build an “enduring global peace on the foundations of freedom, security, prosperity and hope.”

Noble rhetoric! But if that is the league’s purpose then it is a danger to peace.

This is because its advocates believe that no long-term co-existence with non-democracies is possible. This is crazy and unhistorical.”

It is up to the chastened nations of Western Europe, which broadly share US values but have learned something about political patience, to rein in the US fantasy of remaking the world in its own image.

I am all for spreading Western-style democracy, but not at the cost of making the world more warlike. Peaceful coexistence between different political systems is an attainable objective.”

Robert Skidelsky’s homepage

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