Archive for June 6th, 2015

06/06/2015

Albert Einstein, Scientist and Pacifist

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By John Scales Avery*

“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything except our ways of thinking, and thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophes.”

“I don’t know what will be used in the next world war, but the 4th will be fought with stones.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

**The 1927 Solvay Conference in Brussels, a gathering of the world's top physicists. Einstein in the center. | Author: Benjamin Couprie, Institut International de Physique de Solvay | Date: 1027 | Wikimedia Commons

**The 1927 Solvay Conference in Brussels, a gathering of the world’s top physicists. Einstein in the center. | Author: Benjamin Couprie, Institut International de Physique de Solvay | Date: 1027 | Wikimedia Commons

Besides being one of the greatest physicists of all time, Albert Einstein was a lifelong pacifist, and his thoughts on peace can speak eloquently to us today. We need his wisdom today, when the search for peace has become vital to our survival as a species.

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06/06/2015

Immigration, Myths and the Irresponsibility of Europe

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By Roberto Savio*

Rome, 7 June 2015 – With little fanfare, the German IFO Institute for Economic Research recently published a report on population projections for Germany which states simply that the country’s population is shrinking fast.

Migrants have a duty to pay taxes…                                         Many do not recognize the contributions all migrants – including women and men in irregular situations – make to the economy and to social security schemes where they live. Do you know that everyone – migrant or not – has a right to social security benefits? © OHCHR/ILO

Migrants have a duty to pay taxes… Many do not recognize the contributions all migrants – including women and men in irregular situations – make to the economy and to social security schemes where they live. Do you know that everyone – migrant or not – has a right to social security benefits? © OHCHR/ILO

The country has lost 1.5 million inhabitants since the last census in 2011 and it is estimated that it will have fallen from the 82.5 million in 2003 to 66 million in 2060, when Great Britain (if it still exists as such), will be the most populated country in Europe.

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06/06/2015

The Real Naqba

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By Uri Avnery*

6 June 2015

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

THREE WEEKS ago was Naqba Day – the day on which Palestinians inside and outside Israel commemorate their “catastrophe” – the exodus of more than half of the Palestinian people from the territories occupied by Israel in the 1948 war.

Each side has its own version of this momentous event.

According to the Arab version, the Jews came from nowhere, attacked a peace-loving people and drove them out of their country.

According to the Zionist version, the Jews had accepted the United Nations compromise plan, but the Arabs had rejected it and started a bloody war, during which they were convinced by the Arab states to leave their homes in order to return with the victorious Arab armies.

Both these versions are utter nonsense – a mixture of propaganda, legend and hidden guilt feelings.

During the war I was a member of a mobile commando unit that was active all over the southern front. I was an eye-witness to what happened.

I wrote a book during the war (“In the fields of the Philistines”) and another one immediately afterwards (“The Other Side of the Coin”).

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06/06/2015

“We need to change the way we produce food”

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Milan 5 June, 2015 –  “We need to change the way we produce food,” FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said today in a World Environment Day speech advocating creating positive connections between food, agriculture and the environment.

A Nepali woman returns from her fields. The straw will be used to make rugs and feed livestock. | FAO

A Nepali woman returns from her fields. The straw will be used to make rugs and feed livestock. | FAO

Governments, citizens, producers and investors must forge a “new and holistic way of thinking and, of course, acting” to face down climate change and feed a growing population, he said at the Expo 2015 in Milan.

He cited two guiding principles – ensuring everyone has access to food, and making our food systems sustainable – as critical to the effort to feed the world’s growing population while conserving the the health of soils and other natural resources that human life needs to flourish.

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06/06/2015

Many Ecosystems Are Nearing “Critical Tipping Points” – UN

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5 June 2015 – With many of the earth’s ecosystems nearing “critical tipping points,” the United Nations invited each of the seven billion people on the planet to mark this year’s World Environment Day by making one change towards a more responsible consumption of resources – “be it refusing to buy single-use plastic bags or riding a bike to work.”

Sugar cane and soybean plantations have replaced hectare after hectare of jungle as the Amazon has been exploited in the name of agriculture, with little regard for the environmental impacts. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Riccardo Pravettoni

“Humanity continues to consume far more natural resources than the planet can sustainably provide,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in this year’s message for the Day, observed annually on 5 June. “It is time for us to change.”

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