Archive for March 21st, 2016

21/03/2016

While the Arctic Superheats, Pipeline Wars Continue

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

21 March 2016

It is disturbing to see how little effect the earth’s present critical climate emergency has on the behaviour of politicians and the mass media. Recent data show that the earth is heating much faster than expected, and that this is most pronounced in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

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**Rapidly thawing Arctic permafrost and coastal erosion on the Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean, near Point Lonely, AK. Photo Taken in August, 2013 | Author: Awing88 | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. | Wikimedia Commons

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21/03/2016

Germany: Reaping What You Sow

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

Rome, 19 March 2015

The recent German elections went as predicted. A new right wing, xenophobe party, Alternative for Germany, AFD, has emerged with force, and will sit in national Parliament in 2017. This development is unprecedented in German politics since the end of World War II, and it is widely viewed as part of a general trend – the rise of populist and xenophobe forces all over Europe. 

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Roberto Savio

The European elections of 2004 rang the first warning bell.

The euro crisis and social instability saw the beginning of a surge to the right.

Since then, every national election has seen a shift in the internal balance.

Historical examples of civics and tolerance in the Nordic countries, such as Sweden, Norway and Denmark, has changed direction. The Swedish Democrats, a party rooted in the neo Nazi movement, has forced the country to change its famous policy of open door to refugees.

The Danish Popular Party last summer emerged as the second choice. In Finland, the True Finns became the third force in 2015, and are now in the governmental coalition.

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