Archive for April 11th, 2017

11/04/2017

Poland, New Player in Islamophobia Game

Human Wrongs Watch

WARSAW, Apr 8 2017 (IPS) – Ameer Alkhawlany moved to Poland in September 2014 to pursue a Master’s in biology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland’s second largest city. Two years later, the Polish state awarded him a scholarship to complete a PhD in the same faculty.
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A Warsaw protest in solidarity with Ameer Alkhawlany. The banner reads ‘Free Ameer’. Credit: TV Kryzys


Pawel Koteja, his professor at the institute, told Polish media that Alkhawlany was “very committed to his scientific research, to which he dedicated a lot of time and effort, and was determined to pursue an academic career.”

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11/04/2017

Can Empirical Science Give Us Peace?

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By Johan Galtung*

10 April 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – For some insights in science at its best see Peter Atkins, Galileo’s Finger-The Ten Great Ideas of Science: evolution, DNA, energy, entropy, atoms, symmetry, quanta, cosmology, spacetime, arithmetics (Oxford University Press, 2003). 

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Johan Galtung

All Western in space, and most of them fairly recent in time. There could be some spatial and temporal myopia at work here.  But the book is highly recommended.

Galileo’s finger points to two pillars for science: scientific knowledge must be based on empirical facts observed or by experiments; and the language to express scientific knowledge is mathematics.

First objection: only the past can produce empirical facts; that limits what might or ought to be to what already have been facts. But humans are capable of transcending the past, and create new facts.

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11/04/2017

UN Urges EU States to Suspend ‘Transfers’ of Asylum-Seekers to Hungary

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations refugee agency on 10 April 2017 called on European Union (EU) members to temporarily suspend returns of asylum-seekers to Hungary, concerned about the country’s new policy of detaining migrants at the border or expelling those not holding the proper papers.*

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Asylum-seekers rest in their room in the Debrecen Reception Centre, Hungary. Photo: UNHCR/Béla Szandelszky

“The situation for asylum-seekers in Hungary, which was already of deep concern, has only gotten worse since the new law introducing mandatory detention for asylum-seekers came into effect,” said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

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11/04/2017

‘Humanity and Social Justice, a Must for the Future of Work’

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Apr 10 2017 (IPS)  “The future of work must be inspired by considerations of humanity, of social justice and peace. If it is not, we are going to a dark place, we are going to a dangerous place,” said the head of the leading world body specialised on labour issues.

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With a forecful call to make social dialogue between governments and the social partners a key instrument for building a world of work that leaves no one behind, Guy Ryder, director general of the International Labour Organization (ILO) summed up a landmark event on the future of work.

“We now need to transform our thinking into results, into concrete outcomes,” Ryder added at the conclusion of the two-day (April 6-7) Global Dialogue: The Future of Work We Want. “We need to address the concerns of that young person, wondering if there is a future of work for them.”

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