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Free Markets and the Decline of Democracy

Human Wrongs Watch

What is the source of the 21st century tendency to authoritarianism? The central purpose of neoliberal re-regulation is to remove economic policy from control by representative democracy.


“Adam Smith’s ahistoric view”: John Kay engraving, 1790. Wikicommons/ United States Library of Congress. Public domain.

18 July 2018 (openDemocracy)* — It is difficult to find a major country in which democratic institutions are not under stress, in many cases under aggressive attack.

The United States has a profoundly anti-democratic regime.

In Europe long-standing authoritarian tendencies have enjoyed a quantum leap under the neoliberal austerity regime fostered by the German government under cover of the European Commission.

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In West Africa and the Sahel, Signs of Democratic Progress… amid Continued ‘Devastating’ Violence – Special Representative

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There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) on 17 July 2018 told the Security Council.

IOM/Jessica Mamo | Displaced persons at a food distribution site in Rann, Borno state, north-east Nigeria.

Immigration: Many Myths and Little Reality

By Roberto Savio*

ROME, 17 July 2018  (Other News)*According to the latest statistics, the total flow of immigrants so far in 2018 is 50.000 people, compared with 186,768 last year, 1,259,955 in 2016 and 1,327,825 in 2015. The difference between reality and perceptions is so astonishing, we are clearly witnessing one of the most brilliant manipulations in history.


Roberto Savio

The latest survey carried out of 23,000 citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States shows an enormous level of disinformation.

In five of those countries, people believe that immigrants are three times higher than they actually are.

Italians believe they account for 30% of the population when the figure is actually 10%, an average which is lower than the media of the European Union.

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Small and Sustainable: “Tiny Houses” Could Be Solution to World’s Housing Problems

17 July 2018 – They’re small, self-sustaining – and they could revolutionize the way we think about housing around the world, as building materials become scarcer.

UN News/Matt Wells UN Environment (UNEP) and Yale University’s Ecological Living Module; a sustainable tiny house exhibited at UN Headquarters in New York.

Measuring just about 22-square-meters, or some 200-square-feet, a demonstration unit for the eco-friendly and affordable housing, debuted on the UN Plaza in New York this week.

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Building the #ZeroHunger Generation: A Resources Portal for Teachers, Parents or Anyone Involved in Educational Activities

FAO* — Building the #ZeroHunger Generation is a resources portal for teachers, parents or anyone involved in educational activities.

The portal supports educators in preparing classes on important global issues at the core of FAO’s work.

#ZeroHunger is built on a respect for  food, for the people who produce it, for where it comes from and most importantly, for those who go without.


New Import Restrictions Risk Triggering ‘Dramatic Deterioration’ in Gaza – UN Humanitarian Coordinator

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17 July 2018 — Following further restrictions on goods and supplies that can be moved across the border of the Gaza Strip, the top United Nations humanitarian official there has called for urgent measures to prevent an already critical humanitarian situation from getting worse.

UN Photo | Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza, May 2018.
“As events over the weekend demonstrate, the situation in Gaza is extremely precarious,” said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, after visiting the Gaza Strip.

Failure to Support the One Million Rohingya Refugees Living in Cox’s Bazar “Would Have Tragic Outcomes” – UN Migration Chief 

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A failure to remain focused on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh “would have tragic outcomes” for the nearly one million children, women and men living in Cox’s Bazar, on 17 July 2018 said William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

IOM | IOM Director General Ambassador William Lacy Swing meets new mothers from the Rohingya refugee and local communities who recently gave birth at an IOM medical facility in the world’s biggest refugee settlement, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Make NATO Civilian and Civilised (Part 2)

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By Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service — 16 Jul 2018

This is the second of two articles about the coming end of NATO as we know it and what can be done. The first you find here. It may be good to have at least browsed that one before you read on here.

See Oberg’s pictures of the destruction of that place of human civilisation – and the hope of the liberated people – HERE.

The Banality of Militarism

11 Jul 2018 – In the field of science, business and culture, new ideas, innovative methods, doing new things and doing old things in new ways are activities usually rewarded and admired. That keeps these fields vibrant, alive and interesting to others too.

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NATO’s Crisis and the Transatlantic Conflict (Part 1)

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By Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service — 16 July 2018

10 Jul 2018 – On the occasion of the NATO Summit in Brussels and the Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki. This analysis comes in two parts – one critical and one constructive: This one on “NATO’s crisis and the Transatlantic conflict” and the second on “Make NATO civilian and civilised.”

The follow-up second part of this analysis can be found here.

My apologies for writing a bit long, it isn’t comme il faut nowadays. But I happen to be a researcher who believes in knowledge, background and intellectual arguments in fields such as defence, security and peace – in other words, belonging to a race threatened by extinction in the era of fake and marketing.

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UN Refugee Agency Urges Australia to End Separation of Refugee Families

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic to whom quoted text may be attributed at today’s [17 July 2018] press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.


Christmas Island immigration detention centre in 2008.  © UNHCR/R. Towle

17 July 2018 (UNHCR)* — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed by a separation of a Sri Lankan refugee family in Sydney by the Government of Australia. The deportation overnight of the father leaves his Sri Lankan partner, who is a recognized refugee, alone in Australia with their 11-month-old daughter.

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