The Space Force Becomes a Weapons System, Arms Companies Profit

Photograph Source: United States Space Force – Public Domain As the world gets used to what the US military calls “Full Spectrum Dominance,” the complex uplinks/downlinks, spurious RADAR returns, cyber glitches, and misinterpretations of big data bring the world closer to its ends, especially as US systems–including possibly nuclear–are orbited or put into the loop … Continue reading “The Space Force Becomes a Weapons System, Arms Companies Profit”

Boris Johnson, Not Donald Trump, is the Real Blue-Collar Conservative

Call him an upper-class Etonian twit if you like, but the reality is that Boris Johnson, not Donald Trump, might be the 21st century’s first genuine blue-collar conservative. Since becoming prime minister, Johnson has represented a profound break from the prevailing market fundamentalist ideology of the past 40 years in terms of both his rhetoric … Continue reading “Boris Johnson, Not Donald Trump, is the Real Blue-Collar Conservative”

CETA et Mercosur : pourquoi les agriculteurs vont continuer la lutte

L’année 2019 aura été marquée par une forte opposition des agriculteurs français et européens à deux importants traités de libre-échange : le CETA, passé avec le Canada (entré en vigueur en 2017 au sein de l’Union européenne et ratifié par les députés français en juillet 2019) et le Mercosur, passé avec l’Argentine, le Brésil, l’Uruguay et … Continue reading “CETA et Mercosur : pourquoi les agriculteurs vont continuer la lutte”

TECO inks organic food agreement with New Zealand’s NZCIO

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New Zealand and New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office signed an organic food agreement Feb. 26, a move expected to boost agricultural exchanges and deepen economic ties between Taiwan and the southwestern Pacific country.   Under the new arrangement taking effect this May, each side will recognize the other’s … Continue reading “TECO inks organic food agreement with New Zealand’s NZCIO”

À la recherche d’une meilleure école ? Regards sur un tour du monde des pédagogies

Pour réinventer l’école, il est important de tirer les leçons d’expériences menées dans différents pays et contextes. ShutterstockLes voyages forment la jeunesse, dit-on. Et la popularité de programmes d’échanges universitaires comme Erasmus ne dément pas cette idée. Et si voir de nouveaux horizons aidait aussi à mieux enseigner ? Certains acteurs de l’éducation n’hésitent pas en … Continue reading “À la recherche d’une meilleure école ? Regards sur un tour du monde des pédagogies”

Pins, frênes, châtaigniers… Ces arbres menacés par les plantes qui décorent nos salons

L’Union européenne importe des plantes pour une valeur avoisinant les 300 millions d’euros annuels. ShutterstockL’Union européenne abrite 182 millions hectares de forêts, soit 43 % de la superficie totale du continent. La France en compte de sa côte 16,9 millions, presque deux fois moins que l’Espagne. Ces bois procurent à la société de nombreuses ressources matérielles, comme les … Continue reading “Pins, frênes, châtaigniers… Ces arbres menacés par les plantes qui décorent nos salons”

How India’s Modi is Playing on Trump’s Ego to His Advantage

Photograph Source: Executive Office of the President of the United States – Public Domain One thing about U.S. President Donald Trump is that he can be brutally frank. Trump recently picked up the phone and called British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to convey his displeasure over the latter’s decision to allow Huawei to operate in … Continue reading “How India’s Modi is Playing on Trump’s Ego to His Advantage”

The Priorities of General Motors: Ditching Holden

It seemed to be a case of grand misrepresentation. Holden cars, those great Australian acquisitions, along with home, lawnmower and nuclear family, gave the impression of indigenous pride, the home brand. It was also resoundingly masculine. But behind that image was a mighty American thrust, with General Motors holding the reins on investment as benevolent … Continue reading “The Priorities of General Motors: Ditching Holden”

Macron’s France — Europe’s Best Destination for Illegal Police Violence and Repression

On January 30, 2019, already one year ago, the Council of Europe through its Commissioner for Human Rights expressed “very serious concerns” about the type of injuries wreaked on Gilets Jaunes protesters (the Yellow Vests) by French police forces.  Later in February 2019, the European Parliament and the UN strongly condemned the disproportionate use of police violence … Continue reading “Macron’s France — Europe’s Best Destination for Illegal Police Violence and Repression”

Allemagne : Les mosquées dans la ligne de mire des extrémistes de droite

Les autorités allemandes s’inquiètent de l’essor du terrorisme d’extrême droite depuis, notamment le meurtre d’un élu allemand pro-migrants, membre du parti de la chancelière Angela Merkel, en juin dernier. Il y aurait en Allemagne 24 100 «extrémistes de droite», dont la moitié pourraient passer à l’acte. Le gouvernement allemand a condamné hier des projets d’attentats «effrayants» … Continue reading “Allemagne : Les mosquées dans la ligne de mire des extrémistes de droite”

Mayor Mike, Worse Than Mayor Pete

Photograph Source: Gage Skidmore – CC BY 2.0 The good news out of New Hampshire was, of course, that Bernie Sanders won – not by much, but by enough to leave no doubt as to who the winner was. There was more good news as well: Joe Biden, the former king of the moderates, is … Continue reading “Mayor Mike, Worse Than Mayor Pete”

Things Said in Confidence to 4000 Close Friends This Week

Photograph Source: VV Nincic – CC BY 2.0 A medical issue on the [L] tracks (I’m guessing someone collided with a front-car) kicked me and others off the CTA Red Line. A toothless old white woman who spoke like a poor Black woman cursed out loud for one minute straight to the disgust of most. … Continue reading “Things Said in Confidence to 4000 Close Friends This Week”

Half a Million Mussels Cooked to Death in Ocean Wash Up on Beach in New Zealand

Half a million mussels cooked to death have washed up on a beach in New Zealand. A video posted by local resident Brandon Ferguson on Facebook shows scores of dead mollusks on Maunganui Bluff beach on the Northern Island. Ferguson said he stumbled upon the incident last week when he was fishing with family and friends. … Continue reading “Half a Million Mussels Cooked to Death in Ocean Wash Up on Beach in New Zealand”

Couteaux, arbalètes, grenades : un groupe planifiant des attaques de mosquées arrêté en Allemagne

Les membres d’un groupuscule d’extrême droite arrêtés le 14 février en Allemagne dans le cadre d’une vaste enquête antiterroriste prévoyaient des attaques de grande ampleur contre des mosquées sur le modèle de l’attentat de Christchurch, ont révélé le 16 février des médias allemands.  Selon le magazine Der Spiegel et le quotidien Bild, le groupe, dont 12 membres ont été mis … Continue reading “Couteaux, arbalètes, grenades : un groupe planifiant des attaques de mosquées arrêté en Allemagne”

Living in Inequality, Dying in Despair

Photograph Source: Mitchell Haindfield – CC BY 2.0 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some welcome news late last month: Americans are living a tiny bit longer. In 2018, the federal health agency reported, U.S. life expectancy at birth inched up about a month, from 78.6 to 78.7 years. The Trump administration, … Continue reading “Living in Inequality, Dying in Despair”

Namibians abandon liquefied gas, coal for organic waste energy

London, Feb. 13, 2020 (AltAfrica)-NAMIBIAN entrepreneurs have found a way of reducing environmental damage by using organic waste as alternative energy, replacing liquefied gas and coal for household use. Charles Haluodi, the co-founder of Nghishe Biotech, said using firewood for cooking and heating is a thing of the past. Related: In Sweden, Trash Heats Homes, … Continue reading “Namibians abandon liquefied gas, coal for organic waste energy”

UK, New Zealand, Australia suspend funding to Commonwealth Secretariat over breach of tender rules

London, Feb. 12, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The British government has joined the governments of New Zealand and Australia to suspend their funding of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the body that runs the international organisation from London, the BBC has learned. Baroness Scotland, head of the Commonwealth Secretariat, was criticised by auditors for “circumventing” usual competitive tendering rules (Getty … Continue reading “UK, New Zealand, Australia suspend funding to Commonwealth Secretariat over breach of tender rules”

« Réfugiés climatiques » : une décision historique du Comité des droits de l’homme de l’ONU ?

Un groupe de personnes traverse un lagon dans l’île de Tarawa, Kiribati. Nava Fedaeff/ShutterstockIoane Teitiota, un citoyen de Kiribati qui demandait l’asile à la Nouvelle-Zélande depuis des années, aurait bien pu devenir le premier réfugié climatique du monde. Le 24 janvier dernier, le Comité des droits de l’homme de l’ONU (« le Comité ») a soutenu le refus … Continue reading “« Réfugiés climatiques » : une décision historique du Comité des droits de l’homme de l’ONU ?”

MOFA thanks allies, partners for continued WHO support

Statements of support from Taiwan’s diplomatic allies and like-minded partners for the country’s bid to participate as an observer in the 73rd World Health Assembly are sincerely appreciated, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Feb. 6.   Calls from partners for the World Health Organization to invite Taiwan to attend the global body’s activities, … Continue reading “MOFA thanks allies, partners for continued WHO support”

Obama nungara: How a flatworm from Argentina jumped the Atlantic and invaded France

_Obama nungara_ in a garden in France. Photo by Pierre Gros, CC BYAn unfortunate consequence of globalisation is the introduction of exotic species into countries where they are not native. In some cases, such species can proliferate and become invasive. In France, the most noted invasions in recent years have been the devil bug and … Continue reading “Obama nungara: How a flatworm from Argentina jumped the Atlantic and invaded France”

Who Exactly are Biden and Buttigieg’s Campaign Money Bundlers?

Beginning in the fall, the Revolving Door Project was one of a handful of voices drawing attention to Democratic primary candidates’ failure to release the names of their most important fundraisers. In op-eds, newsletters, and across other forums throughout the fall we repeatedly made the case that this consequential information could not stay hidden. Why … Continue reading “Who Exactly are Biden and Buttigieg’s Campaign Money Bundlers?”

The Majority of Voters Now Support Decriminalizing Sex Work. It’s About Time.

People march in support of decriminalizing sex work and against the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act on June 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. Photo: John Locher/AP As recently as spring 2018, every single Democratic presidential candidate who was then in Congress — from progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders to … Continue reading “The Majority of Voters Now Support Decriminalizing Sex Work. It’s About Time.”

Doit-on s’attendre au retour de l’empire commercial britannique ?

Le Royaume-Uni est prêt à reprendre sa place dans le commerce international dès le 31 janvier 2020. À quelques jours de la sortie (définitive cette fois) du Royaume-Uni de l’UE, l’inquiétude se ressent de part et d’autre de la Manche sur l’avenir des relations commerciales des nouveaux divorcés. Si les deux parties ont toujours affiché une … Continue reading “Doit-on s’attendre au retour de l’empire commercial britannique ?”

How NAFTA 2.0 Boosts Fossil Fuel Polluters, Particularly in Mexico

Halsey, Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. NAFTA 2.0 cleared another hurdle on January 16 as the U.S. Senate approved the trade deal with bipartisan support. Officially called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the pact has some improvements but remains a handout to large corporations. This is particularly evident in the USMCA rules related to investor … Continue reading “How NAFTA 2.0 Boosts Fossil Fuel Polluters, Particularly in Mexico”

From Fish to Avocados: Here’s What Not to Put on Your Plate in 2020

The climate crisis and its potential to wreak havoc on life is one of the most pressing issues today. One of the biggest contributors to this crisis is the food industry, and its negative impact on the environment has started to show—now, more than ever. While there are tons of things you can do to … Continue reading “From Fish to Avocados: Here’s What Not to Put on Your Plate in 2020”

Taiwan youth envoys set for Indonesia, New Zealand

A dozen students from three Taiwan senior high schools are visiting Indonesia and New Zealand Jan. 30 to Feb. 10 as part of the Teen Diplomatic Envoys program organized by the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs.   During the group’s trip to Jakarta, Wellington and Auckland, they will tour cultural sites, government and nongovernmental … Continue reading “Taiwan youth envoys set for Indonesia, New Zealand”

Le ministre de l’Intérieur allemand refuse d’exclure Huawei du futur réseau 5G

Le ministre fédéral de l’Intérieur Horst Seehofer ne souhaite pas empêcher les fournisseurs chinois d’équipements de télécommunications de prendre à l’équipement du réseau allemand 5G. «Je suis contre le retrait d’un produit du marché simplement parce qu’il est possible que quelque chose se produise», a-t-il ainsi déclaré dans un entretien accordé au  Frankurter Allgemeine Zeitung … Continue reading “Le ministre de l’Intérieur allemand refuse d’exclure Huawei du futur réseau 5G”

In the Face of Rising White Supremacist Violence, Police Continue to Investigate Victims and Activists

It’s been 10 months since someone set an office building on fire at Highlander Research and Education Center, a storied civil rights institution perched in the mountains of northeastern Tennessee, but the investigation into the fire seems to have gone nowhere. The charred remains of the collapsed structure are still untouched, and the yellow tape … Continue reading “In the Face of Rising White Supremacist Violence, Police Continue to Investigate Victims and Activists”

Trump Showed Us Who He Was Before He Became President

Photograph Source: Ali Shaker/VOA – Public Domain When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. – Maya Angelou “It’s amazing,” fellow CounterPuncher Eric Draitser recently wrote me, “that people ever thought a Trump administration would be something other than this.” “This” is the demented neofascistic Trump-Pence regime, which openly violates basic … Continue reading “Trump Showed Us Who He Was Before He Became President”

De la vérification à la discussion : les nombreuses méthodes de fact-checking

La mission Apollo a été récemment remise en question par de nombreux Américains persuadés qu’il s’agissait d’une intox. Steve Jurvetson/Flickr, CC BY-NDLe fact-checking ne date pas d’hier. Dès son lancement, en 1923, le magazine Time avait déjà recruté une équipe de fact-checkers. Leur rôle à l’époque : vérifier scrupuleusement toutes les informations avant qu’elles ne soient … Continue reading “De la vérification à la discussion : les nombreuses méthodes de fact-checking”

La dépression démographique submergera les banquiers centraux au cours de la prochaine décennie

Par Chris Hamilton – Le 23 octobre 2019 – Source Econimica Le ralentissement de la croissance et/ou le déclin pur et simple de la population en âge de travailler est clairement visible dans toutes les régions du monde. Cet article détaille où la décélération a commencé et l’ampleur des décélérations / déclins. La raison pour … Continue reading “La dépression démographique submergera les banquiers centraux au cours de la prochaine décennie”

Claims that the ‘NAFTA 2’ Agreement is Better are a Macabre Joke

Photograph Source: U.S. Department of State – Public Domain Democratic Party House representatives have voted by a wide margin to approve version 2 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Even Rose DeLauro of Connecticut, in the past a strong leader within Congress in the fight against so-called “free … Continue reading “Claims that the ‘NAFTA 2’ Agreement is Better are a Macabre Joke”

Biden’s Unexamined List of High-Powered Fundraisers

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair ’Twas the Friday after Christmas, when all through the land, not a person was working, the computers unmanned. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while Joe Biden released the names of the wealthy and well-connected volunteers who are fundraising for his campaign. These fundraisers, otherwise known as … Continue reading “Biden’s Unexamined List of High-Powered Fundraisers”

The drought is over as Serena Williams wins first title in 3yrs, donates $43k prize money to Australian Bushfire Relief

London, Jan. 13, 2020 (AltAfrica)– Serena Williams has her first WTA title as a mother, overpowering Jessica Pegula in the Auckland Classic final with a performance showing her readiness to contend again at the Australian Open She immediately donated the prize money from the tournament to victims of Australian bush fire READ ALSO: US DEFENCE … Continue reading “The drought is over as Serena Williams wins first title in 3yrs, donates $43k prize money to Australian Bushfire Relief”

Le prince Harry et Meghan Markle : pourquoi il est impossible d’appartenir à moitié à la famille royale

Le prince Harry et son épouse Meghan Markle ont annoncé qu’ils renonçaient à leurs fonctions royales. Certains observateurs se sont empressés de proclamer que la monarchie britannique était en crise ; mais, en réalité, c’est le couple Harry-Meghan qui pourrait être le grand perdant de l’histoire. Les membres de la famille royale se trouvent dans une … Continue reading “Le prince Harry et Meghan Markle : pourquoi il est impossible d’appartenir à moitié à la famille royale”

Iceland Re-Confirmed as Destination for Safe and Exciting Adventures

Iceland has once again ranked high on the Human Freedom Index—a “global measurement of personal, civil, and economic freedom” conducted by Canadian think-tank Fraser Institute.  The purpose of the index is to measure and rank countries across the world based on the freedom of its civilians. Up two spots from the last report, Iceland is … Continue reading “Iceland Re-Confirmed as Destination for Safe and Exciting Adventures”

Australia’s Big Burn and Scotty From Marketing

Photograph Source: Meganesia – CC BY-SA 4.0 I was in Australia a month ago, experiencing some of the effects of the huge wildfires that had been burning there since August. The authorities were saying then that the conflagrations would probably not start to die down until cooler weather arrived with the end of the Australian … Continue reading “Australia’s Big Burn and Scotty From Marketing”

This Gritty Girl From Rural Bihar Is Asia’s Fastest Woman Rugby Player

Receiving the ball from the flyhalf’, Sweety Kumari runs wide past the outstretched arms of the first defender, steps infield dodging a rival winger, whizzes past two more defenders who fall helplessly as she zooms past them before two more defenders attempt to bring her down. But Sweety powers through and scores a try, leaving … Continue reading “This Gritty Girl From Rural Bihar Is Asia’s Fastest Woman Rugby Player”