“Do You Know what Kind of Paper You are Using?”

InterviewSometimes, fighting on the ground is not enough – you have to find allies in other parts of the world.

On Thursday 16th of November I got a chance to meet Aidil Fitr, Muslim Rasyid y Hariansyah Usman. The three environmental activists from Sumatra, Indonesia have been fighting for years against the paper industries in their home regions. Right now they are Continue reading

Another God that Failed

There’s nothing good about parents struggling to feed their children, thousands of families becoming homeless, about competent teachers loosing their jobs and teaching without books.

There’s nothing good about rising xenophobia (i. e. Golden Dawn in Greece) and public health care being suddenly only for some of the citizens. Continue reading

Lies in the Classroom

History is like maths. Things which already happend and which are therefore easy to tell. But that depends on who’s telling it.

In reality, history is a very biased area of teaching and especially a very biased way of thinking. History is not just what-really-happened-in-the-past, but a complex intersection of truths, bias and Continue reading

The Future of Global Education in Europe

On September 27 and 28 the 2. European Congress on Global Education took place in Lisbon: Education, Interdependence & Solidarity in a Changing World.

In 2002, at the first congress Global Education had been defined as “Education that opens people’s eyes and minds to the realities of the world, and awakens them to bring Continue reading

Freedom of Seeds

Seed is the source of life and the first link in the food chain. Control over seed means a control over our lives, our food and our freedom.”

Vandana Shiva and her organization Global Alliance for Seed Freedom are starting a global initiative for the freedom of peasants to keep their seeds. The event will take place Continue reading

A Scary Merger

More control? What if the most powerful companies in the world become even more powerful?

The call it thebiggest company you never heard of.” But soon you will hear about it because its becoming even bigger. Next month we will hear about a impressive merger in the business world: the one of Anglo-Swiss multinational mining company Xstrata and the Swiss Continue reading

Public Eye Award 2012: the Worst of the Worst Company

The next World Economic Forum is coming up and so it is time to start thinking about Public Eye Award Nominations.

Last year Barclays, Samsung and Freeport McMoran sweared they are good and not harming anyone. Barclays – betting on food and therefore making people starve all over the planet – was not convincing enough and won the Jury award for the most harmful company in 2011. Continue reading

A World Livable for All

How about a world for everyone with no war, no hunger and a political system including everyone?

That’s more or less what the Barcelona Consensus is trying to create calling it a world livable for all. The basic document of the Consensus called Declaration 1.0 starts with the very true words: “The current global situation is unacceptable: it is structurally violent, Continue reading