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

Common Welfare Economy

An economy which is based on the same values as a personal relationship: a dream or the solution?

Today I had a chance to meet Christian Felber father of the idea of Common Welfare Economy. An economy which is based on “the same collectively shared values that contribute to fulfilling interpersonal relationships: confidence building, cooperation, appreciation, democracy, solidarity.” Continue reading

Dreaming is Allowed This Year

In the US there are two parties you can choose from. Neither cares about the environment.

What was democracy again? Is it that you can choose between chicken and pork? Personally, I wouldn’t want either. And no, that’s not democracy. Continue reading

Before the Elections

That is probably not how they imagined it. Before the elections, Burma is in turmoil.

In a week, on April 1st, the Burmese vote for the next government. In the meantime, more and more bad news come out of the conflict-riddled country. Continue reading

The Strength of a Lady

Things are happening in Burma. Apparently, the country is finally opening up. Luc Besson’s film is a good way to catch up on history.

For those of us who haven’t really been following the life story of Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady is definitely a good start for learning about this remarkable woman. The French-English film depicts the life of the Burmese freedom fighter: from being the daughter of the father of Burmese independence to her youth in India and England, and finally her non-violent fight for the democratization of Burma. Continue reading

What about the Whistleblowers?

The German newspaper TAZ writes on how Italian journalism “is only there to fill the gaps between advertisements“. How bad is the situation of journalism nowadays?

The fact that nowadays journalists cannot survive on their wages – a problem present not only in Italy – is not the only issue newspapers encounter.

Freedom of press is a given fact in the western world, one may think. Reality looks a bit different. Continue reading