The Future We Would Have Wanted

Rio+20 – The Future we Want“: don’t trust these words. There’s nothing more misleading than this headline – written by Samir Abi, Barcelona Consensus

The future we want is far away from the final document entitled with this bold statement who will certainly be validated by the heads of state present in Rio during the next days. Continue reading

Changing Sides

Do you know what the revolving door refers too?

It describes the miracolous way in which people change from important positions in politics to others in the private sector or vice versa. At worst, they might even be involved in both areas at the same time. Continue reading

Equality is Better for Everyone

Let’s imagine for a moment that there is a simple solution to most of the problems our societies have these days. Let’s call this solution equality.

It’s not my idea really, even if it does seem quite logical to me. It is however the main idea of a booked called The Spirit Level. Who is behind the book? It’s the same man who said that if Americans want to live the American dream, they better move to Denmark.

The New York Times has been asking this week: “Is the US still a Land of Opportunities”?

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Progress All Around

Things are getting better for the community of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, Queer and Intersex – and now we also know why this usually goes as lgbtqi.

President Obama is showing himself from a very pro-lgbtqi angle by publishing his agenda for lgbt rights. As Care2 points out, he has done many outstanding commitments to the community like hosting the “first ever LGBT Pride reception at the White House” or repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – policy. Continue reading

An Ear for an Ear

To kill or not to kill is actually a question. Unfortunately it is not asked often enough. Did you know the Death Penalty still exists?

Have you seen the movie The life of David Gale? It is about a professor who is executed even if he is innocent. Now look at the numbers on the left, doesn’t that leav you with a bad feeling in your stomach? Continue reading

“Mommy, what’s a carrot?”

I know, I know, I’m being annoying with my carrot stories. But seriously, ask those kids around you what healthy food is. They probably do not know.

I just came across the organisation Nourish and they are doing some fabulous work in order to fight this. In the center of the organizations educational work is the notion of food literacy. Their goal is to “open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability“. Continue reading

The Insatiable Hunger for Oil

Something even the outstanding band Radiohead speaks out against in public must be important, right? The tar sand project is showing just how big our need for oil is and how little we care about the environment.

if you are thinking: What were tar sands again? I will quickly explain you. Tar sands are a “mixture of sand, clay, water, and a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum.” The largest quantities can be found in Venezuela and Canada. Since it is really hard to retrieve the oil from the sands it was not considered part of the oil reserves until recently. Since we are running low on oil the industry has reconsidered.

So good so far. Now, what is the problem with those sands? Continue reading

Now You Can Tell

The United States are proving themselves as an example lately in implementing Equal Rights. One could also say they are doing what was long due.

The law which banned homosexuals from serving openly in the military – commonly known as “Don’t ask don’t tell” – will now be officially repealed. The bill will be certified by the Pentagon today and after a 60 days’ period the law will be fully changed. The CNN has posted a history of “Don’t ask don’t tell” from Clinton’s half promise to Obama’s fulfilled one.

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All Quiet On The World Front

There must be less and less important things happening in the world. Or is it that we are less interested, maybe?

Watch the following TED talk about international news coverage in the US.

The number of foreign correspondents has not only been reduced in the US. Similar cuts have been made in Great Britain.

The European Journalism Observatory goes even as far as to cover the question if foreign correspondents are becoming redundant? Continue reading