How We Cured “the Culture of Poverty,” Not Poverty Itself Barbara Ehrenreich, TomDispatch: “Fifty years later, a new discovery of poverty is long overdue. This time, we’ll have to take account not only of stereotypical Skid Row residents and Appalachians, but of foreclosed-upon suburbanites, laid-off tech workers, and America’s ever-growing army of the working poor. And if we look closely enough, we’ll have to conclude that poverty is not, after all, a cultural aberration or a character flaw. Poverty is a shortage of money.” Read the Article
The Federation Council of Russia promotes the overcoming of the internal political crisis in Syria with constant contacts with Syrian MPs.
Valentina Matvienko, the speaker if the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament, said in her interview with ITAR–TASS that a group of Russian Senators will go to Damascus in the near future.
She said that Moscow ‘stands for stopping the violence in that country and for a reconciliation based on a constructive dialogue’. Matvienko mentioned the five principles of the settlement of the situation in Syria developed by Russia and the League of Arab States.
They are stopping the violence by all sides, unbiased monitoring, no foreign interference, access for humanitarian aid and support to Kofi Annan’s mission. – TASS
The crisis in Syria and the way it unfolded shows that the model of international relations that developed after the collapse of the bipolar system has changed in the last ten years. The idea of the unipolarity is still on the table, but it is becoming more and more blurred. The relations between governments, nation states are becoming more complicated and multi-polar.
To prove the statement above, it is enough to recall the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia in 1999. It was a typical situation, with an ethnic conflict breaking out that led to the formation of a separatist enclave on the territory of a sovereign state. Continue reading this...
Thousands have taken to the streets of the Syrian capital Damascus to support the country’s embattled leader Bashar al-Assad. The demonstration comes on the year anniversary of the anti-Assad uprising that has left scores dead and injured.Continue reading this...
The case of the soldier who went berserk in Afghanistan and killed 16 people must be utterly baffling to psychiatrists.
Who can imagine what might cause someone in a stable environment such as Kandahar, with reliable role models training you to distrust the entire local population as terrorists, and no access to weapons except automatic machine guns, to flip like that? Still, they say it’s always in the tranquil places that these things happen.
The battle to save the NHS is now entering its final hours. David Cameron and Andrew Lansley seem determined to drag Britain’s most famous institution to its grave, but if we now stand together we can get the House of Lords to stop this bill in its tracks.
Juan Mendez said in a report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council that the USmilitary‘s “seriously punitive” detention of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has not been found guilty of any crime, is also “a violation of his right to physical and …
The Western governments’ and mainstream media’s narrative of a one-sided humanitarian crisis in Syria is rapidly unwinding to reveal a self-serving deception to justify a re-run of Libya-style NATO conquest. In reality, it is the Western powers and their Israeli and Arab henchmen who are fuelling a humanitarian crisis and creating the conditions for all-out war. All of which, it should be said, constitutes criminality comparable to Nazi Germany’s wars of aggression.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A US Army private accused of leaking classified material to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks could soon learn when his trial will start. Pfc. Bradley Manning was scheduled to appear in a military courtroom at Fort Meade, …