I’m at the home of one of the greatest living intellectuals on earth. In the cold, windy Copenhagen weather as we ring the bell John Scales Avery opens the door and welcomes me and my friend John Graversgaard warmly into his home. He serves us coffee and we talk. I’m stunned by his humility and breadth of knowledge.
John Avery is someone who is an academician but not restrained by the rigidity of the academic community. He is a scientist but not constrained to his area of study. He is someone who connects the dots. With his deep knowledge and vast experience he surmises human destiny scientifically. No, he is someone who is worried about the fate of all life forms on earth. His book “Information Theory And Evolution” is a seminal classic. He is coming out with a book “Civilization’s Crisis: A Set of Linked Challenges” which will be published by the World Scientific.
John Avery is not just an academician and scientist. He is also an active peace activist who campaigns vigorously against nuclear proliferation. Since 1990 he has been the Contact Person in Denmark for Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. In 1995, this group received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts. He was the Member of the Danish Peace Commission of 1998. Technical Advisor, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe (1988- 1997). He was also Chairman of the Danish Peace Academy. More than everything else he is an intellectual who sees through the miasma that clouds our vision by ideological rigidity and mass media obfuscation.Read More »
telesur | 14 March, 2017
Donald Trump. Nigel Farage. Marine Le Pen. Geert Wilders.
The rise of these four politicians is emblematic of growing anti-immigrant hate sweeping the imperialist countries. Basing their campaigns on xenophobia, they’ve been able to convince millions of people in their respective countries that immigrants are the source of their problems.
And at a time when there are more international migrants than ever before in human history, anti-immigrant hate can’t get any more dangerous.
In public discourse, the dominant narrative explaining this phenomenon is largely based on race and religion. Many have correctly pointed out that Latino, Black and Muslim immigrants are being targeted because of white supremacy.Read More »
telesur | 15 March, 2017
The Arauco-Malleco Coordination, CAM, of Chile’s Indigenous Mapuche people claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an arson attack that left 19 trucks burned last Sunday.
The attack, directed at the wealthy Trans-Cavalieri transport company in Temuco, resulted in losses of about US$3 Million for the business. The CAM also set ablaze nine flatbeds and a warehouse on the route that links Temuco with other cities.
The Indigenous militants claim the attack was made in retaliation to the “capitalist invaders” who don’t respect the territory and the autonomy of the Mapuche.
“With this larger action, we pointed out to our oppressed people that there is the will and capacity of the Mapuche to deal decisively with the expressions of the capitalist system and the oppressive colonialist state,” the CAM wrote in a statement, Kaos en la Red reports. Read More »
telesur | 15 March, 2017
Evo Morales. Source: Internet
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Wednesday praised his country’s economic system, saying its planned socialist model is more stable than that of previous neoliberal administrations.
“During neoliberalism, Bolivia did not have the capacity of getting out of debt,” Morales posted on Twitter Tuesday.
“Now, 177 investors offer bonds thanks to economic stability.”
Since beginning Bolivia’s transition to socialism in 2006, Morales has vastly improved the country’s economy.Read More »
telesur | 16 March, 2017
UN Women, the international organization focussed on the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, declared Monday that the global wage gap between men and women is “the biggest robbery in history.”
The declaration came at the start of the 61st UN Status of Women meeting and the launch of a new campaign to focus attention on the the global wage gap between men and women and achieve equal pay.
“There has been a normalization for centuries of a bias against women, an acceptance that we are less than…there is no woman that [the wage gap] does not affect,” said filmmaker Kamala Lopez who is a spokesperson for the campaign.Read More »
Jubilee USA Network | 15 March, 2017
WASHINGTON – Eric LeCompte, the Executive Director of the religious development organization Jubilee USA, releases the following statement on the Federal Reserve raising interest rates .25%:
“Over the last few years, poor countries took out more loans from wealthy countries because interest rates were so low. As the Fed raises rates and the dollar becomes stronger, many poor countries will see debt payments going up.Read More »
by Arup Kumar Baisya
Revolutionary transformation of movements
The human habitats in a particular geographical space remain confined to a particular social and production relation. The relation of human being with nature is also determined by this social relation. This relation is the basic premise of the system of expropriation of labour. Labour is, first of all, a process between the human being and nature, a process by which human being through their own actions mediate, regulate and control the metabolism between themselves and nature. The needs and capacities of humans as species being are mediated through conscious activities. These conscious activities come in confrontation with the constraints of the given social relation. The relentless social and class struggle against the system of expropriation continues at various dimensions and levels.Read More »