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Fast disaster recovery is considered best, but haste has its price, and spending slowly and investing more is better in the long run.
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Whatever economic miracle is sweeping big Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, it has given Loong Poon Lei, and hundreds of other villages, a wide berth.
After a roaring start, the Occupy movement hit a wall in the form of rough-handling and evictions by the police. Occupiers could have given up on nonviolence—as a small faction will always try to get us to do—or just given up; but instead we have gone back to the drawing board, while continuing to occupy select spaces, this time with advance training. This is exactly the right response. As my former Berkeley colleague Todd Gitlin writes inThe Nation, “To take on a warped state of affairs that has been decades in the making will take decades,” and for this purpose the encampment culture is “both necessary and inadequate.”
Noam Chomsky has seen a lot of social movements. He cut his teeth on the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s and 1970s. He participated in the anti-intervention struggles of the 1980s as well as in the World Social Forums that began in the 1990s. Now in his 80s, Chomsky has hardly slowed down with his schedule of writing and speaking and agitating. And he is certainly not one to watch the new Occupy movement from the sidelines.
There's no central core. There's no set way - other than peacefully. What you do is up to you.
In an effort to maximize the effect of his photography, Ross will give away images for free to non-profit groups working actively to improve conditions within, and laws pertaining to, juvenile detention. The Juvenile-In-Justice website regularly publishes new images, often grouped around a theme. Maintaining an overarching perspective and an eye on complexity, the website also features articles on associated topics such as trauma, rape, prison architecture and best practices.
The long-awaited report on the UC Davis pepper-spray incident will be released later today. It'll look at the decisions that led to campus police spraying a crowd of seated protestors. Videos of the event went viral last November.
Mass protests and demonstrations have always been especially magnetized around faces, with a foundation of ideologically based imagined communities (Welaratna 2010). Examples range from Marianne, the face and figure who guided the French republic through the French revolution, to Che Guevara, whose image rose to prominence in the late 60s as a symbol for youthful protest movements around the world, to the now famous Obama Hope poster by Shepard Fairey that has become a favorite profile picture on social networks like Facebook.
OWS occupies the minds of the superrich. (Banks hiring therapists to help w/clients' wealth stress? http://t.co/wOQgm6iu. How about the middle-class and their bill-paying stress?
The Albert Einstein Institution is a nonprofit organization advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world.
During the nineteenth century London grew from a city of one million people to six million, a rate of expansion commensurate with the rapid urbanization currently underway in Africa. Further, per capita income in London in the mid-nineteenth century was roughly comparable with that in Africa today. But unlike modern Africa, nineteenth century London and the Northern English boom cities did not develop informal shanty towns. Formal housing was built at a pace that broadly kept up with migration. Of course, the urban poor were not well-housed, but they were, by-and-large, appropriately housed given their level of income: the problem was essentially that of poverty, not of housing.
We seem to be waiting for the technological silver bullet that would make it possible to continue with nowadays’ “normal” lifestyles that aren’t really making us happy, but are just too dangerously comfortable and convenient to give up.
The Department for International Development is to announce a fund this week to encourage new solutions to assist after natural disasters.
AUSTRALIA'S leading counter-terrorism agency has been providing intelligence to the federal government on environmental groups that campaign against coalmining.
Free and independent journalism is under attack. From violent police suppression to corporate media censorship, the need to create and defend movement-based journalism has never been greater - especially as we prepare for May Day and beyond -- see below for a list of Occupy media.
Social revolution in today’s society of propaganda wars is an uphill battle. Children are trained to be selfish competitors in order to become “productive members of society.” Though it is an uphill fight, there are many who are willing to use their lives and talents to create a new, human friendly world. The entire ‘system’ needs to be shifted away from personal profit motivation, and to achieve this, the masses must break free of the illusionary MSM world of conflict and hate and join the rest of us in creating a society based on human needs.
The Chinese Communist Party has changed with the country it rules. It wisely moved away from naïve Marxism with the Three Represents mantra. But the richer country needs a firmer and wider social and political base.
This is a full transcript of Professor Chomsky’s City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture, “Revolutionary Pacifism: Choices and Prospects”, reproduced with permission from the Sydney Peace Foundation.
Can policy make a difference to inequality? In particular, can governments reduce inequality without killing the economy? As part of class prep, I’ve been looking at a story that has received very little discussion here, as far as I can tell, but is very interesting, to say the least: the remarkable decline in inequality that has taken place in Latin America.
Forty years ago there was deep concern that the population was breaking free of apathy and obedience. Since then, many measures have been taken to restore discipline.
This spring, 100,000 Americans, inspired by those occupying Wall Street, Madison and Cairo, will train to take our country back from the 1%. Join the 99% Spring TODAY.
Yesterday, Independent Sector released its 2011 estimate for the value of an hour of volunteering -- $21.79. It is a number used widely in the field to estimate the scope and impact of volunteering in our communities, but not everyone agrees we should be reducing the hope, inspiration and goodwill of volunteering into dollar and cents.
News is in that Facebook, the social networking website, is to spend USD 1 bn buying Instagram, and I am asking myself some questions and not liking the answers.
Business ethics are essential in the business world. Ethics are practices within daily business which ensure operations follow ethical rules. Business ethics ensure that the economy and society achieves the greatest benefits and least suffering is caused to nature and humans. Fraud involves falsification of facts to obtain unjust consideration from individuals or organizations. Fraud is common in business practices and has caused significant losses to organizational stakeholders of various companies. This paper will discuss business ethics and fraud in more detail.