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International Social, Cultural, and Political perspectives.
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Totalitarianism in the age of Trump: lessons from Hannah Arendt | US news | The Guardian

Totalitarianism in the age of Trump: lessons from Hannah Arendt | US news | The Guardian | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
The political theorist who wrote about the Nazis and ‘the banality of evil’ in the 60s has become a surprise bestseller. Should we heed her warning that protesting just feeds the chaos?
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Diplomacy: Not such wicked leaks | VoxEurop.eu: European news, cartoons and press reviews

Diplomacy: Not such wicked leaks | VoxEurop.eu: European news, cartoons and press reviews | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
For the celebrated novelist and intellectual Umberto Eco, the Wikileaks affair or "Cablegate" not only shows up the hypocrisy that governs relations between states, citizens and the press, but also presages a return to more archaic forms of communication.
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Why Hillary Clinton Was an Excellent Secretary of State | UN Dispatch

Why Hillary Clinton Was an Excellent Secretary of State | UN Dispatch | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton used her immense popularity and political power to advance women's rights around the world.
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Waves of the Anti-Greed Movement in the United States | Dissident Voice

Waves of the Anti-Greed Movement in the United States | Dissident Voice | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
I was doing some research for the ‘origins’ section of the Occupy Wall Street page on Wikipedia which I have had free rein on for a while now. Doing that
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The End of the Meat Politics Era | Dissident Voice

The End of the Meat Politics Era | Dissident Voice | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
During the media cesspit of the most recent presidential election, many complained that only nine swing states held real power. In reality, it was a handful of
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Only One Solution to the Fed Debt Trap | Dissident Voice

Only One Solution to the Fed Debt Trap | Dissident Voice | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs lists the oldest written version of the saying “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” as coming from playwright George Pettie’s
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Overall History of Garbage Collection | Ace Recycling and Disposal

Overall History of Garbage Collection | Ace Recycling and Disposal | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
For many years people burned waste, fed it to animals, buried it, and most commonly, tossed it over their shoulder. Some cities were buried and rebuilt on garbage
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Swedish Women vs. Vladimir Putin

Swedish Women vs. Vladimir Putin | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
STOCKHOLM — Everywhere one looks on the eastern fringes of Europe, the Russian bear menaces. From Ukraine to Estonia, Russian troops are either engaged in…
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Russia Has Put a Bounty on Tor

Russia Has Put a Bounty on Tor | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
The Russian government has reportedly issued a bounty of nearly 4 million rubles ($100,000) to be awarded to anyone who can deanonymise users of the Tor network.
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Friday essay: the erotic art of Ancient Greece and Rome

Friday essay: the erotic art of Ancient Greece and Rome | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
From phallus-shaped wind chimes to explicit erotica on lamps and cups, sex is everywhere in ancient Greek and Roman art. But our interpretations of these images say much about our own culture.
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Why the world is turning to Hannah Arendt to explain Trump | Books | DW | 02.02.2017

Why the world is turning to Hannah Arendt to explain Trump | Books | DW | 02.02.2017 | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
George Orwell's "1984" is not the only classic that's celebrating a comeback. Hannah Arendt's philosophical essay "The Origins of Totalitarianism" has also spiked in interest recently. Here's why it's so relevant.
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'Beware of experts with PhDs, they might just take over the world'

'Beware of experts with PhDs, they might just take over the world' | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
When Antoine Lavoisier, the great chemist and discoverer of oxygen, was sentenced to death by the Revolutionary tribunal in 1794, the president of the tribunal is supposed to have declared: “The republic has no need of savants.” There are different ways of translating the word “savant”, but perhaps the closest word now would be “expert”. Guillotining the experts is not the exclusive preserve of the French revolution or even any one president. A more contemporary way of translating the original would be: Beware of people with PhDs. 
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The Dance of Death

The Dance of Death | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
The ruling corporate elites no longer seek to build. They seek to destroy. They are agents of death. They crave the unimpeded power to cannibalize the country and pollute and degrade the ecosystem to feed an insatiable lust for wealth, power and hedonism. Wars and military “virtues” are celebrated. Intelligence, empathy and the common good are banished. Culture is degraded to patriotic kitsch. Education is designed only to instill technical proficiency to serve the poisonous engine of corporate capitalism. Historical amnesia shuts us off from the past, the present and the future.
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A population alienated and beset by despair and hopelessness finds empowerment and pleasure in an orgy of annihilation that soon morphs into self-annihilation. It has no interest in nurturing a world that has betrayed it and thwarted its dreams. It seeks to eradicate this world and replace it with a mythical landscape. It turns against institutions, as well as ethnic and religious groups, that are scapegoated for its misery.
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Breaking the Corporate Trance | Dissident Voice

Breaking the Corporate Trance | Dissident Voice | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
According to a report released on January 21 from World Development Movement, a grassroots group addressing poverty and economic inequality, Goldman Sachs made
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Syria envoy says UN Council 'last appeal'

Syria envoy says UN Council 'last appeal' | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi urges UN Security Council to set the agenda for a peaceful solution to the Syria conflict.
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Le Capital: An Anti-capitalist Masterpiece | Dissident Voice

Le Capital: An Anti-capitalist Masterpiece | Dissident Voice | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
1. Motivation and history of the movie Marxist theorists, beginning with Marx himself, did much to illuminate how capitalism moves, to reveal its laws and
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How to Make Friends and Influence Plutocrats | Dissident Voice

How to Make Friends and Influence Plutocrats | Dissident Voice | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
Super Bowl weekend is upon us. The ultimate distraction in a nation of five-minute attention spans. More of us will likely spend more time dissecting the San
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Stop press? Last words on the future of newspapers

Stop press? Last words on the future of newspapers | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
A new book forecasts a challenging future for UK newspapers and mounts a strong argument for investment in quality.
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The Scariest Trade Deal Nobody's Talking About Just Suffered a Big Leak

The Scariest Trade Deal Nobody's Talking About Just Suffered a Big Leak | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
Wikileaks just exposed TiSA.
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A Filthy History: When New Yorkers Lived Knee-Deep in Trash

A Filthy History: When New Yorkers Lived Knee-Deep in Trash | International Perspectives | Scoop.it
It's tempting to think of sacred tombs and ancient monuments as our best window into other cultures. But archaeologists have long known that...
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The Death of Sympathy

The Death of Sympathy | International Perspectives | Scoop.it

We will face a new Israel after this operation ... nationalistic, religious in many ways, brainwashed, militaristic, with very little empathy for the sacrifice of the other side. Nobody in Israel cares at all."How Israel’s hawks intimidated and silenced the last remnants of the anti-war left.

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We will face a new Israel after this operation ... nationalistic, religious in many ways, brainwashed, militaristic, with very little empathy for the sacrifice of the other side. Nobody in Israel cares at all."

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