Sphere of Politics
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You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.
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Introduction

Sphere of Politics is a personal effort to start building political publicity that is subjective and self-motivated instead of the top-down repressive style that dominates nowadays in the commercial media. This blog post worked as the inspiration for creating this site: http://tolearnsomething.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/from-old-to-new-publicity/

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Arhinmäki supports Russian culture and language in Finland | Yle ...

Arhinmäki supports Russian culture and language in Finland | Yle ... | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it
Culture Minister Paavo Arhinmäki proposed that Finnish children learn the Russian alphabet at an event of the Cultura Foundation, which promotes Russian culture in Finland.
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Europe is just as guilty as Greece

Europe is just as guilty as Greece | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"The new Eurogroup meeting on February 9 is not enough to banish the spectre of a Greek bankruptcy. While Athens may largely be responsible for the crisis, the EU and its partners are not blameless themselves. La Stampa argues that their confused messages and the absence of any strategy have transformed a resolvable problem into an explosive chaos."

 

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Occupy London's eviction is a failure for the church, not the camp

Occupy London's eviction is a failure for the church, not the camp | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

Giles Fraser: "The protesters about to be removed from the steps of St Paul's could have helped the cathedral find a compelling new narrative"

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The eurozone will pay a high price for Germany's economic narcissism

The eurozone will pay a high price for Germany's economic narcissism | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"Angela Merkel's pursuit of the stability culture espoused by 'ordoliberalism' leaves deficit economies facing greater austerity"

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Democratic Party priorities

Democratic Party priorities | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"For those who are extremely dissatisfied with the status quo in American political life and are seeking ways to change it, supporting one of the two major-party candidates in the 2012 presidential campaign as the principal form of activism offers no solution."

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The age of turboparalysis

The age of turboparalysis | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"The world faces years of ineffective rebellion and enduring recession"

 

Or maybe not?

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Western politicians are dire, but we mustn't despise government

Western politicians are dire, but we mustn't despise government | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

Jeffrey Sachs: "Our leaderships, in thrall to big business, are failing in so many places all at the same time. But we can't give up on them"

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The future of the euro: when summits solve nothing

The future of the euro: when summits solve nothing | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"Editorial: The eighth meeting of European leaders this year represents a very small advance"

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Austerity Is Not Enough: A Different German Recipe To Save The Euro Zone

Austerity Is Not Enough: A Different German Recipe To Save The Euro Zone | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"It is ever more clear that the monetary union requires some kind of political union: without common policies, the states simply drift apart."

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A Controversial Paragon: Europe Shudders at Germany's New-Found Power

A Controversial Paragon: Europe Shudders at Germany's New-Found Power | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"Germany, admired and envied for its economic success, has become a model for Europe in the debt crisis. The Continent is becoming more German as countries get serious about fiscal discipline. But the nation's new dominance is also stirring resentment, and old anti-German sentiments are returning."

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Radical eurozone shakeup could see Brussels get austerity powers

Radical eurozone shakeup could see Brussels get austerity powers | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"Confidential paper, circulated by European council president Herman Van Rompuy and seen by the Guardian, proposes empowering the commission to impose austerity measure"

 

Oh, the democracy! How come politics became banking? Is it because we lost our sense of morality which made having a reasonable discussion impossible?

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Rioters say anger with police fuelled summer unrest

Rioters say anger with police fuelled summer unrest | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"Guardian-LSE study of riots – involving hundreds of interviews with participants – reveals deep antipathy towards officers"

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United Kingdom: Scotland cannot have it both ways

United Kingdom: Scotland cannot have it both ways | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it
Independence involves harder choices than the SNP admits, writes an FT editorial.
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As Greece stares into the abyss, Europe must choose

As Greece stares into the abyss, Europe must choose | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

Maria Margaronis: "The way out of the financial crisis faced by Greeks requires a choice about what kind of Europe we want"

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Eurozone crisis: Clashes as Greeks protest over bailout deal and ministers quit

Eurozone crisis: Clashes as Greeks protest over bailout deal and ministers quit | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

How about reading The Republic?

 

"Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have rest from their evils — no, nor the human race, as I believe — and then only will this our State have a possibility of life and behold the light of day."

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Arthur Brisbane and selective stenography

Arthur Brisbane and selective stenography | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"The real media sin is not uncritical printing of false claims: it's extending that license only to the powerful"

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Could we stop being so outraged when somebody says something stupid?

Could we stop being so outraged when somebody says something stupid? | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"From Diane Abbott to Jeremy Clarkson, we need to calm down when stupid or offensive pronouncements become public"

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Delusions of the Euro Zone: The Lies that Europe's Politicians Tell Themselves

Delusions of the Euro Zone: The Lies that Europe's Politicians Tell Themselves | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"Since its inception, the euro zone has been built on lies, the most grievous of which is the idea that the common currency could work without political union. But Europe's politicians are currently suffering under a different but equally fatal delusion -- that they have all the time in the world to fix the crisis."

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This bastardised libertarianism makes 'freedom' an instrument of oppression

This bastardised libertarianism makes 'freedom' an instrument of oppression | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

George Monbiot: "It's the disguise used by those who wish to exploit without restraint, denying the need for the state to protect the 99%"

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Politics leaves the EU

Politics leaves the EU | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"James Heartfield, researcher at London's Queen Mary University, makes an excellent point when he says that Europe's key failing, exposed by last week's summit, is that it is anti-political in nature.

 

'Overall it shows that Europe can't do politics because they've reduced all politics to questions of procedure.' "

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The Euro Crisis: Myth and Reality

The Euro Crisis: Myth and Reality | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"It's tempting to view the European debt crisis as a simple morality tale. Hard-working, fiscally responsible northern Europeans such as the Germans and the Dutch are being forced to pick up the tab for their profligate southern neighbors—the Greeks, the Italians and the Spanish.

 

Germans tend to see the problem this way and, increasingly, so do many U.S. commentators. Unfortunately, that attractively simple story doesn't always stack up—most notably in the case of Spain."

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Unity dearly bought

Unity dearly bought | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"Without doubt, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy have taken a big step nearer their goal of a fiscal union. But at what price? Britain remains outside it. The salvation or the disintegration of the Union is now approaching."

 

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Jeffrey Sachs: 'The institutions of Europe are not really functioning' - video

"As chaos in the European markets continues, Jeffrey Sachs, a former special adviser to the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, and one of the leading international economic thinkers of his generation, talks to Madeleine Bunting about the eurozone crisis"

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Archbishop of Canterbury says riots will return unless we reach out to young

Archbishop of Canterbury says riots will return unless we reach out to young | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"UK must rescue those who think they have nothing to lose or face further civil unrest, says Rowan Williams"

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Citizens of the EU: How to Forge a Common European Identity

Citizens of the EU: How to Forge a Common European Identity | Sphere of Politics | Scoop.it

"Many feel that if the EU is to survive, residents of its 27 member countries need to develop a stronger sense of a common European identity. But is it even possible to forge a European nation?"

 

Why European, as in not non-European (African, Asian, American...)? Why not Global?

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