To many people in the west, the only face we can put to Iraq is Saddam Hussein's. There are no Nobel prize winners, movie directors or pop stars that we know of, and the "ordinary" people of Iraq are equally unknown to us. George Capaccio has travelled in Iraq repeatedly since 1997, and in Continue Reading ››
The current national and international bickering over Iraq really saddens me, because it shows how easy it is to let disagreement widen into a serious rift between friendly nations. There has certainly been a lot of heated transatlantic rhetoric these last months, and too little of it has been focused on common goals and purposes. … Continue Reading ››
Harrison Owen has written an article
about an Open Space meeting held in Rome, where fifty Palestinians and Israelis gathered to talk about themselves, their future, and the possibilities of peace.
It was certainly not easy, but hope emerged from the meeting. Which is a testament to the ability of Open Space meetings … Continue Reading ››
Ken MacLeod is the greatest living Trotskyist libertarian cyberpunk science-fiction humorist, and there's a great interview with him here
I've read most of his books, and they're excellent. My favourite detail is a company that's bought the ex-soviet nuclear arsenal, and use it to rent protection to countries that don't have nuclear … Continue Reading ››
Af-flu-en-za n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth. 4. A television program
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Thor Pedersen, the danish minister of finance, is accused of owning a farm without living on it, even though danish law requires him to. He is being attacked relentlessly by both the opposition and the media. He's admitted to breaking the law, and promised not to do it anymore.
Thor Pedersens guilt or innocence … Continue Reading ››