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Gandhi’s Lesson for Today | North Avenue Magazine

In a soon-to-be published book entitled Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiments with Truth, Jim Douglass contrasts the deadly machinations of Gandhi’s probable killers with Gandhi’s own incredible bravery and that of his followers, whose mantra during campaigns for independence expressed their absolute commitment to resist injustice openly, lovingly and fearlessly: with their whole lives. Their mantra was “Do ...

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‘Up-cycling’ guns into art | Waging Nonviolence

I’ve always liked the War Resisters League’s broken rifle logo. But it raises a question: What do you do with all that metal after the gun is snapped in half? While the Bible talks about beating swords into plowshares, over at God’s Politics, Sojourners web editor Cathleen Falsani writes of another, more artistic possibility. Some of the more the 2,700 guns ...

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Learn about the men who crashed the world in ‘Meltdown’ | Al Jazeera English

In the first episode of Meltdown, we hear about four men who brought down the global economy: a billionaire mortgage-seller who fooled millions; a high-rolling banker with a fatal weakness; a ferocious Wall Street predator; and the power behind the throne. The crash of September 2008 brought the largest bankruptcies in world history, pushing more than 30 million people into ...

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Al-Jazeera boss Wadah Khanfar steps down to be replaced by Qatari royal | The Guardian

Qatar’s government has replaced Wadah Khanfar, the director-general of the al-Jazeera satellite TV network, with a member of its own royal family – a sudden and dramatic move at a time of unprecedented turmoil across the Middle East. Khanfar, credited with revolutionising the Arab media landscape, announced that he was resigning after eight years that consolidated both the channel’s reputation ...

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Authors argue that humans revert to violence when stressed, abused, neglected or mentally ill | Global Peace Index

The condition of man is a condition of war, wrote 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes. A quick glance through history books and today’s news headlines certainly seems to support the longstanding idea that humans by nature are aggressive, selfish and antagonistic. But this view simply doesn’t fit with scientific facts, write researchers featured in the new book “Origins of Altruism and ...

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Moscow Out: Poetry and Literature

On RT’s cultural program this week, Martyn Andrews and his crew go in search of venues and locations connected with the impressive list of Russian poets and authors. Libraries, mansions, house museums, restaurants, monuments and book clubs — it’s easy to see the large impact legends such as Pushkin and Tolstoy have had on Russian cultural society. So hardbacks and ...

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The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans by Mark Lynas – review | The Observer, The Guardian

Factual errors detract from Mark Lynas’s otherwise smart proposal on how to save the planet Across our planet, a range of ancient habitats provide eerie testimonies to the lives of creatures that once ruled the land. In Brazil, more than 100 tree species produce giant fruit that evolved to be dispersed by elephant-sized creatures called gomphotheres, while in Madagascar many ...

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Top 10 Great Works of Nuclear Cinema | AlterNet

Despite the maddening lack of mainstream coverage, Fukushima remains a ticking time bomb, according to physicist Michio Kaku, who said Northern Japan was almost wiped off the map. In other words, there’s really no good news. The only positive outcome of the Fukushima clusterfuck is that nations around the world have now seriously considered abandoning their nuclear programs altogether. Germany ...

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