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The Journey: A refugee's odyssey from Syria to Sweden. A kilometre inside the French border, Hashem Alsouki wonders whether he can leave the toilet yet. He went there to escape the police, but that was 10 minutes ago. Have they left yet? And if not, will they bother to check this bathroom? Hashem hasn’t planned for this. Right now, the police are the most pressing concern. And that is exactly what Hashem wants to avoid. But first, he has to make it through France. Minutes pass. He re-enters his carriage. Five days earlier, he’d been so glad to see the authorities. At the port, the Red Cross gave him a medical checkup and a sandwich.

Those with phones looked up Venice on a map. Thirty six hours later, Hashem reaches Milan station, where he joins hundreds of migrants who gather here daily to contemplate their next step.

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Childhood. Health. Human Development. Social Values. Terrorism. USA. UK. There are issues that really matter at this election. But Britain’s media are ignoring them | George Monbiot. Political coverage is never more trivial or evanescent than during an election. Where we might hope for enlightenment about the issues on which we will vote, we find gossip about the habits and style of political leaders, an obsession with statistically meaningless shifts in opinion polls and empty speculation about outcomes.

(All this is now compounded by the birth of a royal baby, which means that our heads must simultaneously be dunked in a vat of sycophantic slobber.) Anyone would think that the media didn’t want us to understand the real choices confronting us. While analysis of the issues dividing the political parties is often weak, coverage of those they have collectively overlooked is almost nonexistent. The Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and even the SNP might claim to be at each other’s throats, but they have often reached consensus about which issues are worthy of debate. This article will list a few of the omissions. Francis Maude warned by scientists over 'chilling effect' of new media rules | Science.

Francis Maude has been warned that changes to the civil service code threaten to stop thousands of publicly-funded scientists from expressing their views on some of the most pressing issues faced by modern society. In a letter to the cabinet secretary on Friday, science organisations expressed their “deep concern” over recent amendments to the code, which demand that all civil servants, including government researchers, seek ministerial approval before they talk to the media. They fear that the blanket restriction will make it nearly impossible for government experts to speak to journalists on issues as varied as GM crops, vaccines, infectious diseases and fracking, because ministers could take days or more to respond to the requests. The revised code was introduced with immediate effect two days before the spring budget, and has been circulated to Britain’s research funding councils and government research laboratories.

“The real losers here are the public and the government. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law, Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations, Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Article 1.

Article 2. Article 3. Liberty responds to Prime Minister's "British Bill of Rights" vow | Liberty. Basic human needs - what are they really? | New Economics Foundation. July 18, 2014 // By: Anna Coote Social justice and environmental sustainability are twin goals of NEF’s work on a new social settlement, which explores the future of Britain’s welfare system in the face of rising inequality, accelerating climate change and a dysfunctional economy.

Drawing inspiration from the Brundtland Report on sustainable development, we are aiming for a settlement that can meet ‘the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ But what do we mean by ‘needs’? Curiously, Brundtland doesn’t elaborate. The essential premise is that every individual, everywhere in the world, at all times present and future, has certain basic needs. Gough defines basic needs as health, autonomy of agency and critical autonomy. How these needs are met, on the other hand, will vary – often widely - according to the social, environmental, economic, political and cultural circumstances in which people live. Issues Like this? ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Do You Know What You Are Supporting? (Health Impact) The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the ALS Association is sweeping the nation, and going viral in social media. However, do you know what you are supporting if you contribute funds to the ALS Association?

The ALS Association describes their “mission”: Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.As the preeminent ALS organization, The Association leads the way in research, care services, public education, and public policy — giving help and hope to those facing the disease.

Jane H. So what about the rest of the revenue? Yes! Revolutionary Designer Uses Billboards To Give Homes To Homeless. We all walk and drive past billboards every single day of our lives, I recently found out about project Gregory the project aims to transform billboards into a dual purpose entity. These Billboards will contain homes inside of them to give shelter to the homeless. This is truly an amazing idea if you have any questions please feel free to visit their website . What If Community Developers Held a Congress and Everyone Showed Up? Beware the small print that threatens all public land | George Monbiot.

Planning laws inhibit prosperity. That's what we're told by almost everyone. Those long and tortuous negotiations over what should be built where are a brake on progress. All the major parties and most of the media believe that we would be better off with less regulation, less discussion and more speed. Try telling that to the people of Spain and Ireland. Town planning in those countries amounts to shaking a giant dustbin over the land. Houses are littered randomly across landscapes of tremendous beauty, and are so disaggregated that they're almost impossible to provide with public services. Needless to say, we have learned nothing from this. Lord Adonis, a Labour peer, complained that "for the first time in 350 years, Britain will no longer have the world's largest port or airport.

Since the 1980s, the Department for Transport has consistently forecast traffic growth along a steep trajectory. So is the planning system. Not a word of this was heard in the chamber last Wednesday. Did Major Countries Agree Not to Disclose Key Details in Downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17? The End of the Capitalist Era, and What Comes Next | Jeremy Rifkin. The capitalist era is passing... not quickly, but inevitably. A new economic paradigm — the Collaborative Commons — is rising in its wake that will transform our way of life. We are already witnessing the emergence of a hybrid economy, part capitalist market and part Collaborative Commons. The two economic systems often work in tandem and sometimes compete. They are finding synergies along each other’s perimeters, where they can add value to one another, while benefiting themselves. At other times, they are deeply adversarial, each attempting to absorb or replace the other. Although the indicators of the great transformation to a new economic system are still soft and largely anecdotal, the Collaborative Commons is ascendant and, by 2050, it will likely settle in as the primary arbiter of economic life in most of the world.

What’s undermining the capitalist system is the dramatic success of the very operating assumptions that govern it. This Blogger’s Books and Other Items from... Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 1-7 August : Conflicts Forum. The Ancient philosophers perceived killing – and its opposite pole of living peacefully – as curiously closely related – they rested, these seemingly opposite poles, on a knife edge, with each able, in an instant to tip towards the other.

Or, in other words, that each (the killing and the enlivening mechanism) somehow is constituted by the other, and is inherent in each other. When human energies became distorted, they held, a vicious circle emerges: with heightened temperament producing volatility, volatility producing arbitrary and fluctuating intentions, frustrated intentions producing feelings, and inflamed feelings demanding the impulse to act (perhaps to kill). The key is in ‘the reversal’: the shift from the nihilistic to the enlivening. And ISIS threatens Saudi Arabia too: “The kingdom is calling in favours from Egypt and Pakistan. No one is certain what ISIS has planned, but it’s clear a group like this will target Mecca if it can. How Cities Can Be Designed to Help—or Hinder—Sharing by Jay Walljasper. City-dwellers are more likely than others to share housing, transit, and knowledge. Creating a new urban economy depends on valuing this interaction over individual consumption. posted Mar 28, 2014 This article is excerpted from Sharing Revolution, a publication of On the Commons.

Photo by Gregory James van Raalte/Shutterstock. Centuries before someone first uttered the words “sharing economy,” the steady rise of cities embodied both the principles and promise of that phrase. Think about typical urban dwellers. Access to these opportunities for sharing offers economic, social, environmental, andeducational rewards. Indeed, the classic suburban lifestyle—a big, single-family house and a big yard isolated from everything else and reachable only by automobile—makes sharing extremely difficult. Minimizing opportunities for sharing was a major consequence of America’s post-World War II suburbs, says Tom Fisher, Dean of the University of MinnesotaCollege of Design. Autos replaced streetcars. Biomimicry – finding design inspiration in nature.