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Dogma and Geopolitics

Iran Officially Complains to UN over US “Illegal Acts” in Persian Gulf

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran officially complained to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council over the repeated violations of its airspace by the US drones and the illegal acts of the US Navy warships in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

The two letters were officially submitted by Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazayee on Friday.

Iran said the US Navy has carried out “illegal and provocative acts.”

Khazayee stated that a US drone had entered Iran’s airspace on November 1 despite repeated radio warnings.

He also cited seven US flights over the coastal areas of Bushehr, located in southern Iran, in October.

The letters urged the UN chief to warn the US against the continuation of acts in violation of international law and of the adverse consequences of any provocative and…

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The 4 issues we should care about the most when it comes to our Food System

Source – by Janelle Mayer

We need an alternate narrative that offers a counterpoint to help us reconnect with what matters
We need an alternate narrative that offers a counterpoint to help us reconnect with what matters

I became a vegetarian not just because of the travesty of factory farming, animal cruelty, and environmental destruction. I became vegetarian because choosing whether or not to eat meat has become, fundamentally, choosing to reclaim power as a citizen in our democracy.

It’s not just about meat. Agribusiness in general strips us of a voice in how we, as a society, want to eat and live.  The mainstream media, fueled by readership and ratings, inundates us with us stories about the next “it” powerfood or how we can lose weight by eating low-fat (yet highly processed) food that, as Michael Pollan would say, our grandmothers would not have recognized.  As a society we…

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Steigan blogger

Vi har vært vitne til enda en runde der okkupanten Israel bruker sin overlegne militærmaskin til å drepe sivile menn, kvinner og barn i Gaza. Og hva sa norske myndigheter da myrderiene pågikk? Det aller viktigste for Espen Barth Eide var å understreke Israels angivelige “rett til å forsvare seg”, som om en ulovlig okkupant kan påberope seg noe sånt. Hva slags land er Norge blitt?

Norge en stor våpeneksportør

Internasjonalt profilerer Norge seg som en fredsnasjon, men det er like hyklersk og usant som påstanden om at vi er en “miljøstormakt”. La oss si det som det er: Norge er storeksportør av CO2 og vi er storeksportører av død og fordervelse gjennom en massiv våpeneksport. Og antakelig er det en sammenheng her.

Da de rødgrønne tok over gjorde norsk våpeneksport et historisk rykk framover. I 2005 hadde våpeneksporten en verdi på 1.547 millioner kroner. I 2009 var…

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A Humanitarian Gesture

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A Humanitarian Gesture.

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The Situationist

A new essay in PLOS Biology returns to the path-breaking research of Stanley Milgram and Situationist Contributor Phil  Zimbardo and asks whether the studies demonstrate the power of blind conformity or something else.  In particular, the authors, Alex Haslam and Stephen Reicher, are interested in the possibility that social identification might be driving the dynamic.  As Haslam explains, “Decent people participate in horrific acts not because they become passive, mindless functionaries who do not know what they are doing, but rather because they come to believe — typically under the influence of those in authority — that what they are doing is right.”

Here is the abstract of the paper:

Understanding of the psychology of tyranny is dominated by classic studies from the 1960s and 1970s: Milgram’s research on obedience to authority and Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment. Supporting popular notions of the banality of evil, this research has…

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