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Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Politics, anthropology, and nature

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 marzo 2017

Roma Mercoledì 22 Marzo 2017, ore 10:30 Dipartimento di Filosofia, Comunicazione e Spettacolo, Aula Matassi Via Ostiense 23: Politics, anthropology, and nature
Morning session 10:30 Riccardo Chiaradonna (Università Roma Tre): Plato and the anthropology of greed 11:30 Break 12:00 Gabriele Pedullà (Università Roma Tre): The Third Paradigm: Machiavelli between Aristotle and Hobbes.
Afternoon session 14:00 Ioannis Evrigenis (Tufts University): Natural Political Economy 15:00 Break 15:30 Mark Somos (Yale University, University of Sussex, and British School at Rome): Nature and Constitutional Design Mario De Caro (Università Roma Tre): Modernity and the naturalization of anthropology. L’ingresso è libero.

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Anti-PowerPoint-Party participates in Swiss parliamentary elections

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 ottobre 2015

Zurich Switzerland – The first global Anti-PowerPoint-Party (APPP) is an international movement with the goal to create an awareness of the PowerPoint issue among the world population.The APPP sees itself as the advocate of approximately 250 million citizens worldwide, who, evZurich_Cityery month, are obliged to be present at boring company presentations, and who have not been represented in politics until now.The movement regards the use of presentation-software, like PowerPoint, as the source of the problem. It fights against superiors dictating the use of PowerPoint and against pupils being forced to use PowerPoint.The APPP promotes free speech of live persons, respectively the alternative flip-chart that beats PowerPoint in 95% of the cases with regard to its effect.Goal of the movement is to decrease the number of boring presentations worldwide, and that those, who want to renounce PowerPoint, will not have to justify themselves in the future. It is not PowerPoint that should be abolished, but only the PowerPoint constraint. To draw worldwide attention to their cause the movement chose the organizational form of an international party in Switzerland.Here, every citizen in the world can become member of a party. The party has 3500 members already and will be participating in the Swiss parliamentary elections on October 18. Its goal is to render the PowerPoint issue a political issue that one talks widely and deeply worldwide.The APPP draws attention to business presentations, at which the participants consider their presence afterwards as futile. The Party calculated that hourly wages of the attendants alone result in suffering an annual economic damage of 350 billion Euros worldwide.

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G7 countries expand renewable energy too slowly

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 giugno 2015

hamburg2Hamburg. The seven largest western industrial countries (G7) have not expanded renewable energy fast enough to significantly reduce their CO2 emissions. The share of renewables (excluding hydropower) in the G7 countries’ electricity generation rose to 8% in 2013. However, CO2 emissions of these countries only decreased by 1.3 % by 2012 compared to 1990. The biggest problem is the burning coal for electricity, according to an analysis Greenpeace released online today, two days ahead of the G7 summit [1]. Climate protection will be part of the the Elmau discussions.Greenpeace head of international climate politics, Martin Kaiser, said: “Simply put, the G7 are laggards when they should be leaders in making the shift to renewables. It is their moral and social responsibility. If Angela Merkel wants to be Germany’s ‘Climate Chancellor’, she must bind the G7 leaders to a 100% renewable energy commitment.” The G7 countries only represent 10% of the global population, but they are responsible for more than 26% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, their responsibility is comparatively large for leading on the protection of the climate. Greenpeace’s analysis shows the differing speeds of renewables expansion amongst the G7 countries. While Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom are progressing quickly, the expansion of renewables in the United States, Japan, France and Canada is far less ambitious. “The resources and brainpower put towards this G7 summit is totally wasted without a game-changing agreement being reached in Elmau,” said Kaiser.Merkel’s national actions have to reflect her international commitments. While the Chancellor emphasizes the long-term reduction of climate-harming CO2 to zero on the international stage, she is not turning her words into action at home. Until today, she has not publicly supported the proposal of Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), German Minister of Economic Affairs, to ask for a fee from old and dirty coal power plants. This will harm Merkel’s credibility massively. Without directly addressing climate-harming coal power plants, Germany stands to miss its own climate target.”The next few days will show if Angela Merkel is a ‘Climate Chancellor’ or in fact a ‘Coal Chancellor’, ” added Kaiser.
Ahead of the summit, the German Government pressured the G7 members for an ambitious long-term goal for climate protection. Nevertheless, apparently Canada and Japan have rejected this goal. The United States are holding back as well. China’s latest developments are encouraging: after stagnating CO2 emissions in 2014, emissions dropped for the first time in the first months of 2015.

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Russia and the West must allow Ukraine to resolve crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 febbraio 2014

THE CRISIS in Ukraine has entered a new and dangerous phase. Although Ukraine is still some way from outright civil war, the absence of any sign of willingness on either side to step back and compromise is worrying, writes Professor Stefan Hedlund, Research Director at the Centre of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden in World Review. moscaMoscow is bent on ensuring Kiev does not sign any form of agreement with Brussels, which would mark the end of its own ambitions of restored status as a regional great power. The West in contrast is bent on precluding precisely this from happening.‘The real paradox of this game is that neither side appears to have any desire at all of actually integrating Ukraine,’ says Professor Hedlund. ‘The Ukrainian economy is now in such a terrible state, and Ukrainian politics so ridden with corruption and infighting, that neither of the two outside powers want anything to do with it.’The impact on Ukrainian politics of this internally inconsistent tug of war has been devastating. Successive governments have realised that playing Russia and Europe against each other is a winning strategy.‘The track record of broken promises and soured relations has now reached a point where outside interest in the future of the hapless country is just the overriding desire to prevent the other side from gaining the upper hand,’ he says.Only days before the bloodshed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned of disaster and called on both sides to effectively step back and allow Kiev to sort out its own mess.‘There is wisdom in this’, says Professor Hedlund. ‘Outside involvement has been part of the problem, not the solution’.
Meanwhile, the situation in Kiev is marked by what is best viewed as the last stand of the Yanukovych regime.

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