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Review: ‘Social Humanism. A New Metaphysics’ by Brian Ellis

Social Humanism. A New Metaphysics’ by Brian EllisDue to corporate greed our World is rapidly running out of time to act on man-made climate change but a timely blueprint for urgently needed political transformation has just been published, namely ”Social Humanism. A New Metaphysics” (Routledge, UK, 2012) by Melbourne philosopher Professor Brian Ellis (Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University and Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia). This important book was written to set out a theory for the social humanism of the welfare state, empirically arguably the most successful current social system as evidenced by Scandinavia, Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Ellis puts forward his social humanism theory as an alternative to classical theories of the extremes of communism and neo-liberalism.

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Bahrain Imprisons Human Rights Leader

Rajab had recently been handed three months for controversial tweets slating Sunni communities [EPA]The Al Khalifa monarchy rules Bahrain despotically. State terror is policy. Activists are targeted, arrested, tortured, and imprisoned. Kangaroo court proceedings deny justice.

Nabeel Rajab is one of Bahrain's best. He's a prominent human rights leader. Activism got him targeted. His resume includes many impressive credentials. In 1999, he and others co-founded the Bahrain Human Rights Society.

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Israel won't attack Iran

Binyamin Netanyahu,[right] Ehud BarakBinyamin Netanyahu may be crazy, but he is not mad.

Ehud Barak may be mad, but he is not crazy.

Ergo: Israel will not attack Iran.

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Tools of the Rich

paul_ryanPolitics in the U.S.—at the level of policy-making—has a degree of rigidity, narrow-mindedness, and short-sightedness that causes enormous harm to the security and quality of life of Americans.  These constraints are self-imposed; more precisely, they are intentionally imposed by the elite to constrain the voters from exercising their full legal democratic rights of popular oversight. Accepted without a second thought, these unstated and unreasoned taboos prevent Americans from taking full advantage of their vast natural and intellectual resources. The result is a set of interlocked policies that needlessly undermine American security and worsen the general quality of life in American society.

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OIC Mecca Summit

Mecca SummitSimmering Rebellion in Saudi Arabia 

Throughout Islamic history, Shias, beginning with their Imams have either been short changed as in the case of Ali or badly treated by Sunni Muslims, as can be seen even today. Shia Islam attracted mostly the poorest and downtrodden among followers of Prophet Mohamed and till the Khomeini led Iranian revolution in 1979 , they had so remained, poor and downtrodden. But since then they feel a sense of pride and have been helped by Iran, as in Lebanon, Bahrain, Iraq, Syria, and other states where they remain mostly under constraints.

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