Category Archives: Europe

The tragedy of world-wide forced displacement 

Syrian refugees Graham Peebles stresses the misery driving people to migrate, and the miserable conditions they endure en route to and after arriving at their destination, and calls for compassion in treating these victims of circumstance. Read more [...]

Grotesque inequality and anxiety

Stress Graham Peebles examines the relationship between inequality and the expectations arising from the socio-economic model that creates such inequality on the one hand, and anxiety and depression – which are reaching epidemic proportions – on the other. Read more [...]

The omnipresent pressure to conform

Conformity Graham Peebles examines the pressure on young people to conform, and the rooting out from education of subjects that encourage individuality and criticism, and says this is less to do with respecting traditions and the law and more to do with control and fear. Read more [...]

Climate change: The potential impacts of collective inaction

NASA map of climate change Graham Peebles explains the likely alarming outcome for life on earth even if the targets of the Paris climate change conference, which aimed to limit the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C, were to be met. Read more [...]

Islamic State violence fuels culture wars and widens generation gaps

Reina nightclub attack James Dorsey explains why the Islamist attack on Istanbul’s Reina nightclub may have emboldened Muslim youth “to stand up for their right to craft lives that reflect a more liberal, less restrictive interpretation of Islam”. Read more [...]

Listen: Former UK ambassador to Syria says British government “has gotten Syria wrong every step of the way”

Nureddin Sabir, Editor, Redress Information Read more [...]

Rapacious consumerism and climate change

Consumerism word cloud Graham Peebles highlights the destructiveness of neo-liberalism – the infinite desire for consumer goods and environmental degradation – and argues for a paradigm shift away from individualism and towards the community. Read more [...]

Watch: “And now the latest news from Aleppo from the BBC…”

or ITN, Sky, Aljazeera, Al-Arabiya, Read more [...]

Merkel and Netanyahu: Moral courage vs spineless cowardice

Angela Merkel and Binyamin Netanyahu Uri Avnery contrasts German Chancellor Merkel’s courage for hosting thousands of refugees with Israeli Premier Netanyahu, “an opportunist politician without much backbone, bending easily to pressure on small issues, not dealing at all with the big issues”. Read more [...]

The Muslim Brotherhood’s divisive dress code for women

The niqab Nureddin Sabir says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, including the controversial swimwear, the “burkini”, is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and should concern everyone of us. Read more [...]