Climate change on a daily basis: “Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria hit by fatal flash floods

‘A biblical catastrophe’: death toll rises to four as Storm Daniel lashes Greece Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey Are Hit By Floods, Killing 12 Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria hit by fatal flash floods Greece: Skiathos and Volos hit by flash floods UK heat and floods in south-east Europe blamed on ‘omega’ weather system In other news:  … Read more

“Greenpeace: #İstanbul Experiences the Hottest November in 40 Years

Istanbul heatwave shows need for urgent climate action – Greenpeace Ahval Istanbul has had the hottest November in 40 years, and with average temperatures in Turkey rising the government must take urgent action to address … Greenpeace: İstanbul Experiences the Hottest November in 40 Years – Bianet Istanbul mayor seeks to bond with investors on London charm offensive Reuters India Reuters is the … Read more

#Europe agenda: Reddit Megathread: Students climate change protests in Europe

Megathread: Students climate change protests in Europe by u/Paxan in europe   The British and New Zealand flag fly at half mast over 10 Downing Street by u/ExternalCoffee in europe Outside a mosque in Manchester today. by u/anasshm in pics   Picture of Hungarian protests against Orbán (live coverage in the comments) by u/boxs_of_kittens in … Read more

#Europe agenda: Deadly storms… France vs. Fake News…

 Deadly storm blasts across Europe, killing three BBC News | Europe | World Edition Three people die and at least 20 are injured as high winds pummel most of western Europe. Emmanuel Macron: French president announces ‘fake news’ law  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Social media could face tougher rules on content during elections, … Read more

Anthro roundup: “Anthropological reflections on space colonization”

Anthropological reflections on space colonization The Space Review In this regard, anthropology, as the scientific discipline that puts human beings at the center of its study focus, is of immense importance. Without sufficient knowledge about human behavior and reciprocal physical and cultural interaction with the Museum of Anthropology spotlights Gullah culture Winston-Salem Journal “Visions of … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: #PanamaPapers is back…

Panama Papers whistleblower issues statement, naming and shaming failed states and institutions  Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow “John Doe,” the mysterious whistleblower who released the largest-ever leak of confidential documents in world history — papers from the Panamanian law firm Mossack-Fonseca, a key player in the offshore dark money industry — has published their first-ever public … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Montenegro on the path to Nato membership…”Court blocks Catalan independence bill

Court blocks Catalan independence bill BBC News | Europe | World Edition Spain’s Constitutional Court revokes Catalonia’s parliamentary motion that set in motion a process of unilaterally breaking away from the rest of the country. EU’s new ‘Directive on Terrorism’ aims to criminalise preparatory acts The European Commission adopted on Wednesday (2 December) a package of measures … Read more

Journalism agenda: New Pew data shows More Americans are getting news on Facebook and Twitter [Probably same in Turkey]

New Pew data: More Americans are getting news on Facebook and Twitter  Nieman Journalism Lab by Joseph Lichterman Facebook and Twitter users across all demographics are increasingly using the social networks as news sources, though they are seeking out different types of news content on each platform, according to a studyout Tuesday from the Pew Research … Read more

Literati roundup: R.I.P. Ulrich Beck…. “Smithsonian galleries release massive Asian art collection online for non-commercial use…

Ulrich Beck – an appreciation open Democracy News Analysis – by Robin Wilson   openSecurity editor Robin Wilson reflects on the work of German intellectual – and frequent openDemocracy contributor – Ulrich Beck, who sadly passed away on 1 January. Ulrich Beck (1944-2015). Wikimedia commons. Public domain. Huge trove of Smithsonian art digitized; over 40,000 works by Jason … Read more asks “The return of colonial anthropology?/ anthro roundup

The return of colonial anthropology?

from – anthropology in the news blog by Lorenz

?A dysfunctional ethnic and tribal brawl has been the norm in Afghanistan for centuries. Afghanistan is a mess. ? Who said that? A frustrated U.S. military officer? No, a professor of anthropology, Robert L. Moore.

In his article Tribes, Corruption Ail Afghanistan in The Ledger he shares his concerns about the difficulties for ?us? (=the U.S. military) to ?push this contentious country into the 21st century? and turn it into a ?normal, stable country? that will be ?governable in the way that most nations are”.

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Copenhagen Summit ends…

Nothing much concluded, it seems…

UN says Copenhagen deal ‘a start’

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says a US-backed climate deal is a good beginning, but critics dismiss it as a failure.

Activist-Journalists Bring Citizen, Pro Media Together at COP15

from MediaShift

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — This past Saturday, on a crisp afternoon in Copenhagen, Jacob Wheeler and Rick Fuentes, two amateur journalists with the non-profit media start-up the UpTake, walked alongside a mostly peacefully stream of demonstrators. Roughly half of the total police force in Denmark followed in step. Conspicuous among the crowd were the hundreds of ad hoc reporters with serious-looking digital SLRs slung around their necks.

The Copenhagen Failure shows: There is no effective Global Politics!

from Social Europe Journal by Henning Meyer

4178695384_81ddf77672In the early hours of this morning the news of the failure of the Copenhagen summit on climate change hit the news wires. I won?t repeat the individual disappointments as the papers will be full of it today. But I would like to comment on the political implications of this disaster. It shows that there is no effective global politics, only global problems.

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NGOs not so happy with the Copenhagen summit

NGO fury after Copenhagen ban

from by Dave Keating

Yesterday?s decision by the UN to ban a large number of NGO delegates from the main summit venue for the Copenhagen climate change talks was, to say the least, unpopular on the ground.

Copenhagen climate talks: Main issues and state of play

About 120 world leaders and 193 countries are meeting in Copenhagen to agree a new global climate deal, the basis for a full climate treaty next year.

Photos from Copenhagen protests

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow:Treehugger photographer Matt McDermott happened to be in the right place when the massive climate demonstrations in Copenhagen broke out, and the site has a great gallery of shots of the action.

Swiss minaret ban goes to court

An appeal against a decision by Swiss voters to ban minarets is submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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live blogging from the Copenhagen protests and…

more from the EU agenda…Our neighbor, Greece is having real economic problems, aftermath of Berlusconi attack and more…

Reclaim Power Cop15

Danish police abuse climate-change demonstrators

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Zoran sez, “Earlier this week (12th Dec), a massive, peaceful protest of 100,000 people — the largest demonstration for climate justice in world history — was met with a heavy-handed response by the Danish police. Thousands of riot police swarmed the march route, blocked off streets surrounding large groups of protestors, and arrested almost 1,000 people. Arrestees were cuffed and forced to sit in rows for hours, as the temperatures dipped below freezing; numerous people urinated on themselves after being denied use of toilets.”


Dispatch from Copenhagen: Demands for Climate Justice

from Global Voices Online by Saffah Faroog

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Copenhagen Summit and EU agenda roundup

Arrested demonstrators sit on the ground as they are surrounded ...

Arrested demonstrators sit on the ground as they are surrounded by police during a rally outside the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Climate pressures cloud two-day EU summit

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Copenhagen Summit and Euro updates


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In pictures

Athens police clash with youths

Copenhagen Climate Change

All eyes in the world should be on the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference as we wait with a stuttering heartbeat to learn about the policies that will guide humanity through the next great evolutionary bottleneck. The topic I will be keeping an eye on is overpopulation.

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