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01 июля 2016, 07:40

DOC Research Institute Website Launch

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   Dear WPF Friends,As the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" transforms into the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, the WPF "Dialogue of Civilizations"' website will cease to be accessible on September 1, 2016.  The WPF "DoC" website content can be found alongside new material on the DOC Research Institute site. We hope you will continue to find it a useful resource.  

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29 июня 2016, 13:43

Are We Heading Toward Global Autocracy, Ecological Collapse, Political Malaise?

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By Richard Falk, June 29, 2016What follows are preliminary reactions to both the BREXIT vote and the world according to Trump, but also a commentary on the related alienation of large segments of the public that are being badly served by both the established elites and their demagogic adversaries. The failures of neoliberalism, the successes of digitization, the scourge of random violence, and more broadly, the dilemmas posed by late modernity are among the root causes of this global crisis of legitimate governance, which is deepened while being mishandled by unprecedented ecological challenges, extremely irresponsible geopolitical leadership, and a variety of ultra-nationalist backlashes against the encroachments of economic globalization.

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28 июня 2016, 13:19

Brexit — a Stern Rebuke to Arrogant Elites

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By Stephen Kinzer, The Boston Globe, June 24, 2016Astonishment, jubilation, and awe seized the hearts of European leaders after they took decisive steps toward uniting their continent in December 1991. By agreeing to accelerate Europe’s progress toward “ever closer union,” they produced far more than simply another treaty. The accord they signed in the Dutch town of Maastricht committed their countries to the most sweeping voluntary surrender of sovereignty in the history of the nation-state.As a correspondent covering the Maastricht summit, I was caught up in the excitement. It was hard to avoid concluding that, as German Chancellor Helmut Kohl put it, “The way to European unity is irreversible.” Within hours after I filed my report, though, my editor called from New York. He did not believe what I had written. How, he demanded, could countries with such vastly different histories and political cultures believe that they could function as one?

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27 июня 2016, 10:17

Maronite Bishops: ‘Christian Presence in Middle East Must be Preserved’

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Catholic Herald, June 21, 2016The bishops released a statement at the conclusion of their synod in which they rejected a partitioning of the Middle East.Maronite Catholic bishops from around the world warned against plans to partition the Middle East and urged Christians to stand firm and to preserve co-existence with Muslims.

24 июня 2016, 11:48

SCO and One Belt, One Road

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By M.A. Saki, Tehran Times, June 22, 2016The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, as a Eurasian bloc, is seeking to strengthen confidence and neighborly relations among member countries and promote cooperation in politics, trade, economy, energy, and transportation.The SCO already has six members (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan), two acceding members (India and Pakistan), four observer states (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia), and six dialogue partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Turkey).     India and Pakistan are likely to get full membership in the SCO summit in Tashkent on June 23-24. The inclusion of India, as a rising economic power with over 1.3 billion people, could grant greater weight to the body. The SCO has also realized that regional economic integrity is one of the keys to success.

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23 июня 2016, 13:05

The Slow Crash

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An Interview with Michael Hudson, Guns and Butter, April 5, 2016Most people think of the economy as producing goods and services and paying labor to buy what it produces. But a growing part of the economy in every country has been the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIRE) sector, which comprises the rent and interest paid to the economy’s balance sheet of assets by debtors and rent payers. More and more money is being extracted from the production and consumption economy to pay the FIRE sector. That’s what causes debt deflation and shrinks markets. If you pay the banks, you have less to spend on goods and services.Read more

21 июня 2016, 13:49

Terrorism: A Matrix of Lies and Deceit

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By Christopher Black, New Eastern Outlook, June 17, 2016So how is your war on “terrorism” going? I’m not doing too well at it since I have no idea who the enemy is. Like the American black comedian, Dick Gregory, who, on hearing that President Johnson had declared a war on poverty, ran out onto the street with a hand grenade to throw it at some poor people, I have no idea who the real enemy is, who to throw a grenade at. That makes me think.We are told, the world over, by every government, that we are in a “war against terrorism.”  But terrorism is an action, a tactic, a strategy. It’s a method not a person, a group, a country. How can there be a war against a method of war. But they want us to fight a method and never ask the why or the who. That doesn’t seem to matter anymore. They tell us not to be concerned with why something happens, only how it happens.

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20 июня 2016, 11:55

Breakdown of American Society and a World in Transition

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An Interview with Noam Chomsky, Truthout, June 12, 2016When a large sector of concentrated capital favors some program, it becomes “politically possible” and has “political support.”

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16 июня 2016, 13:45

Muhammad Yunus Urges Grads to Think for Themselves

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Nobel laureate wants more social-minded entrepreneursThe San Diego Union-Tribune, June 11, 2016Don’t get a job.“Use your creative power to do more than get a job,” said Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of Grameen Bank. “The job is the end of creativity.”Yunus, the keynote speaker at the all-university commencement ceremony at UC San Diego on Saturday, has referred to jobs as “the tyranny of employment” that kill creativity and are based on an artificial economic system.

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14 июня 2016, 12:04

The Destiny of the EU – From a Secular Market-State to a Civic Commonwealth?

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By Adrian Pabst, Ethics in Brief, EU Referendum Series No. 3, June 2016The EU’s mutation into a ‘market-state’ that fuses top-down legal harmonisation with bureaucratic centralism and capitalist commodification is incompatible with Catholic Social Thought and cognate traditions in Anglicanism and Eastern Orthodoxy. The proposed alternative is a civic commonwealth – a voluntary association of nations and peoples that can re-embed states and markets based on strengthening intermediary institutions and reconnecting the EU’s political project to its citizens. Europe’s shared Christian heritage is a source of cultural renewal without which the Union lacks a firm foundation and finality. If it stays in, then the UK can provide much-needed leadership.Read more 

09 июня 2016, 09:35

A Saudi-Russian Congruence Promotes Syria Peace Process

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By M.K. Bhadrakumar, Asia Times, June 1, 2016There is chance for peace in Syria after the “ouster” of Jaysh al-Islam’s Mohammed Alloush from the High Negotiations Committee. Since Saudi Arabia is quite aware that the US-Russian coordination on Syria is gaining traction, it may no longer reject the peace process out of hand. However, it remains unclear how far the Syrian regime or Iran would find the constitution drafted by Moscow and Washington to be acceptable.If Mohammed Alloush were a communist, he would have announced on Monday (May 30)  that he was resigning on health grounds from the key post of the head of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) at the Syrian peace talks in Geneva.

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08 июня 2016, 08:20

Fake Image of Islam Threatens Historical Heritage of Islamic Civilization

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Iran Review, June 7, 2016Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has urged leaders of the Muslim countries to take the lead in creating a world free of violence and extremism.“In this critical juncture in Islamic history… a harsh and fake image of Islam threatens the historical heritage of Islamic civilization and philosophy and our co-existence with other religions,” he said.