Bahrain – King Accepts Critical Human Rights Report

While the Arab spring is increasingly changing from peaceful protests to violent uprising in Egypt and even civil war in Syria, Bahrain’s king seems to be intending to follow another way of dealing with its protesting countrymen. For starters, he approved a remarkably critical report on his government’s crackdown against protesters on pearl square. The…

Israel – And yet it Moves

The Israel political landscape is changing. After years of political stability or in other words of dominance of right wing politics, unwilling or – worse – actively undermining compromise and thus hope for peace, a new social movement has formed. Recently, in the biggest demonstrations in decades 400’000 people have taken to the streets in…

Brazil – Women Take Over

After having elected Dilma Roussef to be its first female president, Brazil is now almost completely led by women. Consequently appointing and/or replacing male with female ministers, Ms Roussef’s government now consists of 10 women and there is only one man left. Even it is of course not the first time in Latin America, it…

Nepal – The Last Mine Has Been Found

Four years after the end of the civil year, the UN has declared Nepal to be the second (after China) landmine-free country in Asia. Since the peace agreement 2007 53 minefields have been cleared. Brightnews! Landmines continue to kill and to mutilate their mainly civil victims for decades after the end of a conflict. Getting…

War on Drugs – The Beginning of the End

100 years of prohibition and 40 years of war on drugs have proved unsuccessful. An unofficially acknowledged but officially still vehemently disputed fact has now been determined in a report elaborated by a high ranking commission of multiple former presidents, Kofi Annan and various influential cultural and economic figures. The repression strategy has simply failed,…

Gaza – Egypt Opens Border

A short notice: Egypt opens the border to the Gaza Strip for regular traffic. Trade in goods is limited – notably the much needed cement is still banned – and men between 18 and 40 years old, need a Visa. Still, there is now an official way to travel in and out of the Gaza…

Refugees – Less Applications in Switzerland in April

Right-wing agitators warn that Switzerland is overrun by “fake-refugees”, they even call on the army to secure the borders against mostly Arab invaders. Reality is, as in most such cases significantly more diverse and in this particular case even completely different. According to the latest figures from the Swiss Federal Department of Migration, the number…

China – US-Ambassador Criticize Crack Down on Human Rights Activists

The departing US ambassador in China has chosen to leave with some noise. At his last official meeting with high ranking Chinese officials, he openly denounced the recent massive Chinese crack down on human rights activists, journalists, artists and other critics of the ruling party. He also explicitly mentioned the detention of Nobel price winner…

Nuclear Energy – Exit is not Only Needed but Also Possible

Climate Protection – Affordable Without Loosing Quality of LifeAfter the nuclear incidents in Japan, more and more former believers in the nuclear lobby’s arguments couldn’t stop to visually imagine the consequences of the “remaining risk” and many come to the conclusions that an exit is necessary. Conveniently the nuclear-friendly government of Baden-Württemberg – a major…

Al-Qaeda – Overtaken by Arab Revolutions

Arab states in turmoil, people revolting, authoritarian, western-backed regimes tumbling and imploding. What looks like a perfect scenario for Al-Qaeda, actually is not. The revolutions are not Islamist, not even Islamic, but secular and revolutionaries don’t demand a religious state but political and economic freedom. All put together, it is major strategic disaster for Al-Qaeda….