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Wild Abandon

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I was surprised to learn of the growing hostility and discrimination against indigenous Irish Travellers — once known as Tinkers — to the degree it has in many respects come to resemble the 1960s Civil Rights struggle in the US. Travellers, as they refer to themselves, are neither Roma (Gypsies) nor foreign in either origin [&hellip... more →

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Transmitting Identity

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In Transmitting Identity (International Journal of Communication 2008), Nancy Morris of Temple University examines the maintenance of collective identity through the broadcast medium of radio. Through her case study of how this backdrop to everyday life can suffuse culture and consciousness, Morris exposes the ability of radio to “fortify or counter existing identities”. As indigenous [&hellip... more →

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Social Networks

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Despite expressed rejection by the German public, it was decided two days ago that the German national railway company, Deutsche Bahn is to be partially privatized.German Railways is the world’s second largest transport and logistics network and the largest rail transport company in Europe. The planned privatization was subject of a highly controversial political discussion [&hellip... more →

Winning through Solidarity

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Greed has become the highest organizing principle of human life. Howsoever disastrous the effects of individual greed may be, corporate greed wipes out whole societies. Grassroots activist Vandana Shiva who received the Alternative Nobel Prize in 1993, explains the current situation in India during an international conference in Frankfurt on Main, Germany taking place this [&hellip... more →

Cheap Sensationalism

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This is not their story. Nor is it good news to the people the media reports concern. The coverage of a recent fly-over of a remote part of the Amazon rainforest during which members of one of the world’s last uncontacted tribes were spotted is all about chasing ratings by European media. What about the [&hellip... more →

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