Chris Hedges: The Empire Is Imploding + Q&A | Dandelion Salad

Chris Hedges spoke at Friday’s Interfaith Lecture in the Hall of Philosophy. He was the last to speak on the week’s theme, “Markets and Morals.” His lecture traced the demise of liberal values in America since World War I and emphasized the importance of social movements in maintaining democracy.

via Chris Hedges: The Empire Is Imploding + Q&A | Dandelion Salad.

Freedom to photograph under threat | Toronto Star

The situation in Canada has reached the point where it needs to be said loudly and clearly: there is no law against public photography in Canada; no one here can ever be arrested for the simple act of making a picture or film, unless other laws are being broken in the process; and police officers who are in uniform and executing their duties in public have no reasonable expectation of privacy.

The following incidents illustrate why this point needs to be made.

via Freedom to photograph under threat | Toronto Star.

Imperial Recipes for a Burnt Planet by Chris Williams | Dandelion Salad

AT THE turn of the 19th century, industrialist and weapons manufacturer par excellence Alfred Nobel, the guilt-ridden inventor of dynamite, established the Peace Prize that carries his name, proposing that it go “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Over 100 years later, for the first time ever, a Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to an African woman. The 2004 award was controversial. Politicians from the country responsible for the awards, Norway, wanted to know what this woman from Kenya had done for peace.

Carl I. Hagen, leader of Norway’s Progress Party, whose senior political adviser, Inger-Marie Ytterhorn, was a member of the Nobel Committee, sneeringly dismissed giving the Prize to a mere environmental activist: “I thought the intention of Alfred Nobel’s will was to focus on a person or organization who had worked actively for peace…It is odd that the committee has completely overlooked the unrest that the world is living with daily, and given the prize to an environmental activist.”

Former Deputy Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide felt that widening the Prize to include the environment diminished its importance: “The one thing the Nobel Committee does is define the topic of this epoch in the field of peace and security. If they widen it too much, they risk undermining the core function of the Peace Prize; you end up saying everything that is good is peace.”

via Imperial Recipes for a Burnt Planet by Chris Williams | Dandelion Salad.

Chris Hedges: I’m Calling For the Overthrow of the System, Part 7 | Dandelion Salad

On the final episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges answers questions like: “Do you believe the US or Israel will attack Iran?” and “Is there any hope for Bradley Manning?”Pt 7 of

via Chris Hedges: I’m Calling For the Overthrow of the System, Part 7 | Dandelion Salad.

A Postcolonial International Relations? | elcidharth

Sankaran Krishna puts it this way: “postcolonial IR is anoxymoron – a contradiction in terms. To decolonise IR is to deschool oneself from the discipline in itscurrent dominant manifestations: to remember international relations, one needs to forget IR”.

via A Postcolonial International Relations? | elcidharth.

Special: Environmental Communication Research | Sustainable Futures Blog

What do Greenpeace campaign banners, television news stories about climate change and advertisement for a ‘green’ bathroom cleaner have in common? All form part of environmental communication. In this blog post, Mark Meisner, chief executive of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) explains why environmental communication and its research are now more important than ever and what to look for when chosing a university program in environmental communication.

via Special: Environmental Communication Research | Sustainable Futures Blog.

OECD educationtoday: Arts education in innovation-driven societies

There is growing consensus that today’s economies require people who can contribute and adapt to innovation. In addition to strong technical skills, many international task forces on the future requirements of our societies have identified skills such as creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration as critical. Some even see the rise of a “creative class” as the driver of growth, and subject to a growing international competition for talent.

In this context, education systems have to equip students with the skills required for innovation societies, and some countries take this agenda very seriously.

via OECD educationtoday: Arts education in innovation-driven societies.