… of wealth, power and resources within and between nations – We are pleased to announce the launch of STWR’s new website, with a new domain name, Sharing.org, by Sharing the World’s Resources STWR, December 2013.
An Introduction: A sustainable global economy fit for the 21st Century must be based on a new ethical framework that reflects and supports humanity’s interdependence. The process of economic sharing can ensure that the world’s essential resources, goods and services are made accessible to all, according to a new brief by Share The World’s Resources. Download the PDF-version, 11 pages.
Humanity has reached an impasse. Despite ongoing development efforts since the foundation of the United Nations, the international community has failed to end global poverty or prevent environmental degradation. More than half the world still struggles without sufficient access to staple food, clean water or essential medicine. The policies that drive the global economy have also magnified the gap between rich and poor, led to conflict over the planet’s natural resources, and resulted in an ecological crisis that threatens life on earth.
A new blueprint for a fair and sustainable world is urgently needed. Nation states must move beyond the old pursuits of self-interest and competition, and embrace an alternative approach to managing the world’s resources based upon the principles of sharing and cooperation. At this critical juncture in human history, only a united global public can pressure governments to reorder their distorted priorities, cooperate more effectively, and share the resources of the world more equitably. A crucial first step is for governments to implement an international program of emergency assistance to eliminate hunger and unnecessary deprivation, followed by a longer-term transformation of the global economy in order to secure an adequate standard of living for all within ecological limits.
This booklet presents the key ideas that form the basis of research and campaign activities at Share The World’s Resources – an advocacy organisation with consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Contents: … //
… (full long text).
From Icon to Exile: The Price of a Nude Photo in Egypt, on Spiegel Online International, by Takis Würger, December 17, 2013 (Photo Gallery): Egyptian Aliaa Elmahdy became an icon of the Arab Spring after she posted a nude photo of herself online. Then she fled to Sweden after receiving death threats from Islamist extremists. What and whom did her statement serve? …;
Our ‘Land of the Free’ Has 25% of the World’s Prisoners, on The Progressive, by Joshua Holland, Dec 17, 2013: We all pay a heavy price for America’s ill-fated war on drugs …;