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Richard Power writes and speaks on the 21st Century security and sustainability crisis. He is the author of five books. He has also delivered executive intelligence briefings and led professional training in over thirty countries.
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He blogs at http://words-of-power.blogspot.com
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Congo: Global Witness Pressures Cell Phone Makers to Act (1 comments)
Global Witness recently wrote to major mobile phone manufacturers as well as mineral and metal traders to ask them what due diligence measures they are taking to ensure that their sourcing practices are not fuelling the conflict in the Congo.
Monday, February 16, 2009 Delusional opposition to economic stimulus portends opposition to needed climate change action (4 comments)
The economic security crisis and the climate security crisis and the geopolitical security crisis are one monster with three heads. There is both a silver bullet to slay it and a holy grail to heal us from the wounds it has inflicted. We need a new economic model, one that is green and hallows sustainability. The blind pursuit of profit has failed us as a society.
Saturday, February 14, 2009 Economists in blogosphere; not in mainstream media (3 comments)
You won't find informed opinions in US mainstream media, finds Media Matters. But you will find them in the blogosphere and alternative media like Democracy Now! James Galbraith gives lucid advice.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Imagine Peace, Cultivate Happiness (3 comments)
The IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Reykjavik, Iceland was dedicated on Oct 9, 2007, Lennon's 67th birthday. It symbolizes Lennon's and Ono's struggle for world peace which began in the sixties. Yoko Ono has it lit every year from October 9th (the anniversary of John Lennon's birth) to December 9th (the anniversary of his assassination) as
Monday, December 8, 2008 International Commitment Required for Peace in the Congo (1 comments)
If you searched "Congo" on Goggle News this morning, you would come up with a few hundred headlines on progress concerning "peace negotiations." Nothing wrong with working to get people to the table, but the suffering of the Congo will not end without a sweeping, international commitment to a new approach.
Monday, November 24, 2008 Great Nations & Industry Captains Ignore Thugocracies in Burma & Darfur (1 comments)
Do not allow the leaders of the great nations or the captains of industry to wring their hands and tell you there is nothing they can do; there is a lot they can do economically and politically. But, to them, profits trumps human dignity, human rights, and even human life itself.
Friday, November 14, 2008 Economic Insecurity Update: Stiglitz & Soros Speak (15 comments)
While this tone-deaf, 21st Century Nero (GWB) fiddles his out-of-tune encore to the G-20, against a backdrop of economic and environmental disaster; those, like Joseph Stiglitz and George Soros, who understand the music of life, are speaking out.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Burma blogger gets 20 years; 14 get 65 years each (3 comments)
At least 14 democracy activists, including three Generation 88 student leaders, who participated in the 2007 protests were sentenced to 65 year prison terms.
A young blogger, who was responsible for getting the truth out to the world during the uprising, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Sunday, October 19, 2008 Election Security Update: How Bitter can the Irony Get? (1 comments)
Now that the popular voter uprising is so overwhelming that it will be difficult for the right-wing to steal the election (although, of course, it is still possible that they have disenfranchised a sufficient number of voters), it is the Democratic Party that will be accused of stealing it. And the Party leadership has only itself to blame. Indeed, through participating in the HAVA farce they helped enable what is happening.
Saturday, September 20, 2008 UNIFEM & Nicole Kidman work to end violence against women
Combating violence against women is what InÚs Alberdi, executive director of the U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), calls the missing goal, because it is not an issue addressed by the UN's Millennium Development Goals. "Good governance needs women, and women need good governance," said Anne Marie Goetz lead author of a newly released UNIFEM report.
Monday, July 21, 2008 Sustainability and Human Rights Are Inseparable
It is absurd to imagine that we can drill and dam our way into the future.
And here are two poignant reminders -- one from Malaysia and one from Canada -- that the blind will to drill and dam our way of out of this crisis is worse than absurd, it is obscene.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 Darfur Crisis Update: Standing behind Luis Moreno Ocampo (1 comments)
Those of us who will not rationalize away what is happening in Darfur live in this netherworld. Mia Farrow lives in it. "We have failed to support the peacekeeping mission in every essential way. If the peacekeepers had had appropriate intelligence capacity and equipment this tragedy almost certainly would have been avoided." Others chime in, and important links are provided.