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Dr Adnan Al-Daini took early retirement in 2005 as a principal lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at a British University. His PhD in Mechanical Engineering is from Birmingham University, UK. He has published numerous applied scientific research papers covering heat transfer, fluid flow and energy utilization in many industrial applications. He is a British citizen born in Iraq. Since retirement he has devoted his time and energy to building bridges and understanding between minority communities, particularly the Muslim community and the wider community in the South West of England. He was Chair of Devon Racial Equality Council between 2007/8. He writes regularly on issues of social justice and the Middle East. Adnan is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post
The Obscenity of War and Military Spending in a World of Need and Suffering
A study by professor Linda J. Blimes of Harvard University concludes that the cost to the US of the Iraq and Afghan wars, taken together, will be between $4 and $6 trillion. This includes long-term medical care and disability compensation for service members, veterans and families, military replenishment and social and economic costs. The cost so far is $2 trillion.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014(2 comments)
Climate Change: The Science Is Robust, Accept it and Act
The science is ‘unequivocal’; climate change is real and human-induced. Embracing the renewable energy route will usher in a new industrial revolution that will be in harmony with our environment, and in so doing will safeguard the future of humanity.
The Madness of Never-Ending Economic Growth
Our societies need a paradigm shift in what we value. We need to treat our environment and our planet with the respect that is essential for our survival as a species. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to alter the destructive path on which humanity is currently travelling.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013(3 comments)
Can You Pursue Happiness!
Pursuing happiness is another manifestation of self obsession; it is the antithesis of what happiness is about. It is not something to be pursued; it is a by-product of our relationships with other human beings, and best achieved by helping others and by being kind, empathetic and forgiving.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013(6 comments)
Another Economic Crash Is Inevitable
The economic crash of 2008 left people in their millions across the globe bewildered and shocked by the catastrophe and devastation inflicted on their lives. People find it difficult to comprehend how a few powerful bankers could cause so much damage and misery to the lives of countless millions.
Climate Change: Governments Must Act to Reduce CO2 Emissions
If we, as a society, deem climate change the greatest threat facing humanity and that urgent action is needed to limit our CO2 emissions, then printing money to achieve that aim need not be inflationary because there is corresponding work associated with it, creating sustainable growth and boosting GDP. Systems will be manufactured, people will be employed, and opportunities for export will open up.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013(4 comments)
Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage Is No Solution
Those of us who believe global warming/climate change is real and human-induced can be split into two camps. The first could be described as the "having their cake and eating it" camp; they argue that the technology of carbon capture and storage (CCS) will allow us to carry on burning fossil fuel but capturing CO2 to prevent it from damaging our habitat.
Friday, April 19, 2013(2 comments)
Wasting Food and Hunger Side by Side, Scandalous
In the industrialized west we need only a change in the way we think about food to reduce appreciably the waste. In the developing world the problems are more complex, but the west can help and in so doing help our economies.
Monday, April 8, 2013(1 comments)
Cutting the Welfare Safety Net Is Not the Way to 'Make Work Pay'
So, there are far better and just ways to tackle the deficit and make work pay than going after the poor and vulnerable in our society. A prime example of that meanness of spirit is the bedroom tax that saves no more than -465m and possibly far less, but will affect 660,000 people, two-thirds of whom are disabled.
Thursday, February 28, 2013(12 comments)
Privatizing the National Health Service and Education Are Acts of Vandalism
What is it with neoliberal/neoconservative politicians and their ideological obsession with the market? In their view of human nature and public ownership, privatization would magically improve everything. To them, evidence-based decision making is not necessary; they have an ideologically blind belief in the transformative power of markets.
Friday, February 15, 2013(4 comments)
Global Warming: Doing Nothing or Very Little Is Not an Option
The jump in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere since the industrial revolution, combined with the strong correlation between global temperature and CO2, represent overwhelming evidence that global warming is real and it is human-induced.
Sunday, February 3, 2013(6 comments)
Money, Politics and the Science of Global Warming
It is profoundly disturbing that in the case of global warming, its existence, severity and its impact should be part of an individual's ideology instead of scientific evidence. The US matters, and such a distortion of science could have consequences that will affect all of life on earth.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013(6 comments)
Performance-Related Pay for Teachers Harms Education
The emphasis by successive governments on testing and inspections as a means of improving education has harmed real education. It has lowered the morale of our teachers, and has raised the levels of stress and anxiety of our children. Performance-related pay is yet another policy that will add to the stress of an already stressed and demoralized profession.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013(1 comments)
Boom and Bust, Fuelled by Banks for Benefit of Banks
One can see that if you want to create a bubble economy that enriches the banks, but starves the wealth-creating sector, you would be hard put to devise a better system. The bursting of the bubble becomes inevitable, leading to the misery and ruin of millions of lives.
Thursday, October 25, 2012(11 comments)
Corrupt Capitalism -- the Denial of Equality of Opportunity
The report compares twelve developed OECD countries. Britain comes out as the most socially immobile country, followed closely by Italy and USA. Denmark has the best intergenerational social mobility, and the two countries closest to Denmark are Australia and Norway.
Homelessness: the Destruction of Lives
The lives of most people are dependent on the modest wages they receive from work to survive and keep a roof over their family's heads. Any interruption of that income due to illness or unemployment of the breadwinner could tip the family into homelessness. Most of us feel "there but for the grace of God go I".
Friday, September 7, 2012(2 comments)
Unemployment, Homelessness, and Debt: the Plight of the Young
It is not a good time to be young. Our youth are bearing the brunt of the economic depression and its self-defeating solution of austerity and cuts. The future to them looks bleak; unemployment, debt and homelessness in various combinations, or all three beckon. Of course these three scourges (unemployment-debt-homelessness) are linked.
Thursday, August 16, 2012(1 comments)
Prescriptive Math Teaching Impedes Real Understanding
Having trashed teaching qualification (QTS) by telling academies that they could appoint teachers without QTS qualifications, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is at it again, this time telling teachers how to teach mathematics. Whatever next? Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, telling doctors how to treat patients?
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Education -- Heading to Mediocrity for the Many
Would Einstein and Newton have made good teachers of physics and mathematics in a school? I very much doubt it. Being an expert in a particular subject does not necessarily mean you are able to teach it to a class of teenagers; obvious really, but not to Britain's Education Secretary apparently.
Thursday, July 26, 2012(2 comments)
Workers Rights Are Fundamental Human Rights
Exploitation and oppression have been with us since the dawn of time, by the strong of the weak, men of women, the rich of the poor. A measure of civilised societies is their effectiveness in mitigating and controlling such unfair and unjust practices.
Sunday, June 10, 2012(4 comments)
We Don't Need to Sacrifice Social Justice for Good Economic Performance
The widening gap between the 1%ers and the rest is a cancerous growth that destroys the health of our societies, rich and poor. Free market economics - shrinking the state, low government spending and unleashing the market beast into every facet of society -- is not only morally wrong, but also economically unjustifiable.
Monday, June 4, 2012(4 comments)
Austerity in the Midst of a Depression - Mad, Bad and Immoral
It is galling that the UK government has embarked on the route of austerity and cuts voluntarily, as if this is some sort of a virility test to show that the "Brits" are more macho than the rest of Europe. Or could it be that the mantra of "shrinking the state" and "the market knows best" is trumping reason once again.
Why We Should Empathize With Asylum Seekers
Applicants who do not qualify for refugee status under the 1951 UN convention on refugees are guilty of no more than being economic migrants trying to improve their future chances and that of their families. And let us be honest, how many of us would not do the same if we found ourselves under similar circumstances.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012(1 comments)
By George, British Politics is Opening Up; An Example to America? Perhaps
The Bradford West by-election has demonstrated the pent up distrust of all major parties and their policies of wars and cuts. People are yearning for leaders who can sincerely articulate their worries and their struggles; George Galloway did that and the electorate rewarded him with an emphatic win.
Saturday, March 24, 2012(3 comments)
The British Liberal Democratic Party is Heading for Oblivion
The principled stand by the British Liberal Democratic party under Charles Kennedy against the Iraq war earned it the respect of the majority of the British electorate; I was one of them. All that has now been squandered under the leadership of Nick Clegg. Entering a coalition agreement with the Conservative party was a strategic blunder that is going to take you a long time to recover from. It may even be terminal.
Monday, March 19, 2012(1 comments)
Politics, Reason and the Courage to Confront Dogma
Progressives and the left need to have the confidence to confront dogmas that are presented by the right as self-evident; they need to articulate counter messages that resonate with ordinary people if they are serious about changing society and the politics that are impoverishing the quality of life of the majority in Europe and the U.S.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012(1 comments)
Beware Market Extremism
Market fundamentalism is to be given free reign; never mind that it was the erroneous notion "the market knows best" that brought us the economic depression engulfing western societies. Austerity programmes and cuts are causing distress, hardship and misery to the majority of people in the west. This same blind belief in markets is also blighting the lives of billions more worldwide.
Friday, February 17, 2012(1 comments)
Orthodox Economics Gone Mad
Capitalism is grinding to a halt because the market is confined to the rich, who are over indulged and cannot consume any more. It is enlightened self interest to help those poor at home and worldwide who need the basics of life to get them onto their feet; they will then need more goods and services, demand will increase, and thus get the engine of capitalism working to supply it.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012(3 comments)
Syria: Beware the Evils of Sectarianism
A genuine uprising for justice, freedom and dignity is morphing into a sectarian one that will hurt all the Syrian people through the sheer bloody mindedness of the al-Assad regime, and through interference of neighbours and foreign powers. I want an end to despotism in Syria, but I do not want "the baby thrown out with the bathwater". Is it too late for that? I hope and pray it isn't.
Friday, February 3, 2012(2 comments)
The Arab Spring - Fears and Hopes
The optimism generated by the Arab spring is now giving way to anxieties about where these changes are taking Arab societies. The idealism of the young in their millions for a dignified life where human rights are respected, where the rulers serve the people instead of enslaving them, is being sorely tested by the emergence of destructive sectarianism and ethnic tensions. I am not as pessimistic as many commentators are...
Tuesday, January 24, 2012(4 comments)
The British National Health Service - Is It Safe With the Tories?
The National Health Service is just about all that is left from the mixed economy that characterised Britain not long ago. This government knows that it cannot get away with a full frontal attack on this most cherished of Britain's institutions. I fear that their Health and Social care bill is a way of salami-slicing the privatisation of the NHS.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Iraq - Heroism Amidst the Carnage
In the daily carnage of today's Iraq, with bombs and shootings targeting the innocent, one is forgiven for feeling despair at the sheer wickedness and inhumanity of these deeds. In the midst of the misery and carnage, however, an act of heroism and sacrifice that shows the true face of Iraq has passed completely unreported by western media.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Iraq - Humble Advice to Its People
Edmund Burke, the Irish political philosopher, wrote: "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." Looking at today's Iraq, I could think of no better advice than that uttered by Edmund Burke in 1770.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The Plight of Iraqi Children
The sectarian and ethnic divisions among Iraqi politicians have now become so deep that trust across the sectarian and ethnic schisms, Shia, Sunni, Kurdish, is now practically non-existent. Any action or statement by any politician, whether well-intentioned or not, is viewed through this destructive prism. Is there any action that all politicians could agree upon that could not possibly be interpreted as suspicious?
Saturday, December 31, 2011(3 comments)
The Agony of Iraq, the Country of My Birth
As a 17-year-old in 1962, I was one of a group of about 10 Iraqi students doing A levels in a college in the UK. The group included three Christians, one Kurd and the rest were Muslims. Do not ask me how many of the Muslims were Shia and how many were Sunni. I had no idea. I only knew of the religion and ethnicity of others through casual conversations. The only label that mattered was that we were all Iraqis.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
David Cameron Barked Up the Wrong Euro Tree
Could one do the right thing for the wrong reasons? Yes. Does it matter that it is for the wrong reasons? It does, if it shows a mindset from which other actions may follow that are wrong, uninformed and damaging.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
What is Britain's Labour Party For?
"It doesn't really matter if it's Labour or Conservative because the people behind the scenes are always the same..." said a 23 year-old man from Liverpool who took part in the August 2011 UK riots.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Callous and Cruel to the Vulnerable and the Poor
George Osborne, the British Chancellor's autumn statement may be many things, but fair and just it is not. Some of the poorest members of our society, public workers, who do valuable work that distinguishes a caring society from one that is not, are to carry a heavy load for dire economic conditions not of their making.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011(9 comments)
Europe: It's a No Brainer - Ditch the Euro, Preserve Democracy, Justice and Freedom
"If the Euro fails, then Europe fails" - so said Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor. This is what we have been hearing from pundits and experts for weeks now. Predictions of economic Armageddon if the eurozone breaks up have been aired ad nauseam by politicians and experts. Commentators and journalists hardly ever ask the two most important questions. Why? How?
Sunday, November 6, 2011(2 comments)
Rejection Of Eurozone Conditions Is The Best Option For The Greek People
I say to the Greek people: You have been treated shabbily by the rest of Europe. You have a beautiful country and proud history; leave the madness of the Eurozone. Take your destiny in your own hands and build an economy on the skills and expertise of your people, with a strong democratic oversight. The Eurozone is run by oligarchs and financiers who know the price of everything but the value of nothing.
Friday, November 4, 2011(4 comments)
The Evils Of Obscene Income Inequality
The greed, excess and selfishness that brought liberal democracy and capitalism to the edge of the abyss have been demonstrated once again by the latest research from Income Data Services (IDS). It shows that the pay of directors of the UK's top businesses (FTSE 100) rose by 49% over the past year, bringing their average pay package to about 2.7 million pounds.
Monday, October 17, 2011(1 comments)
The Economy: It's the Poverty, Stupid
The politicians are unwilling, unable, or both, to tackle the causes of the economic problem which are the lack of demand as a result of unemployment, cuts in real wages and soaring energy prices. Instead, they continue to pump more and more billions into the banks, with the gap between the poor and the super-rich that lies at the core of the problem forever widening.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011(6 comments)
QE - Quantitative Easing or Questionable Economics?
We all know QE stands for Quantitative Easing; a better description would be Questionable Economics. This is the process by which money is created electronically and pumped into banks' coffers. The more I read about it, the more convinced I become that this is a racket that enriches the banks and endangers the real economy, making the current dire economic situation worse.
Saturday, October 1, 2011(2 comments)
Patenting "The Staff of Life" is Ruinous to Iraq's Agriculture
Farming in Iraq had an inbuilt informal ability to improve the quality of the wheat grain. This method of sharing expertise, and the use of knowledge passed down through the generations were applied to every aspect of farming and fruit orchards to improve the quality and quantity of the produce. Order 81 on patenting makes this method of farming history.
Monday, September 26, 2011(6 comments)
Economics of the Madhouse
The maddening thing is that politicians are so awestruck and mesmerised by the "moneymen", that they keep pumping more money into their coffers in the hope that something will trickle down to make the machine work. Politicians, please stop listening to the "moneymen". Go back to first principles and start using some common sense.
Thursday, September 22, 2011(3 comments)
In Praise of Taxation
Salaries above a certain threshold earned by the super rich are used as a status symbol, part of the "because you are worth it" culture that now permeates our society. It is a way of massaging the massive egos of those people. It is a competitive weapon in their battle with other like minded bosses that shouts, "I am at least as important as you if not more important". Look at my salary.
Sunday, August 28, 2011(11 comments)
Western Military Intervention in Libya - How Will It End?
Commentators on the left and right are confusingly comparing Libya and Iraq and deducing erroneous conclusions; they are ignoring some very fundamental differences. It is one thing to respond to a cry of help with limited support (no boots on the ground) to a popular uprising; it is quite another to wage an illegal war and subject a country to a brutal occupation based on a pack of lies.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Society's Cohesion, Fairness, and the Cuts
People could accept hardship and cuts if they perceived that the load was being shared fairly and justly, with those most able shouldering a heavier load. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet collectively must look at policies holistically, and subject them to a societal impact assessment to see their effects on society as a whole.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011(2 comments)
Libya and the West
NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said today (August 22, 2011) "NATO wants the Libyan people to be able to decide their future in freedom and in peace." Dare I hope that the statement is sincerely meant? Or am I being naïve?
Wednesday, August 17, 2011(1 comments)
The Military-Industrial Complex: The Danger Within
The ensuing decade of wars have caused death, injury and misery to millions of innocents with a final bill of up to 4.4 trillion dollars to western tax payers, but have they made us any safer? Putting aside the immorality, the suffering, and sheer inhumanity of these wars, they have been a gigantic fraud on American and British taxpayers.
Sunday, August 14, 2011(6 comments)
The Wretched "War on Terror" and the Rule of Law
The wretched "war on terror" has led to the invention of phrases and rebranding of nasty illegal practices, in a cynical way to circumvent the rule of law, with the English language stretched to the point where words began to take on new more sinister meanings.
Saturday, July 23, 2011(22 comments)
Norway's Agony, and Responsible Reporting
Terrorism linked to extremism of any hue is deadly, and reporting it responsibly is paramount. Churchill's remark, in another context, of "careless talk costs lives" comes to mind. Extremist groups of any kind are driven by hate. Sensational, inaccurate reporting stokes up this hatred to the point where innocents may suffer, simply because they belong to a certain ethnic or religious group.
Saturday, June 25, 2011(2 comments)
The tyranny of the "moneymen"
The gap between rich and poor in the US and the West is accelerating towards the levels that are now prevalent in the third world. The tyranny and dictatorship of corporations and the ultra rich are causing levels of hardship and pain that, if unchecked, will lead to civil unrest, and crime, and threaten community cohesion. Politicians take heed.
Monday, June 13, 2011(2 comments)
Workers of the world unite; the "moneymen" are coming
Be afraid; be very afraid; the "moneymen" are coming. Casino-type raw capitalism is bad for your health, bad for your old age, bad for the education of your children. The power of capital is global, financiers, bankers, private equity funds, the IMF, the World Bank, in short the "moneymen", are not constrained by borders or the sovereignty of a state. The resistance to their destructive power must also be organized globally.