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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
SHARE Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Trump's Travel Ban Is an Affront To Civilised Values
President Trump banning people from certain countries entering the US has robbed millions of people of their individuality. They are no longer separate human beings with their own thoughts, principles, likes, dislikes, fears and hopes. It is treating them all as an amorphous mass of humanity, not worthy of the right to be judged personally by their deeds and words.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Empathy: What Our Dysfunctional World Needs
We must resist the temptation to block our empathy by the barriers of colour, religion or ethnicity. Our humanity should trump such feelings. It is the stronger bond that bind us all to this fragile planet.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 2, 2016 Globalisation and Free-Market Capitalism Are Tearing Our Societies Apart
A fundamental change in the way capitalism works is essential. Cosmetic changes or just words, not backed by action, will not do. Otherwise, I fear for the cohesion of our societies with the demagogues and charlatans directing the anger and frustration of the masses, not at the economic system causing the poverty of the many, but towards the weakest, poorest and most vulnerable members of our society.
SHARE Friday, November 11, 2016 Trump's Win: a Lesson for Britain's Labour Party
So now we know. The 45th President of the United States will be Donald Trump, a billionaire who has presented himself as an insurgent anti-establishment figure who promised change. And what did the Democratic Party machine do? Instead of choosing their own insurgent who defined himself as a democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders, they chose the establishment- personified figure, Hillary Clinton. How dumb was that?
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Repair-Not-Replace: Good for Your Pocket and Good for the Planet
Climate change is with us already and such measures are needed as a matter of urgency. Such a proposal should not be a party political issue. Good quality jobs would be created in the country where the appliance is used. It would save the consumer money, and it is good for the environment.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 5, 2016 Basic Income: We Cannot Afford Not to Do It
Basic Income is an idea whose time has come. It will reduce the level of anxiety and stress that many suffer as a result of low wages and work insecurity. In short, it is good for people and good for the economy. As a society we cannot afford not to do it.
SHARE Sunday, February 7, 2016 Obscene Bosses' Salaries Are Subsidized by Taxpayers
Fairness and justice are the pillars on which successful, happy societies are built. The present system that siphons so much wealth to the top 1% to the impoverishment of the rest is neither fair, nor just. Failure to take action will result in the whole of society becoming the poorer; we will all suffer rich and poor.
(11 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 27, 2016 How Would You Use Your wealth If It Were $28 Billion?
What sort of system have we created that relentlessly siphons wealth from the poor to the richest 1%, and in the process deprives humanity of the resources that could bring happiness, contentment and joy to billions of people? When, oh when, will world leaders take concrete steps to remedy this injustice and unfairness?
SHARE Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Climate Change: Fairness and Justice for all Humanity Must Guide our Paris Decisions (COP21)
As a species we have tremendous talents. Our scientific achievements are incredible; our advances in medicine and technology are stunning. So let us give our ingenuity and imagination a free rein to think beyond our borders. Let us work together to face climate change in a spirit of fairness and justice, guided by our shared humanity regardless of where we happen to live.
SHARE Thursday, October 1, 2015 Nuclear Electricity Generation Belongs to the Past Not the Future
So the British government's response to climate change is to go nuclear. The Hinkley Point nuclear power station is to be built jointly by Chinese companies and the French state-owned energy company EDF. The cost of building the plant is estimated to be -25bn.
SHARE Tuesday, June 30, 2015 A Greek Tragedy That Can Only Be Ended by Greece Leaving the Euro
Have the people of Greece been singled out for particularly harsh punishment by its international creditors for daring to elect Syriza? Are they being used as a warning to other countries not to emulate Greece? The economic argument for demanding more cuts and austerity no longer makes any sense.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 3, 2015 The Greek People Have Punctured the Smugness of the "Moneymen"
Congratulations to the Greek people for democratically puncturing the smugness of the "moneymen". For far too long politicians have been paralysed by the dogma imposed by the IMF, the ECB and the European Commission, that the only way out of the economic mess we are in is austerity that hurts those most vulnerable, while the elite continue to accumulate wealth at an accelerating rate. The lack of imagination to think outside.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 4, 2014 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 11, 2014 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 4, 2013 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.