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‘Terrorism has decreased over the past decade. What has increased, on the other hand, is the investment and activity of counterterrorism… The size and scope of this new apparatus is astonishing.’
The shortlist for the 2011 award has been announced and the stories are available online. Choose your favorite before the award on 11 July.
‘The world almost hit rock bottom through reckless gambling on the world markets. When will we wake up and start to take our medicine?’
‘Perhaps social media doesn’t kill people, it’s governments that kill people, and Western tech firms just follow the law. But whatever else you use Facebook or Twitter for, don’t believe the hype – they’re not your friends.’
‘If you don’t like the system do your own thing instead. Don’t lose hope – there are huge challenges ahead but together we have the power to turn things around.’
‘It ain’t easy being green but the alternative of ecological destruction, rising injustice and war is unthinkable. Green politics is the most important thing and one of the most difficult.’
Symon Hill, author of the No-Nonsense Guide to Religion, will walk from Birmingham to London this summer, speaking along the way, in repentance for his former homophobic stance.
‘The problem of the illegal trade in endangered species – such as the consumption of bushmeat (typically primates) in war-torn countries, sushi restaurants serving whale meat, and the sale of endangered species parts in markets all over the world – have been highlighted in recent years.’
Four poems from the poetry anthology Fire in the Soul will feature in two upcoming Tenebrae concerts directed by James Weeks.
"It seems to me we have a choice to make if we want to change things for the better in this world. And the rich aren’t going to like it."