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January 17 2020


In Iceland, well-being is the measure of our success | London Evening Standard

Katrín Jakobsdóttir Thursday 2 January 2020 13:02

Future generations will ask what today’s decision-makers did to prevent the many catastrophes deriving from climate change. There may be more appealing responses than this one: “we developed indicators”. Yet, new indicators on economic results might be just what the world needs. 

Despite the well-documented shortcomings of centring economic policy on gross domestic product (GDP), this is still the main barometer of economic and societal success. It has resulted in a cycle of wasteful consumption, creating the need to produce in order to get by and to consume for the sake of production. The defining power of GDP is so immense that if it was removed at the stroke of a pen, it would upend national economies as well as the international system. 

This has prompted calls on both sides of the Atlantic for a Green New Deal, seeking inspiration from Franklin Roosevelt’s 1930’s New Deal and from social projects in Europe in the wake of the Great Depression and after World War II. This includes the NHS, social housing in France and the Nordic welfare models, all of which were big and bold ideas, designed to serve the common good. Yet, as the call for big solutions lead to debates on content, costs and implementation, the incremental steps of responding to global challenges should still not be delayed. We should take them wherever possible. 

The wellbeing government economy project – where Iceland is participating with among others New Zealand and Scotland – is an attempt to develop a new economic model, which is centred on wellbeing rather than on production and consumption. Reinforced by the OECD, the idea is not revolutionary in the sense it still focuses on the measurable. Yet, developing wellbeing indicators has the potential to transform fiscal policies, putting people and the planet first. 

Iceland has developed 39 wellbeing indicators that include economic, environmental and social factors. GDP and other economic indicators are among them, but in a new context with social and environmental indicators, to aim for the delicate balance of sustainable development. A wellbeing budget is in the works, using the expertise from gender budgeting, which Iceland adopted first in 2010. A number of priorities have been identified and each category offers measurable indicators. This includes the reduction of carbon emissions (very quantifiable!) and improvement of mental health. 

Our generation has no option but to change the way we live. There is only one planet and we share it. This is, therefore, a collective effort. The wellbeing economy project demands new reasoning, consisting of many of the same key ingredients that are manifested in proposals on Green New Deals on both sides of the Atlantic. It can transform the economic thinking of the 21st century and open up possibilities for a globally-coordinated social response to climate change.   

Katrín Jakobsdóttir is Prime Minister of Iceland


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February 20 2019

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October 07 2018


April 27 2018

The secretly taped audio recording, released here for the first time, reveals how senior Democratic officials have worked to crush competitive primaries and steer political resources, money, and other support to hand-picked candidates in key races across the country, long before the party publicly announces a preference. The invisible assistance boosts the preferred candidate in fundraising and endorsements, and then that fundraising success and those endorsements are used to justify national party support.

February 27 2018


September 11 2017


May 31 2017


I never talk about politics here. I know you don't come here for that, and while I feel very strongly about some things, I don't believe I have the only 'right' opinion out there. But, I'm sorry, for once I can't keep quiet, because I am scared.

People I know have been saying to me that they think the NHS should be scrapped, and that we should replace it with a private healthcare system. I also know that the Conservatives have a history of privatising government systems, because they see that as a solution. Those two facts together terrify me.

I could speak generally about the privatisation of health services and why I think it's a bad idea (things like 'hey, do you really love your car insurance company so much that you want those same guys to have the literal power of life and death over you?'), but instead I'm going to talk about my own specific situation.

As many of you know, I have had cancer.

Guys, I will struggle to get insurance for that. Health insurance companies will not want to cover me for a pre-existing condition that I might get again. Why would they?

I will also struggle to get insurance for the other cancers that I am now at a higher risk of getting due to my treatment (yes, some of the drugs they give you to treat your cancer increase your risk of getting another cancer, but what are you going to do?).

I am looking into the future, and wondering what I am going to have to give up to pay for my potential future cancer treatment. I have a vague idea of how much my last treatment cost and the word 'astronomical' springs to mind.

Our savings will go, obviously.

My kids university fund (and I am not banking on getting them a nice student loan when they are older, so if I get sick that could quite easily scotch their chance of ever getting a degree).

Sell the house? I love this house, but, well, we could live somewhere smaller, and if the alterative is death what are you going to do? What if I get a reccurring cancer? I know one person who was fighting cancer for fifteen years. What then?

Now, you could argue that maybe there will be help for someone like me - after all, I could not have been expected to get insurance prior to my cancer, because I expected the NHS would always be there. Maybe. That would be nice. But even if I'm okay, even if things work out for me, I am willing to guarantee that someone I know and care about will not be. They will not be okay. This is their future.

Look, I'm not saying 'vote for the left, they will fix everything!' because I'm not an idiot. I am saying think about what is most important to you when you go to vote. I am also saying that whatever party does get in, if they start taking the NHS apart, I will be fighting it with everything I've got and I hope you will too.

Please, please, please, I am begging you ... do not undervalue the NHS, and do not let people trick you into thinking that privisation is the answer. One day someone you love is going to get sick - and you do not want the first question they ask themselves to be 'can I afford to go to the doctor?'.

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March 22 2017

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I’ll take “horrifying phrases of late stage capitalist dystopia” for 400 Alex

Honestly though I think the most horrifying part is “In North Dakota, for instance, Republicans introduced a bill last week that would allow motorists to run over and kill any protester obstructing a highway as long as a driver does so accidentally.“

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March 05 2017

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Im fucking crying on my break why is this so funny

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March 01 2017


Donald Trump, 2017

February 03 2015


Why is the world ignoring the revolutionary Kurds in Syria?

The autonomous region of Rojava, as it exists today, is one of few bright spots – albeit a very bright one – to emerge from the tragedy of the Syrian revolution. Having driven out agents of the Assad regime in 2011, and despite the hostility of almost all of its neighbours, Rojava has not only maintained its independence, but is a remarkable democratic experiment. Popular assemblies have been created as the ultimate decision-making bodies, councils selected with careful ethnic balance (in each municipality, for instance, the top three officers have to include one Kurd, one Arab and one Assyrian or Armenian Christian, and at least one of the three has to be a woman), there are women’s and youth councils, and, in a remarkable echo of the armed Mujeres Libres (Free Women) of Spain, a feminist army, the “YJA Star” militia (the “Union of Free Women”, the star here referring to the ancient Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar), that has carried out a large proportion of the combat operations against the forces of Islamic State.

December 31 2014


Wikileaks: CIA's Brennan on 'witch hunt' when Hastings was killed

By Ralph Lopez Dec 26, 2014
A 2010 email released by Wikileaks from a top-level CIA contractor asserts that CIA Director John Brennan, the subject of a story by now deceased journalist Michael Hastings, was on a "witch hunt" against "investigative journalists" perceived as hostile.

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December 18 2014


Serbia Arrests 11 Foreign Human Rights Activists Ahead of Protest

Amnesty International has requested that Serbian authorities release eleven activists from Bulgaria, Finland, and Slovakia who were in Serbia to hold peaceful protests during the CEE-China Summit in Belgrade.
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December 11 2014


December 10 2014

Kurze Durchsage des Uno-Sonderberichterstatters für Menschenrechte:
It is now time to take action. The individuals responsible for the criminal conspiracy revealed in today’s report must be brought to justice, and must face criminal penalties commensurate with the gravity of their crimes.

The fact that the policies revealed in this report were authorised at a high level within the US Government provides no excuse whatsoever. Indeed, it reinforces the need for criminal accountability.

International law prohibits the granting of immunities to public officials who have engaged in acts of torture. This applies not only to the actual perpetrators but also to those senior officials within the US Government who devised, planned and authorised these crimes.

As a matter of international law, the US is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice. The UN Convention Against Torture and the UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances require States to prosecute acts of torture and enforced disappearance where there is sufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction. States are not free to maintain or permit impunity for these grave crimes.

It is no defence for a public official to claim that they were acting on superior orders. CIA officers who physically committed acts of torture therefore bear individual criminal responsibility for their conduct, and cannot hide behind the authorisation they were given by their superiors.

However, the heaviest penalties should be reserved for those most seriously implicated in the planning and purported authorisation of these crimes.

Wow! Der nimmt keine Gefangenen! Aber wartet, der Klopper kommt erst noch!
Torture is a crime of universal jurisdiction. The perpetrators may be prosecuted by any other country they may travel to. However, the primary responsibility for bringing them to justice rests with the US Department of Justice and the Attorney General.”
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November 17 2014


September 27 2014


September 25 2014

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