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Citizens for Global Solutions: “Hans Kung: Towards a Global Ethic”

By René Wadlow Hans Kung was a Swiss Roman Catholic theologian who died on 6 April 2021 at the age of 93. He always stressed the Swiss aspect of his life, its democratic traditions, and the need to discuss widely before making a decision. He wrote his doctoral thesis at the Sorbonne University in Paris […]

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Democracy Without Borders: “Yemen: Millions at Risk of Starvation as UN Is Short of Funds”

By Brian Son A UN conference for Yemen on 1 March 2021 was a pivotal moment for governments to commit voluntary funds in support of the Yemeni people, who have already suffered through six years of a man-made catastrophe. With five million people currently teetering on the edge of starvation and over two-thirds of the […]

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Democracy Without Borders: “V-Dem Report 2021: Global Wave of Autocratization Accelerates”

By Stefan Kalberer Autocratization continued across the world and went “viral” in 2020: The level of democracy enjoyed by the average global citizen is down to levels last found around 1990. This is one of the main findings of this year’s report of the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) based at the University of Gothenburg […]

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Democracy Without Borders: “Let the People Determine the Best Candidate for UN Secretary-General”

By Colombe Cahen-Salvador and Andrea Venzon The selection process of the United Nations Secretary-General is underway. The process is obscure, the timeline unclear and the stakeholders are meeting behind closed doors. This is problematic on a number of levels. The world is facing unprecedented global challenges: climate change is accelerating, democracy is being eroded, and […]

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Citizens for Global Solutions: “Global Citizen Engagement And Recognition”

By Stuart Clark The goal is to make individuals think of themselves as global citizens first. Thinking “global citizen first” will change your frame of mind when campaigning for climate issues or human rights, as you will see yourself as instructing your national government instead of asking. This new frame of mind will make a […]

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Democracy Without Borders: “Time for Global Democracy Promotion to Be Ramped Up”

By Andreas Bummel Democracy is under pressure across the world. According to the latest annual report by Freedom House, a United States-based non-partisan think-tank, the balance is shifting further “in favour of tyranny”. In the report’s assessment, 2020 was the 15th consecutive year of declining global freedom. This dire picture is confirmed by other studies. […]

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Citizens for Global Solutions: “Being The Balm: The United States’ Responsibility To Global Democratic Stability”

By Marina Henke This essay by Marina Henke was awarded co-second place in the 2020 contest sponsored by the St. Louis Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions. The most fruitful step the United States can make towards improving global life involves a correction of its past missteps, a new foreign policy. Ever apparent in this […]

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Democratic World Federalists: “Get the Point – Not to Know is Bad: Not to Wish to Know is Worse”

By Fritz Pointer “Everything we face, we may not be able to change, but it is certain that what is not faced can never be changed.” — James Baldwin One key tool for maintaining perpetual war is the “bloodless narrative” spun by Pentagon and media lies and manipulation, to create the impression that America’s wars […]

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Citizens for Global Solutions: “A New Administration And A Fresh Start”

By Larry M David It’s still a mess out there. A short list of what’s on Joe Biden’s foreign policy plate includes damage to relationships with institutions of regional and global governance like the EU, NATO, and the UN, hot spots such as the Middle East, North Korea, China, Russia, Africa, Venezuela and Central America, […]

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Citizens for Global Solutions: “Time To Re-Think U.S. Security”

By Donna Park Most Americans who either support or accept the large amount of money spent on the U.S. military probably do so because they think it makes our nation secure.  But does it really? We certainly spend a lot of money on the military, much more than any other nation.  U.S. economic expert Kimberly […]