Europe’s Largest Pension Funds Heavily Invested in Illegal Israeli Settlements — DanWatch,Denmark |Five largest pension funds have €7.5 billion invested in companies…

Europe’s five largest pension funds have €7.5 billion invested in companies with business activities in and around illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. This is at odds with United Nations guidelines, clear warnings from 18 European countries, and undermines the two-state solution, experts warn. Israeli soldiers stand guard near the Israeli settlement of Beitar…

Europe: DIY networking: the path to a more democratic internet — By Panayotis Antoniadis on The Conversation com| Read how the communities are creating independent networks

DIY antennas are often placed in churches for better visibility, longer distance and better quality connections. Freifunk.net, CC BY-SA The refugee crisis has revealed the limitations of the telecommunications market to offer internet connectivity to people in need. As is often the case when the market fails, citizen organisations have stepped in. Freifunk.net, one of…

Five practical ways you can help refugees trying to find safety in Europe|More than 350,000 signed petition for Britain to take its fair share of Europe’s refugees — Independent Co UK

As the crisis affecting thousands of people worsens, here’s what you can do More than 350,000 of you have signed our petition for Britain to take its fair share of Europe’s refugees, and it looks like David Cameron has listened. But there is still a huge amount of work to be done before desperate people…

For Islam and democracy |Manifesto published by Muslim intellectuals — Qantara de

***** Read article in Deutsch: Für Islam und Demokratie|Manifest muslimischer Intellektueller — Qantara de ***** Read in Arabic: ميثاق مفكرين مسلمين لتحديد معالم التفسير التقدمي للإسلام نحو إسلام ديمقراطي يوائم قيم ومتطلبات الحداثة *****   Muslim intellectuals have called on their fellow believers to indentify the failures of Muslim societies and develop an Islam for…

Copenhagen in Denmark is biking heaven for the cyclist with over 390 kilometres of designated bike lanes — watch videos, read and view more / New plans for London, UK

A journey around Copenhagen’s bicycle innovations   More Than Green   Published on 7 Aug 2014 This tour shows the latest bicycle innovations in Copenhagen: a wonderful new bridge (the Cycle Snake); the Green Wave, where cyclists going 20 Km/hr get the green light and might never have to stop because green LEDs are built…

Deutschland gewinnt durch Zuwanderung — von Ralf Fücks in Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung de (In German language which says Germany profits through immigrants)

1,2 Millionen Menschen wanderten 2013 nach Deutschland ein und machten die Bundesrepublik damit zum zweitbeliebtesten Einwanderungsland weltweit. Ein Kommentar von Ralf Fücks zum Migrationsbericht 2013 der Bundesregierung. Fakten gegen Vorurteile: Deutschland ist ein Einwanderungsland – nach den USA das zweitattraktivste Zielland weltweit. 2013 kamen mehr als 1,2 Millionen Menschen nach Deutschland. Gleichzeitig verließen 800.000 die…

Multiple Secularisms: The Concept of Twin Tolerations — video interview in two parts with Alfred C. Stepan, Columbia University

Watch Part 1 – “Multiple Secularisms: The Concept of Twin Tolerations”   “What does democracy need and require from religious institutions and people? And, on the other side, what is the minimum religious people can legitimately expect from democracy?” asks Professor Alfred Stepan from Columbia University. “For democracy to function, he explains, religious individuals and…

The Impact of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) — Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung’s two Volume Documentation in PDF format

Impact of TTIP Volume 1: Economic Effects on the Transatlantic Partners, Third Countries and the Global Trade Order Andreas Freytag, Peter Draper, Susanne Fricke, Berlin, June 18, 2014 Editor: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. The current plans to conclude a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) raise a number of both economic and political questions. This policy brief…

Scandinavia is Global Leader in Social Cohesion — A study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany

News Item Gütersloh, 16/07/2013 Scandinavia is Global Leader in Social Cohesion English-speaking countries rank above average; immigration levels statistically insignificant Photo: Ivelin Radkov/Fotolia.com Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland have the highest levels of social cohesion, followed by Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand, according to the Social Cohesion Radar, a study released today by…

Surfing to success in the weird city — Professional Engineering article on National Instruments mentioning two long-serving European executives Francis Griffiths and Rahman Jamal

National Instruments prides itself on being a bit different, fostering its own ethos that even includes having a 100-year business plan Universal knowledge: NI’s equipment and software is crucial to the success of the research at Cern (…) “The 100-year plan is crucial to our core values,” says Francis Griffiths, the University of Wales electrical…