Monthly Archives: June 2016

Child Poverty increases

Writer Graham Peebles lists evidence of suffering: half the world lives on less than $2 a day; 22,000 children die each day from poverty-related illnesses; 900,000 people commit suicide each year; millions suffer from depression; and politics, education, and media are manipulated to enforce conformity and lack of independent thinking.[i] The 2016 UNICEF State of the World’s Children report warned that unless we chose to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor, by 2030 167 million children will live in poverty, 69 children under five will die from preventable causes, and 750 million girls married when they were children. The worst area is Sub-Saharan Africa where nine out of 10 children will be living in poverty.

[i] Graham Peebles, “A Revolution of Ideas is Needed,” Counter Punch, June 27, 2014.

A Revolution of Ideas is Needed

Strong girls and women in “Game of Thrones”

Game of Thrones, the HBO TV series, is discussed globally, with numerous articles about the increasing number of strong women characters by Session 6.[i] Along with various queens and warriors, a ten-year-old girl named Lady Lyanna Mormont plays an important political role, initiating the selection of Jon Snow as King of the North with a stirring speech. She also appears on the battlefield.

[i] http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/news/a16251/game-of-thrones-female-characters-season-6/

Photos of the huge demonstration against Turkey’s Erdogan in 2013, taken by a participant