the ramble zone
ramble zone

I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with these links, having got onto the environmental podium in the planet zone. Then I looked at my Swiss Army knife and saw how diverse functions can integrate successfully within a package. So here I present the links which cut, the links which puncture and split open for inspection. The links which take the fine tweezers to tug at our accepted "normality." Even those links that can prise the stones out of horses' hooves.

crimes of a saint?
Mother Teresa's Crimes against Humanity

We all would like to believe in heroes and heroines, and in the West we have a bad conscience about poor people in developing nations.  Christopher Hitchens argues that we have turned a blind eye to serious gaps in the story of Mother Teresa - her links with fascism and questions about what happens to money donated to her charity - because in our culture, Church figures are given a pass on credulity.

Here are three extracts from the film "Hell's Angel: Mother Teresa" made in 1994 by journalist Christopher Hitchens, who died in 2011.



Morality without gods

The notion of a supreme being is not needed in order for humans to behave morally. If you have about fourteen minutes to spare, this reasoned explanation uses examples of six (fictional, but you'll see their equivalents, I'm sure) societies whose rules are derived from various sources. Which society can be said to be the genuinely moral?


bust some ads 

Against the multi-billion dollar advertising corporations, Adbusters stands in a lonely place. Here's a collection of some "uncommercials" and spoof ads.


living alternatives to wage slavery
Creating Liveable Alternatives To Wage Slavery

From the site: If you start asking yourself "why work?" you may see a connection between wage slavery, misunderstandings of leisure, lifestyles based on consumption, corporate welfare, education that often amounts to little more than conditioning, and the global social, environmental, and economic crises we are now facing.



znet article resource

A very large resource of articles from writers on topics from Africa through Globalisation and Repression to Youth.



"It's not going to take ten minutes to disprove the existence of god..."




take a lens to the media

This site, run by a small team of volunteers, grew out of frustration with the unwillingness, or inability, of the mainstream media to tell the truth about the real causes and extent of many of the problems facing us, such as human rights abuses, poverty, pollution and climate change.



The Monkey Trap
The Monkey Trap

Thought-provoking writing from Nate Hagens on the energy crisis, education, the direction humanity is heading. Nate describes his style as "campfire", so it's an engaging read, rather than a didactic one.



work and the anxiety culture 
Anxiety Culture

It's hard to pigeon-hole this site. It has funny stuff and news bulletins, but is basically against conformist-culture. A quote: "Something motivates you to get up each day. That something says a good deal about your current central purpose in life. If you eventually get out of bed because you don’t want to be sacked from your job, then your purpose has to do with money and security. If you get up because of what people might think if you didn’t, then you are motivated by a fear of disapproval."



Night shelter in India
New Internationalist - Homeless In Delhi.

"Estimates suggest Delhi has at least 100,000 homeless people, most of them male. Night shelters accommodate a maximum of 7,000 – a fraction of the need, as can be seen all over Delhi: sleepers lie on traffic islands, in doorways, in grassy spaces, on ledges and beneath walls, wrapped in colourless rags like cerements." 



John Pilger dissects the truth and lies behind the 'War on Terror', investigating the discrepancies between American and British justification for 'war' and the facts on the ground in Afghanistan and Washington DC.



  Corporate control of the Internet

An impressive platform for alternatives, coming from south India. Includes topics on Communalism, Gender/Feminism, Dalit, Globalisation, Human rights, Financial Crisis, Iraq, Af-Pak War, Peak Oil and Alternative Energy



New Matilda
New Matilda

This online magazine from Australia, which has articles covering the environment, politics and Aboriginal affairs, is essential reading in a country dominated by media barons. 



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