Beyond Neoliberal Consumerism by Graham Peebles

Consumerism

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 20, 2017

Irrespective of nationality, religion, race, or gender; whether stinking rich, desperately poor, or somewhere in between, happiness is the one thing everyone is seeking – consciously or not.

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Wasted Lives: The Worldwide Tragedy of Youth Suicide by Graham Peebles

Say yes to life

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
September 29, 2017

The pressures of modern life are colossal; for young people — those under 25 years of age — they are perhaps greater than at any other time. Competition in virtually every aspect of contemporary life, a culture obsessed with image and material success, and the ever-increasing cost of living are creating a cocktail of anxiety and self-doubt that drives some people to take their own lives and many more to self-abuse of one kind or another.

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Fear and Oppression in the One-Party State by Graham Peebles

#OromoProtests Solidarity Rally in Canberra, Australia

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
September 15, 2017

Scan the mainstream media for news about Ethiopia and discover headline after headline describing the country’s economic successes: double-digit economic growth, foreign investment and aspirations to become a middle-income country by 2030. Ethiopia, we are told, is a functioning democracy, an African tiger economy and an important ally of Western governments.

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Systemic Change Is Desperately Needed by Graham Peebles

Forward on Climate 19813

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
August 18, 2017

Man-made climate change, and the interconnected environmental catastrophe more broadly constitute the most urgent crisis facing humanity. It has come about as the result of a certain way of life, a materialistic approach to living in which greed and excessive consumption has been championed.

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The Catastrophic Impact of Climate Change on Developing Countries by Graham Peebles + Biological Annihilation

Climate Change: Too hot to handle

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
August 5, 2017

The Paris Agreement on climate change, signed in November 2016, was the first time all the world’s nations (except Nicaragua and Syria) committed to reduce emissions and cap man-made global warming.

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Europe’s Shameful Refugee Policy by Graham Peebles

Mayday Hamburg Recht auf Stadt-Never mind the papers

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
July 21, 2017

This time of year Mediterranean beaches are the destinations of choice for many European holidaymakers; it’s also the beginning of the busiest time of year for the people smugglers based in Libya and elsewhere along the North African coast. July to October is their peak season — during this time in 2016 around 103,000 refugees were crammed into unsafe boats, often in the dead of night, and cast off into the Mediterranean Sea.

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Choices Based On Selfish Concerns Have Led Us To The Very Brink Of Disaster by Graham Peebles

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
July 13, 2017

Every day we are faced with numerous choices, some relating to practical issues and others based on more complex psychological demands – how to react, what to say and do. Whilst on the face of it choices appear to have been made, in the main we react habitually; many if not all of our decisions proceed from the past, and are in fact unconscious, conditioned responses to the challenges of the day.

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Nuclear Weapons: Barbaric Tools of Insecurity by Graham Peebles + 122 Nations Create Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons by David Swanson

Ban nuclear weapons

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
July 7, 2017

The existence of nuclear weapons is an ugly symbol of the violent consciousness that plagues humanity. Despite tremendous technological advancements, developments in health care and wonders of creative expression, little of note has changed in humanity’s collective consciousness: Tribalism, idealism and selfish desire persist, negative tendencies that under the pervasive socio-economic systems are exacerbated and encouraged. People and nations are set in competition with one another, separation and mistrust is fed, leading to disharmony, fear and conflict.

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The Poison of Commercialization Where Everything Is Regarded As A Commodity by Graham Peebles + Kate Tempest: Tunnel Vision

"People over profit!"

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 30, 2017

In cities and towns from New Delhi to New York the socio-political policies that led to the Grenfell Tower disaster in west London are being repeated; redevelopment and gentrification, the influx of corporate money and the expelling of the poor, including families that have lived in an area for generations. To this, add austerity, the privatization of public services and the annihilation of social housing and a cocktail of interconnected causes takes shape. Communities break up, independent businesses gradually close down, diversity disappears and another neighbourhood is absorbed within the expensive homogenized collective.

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Grenfell Tower: A Disaster Waiting to Happen by Graham Peebles

Grenfell Tower after Fire

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 23, 2017

Charred, lifeless and brutal, the hollowed out remains of Grenfell Tower in west London screams of the human agony inflicted when, on 14th June, the building became an inferno.

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From Pseudo-Democracy to Real Participation by Graham Peebles

Democracy Spring March Arrives In DC 20

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 15, 2017

Imagine a country run along truly democratic lines. In such a mythical land, what would be the role of the politician, and the nature of his or her relationship with that amorphous group paraded under the banner: ‘the people’?

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The Differences Between the Conservatives and Labour are Defined and Stark by Graham Peebles

#juniordoctorsstrike Jeremy Corbyn

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 1, 2017

After 20-plus years of being lost in the muddy centre ground of British politics, the Labour party now stands tall again as the party of social democracy, rooted in values of social justice, participation and unity. Under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is offering a positive message of hope at the coming UK election and presents a real alternative to the Conservatives.

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Why Would Anyone Vote Conservative in the UK Election? by Graham Peebles

Protesters

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
May 26, 2017

Consistent with 21st century politics the announcement on 18th April of a general election by Prime Minister Theresa May was a cynical move based purely on self-interest. The ‘snap election’ to be held on 8th June contravenes the fixed parliament act of 2011, which introduced fixed term elections (every five years) for the first time.

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The Tragedy of Forced Displacement by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
May 19, 2017

It constitutes the greatest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War affecting huge numbers of people and demanding all that is best in us. Yet instead of compassion, understanding and unity, all too often intolerance, ignorance and suspicion characterise the response to the needs of refugees and migrants.

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Grotesque Inequality and Anxiety by Graham Peebles

Solidarity (3 of 25)

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
May 5, 2017

Anxiety and depression are at unprecedented levels worldwide and the numbers are growing. The World Health Organization (WHO) describe it as an epidemic, and estimate that 615 million people are suffering from one or other of these debilitating diseases. A staggering number, that in all likelihood is an indication only of the depth of the problem; anxiety as documented by the WHO, is primarily a developed nation’s issue. The 800 million living in extreme poverty in India for example are not polled, and are too overwhelmed by the daily demand for survival to even question if they feel depressed or anxious; so too the 500 million living on the margins of life in sub-Saharan Africa, or rural China.

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