Living in an Age of Desire and Anxiety by Graham Peebles

Consumerism Reflected (NYC 2007)

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 6, 2018

Overwhelmed by anxiety and image insecurity a friend’s 20-year-old daughter recently quit her university course and withdrew to her bedroom where she took to self-harming. Company and environments in which she felt emotionally secure became harder to find, until she stopped venturing out all together.

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A Majority of the People Don’t Believe a Word the Government Utters by Graham Peebles

#OromoProtests Solidarity Hunger-Strike in Seattle

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
March 16, 2018

Tadesse is a 28-year-old Ethiopian from the capital, Addis Ababa. Like thousands of others he took part in demonstrations over the last three years, and together with family members, refused to pledge support for the Ethiopian government. Such displays of political dissent led to him being repeatedly imprisoned, tortured and cruelly mistreated. Now safe in Europe, he is in physical pain and psychological anguish as a result of the barbaric way he was treated in prison.

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Their Tyranny is Coming to an End by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
February 17, 2018

Under relentless popular pressure the Ethiopian Prime-Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has been forced to resign, other members of the government are expected to follow. In his resignation speech he acknowledged that, ”unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many,” Reuters reports. ‘Loss of lives’ of innocent Ethiopians at the hands of TPLF security personnel to be clear. “I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy.”

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The Environmental Christmas Hangover by Graham Peebles

Santa's Last Stand

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
February 11, 2018

Christmas may seem like a distant memory but the environmental effect of the annual consumer frenzy, over-indulgence and extravagance is lasting damage. And year on year the cost to the planet grows.

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Plastic Oceans, Poisoned Air, Criminal Neglect by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
January 29, 2018

Pollution has become an everyday affair; a murderous way of life which, according to a report published in The Lancet, is responsible for the deaths of at least nine million people every year. The air we breathe is poisoned, the streams, rivers, lakes and oceans are filthy, — some more, some less — the land littered with waste, the soil toxic. Neglect, complacency and exploitation characterize the attitude of governments, corporations and far too many individuals towards the life of the planet, and its rich interwoven ecological systems.

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The People are Continuing to Demand Freedom, Justice and Democracy by Graham Peebles

Oromo Students Protest

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
January 14, 2018

Since November 2015 unprecedented protests have been taking place in Ethiopia: angry and frustrated at the widespread abuse of human rights and the centralization of power in the hands of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) tens of thousands have taken to the streets. The ruling party’s response to this democratic outpouring has been consistently violent; hundreds have been killed and beaten by security forces, tens of thousands arrested and imprisoned.

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Global Crises Demand Cooperation Not Competition by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 9, 2017

The natural instinct of human beings is towards cooperation and sharing, but, distorted by competition, personal ambition and nationalism, self-interest and greed have become preeminent motivating forces, distorting action and corrupting the policies of governments.

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Chaos Reigns by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
November 24, 2017

Born in Sudan, Asima fled violent conflict in her homeland and sought asylum in Britain. Poorly educated, unemployed and vulnerable, she relies on state benefits, which are conditional and inadequate, to survive.

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Ethnic Conflict by Government Design by Graham Peebles

#OromoProtests Solidarity Rally in Canberra, Australia

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
November 11, 2017

In an attempt to distract attention from unprecedented protests and widespread discontent, the Ethiopian Government has engineered a series of violent ethnic conflicts in the country. The regime blames regional parliaments and historic territorial grievances for the unrest, but Ethiopians at home and abroad lay the responsibility firmly at the door of the ruling party who, it’s claimed, are manipulating events.

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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

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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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