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Bank Secrecy, Britain's second empire.

PLAY VIDEO ►►► England and its lingering colonies

"The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire" is a documentary on the dominant role of "the City of London" in global Banking Secrecy.

Bank Secrecy is probably the greatest, but scarcely mentioned, threat to global society and in fact the planet itself. It is the gateway to corruption on the highest level, which then allows other forms of organized crime, maffias and illegal trafficking that destabalize global society:

  1. Trafficking of Weapons
    generally known as the biggest business in the world, it pobably maintains all the wars around the world, either declared or non-declared, the cause of the endless flow of immigrants to Europa amongst other.
  2. Trafficking of Drugs
    maintains the world's drug-cartels like those in Mexico destabilzing all of south-America and ruining millions of lives of young people in Europa and all over the world.
  3. Trafficking of People
    Done by international mafias which covers from, again, trafficking of immigrants by the thousands to trafficking of women for prostitution and trafficking of children or even organs.
  4. Trafficking of animals
    Specially the exotic animals that generally are already on the edge of extinction. In this sense, Bank Secrecy and (political) corruption are in fact the greatest threat to bio-diversity and survival of nature. This extends to illegal deforestation and polution.

The so-called global financial 'crisis'

According to the documentary:
"We can end taxhaven and financial secrecy jurisdictions. Here are 5 steps to put and end to them:"

  1. Stop public councils from issuing public contracts to companies operating out of tax havens.
  2. Create public registries of beneficial owners of companies, trusts and foundations.
  3. Introduce full transparency of deals and secret agreements between companies and governments.
  4. Introduce public country by country reporting by multinational companies.
  5. Introduce automatic information exchange between all countries.

The question is who these "we" are. It seems it refers to politicians and political legislation. But since Bank Secrecy and corruption involve politicians in the first place, this route gives little hope, although Europa should be at least a bit better off than other regions of the world. However, simply observing how fearcefully the Netherlands, Luxembourg or Ireland defend their internationally recognized, and by some very appreciated, positions as tax havens, makes it clear there is a long way to go before politics and politicians take true actions against more serious Bank Secrecy.

Possibly only we, the people, are willing to truly fight this disease and we should find creative and intelligent ways do so ourselves, bottom-up, as in fact should be European politics anyway. How to break this priority European and Global problem also needs common sense and creativity.

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Do you know Europa as community of people?

PLAY VIDEO ►►► europa-comunidad

One thing is the EU as a political entity, that you may like more or less, or not like at all.

But how about Europa in a non-political sense, in fact, as a community? Our continent enjoys a rich diversity of peoples, cultures and languages. How well do you know the community of people within this political union you are living in?

To start with, how much interaction do you have with other europeans in your daily life?
and then:

  • Which European countries have you ever visited?
  • Have you ever lived, worked and/or studied in any of them? (say, a year or more)
  • From our rich offer in languages which one(s) do you speak?
  • And, very important, from which countries do you have friends or maybe even (had) a love?

It may seem a long list, but you can skip your own country and the countries that don't apply.
(the countries are subdivided in blocks of decreasing EU commitment (open borders, use of Euro), within that ordered by year of entry and then alphabetically - source 1, source 2)

 
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Full EU countries: open borders (Schengen) and within the Euro

EU countries: open borders (Schengen) but not within the Euro.

EU countries: closed borders (Schengen) but within the Euro

EU countries: closed borders and not in the Euro.

Countries that chose to leave the EU.

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The essence is not the market, life is.

PLAY VIDEO ►►► José Mujica, ex presidente de Uruguay

Uruguay's ex-president Pepe Mujica analyses for Deutsche Welle the economic and ecologic chalenges that humanity is facing and he reminds us that "the essence is not the market, it's life."  In this short video of profound reflexions he also wonders: "¿Will we have the capacity to reason as a species instead of reasoning as individuals or as countries?"

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How important is education for a better Europa?

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson

In his popular TED talk "Do schools kill creativity?" Sir Ken Robinson questions the validity of the modern education and schooling system for the future. An entertaining but at the same time profound talk that makes you think.

I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology, one in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity.

Our education system all over the world came into being to meet de needs of industrialism. It has mined our minds in the way that we strip-mine the earth when we search for a particular commodity. And for the future it won't serve us.

We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we're educating our children.

We have to see our creative capacities for the richness they are and see our children for the hope that they are. And our task is to educate their whole being so they can face this future. Our job is to help them make something of it.

Some decades ago Finland radically moved away from this globalized education system with astonishing results.

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Ecocide: the missing 5th crime against Peace?

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Mission Lifeforce - protectors of the Earth

Up till now, without an Ecocide law, big industry has been and still is practically free to destroy nature, the climate and the Earth without any limit or consequences.

 

However an additional initiative has been taken, also by Polly Higgins, to accelerate the process of turning ecocide into the fifth international crime against peace that is now missing. Mission LifeForce offers all the people in the world the chance to be part of it and support it for life in less than getting a hamburger menu, both in time and expenses. At the same time it increases the legal backup of the front-line activists in case they get arrested. Those who are interested in preserving a healthy planet as our natural living environment can become an "Earth Protector", officially and legally recognized in almost all countries of the world.

Only without ecocide our Earth can maintain and maybe even recover its natural splendour as shown in this beautiful nature and music video (credit).

 

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Sexual liberty, a human right?

PLAY VIDEO ►►► True Gender Equality - Ban Ki Moon
In 2012, Ban Ki Moon pronounced a historic speech at the United Nations on the rights and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual people (LGBT):

Some say that sexual orientation and gender identity are sensitive issues. I understand. Like many of my generation, I did not grow up talking about these issues. But I learned to speak out because lives are at stake, and because it is our duty under the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to protect the rights of everyone, everywhere. [...] 
Let me say: "You are not alone!" Your struggle for an end to violence and discrimination is a shared struggle. Today I stand with you. And I call upon all countries and people to stand with you too. [...] ban discrimination and educate the public. I count on this [UN] Council and all people of conscience to make this happen. The time has come.

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Should Europa adopt the educational system from Finland?

PLAY VIDEO ►►► They should have more time to be kids

Finland is often referred to as the country with the most alternative and free (as in freedom) education system in Europe with the highest scores for language, mathematics and science in the tri-annual international PISA tests for 15-year-old school students (an OECD program). Without the whole circus of national tests, extra funding for the 'best' school or competition between (private) schools, they know how to get there.

Schools in Finland do not have the mission to produce the best pupils, but are more concerned with how pupils and schools can work together to create the best educational opportunities for everyone. In Finland, education is collaborative and inclusive.

Even though it appears that the results of Finland have declined somewhat, there are elements of their system that may be very useful in the event of re-designing education for the 21st century, as strongly suggested by Sir Ken Robinson in his "Do schools kill creativity?"

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The Fibonacci sequence

PLAY VIDEO ►►► The Fibonacci sequence

Fibonacci is the name of an Italian mathematician who in the year 1202 introduced a very special number sequence in Europe that had been known in India for centuries.

The rule of this sequence is so simple that even children can understand or even 'invent' it. Starting with 0 and 1, each next number is the sum of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 ... and so on to infinity.

It is a series of numbers very simple, but very much used in nature. For example: almost always the number of petals of a flower are a number of this series and for the same reason we have five fingers on hands and feet. In addition to plants and animals, it is also found in large geological and astronomical structures (perhaps not in the numbers themselves, but by the spiral that derives from them). Despite (or perhaps thanks to) the simplicity of this mathematical sequence, it is a fundamental rule of everything that exists and can even describe very complex phenomena.

 

The simplest way to visualize this sequence, is to draw it on a paper with squares on it.

From there comes, on one hand, what is considered the most beautiful rectangle, for the proportion between width and height called  the Golden Ratio, and on the other hand a very special spiral that can be found many times in nature, from sea shells and storms to galaxies.

 

 


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Urgenda wins climate case against Dutch state.

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Urgenda wins climate case against Dutch state.

On 24 June 2015 Urgenda foundation together with 900 other claimants won a lawsuit against the Dutch State about national climate policy. Through the court, it was enforced that the Dutch State must have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by the end of 2020, compared to 1990 levels. The appeal lodged by the Dutch government was rejected on 9 October 2018, but the government announced on 16 November that the Dutch state was going to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Marjan Minnesma, the face of Urgenda, believes little that the government is concerned about principles. "That's what they said in the previous appeal but then they objected to all the substantive points in the verdict." According to Minnesma, the government does not make much effort to comply with the judgment. "If they took the verdict seriously, we would already see accelerated actions. For example, closing down coal-fired power stations, or reducing the speed limit on the motorway. " (Trouw newspaper)

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Quantum theory - entanglement

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Quantum entanglement

Quantum physics stands at the base of all existence. It implies matter, space, energy and possibly vibration and maybe even time and reality. Until some hundred years ago life was simple and all matter was supposed to be build out of atoms. They were thought to be the smallest undividable parts of matter as if they were tiny marbles.

Now (since the beginning of the 20th century) the atom itself is known to consist of quarks. And quarks at their turn might consist of even smaller and more weird stuff called strings, which would be no more than just a kind of vibrational substance that might present itself as matter or energy or even "nothing". At these tiny levels normal, intuitive and understandable (Newtonian) laws of physics do not apply anymore. Everything at this level is 'weird', a mistery and frequently incomprehensible.

Some of these weird characteristics of subatomic particles:

  • they can be at two or more places at the same time
  • they can go through solid objects
  • they can, seemingly, go backwards in time and change the past
  • they react to conscious observation
  • they can be linked and "communicate" instantly over any distance (entanglement)

All these caracteristics were first theorized through mathematical equations and then confirmed over and over again in scientific experiments.

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All That We Share

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Alt Det Vi Deler

All That We Share

We live in a time and a society where we label people with one single look. But maybe we have more in common than we think?

In the experiment of this recent and rather special promotional clip of the Danish TV 2, called "Alt Det Vi Deler" (All That We Share), several groups of people are told to stand in separate compartments. Medical staff, tough street guests, people of foreign origin... and all their differences are mentioned.

But there are also similarities! Why not focus on those?
The message touches a lot of people enough to have been widely been shared.

EurOpinion too thinks it's a beautiful message, specially on a European level, and we hope you want to share, not just the video but also your thoughts as an interesting feedback for all of us.

Thank you :) 

 

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Do we manifest reality with our thoughts?

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Conscious Earth

A fundamental conclusion of quantum physics acknowledges that the observer creates the reality through his conscience. According to this science, as observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality by means of our thoughts and the way we think. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction.

Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote:

The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality;
the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine.

The most interesting, useful and maybe even needed consequence of this theory (knowledge for some) is that we, as collective, all humans together, have the capacity to influence the state and future of the world and humanity itself. Something like the sum of all thoughts, feelings and intentions of each individual.

The only thing that seems to matter is whether (y)our thoughts come from a place of love or a place of hate or anger. Is this important enough to give it an enduring try, be it within Europa or outside, even if we do not fully understand or believe it?

EurOpinion certainly recommends it while using this platform ♥

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