Articles by Roberto Savio

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Dangers and Questions of the Zuckerberg Era
Roberto Savio | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

14 Nov 2019 — The Internet brought us from the Gutenberg Era to the Zuckerberg Era… Secret algorithms form profiles of each and every one of us…The Chinese government has already given every citizen a digital number, where all their ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behaviours converge… London town now has 627,000 surveillance cameras, one for every fourteen citizens; in Beijing it’s one for every seven…

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Farewell to the World Social Forum?
Roberto Savio | Other News - Human Wrongs Watch, 14 Oct 2019

13 Oct 2019 – Looking Back – The first World Social Forum in 2001 ushered in the new century with a bold affirmation: “Another world is possible.” That gathering in Porto Alegre, Brazil, stood as an alternative and a challenge to the World Economic Forum, held at the same time in Davos, Switzerland. The WSF, by contrast, was created as an arena for the grassroots to gain a voice.

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Multilateralism: A Testimony
Ambassador Idriss Jazairy and Roberto Savio| Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2019

For over 70 years, the UN system has been perceived as the guardian of peace and development in the world. However, multilateralism today is undeniably under strain. The effectiveness of global institutions and of global policymaking is questioned, and alliances are fraying.

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A World Party
Roberto Savio | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Feb 2019

19 Feb 2019 – I have decided that I can be more useful as a practitioner than as a theoretician in the cultured an interesting debate that Paul Raskin has opened on a world political party. But I still remember that during the debate on the New International Information Order in the seventies, the German chairman of the conference observed: “what Roberto had said works in practice. But the question is: would it work in theory”?

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A New Spectre Is Haunting Europe
Roberto Savio | Other News - Human Wrongs Watch, 21 Jan 2019

17 Jan 2019 – After Teresa May’s defeat in the British parliament it is clear that a new spectre is haunting Europe. It is no longer the spectre of communism, which opens Marx’s Manifesto of 1848; it is the spectre of the failure of neoliberal globalisation, which reigned uncontested following the fall of the Berlin Wall, until the financial crisis of 2009.

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Time for a New Paradigm
Roberto Savio | Other News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

Foreword to Riccardo Petrella’s In the Name of Humanity – Riccardo is a central point of reference for those who have not yet given up on seeing the governance of globalisation in terms of values and ideals. He has behind him a long series of struggles for a different economy and has denounced the dangers of neoliberal globalisation from the outset. We owe it to him if the theme of “commons” began to be debated, in particular that of water as a public good.

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Of Cockroaches and Humans
Roberto Savio | IPS - Human Wrongs Watch, 17 Dec 2018

16 Dec 2018 – Rita Levi-Montalcini, the Italian Nobel laureate honoured for her work in neurobiology, once gave a splendid conference with the title “The imperfect brain”. There she explained that man has a brain that is not used completely, while the reverse is true for the cockroach.

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Immigration: Many Myths and Little Reality
Roberto Savio - Human Wrongs Watch, 23 Jul 2018

According to the latest statistics, the total flow of immigrants so far in 2018 is 50.000 people, compared with 186,768 last year, 1,259,955 in 2016 and 1,327,825 in 2015. The difference between reality and perceptions is so astonishing; we are clearly witnessing one of the most brilliant manipulations in history.

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Trump Is Here to Stay and Change the World
Roberto Savio | Human Wrongs Watch – Other News, 25 Jun 2018

18 Jun 2018 – Donald John Trump, 45th and current president of the United States, has been seen in many illustrious circles as an anomaly that cannot last. Well, it is time to look at reality… This is not new in history. Hitler and Mussolini were at first elected, and today many “men of providence” are lining up.

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Ten Reflections on Today’s Crisis
Roberto Savio – Inter Press Service-IPS, 16 Apr 2018

10 Apr 2018 – It is now clearly evident that we are in a period of transition, even though we remain uncertain as to its outcome. The political, economic and social system that has accompanied us since the end of the Second World War is no longer sustainable. The exponentially growing inequalities have taken us back to levels seen in Victorian times.

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Please, Do Not Get Offended, But:
Roberto Savio – Inter Press Service-IPS, 23 Jan 2017

With the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20, the new leadership of the most powerful nation has signaled it is breaking away from the rest of the world. Here, a few thoughts…

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European Security with or without Russia?
Roberto Savio – Inter Press Service-IPS, 26 Sep 2016

Consequences of the Chinese-Russian Alliance on the Relationship between USA and EU

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Greece, the Punching Ball of Germany
Roberto Savio – Inter Press Service-IPS, 16 May 2016

11 May 2016 – Greece is again in the media, because a new negotiation is due between the embattled country and its creditors. The North-South divide of Europe is coming back with force (while the East-West relationship is increasingly looking as beyond repair).

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Poor 2016, So Many Handicaps
Roberto Savio – Other News, 4 Jan 2016

December 31, 2015 – At this time, we all wish “a very good year”. While the wish is always a positive thing, we should also realize that we cannot expect too much from the new born year. He is loaded by so many handicaps, that we should have lots of sympathy for him… Here is a list of the major handicaps for 2016, which is of course a personal view: but supported by many data.

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From European Union to Just a Common Market
Roberto Savio, IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2015

Europe will have to accept that it is not going to be the homogenous and white society that the right wing and xenophobic parties dream of reestablishing. The lack of global governability has created a staggering figure of 60 million refugees. Solidarity or not, Europe demography will require the arrival of some million. What will be the Europe of 2030?

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Greece – A Sad Story of the [Germany-led] European Establishment
Roberto Savio, IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2015

The latest development in the tug of war which has been going on between Greece and a German-dominated Europe is the desire to punish an anti-establishment figure like Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and show that the radical left cannot run a country.

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Finance like a Cancer Grows
Roberto Savio, IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2015

To bail out the banks, the world has collectively spent around 4 trillion dollars of taxpayers’ money. It is astonishing that every week we see action being taken in various part of the world against the financial sector, without any noticeable reaction of public opinion. The “new ethic” is in reality a cancer, and it is metastasising rapidly

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The West and Its Self-Assumed Right to Intervene
Roberto Savio, IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2015

The ‘West’ is a concept that flourished during the Cold War. Then it was West against East in the form of the Soviet empire. The East was evil against which all democratic countries – read West – were called on to fight. Led by the United States, in the case of the Arab world, it has created situations that justify subsequent military interventions which have had a high cost in both human and financial terms.

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Pillar of Neoliberal Thinking Is Vacillating
Roberto Savio - Centre tricontinental-CETRI, 27 Apr 2015

From Marx to Keynes, redistribution theories were built on stable or expanding economies. Progressive parties built their success during economic expansion but the Left has not developed economic science on what to do in crisis. It mimics the Right and, when the crisis is over, it has lost its identity.

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Europe Has Lost Its Compass
Roberto Savio, IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Dec 2014

With the fall of the Swedish government orchestrated by the far-right and centre-right opposition, a symbol of civic-mindedness and democracy in Europe has fallen, and the grip of an irrational fear of immigrants tightens as Europe’s politicians seek a scapegoat.

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The Steady Decline of Social Europe
Roberto Savio - Human Wrongs Watch, 1 Dec 2014

After the Italian sea search-and-rescue operation Mare Nostrum has rescued nearly 100,000 migrants – although perhaps up to 3,000 have died – from the Mediterranean since October 2013, Europe is now presenting its new face in the Mediterranean.

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(Português) O Jornalismo de Hoje: Uma Escolha Entre o Mercado e as Pessoas
Roberto Savio – Carta Maior, 31 Mar 2014

O verdadeiro problema é que o jornalismo se converteu em tão somente um espelho de nosso tempo, abdicando de qualquer função social, para limitar-se a ser um abastecedor da informação como uma mercadoria. Nossos temos estão marcados pelo neoliberalismo, e vícios como a cobiça e o individualismo se transformaram em virtudes exaltadas por Hollywood e pela homogeneização dos meios de comunicação.

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The Rich Complain That We Do Not Love Them
Roberto Savio, IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Mar 2014

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said “The rich are different from you or me”, yet in his days, in the early years of the 20th century, the rich were not subject to public scrutiny, and were generally an object of envy, not resentment. Fast forward to the 21st century and the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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(Português) Alemanha Forte, Europa Social Destroçada
Roberto Sávio – Outras Palavras, 30 Sep 2013

Reeleição de Angela Merkel pressagia continente que abandona solidariedade, assume face punitiva do protestantismo e descamba para desigualdade e xenofobia.

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The Free Market Fundamentalists Are Now in Europe
Roberto Savio – Inter Press Service-IPS, 13 May 2013

For a long time it was a given that while Europe was based on defending a more just society, with social values and solidarity, the United States was based on the glory of individualism and competition, and anything public was considered “socialist”. Well, it’s time for an update – the defenders of market fundamentalism are now in Europe. Share traders [are] both more reckless and more manipulative than psychopaths.

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Cyprus: Do You Understand What Has Really Happened?
Roberto Savio - Human Wrongs Watch, 8 Apr 2013

The story of Cyprus story is an excellent example of how inadequate media coverage has now become. Very few will have understood what has really happened, and what its implications are. Following events, without any background or placing them in their contexts, is one of the main reasons for the decline of media as windows on the world, and for having informed and therefore active citizens.

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China Is Opening a Confrontation on the Sea
Roberto Savio – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Dec 2012

The victory of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the recent Japanese elections, with LDP leader Shinzō Abe coming back as Prime Minister after five years, will probably mean an escalation of tension with China. Both countries are embarking on a fresh burst of nationalism, but for different reasons.

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