Antonio Sempere: The media have forgotten about refugees and migrants

Antonio Sempere. Photojournalist, known for his work on migration. He has been documenting the drama of cross-border migration for several years. He has photographed the arrival and attempts to jump the fence by sub-Saharans who arrive at the border of Morocco with Ceuta. Also the terrible situation of thousands of refugees trapped in Serbia after crossing the sea from Turkey.

He participated in the European Humanist Forum in the working group on “Independent Journalism and Social Activism” and showed part of his exhibitions “At the foot of the Fence” and “The Serbian Hell”. (more…)

Pía Figueroa: Something new is trying to emerge

Pía Figueroa participated in the European Humanist Forum, recently held in Madrid, as a speaker in the “Independent journalism and social activism” working group. Pía is Co-director of Pressenza International Press Agency, dedicated to news about peace and nonviolence. She is a humanist with a long career and the author of several monographs and books.

What is your impression of the European Humanist Forum? (more…)

Nicole Ndongala: We’re all human; that’s what unites us

Nicole Ndongala, migrant to Spain, native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, participated in the European Humanist Forum, Madrid, in her role as the director of the Karibu Association.  Nicole participated in the opening session and in the working area on Women for Nonviolence.

In her intervention, she underlined the importance of considering immigrants, not as a statistics, but rather as human beings with a history and frequently difficult and tragic lives.  And this is “what unites us”, according to Nicole: to give value to humanity, something she returns to in this interview. (more…)

Let’s build a mass of media outlets versus a mass media

Aphorism

“If they have the mass media, we will make a mass of media outlets.”
“If they have guns, we’ll have cameras.”
“If they have the banks, we have each other.”

We interviewed one of the participants of the European Humanist Forum, a speaker at the table on “Independent Media and Social Movements“. Gunther Aleksander is a philosopher, humanist and activist. Graduate in Audiovisual Communication and post-graduate in Political Philosophy. Editor of the Pressenza Agency in Brazil and producer of the QuatroV – 4V channel. (more…)

Mario Aguilar: The role and meaning of education

The President of the Chilean Union of Teachers is concerned by teachers’ working conditions and that they serve teachers so that they can help their pupils to bring out the best of themselves as human beings; so that they may express their maximum potential.  This is the role that education must have from a humanist perspective.

This interview was recorded during the European Humanist Forum.  Mario Aguilar participated as a speaker in the working groups on Nonviolent & Humanist Education and Human rights. (more…)

Interview with Tomás Hirsch

Interview with Tomás Hirsch, Humanist Party congressman from Chile, during the European Humanist Forum in Madrid.

Hirsch talks about convergence and political alliances, the crisis of the Left in Europe, the role of parliamentarians and relationships with social movements. (more…)

Interview with Guillermo Sullings

Economist, Guillermo Sullings, author of the book “At the Crossroads of Humanity’s Future: the steps towards the Universal Human Nation” talks about the difference between globalisation and planetarisation, the European Humanist Forum, neoliberalism and how to surpass it, and the International Monetary Fund in Macri’s Argentina, in this interview for Pressenza

The video comes with English subtitles.  The full translated transcription is below. (more…)

The Strength of Femininity

By Cloty Rubio for Pressenza.

A global and genuine commitment to the protection of life is imperative at this time.

In the European Humanist Forum that took place in Madrid on 11, 12 and 13 May, one of the working areas was promoted by the Association of Humanist Women for Nonviolence. Participating as speakers were: Annabella Coiro, expert in communication and education for nonviolence in Italy; Lydienne Nkaleu, president of the Committee for Assistance to Women in Need in Cameroon; Silvia Beatriz González González, promoter of peace and nonviolence in Spain; Nicole Ndongala, D.R. Congo/Spain, President of the Karibu Association, Spain; Jenny Infante Labrin, Gender Equality Promotion Technician from Spain; Sudha Reddy, Director of the Ecological Foundation for Sustainable Alternatives from India; and Carmen Serra Majada, Co-founder of the Valladolid Hepatitis C Platform. (more…)

An economic revolution towards a system of universal benefit

By Amanda Boucault for Pressenza

What is the future you aspire to? And how can you contribute to make it happen? These two questions laid the groundwork for the roundtable discussion A New Economy for the Universal Human Nation at the Humanist Forum 2018. Different representatives of new trends in the sector participated in this meeting to present their proposals for transformation. All of these have in common the search for a more just and supportive economy, reducing inequality and ensuring the benefit of all human beings. (more…)

Hope and Meaning – The European Humanist Forum, Madrid 2018

By Silvia Swinden for Pressenza.

Where can you find discussions, people and proposals as diverse as:

~ Judge Baltasar Garzón, who worked tirelessly to extradite Pinochet from Margret Thatcher’s protection to face charges of genocide. ~ A refugees activist, Nicole Ndongala, Spanish/Congolese, defending the human rights of immigrants. ~ An economist from Argentina, Guillermo Sullings, presenting the steps towards the Universal Human Nation. ~ An anti nuclear weapons doctor, Carlos Umaña, responsible for the Costa Rica chapter of ICAN. ~ A Peace activist and neuroscientist from New Zealand, Piero P Giorgi . ~ An Italian political scientists and economist from Belgium, Riccardo Petrella . ~ A French parliamentarian of the National Assembly for France Insoumice, the Humanist Sabine Rubin . ~  A social anthropologist and activist of Convergence of Cultures, Clara Gomez-Placito . ~ The Editor of Pressenza Athens, Marianella Kloka . ~ Mayte Quintanilla, from Madrid, Humanists for the Universal Basic Income

And that is only the opening panels? (more…)