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…)

Interview with Sabine Rubin

Sabine Rubin is a committed woman, Siloist humanist… She has worked for many years to mobilize people around her so that they express themselves, especially on the political and social level in favour of a more human world. Currently, she supports France Insoumise’s programme “The Future in Common” and is a member of the French National Assembly.

She will participate in the 2018 European Humanist Forum as a speaker at the opening session, and in the round table “Social and political convergence”.

EHF2018: The slogan of the European Humanist Forum 2018 is “What unites us towards the Universal Human Nation”. How does this idea resonate in you?

Sabine Rubin: For the idea of the Universal Human Nation to resonate in me, I have to put myself in a poetic mode. The word “nation” indeed refers to a feeling of belonging to something common, I say a feeling because it is tinged with an emotional connotation, with familiarity and with this idea of belonging. In truth, I recognize myself primarily in the French nation, which is especially familiar to me due to its culture, its language and its history. But if I place myself in a more universalist mode (which also corresponds to the most beautiful values promoted by France in certain moments of its history) the Universal Human Nation obliges me to recognize the humanity of all, and to recognize myself as part of this great human family.

For this idea to resonate, we must therefore put ourselves in a real attitude of openness to the humanity in others. Because it should be specified that the Universal Human Nation is not simply the nation of all humans, but rather the nation full of humanity, that is, where every human being considers other human beings in their full humanity as well. That is why this Universal Human Nation must be founded on humanist values.

In your opinion, what elements can unite us?

It is precisely humanist values that can unite us because these values are universal. These are nonviolence, non-discrimination, solidarity and freedom. Now, to translate these values into action, I see only one alternative: treating others as you want to be treated yourself. Let us say that this is a direction that we can give to our actions on a personal level and that could inspire relations between nations.

I said earlier that these values are universal because I believe they reflect the profound aspirations of human beings: to open up to others without fear; to live in a world without violence; to feel a sense of ownership and solidarity with others. Certainly, in these times, we must go deep within ourselves to reconnect with these aspirations.

How would these values translate politically?

How would nonviolence, non-discrimination, solidarity and political freedom translate? An extensive program. If each nation chose these values, they would be self-determined by the people, organized as a people, on the basis of a real, even direct democracy. These self-determined nations would work together in a spirit of solidarity and mutual cooperation. It is on this basis – and starting from the bottom – that nations would organize themselves into a confederation for a Universal Human Nation, organizational forms that respect diversity.

And of course, these nations would be nonviolent so that the Universal Human Nation would be too: this would be a nation without wars, without economic violence and, misery, hunger, the homeless would be part of the old world. I think that human beings, in the depths of their consciousness, aspire to this.

Given the state of destructuring and fragmentation of the world today, this may seem like a utopia?

Obviously, in the current context, this is the world of complete utopia. But today’s utopias may become tomorrow’s reality. So these are choices to be made; real choices. And we must work to build in this direction not because I say so, but because it is a profound aspiration of all human beings to live in a world of peace, and more generally a nonviolent world. Yes, this may seem utopian today, but it is precisely the image that people need, especially at a time when they are completely suffocated by globalisation and the standardisation of the current system.

This Universal Human Nation – which may seem a simple expression of desires for the old generations – already appears to the new generations as a horizon visible from a new sensibility.

A final word?

At a time when globalization is made possible by the means of communication; at a time when this globalization is based on competition, domination and the war of all against all; at a time when this globalization generates widespread misery and violence, the Universal Human Nation can truly be an image that makes it possible to give a convergent direction to the different peoples of the world.

EHF2018 Declaration of Support to the Mapuche People

In the closing session of the European Humanist Forum 2018, the plenary session approved by acclamation a Declaration of Support to the Mapuche People which we reproduce below.

Chilean deputy, Tomás Hirsch, speaker in the Forum, publicly promised to deliver the Declaration to the Mapuche prisoners. (more…)

Differently equal

What common elements do people from different cultures have? In essence, we are human beings with the same needs and abilities. We have principles, projects and beliefs. A heart that loves and suffers. A mind that thinks, knows and communicates. A body that looks, hugs and walks forward. That relates to others. The question invites us to reflect on the common things that make us equal, beyond all differences between different peoples and individuals. It’s about what unites us. (more…)

Opening day of the European Humanist Forum

Over 500 people came to the opening session of EHF2018, with people overflowing into three extra rooms after having filled the auditorium at the UNED Faculty of Education Sciences.

The atmosphere was joyful in this latest gathering of the European Humanist Forum, the last one being in Milan in 2008.

On the 11th of May, the opening session of the 5th European Humanist Forum took place.  It was held in the UNED Faculty of Education Sciences in the presence of people and organisations from 40 countries, mostly Europeans, but also Asians, Africans and Americans. (more…)

Members of Parliament from four countries sign Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Pledge

On Saturday the 12th of May, parliamentarians from Spain, France, Chile and Argentina signed ICAN’s Parliamentary pledge in support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  ICAN won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to create the treaty. (more…)

Final Declaration – 5th European Humanist Forum 2018

Dear friends, we have met here in Madrid on the 11th, 12th and 13th of May 2018 in a time of extreme concern, both for the social situation in which violence increases and life becomes more difficult every day, and for the internal situation of human beings. The lack of meaning and lack of faith that it’s possible to change things leads to despair, intolerance, nihilism, inner violence and suicide in many cases.

But in front of this situation, in this Forum, we’ve been able to see that another reality is being built in parallel and is hidden in the “official” discourse. We’ve seen examples of this Universal Human Nation, that isn’t only in the future but rather is becoming a reality today and is something that we’ve been able to experience in these days. (more…)