The Egyptian uprising in 1919 and Wilson’s Fourteen Points

We often forget the tribute that the so-called persons of color gave to the Allied victory in the Great War: on almost 9 million people mobilized by Great Britain, for example, 2.7 million were non-British troops. Their blood tribute was very high: out of 910 thousand fallen, 177 thousand in fact belonged to colonial troops. … read more

The Green Revolution in agriculture: the end of a myth

Historical revisionism is out of fashion, but we are in great need of it, perhaps where we least expect it: for example to understand contemporary agriculture. Some really interesting essays are in fact demolishing the myth of the Green Revolution, pride of the agro-industrial system, starting from the second half of the XX Century: a … read more

Fear of the revolution in Britain, Glasgow 29 January 1919

Too often we are accustomed to think that social conflicts at the end of the Great War have only affected Central and Eastern Europe, and not the western democracies. What happened in Glasgow in Scotland from 29 January 1919 proves the opposite. The workers ask for the day of 40 hours More than 40 thousand … read more

The War of the Multinationals and the failure of GMOs in Agriculture

Do you remember when GM crop promoters ensured that the spread of engineered crops would eliminate the use of pesticides? A decade has passed and now we learn, from the gigantic struggle underway to conquer the Chinese market of transgenic soya, that things have not really gone so… GMOs don’t work against weeds The news … read more

Drinking tap water is good for us, for the economy and for the environment

The Erasmus Plus project Waterschool helps us to understand how to improve the way we use drinking water, a strategic resource for the future of all of us. Italy is the largest European consumer of bottled water According to a CENSIS survey, 90.3% of Italians drink mineral water, 79.7% drink at least half a liter … read more