A trillion dollars. It’s a lot of money. In a year it could send 127 million college students to school, provide health insurance for 206 million people, or pay the salaries of seven million schoolteachers and seven million police officers. A trillion dollars could do a lot of good. It could transform or save a lot of lives. Now, imagine doubling the money; no, tripling it. Continue Reading…
Published in The Seattle Times/blog, by Brian J. Cantwell, Sept 17, 2013.
… The parade, which featured high-school bands, angry teachers and what must have been just about every unit of the Mexican military, along with their mortars and bazookas, was the finale of a brisk 24 hours of Mexican patriotism. Mexicans reserve the biggest splurge of celebrating for the night before Sept. 16, their official day of independence. Continue Reading…
Published on War Is A Crime.org, by David Swanson, Sept 16, 2013.
This past Sunday night on “60 Minutes” John Miller of CBS News said, “I’ve spoken with intelligence analysts who have said an uncomfortable thing that has a ring of truth, which is: the longer this war in Syria goes on, in some sense the better off we are.”
Now, why would that be uncomfortable, do you suppose? Could it be because encouraging huge numbers of violent deaths of human beings seems sociopathic? Continue Reading…
- The best Interview about drugs: Terence in Mexico 1996, 10.25 min, uploaded by tonytg909, April 16, 2011: Probably the most open minded, informative talk on different substances which grow naturally in nature and how there connection with humans have shaped many people’s ways of thinking. If you are interested in Terence Mckenna’s speeches, a great link with all his full-length videos can be found here: The Terence McKenna Archive on YouTube;
- meditation vs hallucinogens, 4.09 min, uploaded by ra1nro, December 9, 2009;
- His message, 8.58 min, uploaded by revolutionloveevolve, June 15, 2011; Continue Reading…
von 62cherry99 im July-August 2013 hochgeladen:
Ich habe keine Lust mehr, 6.53 min;
am 1. Juli 2013 bei Volle Kanne: Teil 1/3, 14.31 min; Teil 2/3, 14.31 min; Teil 3/3, 7.23 min: der DAX feiert 25. Geburtstag, ein guter Anlass, um Börsenexperte Dirk Müller einmal mehr zum Frühstück einzuladen. Mister DAX ordnet außerdem den EU-Beitritt Kroatiens ein.
… on cancers and birth defects in Iraq caused by Depleted Uranium Ammunition – Published on williambowles.info (first on Global Researech.ca), by Denis Halliday, September 15, 2013 (the World Health Organisation (WHO) has categorically refused in defiance of its own mandate to share evidence uncovered in Iraq that US military use of Depleted Uranium and other weapons have not only killed many civilians, but continue to result in the birth of deformed babies).
This issue was first brought to light in 2004 in a WHO expert report “on the long-term health of Iraq’s civilian population resulting from depleted uranium (DU) weapons” … // Continue Reading…
- ROUGEMONT, Canada—AMERICAN FREE PRESS roving editor Mark Anderson recently met with Swiss economist Francois de Siebenthal in Quebec during an annual “Economic Democracy” conference. Mr. de Siebenthal , whose work has aided economic recovery initiatives in The Philippines, among other places, explained the basics of a citizen movement in Switzerland to abolish traditional welfare in favor of a “dividend” system that would provide a basic income for all Swiss inhabitants.
- The movement consists of a Swiss ballot initiative that needs at least 100,000 valid signatures by October 2013. If approved by the majority of the 26 Cantons and by overall popular vote, the federal level of the Swiss government would then review and process it. If all goes as planned, this unorthodox measure, in a world being swallowed up by debt and subjected to conventional economic models that never work well, could be enacted into law. If so, this model would be the first of its kind to be tried.
DEMOCRACY IN ACTION? 10 Weird Examples Of The Swiss Referendum System In Action, on Business Insider, by SANYA KHETANI, Feb 21, 2012.
The six essential features of the revolution in the nuclear power decision- making process for the 2010-2020 decade, from GEAB No. 55 (May 2011), a longer excerpt made public Septembre 4, 2013.
… The world is here today:
Operators, investors and opponents of nuclear power, as well as policymakers, are wondering what will be needed to be done tomorrow, what trends will prevail and the choices available to them. It is precisely what the LEAP/E2020 team modestly intends to anticipate in the second part of this analysis with the six essential features in the revolution of the nuclear power decision-making process for the 2010-2020 decade. Continue Reading…
(already on HBB’s blog, July 9, 2013):
Links for ClassWarFilms: see them on Economy and Society.
Links for the guy who stops the machine: Continue Reading…
There are lessons for the wider union movement here. … At a time when strikes are rare and union membership is shrinking the CTU’s boldness stands out – Published on AlterNet/LABOR, by Lee Sustar, September 10, 2013 (… an excerpt of the book Striking Back in Chicago: How Teachers Took on City Hall and Pushed Back Education Reform, ISBN: 9781608463350, Published: November, 2013. Type: Paperback, Publisher: Haymarket Books, Price: $16.00).
… For nine days, teachers congregated at busy intersections, protested companies that reap tax benefits while school budgets are cut and marched through African American neighborhoods hardest hit by school closures. It was impossible to go anywhere in the city without encountering a picket line. Teachers couldn’t walk down the block without honks of support from passing cars, greetings from passersby, or enter a corner store without getting offers of free water, coffee and food. Continue Reading…
Published on Pambazuka News, by Simon Allison, Sept 11, 2013.
One of Africa’s biggest problems is that it is not allowed to tell its own stories. There are imperfect solutions such as content-sharing agreements among journalists but ultimately Africa must set its own news agenda.
There is not a lot of money in African journalism. As an African journalist, I know this all too well. An illustrative example: I was in South Sudan in November 2012, on a trip I was financing myself. Weeks in flea-ridden hostels culminated in a four-day stay at a refugee camp near the border with Sudan. Continue Reading…
AudioBook by H.G. Wells – FULL, 491.19 min (8h 11min 19sec), uploaded by GreatestAudioBooks, Feb 5, 2013: … is a novel published in 1914 by H. G. Wells. The book is considered a prophetical novel foretelling the advent of nuclear weapons. A constant theme in Wells’s work, such as his 1901 nonfiction book Anticipations, was the role of energy and technological advance as a determinant of human progress. The novel opens: “The history of mankind is the history of the attainment of external power. Man is the tool-using, fire-making animal.” Scientists of the day were well aware that the slow natural radioactive decay of elements like radium continues for thousands of years, and that while the rate of energy release is negligible, the total amount released is huge. Wells used this as the basis for his story. The World Set Free, on Wikipedia.org.
- Civil Disobedience – Thoreau: Complete Video Audio Book, 81.12 min, uploaded by mlhnikki (Monique Haen), Nov 9, 2012: On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau;
- Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine, 22.52 min, uploaded by ClassWarFilms, Feb 13, 2012: a brief and crucial history of the United States;
Find civil disobedience also: Continue Reading…
Published on The Progressive, by Matthew Rothschild, September 9, 2013.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont spoke out forcefully against a U.S. war on Syria over the weekend.
Speaking at a fundraiser in Madison, Wisconsin, Friday night, Sanders said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was “a butcher of the worst kind.” But Sanders added: “To get involved in a bloody and complicated war in Syria makes no sense at all. We would reap consequences we can’t imagine.” Continue Reading…
After its disastrous year in power in Egypt, what could the future hold for the Muslim Brotherhood – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Mohamed Hussein Abul-Ela, Sept 4, 2013.
The Muslim Brotherhood regime has gone and has vanished from the political arena, and it has now become just a tragic national memory in the collective subconscious. The slogans intending to profit from religion have disappeared, and reality has manifested itself in all its ugliness, as telling lies was used in place of honesty. Continue Reading…
(Q & A with) Noam Chomsky (May, 2013): Syria, Hezbollah, Revolution, Ireland, Austerity, Climate Change, etc, 25.00 min, uploaded by Leftist Videos, Sept 4, 2013: NEW Interview of Noam Chomsky on Syria, Hezbollah, Revolution, Ireland, Austerity, Climate Change, and various other topics;
Chomsky explains why Hitchens and Horowitz reversed everything they believed, 12.39 min, uploaded by Leftist Videos, March 4, 2013 (recorded March 1989): Noam Chomsky talking about the similarities between Bolshevism and Capitalism;
Links: Continue Reading…
Published on openDemocracy, by John Grayson, Sept 6, 2013.
For decades racists have yelled “Go Home” at minority ethnic and Black people. Now the government is doing it in a reviled and provocative advertising campaign aimed, ostensibly, at ‘illegal immigrants’. John Grayson reflects on a nasty piece of work.
(See also We all belong to Glasgow – Refugees Are Welcome Here) … //
… Decent working people: … //
… New Labour’s contribution: Continue Reading…
… And get this. Obama is not asking America to go to war, but to “degrade and deter” Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons. We first got “degrade” in the 1991 Gulf war, then we got it again when Nato fired weapons at Milosovic’s chums in Serbia (targets, you may remember, that included a TV station, an express train and a hospital). And “the costs of inaction are greater and graver still” – this from Democratic chairman of the Senate committee, Robert Menendez. But is this true? Continue Reading…
- Chad: MSF launches an emergency response to combat an alarming rise in malaria, on Humanitarian News, Sept 5, 2013 – (more on The NonProfit Press; it’s Homepage);
- We will have to scale up water and sanitation access (SEMIDE / EMWIS), on Desertification, by blog owner, Sept 5, 2013;
- FAO Launches Initiative on Water Scarcity in the Near East, on Desertification, by blog owner, Sept 5, 2013;
- SEMIDE / EMWIS, Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector;
Address: Locaux de l’Office International de l’Eau OIEAU, Place Sophie Laffitte, 06902 Sophia-Antipolis, France; (also in english, espanol, and russian);
- Water Scarcity Facts, on WaterAid.uk: The crisis: The water and sanitation crisis is the second biggest killer of children under five years old worldwide; Statistics: the hard facts behind the crisis;
- Outreach International, doing and learning: /about; /our work; /get involved; /Blog;
In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice: someone from General Keith Alexander’s outfit, the National Security Agency, tracks down H.G. Wells’s time machine in the attic of an old house in London. Britain’s subservient Government Communications Headquarters, its version of the NSA, is paid off and the contraption is flown to Fort Meade, Maryland, where it’s put back in working order. Alexander then revs it up and heads not into the future like Wells to see how our world ends, but into the past to offer a warning to Americans about what’s to come … // Continue Reading…
Yousef Alhelou Reporting From Gaza, on RealNews Network:
- Unrest In Egypt Squeezes Gaza: 7.26 min, Turmoil and unrest in Egypt harming Gazans who are relient on the Rafah crossing as the lone way to circumvent Israeli blockade, Sept 2, 2013;
- Gazans Use Social Media to Break Media Silence: 12.19 min, Palestinian citizen journalists use social media to tell harsh realities of life under Israeli military occupation, July 31, 2013;
- Palestinians in Gaza react to Morsi’s ouster, closure of Rafah crossing: 8.24 min, The Egyptian army’s decision to close the Rafah crossing, Gaza’s only terminal to the outside world, and the demolishing of the underground tunnels along the border added more hardships and suffering to Gazans, July 15, 2013; Continue Reading…
Published on openDemocracy, by JIM SLEEPER, September 1, 2013.
American liberal arts colleges are embracing collaborations with authoritarian regimes worldwide, with implications for US foreign policy. Following up his op-ed in the New York Times on Sunday, Jim Sleeper reports on the issue in greater depth in this openDemocracy essay … //
… It’s one thing, and probably a good thing, for Western research universities to set up research projects and programs in law, business, medicine, and technical training in a wide variety of societies. Nearly 250 are doing so, eight in Kazakhstan alone (including Duke, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh, as well as Wisconsin), dozens in the United Arab Emirates and China, a dozen in Singapore. Continue Reading…
Published on Left Foot Forward, by James Bloodworth, AUGUST 30, 2013.
While politicians were splitting hairs over UN weapons inspections last night, a Syrian government fighter plane was preparing to dump its lethal payload on a Damascus primary school.
A video of the incident emerged as if to coincide with the parliamentary vote not to punish the use of chemical weapons by the Assad government, with camera footage emerging showing children fleeing the scene of the outrage with napalm-like burns on their bodies. Continue Reading…
US intelligence carried out 231 offensive cyber-ops in 2011, nearly three-quarters of them against key targets such as Iran, Russia, China and N. Korea, as well as nuclear proliferation, a classified report obtained by The Washington Post says.
The “most challenging targets” also include suspected terrorists “in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, and other extremist safe havens,” according to one list of priorities. US budget documents describe the attacks as “active defense.” Continue Reading…
2013-08-01: Chris Hedges;
2013-08-01: raus aus der Euro-Falle;
2013-08-02: blow the whistle, face life in jail: progressives slam verdict in Manning case;
2013-08-03: US: The Great Eviction;
2013-08-03: Gesichter der Armut;
2013-08-04: When we were Woodstock (3);
2013-08-05: Beyond the Double Standard: Towards a Real Liberation Politics;
2013-08-06: A Path Forward for Egypt’s Revolution;
2013-08-06: Max Uthoff;
2013-08-07: Bradley Manning verdict convicts Washington;
2013-08-08: Convos With My 2 Year Old daughter;
2013-08-08: Comment la Faim tue toutes les 4 secondes;
2013-08-09: The Crime of the Century;
2013-08-10: We Won’t Pay: Greek activists reconnect power to poverty-stricken homes;
2013-08-11: Tanzania: Smallholder farmers lose in most govt programmes;
2013-08-12: Merkel’s European Failure: Germany Dozes on a Volcano;
2013-08-13: Muslim Brotherhood treats children as pawns. Where’s the outcry?
2013-08-14: Angela Davis on YouTube;
2013-08-15: Vijay Prashad on YouTube;
2013-08-16: UK – Left Unity: Comparing the Platforms;
2013-08-17: Treating EVERYONE like a potential terrorist weakens our ability to protect America;
2013-08-18: 5 Steps That Offer the Best Hope For Egypt’s Future;
2013-08-19: A riven nation: No fear of death;
2013-08-20: Malawians brace for another year of hunger;
2013-08-21: Trafficking handicapped children and the economy of misery;
2013-08-22: The Fearless One: Rape Trial Galvanizes India;
2013-08-23: Doctors sound alarm on child fitness and health;
2013-08-23: Kein Knebelgesetz für Afghanistans Frauen;
2013-08-24: FEMNET’s Herstory: Advocating for the rights of African women;
2013-08-25: Manning’s Biggest Revelation of All;
2013-08-26: New learning opportunities on children’s rights;
2013-08-27: Manning should be praised;
2013-08-28: Pinching pensions to keep Wall Street fat and happy;
2013-08-29: Civil Disobedience as Law Enforcement;
2013-08-30: Aging Together: A New Way to Avoid Late-Life Loneliness, Part 1;
2013-08-31: Venezuela: the Commune has to be the new Economic Power.
Merida, 27th August 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – The Venezuelan government established a presidential commission for communes yesterday, and President Nicolas Maduro has announced further measures to strengthen the political role of communal councils and communes in Venezuela. Continue Reading…
Getting old often means getting lonely. Five pensioners from Hamburg tried to improve their lives by moving into a shared apartment. SPIEGEL journalist Barbara Hardinghaus, seeking options for her own parents, explored how they fared. She found that old age and happiness can go together … // Continue Reading…
Two years ago I was among more than a thousand people who committed civil disobedience at the White House to oppose the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then many more have been arrested around the country, often blocking the actual pathway along which the Keystone XL is being constructed. Nearly 70,000 people have vowed to risk arrest if the State Department recommends that the president approve the pipeline. Continue Reading…
The debate over public pensions clearly shows the contempt that the elites have for ordinary workers. While elites routinely preach the sanctity of contract when it works to benefit the rich and powerful, they are happy to treat the contracts that provide workers with pensions as worthless scraps of paper. Continue Reading…
Jérémy Clément asks:
- The New York Times Editorial Board recently stated their belief that the “35-year sentence a military judge imposed on Pfc. Bradley Manning” was too much. (“Bradley Manning’s Excessive Sentence,” Aug. 21) The Board writes that Manning broke the law and comments on what they believe “are appropriate punishments.” What do you think about Manning’s sentence? Is he the only one who broke the law here? Continue Reading…
Dear Colleagues, HREA offers several (new) courses in September-November 2013 for those interested to advance their knowledge and skills to advocate for children’s rights:
- Child Participation: (11 September-22 October 2013) – Children’s participation is a key principle of a child rights based approach. Children have rights to express their views and to be heard in all matters affecting them, while considering their evolving capacities. Providing space and inclusive opportunities for expression, information sharing, association and participation in decision making empowers children and young people as active citizens. Continue Reading…
Published on firedoglake, by Nat Parry, August 23, 2013.
… After being rebuffed by her commanding officer and rejected by traditional news outlets like the New York Times, the young Army intelligence analyst provided three important bodies of documents to WikiLeaks.
The Iraq war logs consisted of 391,000 field reports, including the notorious “Collateral Murder” video of U.S. soldiers gunning down a crowd of Iraqi civilians, injuring two small children and killing two Reuters journalists in July 2007. Continue Reading…
AWDF is proud to have supported the production of a publication documenting the herstory of The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET). In her foreword to the publication, Joyce Hilda Banda, President of Malawi stated: Continue Reading…
Auf AVAAZ.org (die Welt in Aktion) gefunden:
Im Alter von 12 Jahren wurde Sahar Gul verkauft und zwangsverheiratet. Fortan lebte sie in einem Haus des Schreckens … // … Petition an die Mitglieder des Oberhauses der Afghanischen Nationalversammlung und den Vorsitzenden des Gesetzgebungsausschusses, Malawi Ghulam Muhiuddin Monsef unterzeichnen … (ganzer Text).
New report prompts fears over soaring obesity, showing half of seven-year-olds are not doing enough exercise – Published on The Guardian, by Denis Campbell, August 21, 2013.
They risk being the couch potatoes of the future – the children who prefer playing computer games, watching TV or just lounging around to visiting their nearest skatepark or taking inspiration from Andy Murray and picking up a tennis racket.
They are not the majority, but they may be – and soon. Continue Reading…
The horrific gang rape that killed Indian physical therapy student Jyoti Singh Pandey last December created an international uproar. Now, the trial is approaching a verdict amid heightened emotions and accusations that one of the defendants was murdered … //
… A Symbol of the Public’s Rage: Continue Reading…
Trafficking syndicates operating between Kenya and Tanzania are actively involved in the trade of handicapped children
Used in Nairobi’s lucrative ‘begging industry’, Tanzanian children are transported through major bus routes, such as the Tanzania Namanga route, to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The journey can take up to nine hours.
Once inside the borders, bribes must be paid to Kenyan immigration officers, and both Tanzania and Kenya revenue authority officers, to allow them pass without the temporary East African passport. Continue Reading…
Rain-fed maize production is down in the north – Published on IRINnews, by sm/ks/rz, August 16, 2013.
MZIMBA – The phrase on the lips of many Malawians these days, particularly in the north of the country is: “There will be hunger this year.”
In Karonga District, prolonged hot, dry spells caused maize crops in the southern part of the district to wilt. The dry spell was followed by heavy rains, which not only knocked down the wilting maize but also brought down several houses, affecting scores of people. In the northern part of the district, flooding filled rice paddies with sand, virtually burying the crop. Continue Reading…
Published on The Economist, August 17, 2013.
A SMALL Ferris wheel carrying grubby children creaks around in the sweltering, dusty heat. Donkeys pull carts of vegetables along potholed roads. In Adwa, the humble home village of Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brothers’ ousted president, there is much unhappiness at his demise. Posters on shop fronts say, “Yes to legitimacy! No to the coup!” … // Continue Reading…
Published on Amnesty International, by Geoffrey Mocki, August 16, 2013.
Egyptian security forces can’t break old habits, and now the spirit of the 2011 Uprisings is in disarray.
For the third day in a row, security forces have attacked supporters for deposed President Mohamad Morsi, some of whom are armed and have fired back. Health officials put the death toll on Wednesday at 525, but that number has surely gone higher in the two days since. Continue Reading…
… says Top Security Expert – Published on Investment Watch Blog, by Washington’s Blog / Bruce Schneier, August 15th, 2013.
… Many top experts (including you) have said that mass surveillance on Americans is harmful to national security, as it makes the haystack too big to search meaningfully for bad guys. As a layperson, it seems to me that the same is true with many of our counter-terrorism efforts since 9/11. Continue Reading…
We face the probability of a terrible decline in the social wealth of the working people in the UK, a critical change in the life experience of working class people, says Felicity Dowling. Hunger, want and fear are coming back to this and other countries. Thousands have signed petitions supporting the call for a new political formation under the banner of Left Unity. November will see hundreds of founding members of this new party inaugurate it, determine our political direction, our priorities and the nature of the organisation itself … // Continue Reading…
Mr. Vijay Prashad, interviewed at the UNCTAD Public Symposium (24-25 June 2013), 19.24 min, uploaded by UNCTADOnline, July 16, 2013;
A Replay of Iraq War in Syria? 16.18 min, uploaded by NewsClickin, June 22, 2013: The United States has provided more arms to the rebel groups claiming that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the militants …; Continue Reading…
Angela Y. Davis at the University of Chicago, May 2013, 66.01 min, uploaded by CSRPCUofC, May 10, 2013: CSRPC Annual Public Lecture and CSGS Classics in Feminist Theory Series present Angela Y. Davis: Feminism and Abolition: Theories and Practices for the 21st Century …;
… Q&A, May 2013, 30.56 min, uploaded by CSRPCUofC, May 10, 2013; … ff: if you have patience and wait, more interesting videos comme up in autoplay …; Continue Reading…
Published on Intrepid Report, by Linda S. Heard, August 12, 2013.
… I have every reason to be cynical when an Al Jazeera reporter, covering the festivities, revealed that the Brotherhood leadership has ordered its followers to bring their wives and children to the sit-in when plans have been firmed up to dismantle it. When she asked parents whether they feared for their kids’ lives, they invariably said they were willing to sacrifice their children for the sake of democracy and freedom. Continue Reading…
Published on Spiegel Online International, by Jürgen Habermas, August 09, 2013
Angela Merkel’s government is forcing Southern Europe to undertake profound reforms while at the same time denying its own responsibility for the consequences of its crisis policies. Germany is risking a historic failure with its shortsighted wrangling … //
… A Duplicitous Game:
The fact is that the Merkel administration is forcing its controversial crisis agenda on France and the “southern countries,” while the purchasing policy of the European Central Bank (ECB) provides unacknowledged support. Continue Reading…
… Apart from what you have said, what are the tangible achievements in the 20 years of the Mviwata existence?
- The Kibaigwa market in Dodoma – probably the largest grain market in Tanzania – was built by Mviwata.
- We also constructed agro-produce markets in other places. Examples are Mgeta’s Kinole, Nyandira and Tawa markets in Morogoro Region; Mkata in Tanga; Igagala in Njombe; Igurusi in Mbeya and Matai and Kasanga in Rukwa. All these have not only facilitated rural farmers to access reliable markets and better prices, but also contributed to the improvement of the economy. Continue Reading…
Watch the video, 2.44 min, published on Russia Today RT, August 8, 2013.
With a Eurozone record of 27 percent of Greeks unemployed, people are taking a pro-active approach to the crisis. Activists from the ‘We Won’t Pay’ movement, which boasts 10,000 members, are illegally reconnecting power to hundreds of homes.
Tough austerity measures have left many people in Greece unable to pay their electricity bills. The ‘We Don’t Pay’ movement which has over 10,000 members helps many of those by illegally reconnecting power to their homes, despite legal action against them. Continue Reading…
Hey, let’s talk spying! In Surveillance America, this land of spookery we all now inhabit, what else is there to talk about? Was there anyone growing up like me in the 1950s who didn’t know Revolutionary War hero and spy Nathan Hale’s last words before the British hanged him: “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country”? I doubt it. Continue Reading…