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Mali – report from ETC: The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster ETC in Mali establishes and maintains essential communications services so that the relief community has the support to do what is does best – save lives, on relief web (first on ICT.wfp/Homepage), Dec 30, 2013;
Website of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster ETC, on ITC/Cluster: (ETC mandate – To provide timely, predictable and effective Information Communications Technology services to support humanitarian community in carrying out their work efficiently, effectively and safely);    Continue Reading…

Luxemburg, Lenin, Levi: Rethinking Revolutionary History

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Watch the video, 16.16 min, published on Socialist, moderated by Jackie Esmonde, December 14, 2013:

John Riddell, editor of Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International;
Paul Kellogg, author of The Only Hope of the Revolution is the Crowd: The Limits of Žižek’s Leninism, International Journal of Žižek Studies.

Nelson Mandela – 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013

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la naissance du mal

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HITLER, 137.08 min,(film complet en français 2013), uploaded by Hans Wolff, le 22 octobre 2013;

INMANNED America’s Drone Wars

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The Kids Britain Doesn’t Want

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uploaded by Krila Sounds, Dec 4, 2010:

Congo’s M23 rebels call off revolt

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M23 says it will disarm and pursue political solution with Joseph Kabila’s government after being driven out of last strongholds – Published on The Guardian, by David Smith, Nov 5, 2013.

Congolese rebels have surrendered after a 20-month uprising, offering the best hope of peace for years in the country’s war-ravaged east.
The M23 rebel group declared a ceasefire and said it was ready to disarm and demobilise troops and pursue a political solution to end the crisis.  Continue Reading…

The troubled path to Geneva

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Neither the regime nor the opposition are enthusiastic about the upcoming peace conference dubbed Geneva II – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Bassel Oudat in Damascus, Oct 23, 2013.

Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria, is shuttling across the region to get everyone prepared for Geneva II — a gathering intended to end Syria’s civil war. The international envoy started his visit in Cairo and is expected to visit Damascus, Tehran, Riyadh and Ankara before his regional tour is over … // Continue Reading…

World needs to turn plans to end child labour into urgent action

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Published on International Labour Organization ILO, by ILO chief Guy Ryder, during Third Global Conference on Child Labour, October 10, 2013:

“More than ever our focus must be on action and results as well as process,” says Guy Ryder at the end of the Third Global Conference on Child Labour … //

… “You made the link between the fight against child labour and the need to move forward on the Decent Work Agenda, implement fundamental principles and rights at work, prioritize employment creation, in particular for youth, extend measures of social protection and strengthen the rule of law and judicial systems. What we need now is to translate this link into urgent action,” said Ryder during the conference’s closing session.  Continue Reading…

In Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

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Published on ZSpace (first on Peace Voice), by Laura Finley, Oct 21, 2013.

Last I heard, contracts negotiated between two consenting and capable parties are supposed to be binding, with repercussions if one party violates what has been agreed upon and codified into a legal document. That is, of course, unless it is the state entering into such agreements with indigenous peoples. Then these legal documents are little more than lip-service, or so it seems, based on the actions of the U.S., Canadian, and other governments who have and continued to trample the rights of indigenous peoples with impunity. Instead of being held accountable to the legally binding agreements they have signed, these governments continue to deprive indigenous peoples of their land, their livelihoods, and their cultures. Worse yet, they have the gall to point the finger at indigenous peoples and their allies who resist this continued destruction of their land and resources, calling them the criminals.   Continue Reading…

Premalatha’s story – plus HR courses

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Published on Human Rights Eduction Association, November 2, 2012.

“I have been denied my rights. But these rights are my birthright,” says Premalatha, a school child in a village near Madurai in the Tamil Nadu region of southern India. She encounters caste and gender-based discrimination. When she fetches water from a well, she and children from other “lower caste” or “Dalit” families are supposed to wait behind children from the “upper caste”. In school, Dalits are sometimes not allowed to eat with other children.  Continue Reading…

To Be a Syrian Refugee in Egypt

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Published on Latitude, an Int. NYT’s Blog, by Ursula Lindsey, Oct 16, 2013.

CAIRO — Of the two million Syrians who have fled the conflict in their country, 200,000 to 300,000 have ended up in Egypt. They were welcome at first, but lately they have become scapegoats in Egypt’s latest political crisis, accused of being allies of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.  Continue Reading…

Saving African dictators from the ICC

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Alemayehu G. Mariam, Oct 10, 2013.

Africa’s anti-ICC crusaders who are threatening mass withdrawal from the Rome Statute are in a desperate last-ditch effort to rescue their brethren Kenyatta and Ruto from the ICC hook and simultaneously immunize themselves against any future legal accountability for crimes against international law.  Continue Reading…

Syria: Executions, Hostage Taking by Rebels

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Planned Attacks on Civilians Constitute Crimes Against Humanity – Published on Human Rights Watch HRW, Oct 11, 2013.

(New York) – Armed opposition groups in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and seized over 200 as hostages during a military offensive that began in rural Latakia governorate on August 4, 2013, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. At least 67 of the victims were executed or unlawfully killed in the operation around pro-government Alawite villages.   Continue Reading…

MA in Human Rights Education

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Published on USF/School of Education, not dated.

The Master of Arts in Human Rights Education (HRE) Program provides a unique opportunity to understand and address deep-rooted social and educational inequities through the lens of critical Human Rights Education … (full text).   Continue Reading…

Sudanese women: you can beat us but you cannot break us

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Hala Alkarib, Oct 03, 2013.

Political Islam in Sudan remains very strong and manifests itself in floggings of Sudanese women that are justified by the constitution in the Indecent and Immoral Acts. Yet, Sudanese women remain defiant and resist these unjust and misogynistic laws.

While the anger is accumulating in Sudan and peaceful demonstrators are being injured and killed by the Sudanese regime forces, this comes as a natural result of years of injustices. Sudan has been exposed to the brutality of the dogmatic ideology of political Islam, and the people have been stripped of their dignity. The story here is just a tip of the iceberg. Sudanese women are the mirror of the cruelty and disparity imposed by the ruling regime.   Continue Reading…

West may fail to bring Syrian opposition to Geneva talks in time – Lavrov

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Published on Russia Today RT, October 1, 2013.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed doubts that the West will be successful in getting the Syrian opposition to take part in the ‘Geneva-2’ peace conference, which he expects to take place in mid-November. Lavrov, stressing that this needs to happen, suggested that getting “rational members” of the opposition on board is a priority, RIA Novosti reports. He said there is still a lack of clarity regarding who will participate in the anticipated peace talks, “which is a big problem.”   Continue Reading…

Egypt: The right gamble

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The interim government is trying hard not to alienate the poor … but more daring actions are needed to revive the economy – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Sherine Abdel-Razek, Sept 25, 2013.

“High expectations are one of the problems facing the cabinet of Hazem Al-Beblawi,” says Sherine Al-Shawarby, professor of economics at Cairo University. “The public seems to think that a cabinet appointed after the second revolution in three years can work miracles overnight.”   Continue Reading…

They’re free, independent and ready to party in Chiapas

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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…

Humanitarian Murder

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Published on War Is A, 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…

Terence McKenna

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WHO (World Health Organization) refuses to publish report

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… on cancers and birth defects in Iraq caused by Depleted Uranium Ammunition – Published on (first on Global, 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…

Shocking Confession

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David Rockefeller’s Shocking Confession, 0.31 min, uploaded by StopTheRobbery2, November 7, 2010: feel free to repost, share, favourite and rate.


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about david rockefeller’s shocking confession on YouTube-search.

Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine

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(already on HBB’s blog, July 9, 2013):

Published on Dissident Voice, by ClassWarFilms, July 6, 2013 … and on YouTube, 22.51 min, uploaded there by ClassWarFilms, February 13, 2012: a brief and crucial history of the United States.

Links for ClassWarFilms: see them on Economy and Society.

Links for the guy who stops the machine: Continue Reading…

Teachers Striking Back in Chicago

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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…

Can Africa tell its own stories?

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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…

2 videos on civil disobedience

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Find civil disobedience also:   Continue Reading…

Why Bernie Sanders Opposes U.S. Strike on Syria

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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…

Welcome to Britain: Go Home or Face Arrest

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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…

This Bombardment of Syria Clichés Shows No Sign of Stopping

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Politicians all around the world discuss war with the very tiredest of language – Published on The Independent (also on ZNet), by Robert Fisk, September 5, 2013.

… 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…

Humanitarian Links

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(see also: Welcome to our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Snowden leaks: NSA conducted 231 offensive cyber-ops in 2011, hailed as active defense

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Published on Russia Today RT, August 31, 2013 (see also: Welcome to our new blog: politics for the 99%).

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…

Civil Disobedience as Law Enforcement

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Published on Labor Network for Sustainability (crossposted with Waging Nonviolence), by Jeremy Brecher, not dated ( see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

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…

Manning should be praised

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Interview with Noam Chomsky, published on NYTimes eXaminer, by Jérémy Clément, August 23, 2013 ( see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

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…

New learning opportunities on children’s rights

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Received by e-mail, From: HREA Distance Learning Programme, Date: 14/08/2013 – ( see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

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…

Manning’s Biggest Revelation of All

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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…

FEMNET’s Herstory: Advocating for the rights of African women

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Published on The African Women’s Development Fund AWDF, by AWDF, August 21, 2013 – download the book, 110 pdf-pages. (Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99%).

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…

Kein Knebelgesetz für Afghanistans Frauen

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Auf (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).

Doctors sound alarm on child fitness and health

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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 Fearless One: Rape Trial Galvanizes India

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Wieland Wagner, August 20, 2013 (Photo GalleryTranslated from the German by Christopher Sultan – Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99%).

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 handicapped children and the economy of misery

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Eudias Kigai, August 14, 2013. (Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99% (Frontpage), and it’s new post: Not Too Big to Jail).

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…

Malawians brace for another year of hunger

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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…

A riven nation: No fear of death

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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…

5 Steps That Offer the Best Hope For Egypt’s Future

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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…

Angela Davis on YouTube

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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…

Muslim Brotherhood treats children as pawns. Where’s the outcry?

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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…

The Crime of the Century

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Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Tom Engelhardt, August 7, 2013.

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…

Bradley Manning verdict convicts Washington

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Paul Craig Roberts, August 6, 2013.

Bradley Manning’s conviction is more conclusive evidence that the US government is illegitimate. Manning’s “trial” was equivalent to Joseph Stalin’s “trial” of Nikolai Bukharin. It did not take place in a real court with a real jury. The military officer who served as a “judge” was not impartial. Manning was convicted for obeying the US Military Code and doing his sworn duty to report war crimes. There is no difference between Manning’s “conviction” and the “conviction” of Bukharin as a capitalist spy. Both trials were political trials.   Continue Reading…

Beyond the Double Standard: Towards a Real Liberation Politics

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Beyond the Double Standard: Towards a Real Liberation Politics – Published on New Socialist Webzine, Canada, by Cinzia Arruzza, July 25, 2013.

A few months ago on the New York subway I saw the most incredible poster, a picture of a crying baby of colour with the words, “Got a good job? I cost thousands of dollars each year”. While I was still recovering from the shock, I saw a similar poster of a little Black girl: “Honestly Mom… chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?”   Continue Reading…

US: The Great Eviction

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Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Laura Gottesdiener, August 02, 2013.

… It’s May 2012 and we’re in Woodlawn, a largely African American neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. The crew Quafin is a part of dubbed themselves the HIT Squad, short for Housing Identification and Target. Their goal is to map blighted, bank-owned homes with overdue property taxes and neighbors angry enough about the destruction of their neighborhood to consider supporting a plan to repossess on the repossessors.   Continue Reading…