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2012-08-01: Behind the Great Firewall of China;
2012-08-02: Paleo Festival Nyon 2012: some Artists;
2012-08-03: The New Student Rebellion and the Mexican Left;
2012-08-04: Divide and Rule in the Land of Gold;
2012-08-04: GENDER and LAND GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE;
2012-08-05: Emerging Powers in Africa Initiative;
2012-08-06: The Fahamu Pan-African Fellowship FPAF;
2012-08-07: Russia’s largest Muslim region to clamp down on extremism;
2012-08-08: Vera’s Kidney, Walter’s Money: Desperation, Greed and the Global Organ Trade;
2012-08-08: FORUM DES CULTURES: Chanter contre l’excision;
2012-08-09: People as Surplus/Unnecessary Humans;
2012-08-10: Oliver Shanti and his friends;
2012-08-11: Farm Lands of Africa announces execution of an agreement …;
2012-08-12: Living with the Trees of Life;
2012-08-13: False Flag Terror and Conspiracies of Silence;
2012-08-14: Developing Children;
2012-08-15: Defense Motion Details Horrific Conditions Bradley Manning Was Subjected to at Quantico;
2012-08-16: What If There Were No Police?
2012-08-17: Goldman Sachs Free to Keep Stealing;
2012-08-17: Une alternative urgente à la logique infernale du capital;
2012-08-18: A Fundamental Human Right: Ecuador Grants Assange Political Asylum;
2012-08-18: Mutilations Génitales Féminines MGF;
2012-08-18: Comité des observateurs des droits de l’Homme CODHO;
2012-08-19: again the Soweto Gospel Choir;
2012-08-20: Howard Zinn’s Zen Politics;
2012-08-21: USA: Smith Act trials of Communist Party leaders (1949 to 1958);
2012-08-22: There’s Only One Solution That Might Fix Our Corrupt Financial System;
2012-08-23: The Cost of Hunger: Drought Only One Factor Behind High Food Prices;
2012-08-24: Hedges and Sacco, A Twenty-First Century American Sacrifice Zone;
2012-08-25: Responsible farmland investing? Current efforts to regulate land grabs will make things worse;
2012-08-26: Toward a New Beginning – On Another Road, The Alternative to the Micro-Sect (1971);
2012-08-27: How to create your own NGO;
2012-08-28: Inside U.S.-Soviet Relations during the Carter-Brezhnev Period;
2012-08-29: Female Genital Mutilation: A Crime Against Women;
2012-08-30: Five Holistic Alternative Farming Methods: Agroecology at its Best;
2012-08-31: Can democracy exist without trust?
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Can democracy exist without trust?

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Watch this video, 14.05 min, on TED talks, by Ivan Krastev, FILMED June 2012, POSTED August 2012: Five great revolutions have shaped political culture over the past 50 years, says theorist Ivan Krastev. He shows how each step forward — from the cultural revolution of the ‘60s to recent revelations in the field of neuroscience — has also helped erode trust in the tools of democracy. As he says, “What went right is also what went wrong.” Can democracy survive? … (full text and comments).   Continue Reading…

Five Holistic Alternative Farming Methods: Agroecology at its Best

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Published on nourishing the planet, by Ioulia Fenton, August 28, 2012.

In March 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur, Olivier De Schutter, presented a report highlighting how agroecology holds promise for alleviating hunger, reducing poverty, preserving the environment, and fighting climate change.   Continue Reading…

Female Genital Mutilation: A Crime Against Women

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Published on Huffington Post, by Yvonne Ossei, August 27, 2012.

A seven-year-old girl is screaming hysterically in a secluded room. She has just had her clitoris cut off, her vagina sewn together and the surrounding areas of her genitalia burnt with corrosives. Her legs have been tied together and for months she will not be able to walk. Furthermore she will have no choice but to urinate through her fleshy wounds. The physical pain and psychological trauma will haunt her until the day she dies, unless she bleeds to death first.  Continue Reading…

Inside U.S.-Soviet Relations during the Carter-Brezhnev Period

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Documents and Transcripts of Meetings between Leading American and Soviet Ex-Officials Explore Collapse of Détente in late 1970s – Published on The National Security Archive, by Svetlana Savranskaya and Malcolm Byrne (With grateful appreciation to James G. Blight and Janet M. Lang), Washington, DC, August 15, 2012.

High hopes for a “reset” of U.S.-Soviet relations in the late 1970s were shattered by ingrained suspicions and negative international trends to which both sides contributed under President Jimmy Carter and General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, according to declassified documents and unique “critical oral history” transcripts posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.   Continue Reading…

How to create your own NGO

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Toward a New Beginning – On Another Road, The Alternative to the Micro-Sect (1971)

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Published on Marxist.org, by Hal Draper, 1971.

Responsible farmland investing? Current efforts to regulate land grabs will make things worse

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab (Source: OFRANEH), August 22, 2012.

From the World Bank to pension funds, efforts are under way to regulate land grabs through the creation of codes and standards. The idea is to distinguish those land deals that do meet certain criteria and should be approvingly called “investments” from those that don’t and can continue to be stigmatised as land “grabs”. Up to now, it was mostly international agencies that were trying to do this. Now, the private sector is engaging in a serious way to set its own rules of the game.   Continue Reading…

Hedges and Sacco, A Twenty-First Century American Sacrifice Zone

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a book excerpt: from Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (amazon) – Published on Tom Dispatch, by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco, August 21, 2012.

… A World of Hillbilly Heroin: During the two years Joe Sacco and I reported from the poorest pockets of the United States, areas that have been sacrificed before the altar of unfettered and unregulated capitalism, we found not only decayed and impoverished communities but shattered lives.  There comes a moment when the pain and despair of constantly running into a huge wall, of realizing that there is no way out of poverty, crush human beings.  Those who best managed to resist and bring some order to their lives almost always turned to religion and in that faith many found the power to resist and even rebel.   Continue Reading…

The Cost of Hunger: Drought Only One Factor Behind High Food Prices

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In the US, the Midwest is suffering through one of the worst droughts in decades – Published on Spiegel Online International, by CLEMENS HÖGES, ALEXANDER JUNG, MALTE LAUB, MICHAELA SCHIESSL and GERALD TRAUFETTER, August 21, 2012. (Photo GalleryTranslated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

The severe drought in the US has been blamed the rising prices of agricultural commodities. But that is only part of the story: Biofuels, financial speculation and changing dietary habits are also playing a role. The global food supply faces pressure from all sides … // Continue Reading…

There’s Only One Solution That Might Fix Our Corrupt Financial System

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The simple truth is our giant banking system is metastasizing throughout our economy. It’s sucking away our wealth. And it’s out of control – Published on AlterNet.org, by Les Leopold, August 14, 2012.

Americans want their pound of flesh, and rightfully so. We’ve seen our bankers commit every kind of financial crime imaginable.  They trade on insider information. They manipulate markets. They rig bets. They fix prices. They sell securities that are designed to fail so that they can bet against them. They launder money for rogue nations. They create too-big-to-fail banks that gamble with impunity knowing that we will bail them out again and again. And they collectively crashed the economy causing 8 million workers to lose their jobs.   Continue Reading…

USA: Smith Act trials of Communist Party leaders (1949 to 1958)

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This article is about trials that involved the CPUSA. For other trials, see Smith Act trial disambiguation – Published on en.wikipedia.

The Smith Act trials of Communist Party leaders were a series of trials held from 1949 to 1958 in which leaders of the Communist Party of the United States CPUSA were accused of violating the Smith Act (Maintenance of National Security and the First Amendment), a 1940 statute that set penalties for advocating the violent overthrow of the government.    Continue Reading…

Howard Zinn’s Zen Politics

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book review: Howard Zinn (1922–2010), The Historic Unfulfilled Promise, Foreword by Matthew Rothschild, Ed. San Francisco: City Lights, 2012, 256 pages. – Published on MRzine, by Jonah Raskin, August 16, 2012.(Find Howard Zinn also on World People’s Blog).

Howard Zinn was called a lot of different names: anarchist, socialist, and communist.  He called himself a lot of different names, too: anarchist, socialist, and communist.  No one ever seems to have called him Zen, but maybe it’s time to start.  He certainly knew the meaning of Zen from his days as a postdoctoral fellow in East Asian Studies at Harvard.  He also met Zen Buddhists when he traveled to Hanoi near the height of the War in Vietnam and secured the release of Americans held hostage.  Continue Reading…

again the Soweto Gospel Choir

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2012-08-18: Comité des observateurs des droits de l’Homme CODHO

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(Committee of Observers of Human Rights) – Received by e-mail, From: CODHO, Dates: 15 and 16 August 2012, the following press releases (actually in french):

.DDH COMPRESSE NORD KIVU 15 08 2012.

.DDH COMPRESSE NORD KIVU 15 08 2012 CORRIGEDUM 16 08 2012.

.JUS COMPRESSE CONJOINT CODHO – ACAJ CSM ASSEMBLEE GEN EXT 18 08 2012.

The Committee of Observers of Human Rights CODHO, Address: L / 4-2, rue Bongandanga, Immeuble Veve Center,1er ét,Q. an. com., Kinshasa 11, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Phone: +243 815089970, E-mail:   Continue Reading…

Mutilations Génitales Féminines MGF

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A Fundamental Human Right: Ecuador Grants Assange Political Asylum

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by , August 16, 2012. (Linked with Assange Embassy Controversy: Britain Threatens To Raid Ecuador’s Embassy Over Amnesty Issue).

Ecuador on Thursday said it would grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the country’s embassy in London for weeks now. Britain says it still intends to extradite the whistleblower to Sweden, where he faces questioning over allegations of sexual offenses … //

… Britain Says It Will Still Detain Assange:   Continue Reading…

Une alternative urgente à la logique infernale du capital

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Publié dans Mondialisation.ca, par Guillermo Almeyra, le 7 aout 2012.

Les états capitalistes dépendants qui, en Amérique Latine ont les gouvernements dits « progressistes » refusant d’appliquer les politiques imposées par le « Consensus de Washington », sont attrapés dans un engrenage qui dévore continuellement les efforts en faveur d’un changement économique et social, mécanisme qui reproduit et aggrave le passé, consolidant au passage les politiques néolibérales que ces gouvernements déclarent repousser … // Continue Reading…

Goldman Sachs Free to Keep Stealing

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Published, on The People’s Voice, by Stephen Lendman, August 14, 2012;

… The legal dictionary calls fraud:

A false representation of a matter of fact – whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed – that deceives and is intended to deceive another so that the individual will act upon it to her or his legal injury.
Criminal and civil frauds differ by level of proof required. The former needs a preponderance of evidence. The latter must prove intent and be beyond a reasonable doubt.

Goldman settled SEC charges for pennies on the dollar. What a business. Steal a fortune. Pay a pittance back. Goldman writes it off as operating costContinue Reading…

What If There Were No Police?

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Moving past the failed institution of the police – Published on Dissident Voice, by Kimberly Wilder, August 14, 2012;

Americans have a belief that the police are helping to keep people safe and helping to limit or stop crime. Though, in recent decades, there have been too many mistakes, where police have harmed innocent people. And many times, the police have even killed innocent and/or unarmed people … //

… Here are some ideas about potential alternative organizations to the police, who could help to “maintain order”, “enforce the law”, and “prevent and detect crime”: Continue Reading…

Defense Motion Details Horrific Conditions Bradley Manning Was Subjected to at Quantico

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Published on dissenter.firedoglake.com, August 10, 2012 (… but first watch the video which Bradley Manning released to wikileaks, the reason for his imprisonnement: short version 1.41 min, long version 39.14 min).

A more than one hundred page defense motion detailing how Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, was subjected to cruel and inhuman treatment while held at Quantico Marine Brig has been made public. The motion on “unlawful pretrial punishment” asserts officers at the brig made a decision to hold Manning in the harshest conditions possible, regardless of his psychological health. It concludes, as a result of “flagrant violation” of Manning’s “constitutional rights,” the judge should dismiss all charges with prejudice or, at minimum, grant “meaningful relief in the form of at least 10-for-1 sentencing credit for the 258 days PFC Manning inappropriately spent in the equivalent of solitary confinement.”   Continue Reading…

Developing Children

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  • Dr. Adele Diamond: Child Development and the Brain – Insight to Help Every Child Thrive, 37.06 min, uploaded by GarrisonInstitute, July 16, 2012: In her talk, “Child Development and the Brain: Insights to Help Every Child Thrive,” Dr. Adele Diamond explores the science underlying the emerging fields of Contemplative Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Dr. Diamond is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and the Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. She is also a member of the Garrison Institute’s Education Leadership Council;   Continue Reading…

False Flag Terror and Conspiracies of Silence

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Prof. James F. Tracy, August 10, 2012.

The news media’s readiness to accept official pronouncements and failure to more vigorously analyze and question government authorities in the wake of “domestic terrorist” incidents contributes to the American public’s already acute case of collective historical amnesia, while it further rationalizes the twenty-first century police state and continued demise of civil society.   Continue Reading…

Living with the Trees of Life

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Innovative Solutions to Solve the Food Crisis – Published on Nourishing the Planet, by Katie Spoden, August 10, 2012.

Dr. Roger Leakey, an expert in tropical agroforestry, recently published a new book titled, Living with the Trees of Life, Towards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture. A mixture of personal narrative and scientific research, Living with the Trees of Life presents a roadmap of simple and inexpensive solutions to hunger and poverty.    Continue Reading…

Farm Lands of Africa announces execution of an agreement …

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… for the acquisition of Buddhavarapu Farms SA – Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, August 7, 2012.

CONAKRY, REPUBLIC OF GUINEA (PRWEB): On July 30, 2012, Farm Lands of Africa Inc. (OTC Markets: “FLAF” or the “Company”) entered into a share exchange agreement with Buddhavarapu Farms SA (BFS) and BFS shareholders whereby upon the closing under the agreement the Company will acquire 100% of the equity capital of BFS in exchange for the issuance to BFS shareholders of 18,416,670 shares of the Company’s common stock, representing 66.66% of the Company’s outstanding shares on a post-closing basis.   Continue Reading…

Oliver Shanti and his friends

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playing the Spirituality, Love and Joy of Life

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People as Surplus/Unnecessary Humans

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Ravi Katari, August 6, 2012.

Dealing with superfluous populations has been a vexation shared by all industrial capitalist societies for generations.  In other words, the problem for modern rulers and leaders is what to do with societal segments that contribute little to wealth creation by production or consumption.  Columbia Professor Emeritus of Sociology Herbert Gans referred to the modern U.S. constituents of these segments as “surplus workers” that eventually become superfluous via indefinite unemployment.1  Continue Reading…

FORUM DES CULTURES: Chanter contre l’excision

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Publié dans DW, par Guylaine Tappaz, le 30 juillet 2012.

Djatou Touré a été victime de mutilations génitales. Désormais, la chanteuse ivoirienne en parle… dans ses chansons. On estime qu’environ 36 % des femmes en Côte d’Ivoire sont touchées. Y’a un grand regret, on ne peut pas punir tous ceux qui ont fait ça. On a toujours ça dans le cœur. C’est pour cela que je suis engagée, pour que ça s’arrête en fait.

« Ça », ce sont les mutilations génitales féminines que subissent chaque année trois millions de petites filles dans le monde. Continue Reading…

Vera’s Kidney, Walter’s Money: Desperation, Greed and the Global Organ Trade

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Part 1: – Published on Spiegel Online International, by Arndt Ginzel, Martin Kraushaar and Steffen Winter, August 3, 2012 (Photo Gallery).
(left column in german: … eine russische Frau verkauft ihre linke Niere für 8′100.- Euro. Ein todkranker Deutscher kauft sie für 81′892.72 Euro … in english: she sold her kidney for 8′100 Euro and he purchased it for 81′892.72 Euros).

She was a poor Russian immigrant in Israel, he was a well-off German businessman. The case of Vera and Walter reveals a thriving illegal trade in kidneys and other organs — and shows how it is fueled by desperation.

The deal brought together two people who had nothing in common. They were from different cultures, spoke different languages and would never meet. The only thing they shared was desperation … //

… Looking for a Better Life:  Continue Reading…

Russia’s largest Muslim region to clamp down on extremism

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Published on RT.com, August 3, 2012.

The legislature of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan gathered in an unprecedented session to take measures against violent extremism. The move came two weeks after terrorists attacked top Muslim clerics in the region, killing one and wounding another.   Continue Reading…

The Fahamu Pan-African Fellowship FPAF

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Published on fahamu/fellowship-programme, by staff, on its website.

From the local to the continental, the Fahamu Pan-African Fellowship FPA) programme nurtures and supports grassroots African activism – generating contemporary, energetic, visionary and innovative thought and activism.

FPAF is a one year program … // Continue Reading…

Emerging Powers in Africa Initiative

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Published on fahamu, by staff, July 2012.

Established in 2008, the Emerging Powers in Africa Initiative is a platform that promotes debate and knowledge through an African civil society dialogue. Aimed at understanding the comparative impact and engagement of emerging powers in Africa on issues of social justice, the principal objectives of the Initiative are:  Continue Reading…

GENDER and LAND GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE

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scheduled to take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, January 14-15, 2013, organized by the International Development Studies Group (Utrecht University), in collaboration with LANDac.org, (Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development) – Published on IS academie, by femkevn, July 25, 2012.

Call for Papers: abstract deadline = September 14, 2012:   Continue Reading…

Divide and Rule in the Land of Gold

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Published on ZNet, by Frauke Decoodt, July 27, 2012.

In San Miguel Ixtahaucán, Guatemala, the Mina Marlin gold mine, operated by Goldcorp, has divided indigenous communities through gifts, benefits, and violence. The mine has caused a lot of damage. It has not only had a profound impact on the environment but also on the social cohesion of communities and families in the area, and on their cultural ties with the land.   Continue Reading…

The New Student Rebellion and the Mexican Left

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Challenging the Corporate Media and the Electoral Fraud – Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 673, by Richard Roman and Edur Velasco Arregui, August 1, 2012.

The defeat of the center-left in the Presidential election of 2012 is a victory for Mexican Big Business and the U.S. in advancing the neoliberal agenda of privatization, cutbacks and attacks on the working-class. The fact that the old ruling party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (Institutional Revolutionary Party – PRI), ‘won’ the presidency in 2012 – rather than the conservative Partido Acción Nacional (National Action Party – PAN) as in 2000 and 2006 – involves an important shift in influence within the neoliberal bloc.    Continue Reading…

Paleo Festival Nyon 2012: some Artists

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Behind the Great Firewall of China

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Watch this video, 18.52 min, published on TEDtalks, by Michael Anti, filmed June 2012, posted July 2012: Michael Anti (aka Jing Zhao) has been blogging from China for 12 years. Despite the control the central government has over the Internet – “All the servers are in Beijing” – he says that hundreds of millions of microbloggers are in fact creating the first national public sphere in the country’s history, and shifting the balance of power in unexpected ways …