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2012-09-01: Didi refuses to acquire land for AIIMS;
2012-09-01: Humanitarian Law;
2012-09-02: Marikana miners: The massacre of our illusions;
2012-09-03: Why Bondholders Can’t, and Shouldn’t, be Paid: Wall Street’s War on the Cities;
2012-09-04: China or bust;
2012-09-05: Recycling Architecture;
2012-09-06: No woman should be missed out;
2012-09-07: Migrants from Europe bringing girls to tolerant Britain for genital mutilation;
2012-09-07: Excision: 100.000 FCFA pour un clitoris coupé;
2012-09-08: Labor Day Without Jobs: Exposing the Job Creator Fraud;
2012-09-09: Egypt: Getting it together;
2012-09-10: The Dirty Business of Cleaning Cars;
2012-09-11: Myths About Industrial Agriculture;
2012-09-12: Germany gains from Spain’s brain drain;
2012-09-13: Africa: Building Africa’s Green Economy;
2012-09-14: Greater efforts vital to prevent grave violations against children in conflict;
2012-09-15: Incarceration of Indigenous Women;
2012-09-16: 9/11-linked cancers to be covered by Zadroga Act;
2012-09-17: Islamists vs secularists on constitution;
2012-09-18: Female Genital Mutilation FGM – in Egypt and the U.S.;
2012-09-19: Committee on the Rights of the Child opens its sixty-first session;
2012-09-20: Early Marriage 1 and 2;
2012-09-21: Zero Point, FULL MOVIES;
2012-09-22: India announces big bang economic reforms;
2012-09-23: Africa: Education Holds the Key to Africa’s Development;
2012-09-24: Moyen orient et désinformation;
2012-09-24: A Muslim need not break or burn;
2012-09-25: QE3 Another Fed Give Away to the Banks;
2012-09-26: OSCE/ODIHR launches new human rights education guidelines for law enforcement officials and secondary school systems;
2012-09-26: … et toujours les MGF dans les media …;
2012-09-27: High Level Side Event on Female Genital Mutilation;
2012-09-28: Oxfam Action Corps: Growing a Better Food System through Action and Conversation;
2012-09-29: A funny thing happened on the way to the teaching of neoclassical economics;


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Published on Socialist Unity (first on Green Left Weekly), by Jim McIlroy & Coral Wynter in Caracas, September 24, 2012.

As the final weeks of the Venezuelan presidential election campaign unfold, an intense battle of ideas is under way. The poll on October 7 is looming as one of the most important elections in the country´s history.

On one hand, the right-wing opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski, and his Roundtable for Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition, has produced a program aimed to privatise great sections of Venezuelan industry, particularly the state oil company PDVSA.   Continue Reading…

A funny thing happened on the way to the teaching of neoclassical economics

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Published on RWER Blog, by David Ruccio, September 27, 2012.

I often explain to students that the most controversial topic in the history of economics is the theory of capital.

It’s controversial because a theory of capital is also a theory of profits—and, therefore, what explains the existence of profits, who gets the profits, whether or not they deserve to get the profits, and so on. And different economic theories, historically and today, have offered different answers to those questions.  Continue Reading…

Oxfam Action Corps: Growing a Better Food System through Action and Conversation

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Published on Nourishing the Planet/Oxfam, by Alyssa Casey, September 27, 2012.

Oxfam Action Corps is a growing group of concerned citizens using local conversation and action to help end global hunger. The Action Corps currently exists in 14 U.S. cities, spreading the mission of Oxfam International. Oxfam International is a confederation of 17 organizations located across North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. As an international relief organization, Oxfam aims to eliminate global injustice by providing immediate aid and improving long-term sustainability. They also distribute a variety of publications including annual reports, books, facts sheets, and the magazine OXFAMExchange … // Continue Reading…

High Level Side Event on Female Genital Mutilation

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… highlights the need for a Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly – Published on No Peace Without Justice, September 25, 2012.

No Peace Without Justice, together with its partners in the International NGO Coalition to Ban FGM Worldwide, congratulates the Missions of Burkina Faso and Benin to the United Nations for the success of the High Level Side Event “Intensifying Global Efforts for Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation” organized yesterday, on the eve of the opening of the General Debate of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The event, attended by over 150 participants, among whom First Ladies, Ministers, Ambassadors and the representatives of UN Agencies and civil society, underscored the importance given to combating FGM by an ever-widening group of States … // Continue Reading…

… et toujours les MGF dans les media …

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OSCE/ODIHR launches new human rights education guidelines for law enforcement officials and secondary school systems

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OSCE Press release – Received by e-mail, From: OSCE Webservices, Date: 24/09/20.

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) presented two new sets of guidelines on human rights education at the OSCE’s annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw on 24 September 2012.   Continue Reading…

QE3 Another Fed Give Away to the Banks

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Watch this video, 9.45 min, published on The Real News Network TRNN, September 23, 2012:

Michael Hudson: Shoveling money to the banks not meant to create jobs, it’s a way to give banks even more speculative capital and prepare them for another meltdown … (full transcript).

A Muslim need not break or burn

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Angry Muslims are finding guidance from moderate preachers in the row over the US-made film against Islam – Published on Al-Ahram weekly, by Gihan Shahine, 20 – 26 September 2012

“We must not get trapped,” warned popular Islamic preacher Amr Khaled on Facebook this week, his comments coming in reaction to the US-made anti-Islam film that has sparked massive protests around the world, leaving the US ambassador to Libya dead and the US flag burnt in front of the US embassy in Cairo.   Continue Reading…

Moyen orient et désinformation

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comment ranger 11 balles de ping-pong dans une boîte prévue pour 10? – Publié dans le maverickdegramont.overblog, par Gilles de Gramont, le 14 Septembre 2012. (Article réalisé d’après une analyse de Eberhard Hamer, économiste à Hanovre: Il y a longtemps que la guerre contre l’Iran a commencé, dans Horizons débats du 6 août 2012).

Le premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahou veut la guerre contre l’Iran:

  • L’industrie pétrolière américaine le soutient afin de contrôler les énormes réserves de pétrole de l’Iran, complétant ainsi son monopole mondial. De même, les militaires américains désirent cette guerre, car leur domination du Moyen Orient restera incomplète tant que l’Iran, placé entre l’Irak et l’Afghanistan, sera libre et insoumis.  Continue Reading…

Africa: Education Holds the Key to Africa’s Development

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Opinion – Published on allAfrica, by GRAÇA MACHEL, Sept. 17, 2012.

“Economists like to debate precisely why education makes a difference. But the real reason is simple enough, and it can be summarized in one word – and that word is ‘empowerment’.”

My husband, Nelson Mandela, once described education as “the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” He was right. But I wonder if Africa’s political leaders really understand the critical importance of education for the future of our countries – and for the hopes of our children.   Continue Reading…

India announces big bang economic reforms

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Published on WSWS, by Kranti Kumara, September 18, 2012.

Under immense pressure from credit rating agencies, the corporate media and international and domestic big business, India’s government has announced a series of “big bang” economic reforms aimed at reducing the state budget deficit at the expense of working people, attracting foreign investment, and spurring the reorganization of key economic sectors so as to make them more profitable for capital.   Continue Reading…


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Early Marriage 1 and 2

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Committee on the Rights of the Child opens its sixty-first session

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Published on, by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, September 17, 2012.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child this morning opened its sixty-first session, in which it adopted its agenda and heard an address by Gianni Magazzeni, the Chief of Branch of the Americas, Europe and Central Asia Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  Continue Reading…

Female Genital Mutilation FGM – in Egypt and the U.S.

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  • Published on Europe News, by Asma Marwan, September 11, 2012 – FGM in Egypt: In the New Egypt, women fear the return of legal Female Genital Mutilation. The New Women Foundation in Egypt put the number of women who go through FGM to be around 86 percent, while government statistics, as recent as 2008, claim nearly 91 percent of women have undergone the procedure. Current Egyptian law bans the practice of FGM and gives prison sentences to any medical staff who performs the surgery. However, many families still go to underground clinics for their daughters to have the procedure, risking permanent scars and even death … (full text).   Continue Reading…

Islamists vs secularists on constitution

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, 13 – 19 September 2012.

Religious issues have again figured prominently on the agenda of the constituent assembly tasked with drafting Egypt’s new constitution, and the rift between Islamist and secularist members of the assembly has widened to include further articles from the draft constitution, including ones regulating the future relationship between religion and the state.   Continue Reading…

9/11-linked cancers to be covered by Zadroga Act

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Jerry Mazza, September 14, 2012.

In days surrounding the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the federal government is expected to add 50 types of cancer to the list of World Trade Center-related diseases covered by the Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. This will come as good news to those first responders suffering from cancer-related illness, and even those close to passing, in that their pain will be properly cared for and eased.    Continue Reading…

Incarceration of Indigenous Women

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Criminalization of Indigenous People Part I – A Foreign System – Published on New Socialist, by Jules Koostachin, September 11, 2012.

… Justice for Incarcerated Women:

Elizabeth Fry was an English woman born in 1780 into a wealthy Quaker family. In 1812, she began visiting women in London’s infamous Newgate prison. Appalled by the squalid conditions of poor women incarcerated with their children, Elizabeth Fry began services such as school for children and work projects for women where they could earn money for their release. She also advocated with government and public for female guards and better conditions.   Continue Reading…

Greater efforts vital to prevent grave violations against children in conflict

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Received by e-mail, From: HREA, Date: Sept. 12, 2012.

11 September 2012 – A top United Nations envoy today stressed the need for more action to prevent violations from being committed against children affected by conflict and for greater accountability for such violations.

“Justice and healing is most effectively achieved through national accountability mechanisms. For this, it is crucial to build national capacity – with international support – so that justice may be administered in accordance with international norms and standards,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui.   Continue Reading…

Africa: Building Africa’s Green Economy

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ANALYSIS – Published on all Africa (first on ThinkAfricaPress), by JOAN NIMARKOH, Sept. 11, 2012.

Accra – Africa’s energy demand is forecast to dramatically expand as rapid urbanisation and economic growth push consumption to new heights. Yet the continent is currently plagued by poor power infrastructures and chronic power shortages.

According to the World Bank less than a quarter of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa has access to electricity. And on average, African economies lose 2.1% of GDP as a result of power shortages annually.   Continue Reading…

Germany gains from Spain’s brain drain

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Highly skilled workers from recession-hit economies are being targeted by the German government

Watch this video, 2.12 min, published on AlJazeera, Sept. 9, 2012.

Besides budget cuts and “austerity measures”, another concern for poorer European nations is the departure of their citizens for countries with healthier economies.

The German government has been actively recruiting engineers and other highly skilled workers from recession-hit states such as Spain …  Continue Reading…

Myths About Industrial Agriculture

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Published on ZNet, by Vandana Shiva, September 07, 2012.

Reports trying to create doubts about Organic Agriculture are suddenly flooding the media. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, people are fed up of the corporate assault of toxics and GMOs. Secondly people are turning to organic agriculture and organic food as a way to end the toxic war against the Earth and our bodies. At a time when industry has set its eyes on the superprofits to be harvested from seed monopolies through patented seeds and seeds engineered with toxic genes and genes for making crops resistant to herbicides, people are seeking food freedom through organic, nonindustrial food.   Continue Reading…

The Dirty Business of Cleaning Cars

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Published on The Brooklin Rail, by Eleanor J. Bader, September 2012.

Like most immigrants, Jose Oscar left his native El Salvador looking for a better life, a way to support his two children and aging parents. He didn’t expect America’s streets to be paved with gold and didn’t expect dollar bills to be hanging from trees. But he did expect to be given a chance to succeed.  Continue Reading…

Egypt: Getting it together

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Liberal and leftist political parties are reorganising their ranks to face what they see as a threat to the civil nature of the state by the Muslim Brotherhood – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Khaled Dawoud, 6 – 12 September 2012.

A lengthy series of meetings were held this week among dozens of liberal, nationalist, leftist and radical parties in order to form new political alliances aimed at confronting the Muslim Brotherhood and increasingly influential Salafi Islamist groups in the upcoming parliament elections, expected to be held by the end of this year.  Continue Reading…

Labor Day Without Jobs: Exposing the Job Creator Fraud

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Published on Common Dreams, by Paul Buchheit, September 7, 2012.

With cunning and contempt and catechismal fervor the super-rich have argued that all money should move to the top, where it will be used to stimulate the economy and create jobs. But they ignore the facts that prove them wrong. And it doesn’t take much to prove them wrong:  Continue Reading…

Excision : 100.000 FCFA pour un clitoris coupé

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Publié dans Slate Afrique, par Ghislaine Atta, Août 31, 2012.

L’excision, cette pratique inhumaine est, aujourd’hui, décriée sous tous les cieux. Si bien que la lutte contre les mutilations génitales est devenue une affaire interplanétaire. Cependant, qu’en est-il de la prise en charge psychologique, médicale et esthétique des millions de femmes excisées ? Et comme dirait l’autre : après le dépôt des ‘’armes’’ par certaines exciseuses, qu’est-ce qui est fait pour « la réinsertion pleine et totale » des victimes. Afin qu’elles puissent mener «une vraie vie de vraies femmes » ? Continue Reading…

Migrants from Europe bringing girls to tolerant Britain for genital mutilation

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Published on Savoir ou se faire avoir, by blog owner, july 25, 2012.

Young girls are being sent to Britain for the abusive removal of their genitalia by migrant families across Europe because the country is regarded as a soft touch on the ritual, an investigation has found.   Continue Reading…

No woman should be missed out

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Published on Refugee Council Online, Sept. 5, 2012.

  • Around 7,000 women seek asylum in the UK each year.
  • They are seeking protection from persecution, often fleeing violence and abuse.
  • Yet the government’s strategy for helping women who are victims of violence says nearly nothing about them.
  • Women seeking asylum have been missed out. It’s time to put this right.   Continue Reading…

Recycling Architecture

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Biennale Exhibit Argues for Fewer New Buildings – Published on Spiegel Online International, by Christian Tröster, August 31, 2012  (Photo Gallery).

What does an environmentally friendly home look like? The German entry at the Venice Architecture Biennale challenges the common notion that the perfectly insulated passive house is the best approach to reducing energy use. Architect Muck Petzet offers a more radical idea: He argues that we should simply recycle more and build less.   Continue Reading…

China or bust

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Egyptian-Chinese economic and trade relations have so far performed well below their potential, as the president’s visit to China hopes to change that – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Niveen Wahish, 30 August – 5 September 2012.

“Everything is Chinese,” is a phrase often repeated by shopkeepers and shoppers alike. And it is not unfounded. Chinese products have inundated the Egyptian market. In fact, around 15 per cent of Egypt’s imports, the equivalent of $7.5 billion, originates in China. On the other hand Egypt’s exports to China amount to only around $1.5 billion. And while Chinese exports to Egypt are huge, its investments leave a lot to be desired. They only amount to around $500 million, according to the Egyptian Ministry for Trade and Industry.    Continue Reading…

Why Bondholders Can’t, and Shouldn’t, be Paid: Wall Street’s War on the Cities

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Published on Counterpunch, by Michael Hudson, Aug. 31, 2012.

The pace of Wall Street’s war against the 99% is quickening in preparation for the kill. Having demonized public employees for being scheduled to receive pensions on their lifetime employment service, bondholders are insisting on getting the money instead. It is the same austerity philosophy that has been forced on Greece and Spain – and the same that is prompting President Obama and Mitt Romney to urge scaling back Social Security and Medicare.   Continue Reading…

Marikana miners: The massacre of our illusions

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Published on Red Pepper, by Leonard Gentle, August 2012.

The struggle of miners at the Lonmin mine in South Africa is a turning point in organised workers’ relationship with the now thoroughly neoliberal ANC argues Leonard Gentle, setting the strike in historical and political context.  Continue Reading…

Humanitarian Law

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Exploring Humanitarian Law, 3.08 min, uploaded by AmRedCross, August 10, 2012.

Didi refuses to acquire land for AIIMS

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Published on The Asian Age, by Correspondent, August 31, 2012.

Accusing Congress MP Deepa Das Munshi of playing politics over the proposed All India Institute of Medical Sciences AIIMS in Raiganj in North Dinajpur district, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday made it clear that her government would not provide land for it. “For quite some time, some people are doing politics over AIIMS in Raiganj. I want to inform them that our government will not acquire land for it because it is against our policy to acquire farmland by placing gun on the heads of the farmers. I myself had gone on a 26-day fast to stop the forcible acquisition of unwilling farmers’ land in Singur,” she added.  Continue Reading…