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2012-11-01: the Creature from Jekyll Island;
2012-11-02: Skating on thin ice;
2012-11-03: A catastrophic hour;
2012-11-04: Stirring up racist hate for political gain;
2012-11-05: The Presidential Election and the Prospects for a Decent Future;
2012-11-05: The Bilderbergs … and we the others;
2012-11-06: Investments and Pension reforms around Africa: Wake up, domestic giants;
2012-11-07: Malawi: Courageous Move to Suspend Anti-Gay Laws;
2012-11-08: The Name of the Hurricane Is Climate Change;
2012-11-09: Can China get old and rich at the same time?
2012-11-10: Book comming next: Domestic Workers Across the World;
2012-11-11: Unrequited Love;
2012-11-12: Food World;
2012-11-12: Female Genital Mutilation FGM;
2012-11-13: Intruding Upon the Constitution by the Religious Right;
2012-11-13: Mutilation Génitale Féminine MGF;
2012-11-14: Out of the Margins: Shifting Demographics Change Face of US Campaigns, Part I;
2012-11-15: The constitution goes to the vote;
2012-11-15: 3ème Salon des Métiers de l’Humanitaire;
2012-11-16: Beyond Regulators’ Grasp: How Shadow Banks Rule the World;
2012-11-17: What Does It Mean that Residents in All 50 States Have Filed Petitions to Secede?
2012-11-18: Germany or Bust: Southern European Jobseekers Head North in Droves;
2012-11-18: Geschichte Europas;
2012-11-19: Life in Bangladesh;
2012-11-20: Human rights learning as a way of life;
2012-11-21: Global governance requires localising global issues;
2012-11-22: The Real Scoop on Papa John’s and Obamacare;
2012-11-23: Bahrain repressed protesters with West’s tacit approval;
2012-11-24: MGF: ABANDON DE TOUTES LES FORMES D’EXCISION À DJIBOUTI;
2012-11-24: Concert de soutien contre l’excision avec Flash Nardin’;
2012-11-25: Planet to sell / Planète à vendre;
2012-11-26: Playing For Change;
2012-11-27: Should Africa Repay its Odious’ Debts?
2012-11-28: Morsi’s Grab for Power: Egyptian Revolutionaries Take on Radical Islam;
2012-11-29: Cooperatives in Spain as an instrument to face unemployment;
2012-11-30: World Energy Report;
2012-11-30: EXCISION / MGF.

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EXCISION / MGF

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10′700 sexes féminins mutilés: Les mutilations génitales touchent plus de dix mille femmes sur le territoire suisse – Publié dans 20minutes.ch/fr, 28 novembre 2012.

… Les femmes et les filles excisées ou menacées d’excision proviennent en majorité de Somalie, d’Erythrée et d’Ethiopie, a indiqué mercredi l’Unicef Suisse à l’occasion de sa conférence annuelle. En comparaison avec 2004, le groupe issu de l’Erythrée semble avoir pris de l’importance, tandis que celui d’origine somalienne et éthiopienne paraît en léger recul.  Continue Reading…

World Energy Report

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The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Truly Ugly - Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Michael T. Klare, November 28, 2012.

Rarely does the release of a data-driven report on energy trends trigger front-page headlines around the world. That, however, is exactly what happened on November 12th when the prestigious Paris-based International Energy Agency IEA released this year’s edition of its World Energy Outlook. In the process, just about everyone missed its real news, which should have set off alarm bells across the planet. Continue Reading…

Cooperatives in Spain as an instrument to face unemployment

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Published on Current Concerns (Source: El País from 31 August 2012), by María R. Sahuquillo and Raquel Vidales, Nov. 19, 2012  (Translation Current Concerns).

… Do not wait for the state:

  • The history of the Gerena sports center is an example of how cooperatives take over various social functions which the welfare state no longer can fulfill due to the crisis. But there are more such examples: health services, care for the needy and disabled, financial services, education, renewable energies, cultural activities, agriculture … In Spain there is a total of 22,171 cooperatives, according to the Spanish Confederation of Social Enterprises Cepes.   Continue Reading…

Morsi’s Grab for Power: Egyptian Revolutionaries Take on Radical Islam

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Daniel Steinvorth and Volkhard Windfuhr, Nov. 26, 2012 (Photo GalleryTranslated from the German by Paul Cohen).

Egyptians elected Mohammed Morsi to the Egyptian presidency just a few months ago. Now, the Muslim Brotherhood leader has made a grab for absolute power. The move has torn open old wounds in the fledgling democracy and threatens to resurrect the revolution that swept away his predecessor Hosni Mubarak two years ago … // Continue Reading…

Should Africa Repay its Odious’ Debts?

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Africa Lost 1.6 Trillion in Capital Flight and Odious Debt Over Forty Years. $619 billion of embezzled capital flight from North Africa with connivance of big banks according to new research – Watch this videos with James Boyce and Léonce Ndikumana, on The Real News Network TRNN, by Paul Jay:

Book-Reviews and comments:   Continue Reading…

Playing For Change

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Playing For Change.com is a movement to connect the world through music. Sign up for exclusive content, news and updates from hundreds of musicians and students around the globe Playing For Change.com (also in jp, fr, es, br):

Planet to sell / Planète à vendre

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10 Top Tracks pour Protection de la Terre /Planète à vendre, en autoplay;

Food crisis and the global land grab Documentary: Planet for Sale, 54.21 min, uploaded by yalfal kenu, Aug 11, 2011;

Planète à vendre (extrait), 2.15 min, mise en ligne par TeleramaVidcast, le 11 avril 2011: Documentaire d’Alexis Marant diffusé sur la TV Arte/France;

Neighbours Initiative Alliance NIA   is a Non governmental organization working with the Maasai people in Kajiado County, in Kenya. It was established and registered in 1996 as a non-profit making organization under the NGO coordination Act.   Continue Reading…

Concert de soutien contre l’excision avec Flash Nardin’

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à GIVRY (Saone-et-Loire) /France: La Billebaude, samedi 24 novembre, à 20 h 30, entrée 5 €. Réservations au 03.85.44.43.34 – Publié dans le Journal, par EMMANUEL MÈRE, le 23 novembre 2012.

La Billebaude initie samedi une soirée de soutien au projet de création d’un reportage vidéo et photos valorisant les moyens mis en œuvre par les associations basées en Afrique luttant contre l’excision. Ce reportage est issu de la rencontre entre deux associations:   Continue Reading…

MGF – ABANDON DE TOUTES LES FORMES D’EXCISION À DJIBOUTI

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Publié dans Djiboutinews.eu/Droits des Femmes, le 20 novembre 2012.

Le Ministère des Affaires Musulmanes et des Biens Waqfs a procédé hier dans sa salle de réunion au lancement d’une série d’ateliers d’information et de sensibilisation sur l’accélération de l’abandon de toutes formes d’excisions.

L’initiative rentre dans le cadre des activités d’un programme conjoint avec le FNUAP et l’UNICEF.    Continue Reading…

Bahrain repressed protesters with West’s tacit approval

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Published on RT, by Amnesty International, Nov. 22, 2012.

A year after an eruption of protests in Bahrain, the ruling monarchy continues to commit serious human rights abuses against activists. Amnesty International has criticized the US and UK for ignoring the repression, and urged action … //

… Insufficient international condemnation:   Continue Reading…

The Real Scoop on Papa John’s and Obamacare

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Published on Huffington Post, by John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John’s, Nov, 20, 2012.

… Many in the media reported that I said Papa John’s is going to close stores and cut jobs because of Obamacare. I never said that. The fact is we are going to open over hundreds of stores this year and next and increase employment by over 5,000 jobs worldwide. And, we have no plans to cut team hours as a result of the Affordable Care Act … // Continue Reading…

Global governance requires localising global issues

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Published on WTO, by General Director Pascal Lamy, March 8, 2012.

Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University on 8 March 2012, said: “In the absence of a truly global government, global governance results from the action of sovereign States. It is inter-national. Between nations. In other words, global governance is the globalization of local governance.” This is what he said:  Continue Reading…

Human rights learning as a way of life

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Received by e-mail, From: Shulamith Koenig, Date: 13/11/2012.

Dear Colleagues, Having been, with all modesty, the person who had originally, in 1993 at the Vienna Conference, called and pushed for a UN Decade for Human Rights Education, I went a long way in the last 20 years to realize that we must close the outreach gap by adding a missing link which we call Human Rights Learning. We are calling on every single group, organization and NGO to integrate in their work an ONGOING PROCESS of learning human right as a way of life… — there is much experience to be shared.  Continue Reading…

Life in Bangladesh

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Germany or Bust: Southern European Jobseekers Head North in Droves

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Alexander Demling, Nov. 16, 2012.

Economic crisis and mass unemployment in Southern Europe have triggered an exodus of highly qualified jobseekers, many of whom are making their way north to Germany. There, a relatively strong economy and growing shortage of skilled workers makes companies eager to ensure that the newcomers feel welcome.   Continue Reading…

What Does It Mean that Residents in All 50 States Have Filed Petitions to Secede?

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What Does It Mean that Residents in All 50 States Have Filed Petitions to Secede? Secession:  Exploding Movement, Tempest In a Teapot … Or Something Else? – Published on Global Research.ca, by Washington’s Blog, Nov. 15, 2012.

A lot of attention is being given to the fact that residents in all 50 states have filed petitions to secede from the United States.

Daily Caller reports: By 6:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, more than 675,000 digital signatures appeared on 69 separate secession petitions covering all 50 states, according to a Daily Caller analysis of requests lodged with the White House’s “We the People” online petition system.  Continue Reading…

Beyond Regulators’ Grasp: How Shadow Banks Rule the World

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Martin Hesse and Anne Seith, Nov. 14, 2012. (Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

Beyond the banking world, a parallel universe of shadow banks has grown in the form of hedge funds and money market funds. They’re outside the reach of conventional financial regulation, prompting authorities to plan introducing new rules to prevent the obscure sector from triggering a new financial crisis. But in doing so they risk drying up an important source of funding to banks and firms.   Continue Reading…

3ème Salon des Métiers de l’Humanitaire

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le 1er et 2 décembre 2012 – Complexe Martin Luther King, Annemasse/France – Entrée libre – Publié dans cité solidarité.fr.

Jean Ziegler sera le parrain du Salon des Métiers de l’Humanitaire – L’engagement dans la solidarité, du local à l’international:

Le Salon des Métiers de l’Humanitaire est le lieu privilégié de rencontres et d’échanges entre les personnes intéressées par toutes les questions liées à l’humanitaire et à la solidarité et de nombreux professionnels et acteurs venus spécialement pour cette occasion.  Continue Reading…

The constitution goes to the vote

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Voting on the final draft of Egypt’s new constitution will begin next week even in the absence of agreement between the country’s secularists and Islamists – Published on Al-Ahram weeklx online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, Nov. 10, 2012.

An article-by-article discussion of Egypt’s draft constitution will begin next Sunday, and, following this, the constitution will be voted on by the country’s Constituent Assembly, the 100-member body tasked with drafting the new constitution. According to assembly member Mohamed Mohieddin, the vote is expected to take place during the second half of this month. “Once the vote is completed, a final copy of the draft will be sent to the president of the republic, after which it will be put up for public referendum,” Mohieddin said.   Continue Reading…

Out of the Margins: Shifting Demographics Change Face of US Campaigns, Part I

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Spiegel Staff, Nov. 12, 2012 (Photo-Gallery: The Changing Face of the US Electorate).

The United States, traditionally a land of immigrants, is on the verge of historic change, with non-Caucasian Americans poised to become the majority in the coming decades. Obama’s recent victory has already shown how demographic shifts will change the political landscape … //

… Most Diverse Nation on Earth:  Continue Reading…

Mutilation Génitale Féminine MGF

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Intruding Upon the Constitution by the Religious Right

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Walter Brasch, Nov. 12, 2012.

Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky, of Peoria, Ill., ordered all parish priests in his diocese to read a letter to their congregations condemning Barack Obama. The letter, to be read the weekend before the election, declared that Obama and the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate had launched an “assault upon our religious freedom.”   Continue Reading…

Female Genital Mutilation FGM

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Food World

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by Jayati Ghosh, Nov. 10, 2012.

… Various relatively high-profile health scares (outbreaks of salmonella poisoning, Mad Cow disease and so on) that directly resulted from cost-cutting and profit maximising food production and distribution then caused some reaction. Even as consumers – especially the increasingly affluent consumers in developed countries and in the elites and middle classes of developing countries – have become more dependent upon the global food industry to provide their food, they show increasing distrust with respect to the environmental and safety concerns of food provision by large profit-driven corporate behaviour.   Continue Reading…

Unrequited Love

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… explaining Germany’s infantile crush on Obama … a commentary – Published on Spiegel Online International, by Jan Fleischhauer, Nov. 9, 2012.

German schadenfreude (gloating) knows no bounds, particularly when it comes to the United States. The country loves to feel superior to a superpower like America. Yet Germany also harbors a childish infatuation with Obama – one which has little political grounding. The reasons are psychological.   Continue Reading…

Book comming next: Domestic Workers Across the World

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Global and regional statistics and the extent of legal protection: This publication sheds light on the magnitude of domestic work, a sector often “invisible” behind the doors of private households and unprotected by national legislation – Published on International Labour Organization ILO, by ILO, Date issue: December 17, 2012, 978-92-2-125273-3[ISBN].

… The adoption of new international labour standards on domestic work (Convention No. 189 and its accompanying Recommendation No. 201) by the ILO at its 100th International Labour Conference in June 2011 represents a key milestone on the path to the realization of decent work for domestic workers.  Continue Reading…

Can China get old and rich at the same time?

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China has already done a lot to adapt labour markets and social protection systems to an ageing society. But it will have to do more to balance its economic and social needs – Published on International Labour Organization ILO, by Aidi Hu, Nov. 7, 2012.

In 2013, there will be more than 200 million people aged 60 or over in China. This is more than the total population of countries like Indonesia, Japan, Brazil or Russia, which are some of the world’s most populous nations … //

… Social protection for all, but is it enough?  Continue Reading…

The Name of the Hurricane Is Climate Change

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Published on TomDispatch, by Rebecca Solnit, November 6, 2012.

Consider me lucky. Yes, Sandy made a modest mess of my life. I had to cancel a trip to Chicago (or swim down the LaGuardia Airport runway to get there). The wind roared past our window like a speeding truck. The Hudson River was a white-capped torrent. Trees in our neighborhood came down. A piece of construction scaffolding on a building across the street fell. It was unnerving, but living on a (relatively) higher part of Manhattan Island I never lost electricity or the Internet … //

… The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, Hurricane Sandy Rides In:  Continue Reading…

Malawi: Courageous Move to Suspend Anti-Gay Laws

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Other States That Criminalize Same-Sex Conduct Should Do the Same – Published on Human Rights Watch HRW, Nov. 6, 2012.

(Nairobi) – The Malawian government’s decision to suspend enforcement of laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct is the right thing to do, and should serve as an inspiration to other countries that criminalize homosexuality, Human Rights Watch said. During a radio debate last week with activists from Malawi’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, the justice minister announced a moratorium on arrests on the basis of the country’s colonial-era sodomy laws.  Continue Reading…

Investments and Pension reforms around Africa: Wake up, domestic giants

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Published on The Africa Report, by Tom Minney, October 31, 2012.

New reforms and stricter governance measures could bring billions of dollars in new investments into African stock markets and infrastructure projects … //

… Filling the funding gap:

If well-managed, pension funds and other domestic institutional investors could become important actors in developing capital markets and could help raise national savings rates. Pension funds can be key players in making markets more liquid, efficient and transparent by supporting innovation such as central depositories and automated trading systems.  Continue Reading…

The Bilderbergs … and we the others

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The Presidential Election and the Prospects for a Decent Future

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Published on ZNet, by Paul treet, Nov. 2, 2012.

The content and character of the 2012 U.S. presidential election does not bode well for the human race and other life on Earth. If the American people do not broaden the sphere of public concerns that matter far beyond the ones being discussed in this the latest big money-big media -major party-narrow spectrum-corporate-managed candidate-centered “electoral extravaganza” (Noam Chomsky’s phrase[2]), then there is not going to be a decent, desirable, or democratic future worth inhabiting. If we accept this and other such periodic U.S. elections as an adequate expression and spectrum of democratic politics and popular voice, we’re done for.   Continue Reading…

Stirring up racist hate for political gain

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Published on Socialist Worker, by Nicole Colson, October 31, 2012.

THE UGLY undercurrents of racism in the Republicans’ “red state” America, which usually pass unreported, are rising to the surface as Election 2012 reaches its final days … //

… BUT SOMETHING more must be said beyond recognizing how the Republicans are stirring up racism for political gain. It’s also true that Barack Obama and the Democrats have done nothing to confront it, and that has enabled this bigotry to spread further.  Continue Reading…

A catastrophic hour

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… how far this odd society will go – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Rania Khallaf, , 25 October – 1 November 2012.

An Hour and Half is the simple title of a new film written by Ahmed Abdallah and directed by Wael Ihsan — my first after a long hiatus, with popcorn in one hand and mineral water in the other. Starring a group of new actors, the film actually features many sons and daughters of celebrated stars: Ahmed Salah Al-Saadani and Karim Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, for two. It also features established stars like Sawsan Badr, Ahmed Bedeir and Karima Mukhtar. The action takes place over an hour and a half, no more: the time it takes the train to get from one governorate to another in Upper Egypt.   Continue Reading…

Skating on thin ice

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Islamists hail the refusal of the Administrative Court to rule on the legality of the Constituent Assembly as a victory – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, 25 October – 1 November 2012.

Secular forces – including liberals and leftists – were shocked when the Administrative Court bowed out of giving a judgement on the fate of the 100-member Constituent Assembly and referred the case to the Supreme Constitutional Court. They have long charged that the assembly is packed with Islamists and had hoped the body tasked with drafting Egypt’s first post-25 January Revolution would be invalidated this week and replaced by one more representative of wider public opinion.  Continue Reading…

the Creature from Jekyll Island

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watch this video with G. Edward Griffin, 107.19 min, uploaded by Nielsio, on January 28, 2012.

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