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2013-06-01: Distorted Stats: Europe’s Youth Unemployment Fallacy;
2013-06-02: … on poverty and more …;
2013-06-03: Everyday Anarchist: The Modern Success;
2013-06-04: Bradley Manning;
2013-06-05: The Poor People’s Campaign: Our Next Steps;
2013-06-06: Notes from an NYC Occupier in Taksim Square;
2013-06-07: World Environment Day 2013: Five Ways to Preserve Food and Prevent Waste;
2013-06-08: What inspires Turkey’s protest movement?
2013-06-08: CETRI: 4 conférences au mois de juin 2013;
2013-06-09: China-Africa relations: looking beyond the critics;
2013-06-10: Bradley Manning: Prisoner of Conscience;
2013-06-10: MGF;
2013-06-11: Education;
2013-06-12: ECB Case at High Court: The Bundesbank Is Playing a Dangerous Game;
2013-06-13: Court Order Reveals Unprecedented Government Surveillance of Verizon Cell Phone Customers;
2013-06-14: Soher Ebrahim, Egyptian Girl, 13, Dies After Illegal Female Genital Mutilation FGM;
2013-06-15: Germany and the euro: The euro zone looks anxiously to Karlsruhe;
2013-06-16: Chemical, used by Monsanto, found in urine of Europeans – study;
2013-06-17: Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture;
2013-06-18: We need to overturn the system;
2013-06-19: The Making of a Global Security State;
2013-06-20: Khadamas for Sale: Child Exploitation Bonanza;
2013-06-21: GMO and Monsanto Roundup: Glyphosate Weedkiller in our Food and Water?
2013-06-22: Christian Saviors and the Adoptions Industry in Congo;
2013-06-23: UK Spying Scandal Even Bigger Than In U.S.;
2013-06-24: Trapped in Apulia: Europe’s Deepening Refugee Crisis, Part 1;
2013-06-25: Loud and Clear: Women’s Rights In Action;
2013-06-26: Prisons Full of Innocents;
2013-06-26: NSPCC launches helpline to protect girls from female genital mutilation FGM;
2013-06-27: The land of the blind: The illusion of freedom in America;
2013-06-28: 6 Mind-Blowing Stats;
2013-06-29: World order unjust and immoral! Ecuador’s Correa rips into Snowden coverage;
2013-06-30: World’s Most Evil And Lawless Institution? The Executive Branch Of The U.S. Government.

World’s Most Evil And Lawless Institution? The Executive Branch Of The U.S. Government

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Published on ZNet, by Fred Branfman, June 28, 2013.

Introduction: America’s Secret Shame: America has a secret. It is not discussed in polite company or at the dinner tables of the powerful, rich and famous … //

… Americans keep this secret because facing it openly would upend our most basic understandings about our nation and its leaders. A serious public discussion of it would reveal, for example, that we cannot trust Executive Branch leaders’ human decency, words, or judgment no matter who is President. And more troubling, acknowledging it would mean admitting to ourselves that we have been misleading our own children, that our silence has robbed them of the truth of their history and made it more likely that future leaders will continue to commit acts that stain the very soul of America.  Continue Reading…

World order unjust and immoral! Ecuador’s Correa rips into Snowden coverage

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Published on Russia Today RT, June 27, 2013.

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa came up with scalding online remarks over criticism his country faced from the US press for potentially granting asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

–They’ve managed to focus attention on Snowden and on the ‘wicked’ countries that ‘support’ him, making us forget the terrible things against the US people and the whole world that he denounced,” Correa said Wednesday in response to a Tuesday Washington Post editorial.
“The world order isn’t only unjust, it’s immoral,” Correa added … // Continue Reading…

6 Mind-Blowing Stats

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on How 1 Percent of the 1 Percent Now Dominate Our Elections (who is financed by whom) – Published on ZNet (first on Mother Jones), by Andy Kroll, June 26, 2013.

Here’s a statistic that should jolt you awake like black coffee with three shots of espresso dropped in: In the 2012 election cycle, 28 percent of all disclosed donations—that’s $1.68 billion—came from just 31,385 people. Think of them as the 1 percenters of the 1 percent, the elite of the elite, the wealthiest of the wealthy (the rainmakers, Heidi).

That’s the blockbuster finding in an eye-popping new report by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan transparency advocate. The report’s author, Lee Drutman, calls the 1 percent of the 1 percent “an elite class that increasingly serves as the gatekeepers of public office in the United States.” This rarefied club of donors, Drutman found, worked in high-ranking corporate positions (often in finance or law). Continue Reading…

The land of the blind: The illusion of freedom in America

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Published on Intrepid Report, by John W. Whitehead, June 26, 2013.

In the Wachowskis’ iconic 1999 film, The Matrix, the protagonist Neo is wakened from a lifelong slumber by Morpheus, a freedom fighter seeking to liberate humans from virtual slavery—a lifelong hibernation state—imposed by hyper-advanced artificial intelligence machines. With their minds plugged into a perfectly crafted virtual reality, few humans ever realize they are living in a dream world to such an extent that most are willing to give their lives in order to preserve the system that enslaves them.   Continue Reading…

NSPCC launches helpline to protect girls from female genital mutilation FGM

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Research reveals more than 70 women and girls seek treatment every month after undergoing illegal procedure, likely to be a fraction of the true figure – Published on The Guardian, by Alexandra Topping, June 24, 2013 (Photo: Efua Dorkenoo of Equality Now said of female genital mutilation: This is not a small problem, it is hidden).

The NSPCC is launching a helpline on Monday to protect children from FGM after research found that more than 1,700 victims were referred to specialist clinics in the past two years, likely to be a fraction of the true figure for women affected.  The youngest victim was seven. Continue Reading…

Prisons Full of Innocents

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Published on War Is A Crime.org, by David Swanson, June 20, 2013.

There are probably more innocent men and women in prison in the United States now than there were people in prison here total — innocent and guilty — 30 years ago, or than there are total people in prison (proportionately or as an absolute number) in most nations on earth.   Continue Reading…

Loud and Clear: Women’s Rights In Action

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Published on Amnesty International, by Lisa Schechtman, June 23, 2013.

As we reflected on 50 Days of Action for Women and Girls and its themes, including early marriage, violence against women, and sexual and reproductive health, we got to wondering: What does all this integrated human rights talk look like in practice?   Continue Reading…

Trapped in Apulia: Europe’s Deepening Refugee Crisis, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Maximilian Popp, June 21, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

A young Liberian refugee arrives in Italy, where he is left to fend for himself and winds up homeless in a filthy slum. When he flees to Germany, the government there invokes EU asylum law and sends him back. It is a cycle of degradation faced by thousands of African refugees living in Europe today.  Continue Reading…

UK Spying Scandal Even Bigger Than In U.S.

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according to GCHQ documents obtained by The Guardian – Published on The Guardian, by Raphael Satter, June 21, 2013.

British spies are running an online eavesdropping operation so vast that internal documents say it even outstrips the United States’ international Internet surveillance effort, the Guardian newspaper reported Friday.   Continue Reading…

Christian Saviors and the Adoptions Industry in Congo

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Exploiting Africa’s Most Precious Resource: Children – Published on Dissident Voice (first on counscious being), by Jennifer Fierberg and Keith Harmon Snow, June 20, 2013.

La Procure Saint Anne is a Catholic Monastery built in 1920 in what is today the Democratic Republic of Congo. Abutting Kinshasa’s first cathedral church, La Centre d’aceuil Saint Anne (in the local French) sits just off Kinshasa’s main thoroughfare, the Boulevard 30 Juin, named for the date of the Congo’s supposed independence from Belgium on June 30,1960.   Continue Reading…

GMO and Monsanto Roundup: Glyphosate Weedkiller in our Food and Water?

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Colin Todhunter, June 16, 2013.

“Historians may look back and write about how willing we are to sacrifice our children and jeopardize future generations with a massive experiment that is based on false promises and flawed science just to benefit the bottom line of a commercial enterprise.” So said Don Huber in referring to the use of glyphosate and genetically modified crops. Huber was speaking at Organic Connections conference in Regina, Canada, late 2012 … // Continue Reading…

Khadamas for Sale: Child Exploitation Bonanza

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Ramzy Baroud, June 18, 2013.

Last night at the hotel lobby of an Arab Gulf country, a family walked in aiming for the westernized café that sells everything but Arabic coffee. The mother seemed distant as she pressed buttons on her smart phone. The father looked tired as he buffed away on his cigarette, and a whole band of children ran around in refreshing chaos that broke the monotony of the fancy but impersonal hotel setting.   Continue Reading…

The Making of a Global Security State

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Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Tom Engelhardt, June 17, 2013.

As happens with so much news these days, the Edward Snowden revelations about National Security Agency (NSA) spying and just how far we’ve come in the building of a surveillance state have swept over us 24/7 – waves of leaks, videos, charges, claims, counterclaims, skullduggery, and government threats. When a flood sweeps you away, it’s always hard to find a little dry land to survey the extent and nature of the damage. Here’s my attempt to look beyond the daily drumbeat of this developing story (which, it is promised, will go on for weeks, if not months) and identify five urges essential to understanding the world Edward Snowden has helped us glimpse.  Continue Reading…

We need to overturn the system

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In conversation with alt-Nobel winner Nnimmo Bassey – Published on rabble.ca, by ETHAN COX, June 15, 2013.

… Bassey is a Nigerian activist, author and poet, who has devoted his life to fighting for a healthy environment. He is the Director of the newly formed Health of Mother Earth Foundation HOMEF, the coordinator of Oil Watch International (no website found) and was, until last year, the Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action ERA, a grassroots NGO he founded, and the Chairperson of Friends of the Earth – International (FOI-I).    Continue Reading…

Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture

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Reviving Native Food and Farming Traditions – Published on Toward Freedom, by Tory Field and Beverly Bell, June 10, 2013.

“At one point ‘agriculture’ was about the culture of food. Losing that culture, in favor of an American cultural monocrop, joined with an agricultural monocrop, puts us in a perilous state…” says food and Native activist Winona LaDuke.[i]

Her lament is an agribusiness executive’s dream. The CEO of the H.J. Heinz Company said, “Once television is there, people, whatever shade, culture, or origin, want roughly the same things.”[ii] The same things are based on the same technology, same media sources, same global economy, and same food.   Continue Reading…

Chemical, used by Monsanto, found in urine of Europeans – study

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Published on Russia Today RT, June 14, 2013.

Residents of 18 European states have been tested positively to traces of glyphosate, a globally used weed killer, the study says. It remains unclear how the chemical used on Monsanto GMO corps got in people’s bodies.

It turns out that 44 per cent of volunteers had it in their urine, but it is yet unclear how the herbicide got into their systems.    Continue Reading…

Germany and the euro: The euro zone looks anxiously to Karlsruhe

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Published on The Economist, June 12, 2013.

THE two central bankers, both 40-somethings and friends since university days, pointedly sat next to each other in the courtroom on June 11th. Jens Weidmann has risen through the office of Chancellor Angela Merkel to become president of the Bundesbank. Jörg Asmussen has moved via the finance ministry to the executive board of the European Central Bank. But however amicable, they came to the constitutional court in Karlsruhe (pictured) on opposing sides of the argument.   Continue Reading…

Soher Ebrahim, Egyptian Girl, 13, Dies After Illegal Female Genital Mutilation FGM

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Published on The Huffington Post UK, by Sara C Nelson, June 10, 2013.

A teenage girl has died after undergoing an illegal female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure in a private clinic north east of Cairo. The 13-year-old, identified as Soher Ebrahim, died on Thursday evening in a village in the Daqahliya governorate, Gulf News reports. It adds her family have filed an official complaint, accusing the doctor who performed the operation of causing her death … // Continue Reading…

Court Order Reveals Unprecedented Government Surveillance of Verizon Cell Phone Customers

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Video with Michael Ratner, 21.14 min, published on The Real News Nettwork TRNN, June 7, 2013. (Transcript – linked with Edward Snowden on The Real News Network and on YouTube).

More NSA- /Edward Snowden-LinksContinue Reading…

ECB Case at High Court: The Bundesbank Is Playing a Dangerous Game

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Published on Spiegel Online International, a Guest Commentary by Peter Bofinger, June 10, 2013.

The German central bank, the Bundesbank, will have a central role in this week’s Federal Constitutional Court hearing on complaints filed against the permanent European bailout fund known as the European Stability Mechanism ESM and the bond purchase program of the European Central Bank ECB. It makes clear in its written statement that the bond purchases announced by the ECB are “to be judged critically.”    Continue Reading…

Education

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MGF

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Bradley Manning: Prisoner of Conscience

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Published on ZNet, by Francis Boyle, June 8, 2013.

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the peoples of the world have witnessed successive governments in the United States that have demonstrated little if any respect for fundamental considerations of international law, human rights, and the United States Constitution itself.    Continue Reading…

China-Africa relations: looking beyond the critics

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Babette Zoumara and Abdul-Rauf Ibrahim, June 6, 2013.

Africa is lacking a clear and unified policy in terms of how it relates to China. In developing further social, economic and political ties with China, African leaders must develop a coherent and structured plan to promote the interests of Africans … // Continue Reading…

CETRI: 4 conférences au mois de juin 2013

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What inspires Turkey’s protest movement?

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Elected government has delivered strong economic growth but activists think prime minister Erdogan has a hidden agenda – Published on AlJazeera, by Umut Uras, June 5, 2013.

Istanbul, Turkey – Nobody predicted that a minor sit-in protest, launched to prevent the demolition of trees in a park in the heart of Istanbul, would soon turn into unprecedented country-wide demonstrations and riots against the Turkish government. Use of force by the police against peaceful protesters in Taksim’s Gezi Park, combined with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s escalating statements about the incident, have been the last straw for many Turks frustrated with the policies of the self-defined conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP).  Continue Reading…

World Environment Day 2013: Five Ways to Preserve Food and Prevent Waste

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Published on Nourishing the Planet, a Worldwatch.org Blog, by Sophie Wenzlau, June 5, 2013.

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day—celebrated today—is Think.Eat.Save., a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) campaign aimed at curbing food waste and food loss.   Continue Reading…

Notes from an NYC Occupier in Taksim Square

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Interview with Justin Wedes published on Waging NonViolence, by Nathan Schneider, June 3, 2013.

Almost two years ago, Justin Wedes was one of the original organizers of Occupy Wall Street, as well as one of the first to be arrested in Zuccotti Park. Now, he is witnessing the birth of another occupation of public space at Gezi Park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. He took some time out of the world-in-creation there to answer a few questions for Waging Nonviolence.

How did you end up in Taksim Square this week?   Continue Reading…

The Poor People’s Campaign: Our Next Steps

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Published on Global Research.ca, by staff, June 3, 2013.

… There is so much to write about that inspired us:  the courageous delegation of women from Selma, Alabama, who drove the entire night — after their bus was cancelled — to be able to speak in defense of voting rights, their rendition of Freedom Songs kept us marching and marching; the young children and participants with disabilities, seniors who walked with canes, who wouldn’t stop;  the families and victims of police terror, especially the tenacious and spirited group who came from the Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition in Oakland, California; the group of occupy youth and members of Guitarmy who marched all night; the organizers like Bob Ross, Prince Georges County NAACP head, who helped keep the march going; the OUR Walmart workers who inspired marchers to defy Walmart bosses and County Police and set up a picket right at the Super Walmart’s doors … // Continue Reading…

Bradley Manning

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  • Outside Ft. Meade where Bradley Manning’s trial will take place, hundreds rallied to say that Obama Admin. attacks on whistle-blowers is an attack on democracy – Watch this video: Bradley Manning supporters say, exposing criminals is not a crime, 5.30 min, published on The Real News Network TRNN, June 2, 2013.
    Same video on YouTube, 5.30 min, uploaded by TRNN, June 2, 2013: Outside Ft. Meade where Bradley Manning’s trial will take place, hundreds rallied to say that Obama Admin. attacks on whistle-blowers is an attack on democracy (Note: estimates of crowd size varied from 500 to over one thousand) Correction: Mr. Meola is identified on screen, this should read: ‘Ward Reilly’ of Veterans For Peace;    Continue Reading…

Everyday Anarchist: The Modern Success

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Interview with Noam Chomsky, published on Modern Success (now on ZNet), by Michael S. Wilson, April 14, 2013.

Everyone knows what one looks like.  They’ve got the leather boots.  Maybe some chains.  Trench-coats.  They wait in dark alleys with perfectly-spherical bombs.  A lot of ‘em like to spike up their hair, or shave the side of their head, or do weird things like that to their appearance.  You know what I mean.  Everyone knows.

That’s what an anarchist looks like: … // Continue Reading…

… on poverty and more …

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Distorted Stats: Europe’s Youth Unemployment Fallacy

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Alexander Demling, May 28, 2013.

The oft-cited statistic that half of young Spaniards are unemployed is wrong. In reality, about one-fifth of those under 25 are looking for work. Nevertheless, outreach programs created by Germany focus on young people alone, though critics say other groups desperately need help too … //

… A More Realistic Assessment:    Continue Reading…