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Index July 2013

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2013-07-01: To the streets, anyway;
2013-07-02: US-Taliban talks: a lesson for Kagame and Museveni;
2013-07-03: Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out;
2013-07-04: The structural problem of misogyny;
2013-07-05: Egypt’s Revolution: Between The Streets And The Army;
2013-07-06: Embarrassing holes as US govt rests case against Bradley Manning;
2013-07-07: Made in Bangladesh: Greed, Globalization and the Dhaka Tragedy, Part 1;
2013-07-08: Everybody in Guantanamo has been tortured or abused, former detainee;
2013-07-09: Suppressed FREE Energy Device is Finally Exposed, After 100 Years!
2013-07-09: Animation de communautés de recherche philosophique CRP;
2013-07-10: Sense, sensibilities and spying;
2013-07-11: Report: Chavismo After Chávez, What Was Created? What Remains?
2013-07-12: Interview with Carol Strickman, from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity;
2013-07-13: Learning the Right Lessons in Egypt;
2013-07-14: Malala Yousafzai’s diary inspires other Pashtun girls yearning for education;
2013-07-15: Tearing Down the Ivory Tower: a Defense of Vocational Education;
2013-07-16: The Silent Humanitarian Crises Beyond East Africa;
2013-07-17: Anti-Black racism and the expansion of sexual citizenship;
2013-07-18: Zimmerman’s Acquittal and the Call for a New Civil Rights Movement;
2013-07-19: The American Prospect: a Challenge to Teach for America’s Corporate Orientation;
2013-07-20: The Peak Prosperity Video Channel;
2013-07-21: Egypt’s inexorable revolution;
2013-07-22: US Courts Approve Indefinite Detention and Torture;
2013-07-23: People of colour like me have been painted out of working-class history;
2013-07-24: Increasing Attacks: Piracy Shifts Coasts in Africa;
2013-07-25: Immutable Egypt-Gaza bonds;
2013-07-26: Growing threat of radical rebels infiltrating ranks of Syrian rebels;
2013-07-27: Arab Peoples are heading toward Defeat, Decline, and even Suicide;
2013-07-28: Big Mama and the Massacre: ICC’s Reputation at Risk in Kenya;
2013-07-29: Lessons for Brazil from South Africa;
2013-07-30: Hunger in Africa: the Swazi Study;
2013-07-31: Hardwired Inequality in America.

Hardwired Inequality in America

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Published on Steve Lenfman’s Blog, by blog owner, July 29. 2013.

America’s always been separate and unequal. Today it’s worse than ever in modern times.

Wealth disparity between rich and poor is unprecedented. Annually it widens. Government complicity with business bears full responsibility. It’s worse than ever under Obama … //

… Fact check:   Continue Reading…

Hunger in Africa: the Swazi Study

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How Hunger stunts African Economies – Published on World Food Programme, 26 July 2013 (linked with The Cost of Hunger in Egypt).

The high cost of child malnutrition in Swaziland was showcased at the launch of the latest country-level study in the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) series on 18 July. The Cost of Hunger in Swaziland, produced by the Government of Swaziland with support from WFP, is the first COHA study in southern Africa and among the first to quantify the social and economic impacts of child undernutrition.   Continue Reading…

Lessons for Brazil from South Africa

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Patrick Bond, July 24, 2013.

Brazilians have much to learn from South Africans who hosted the 2010 World Cup in which thousands of South Africans rioted in the streets prior to the games and FIFA took billions in revenues. Will Brazil’s main trade union remain stymied by their alliance to the ruling party like South Africa’s?   Continue Reading…

Big Mama and the Massacre: ICC’s Reputation at Risk in Kenya

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Erich Follath, July 26, 2013 (Photo GalleryTranslated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, is doing all she can to put Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta behind bars. But the hurdles are high, and failure could spell doom for the dream of global justice … //

… Holding Commanders Responsible? … // Continue Reading…

Arab Peoples are heading toward Defeat, Decline, and even Suicide

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… a Video Clip with Algerian Journalist Khaled Omar Ben Guiga, 2.34 min, on MEMRI.org/clip, spoken in arab, subtitled in engish;

Middle East Media Research Institute MEMRI: /Homepage, /MEMRI.org, /MEMRI TV.org, /Reform in the Muslim world;

FORCED MARIAGE for an 11-Year-Old Yemeni Girl: Nada Al-Ahdal Flees Home to Avoid Forced Marriage: I’d Rather Kill Myself, 2.52 min, (spoken in arab, subtitled in english), uploaded on YouTube by MEMRItvVideos, on July 21, 2013 (just now 7 316 362 times clicked).

Growing threat of radical rebels infiltrating ranks of Syrian rebels

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Interview with Middle East expert Edmund Ghareeb, published on Russia Today RT, July 24, 2013.

… The Kurds living in the area have been trying to protect their homes, amid heavy fighting between jihadist forces and Syrian government troops:

RT: The lives of innocent Kurdish civilians are now in danger from Al-Qaeda terrorists. What do you think the hostage takers want and why would they be targeting the Kurds?    Continue Reading…

Immutable Egypt-Gaza bonds

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Nicola Nasser, July 24, 2013.

Gaza will remain a matter of national security for Egypt. And regardless of who is in charge in Gaza, Egypt will also remain a strategic asset for Gaza, a lifeline for its people, and a mainstay of its peace and stability.

These are the irreversible facts of the ties between Egypt and Gaza. In other words, when Egypt sneezes, Gaza catches a cold.  Continue Reading…

Increasing Attacks: Piracy Shifts Coasts in Africa

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Gordon Repinski, July 19, 2013 (Photo GalleryTranslated from the German by Nick Ukiah).

The scourge of African piracy is shifting from the East Coast to the West. Although the attacks are taking a major toll on the global shipping trade, world leaders continue to play for time in the hope that it will be resolved locally.

In the moments before the attack, the Hansa Marburg seemed to be cruising peacefully in the Atlantic Ocean. It was April 22, 2013 and, based on its coordinates, the German container ship was about 130 nautical miles southwest of the port of Malabo in the Central African state of Equatorial Guinea – a long way from the coast … // Continue Reading…

People of colour like me have been painted out of working-class history

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Published on The Guardian, by Anna Chen, July 16, 2013.

Black people have lived in Britain at least from Roman times, and some historians claim that north Africans were here as much as 3,000 years ago. We know that Indian people were here as far back as Shakespeare’s time. The first Chinese visitor we know of was the Jesuit priest Shen Foutsong, who communicated in Latin when he worked at Oxford’s Bodleian Library in the 17th century. His portrait still hangs in the Queen’s collection. People of colour have been part of the fabric of British society for centuries, but you won’t find many in official histories – either from the right (look at Michael Gove’s draft national curriculum) or, more shockingly, from the left.  Continue Reading…

US Courts Approve Indefinite Detention and Torture

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Published on Steve Lendman’s Blog, by blog owner, July 19, 2013.

America’s a police state. It’s ruthless. Iron fist authority rules. International law’s quaint and out-of-date. US statute protections aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
Constitutional rights don’t matter. They never did for most people. It’s truer now than ever. They’re null and void. Executive diktat power rules. Congress and federal courts go along. They’re complicit.
They support sweeping lawlessness. It’s unprecedented. It affects domestic and geopolitical issues. No one’s safe anywhere … (full long text).

Egypt’s inexorable revolution

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Ismail Serageldin, July 17, 2013.

Egypt is once more doing things in its own unique way. After millions of Egyptians went into the streets and in 18 days that shook the world succeeded in toppling the regime of Hosni Mubarak after 30 years of rule, they came back again in their millions into the squares of Egypt and toppled Mohamed Morsi after one year of rule.    Continue Reading…

The Peak Prosperity Video Channel

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uploaded by ChrisMartensondotcom on YouTube presents:

a Bill Black Audio: The Banks Have Blood on Their Hands, 47.25 min, July 14, 2013: We invited Bill Black to return to explain whether the level of systemic risk due to fraud in our financial markets has improved or worsened since the dire situation he painted for us in early 2012. Sadly, it looks like abuse by the big players has only flourished since then.   Continue Reading…

The American Prospect: a Challenge to Teach for America’s Corporate Orientation

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… from those on the Inside: this summer, alumni and current teachers are coordinating to challenge TFA’s centrality in the corporate-backed, market-driven, testing-oriented movement in urban education – Published on AlterNet /Education, by James Cersonsky, July 16, 2013.

Twenty-four years running, the rap on Teach for America (TFA) is a sampled, re-sampled, burned-out record: The organization’s five-week training program is too short to prepare its recruits to teach, especially in chronically under-served urban and rural districts; corps members only have to commit to teach for two years, which destabilizes schools, undermines the teaching profession, and undercuts teachers unions; and TFA, with the help of its 501(c)4 spin-off, Leadership for Educational Equity, is a leading force in the movement to close “failing” schools, expand charter schools, and tie teachers’ job security to their students’ standardized test scores.   Continue Reading…

Zimmerman’s Acquittal and the Call for a New Civil Rights Movement

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Published on Worker’s Action (co-published with Occupy.com), by Mark Vorpahl, July 15, 2013.

… If only it could be said that a more perverse and twisted miscarriage of justice by our legal system was hard to find. Agonizingly, it is not. For millions of people this tragic affair was never simply about a confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin. It was the United States justice system that was on trial under charges of institutional racism — and it has proven itself guilty.

To begin to appreciate the significance of this, some context is necessary. A study by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, entitled “Operation Ghetto Storm” revealed:   Continue Reading…

Anti-Black racism and the expansion of sexual citizenship

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… OR-We need to do so much better at loving eachother, a dispatch from the ‘Very House of Difference’ – Published on Political Affairs pa, by  KAI M. GREEN & TREVA ELLISON, July 15, 2013.

scholars, activists, and artists based in Los Angeles, where we dream about and plan for the abolition of racial capitalism and the growth of life-affirming relations and structures. We wrote this piece out of a desire to cultivate and build on conversations about how we can grow trust and solidarity across differences, build resilient and sustainable movements, while showing up as ourselves in the various communities that we inhabit.    Continue Reading…

The Silent Humanitarian Crises Beyond East Africa

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The international response to the East African crisis is far short of urgent needs, yet the extreme deprivation being reported is only the tip of the iceberg – Published on Mammon Messiah Blog.ch, by Adam Parsons and Rajesh Makwana, July 22, 2011. (also on CommonDreams and Dissident Voice and Share The World’s Resource STWR).

The unfolding crisis in the Horn of Africa is yet another tragedy that reflects the dysfunction and injustice inherent in the structures of the world economy. Although the factors that are currently causing widespread hunger and deprivation across a large part of the region include the worst drought for 60 years, escalating food prices and continued regional conflict, the problem is largely man-made and entirely preventable if sufficient resources are redistributed to all people in need.   Continue Reading…

Tearing Down the Ivory Tower: a Defense of Vocational Education

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Published on Worker’s Action/Education, by Arthur Posey, July 8, 2013.

In 2012, Diane Ravitch wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal that highlighted the many ways in which the over-emphasis on standardized testing has created a crisis in the education system. According to Ravitch, one of the many problems with the No Child Left Behind Act is that since “the law demanded progress only in reading and math, schools were incentivized to show gains only on those subjects. Hundreds of millions of dollars were invested in test-preparation materials.” This, in turn, created a “nightmare for American schools, producing graduates who were drilled regularly on the basic skills but were often ignorant about almost everything else.”   Continue Reading…

Malala Yousafzai’s diary inspires other Pashtun girls yearning for education

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The words of a young girl whose determination to go to school made her a target for the Taliban has made others eager to learn – Publicated on The Guardian, by Saba Imtiaz in Karachi, July 12, 2013.

For many in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban, is a symbol of resilience and courage in her fight for the right of young girls to receive an education. For hardline right-wing groups and conspiracy theorists, she is a controversial figure accused of being a “CIA agent” and having staged the attack on herself.   Continue Reading…

Learning the Right Lessons in Egypt

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Maryam Sakeenah, July 11, 2013.

The obvious conclusion from Egypt is that political Islam’s ‘concordat’ with democracy has proven a failed experiment. As predicted by Essam Haddad, ‘the message will resonate throughout the Muslim world that democracy is not for Muslims.’ The message has in fact been enthusiastically taken up, with Islamists saying ‘we told you so.’ An article on one such website states, ‘recent experience in Egypt has once again exposed the reality of ‘democracy’ and the true face of democracy-worshippers, democracy isn’t meant for us Muslims.’   Continue Reading…

Interview with Carol Strickman

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… from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition – Published on ZNet, by Larry Everest, July 10, 2013.

Carol Strickman is a staff attorney at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, a San Francisco-based organization which advocates for the human rights and empowerment of incarcerated parents, children, family members, and people at risk of incarceration. She is a member of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, a member of the team mediating between the prison hunger strikers and prison authorities (the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation—CDCR), Continue Reading…

Report: Chavismo After Chávez: What Was Created? What Remains?

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The Communal State: Communal Councils, Communes, and Workplace Democracy – Published on nacla.org, by Dario Azzellini, Summer 2013.

The particular character of what Hugo Chávez called the Bolivarian process lies in the understanding that social transformation can be constructed from two directions, “from above” and “from below.” Bolivarianism—or Chavismo—includes among its participants both traditional organizations and new autonomous groups; it encompasses both state-centric and anti-systemic currents. The process thus differs from traditional Leninist or social democratic approaches, both of which see the state as the central agent of change; it differs as well from movement-based approaches that conceive of no role whatsoever for the state in a process of revolutionary change.   Continue Reading…

Sense, sensibilities and spying

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Edward Snowden’s revelations about American espionage have riled Europeans. So has the administration’s response – Published on The Economist, from print edition, July 6, 2013.

THE noun Der Shitstorm made a timely entrance to the official German lexicon this week. France is in a similar avalanche d’emmerdements. So, too, are countries as far afield as Japan, India and Turkey, which are also digesting revelations about the nature and extent of America’s electronic espionage on them.   Continue Reading…

Animation de communautés de recherche philosophique CRP

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Reçu par e-mail, De: Postmaster de pro-philo.ch, Date: 6 juillet 2013:   Continue Reading…

Suppressed FREE Energy Device is Finally Exposed, After 100 Years!

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Watch this video on YouTube: Video Proof of Concept, 2.34 min, uploaded by web19designer, Oct. 25, 2010: see also the website Nicola Tesla Secret.com.

Find Nikola Tesla: on YouTube search; on en.wikipedia, including Further reading and External Links;  on Google Web-search; and on Google Images-search.

Everybody in Guantanamo has been tortured or abused, former detainee

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Published on Russia Today RT, interview with Moazzam Begg, a former inmate, July 6, 2013.

“I was subjected to the sounds of a woman screaming, I was led to believe that my wife was being tortured,” Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee has shared with RT.

The former inmate has shed light on some of the torturous detention techniques at Guantanamo.  They include, being cavity searched and given directions on how to commit suicide.    Continue Reading…

Made in Bangladesh: Greed, Globalization and the Dhaka Tragedy, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Hauke Goos and Ralf Hoppe,  July 5, 2013 (Photo Gallery 1: How Demand for Cheap Clothes Turned Deadly, Photo Gallery 2: Life as a Bangladeshi Factory WorkerTranslated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

On April 24, a textile factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing over 1,100. A government investigator has presented his results to SPIEGEL. They tell a harrowing story of a disaster caused by greed and the pressures of globalization.   Continue Reading…

Embarrassing holes as US govt rests case against Bradley Manning

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Defense team now expected to motion for dismissal of charges for lack of evidence – Published on Intrepid Report (first on Common Dreams.org), by Lauren McCauley, July 5, 2013.

After 14 days and 80 witnesses, the United States government prosecuting Pfc. Bradley Manning in the long-awaited trial against the military whistleblower has rested their case.  Continue Reading…

Egypt’s Revolution: Between The Streets And The Army

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Egypt’s revolution will never be complete until the authoritarian neoliberal state is finally dismantled. Only the power of the streets can do this – Published on Roarmag.org, by Jerome Roos, July 2, 2013.

… The Clash of Coalitions:

The main lesson we can draw from this historic episode is that revolutions are never clean-cut events undertaken by an easily-identifiable revolutionary subject, but always complex processes of inherently chaotic social struggle in which different elite factions vie for power and legitimacy, with the revolutionary multitude itself often caught in between them, at times allying itself with one side or another.  Continue Reading…

The structural problem of misogyny

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New feminism should stand together with the new proletariats against female exploitation and violence – Published on AlJazeera, by Zillah Eisenstein, July 2, 2013.

… New proletariat(s):

This proletariat of women is named by and for the structural location that one inhabits in the system of labour exchange and enforced abuse and punishment. The “epidemic” that the World Health Organisation names as a global health problem is also more deeply a structural problem of misogyny.    Continue Reading…

Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out

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Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out, 54.25 min, (begins at 3.20 min), uploaded by WeAreManyMedia, June 28, 2013: Glenn Greenwald speaks via Skype to Socialism 2013;
Linked with Boundless Informant: The Global Hunt for Edward Snowden, on Economy and Society, by Spiegel Online International, July 3, 2013.

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US-Taliban talks: a lesson for Kagame and Museveni

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Why US-Taliban talks should open the way for Kagame-FDLR, Museveni-LRA dialogue – Published on Pambazuka News, by Antoine Roger Lokongo, June 26, 2013.

The current US-Taliban talks now remove any pretexts Kagame and Museveni might have not to talk to the FDLR and to the LRA, respectively. Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete’s proposal for talks involving all parties in the Great Lakes region to find a permanent political solution to the problems of the region must be urgently heeded.   Continue Reading…

To the streets, anyway

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Close to the eve of expected nationwide demonstrations, Morsi failed to reassure an angry nation – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Dina Ezzat, June 27, 2013.

… Morsi addressed his speech from the Cairo Conference Centre to a limited group of supporters in the presence of top state officials, including Minister of Defence Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi who is widely perceived the man who could checkmate Morsi with support of what is promised to be millions of anti-Morsi demonstrators.

Al-Sisi, whose presence was interpreted by sceptics as evidence of an end of the all but announced disagreement between presidency and army over the handling of growing public frustration, offered little reaction to the over two-hour epilogue of a president who seemed willing to make some acknowledgment of error-doing but who otherwise blamed the vast majority of the problems faced by the nation today to the ousted regime and its “remnants”.   Continue Reading…