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Index August 2013

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2013-08-01: Chris Hedges;
2013-08-01: raus aus der Euro-Falle;
2013-08-02: blow the whistle, face life in jail: progressives slam verdict in Manning case;
2013-08-03: US: The Great Eviction;
2013-08-03: Gesichter der Armut;
2013-08-04: When we were Woodstock (3);
2013-08-05: Beyond the Double Standard: Towards a Real Liberation Politics;
2013-08-06: A Path Forward for Egypt’s Revolution;
2013-08-06: Max Uthoff;
2013-08-07: Bradley Manning verdict convicts Washington;
2013-08-08: Convos With My 2 Year Old daughter;
2013-08-08: Comment la Faim tue toutes les 4 secondes;
2013-08-09: The Crime of the Century;
2013-08-10: We Won’t Pay: Greek activists reconnect power to poverty-stricken homes;
2013-08-11: Tanzania: Smallholder farmers lose in most govt programmes;
2013-08-12: Merkel’s European Failure: Germany Dozes on a Volcano;
2013-08-13: Muslim Brotherhood treats children as pawns. Where’s the outcry?
2013-08-14: Angela Davis on YouTube;
2013-08-15: Vijay Prashad on YouTube;
2013-08-16: UK – Left Unity: Comparing the Platforms;
2013-08-17: Treating EVERYONE like a potential terrorist weakens our ability to protect America;
2013-08-18: 5 Steps That Offer the Best Hope For Egypt’s Future;
2013-08-19: A riven nation: No fear of death;
2013-08-20: Malawians brace for another year of hunger;
2013-08-21: Trafficking handicapped children and the economy of misery;
2013-08-22: The Fearless One: Rape Trial Galvanizes India;
2013-08-23: Doctors sound alarm on child fitness and health;
2013-08-23: Kein Knebelgesetz für Afghanistans Frauen;
2013-08-24: FEMNET’s Herstory: Advocating for the rights of African women;
2013-08-25: Manning’s Biggest Revelation of All;
2013-08-26: New learning opportunities on children’s rights;
2013-08-27: Manning should be praised;
2013-08-28: Pinching pensions to keep Wall Street fat and happy;
2013-08-29: Civil Disobedience as Law Enforcement;
2013-08-30: Aging Together: A New Way to Avoid Late-Life Loneliness, Part 1;
2013-08-31: Venezuela: the Commune has to be the new Economic Power.

See also:
all articles sorted chronologically;
second page – all articles sorted chronologically – 2012 ff

(Welcome to our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Venezuela: the Commune has to be the new Economic Power

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… says Venezuela’s Maduro - Published on Venezuelanalysis, by Tamara Pearson, August 27, 2013 – (Welcome to our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Merida, 27th August 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – The Venezuelan government established a presidential commission for communes yesterday, and President Nicolas Maduro has announced further measures to strengthen the political role of communal councils and communes in Venezuela.    Continue Reading…

Aging Together: A New Way to Avoid Late-Life Loneliness, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Barbara Hardinghaus, August 29, 2013 (Photo Gallerysee also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Getting old often means getting lonely. Five pensioners from Hamburg tried to improve their lives by moving into a shared apartment. SPIEGEL journalist Barbara Hardinghaus, seeking options for her own parents, explored how they fared. She found that old age and happiness can go together … // Continue Reading…

Civil Disobedience as Law Enforcement

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Published on Labor Network for Sustainability (crossposted with Waging Nonviolence), by Jeremy Brecher, not dated ( see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Two years ago I was among more than a thousand people who committed civil disobedience at the White House to oppose the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then many more have been arrested around the country, often blocking the actual pathway along which the Keystone XL is being constructed. Nearly 70,000 people have vowed to risk arrest if the State Department recommends that the president approve the pipeline.   Continue Reading…

Pinching pensions to keep Wall Street fat and happy

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by Dean Baker, August 26, 2013 (see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

The debate over public pensions clearly shows the contempt that the elites have for ordinary workers. While elites routinely preach the sanctity of contract when it works to benefit the rich and powerful, they are happy to treat the contracts that provide workers with pensions as worthless scraps of paper.   Continue Reading…

Manning should be praised

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Interview with Noam Chomsky, published on NYTimes eXaminer, by Jérémy Clément, August 23, 2013 ( see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Jérémy Clément asks:

  • The New York Times Editorial Board recently stated their belief that the “35-year sentence a military judge imposed on Pfc. Bradley Manning” was too much. (“Bradley Manning’s Excessive Sentence,” Aug. 21) The Board writes that Manning broke the law and comments on what they believe “are appropriate punishments.” What do you think about Manning’s sentence? Is he the only one who broke the law here?    Continue Reading…

New learning opportunities on children’s rights

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Received by e-mail, From: HREA Distance Learning Programme, Date: 14/08/2013 – ( see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Dear Colleagues, HREA offers several (new) courses in September-November 2013 for those interested to advance their knowledge and skills to advocate for children’s rights:

  • Child Participation: (11 September-22 October 2013) – Children’s participation is a key principle of a child rights based approach. Children have rights to express their views and to be heard in all matters affecting them, while considering their evolving capacities. Providing space and inclusive opportunities for expression, information sharing, association and participation in decision making empowers children and young people as active citizens. Continue Reading…

Manning’s Biggest Revelation of All

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Published on firedoglake, by Nat Parry, August 23, 2013.

… After being rebuffed by her commanding officer and rejected by traditional news outlets like the New York Times, the young Army intelligence analyst provided three important bodies of documents to WikiLeaks.

The Iraq war logs consisted of 391,000 field reports, including the notorious “Collateral Murder” video of U.S. soldiers gunning down a crowd of Iraqi civilians, injuring two small children and killing two Reuters journalists in July 2007.  Continue Reading…

FEMNET’s Herstory: Advocating for the rights of African women

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Published on The African Women’s Development Fund AWDF, by AWDF, August 21, 2013 – download the book, 110 pdf-pages. (Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99%).

AWDF is proud to have supported the production of a publication documenting the herstory of The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET). In her foreword to the publication, Joyce Hilda Banda, President of Malawi stated:   Continue Reading…

Kein Knebelgesetz für Afghanistans Frauen

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Auf AVAAZ.org (die Welt in Aktion) gefunden:
Im Alter von 12 Jahren wurde Sahar Gul verkauft und zwangsverheiratet. Fortan lebte sie in einem Haus des Schreckens … // Petition an die Mitglieder des Oberhauses der Afghanischen Nationalversammlung und den Vorsitzenden des Gesetzgebungsausschusses, Malawi Ghulam Muhiuddin Monsef unterzeichnen … (ganzer Text).

Doctors sound alarm on child fitness and health

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New report prompts fears over soaring obesity, showing half of seven-year-olds are not doing enough exercise – Published on The Guardian, by Denis Campbell, August 21, 2013.

They risk being the couch potatoes of the future – the children who prefer playing computer games, watching TV or just lounging around to visiting their nearest skatepark or taking inspiration from Andy Murray and picking up a tennis racket.

They are not the majority, but they may be – and soon.   Continue Reading…

The Fearless One: Rape Trial Galvanizes India

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Wieland Wagner, August 20, 2013 (Photo GalleryTranslated from the German by Christopher Sultan – Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99%).

The horrific gang rape that killed Indian physical therapy student Jyoti Singh Pandey last December created an international uproar. Now, the trial is approaching a verdict amid heightened emotions and accusations that one of the defendants was murdered … //

… A Symbol of the Public’s Rage:   Continue Reading…

Trafficking handicapped children and the economy of misery

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Eudias Kigai, August 14, 2013. (Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99% (Frontpage), and it’s new post: Not Too Big to Jail).

Trafficking syndicates operating between Kenya and Tanzania are actively involved in the trade of handicapped children

Used in Nairobi’s lucrative ‘begging industry’, Tanzanian children are transported through major bus routes, such as the Tanzania Namanga route, to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The journey can take up to nine hours.

Once inside the borders, bribes must be paid to Kenyan immigration officers, and both Tanzania and Kenya revenue authority officers, to allow them pass without the temporary East African passport.   Continue Reading…

Malawians brace for another year of hunger

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Rain-fed maize production is down in the north – Published on IRINnews, by sm/ks/rz, August 16, 2013.

MZIMBA – The phrase on the lips of many Malawians these days, particularly in the north of the country is: “There will be hunger this year.”

In Karonga District, prolonged hot, dry spells caused maize crops in the southern part of the district to wilt. The dry spell was followed by heavy rains, which not only knocked down the wilting maize but also brought down several houses, affecting scores of people. In the northern part of the district, flooding filled rice paddies with sand, virtually burying the crop.   Continue Reading…

A riven nation: No fear of death

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Published on The Economist, August 17, 2013.

A SMALL Ferris wheel carrying grubby children creaks around in the sweltering, dusty heat. Donkeys pull carts of vegetables along potholed roads. In Adwa, the humble home village of Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brothers’ ousted president, there is much unhappiness at his demise. Posters on shop fronts say, “Yes to legitimacy! No to the coup!” … // Continue Reading…

5 Steps That Offer the Best Hope For Egypt’s Future

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Published on Amnesty International, by Geoffrey Mocki, August 16, 2013.

Egyptian security forces can’t break old habits, and now the spirit of the 2011 Uprisings is in disarray.

For the third day in a row, security forces have attacked supporters for deposed President Mohamad Morsi, some of whom are armed and have fired back. Health officials put the death toll on Wednesday at 525, but that number has surely gone higher in the two days since.   Continue Reading…

Treating EVERYONE like a potential terrorist weakens our ability to protect America

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… says Top Security Expert – Published on Investment Watch Blog, by Washington’s Blog / Bruce Schneier, August 15th, 2013.

… Many top experts (including you) have said that mass surveillance on Americans is harmful to national security, as it makes the haystack too big to search meaningfully for bad guys. As a layperson, it seems to me that the same is true with many of our counter-terrorism efforts since 9/11.   Continue Reading…

UK – Left Unity: Comparing the Platforms

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Published on Left Unity, by the Left Party Platform, the Socialist Platform and the Class Struggle Platform, August 11, 2013.

We face the probability of a terrible decline in the social wealth of the working people in the UK, a critical change in the life experience of working class people, says Felicity Dowling. Hunger, want and fear are coming back to this and other countries. Thousands have signed petitions supporting the call for a new political formation under the banner of Left Unity. November will see hundreds of founding members of this new party inaugurate it, determine our political direction, our priorities and the nature of the organisation itself … // Continue Reading…

Vijay Prashad on YouTube

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Mr. Vijay Prashad, interviewed at the UNCTAD Public Symposium (24-25 June 2013), 19.24 min, uploaded by UNCTADOnline, July 16, 2013;

A Replay of Iraq War in Syria? 16.18 min, uploaded by NewsClickin, June 22, 2013: The United States has provided more arms to the rebel groups claiming that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the militants …;   Continue Reading…

Angela Davis on YouTube

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Angela Y. Davis at the University of Chicago, May 2013, 66.01 min, uploaded by CSRPCUofC, May 10, 2013: CSRPC Annual Public Lecture and CSGS Classics in Feminist Theory Series present Angela Y. Davis: Feminism and Abolition: Theories and Practices for the 21st Century …;
… Q&A, May 2013, 30.56 min, uploaded by CSRPCUofC, May 10, 2013; … ff: if you have patience and wait, more interesting videos comme up in autoplay …;   Continue Reading…

Muslim Brotherhood treats children as pawns. Where’s the outcry?

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Linda S. Heard, August 12, 2013.

… I have every reason to be cynical when an Al Jazeera reporter, covering the festivities, revealed that the Brotherhood leadership has ordered its followers to bring their wives and children to the sit-in when plans have been firmed up to dismantle it. When she asked parents whether they feared for their kids’ lives, they invariably said they were willing to sacrifice their children for the sake of democracy and freedom.   Continue Reading…

Merkel’s European Failure: Germany Dozes on a Volcano

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Jürgen Habermas, August 09, 2013

Angela Merkel’s government is forcing Southern Europe to undertake profound reforms while at the same time denying its own responsibility for the consequences of its crisis policies. Germany is risking a historic failure with its shortsighted wrangling … //

… A Duplicitous Game:

The fact is that the Merkel administration is forcing its controversial crisis agenda on France and the “southern countries,” while the purchasing policy of the European Central Bank (ECB) provides unacknowledged support.   Continue Reading…

Tanzania: Smallholder farmers lose in most govt programmes

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Interview with Mr Stephen Ruvuga, MVIWATA – Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab (first on The Citizen), by Alawi Masare, Business Week, August 7, 2013.

… Apart from what you have said, what are the tangible achievements in the 20 years of the Mviwata existence?

  • The Kibaigwa market in Dodoma – probably the largest grain market in Tanzania – was built by Mviwata.
  • We also constructed agro-produce markets in other places. Examples are Mgeta’s Kinole, Nyandira and Tawa markets in Morogoro Region; Mkata in Tanga; Igagala in Njombe; Igurusi in Mbeya and Matai and Kasanga in Rukwa. All these have not only facilitated rural farmers to access reliable markets and better prices, but also contributed to the improvement of the economy.   Continue Reading…

We Won’t Pay: Greek activists reconnect power to poverty-stricken homes

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Watch the video, 2.44 min, published on Russia Today RT, August 8, 2013.

With a Eurozone record of 27 percent of Greeks unemployed, people are taking a pro-active approach to the crisis. Activists from the ‘We Won’t Pay’ movement, which boasts 10,000 members, are illegally reconnecting power to hundreds of homes.

Tough austerity measures have left many people in Greece unable to pay their electricity bills. The ‘We Don’t Pay’ movement which has over 10,000 members helps many of those by illegally reconnecting power to their homes, despite legal action against them.   Continue Reading…

The Crime of the Century

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Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Tom Engelhardt, August 7, 2013.

Hey, let’s talk spying! In Surveillance America, this land of spookery we all now inhabit, what else is there to talk about? Was there anyone growing up like me in the 1950s who didn’t know Revolutionary War hero and spy Nathan Hale’s last words before the British hanged him: “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country”? I doubt it.   Continue Reading…

Comment la Faim tue toutes les 4 secondes

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(Headlines dans ActuWiki du 6 août 2013 (si vous avez la force, il nous reste le droit): Les «people» cet été en 15 bikinis les plus chauds: De Miami Beach à Saint-Tropez, les «people» profitent également du soleil. Un véritable défilé de bikinis les plus cours et les plus chaud du moment …
… la télévidion a une sorte de monopole de fait sur la formation des cerveaux d’une partie très importante de la population. Or, en mettant l’accent sur les faits divers, en remplissant ce temps rare avec du vide, du rien ou du prèsque rien, on écarte les informations pertinentes que devrait posséder le citoyen pour exercer ces droits démocratiques (Pierre Bourdieu) …
… Comme ce genre d’information n’intéresse que très peu de monde, on est obligé de venir vous chercher …
)

Comment la Faim tue toutes les 4 secondes: Continue Reading…

Convos With My 2 Year Old daughter

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as re-enacted by me and another full-grown man, uploaded on YouTube by ConvosWith2YrOld:

Bradley Manning verdict convicts Washington

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Paul Craig Roberts, August 6, 2013.

Bradley Manning’s conviction is more conclusive evidence that the US government is illegitimate. Manning’s “trial” was equivalent to Joseph Stalin’s “trial” of Nikolai Bukharin. It did not take place in a real court with a real jury. The military officer who served as a “judge” was not impartial. Manning was convicted for obeying the US Military Code and doing his sworn duty to report war crimes. There is no difference between Manning’s “conviction” and the “conviction” of Bukharin as a capitalist spy. Both trials were political trials.   Continue Reading…

Max Uthoff

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Sie befinden sich hier …, 43.33 min, von cajarore am 16. Sept. 2011 hochgeladen: Kabarett vom feinsten – Max Uthoff über Politiker und Parteien im Deutschland des Jahres 2011.

A Path Forward for Egypt’s Revolution

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Published on Worker’s Action, by Shamus Cooke, August 4, 2013.

The battle for the future of Egypt is underway, and it’s chaos. There has been violence on both sides of the divide, with the military inflicting the heaviest doses on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. The violence combined with any lack of long-term solution could bode poorly for Egypt’s future, but the situation is in extreme flux, and by no means anywhere settled. There is still abundant hope for most Egyptians to achieve a better world, though time is of the essence … //
Continue Reading…

Beyond the Double Standard: Towards a Real Liberation Politics

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Beyond the Double Standard: Towards a Real Liberation Politics – Published on New Socialist Webzine, Canada, by Cinzia Arruzza, July 25, 2013.

A few months ago on the New York subway I saw the most incredible poster, a picture of a crying baby of colour with the words, “Got a good job? I cost thousands of dollars each year”. While I was still recovering from the shock, I saw a similar poster of a little Black girl: “Honestly Mom… chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?”   Continue Reading…

When we were Woodstock (3)

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Linked with When we were Woodstock (1, and 2, and 4).

Santana – Soul Sacrifice (Woodstock 1969 Concert), Mono-Mix from 1969 Cotillion recordings, 11.46 min, uploaded by VinylOldiesJukebox, March 11, 2012;
Santana at Tanglewood 8-18-1970 (complete), 80.12 min, uploaded by BurningShoreProphet, June 24, 2012;
Santana on YouTube – (general)-search;
Santana woodstock live on YouTube-search;    Continue Reading…

Gesichter der Armut

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Video mit Prof. Dr. Christoph Butterwegge, 48.57 min, von RosaLuxNRW am 24. Mai 2012 hochgeladen: (der) Politikwissenschaftler aus Köln, spricht über Ursachen und Ausprägungen von Armut, den Mythos des „Fahrstuhleffekts”, prekäre Arbeitsverhältnisse, Steuerpolitik und über die Probleme des bedingungslosen Grundeinkommens …;

US: The Great Eviction

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Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Laura Gottesdiener, August 02, 2013.

… It’s May 2012 and we’re in Woodlawn, a largely African American neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. The crew Quafin is a part of dubbed themselves the HIT Squad, short for Housing Identification and Target. Their goal is to map blighted, bank-owned homes with overdue property taxes and neighbors angry enough about the destruction of their neighborhood to consider supporting a plan to repossess on the repossessors.   Continue Reading…

blow the whistle, face life in jail: progressives slam verdict in Manning case

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the US government will come after you, no holds barred, if you’re thinking of revealing evidence of its unlawful behavior’, says Amnesty – Published on Common Dreams, by Jon Queally, staff writer, July 30, 2013.

… Though some found solace in the fact that the 25-year-old US Army whistleblower was found “not guilty” on the “most outrageous” charge of “aiding the enemy,” voices across the progressive community were expressing mixtures of outrage and sadness after Judge Col. Denise Lind found Manning guilty on 19 other counts that could lead to a sentence of more than 100 years in prison.    Continue Reading…

raus aus der Euro-Falle

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Wege aus der Euro-Falle, 111.02 min, von COMPACTTV, am 22 Mai 2013 auf YouTube hochgeladen.

Chris Hedges

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… interviewed by Paul Jay, uploaded on YouTube by TRNN (and 2/7 by Sundrumify,), during July 2013: