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… from today on I’ll work less, read more books, go more out for a walk and publish occasionally on this blog about development concerns.

Elusive stability

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, Oct 23, 2013 Egypt’s shift towards fully civilian rule faces serious challenges, not least the Muslim Brotherhood’s threats to escalate street protests.

Implementation of the post-30 June political roadmap gained momentum this week. The 50-member committee entrusted with writing a new constitution completed the first half of its job on Tuesday. According to Mohamed Salmawy, the committee’s media spokesperson, six chapters of the new constitution are now complete.   Continue Reading…

The troubled path to Geneva

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Neither the regime nor the opposition are enthusiastic about the upcoming peace conference dubbed Geneva II – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Bassel Oudat in Damascus, Oct 23, 2013.

Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria, is shuttling across the region to get everyone prepared for Geneva II — a gathering intended to end Syria’s civil war. The international envoy started his visit in Cairo and is expected to visit Damascus, Tehran, Riyadh and Ankara before his regional tour is over … // Continue Reading…

World needs to turn plans to end child labour into urgent action

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Published on International Labour Organization ILO, by ILO chief Guy Ryder, during Third Global Conference on Child Labour, October 10, 2013:

“More than ever our focus must be on action and results as well as process,” says Guy Ryder at the end of the Third Global Conference on Child Labour … //

… “You made the link between the fight against child labour and the need to move forward on the Decent Work Agenda, implement fundamental principles and rights at work, prioritize employment creation, in particular for youth, extend measures of social protection and strengthen the rule of law and judicial systems. What we need now is to translate this link into urgent action,” said Ryder during the conference’s closing session.  Continue Reading…

In Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

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Published on ZSpace (first on Peace Voice), by Laura Finley, Oct 21, 2013.

Last I heard, contracts negotiated between two consenting and capable parties are supposed to be binding, with repercussions if one party violates what has been agreed upon and codified into a legal document. That is, of course, unless it is the state entering into such agreements with indigenous peoples. Then these legal documents are little more than lip-service, or so it seems, based on the actions of the U.S., Canadian, and other governments who have and continued to trample the rights of indigenous peoples with impunity. Instead of being held accountable to the legally binding agreements they have signed, these governments continue to deprive indigenous peoples of their land, their livelihoods, and their cultures. Worse yet, they have the gall to point the finger at indigenous peoples and their allies who resist this continued destruction of their land and resources, calling them the criminals.   Continue Reading…

Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President’s Email

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Jens Glüsing, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark, October 20, 2013
(Photo Gallery).

The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years. It hacked into the president’s public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system. The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico.

The National Security Agency (NSA) has a division for particularly difficult missions. Called “Tailored Access Operations” (TAO), this department devises special methods for special targets … // Continue Reading…

The Big Debate

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on South Africa’s SABC Television (Homepage; Address: SABC, cnr. of Artillery and Henley Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa 2092; Contact), uploaded by sabcdigitalnews:

Ep. 7: why poverty, 48.38 min;
Ep. 8: Is Our Economy Racist? 48.46 min;
Ep. 10: Have we Betrayed our Women? 48.29 min.

A Nation Brought to the Verge of Ruin

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Published on ZNet, by Paul Street, October 17, 2013.

Recently on his syndicated talk show, the power-worshipping interviewer of influential elites Charlie Rose worried that Washington’s latest fiscal crisis sends the world the message that “democracy doesn’t work as well as we thought it did.” [1]

What American “democracy” was Charlie Rose talking about? As John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney noted four years ago, explaining why there would be no New Deal under Barack Obama, “The United States, despite its formally democratic character, is firmly in the hands of a moneyed oligarchy, probably the most powerful ruling class in history.” [2]   Continue Reading…

Premalatha’s story – plus HR courses

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Published on Human Rights Eduction Association HREA.org, November 2, 2012.

“I have been denied my rights. But these rights are my birthright,” says Premalatha, a school child in a village near Madurai in the Tamil Nadu region of southern India. She encounters caste and gender-based discrimination. When she fetches water from a well, she and children from other “lower caste” or “Dalit” families are supposed to wait behind children from the “upper caste”. In school, Dalits are sometimes not allowed to eat with other children.  Continue Reading…

To Be a Syrian Refugee in Egypt

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Published on Latitude, an Int. NYT’s Blog, by Ursula Lindsey, Oct 16, 2013.

CAIRO — Of the two million Syrians who have fled the conflict in their country, 200,000 to 300,000 have ended up in Egypt. They were welcome at first, but lately they have become scapegoats in Egypt’s latest political crisis, accused of being allies of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.  Continue Reading…

US: Are Black teachers becoming extinct nationally?

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Published on Political Affairs pa (first on The Black Star Project), by B. Denise Hawkins, Oct 9, 2013.

When a group of education researchers, practitioners and activists gathered at Howard University in April to address the lack of diversity in the nation’s teacher workforce, Dr. Leslie T. Fenwick reminded her audience that such a time had already been foreshadowed.   Continue Reading…

Fighting the Stupid Revolution

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Joel S. Hirschhorn, October 15, 2013.

Stupid Americans elect stupid politicians. Government-hating Americans elect government-hating politicians. Mean-spirited citizens elect mean-spirited politicians.

Like-minded Tea Party Republican conservatives end up living together, feeding their mutual anger and resentment about most social progress.  Continue Reading…

Time to get food system back: Farmers locked in pesticide treadmill bring no yield

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Interview with Colin O’Neil, published on Russia Today RT, Oct 12, 2013.

Giant agro business chemical firms have taken the food system hostage with the industrial agricultural approach, Colin O’Neil, director of government affairs for Center for Food Safety told RT. He argues that nature is pushing back this approach that has an overall negative effect on the economy.  The industrial agricultural approach, O’Neil argues would not solve food problems, but regionally adapted farming systems show promise.  Continue Reading…

Saving African dictators from the ICC

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Alemayehu G. Mariam, Oct 10, 2013.

Africa’s anti-ICC crusaders who are threatening mass withdrawal from the Rome Statute are in a desperate last-ditch effort to rescue their brethren Kenyatta and Ruto from the ICC hook and simultaneously immunize themselves against any future legal accountability for crimes against international law.  Continue Reading…

Syria: Executions, Hostage Taking by Rebels

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Planned Attacks on Civilians Constitute Crimes Against Humanity – Published on Human Rights Watch HRW, Oct 11, 2013.

(New York) – Armed opposition groups in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and seized over 200 as hostages during a military offensive that began in rural Latakia governorate on August 4, 2013, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. At least 67 of the victims were executed or unlawfully killed in the operation around pro-government Alawite villages.   Continue Reading…

MA in Human Rights Education

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Published on USF/School of Education, not dated.

The Master of Arts in Human Rights Education (HRE) Program provides a unique opportunity to understand and address deep-rooted social and educational inequities through the lens of critical Human Rights Education … (full text).   Continue Reading…

On Shutdown, Waning US Influence, Syrian Showdown

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Interview with Noam Chomsky, published on truthout, by Harrison Samphir, Oct 8, 2013 (also on ZNet).

Noam Chomsky gives his perspective on the US government shutdown, the Syrian civil war, capitalist reform in South America and more in a Truthout interview … //

… HS: How do see the shutdown ending?    Continue Reading…

Sudanese women: you can beat us but you cannot break us

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Hala Alkarib, Oct 03, 2013.

Political Islam in Sudan remains very strong and manifests itself in floggings of Sudanese women that are justified by the constitution in the Indecent and Immoral Acts. Yet, Sudanese women remain defiant and resist these unjust and misogynistic laws.

While the anger is accumulating in Sudan and peaceful demonstrators are being injured and killed by the Sudanese regime forces, this comes as a natural result of years of injustices. Sudan has been exposed to the brutality of the dogmatic ideology of political Islam, and the people have been stripped of their dignity. The story here is just a tip of the iceberg. Sudanese women are the mirror of the cruelty and disparity imposed by the ruling regime.   Continue Reading…

United Nation’s calendar of all conferences and meetings

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Published on UN’s Calendar of Conferences and Meetings. View Meetings: by Date, by Venue, by Year.

The calendar of conferences and meetings of the United Nations is prepared by the Meetings Management Section of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management. It is then reviewed by the Committee on Conferences and approved by the General Assembly.
Disclaimer: Information presented in the Calendar on this Web site is subject to legislative change in terms of date and/or venue, and to corrections by the Secretariat.

Demokratischer Kapitalismus?

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Wortmeldung von Rico Albrecht auf Demonstration, 57.40 min, von WissensmanufakturNET am 15. Mai 2012 hochgeladen.

Webseite: Wissenschafts Manufaktur.net.

From Pension Fund Socialism to Pension Fund Capitalism?

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Pension Funds, Unions, and Working Class Strategies, session 1 (Toronto) – Watch the video, 31.20 min, published on Socialist Project, Sept 27, 2013.

Peter Drucker’s famous 1976 warning that the growth of workers’ pension funds was leading to “socialism” in the United States has not aged well. This conception inspired many trade unionists and some on the left, and led to various experimental proposals for seizing “worker control” of finance and the economy via the pooled savings of workers, whether in pension funds or in individual savings.   Continue Reading…

American exceptionalism as exemplified by US international lawlessness

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Interview with UK MP George Galloway – Published on Russia Today RT, Oct 5, 2013.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa equated US ideas of its own exceptionalism to Nazi ideals of a superior race this week. While a strong statement, no country can invade, occupy and rule with exceptional lawlessness, UK MP George Galloway told RT.

RT: President Correa made some harsh comments regarding US ‘exceptionalism’. What’s your view of this idea that America is ‘exceptional’.    Continue Reading…

farmlandgrab.org’s weekly newsletter

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excerpts – published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, by different organizations, Oct 2, 2013:

  • Video: Seeds of discontent, 22.32 min, by Transnational Institute, Oct 2, 2013: A powerful new documentary film, “Seeds of discontent”, has been launched today October 2, 2013 drawing attention to the role of a Swedish investment firm, Dutch pension fund and Norwegian church endowment in land grabbing in Mozambique. The film, released less than a week before the UN Committee for World Food Security meets in Rome, gives a compelling visual portrait of how investment by private financial players can undermine food security and human rights in developing countries …;   Continue Reading…

Diplomatic Meddling? President Maduro takes action against the U.S. State Department

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Published on Council of Hemispheric Affairs COHA.org, by COHA staff, October 3, 2013.

  • U.S.-Venezuela relations continue to skid at a precipitous pace;
  • Venezuela is likely to replace Cuba as Washington’s favorite to defame and disparage.

In a continuing escalation of diplomatic tension between Venezuela and the United States, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday called for the expulsion of three U.S. diplomats from the country, accusing them of conspiring with, as well as financing extreme-right elements in Venezuela in order to sabotage the country’s energy grid, and ultimately, its economy.  Continue Reading…

The resource curse, or the paradox of poverty from plenty

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Published on openDemocracy (first on Tax Justice Focus, the newsletter of the Tax Justice Network), by Nicholas Shaxson, Sept 23, 2013.

Is finance like crude oil? Countries rich in minerals are often poverty-stricken, corrupt and violent. A relatively small rent-seeking elite captures vast wealth while the dominant sector crowds out the rest of the economy. The parallels with countries ‘blessed’ with powerful financial sectors are becoming too obvious to ignore.   Continue Reading…

Chaos in Rome: Berlusconi Tricks Spark Fear in Europe

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Gregor-Peter Schmitz in Brussels, September 30, 2013.

Silvio Berlusconi has plunged Italy into another political crisis. It’s a wake-up call for Europe and a reminder that, despite what the recent German election campaign suggested, the euro crisis is by no means over yet … //

… Frustration over Chaos in Rome Is Great:  Continue Reading…

West may fail to bring Syrian opposition to Geneva talks in time – Lavrov

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Published on Russia Today RT, October 1, 2013.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed doubts that the West will be successful in getting the Syrian opposition to take part in the ‘Geneva-2’ peace conference, which he expects to take place in mid-November. Lavrov, stressing that this needs to happen, suggested that getting “rational members” of the opposition on board is a priority, RIA Novosti reports. He said there is still a lack of clarity regarding who will participate in the anticipated peace talks, “which is a big problem.”   Continue Reading…

Ms. Kalashnikov: The Women Rebels of Congo

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Johannes Korge, Sept 30, 2013 (16 Photos in the Gallery: Women in Africa’s Militias).

They murder, rob and kidnap, just like their male comrades. Some women fight for rebel groups in Congo against their will, while others are driven by desperation. Photographer Francesca Tosarelli documented their dangerous lives … // Continue Reading…

Wall Street to Planet Earth: We Don’t Mind and You Don’t Matter

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Chris Williams, Sept 27, 2013.

… As the entire planet is an interlinked set of ecosystems which together form the biosphere, changes in the composition of the earth’s atmosphere and its ability to retain the sun’s heat, inevitably lead to disruptive changes elsewhere. Loss of polar ice, leading to sea level rise (up to 1m by 2100, assuming some reduction in emissions), will threaten the existence of low-lying island nations as well as major cities; the continuing acidification of the oceans (killing off the basis of the food web: coral, phytoplankton and shellfish) and more climate disruptions, an increased number of hotter days and extreme weather events.  Continue Reading…