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Russia’s secret forests, Chernobyl’s radioactive wolves

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uploaderd on YouTube by AMAZING WORLD HD, Jan 26, 2014:

Louisiana veterans group building facility to help homeless vets, families

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Published on Examiner, October 1, 2013;

“Honoring those who served” is the motto of a new facility for homeless veterans being put together by a veterans group in the Monroe, Louisiana area. On Monday, Al Sanders, president of the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Association, told Examiner.com in an exclusive interview he hopes the facility, named the Fort Hero Veterans Barracks, (on facebook) will be complete and ready to serve area veterans in about six to eight months.  Continue Reading…

The two faux democracies threaten life on earth

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(faux = false/fake) – Published on Intrepid Report, by Paul Craig Roberts, July 26, 2013.

Amitai Etzioni has raised an important question: Who authorized preparations for war with China? Etzioni says that the war plan is not the sort of contingency plan that might be on hand for an improbable event. Etzioni also reports that the Pentagon’s war plan was not ordered by, and has not been reviewed by, US civilian authorities. We are confronted with a neoconized US military out of control, endangering Americans and the rest of the world.   Continue Reading…

Enfermée dans une bouteille depuis 53 ans …

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…  et arrosée seulement en 1972, une plante a créé son propre éco-système – Publié dans NéoZone, par Arakiel, le 30 janvier 2013.

En 1960, par un beau dimanche de Pâque, David Latimer, un génie à la main verte, a planté un jardin dans une bouteille. Une plante qu’il a arrosée pour la dernière fois en 1972 avant de la sceller hermétiquement.   Continue Reading…

Euthanasia and the right to die when I decide it

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  • The Debate that Never Dies: Euthanasia and Ethics, 28.30 min, uploaded by etiskraad, Feb 28, 2012;
  • Euthanasia: How has it worked out in Belgium? 76.47 min, with Jan L. Bernheim MD PhD, uploaded by Henrik Thomé, April 16, 2011: Mise en ligne le 16 avril 2011: Belgium introduced legal euthanasia in 2002. What are the experiences so far?
  • The Phil’s Euthanasia Debate, 80.23 min, uploaded by TCDPhil, Dec 1, 2011: On 17th November 2011, the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College Dublin held a debate on the motion that this house would Legalise Assisted Suicide for all Adults. Speaking in the debate were Terry Pratchett, Dr. Philip Nietzche, Tom Curran, Kevin O’Sullivan and Maureen Junker-Kenny;   Continue Reading…

Lost in Paradise: The Chained-Up Mentally Ill of Bali, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Karin Kuntz, May 10, 2013. (Photo Gallery).

Not far from the glistening beaches of Bali, mentally ill people are kept in chains or locked up in small shacks. Locals simply don’t know what else to do with them. But psychiatrist Luh Ketut Suryani has made it her job to set them free … //

… A Shack Next to the Cowshed:    Continue Reading…

Land O’ Lakes: Melting Glaciers Transform Alpine Landscape

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Axel Bojanowski, April 26, 2013 (16 Photo in the Gallery).
Climate change is dramatically altering the Swiss Alps, where hundreds of bodies of water are being created by melting glaciers. Though the lakes can attract tourists and even generate electricity, local residents also fear catastrophic tidal waves … //

… Deeper than Lake Ontario:    Continue Reading…

Almost third of US West Coast newborns hit with thyroid problems after Fukushima nuclear disaster

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Published on Russia Today RT, April 3, 2012.

Researchers have discovered that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has had far-reaching health effects more drastic than previously thought: young children born on the US West Coast are 28 percent more likely to develop congenital hyperthyroidism.

In examining post-Fukushima conditions along the West Coast, researchers found American-born children to be developing similar conditions that some Europeans acquired after the 1986 meltdown of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.  Continue Reading…

UN SPECIAL: The long road to the first FGM-free villages in Iraq

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From Rumors to Reuters – Published on Stop FGM Kurdistan, by Arvid Vormann, WADI Anti-FGM Program Coordinator, Feb 6, 2013 (see also the article in french: La longue route vers les premiers villages sans excision  en Irak).

According to a large survey conducted in 2009, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is prevalent in all provinces of Kurdish Northern Iraq, except in the far northern Duhok region. More than 72% are affected, in villages and cities alike, among illiterates and, to a lesser extent, among academics. FGM is almost everywhere.   Continue Reading…

La longue route vers les premiers villages sans excision en Irak

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Publié dans l’Excision, parlons-en.org, par Camilles Arret, le 2 mars 2013 (et d’abord par Arvid Vormann, UN Special – voir aussi l’article en anglais (sur ce blog): UN SPECIAL, The long road to the first FGM-free villages in Iraq – From Rumors to Reuters: l’article d’Arvid Vormann publié en anglais sur le site UN Special, le magazine en ligne des Nations unies, et traduit en français par nos soins. L’excision ne frappe pas que le continent africain. Elle se pratique bien au-delà et parfois dans des zones méconnues comme le Kurdistan irakien. Selon l’ONG Wadi qui a mené une étude en 2010 dans cette région, plus de 72 % des femmes (hors province de Dohouk) y sont excisées.  Pour en savoir plus, voir l’article en anglais plus haut).  Continue Reading…

Excision: tradition et espoir

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publié dans YouTube, mise en ligne par nvpstream le 8 févr. 2013:

Le 19 janvier 2013, Laurie Bracher, revenue de Sierra Leone, raconte comment un village accepte de renoncer à l’excision, grâce à l’initiative de l’association MEA fondée par Michèle Moreau. Bien que la communauté internationale condamne la mutilation du sexe des femmes, cette coutume cruelle perdure en de nombreux endroits de la planète, de l’Afrique à l’Indonésie.

New Reports Reveal the Human and Financial Costs of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions

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Published on nourishing the planet.org, by Laura Reynolds, February 22, 2013.

The Rights and Resources Initiative RRI, a coalition of groups working for the rights of rural people to access and use their local natural resources, recently released two reports on the state of large-scale land acquisitions and investments, also known as land grabs. The reports looked at the financial risk associated with international land investments and gave an overview of the setbacks and progress made in land tenure during 2012.   Continue Reading…

Swiss boutique sets up responsible farmland investment hub

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See EBG Capital on Food Crisis’ website and also on it’s official website – Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, by by Jan Wagner, Jan 9, 2013.

EBG Capital, a Swiss environmental investment boutique led by two former Credit Suisse executives, has launched an “information hub” for asset owners and managers that want to invest in farmland responsibly.   Continue Reading…

Die kontrollierte Bevölkerungsreduzierung

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(Meine Zwischenbemerkung: hier wirkt das leider immer noch geltende, harte Gesetz der natürlichen Selektion … konnte nicht selber denken und entscheiden, war zu dumm zum Ueberleben)!

Video über den Codex Alimentarius, 58.59 min, Uploaded by (war on disinformation / joggler66),
am 21. November 2011 … (noch Beschreibung lesen) …  from World Institute of Natural Health Sciences WINHS (2844 Therapists, 57 Schools), Learn.

Of Human Bondage: The Global Traffic in Disposable Labor

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Susan Rosenthal, August 28, 2012.

It’s a story as old as class society; employers seek more wealth by lowering wages, and workers seek to survive by raising wages. The history of this conflict has shaped, and continues to shape, our world.

The international traffic in temporary workers is Capital’s latest move to accumulate more wealth by lowering the price of labor.   Continue Reading…

Don’t eat one day a week

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(Each week a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world) – Published on BBC future / the 60 second Idea, August 16, 2012.

This week geneticist Frances Ashcroft says that everyone should give up eating for a day a week.

  • “My bright idea is for those in the developed world to fast one day a week. Three hundred and thirty six million people worldwide now have type 2 diabetes.   Continue Reading…

La nouvelle Constitution Somalienne bannit les mutilations sexuelles

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Publié dans SlateAfrique, par Anne Collet, août 2012.

L’Assemblée constituante somalienne a adopté le 31 juillet une Constitution provisoire entrée immédiatement en vigueur mais qui ne sera définitive qu’ après avoir été soumise à référendum. Parmi les articles adoptés, l’interdiction des mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) figure en bonne place.   Continue Reading…

Africa palm-oil plan pits activists vs NY investors

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Published on Food Crisis and the global Land Grab, July 18, 2012.

It was a tough week for Cameroonian village chief Wangoe Philip Ekole. People in Fabe, angry at his support for a palm-oil plantation in their rainforest home, had put a curse on its seedling nursery, prompting petrified workers to lay down their tools and flee.

Ekole, who believes the project will bring people jobs and wealth, had persuaded them to return. But the whiff of revolt remained. Many of his 200 or so subjects accused him of seeking to enrich himself through the project. Some even disowned him as their leader.   Continue Reading…

Inequality and American exceptionalism

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Published on RWER Blog, by David Ruccio, July 19, 2012.

American exceptionalism has long been a contested notion.

But there is one area in which the United States has been exceptional from the very declaration of independence: the relative inequality of the distribution of income.

In 1774, the United States was much more equal than England and Wales (and more equal, it seems, than other western societies, such as the Netherlands). Today, more than 200 hundred years later, the United States is more unequal than any of the other advanced capitalist nations.  Continue Reading…

Beyond Nuclear Denial

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How a World-Ending Weapon Disappeared From Our Lives, But Not (From) Our World – Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch.com), July 09, 2012, by William D. Hartung, July 09, 2012.

There was a time when nuclear weapons were a significant part of our national conversation. Addressing the issue of potential atomic annihilation was once described by nuclear theorist Herman Kahn as “thinking about the unthinkable,” but that didn’t keep us from thinking, talking, fantasizing, worrying about it, or putting images of possible nuclear nightmares (often transmuted to invading aliens or outer space) endlessly on screen.   Continue Reading…

Monday’s storm

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Received by e-mail, From: Will Bates – 350.org, Date: 16/06/2012.

Hey everyone – as world leaders converge in Rio for the “Earth Summit,” HUGE momentum is building for Monday’s social media storm. Check out the email below for more info, and click here to join the social media team. Dear friends, We just crunched the numbers, and there are now over one million people around the world who are calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies.   Continue Reading…

Daily chart: How to feed a planet

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Why the world needs an agricultural revolution in Africa – Published on The Economist, May 28, 2012.

THIS chart is the nearest thing to a snapshot of everything you need to know about feeding the world. It comes from Cargill, a grain trading company, and shows which regions of the world have a food surplus or deficit, and how imports or exports have changed since 1965. The big changes in food production during that time came in South America (Brazil, mainly) and in Eastern Europe (Russia, mainly).    Continue Reading…

SOMALIA: FAMINE FOR PROFIT AND THE EAST AFRICAN FOOD CRISIS

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inclusive disturbing photos of people dying by hunger, Photograph James Nachtwey – Published on Global Research.ca (first on the Nile Bowie Blog), by Nile Bowie, April 14, 2012.

Some small excerpts of a huge text:

Few parts of the world aptly fit the description of hell better than Somalia’s crumbling capital city, Mogadishu; a nation ravaged by imperialism, domestic instability and economic sabotage from foreign forces. Parades of malnourished Africans queuing up to receive rations are trumpeted in thirty second news pieces on most mainstream media outlets, of which offer embarrassingly insubstantial examples of journalism with little explanation for such images of unparalleled inequality, past the effects of droughts, while never missing the opportunity to highlight the threat of al-Qaeda … //    Continue Reading…

Hunger takes hold in Greece

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Published on Current Concerns, by Gerd Höhler, April 2, 2012.
Linked on our blogs with Greece: Protest of the day, and with The Choice for Greece: a Post-Modern Coup or a new kind of society?

Endurance rallying performed by their politicians sounds just cynical to many Greeks. After years of recession and countless austerity programmes they are disheartened and demoralised. Hunger and despair take hold.  Continue Reading…

Sweatshop Sugar

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Labour exploitation in South Africa’s cane fields – Published on Pambazuka News, by Jason Hickel, March 8, 2012.

The 74,000 agricultural workers who plant, weed and harvest hundreds of thousands of acres of cane are mostly not unionised. They work in extremely dangerous conditions with very little by way of rights and protections. Until recently, they didn’t even enjoy a minimum wage … //

… OBSTACLES TO ORGANISING:   Continue Reading…

The U.S. Government Working for the Abandonment of FGM/Cutting

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Published on African Press Organization APO/Database of Press Release, February 20, 2012.

… The U.S. Government has supported FGM/C abandonment efforts since the early 1990s, considering the practice not only a public health concern, but also a human rights issue that violates a woman’s right to bodily integrity. In September 2000, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) officially incorporated elimination of FGM/C into its development agenda, issuing an official policy and strategy on FGM/C that underscored FGM/C as a serious health and human rights issue. The U.S. Department of State emphasizes the need to raise awareness amongst communities at the grassroots level and in humanitarian settings to reduce the practice of FGM/C.   Continue Reading…

FEMMES-PAKISTAN-INDE: Les femmes dénoncent un rituel secret de mutilations sexuelles

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Publié dans IPS, par Zofeen Ebrahim, le 6 février 2012.

KARACHI, 30 janvier (IPS) – Alefia Mustansir (40 ans) se souvient de cet épisode de son enfance: C’était une pièce sombre et lugubre. Une vieille dame m’a demandé d’enlever mes collants, de m’asseoir sur une chaise en bois, d’écarter les jambes. Ensuite, elle m’a fait quelque chose. J’ai hurlé de douleur.  Continue Reading…

The Origins of the Union Shop

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Published on libcom.org, by Tom Wetzel, January 2012.

Article about the practice and limitations of union (closed) shops in the US workers’ movement in the 1930s and 40s. In particular it examines how they helped unions act as a tool of discipline over workers as opposed to a tool for defending their interests.   Continue Reading…

Humanity’s Survival in The 21st Century – in russian language

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Watch these 5 videos, published on Natural news TV, by SimisMisis, uploaded December 31, 2011 – Humanity. Survival in The 21st Century:

Tackling Food Insecurity for Kenya’s Unseen Population

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an interview with Dr. Luchetu Likaka – Published on Nourishing the Planet, by Emily Gilbert, December 30, 2011.

… What are some of the difficulties being faced by the elderly and ageing populations in Kenya?

  • Older persons in Kenya face a number of challenges: lack of adequate food, lack of income, poor access to health care, inadequate shelter, among others. Older person’s challenges are further compounded by their second parenting roles for HIV/AIDS orphans. This poses wider problems since they themselves require care and support.   Continue Reading…

Horror of female circumcision

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Watch this video, published on english Al Jazeera, 2.49 minutes, 8 Feb 2008: Female genital mutilation is carried out for cultural and religious reasons. Women across the world are affected by the practice which is widely recognised as a violation of human rights.

GMOs coming to parks and lawns near you?

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GMOs coming to parks and lawns near you? – Published on Intrepid Report, by Reid Mukia, August 22, 2011.

On the Friday before the 4th of July weekend, the US Department of Agriculture USDA discreetly dropped a bombshell. They announced that their Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service APHIS would not regulate Scotts Miracle-Gro’s
genetically engineered GE Kentucky bluegrass which is resistant to Roundup herbicide (Scotts is Monsanto’s exclusive agent for marketing and distribution of Roundup).  Continue Reading…

Somalia famine has killed 29,000 children

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Claim by US officials follows declaration of three new famine zones by UN and warning that more areas are vulnerable

Published on Al Jazeera /english, August 5, 2011.

US officials say that the famine in Somalia has killed more than 29,000 children in the last 90 days. Separately, the UN has declared that three new regions in Somalia are famine zones, making a total of five regions affected by famine thus far in the Horn of Africa country. The UN had said last month two regions were suffering from famine. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the UN’s food arm, has said that famine is likely to spread across all regions of Somalia’s south in the next four to six weeks.  Continue Reading…

Annan Cites Africa as Answer to Global Food Crisis‎

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Published on Wall Street Journal /Blog, by Caroline Henshaw, June 27, 2011.

The number of hungry people in the world is set to top one billion again this year as rising food prices push millions more into poverty, the former secretary general of the United Nations warned Saturday.

Speaking at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Kofi Annan said the increasing gap between population and food production growth may turn this year’s food security crisis into a permanent disaster.

“Delivering global food and nutrition security is the challenge of our time,” Mr. Annan said, echoing much of the rhetoric that surrounded the meeting of the Group of 20 agriculture ministers last week.  Continue Reading…

What Underlies Psychopharmacology?

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Allan M. Leventhal, May 4th, 2011.

Three Systems: The 20th century witnessed the development of three quite divergent explanatory systems to account for mental illness, each offering a distinctly different approach to treatment: psychoanalytic theory and treatment by psychoanalysis and its variants; a genetic theory of chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain, with treatment by prescription of psychiatric drugs; and a behavioral learning theory, offering treatments designed to eliminate the behaviors that characterize the mental disorders. Enough time has now passed to allow for a good reading as to the value of these different systems … //

… (2. The Chemical Imbalance Theory:) … Psychiatric Diagnoses:

How has the transformation of psychiatry affected diagnoses of mental illness?  Continue Reading…

Virus-eater’ discovered in Antarctic lake

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Published on nature news, by Virginia Gewin, March 28, 2011.

First of the parasitic parasites to be discovered in a natural environment points to hidden diversity.

A genomic survey of the microbial life in an Antarctic lake has revealed a new virophage — a virus that attacks viruses. The discovery suggests that these life forms are more common, and have a larger role in the environment, than was once thought.

An Australian research team found the virophage while surveying the extremely salty Organic Lake in eastern Antarctica. While sequencing the collective genome of microbes living in the surface waters, they discovered the virus, which they dubbed the Organic Lake Virophage (OLV) … //  Continue Reading…

Food security: Support price mechanism takes toll on poor

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Published on The International News, by Amir Zia, March 27, 2011.

Finally the World Food Programme WFP has raised a red-flag over the abnormally high food prices in Pakistan, which is making life tough and bitter for majority of ordinary Pakistanis. Wolfgang Herbinger, WFP’s director in Pakistan, painted a grim picture about the food security situation in the country, where malnutrition levels are on the rise despite good agricultural crops.

One of the key reasons for the food-inflation remains the government’s decision to increase the wheat support price by more than 120 percent that indeed benefited big landowners, but proved a blow for the majority of people, especially belonging to the poor and fixed income groups.  Continue Reading…

FAQs: Japan nuclear concerns /current risk

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Published on WHO (World Health Org), March 25, 2011.

Q.: What is the current risk of radiation-related health problems in Japan for those residing near the reactor in comparison to those in other parts of Japan?

  • A.: Radiation-related health consequences will depend on exposure, which is dependant on several things, including: the amount and type of radiation released from the reactor; weather conditions, such as wind and rain; a person’s proximity to the plant; and the amount of time spent in irradiated areas.
  • The Government of Japan’s recent actions in response to events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are in line with the existing recommendations for radiation exposure. The Government has evacuated individuals who were living within a 20-kilometre radius around the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Those living between 20 km and 30 km from the plant are being asked to shelter indoors. People living farther away are at lower risk than those who live nearby.
  • As and if the situation changes, the Government of Japan may change their advice to the public; WHO is following the situation closely.   Continue Reading…

More than 25 percent of children now on chronic prescription medications

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Published on Philosophers Stone.co.uk (source: Natural News), by Ethan A. Huff, January 2, 2011.

The rate of prescription drug use among children and teens continues to rise, with a new report from Medco Health Solutions Inc. saying that at least a quarter of all U.S. children are now regularly taking pharmaceutical drugs. And according to the report, many of these drugs were originally intended for adults, and carry with them unknown side effects for long-term use in young people … //

… Experts worry that the increasing prevalence of children on prescription drugs is causing these young people serious harm, and that parents should instead seek out dietary and lifestyle changes for their children. But because many doctors continue to dole out the drugs like candy, despite known dangers, many parents just accept them for their children without giving it a second thought.  Continue Reading…

Alien Forest, Alien Ocean, Alien Sky

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Published on The People’s Voice, by Rady Ananda, Sept. 7, 2010.

Imagine our declining pollinators – bees, moths, butterflies and bats – coming upon thousands of acres of toxic trees, genetically engineered so that every cell in the tree exudes pesticide, from crown to root. Imagine a world without pollinators. Without seed dispersers. Without soil microbes …

… Altering the chemistry of the hydrosphere:  Continue Reading…