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The New Great Game in Eurasia is being fought in its Buffer Zones

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Moldova: Caught between NATO and Russia?

Published on Global Research.ca, by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, April 21, 2009.

On April 7, 2009 in Moldova’s capital Chisinau, supporters of the Liberal Party of Moldova, the Liberal-Democratic Party of Moldova, and the Our Moldova Alliance ignited violent protests in response to the results of Moldova’s parliamentary elections. They respectively won 13.14%, 12.43%, and 9.77% of the total vote, while the ruling party, the Communist Party of Moldova won 49.48% of the vote. The Christian-Democratic People’s Party of Moldova also won 3.03% of the vote. While international observers have said that no irregularities were seen in the parliamentary elections, the three main opposition parties said that it was rigged and, in an all too familiar modus operandi, started violent protests.

The current crisis in Moldova, a former constituent republic of what was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), is part of the same continuum of geo-strategic events and crises in Eurasia extending from Asia to the Middle East and Eastern Europe. It is one of two types of regime change:  Continue Reading…

On John Perkin’s Blog

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On his blog you may find: Ethical Consciousness: A New Vision, December 04, 2008. (Yes, it’s the one who acted as economic hit man, see his presentation on my World People’s Blog).

More on Ethical Consciousness:

Are humans “hard-wired” for ethical consciousness?

Chapter 14 – Expanding Ethical Consciousness in Community (excerpt);

Ethical Consciousness In the Spirit of Tragedy: Hegel’s Antigone, 11 pdf-pages;

Social and Ethical Consciousness;

Of young Africans, ethics, principles and good citizenship.

What Do Muslims Want?

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The Riz Khan Show on Al Jazeera English

Published on World Public Opinion WPO, by YouTube.

Dr. Steven Kull, Director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes and WorldPublicOpinion.org appeared on the February 25th edition of the Riz Khan show (on Al Jazeera) to discuss the findings of the most recent WPO poll of the Islamic world. Watch these two videos:

What do Muslims want?:

Labour stand firm on equal pay laws

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Published on Press Association, April 26, 2009.

Ministers will resist pressure to water down equal pay legislation in the face of the recession, Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman made clear.

Business groups have warned that the Equality Bill, being published by Ms Harman, will impose extra financial and bureaucratic burdens on companies at a time when many are struggling to stay afloat.

Particular concern has been raised over a new requirement for firms employing more than 250 staff to publish an equal pay audit showing disparities between male and female employees.

But Ms Harman said that action to tackle the gender pay gap and improve equality will help foster a sense that “we are all in this together” during the recession and will help Britain’s recovery from the downturn. Continue Reading…

Doing Business with the Jihad

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Published on Human Events.com, by Robert Spencer, April 23, 2009.

An Iranian newspaper has reported that four American banks have issued formal requests to the Central Bank of Iran to open branches in Iran. Citibank, Goldman Sachs and two others left unnamed plan, according to the report, to establish temporary branches in an Iranian free trade zone if their requests are approved. The newspaper Jaam-e-Jam quoted an unnamed source explaining: “If they can work according to Iran’s banking law, they will be allowed to open branches in Tehran and other cities” …

… A benign exercise in multiculturalism? Not quite. Christopher Holton, Vice President of the Center for Security Policy, states that “America is losing the financial war on terror because Wall Street is embracing a subversive enemy ideology on one hand and providing corporate life support to state sponsors of terrorism on the other hand.”  Continue Reading…

Premières inculpations à Genève

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Publié dans Le Temps, par Pierre-Alexandre Sallier et Myret Zaki, 25 avril 2009.

Cinq associés d’Aurelia Finance ont été mis en examen vendredi par la justice pour «gestion déloyale avec dessein d’enrichissement». Ils sont soupçonnés d’avoir exagérément investi l’argent de leur client chez l’escroc new-yorkais afin de toucher des commissions …

… Les plaignants les accusent en premier lieu d’avoir canalisé une grande partie de leur patrimoine vers Madoff, au mépris de tout principe de diversification. Même ceux ayant fait le choix d’un «profil prudent» se seraient retrouvés avec parfois près de 80% de leurs avoirs placés dans des «fonds Madoff», en particulier dans un véhicule appelé Hermes World. Ce dernier, qui avait la charge d’un total de 800 millions de dollars, n’était en réalité qu’un «fonds relais» dont la gestion était totalement déléguée à l’escroc new-yorkais, explique François Canonica, un des défenseurs des clients floués …

… Laurent Mathysen-Gerst précise avoir été également victime de Madoff, ayant «à titre personnel, perdu plusieurs millions dans cette affaire». Aurelia envisage par ailleurs de lancer des actions en justice aux Etats-Unis à l’encontre de la SEC, le gendarme de la bourse, afin d’obtenir réparation pour le préjudice subi par ses clients. La société genevoise s’apprête également à poursuivre HSBC, la banque en charge du gardiennage des actifs des fonds Hermes ainsi qu’Ernst & Young, leur réviseur. (texte entier).

Mia Farrow plans hunger strike over Darfur

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Published on The Guardian, by Ben Child, 22 April 2009.

Actor Mia Farrow is to begin a hunger strike next week as a “personal expression of outrage” at the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Darfur …

… Thirteen aid organisations were expelled by the Sudanese government in March after the international criminal court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for president Omar al-Bashir. Bashir is accused of causing the deaths of 35,000 members of three non-Arab ethnic groups that he said supported a Darfur rebel uprising in 2003.

A spokesman for Farrow said the strike, which the actor will begin next Monday, would go on for as long as the actor was able to survive without food. Sudan’s ambassador to the UN said Farrow, who has been a high-profile activist on behalf of Darfuri refugees since 2004, should use her fame “to put pressure on the rebel groups to come to the negotiating table”, rather than undertaking the fast.  Continue Reading…

Du G20 à Durban II, le dessous des cartes

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Publié dans Voltairenet.org, par Silvia Cattori, Journaliste suisse, 22 avril 2009.

Sur fond de crise économique et financière, du G20 à Durban II, les sommets et les conférences internationales se succèdent sans que les médias dominants nous éclairent beaucoup sur ce qui s’y joue et s’y décide vraiment. Silvia Cattori a recueilli les analyses de Thierry Meyssan sur la réorganisation du monde à laquelle nous assistons. Selon lui, derrière Obama, de vieilles équipes ont repris le pouvoir. Une fois tournée la parenthèse de la guerre en Irak, Washington est revenu à son projet de guerre au terrorisme et de globalisation forcée …

… Nous avons alors assisté à un extraordinaire numéro d’intoxication. Avant que le président iranien ait pu terminer sa première phrase, trois militants de l’Union des étudiants juifs de France déguisés en clowns ont perturbé la séance. Puis, le show a continué, les ambassadeurs de l’Union européenne ont quitté la salle. Tout a été fait pour que le public occidental n’ait pas connaissance des propos de la délégation iranienne.

Or, qu’a dit le président Ahmadinejad ? Il n’a pas appelé à rayer Israël de la carte et n’a pas nié le génocide juif. Il ne l’a d’ailleurs jamais fait contrairement aux imputations mensongères de la presse atlantiste [15]. Continue Reading…

Saudi Arabia: Government to Regulate Marriage of Young Girls

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Linked with The Becket Fund for religious liberty.

Published on Becket Fund’s Blog, by Muslims Saudi Arabia, April 15, 2009.

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia plans to regulate the marriages of young girls after a court refused to nullify the marriage of an 8-year-old to a man 50 years her senior, Reuters reported on April 14. The justice ministry aims “to put an end to arbitrariness by parents and guardians in marrying off minor girls,” Justice Minister Mohamed al-Issa told al-Watan newspaper, which is partially owned by members of the royal family … (full text).

Links:

Ok To Marry 10 Year Old Girls – Saudi Arabia, January 15, 2009;

Saudi Court Upholds Marriage of 47-Year-Old Man to 8-Year-Old Girl — Barring Divorce, April 12, 2009.

Nasa celebrates Earth day with awe-inspiring images of our planet from space

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Published on Mail online, by Tamara Abraham, April 22, 2009.

  • These extraordinary images show some of the most awe-inspiring images of Earth from space taken over the past five decades.
  • Released by Nasa today in celebration of Earth day, the photographs date as far back as 1968, charting the history of space exploration.
  • As well as some of the earliest images of Earth from space, the more recent photographs highlight the devastating effects of global warming.

Just take your pleasure … (full text and pictures).

Links:

Day in pictures;

Obama to talk up wind power on Earth Day in Iowa;

Don’t pay for your electricity any longer … Instead, the power company will pay YOU!

EUROPEAN AIRS: UNITY OF THE LEFT – Chimera or Reality?

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Linked with Linked with Gaither Stewart – USA, with THE NEW CLASS AND THE WORKERS,  and with THE WEB OF PRECARIOUSNESS – Chi non lavora, non fa l’amore.

Published on Cyrano’s Journal Online, by Gaither Stewart, April 20, 2009.

(Rome-Paris) Four parties and movements of the quarrelsome and divided Italian Left have allied for the European parliamentary elections next June. That is good news. Communist Refoundation, Party of Italian Communists, Socialism 2000, and United Consumers have agreed to unify their meagre forces in order to surpass the 4% electoral barrier so that Communists, with their red flag with the hammer and sickle emblem, can again sit in the Assembly of the European Union.

For many years now such unity on the Italian Left has been painfully absent, its former voters, bewildered and confused, wandering from center-left to right, in an electoral diaspora. Running separately in national elections in 2006, the two parties using the name Communist garnered a total of 10% of the vote. In comparison to today’s numbers those were the good old days. For during the breakdown of Left unity, proletarians in the Rome periphery even voted for the neo-fascist National Alliance and workers in north Italy cast their votes for the rightwing Northern League. Communists now hope to win back their traditional Left vote that once – though today almost a political relic – counted one-third of the nation’s electorate … Continue Reading…

Saluting the unsung local heroes

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Published on BBC, as VIEWPOINT by Richard Goldman, 20 April 2009.

Richard Goldman, founder of the “green Nobel prize”, says it is vital to recognise the efforts of grassroots activists. In this week’s Green Room, he explains why he believes some of the world’s most powerful people could learn a lesson or two from the winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize.

As governments around the world struggle with the crushing economic downturn and increasingly scarce natural resources, leaders at the grassroots level are continuing the critical work that often goes unnoticed, promoting environmental health, civil society, and reform in the face of great hardship …

… Wangari Maathai, who won the Goldman Prize in 1992, went on to serve in Kenya’s parliament and win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

Her international Green Belt Movement, which empowers women to plant trees and participate in environmental stewardship, continues growing across continents.  Continue Reading…

Sustaining Cities: Environment, Economic Development, and Empowerment

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Published on MITworld – watch this video with Judith Layzer, Jason Corburn, J. Phillip Thompson, Adil Najam. Moderationo by Lawrence J. Vale, 87,07 min, April 4, 2008.

Opinion: Why we should be at Durban II

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Published on Jerusalem Post, by SHIMON SAMUELS, April 20, 2009.

On Monday, April 20 – perhaps appropriately coinciding with both Hitler’s birthday and the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day – the 2001 Durban UN World Conference Against Racism will resume in Geneva.

Led by Iran, Libya and their allies, the gathering – despite Western blandishments – will again compulsively focus upon denigrating Israel.

Jewish organizations have long been debating the pros and cons of participation. Most agreed that governments – wherever possible – be encouraged to demonstrate their disdain for the human rights violators and patrons of terror that have pulled the Durban strings … (full text).

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As Economies Falter, How Do We Move Forward?

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Global Women Entrepreneurs Provide Solid Start

Published on WorldPulse.com, by Geeta Rao Gupta, April 13, 2009.

As economists worldwide grapple with the hard reality that 46 million more people will be added to the global poverty count this year, women and men in these affected communities already are doubling their efforts to soften that landing for their families …

… Countries, donors, and businesses that invest in women entrepreneurs are more likely to exponentially increase the results of their investments – a multiple dividend, if you will. And those that ignore the proven potential of women as economic agents put themselves at a significant disadvantage for future economic growth. Continue Reading…

Obama Pledges Partnership at Summit of Americas

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Published today on Google News …

Kashmir Pathway

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Find today a special article about the whole question on our blog Kashmir and IDPs:

Hurriyat’s moment of introspection.

VIDEO: More IMF “Economic Medicine” Is Not the Solution

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Linked with Michel Chossudovsky – Canada, and with The Great Depression of the 21st Century: Collapse of the Real Economy.

Watch this video of Global Research TV, published on Global Research.ca, by Michel Chossudovsky, April 5, 2009: more Economc Medecine is not the solution, 10.50 min.

CIA ‘amnesty’ dismays campaigners

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Published on salon.com, by Mark Benjamin, 17 April 2009.

In his statement announcing the release of the Bush administration’s torture memos Thursday, President Barack Obama ruled out prosecuting whoever was in the room during the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” sessions. “In releasing these memos, it is our intention to assure those who carried out their duties relying in good faith upon legal advice from the Department of Justice that they will not be subject to prosecution,” he said.

Obama made it clear he is generally ready to move on from the whole issue. So don’t expect David Addington, former counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney and self-appointed interrogation expert, to be hauled into court anytime soon. “We have been through a dark and painful chapter in our history,” Obama said. “But at a time of great challenges and disturbing disunity, nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past” …   Continue Reading…

Media promotes right-wing tea parties

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Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, By Tom Eley, 17 April 2009.

A series of anti-tax rallies were held across the US on Wednesday, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns. The rallies were heavily promoted and well-publicized by sections of the media in order to divert along reactionary lines the growing popular anger over the government bailout of the financial industry.

Organizers claim that over 700 rallies took place nationally, drawing over 100,000 protesters. Most of the larger rallies numbered in the hundreds, according to media accounts. The largest may have taken place in Michigan, where a crowd estimated at between 3,000 and 5,000 gathered in the state capital, Lansing …  Continue Reading…

Growing interest in Japan about Venezuela’s revolution

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Published on People’s Weekly World PWW.org, by Akahata, 04/17/09.

Japanese Communist Party Social Sciences Institute Director Fuwa Tetsuzo (former JCP Central Committee chair) on April 7 attended a meeting in Tokyo with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and spoke about Japanese interest in the Venezuelan Revolution.

He attended this meeting, which was hosted by Chavez, along with nine Japanese academics from various fields, including politics, economics, international affairs, and culture.

Fuwa spoke about the Venezuelan Revolution’s aspects that are attracting the attention of Japanese people involved in the struggle for social progress. He said: “First of all, we must note the impact the Venezuelan Revolution has had on the world … (full text).

Link: articles by Akahata.

The Pentagon Minerva Research Initiative

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Procuring Academics for Empire

Linked with James Petras – USA.

Published on Voltairenet.org, by James Petras, 8 April 2009.

The Pentagon’s military strategists have recognized that they have suffered political losses, with strategic consequences in their recent military invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s time to adopt a “softer” and stealthier approach by employing academics to facilitate imperial conquest through cultural warfare and control of the opposition. Unmasking the role of the Pentagon’s Minerva Research Initiative, officially kicked off in June 2008, as an integral part of Obama’s military escalation is a challenge to all academics who are opposed to empire building and who support the reconstruction of an American republic supportive of international rights of self-determination … (full long text).

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April Oversight Report

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The Congressional Oversight Panel, led by Elizabeth Warren, released its six-month TARP report Tuesday evening … download the 151pdf-pages.

More about on The Atlantic, by Conor Clarke , April 9, 2009.

The Financial New World Order: Towards a Global Currency and World Government

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Andrew G. Marshall, April 6, 2009.

Introduction:

Following the 2009 G20 summit, plans were announced for implementing the creation of a new global currency to replace the US dollar’s role as the world reserve currency. Point 19 of the communiqué released by the G20 at the end of the Summit stated, “We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which will inject $250bn (£170bn) into the world economy and increase global liquidity.” SDRs, or Special Drawing Rights, are “a synthetic paper currency issued by the International Monetary Fund.” As the Telegraph reported, “the G20 leaders have activated the IMF’s power to create money and begin global “quantitative easing”. In doing so, they are putting a de facto world currency into play. It is outside the control of any sovereign body. Conspiracy theorists will love it.”[1] …

Conclusion:

Ultimately, what this implies is that the future of the global political economy is one of increasing moves toward a global system of governance, or a world government, with a world central bank and global currency; and that, concurrently, these developments are likely to materialize in the face of and as a result of a decline in democracy around the world, and thus, a rise in authoritarianism. What we are witnessing is the creation of a New World Order, composed of a totalitarian global government structure.

In fact, the very concept of a global currency and global central bank is authoritarian in its very nature, as it removes any vestiges of oversight and accountability away from the people of the world, and toward a small, increasingly interconnected group of international elites.
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Nigeria payment of foreign debt: The largest transfer of wealth in modern time

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Published on ModernGhana.com, by Emeka Chiakwelu, 09 Apr 2009.

Nigerian government in the year 2006 paid almost $20 billion to two giant international syndicates: Paris Club and London Club of Creditors to settle her foreign debts. This transfer of wealth by a relatively poor nation contradicts the entire prudent financial judgment and rudimentary economic disposition preached to Nigeria by the rich donor nations that babbles about the ills of capital flight in developing nations.

The government of President Obasanjo, the Nigerian ex-Head of state made the arrangement and secured the purported $18billion debt relief for Nigeria from the Paris Club of Creditors, which became the inducement for the country to pay off her $36 billion foreign debt. Nigeria’s total foreign debt stood at $35.916billion as of June 2005. The largest chunk of the debt $31billion was owed to 15 of the 19 creditor-countries of the Paris Club …  Continue Reading…

U-20: Will the Global Economy Resurface?

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Linked with Walden Bello – Philippines.

Published on Share the world’s resources STWR, not dated (originally on FPIF, March 30, 2009), by Walden Bello.

(Exerpt): … The Way Forward:

The North’s response to the current crisis, which is to revive fossilized institutions, is reminiscent of Keynes’ famous saying: “The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” So, in Keynes’ spirit, let’s try to identify ways of abandoning old ways of thinking.

  • First of all, since legitimacy is a very scarce commodity at this point, the UN secretary general and the UN General Assembly — rather than the G20 — should convoke a special session to design the new global multilateral order. A Commission of Experts on Reforms to the International Monetary and Financial System, set up by the president of the General Assembly and headed by Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz, has already done the preparatory policy work for such a meeting. The meeting would be an inclusive process like the Bretton Woods Conference, and like Bretton Woods, it should be a working session lasting several weeks. One of the key outcomes might be the setting up of a representative forum such as the “Global Coordination Council” suggested by the Stiglitz Commission that would broadly coordinate global economic and financial reform.  Continue Reading…

LES ENFANTS DU NOUVEL ORDRE SOCIAL

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J’ai reçu cet’article de Gilles de Grammont, le 10 avril 2009. (Ma remarque: j’aime publier des articles visant les contradictions de notre humanité. J’éspère que celui-ci vous poussera d’aller vous-mêmes au fond de votre reflexion).

Aujourd’hui, le média rapporte non seulement des viols d’enfants, mais encore des viols entre enfants! Par exemple ces deux garçons âgés de 11 et 12 ans récemment mis en examen pour le viol de la soeur de l’un d’entre eux, âgée de 10 ans. Ils avaient filmé l’agression à l’aide d’un téléphone portable et diffusé les images dans leur collège.  Continue Reading…

DEVELOPMENT: U.N. Triples Allotment for Population

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Published on IPS, by Thalif Deen, April 8, 2009.

The 1994 landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, fixed a target of 20.5 billion dollars for investments in population programmes worldwide for the year 2010. But, in a significantly major revision last week, the U.N. Commission on Population and Development (CPD) recommended that the ICPD figure be scaled up: to a hefty 64.7 billion dollars. The revision was made against the backdrop of a falling U.S. dollar, skyrocketing health care costs and a spreading global financial crisis. One-third of the proposed figure, about 21.6 billion dollars, is expected to come from international donors, while the remaining two-thirds will be from domestic investments by developing nations themselves.

This is the first time in 15 years that the Cairo Programme of Action – one of the most comprehensive in the area of population and family planning – has been reviewed and revised. “The new estimates more accurately reflect current needs and are more in line with the investments required to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) [with their 2015 deadline],” says Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), who welcomed the revised figure.   Continue Reading…

The Folks Who Brought You this Financial Meltdown Are Still at the Helm

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Published on OpEdNews, by David Griscom, April 8, 2009.

In his NY Times column of 29 March, Paul Krugman recalls the Time Magazine cover from 10 years ago that glorified Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, and Larry Summers as the “Committee to Save the World” who had “prevented a global financial meltdown—(thus) far.”  Time credited them with leading the global financial system through a crisis, which in Krugman’s words “seemed terrifying at the time, although it was a small blip compared with what we’re going through now.”

In his OpEdNews column of 27 March “History Lesson: And These Are the People We Expect to Fix Things Now?” Dave Lindorff recalls the event that opened the way for today’s financial meltdown.  It was the repeal back in 1999 of the Glass-Steagall Act, which had been enacted expressly to prevent the very kinds of malpractice by banks and insurance companies that brought on the Great Depression.  Much of Lindorff’s material was drawn from a 5 November 1999 article in the New York Times by Stephen Labaton, from which I’ve selected three quotes below.  Continue Reading…

“It’s a girl” is more likely to be heard in Shanghai

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Published on chinaview.cn, Source: Shanghai Daily, 2009-04-08.

BEIJING, April 8, – Shanghai parents are increasingly overturning ancient Chinese notions when it comes to the sex of their children.

The boy-heavy gender imbalance declined in 2008 for the first time in eight years, the city’s family planning authority said Tuesday.

The gender ratio for newborns among families considered to be permanent residents amounted to 114.8 boys for every 100 girls last year, down from 115.2 in 2007. That category includes people who hold residency certificates and those who have lived in the city for more than six months.

Within that category, the group with a nearly natural gender ratio comprised those holding residency permits. The ratio for the city’s most stable population was 106.5 boys to 100 girls in 2008, 1.2 points lower than in 2007. The natural distribution of boys to girls ranges from 103:100 to 107:100.  Continue Reading…

Seeking art to help Sichuan kids build schools

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Published on ChinaView.cn, April 8, 2009.

BEIJING, April. 8 – It’s been nearly a year, but the horrible Sichuan earthquake still haunts like nightmare, especially for the children who lost their families.

A major charity art auction, including masterpieces by Xu Beihong and Zhu Ming, will run from May 30 to 31 to raise money to “build nine schools and help child survivors of the Sichuan earthquake,” according to Chongyuan Art Auction House, the local co-organizer.

The sale will offer at least 170 works, including traditional ink-wash paintings, sculptures and canvases from many artists and collectors both in Shanghai and Taiwan, says Ji Chongjian, owner of the local auction house.

More works are welcome and the support of businesses, collectors and individuals is encouraged.  Continue Reading…

The G20 summit – what does it mean for the poor?

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Published on People and Planet.net, by John Madeley, 06 Apr 2009.

A 29 point communiqué, including US$1.1 trillion for global economic recovery, but weak on trade issues and almost non-existent on climate change. And little for the world’s poor from G20 leaders.

Leaders of 20 developed and developing countries – the G20 – met in London on 2 April 2009, saying that the world faces “the greatest challenge to the world economy in modern times; a crisis… which affects the lives of women, men, and children in every country”. They ended the meeting with a 29 point communiqué, including US$1.1 trillion for global economic recovery. But will it mean anything for the world’s poor? Will it contribute to reaching the Millennium Development Goals?

Leaders recognised the need for more regulation of the banking sector, and for a clampdown on tax havens. But it seems doubtful if there is any real shift of priorities.

The G20 leaders “have missed an historic opportunity to launch a global recovery plan that will benefit poor people and tackle the climate crisis”, commented the World Development Movement, (WDM) the UK-based anti-poverty group …

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THE NEW CLASS AND THE WORKERS

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Linked with Gaither Stewart – USA, and with THE WEB OF PRECARIOUSNESS – Chi non lavora, non fa l’amore.

By Gaither Stewart,

(Rome) Protests, broken heads and hundreds of arrests at the G20 in London, bloody demonstrations in Kehl and Baden Baden and Strasbourg at celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of NATO, workers uprisings across the face of France, and on Saturday in Rome’s Circus Maximus a mammoth manifestation organized by the CGIL trade union underline the abyss separating the New Class of capital from labour. The current and spreading revolt of labour against capital seems to mark the second phase of the crisis of capitalism, as a consequence of the financial crisis caused by the New Class of an elite that has illogically chosen to separate itself from labour in the Occidental world.

When the Yugoslav Communist Milovan Djilas wrote his book, The New Class, he was referring to a “political” bureaucracy in Yugoslavia. Today’s global New Class consists of the financial class that has bought and subjugated its second component, the political class, which fronts for it, protects it and legislates for it. Today’s New Class thus consists of on one hand a political elite with its armed wings of police and military and agencies of control and the shadowy, illusory, virtual world of finance. The two wings of the New Class blend to such a degree that it is nearly impossible to determine where the financial world ends and the political world begins. The real conflict is not between them. The real conflict is a class conflict, deeper and more evident today than anytime since the industrial revolution. It is the conflict between the New Class aided by its hangers-on and the rest of the world.  Continue Reading…

World Future Council’s Newsletter 03/2009 english

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Linked with The World Future Council. See also Scilla Elworthy’s report, Upcoming Events, Newsletter Archive.

Received by mail:
From: World Future Council
Date: 02/04/2009

Dear Friends! We need an economic and financial order based on an understanding of natural limits and a reverence for life. Our economies must assist and not hinder our efforts to promote global equity, reduce climate change and stop resource depletion.

This is no utopia! Concrete steps and policy proposals were identified during the first meeting of the WFC Future Finance and Economics commission (March 27th -30th) in Egypt. For example, while detailed regulation of financial speculation is time-consuming and complex, “negative legal enforcement” is much faster and shifts the burden of proof, making financial products not approved by the respective supervisory authority legally un-enforceable.  Continue Reading…

The Perils of Obedience

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Linked with Stanley Milgram – USA (1933 – 1984). Find him also on Google News-search; on Google Web-search; on Google Video-search; on Google Group-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Blog-search; read about the Milgram experiment on wikipedia; and how Thomas Blass presents specially the Stanley Milgram website;

Published on think, by Stanley Milgram. (The Perils of Obedience, as it appeared in Harper’s Magazine. Abridged and adapted from Obedience to Authority by Stanley Milgram), Copyright 1974 by Stanley Milgram.

Obedience is as basic an element in the structure of social life as one can point to. Some system of authority is a requirement of all communal living, and it is only the person dwelling in isolation who is not forced to respond, with defiance or submission, to the commands of others. For many people, obedience is a deeply ingrained behavior tendency, indeed a potent impulse overriding training in ethics, sympathy, and moral conduct.  Continue Reading…

CLIP de la chanson LIBERTA du groupe PEP’S

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Voir cette vidéo / Watch this video, 3.55 min:

2° PRIX du FESTIVAL de ROMANS de la création sur Internet en février 2007. CLIP de la chanson “LIBERTA” du groupe PEP’S réalisé par 2 jeunes filles de 14 ans (made by two 14 years old girls).

Voir davantage sur le site myspace.com.

Global Poll

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Economic System Needs Major Changes

Linked with World Public Opinion.org.

Published on World Public Opinion.org, March 31, 2009.

Full Report in PDF, 23 pages.

… Detailed Findings:

Majority support for fundamental reform of the international economic system is found in 20 of the 24 countries polled, led by Portugal (92%), the Philippines (88%), Kenya and Spain (both 84%). The only countries where less than half call for major changes are Russia (47%), Japan (45%), Mexico (42%), and India (40%).

Majorities in 19 of the 24 countries also see the need for major changes to their own country’s economic system. On average 68 per cent think their own country’s economy needs major changes in response to the economic crisis. Some of the largest majorities are found in developed economies that have been particularly affected by the economic crisis, such as Portugal (90%), Spain (82%), the US (75%) and the UK (73%). Japan and India have the smallest numbers calling for major change (both 39%) … (full text).

… and what from now on?

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Updated on August 7, 2012:

From today on, I’ll slow down my work and give more time to my privat life (yes, this was happen).

Therefore, the blog Humanitarian Texts and this blog Economy and Society will still receive some random entries, not daily, but belonging to what is presenting itself (this was not happen, I am myself too much eager to go on … )

From now on I want them with more positive news, showing less critics but mainly progress, reflections and development (still hopefully for this goal).

The World People’s Blog is definitively closed, but NGOs – we and others will go on even more (yes, this happened, and this so good, that on July 13th, 2011 I put my last entry for the NGO blog.
Reason: too many visitors for its old, not updatable wordpress software – a crasy bug, still not found – so my provider no more wanted accept the consequences of a slow-down on his servers
).

But in the same month I have resuscitated my HBB Blog.

Till next, Heidi.