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China Mega-trend Stocks Stealth Bull Market Update, SSEC Up 47%

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Linked with Es wird erhebliche Verteilungskonflikte geben (I translate: upcoming important battles for distributions), and with Is the Fed Juicing the Stock Market?

Published on Market Oracle, by Nadeem_Walayat, June 28, 2009.

(First my comment: Since years I suspect that the Mega-Financial Lobby (you know, the real rainmakers of this planet /or the Hydra) are transfering their main investment to China – means make China their financial working Headquarter, belonging to many hidden signs and also to predictions mostly known as conjuration theories). Belonging to this logic, since years they voluntarly have begun to destroy America (why? Answer: to eliminate the concurrence of their ‘Old Headquarter’ to their new working place):

  • first by accumulating a huge deficit,
  • second by the Twin Tower mess of 9/11 with its war against Muslims and co., to tell only the 2 most obvious events,
  • Now they invest into China – and in 10 years, when geopolitical realities make the new Chinese version of the world order begin to work – the rest of the planet could be submitted to this known Chinese version of Human Rights, the one dominators love and always need.

Do you see a better way to submit again all these westerner Intellectuals, Hippies, ‘Terrorists’?

After having suggested their version of safety to all small poor lost hungry frightened people? Look, if I should become the dominant dictator of this planet, I would act exactly like that) ... And now the real stock market article: Continue Reading…

Is the Fed Juicing the Stock Market?

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Linked with Mike Whitney – USA (the American writer), with China Mega-trend Stocks Stealth Bull Market Update, SSEC Up 47%, and with Es wird erhebliche Verteilungskonflikte geben.

Published on Global, by Mike Whitney, June 29, 2009.

Why has the stock market been on a 3-month tear when the economy is undergoing the worst economic contraction since the Great Depression? The S&P 500 has shot up 40% from its low on March 9 and the Dow Jones Industrials have followed close behind. Is this a typical bear market rally or is the invisible hand of the Fed goosing the markets?

Everyone seems to agree that the Fed’s multi-trillion dollar quantitative easing (QE) is the jet-fuel that’s put stocks into orbit. But how is the money filtering into the market?   Continue Reading…

Financial Crisis Debate

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Published on Countercurrent, by different contributors, during spring 2009.

The financial meltdown has hit every corner of the earth and the indications are that it is only going to get worse. With no clear signs of recovery in the near future the world is headed into an unknown. The recent international labour organisation report has predicted a frightening scenario. 51 million more people could lose their jobs by the end of 2009. That means 51 millions families are going to lose their livelihoods. For those who manage to keep a job, earnings and other conditions of employment will deteriorate. Will things end there? Indications are that it will not. It is not the time to panic or beat our chest. Instead we have to put our collective heads together and look for solutions. Countercurrents has decided to initiate a debate and give a platform for writers to express their views , opinions and solutions , how best we can tide over these difficult times or at least, how best we can cope with and help each other in this dire situation. Continue Reading…

Foreclosure Fiasco Continues: The Bush-Obama Strategy of Throwing Billions at Banks Doesn’t Work

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Published on, by Robert Scheer, June 27, 2009.

Americans are now $14 trillion poorer. Many who thought they were middle class have now joined the ranks of the poor.

It’s not working. The Bush-Obama strategy of throwing trillions at the banks to solve the mortgage crisis is a huge bust. The financial moguls, while tickled pink to have $1.25 trillion in toxic assets covered by the feds, along with hundreds of billions in direct handouts, are not using that money to turn around the free fall in housing foreclosures.

As The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, “The Mortgage Bankers Association cut its forecast of home-mortgage lending this year by 27% amid deflating hopes for a boom in refinancing.” The same association said that the total refinancing under the administration’s much ballyhooed Home Affordable Refinance Program is “very low.”

Aside from a tight mortgage market, the problem in preventing foreclosures has to do with homeowners losing their jobs. Here again the administration, continuing the Bush strategy, is working the wrong end of the problem. Although President Obama was wise enough to at least launch a job stimulus program, a far greater amount of federal funding benefits Wall Street as opposed to Main Street …

… Why was I so naive as to have expected this Democratic president to not do the bidding of the banks when the last president from that party joined the Republicans in giving the moguls everything they wanted? Please, Obama, prove me wrong. (full text).

US states’ budget crisis sets stage for new attack on the working class

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Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Tom Eley, June 27, 2009.

By Tuesday, many US state governments must pass budgets for the coming fiscal year. The state capitals are now the scene of bitter feuding among governors and legislators over how the deficits will be met. But there is unanimity that the working class must foot the bill.

Forty-six states confront significant deficits, and their collective shortfall for 2010 stands at more than $130 billion. This comes after a $104 billion deficit in 2009, for a two-year total of $234 billion in red ink—$91 billion more than President Barack Obama’s stimulus package allocated to all municipalities and the 50 states for the next two years.  Continue Reading…

The New Economy Won’t Be Like the Last One

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Published on YES magazine, by Sarah van Gelder, June 22, 2009.

Despite the best efforts of the Obama administration, the economy is a long ways from recovery. The speculative system that created the mess remains intact, and foreclosures and unemployment continue to rise. But at the same time, a new economy is taking form. It’s built on a recognition that the only thing too big to fail is the Earth itself. It is designed to build sustainable wealth for families, communities, and ecosystems, and it’s our best chance to improve prospects for future generations, instead of leaving them with ever-growing debt, conflict, and environmental destruction.

Politicians, pundits, and financiers defend deepening our national debt to bail out the institutions of a failed Wall Street system. But this system, built on speculation and the rule of money, is undermining the health of the planet and the well-being of all but the wealthiest few.
It’s time to let it go …  Continue Reading…

A tale of two paradigms

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Linked with Q&A: U.N.’s Enormous Potential Being Marginalised.

Published on openDemocracy, by Paul Rogers, 26 June 2009 (first published on 25 June 2009).

The little-noticed construction of a huge military facility in Jordan is a symptom of the dominant world’s failures in responding to the economic, food, climate and political crises of the age.

The United Nations summit on the impact of the current world economic recession on the poor, held in New York on 24-26 June 2009, reflects some recognition by the “international community” of the increasing hardship across the majority world of the depth of this crisis. Continue Reading…

Second Reply Regarding Parecon

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Linked with Michael Albert – USA, with Parecon and Aspirations, and with Z Communications ZCom.

Published on Zmag, by Michael Albert, June 26, 2009.

Michel, I will confine my reply to points of disagreement, or confusion, for brevity, after addressing, again, one overarching issue that seems to inform your entire reaction. But even at that, I apologize that this last reply regarding parecon is quite long. I have cut thousands of words from what I first wrote, but it seems that your confusions, perhaps due to my lack of clarity, are abundant, and I can’t help but offer a full set of comments.

You say, again, that you are “opposed to monological blueprints as a matter of principle and instead, favor pluralist … structures that grow organically from within the old.” Why does saying this bear on our discussion? I have addressed this issue before and yet it recurs.  Continue Reading…

Es wird erhebliche Verteilungskonflikte geben

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Interview mit Peer Steinbrück

Linked with Is the Fed Juicing the Stock Market? and with China Mega-trend Stocks Stealth Bull Market Update, SSEC Up 47%.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Faz.Net, 26. Juni 2009.

(Zuerst mein Kommentar: ich fürchte nur eines: dass dann, wenn das Volk auf die Strasse geht, komischerweise zum gleichen Zeitpunkt die Vogelgrippe, die Schweinegrippe oder eine andere Ausrede herhalten muss, um jede Volkansammlung zu verunmöglichen … und dass, zum Beweis, falls nicht gehorcht wird, gerade dann ein paar Querulanten sogar RICHTIG erkranken könnten … ach ja, ich habe es vergessen, Verschwörungstheorien glauben ja nur ein paar Spinner … doch, das könnte klappen, das Volk wird schon gehorchen … ).

24. Juni 2009 Die künftige Regierung dürfe trotz sehr hoher Schulden nicht die Kaufkraft der Bürger abschöpfen, sagt Peer Steinbrück im Gespräch mit der F.A.Z. Eine höhere Mehrwertsteuer schließt der Finanzminister deshalb aus.

FAZ: Wollen Sie bei der Haushaltslage wirklich noch mal Bundesfinanzminister werden?

Peer Steinbrück: Selbstverständlich.

FAZ: Also spielen Sie den Steinehochschieber.

Peer Steinbrück: Es heißt, Sisyphus sei ein glücklicher Mensch gewesen. Doch das mache ich mir nicht zu Eigen. Die Lage ist dramatisch. Bei einer um 6 Prozent schrumpfenden Wirtschaft rutscht so manche Haushaltsziffer ins Extreme ab.

FAZ: Nächstes Jahr plant der Bund rund 100 Milliarden Euro neue Schulden, 2013 sollen es immer noch knapp 50 Milliarden sein. Die Zinslast allein aus den zusätzlichen Schulden wird dann 10 Milliarden Euro ausmachen, zwei Mal so viel wie das Bruttoinlandsprodukt von Burkina Faso. Reicht der Abbauplan?

Peer Steinbrück: … (ganzes langes Interview).

XING has a new live Twitter search

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Linked with The XING network, with Karsten Weitzenegger Consulting, and with Karsten Weitzenegger – Germany.

Published on XING, June 25, 2009.

Hamburg, June 25, 2009 –XING – the leading European business network – will today launch Twitter Buzz, a new web-based app allowing professionals to keep up on trends and opinions on the popular microblogging service, Twitter. The app gives over seven million XING members access to a real-time Twitter keyword filter, and shows results directly on the personalized XING member home page. With Twitter Buzz, you can search for your company or scout the competition and see what’s being said about the upcoming trade fair or the latest software releases. Continue Reading…

Brown proposes £60bn climate fund

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Published on BBC, 26 June 2009.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown wants to set up a £60bn annual fund to help poor countries deal with climate change.

He hopes it will break the deadlock over who will pay developing nations to adapt to the changing climate and who will help them obtain clean technology.

Countries must reach a binding global agreement on carbon emission cuts at December’s Copenhagen summit, he said …

… On track:  Continue Reading…

How Do Politicians Survive Sex Scandals?

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Published on RoomForDebate, by editors, June 24, 2009.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Mark Sanford, the Republican governor of South Carolina, gave a rambling apology for having an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina, for disappearing for a week, and for deceiving the public on his whereabouts.

Nationally televised admissions of infidelity and other bad behavior by politicians seem almost commonplace now, though each story seems to have its own plot twists. Last week, Senator John Ensign of Nevada, who was active for a time in Promise Keepers, a Christian ministry that promotes strong marriages, apologized for having an affair with a member of his campaign staff. In contrast to Mr. Ensign’s tightly scripted statement, Mr. Sanford’s remarks were lengthy and emotional … (full text and comments).

Electoral watchdog endorses disputed Iran vote

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Published on Google-News, by Jay Deshmukh, June 26, 2009.

TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s electoral watchdog insisted on Friday that this month’s disputed presidential vote was the cleanest ever, rejecting opposition allegations of fraud that have brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets.

The Group of Eight leading powers called on Iran to put a halt to post-election violence and resolve the crisis “soon” but pointedly did not condemn the Islamic regime at a foreign ministers’ meeting in Italy.

“After 10 days of examination, we did not see any major irregularities,” Guardians Council spokesman Abbasali Kadkhodai told the official IRNA news agency.

“We have had no fraud in any presidential election and this one was the cleanest election we have had. I can say with certainty that there was no fraud in this election” …  Continue Reading…

Atlanta’s Largest Shelter Fights City for Water

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Published on political pa, by Matthew Cardinale, June 24, 2009.

(APN) ATLANTA – The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless won a temporary injunction and restraining order against the City of Atlanta to have their water turned back on so that they can negotiate a payment plan with the City.

The largest homeless shelter in the Southeast US, the Task Force houses up to 700 homeless men per night, and provides day services for both men and women, including women with children.

The City shut the water off yesterday for a second time. The first time was in December 2008. The Task Force also won an injunction to get its water turned back on then, and entered into a payment plan with the City. Continue Reading…

Sierra Leone: Water Crisis Threatens Survival in Freetown

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Published on, by Roland Marke, June 14, 2009.

In Sierra Leone today, water is perennially scarce. Its insatiable demand has outstripped a stagnated, disrupted supply. In the dusty, thirsty capital city of Freetown, with scourging heat and temperatures reaching extremes, this threatens the people with dehydration and serious health challenges. Still struggling to get back on its feet after a decade-long civil war that ended in 2002, this nation of 6 million has seen a surge in migration in recent years, which has put a strain on already scarce resources, including food, housing, employment, and perhaps most importantly, water …

… Assessing the bigger picture, water experts have advised that the Orogu River at Hastings Village is the answer to the water supply crisis in Freetown. Atkins consulting firm of the U.K., assisted by other local partners, including Oxfam and a local engineering firm 3BMD, studied the water and sanitation problems in Freetown to help craft a long-term solution. Leading consultant of Atkins, Richard Shepard, stressed that with the current population explosion prevalent in the city, compounded with the stride for development, the Orugu Dam is the only lasting solution to the water crisis in the city. The current Guma supply to the city is 83 million liters a day, equivalent to 16 million gallons a day. The Orugu project in the initial stage would provide the city with an additional 75 million liters (12 million gallons) of water per day.  Continue Reading…

9/11 FEMA videographer at Ground Zero goes public

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Kurt Sonnenfeld’s Exclusive interview

Published on (with pictures), June 22, 2009.

As official videographer for the U.S. government, Kurt Sonnenfeld was detailed to Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, where he spent one month filming 29 tapes: “What I saw at certain moments and in certain places … is very disturbing!” He never handed them over to the authorities and has been persecuted ever since. Kurt Sonnenfeld lives in exile in Argentina, where he wrote “El Perseguido” (the persecuted). His recently-published book tells the story of his unending nightmare and drives another nail into the coffin of the government’s account of the 9/11 events. Below is an exclusive interview by The Voltaire Network …

… Voltaire Network: Reportedly, the underground levels of WTC7 contained sensitive and undoubtedly compromising archival material. Did you come across any of it? Continue Reading…

UN Conference on economic crisis June 23, 2009

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Major surgery, not cosmetic facelift, must be at center of UN Conference on economic crisis.

Linked with the Third World Network TWN, with The Third World Institute, with Social Watch, and with

Published on IFIwatchnet, by , June 23, 2009.

New York, June 23, 2009  – In the midst of the global economic crisis, ongoing negotiations at the UN over the Outcome Document for the conference on the Financial and Economic Crisis, June 24-26th, 2009 are betraying age-old power fault lines.  Rich, industrialized countries are attempting to underplay the legitimate role of the United Nations in the ongoing process of global economic system reform. Continue Reading…

Iran: dialectic of revolution

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Published on openDemocracy, by Hazem Saghieh, 23 June 2009.

Iran’s epic political conflict reflects a thirty-year arc of revolution now using state power to crush its own children, says Hazem Saghieh.

The Iranian revolution is discovering that, in its thirtieth year, it has grown old. The wave of street demonstrations following the presidential election of 12 June 2009 reveal its fruits: “two peoples” who announce themselves in huge sociological differences – of appearance, affiliation, body-language, political slogans. This goes far beyond even the conflict over the results of the election; it involves a clash over the nature of the regime and Iran’s future direction …

… If – that word again – the Iranians avoid the fate of their Chinese counterparts at Tiananmen Square in 1989, it will be in part because Iran has the capacity to reproduce a key element of the changes experienced by witnessed by the Soviet-bloc countries in the late 1980s-early 1990s. There, a parallel to the Iranian-Arab contrast operated: communist totalitarian states were after all capable of generating change from within (whereas their Nazi counterparts required war launched from the outside).  Continue Reading…

Debate Over Child Executions Roils Iran’s Presidential Vote

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Linked with Shadi Sadr – Iran.

Published on The Wall Street Journal online, by FARNAZ FASSIHI, May 29, 2009.

The clampdown began more recently. In March 2007, Rahi, the NGO where Mr. Mostafaei volunteered, was shuttered by Iran’s Revolutionary Court, which deals with national-security matters. Rahi’s founder, lawyer Shadi Sadr, was put in solitary confinement for two weeks and charged with conspiring to overthrow the Iranian leadership with foreign funds via a “velvet revolution.” Ms. Sadr is awaiting trial on bail.

Other NGOs also say they have come under pressure. The president of Mahak, a widely known Iranian NGO that helps children with cancer, said security forces last year conducted an unannounced audit of its financial records.   Continue Reading…

Islam and Female Genital Mutilation

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Published on EuropNews, by Cleveland Indy Media, 18 June 2009.

Fatima’s scream is as blood-curdling as it is heart-wrenching. The little girl, who looks to be about eight years old, screams in a panic, initially in fear and then because she is unable to bear the pain she is experiencing.

She is lying on the floor of a dirty hut somewhere in the Ethiopian desert. Her body is contorted with pain as she screams, cries and finally lies there whimpering. Her new, green floral dress is soaked in blood. Two men and her mother press the delicate child against the floor and pull apart her thin little legs.

An old woman crouches in front of Fatima, holding a shiny razor blade and a thick, threaded darning needle. Today is the day Fatima will become a woman, a decent woman …   Continue Reading…

Guantánamo at Home

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Published on Axis of Logic, by Jeanne Theohari, June 18, 2009.

Two days after being sworn in as the forty-fourth president of the United States, Barack Obama signed three executive orders, banning torture, requiring the CIA to use the same methods as the military in interrogating terror suspects, shutting down the network of secret CIA prisons and shuttering the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, within a year. “What the cynics fail to understand,” the president proclaimed in his inaugural address, “is that the ground has shifted beneath them” …

… But Guantánamo is not simply an aberration; its closure will not return America to the rule of law or to its former standing among nations. Guantánamo is a particular way of seeing the Constitution, of constructing the landscape as a murky terrain of lurking enemies where the courts become part of the bulwark against such dangers, where rights have limits and where international standards must be weighed against national security. It is an outgrowth of a “war on terror” with historical precedents that took root under Clinton (in legislation like the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act), spread like kudzu under Bush and infiltrated the fabric of the justice system. It is a pre-emptive strategy where stopping terrorism has come to mean detaining and prosecuting people who may not have committed any actual act of terrorism but whose religious beliefs and political associations ostensibly reveal an intention to do so …  Continue Reading…

Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order

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Review of F. William Engdahl’s book

Linked with Stephen Lendman – USA, and with Frederick William Engdahl – Germany and USA.

Published on Global, by Stephen Lendman, June 22, 2009.

For over 30 years, F. William Engdahl has been a leading researcher, economist, and analyst of the New World Order with extensive writing to his credit on energy, politics, and economics. He contributes regularly to business and other publications, is a frequent speaker on geopolitical, economic and energy issues, and is a distinguished Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization …

… Weaponizing Human Rights – From Darfur to Myanmar to Tibet

In targeting China, Washington’s human rights/democracy offensive focused on Myanmar, Tibet, and oil-rich Darfur. Called the “Saffron Revolution” in Myanmar (formerly Burma), it featured Western media images of saffron-robed Buddhist Monks on Yangon (formerly Rangoon) streets calling for more democracy. “Behind the scenes, however, was a battle of major geopolitical consequence” with Myanmar’s people mere props for a Washington-hatched scheme – employing Eurasian Color Revolution tactics:  Continue Reading…

The waning power of truth

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Linked with Paul Craig Roberts – USA.

Published on Online Journal, by Paul Craig Roberts, June 22, 2009.

David Ray Griffin, the nemesis of the collection of disinformation known as the 9/11 Commission Report, has taken up the question of Osama Bin Laden, dead or alive?

On the basis of the available evidence, Griffin concludes that bin Laden died in December 2001, most likely of kidney failure. He has been kept alive in the media by US government PSYOPS as a useful bogyman to justify America’s illegal wars of aggression. The messages received from bin Laden since his death appear to be conveniently timed fabrications designed to advance US government purposes.  Continue Reading…

How the U.S. is Subsidizing Death and Drug Trafficking on Stolen Lands

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The Dark Side of Plan Colombia

Published on, by Teo Ballvé, June 2, 2009.

As Congress prepares to debate new Plan Colombia funding, it’s time to investigate how money for biofuels is linked to violence and bloodshed …

… Land Theft and the Biofuel Boom:

Brig. Gen. Pauxelino Latorre led an elderly farmer through a maze of concrete hallways, past a series of harshly lit rooms overlooking banana plantations and deep into the barracks of the Colombian army’s Seventeenth Brigade in Carepa, a town in northwestern Colombia. Soldiers saluted stiffly as the general barreled by. The farmer – Enrique Petro – poor, in his late 60s, shuffled a few steps behind, trying to avoid eye contact.  Continue Reading…

From Mossadegh to Ahmadinejad – The CIA and the Iranian experiment

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Linked with De Mossadegh à Ahmadinejad – La CIA et le laboratoire iranien.

Published on, by Thierry Meyssan, June 19, 2009.

The news of alleged election fraud has spread through Tehran like wildfire, pitching ayatollah Rafsanjani’s supporters against ayatollah Khamenei’s in street confrontations. This chaotic situation is secretly stirred by the CIA which has been spreading confusion by flooding Iranians with contradicting SMS messages. Thierry Meyssan recounts this psychological warfare experiment …

… Going one step further, Anglo-Saxons and Israeli secrets services developed psychological warfare methods based on an extensive use of mobile phones. In July 2008, after the exchange of prisoners and remains between Israel and Hezbollah, robots placed tens of thousands of calls to Lebanese mobile phones. A voice speaking in Arabic was warning against participating in any resistance activity and belittled Hezbollah. The Lebanese minister of telecommunications, Jibran Bassil [9], files a complaint to the UN against this blatant violation of the country’s sovereignty [10].  Continue Reading…

De Mossadegh à Ahmadinejad – La CIA et le laboratoire iranien

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Linked with From Mossadegh to Ahmadinejad – The CIA and the Iranian experiment.

Publié sur, par Thierry Meyssan, 17 juin 2009.

La nouvelle d’une possible fraude électorale s’est répandue à Téhéran comme une traînée de poudre et a poussé dans la rue les partisans de l’ayatollah Rafsanjani contre ceux de l’ayatollah Khamenei. Ce chaos est provoqué en sous-main par la CIA qui sème la confusion en inondant les Iraniens de messages SMS contradictoires. Thierry Meyssan relate cette expérience de guerre psychologique …

… Franchissant un pas, les services secrets anglo-saxons et israéliens ont développé des méthodes de guerre psychologique basées sur l’usage extensif des portables. En juillet 2008, après l’échange de prisonniers et dépouilles entre Israël et le Hezbollah, des robots ont lancé des dizaines de milliers d’appel vers des portables libanais. Une voix en arabe mettait en garde contre toute participation à la Résistance et dénigrait le Hezbollah. Le ministre libanais des télécom, Jibran Bassil [9], avait déposé une plainte à l’ONU contre cette flagrante violation de la souveraineté du pays [10]. Continue Reading…

A matter of definition!

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Americans Are Now More Closely Aligned With Progressive Ideas Than at Any Time in Memory

Published on, by Joshua Holland, June 4, 2009.

The media still calls America a “center-right” nation, but “center-left” is closer to the truth. On issues ranging from health care to energy, the public is more progressive than people think. Demographic groups from youth to Hispanics are voting farther left and in larger numbers than ever before. The new report the Campaign for America’s Future is publishing with Media Matters for America – “America: A Center-Left Nation” – documents the trends and challenges the mainstream media to recognize reality. It remains to be seen to what extent they can rely on Barack Obama to fulfill their aspirations …   Continue Reading…

Prospects of a Fascist revival 2

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Published on ZMag, by Jack Johnston, June 19, 2009.

I watched The Blues Brothers the other night and took great delight at the scene where the Illinois Nazis are forced off the bridge and into the river. But, now that we are a ‘depression’ more and more stories of far right gains keep popping up. I commented recently that we should not fear the far right, because they can only lose in open debate. But then that can be said about any other form of capitalism and yet here we are. I have since removed my comment.

Alan Woods says in Reformism and Revolution that the capitalist system “threw Hitler against the Soviet Union”. To what degree he means that this was an organized plan I am not sure. But, having Germany as a bulwark against communism certainly figured in France and Britain’s treatment of Germany at the close of WWI …  Continue Reading…

Worlds of Labor – Call for articles

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for Perseu: história, memória e política, Number 4, 2009 (en Portuguese /Brazil)

Linked with International Association of Labour History Institutions IALHI.

Published on Labour

The Centro Sergio Buarque de Holanda (CSBH) was established by Fundação Perseu Abramo as a centre for Brazilian Worker’s Party history and memory. It produces the review Perseu: história, memória e política a history peer-reviewed journal that diffuses researches and reflexions about the left political wing in Brazil and abroa. Perseu: história, memória e política is calling for contributions for the next number which the special thematic issue will analyze the “Worlds of Labor: Permanence and Change” [Mundos do Trabalho: Permanências e Rupturas]

The deadline for receiving the articles and contributions is September 8, 2009 … Articles in English, French and Spanish are welcome and will be translated to Portuguese. Full-length manuscripts should not exceed 10.000 words, plus notes.

To submit an article or to inquire about Perseu: história, memória e política, contact by e-mail.
Visit the journal’s website, en portugese, (and its Homepage).

Please, help us and spread this call in your mailing lists, blogs, websites. Dainis Karepovs, Editor, Glaucia Cristina Candian Fraccaro, Assistant Editor.

How CIA helped Dalai Lama to end up in exile

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Published on Global, on March 19, 2009 (first on Russia Today RT, March 18, 2009).

It is widely believed that the Dalai Lama fled Tibet once Chinese troops gained control over the region. Actually, these two events have nine years between them.

Tibet’s self-proclaimed independence in 1913, after the fall of Qing Empire of China, was never recognised legally by any country. So, once China sorted out the Civil War, it saw it only as natural to claim the territories succeeded from the state of Qing.

Once the Chinese People’s Liberation Army forces defeated Tibet’s army on October 7, 1950, Beijing started a campaign of re-integrating Tibet into the People’s Republic of China …   Continue Reading…

Take action to demand a rights-based solution to the crisis

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Published on IFIwatchnet, June 16, 2009.

Today, June 16th, civil society organizations and social movements kick off a 10-day initiative calling on all to take action in the lead up to the United Nations Conference on the Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development on 24-26 June in New York City.  The  10 Days of Action: Countdown to Commitments aims to mobilize public opinion and delivers the message to world leaders that civil society is watching and expects equitable, sustainable and just solutions to the financial and economic crisis which are focused on the needs of people and the planet. Continue Reading…

Another case of the pot calling the kettle black

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Published on Online Journal, by Bev Conover, June 18, 2009.

Oh noooooo, Mr. Bill, the Iranian election may have been stolen for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad! Horrors of horrors! And where were all those self-righteous voices in the US, especially the corporate media’s, in 2000 and 2004 when the Bushies stole two presidential elections? …

… I’m with Jeremy Scahill who “tweeted” yesterday morning that he “is sick of people talking about ‘twitter revolution’ in iran [sic] … especially hate when it’s US liberals who would NEVER protest anything in USA.” Having used up his 140 characters on Twitter, he elaborated on his website, Rebel Reports, “They’d never face down tear gas or baton-wielding thugs at home. Some of these liberals (you know who you are) were poo-pooing activists protesting at the Republican and Democratic Conventions and scorn activism in general. This whole commentary about the ‘twitter revolution’ when it comes from these lizards is narcissistic crap.” Continue Reading…

The Food Crisis And The Global Scramble For Farmlands

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Published on Countercurrents, by Sam Urquhart, 17 June 2009.

Governments – concerned about future food security – have been furiously signing deals with other governments across the world. Saudi Arabia has tied up 25,000 ha in Sudan to grow corn, soy and wheat, with Jordan and Syria inking similar deals. China has reportedly signed numerous deals, as in Laos , where a state rubber company has acquired 160,000 ha, and Mozambique , where 10,000 “settlers” are reportedly set to assist in the conversion of thousands of hectares to export crop production. Even tiny Mauritius has agreed a deal with Mozambique to farm 5,000 ha of land in a country where over 50 percent of the people live on less than a dollar a day … Continue Reading…

Paris implicated in Zoe’s Ark orphan fraud?

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Linked with Eric Breteau – France, and with Zoe’s Ark.

Published on Press TV, by SG/SME/HAR, May 30, 2009.

The French charity Zoe’s Ark faces trial as an organization for “fraud” related to the “snatching” of 103 Chadian children in 2007, a court source says.

The group’s head Eric Breteau was brought before judges on Thursday to have the charges which also include assisting in the illegal immigration of foreign children “with a view to adoption” read out to him.

Breteau and his partner, Emilie Lelouch, have already been charged personally on similar counts following complaints from five former volunteers who claimed to have been duped by the association. Continue Reading…

World e-Gov experts meet at Singapore

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Since June 15 to 19 Singapore is hosting the inaugural iGov Global Exchange, where e-Gov experts discuss latest e-gov concepts and solutions

Linked with, and with Manmohan confident of 7 % growth.

Published on, by Jay P Gupta, May 6, 2009.

New Delhi: Singapore will host the inaugural iGov Global Exchange meet from June 15 to June 19, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) in a press release said.

The summit will bring together more than 400 leading e-Government experts from around the world to discuss opportunities and challenges in developing successful e-Government programmes in an increasingly connected world. Themed “Integrating Public Services, Engaging Citizens”, the iGov Global Exchange is being jointly organised by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA …

… “Through this event, we hope to share and exchange knowledge and experiences with other countries in the development of infocomm initiatives to achieve public service excellence. Participants from both Singapore and overseas can discover new and innovative ways to enhance their capabilities in e-Government, by learning and collaborating with each other to meet the needs of citizens and businesses,” IDA Chief Executive Officer Ronnie Tay said. (full text).

Manmohan confident of 7 % growth

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Linked with, and with World e-Gov experts meet at Singapore.

Published on, June 9, 2009.

India will achieve an economic growth of at least 7 per cent this fiscal despite the global slowdown, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said …

… “We cannot spend our way into prosperity. But there is scope to increase the allocations, particularly for infrastructure,” the Prime Minister said, hoping Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will address this issue in the upcoming national budget.  Continue Reading…

NATO’s War Plans For The High North

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Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea

Published on Global, by Rick Rozoff, June 14, 2009.

Since the beginning of the year the United States and NATO have repeatedly indicated in both word and deed their intention to lay claim to and extend their military presence in what they refer to as the High North: The Arctic Circle and the waters connecting with it, the Barents and the Norwegian Seas, as well as the Baltic.

Washington issued National Security Presidential Directive 66 on January 12, 2009 which includes the bellicose claim that “The United States has broad and fundamental national security interests in the Arctic region [which] include such matters as missile defense and early warning; deployment of sea and air systems for strategic sealift, strategic deterrence, maritime presence, and maritime security operations.” [1] Continue Reading…

De-Dollarization: Dismantling America’s Financial-Military Empire

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The Yekaterinburg Turning Point

Published on Global, by Prof. Michael Hudson, June 13, 2009.

The city of Yakaterinburg, Russia’s largest east of the Urals, may become known not only as the death place of the tsars but of American hegemony too – and not only where US U-2 pilot Gary Powers was shot down in 1960, but where the US-centered international financial order was brought to ground.

Challenging America will be the prime focus of extended meetings in Yekaterinburg, Russia (formerly Sverdlovsk) today and tomorrow (June 15-16) for Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and other top officials of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The alliance is comprised of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrghyzstan and Uzbekistan, with observer status for Iran, India, Pakistan and Mongolia. It will be joined on Tuesday by Brazil for trade discussions among the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) …  Continue Reading…

Iran’s election: democracy or coup?

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Published on openDemocracy, by , June 15, 2009.

The official result of Iran’s presidential vote is a decisive win for the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But this outcome leaves open many questions about Iran’s political future. Here, some of openDemocracy’s Iranian writers and specialists offer their first reflections.

Ramin Jahanbegloo: An illiberal election, A new chapter in the short history of Iran’s Islamic regime. – There is no light without shadow. Though the level of public engagement in the Iranian presidential election of 12 June 2009 is extraordinary, the controversial result in favour of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the vote overshadows the democratic passion of the Iranian population …  Continue Reading…