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American Designs in Latin America

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Published on The People’s Voice, by Timothy V. Gatto, July 28, 2010.

… The book that Chavez gave to Obama was published in 1971, and details over 500 years of colonization and exploitation of Latin America by European powers and the United States. While the American press downplayed the exchange at the time, it certainly elevated the reputation of Chavez and his willingness to stand up to the Americans, while at the same time Chavez remarked to Obama that he would like to be “Obama’s friend”.

It appears that the American government does not wish to have warm relations with Venezuela. Since that meeting the United States has negotiated to open seven new military bases in Colombia which borders Venezuela. Some will support the newly reformed 4th Fleet, re-activated to patrol the seas around Latin America after being dormant since 1950. This comes as Panama agreed to host two new naval bases and Costa Rica has agreed to the stationing of 7,000 troops, 200 helicopters, and 46 warships in that country under the guise of “drug interdiction”.  Continue Reading…

Fighting Austerity?

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The Public Sector and the Common Front in Quebec – Published on Socialist, by David Mandel, July 25, 2010.

The previous round of negotiations in Quebec between the rightwing provincial Liberal government of Jean Charest and the public sector unions in 2005 was ended abruptly by the adoption of a special law that unilaterally imposed wages and conditions on the workers, while providing draconian penalties for any disturbance to the normal functioning of public institutions. The special decree (Bill 142/Law C-43) was quite a remarkable attack on public sector collective bargaining, even by the standards of the Quebec state.   Continue Reading…

Latin America rejects neoliberalism

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Published on People’s World, by Andre Sepulveda and Jim Lane, July 27, 2010.

Have you ever wondered how seven important Latin American nations are coping while defying the International Monetary Fund and “free trade” neoliberalism? With partial guidance from Tariq Ali and Mark Weisbrot as co-writers, U.S. film director Oliver Stone brings his talent into the effort of explaining something that is entirely new to the south of the United States. As Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Venezuela, to one degree or another, break with imperialism for the first time in our combined American history … //  Continue Reading…

Exchange between Arrow and Davidson on debt

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Linked with Meine Frage vom 29. Juni 2010. – Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by Editors, July 24, 2010.

… (Kenneth J. Arrow – excerpt): … There was an argument about the “burden of the debt,” in the 1960s; it was summed up in an excellent paper by Franco Modigliani, who, however, did not go into the implications for future counter-cyclical policy.  Without going into details here, the point emphasized by Modigliani was the displacement of private investment. His model presupposed the absence of the Ricardo effect; if there were a Ricardo effect (prediction of future tax burdens due to debt issuance), then Keynesian policies could not possibly be effective, since people would increase saving to compensate for the deficit. Hence, the same argument that deficit financing is stimulating implies that public debt can be a burden. Continue Reading…

China Calls Our Bluff

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The US is Insolvent and Faces Bankruptcy as a Pure Debtor Nation – Published on Global, by Washington’s Blog, July 25, 2010.

As the Financial Times notes, the head of China’s biggest credit rating agency has said America is insolvent and that U.S. credit ratings are a joke: … //

… The Scary Part:

I chatted with the head of a small investment brokerage about the China credit rating story. Because he gives his clients very bullish, status quo advice, I assumed that he would say that China was wrong. To my surprise, he simply responded: Continue Reading…

Bertray, get rich and be too big to be prosecuted

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published on the RealNewsNetwork, by Paul Jay, July 24, 2010.

My comment: but we the people would be stronger, if only we would be clever and united enough to do so. The question is not to ask Obama to make it for us, as he can be shot down at any moment … and then what? So, will we wait that the people is shot down? Shot down by starvation? by fear? by waiting for God?

Money Laundering and the Global Drug Trade are Fueled by the Capitalist Elites

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Published on Global, by Tom Burghardt, July 21, 2010.

… Greasing the Wheels:

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC) state in their 2010 Annual Report that “money-laundering is the method by which criminals disguise the illegal origins of their wealth and protect their asset bases in order to avoid suspicion of law enforcement and to prevent leaving a trail of incriminating evidence,” and that financial institutions, particularly U.S. and European banks are key to efforts to choke-off illicit profits from the grisly trade.

The trouble is these institutions, along with U.S. intelligence agencies, are the problem.  Continue Reading…

A Complete Change of the European System – Without Asking the People

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Published on Current Concerns, an Interview with Professor Dr Wilhelm Hankel, by Current Concerns, July 2010.

Current Concerns: Professor Hankel, at the beginning of May you and four competent colleagues filed a lawsuit to the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany against the so-called ‘Help for Greece’, which had been adopted by the German Bundestag. You also appealed to the public by an advertisement in a large German newspaper. What prompted you to do so?

Prof Dr Wilhelm Hankel: What we asked the Constitutional Court to consider is an affair to all of us, of all Germans, even to all Europeans. Because the help for Greece and also for a lot of countries in a similar situation will – under a humane pretext, a pretext of solidarity – bring to life a monstrosity, a complete change of the European system without asking the people. And this change will be performed on different levels. On the legal level: breaches of law have been committed, which are simply outrageous. Continue Reading…

Food Security – Equally Important in Times of Peace

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Those who want to guarantee food security by relying on alliances will have to surrender

Published on Current Concerns, by Hermann M. Dür, July 2010.

cc. A self-sustaining agriculture and food sovereignty are one of the claims of the World Agriculture Report, whose topics must repeatedly be brought up for discussion, until politicians will finally start to implement the claims. Food security must be made a topic of discussion not only in view of an imminent war, but it is equally important with regard to security policy in so-called times of peace. The following article* by Hermann Dür will give evidence of this context. In his article, Dür explains the dependencies that a state risks to get involved in, if it has to import agricultural products and can no longer provide for the basic needs of its population. Continue Reading…


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Johan Galtung and Dennis Kucinich discuss with Paul Jay the proposal for a Department of Peace

Linked on our blogs with Johan Galtung – Norway, with Dennis John Kucinich – USA,  with Transcend-International,  and with Paul Jay – Canada.

Watch this video, 9.32 min, published on The Real News, July 21, 2010.

Stage Two of Europe’s Credit Crisis: An Internal Bank and Sovereign Debt Crisis Combined

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Published on Global, by Bob Chapman, July 20, 2010.

The crisis affecting Europe is nothing new. It goes back three years and the beginning of the credit crisis, 60% of the subprime CDOs, collateralized debt obligations, had been sold to European institutions. These were the mortgage bonds, which contained a variety of toxic waste, which the rating agencies, S&P, Moody’s and Fitch, in collusion with banks and brokerage houses, had sold as AAA bonds, when in fact their ratings should have been considerably lower. The holders of these bonds in many instances became insolvent and had to be bailed out by capital injections from central banks, most of the funds were lent by the Federal Reserve.  Continue Reading…

Iran hopes to become largest gasoline exporter in 2-3 years

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Published on RIA Novostni, by Atta Kenare, July 15, 2010.

Iran plans to commission several oil refineries by the end of 2010 and could become one of the largest gasoline exporters in a few years, the Islamic Republic’s petroleum minister said Thursday.

“I believe in 2-3 years we will become one of the largest gasoline exporters in the region and the world,” Massoud Mir-Kazemi told the Arab-language Russia Today TV channel.

“In any case, we will produce gasoline at our oil refineries and can stop importing it,” said the minister, who is on a visit to Moscow … //   Continue Reading…


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… or an absurd plan for the global economic crisis

Published on, by Paul Jay, July 16, 2010.

… Yet they want to halve their deficits by 2013.  How are they going to cut government spending and increase demand at the same time?

They acknowledge that some stimulus spending may still be necessary to stop the world from sinking deeper into recession. But by 2013 they want government deficits to plummet. How will they pull it off? It’s already in the works; cut social-safety-net programs with a focus on social security and public pensions.    Continue Reading…

A new order in greater west Asia: AfPak to Palestine

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Published on open Democracy, by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, 14 July 2010.

A decade of wars has produced a strategic shift very different from what Washington and its allies intended – less towards unipolar order than the complexities of multipolar disorder. This poses a challenge to policy-makers and analysts alike, says Arshin Adib-Moghaddam … //

… A Turkish lesson:
Turkey’s repositioning within the greater west Asian area is the most prominent example of this emerging regional order. True, the reorientation of Turkish foreign policies towards the Arab and Muslim worlds has a lot to do with domestic changes within Turkey, primarily the emergence of a new middle class that is sensitive to issues affecting the umma (Islamic nation). This is the constituency that in 2002 brought to power Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (Justice & Development Party / AKP).  Continue Reading…

Holocaust-Überlebende als Steuersünder?

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Kopp-Verlag, von Michael Grandt, 16. Juli 2010.

Von einem »historisch heiklen Aspekt« sprechen schweizerische Medien hinsichtlich der schlimmsten Steuerhinterziehung in der Geschichte der Vereinigten Staaten, in den über die UBS-Bank auch ehemalige Naziopfer verwickelt sein sollen … //

… Hintergrund:

Die Schweizer Großbank UBS ist ein globales Finanzinstitut mit Hauptsitz in Zürich und Basel, das in mehr als 50 Ländern der Welt vertreten ist und über 64.000 Mitarbeiter beschäftigt. Im laufenden Geschäftsjahr wird ein Reingewinn von 15 Milliarden Schweizer Franken erwartet. Damit ist sie die weltweite Nummer zwei in der Vermögensverwaltung. Doch trotz dieser positiven Bankdaten und -zahlen erlitt ihr Image einen immensen Schaden: Die UBS verhalf vermögenden US-Bürgern jahrelang zur Steuerflucht, darunter sollen auch Familien von Naziopfern sein. Continue Reading…

The G20 Debacle

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Published on ZNet, by Justin Podur on his ZSpace Page, July 01, 2010.

What it might have looked like inside the fence: … Bodies like the G8 and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are generally like minded, as they represent the minority of countries that are already wealthy. These countries have an interest in the current order, skewed as it is toward their interests. Until recently, they have had the power to keep things that way. But when what was then called the Asian economic crisis struck in the late 1990s, the wealthy countries let the biggest of the poor countries into a new club, the G20 Finance Ministers meeting. The new body could claim to be more inclusive: with China, India, Indonesia, and Brazil aboard, the G20 had the Finance Ministers of 80% of the world’s population and 80% of the world’s GDP.  Continue Reading…

Financial regulation: A farewell to pussyfooting

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With dismemberment looming, the FSA finds its claws – Published on The Economist, July 8, 2010.

NOT so long ago the Financial Services Authority (FSA), London’s erstwhile “light-touch” regulator, was widely regarded as a paper tiger exerting only minimal control over Britain’s largely laissez-faire financial system. Yet faced, after the general election in May produced a new government, with the prospect of being broken up and absorbed into the Bank of England, the tiger appears to have located its claws. What happened?  Continue Reading…

Is Anyone Really Capable Of Fixing Our Many Deeper Crises?

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Senate to Vote on Financial Reform: Is it too Little, too Late to Keep the Economic System from Crashing Again?

Published on Global, by Danny Schechter, July 15, 2010.

… Financial reformers like Mary Bottari of Banksters USA is happy with the provision for a new consumer protection agency, explaining, “The Bureau has independent regulatory and enforcement authority over a wide array of consumer financial products such as credit cards, mortgages, and even payday loans. Unfortunately, auto dealers escaped its jurisdiction and the institution will be housed at the Federal Reserve.”  Continue Reading…

The Money and Debt Monster – Man-Made and therefore Tamable

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Published on Current Concerns, by ts, June 12, 2010.

ts. Now and then it is worthwhile to read a book a second time, in particular if it contains texts, whose basis are real historical events placed in an unusual context. Precisely in times like these, when the media are full of comments on the vast financial and economic crises, when trillions of money supplies for major bank bailouts are blithely printed and then saddled on the taxpayer; when states face bankruptcy, because they cannot master their debts any longer; when an immense inflation is imminent and it is again the population that will suffer as a result of it; in times in which, under the cover of “freedom” to transfer capital funds, money must be regarded as a new weapon of mass destruction, in which the greed seems boundless, in which newspapers are full of the problem of interest and compound interest, in which even the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” – usually not averse to banks – uses the term “monster” to describe the financial markets and the debt problem; in times like these books can sharpen the senses and enable a view on the general context, which might get lost in the daily routine. Continue Reading…

We Need Sustainable Development Banks, Say NGOs

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Published on IPS, by Emilio Godoy, July 5, 2010.

… Non-governmental organisations from across the Americas are demanding that the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank institute policies that favour sustainable energy and help mitigate climate change. Civil society groups sent letters to the two institutions, both headquartered in Washington, about the IDB’s strategy on climate change and the World Bank’s long-term energy policy.

In the case of the IDB, 10 NGOs from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and United States told the regional bank it should reduce its projects’ contribution to climate change, respect communities’ rights, make accounting more transparent, finance the development of renewable energy sources and phase out fossil-fuel sources and hydroelectric dams. Continue Reading…

Industrial policy

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The Economist’s upcoming debate between Dani Rodrik (Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy, JFK School of Government, Harvard), and Josh Lerner (Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School) …  this debate will happen online, and starts on July 12th 2010. – Published on The Economist, July 11, 2010.

Governments around the world are desperate to jump-start economic growth. Having bailed out banks and carmakers, some want to go further and direct public money to other sectors and firms. In June, copying recent efforts from America, Britain, China, France and Korea to boost manufacturing, Japan launched a drive to channel funds to five sectors including cultural industries and infrastructure. Is this a doomed-to-fail resurgence of central planning? Are states ever able to predict the industries of the future? Is it always a mistake for governments to pick winners, or is it, as some people argue, naive to think that industries flourish without state aid in some more or less obvious form? … (full text).

The oil spill and credit crunch were bad. An oil crunch would be worse

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Small print of BP Statistical Review of World Energy is troubling

Published on The, by Jeremy Leggett , June 9, 2010.

Big as BP’s problems are as a result of failed risk assessments, it will very probably soon become worse. Growing numbers of people doubt its annual review of oil reserves, published today. Society builds its oil dependency on key cultural statements of faith about secure supply, such as BP’s annual announcement that there is 40 years of supply or more, and no danger of supply falling short of demand, so ambushing oil-addicted economies.

You would think that BP’s risk-assessment failures in the Gulf, and in US refineries, would make the company measured, given the stakes in this particular assessment. The reverse seems true.  Continue Reading…

The IMF’s policy advisory role to the G20

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Published on IFIwatchnet, June 25, 2010.

The G20 has turned to the IMF to operate as a research and advisory body on their behalf since those governments’ leaders first met in November 2008. The IMF’s work in this area has mainly fallen in three areas: technical advice, surveillance, and research.

G20 mutual assessment process and the IMF:

IMF input into the G20 has largely been considered technical assistance or technical advice. Work of this type is provided for in the IMF Articles of Agreement, on the basis that the IMF is not mandated to perform it and it is also voluntary for the member country concerned. Under the provisions of the IMF’s transparency policy there is no presumption that this technical advisory work will be publicly disclosed.  Continue Reading…

World Economic Situation and Prospects

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Published on /Development Policy and Analysis Division.

World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) is a joint product of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the five United Nations regional commissions … //

… The report cautions that despite these more encouraging headline figures, the recovery is uneven and conditions for sustained growth remain fragile. Credit conditions are still tight in major developed economies, where many major financial institutions need to continue the process of deleveraging and cleansing their balance-sheets. Continue Reading…

Where does money really comes from?

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a Website Focused on Building Wealth and Financial Freedom (mainly Discussion Forums)

In the left column of the Mainpage, click on the question: Where does money really comes from? Question posted on Friday, 22 June 2007!

  • (2007! I think, meanwhile we should had taken the time to understand this mess, instead of running in 2008 into a crash !!! – Therefore again my eternal same question: How long will it take until (not all the dumbest, but maybe 10% of the more clever) humans are able to meet to force our governments to stop this nonsense – the nonsense paying back THIN AIR to the banks?
  • The whole DEPT QUESTION, STATE FAILURES, INSOLVENCY PROBLEMS would radically change!
  • WHY our governments and their experts (inclusively mainstream medias) do not inform peoples about this mess? Are they blackmailed, are they not clever enough? Are they too much afraid? Or are they part of it?
  • ARE WE TOO MUCH AFRAID – OR/and ARE WE JUST TOO SILLY TO CHANGE ALL THAT? And: yes, we are all part of it. So what, now we have to change it!).

Some Answers in the following Discussion-Forum: Continue Reading…

Plan de réforme du système financier international

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Publié sur, par par le groupe d’expert au Comité joint du Développement de la Banque mondiale et du FMI – Washington, le 25 avril 2010, sur Voltairenet le 6 juillet 2010.

Nous reproduisons ici le résumé du plan de réforme des institutions financières internationales élaboré par le département des Affaires économiques et sociales de l’ONU. Le groupe d’expert qui l’a rédigé reflète parfaitement les souhaits de la classe dirigeante mondiale. Son idée principale est de créer une monnaie de réserve mondiale gérée par le FMI, et un système de gouvernance économique mondiale qui encadrerait les politiques économiques des Etats-nations: … (long texte entier).

(US) Labor Dept. Launches Aid for Workers Displaced by BP’s Oil Spill

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Published on political affairs pa, by Joel Wendland, July 1, 2010.

The U.S. Department of Labor this week announced an award of $27 million in National Emergency Grants to four key Gulf Coast states to assist workers displaced by BP’s ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The states are Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

“Working families in the Gulf Coast have been dealt a tremendous blow by this oil spill, and they are facing serious long-term challenges,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in a press statement. “They need and deserve our help now.”  Continue Reading…

The right prescription for an ailing economy

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Published on the Blog of Real-World Economics Review (first on The Nation), by Dean Baker, July 5, 2010.

… In short, the story of economic weakness being the result of a broken banking system is a complete fabrication. This is a good story if your intention is to get more money to the banks. It is not a good story if your goal is getting the economy back to full employment.

The real story is a very simple one of a burst housing bubble. At its peak in 2006, the wealth created by that bubble and the smaller bubble in nonresidential real estate was generating more than $1 trillion in annual demand. This took the form of more than $500 billion in excess construction demand, as builders rushed to complete projects that commanded bubble-inflated prices. It also led to more than $500 billion in additional consumption, as people spent based on $8 trillion worth of bubble-generated home equity.  Continue Reading…

More than 300 NHS executives have a larger salary than the prime minister

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(see: National Health Service NHS Executive on wikipedia) – Published on The, by Laura Roberts, July 4, 2010.

The report comes as the health service faces cuts to frontline services to reduce the deficit. An investigation found that 320 hospital, ambulance and health authority chiefs are paid more than David Cameron’s annual salary of £142,500. Of those 58 are paid more than £200,000 a year. Financial experts described the salaries as “unsustainable”.

The number of high-earners has increased 50-fold since Labour came to power in 1997. Prior to that only six NHS officials were paid more than John Major, who then earned a salary of £101,557. The highest paid was Ian Miller, Interim Director of Finance and Investment for South East Coast Strategic Health Authority, who earned £310,000 for nine months work from April 2009 to January 2010 … //  Continue Reading…

Dubious Intelligence on Iran’s Nuclear Program Used to Justify UN Sanctions and US War Threats

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Linked with Gareth Porter – USA. – Published on Global, by Gareth Porter, July 3, 2010.

WASHINGTON – Olli Heinonen, the Finnish nuclear engineer who resigned Thursday after five years as deputy director for safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was the driving force in turning that agency into a mechanism to support U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran.

Heinonen was instrumental in making a collection of intelligence documents showing a purported Iranian nuclear weapons research programme the central focus of the IAEA’s work on Iran. The result was to shift opinion among Western publics to the view that Iran had been pursuing a covert nuclear weapons programme.   Continue Reading…

Latest Newsletter from Real World Economic Review

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issue no. 53, 26 June 2010 – former post-autistic economics network, back issues at

Download the 163 pdf-pages.

… short abstract of: Beyond growth or beyond capitalism? by Richard Smith USA, on page 28 ff: … Abstract: Recent publications have revived interest in Herman Daly’s proposal for a Steady-State Economy. This paper argues, first, that the idea of a steady-state capitalism is based on untenable assumptions, starting with the assumption that growth is optional rather than built-into capitalism. I argue that irresistible and relentless pressures for growth are functions of the day-to-day requirements of capitalist reproduction in a competitive market, incumbent upon all but a few businesses, and that such pressures would prevail in any conceivable capitalism. Secondly, this paper takes issue with Professor Daly’s thesis, which also underpins his SSE model, that capitalist efficiency and resource allocation is the best we can come up with. I argue that this belief is misplaced and incompatible with an ecological economy, and therefore it undermines Daly’s own environmental goals. I conclude that since capitalist growth cannot be stopped, or even slowed, and since the market-driven growth is driving us toward collapse, ecological economists should abandon the fantasy of a steady-state capitalism and get on with the project figuring out what a post–capitalist economic democracy could look like.

See also the other 6 long articles … (full long 163 pdf-pages).

HuriSearch – the Open Source human rights search engine

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Linked on our blogs with HURIDOCS. – Received by e-mail, From: Huri Search, Date: 30/06/2010

HURIDOCS is glad to announce the launch of a new, Open Source version of HuriSearch,
its specialised search engine for human rights information. HuriSearch is a very useful resource for human rights researchers and advocates, academic staff and students, journalists, diplomats and staff of international organisations – in fact anyone who is interested in human rights and needs an effective Internet search tool.

  • HuriSearch searches the content of over 5000 human rights websites, with a total of almost 7 million pages. This content is always fresh, because HuriSearch indexes the content of these websites very frequently.
  • The source of information is crucially important in human rights work.
  • HuriSearch makes it possible to focus searches on information published in a particular country, by a particular type of organisation, by a specific organisation, or in a specific language.
  • Search results are based upon relevance of contents rather than website popularity – which makes the pages from smaller organisations more visible than on other search engines.  Continue Reading…

Stimulus or Austerity: The People vs. the Banks

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Published on Global, by Shamus Cooke, June 30, 2010.

The most powerful nations in the world met recently at the G-20 in Toronto and managed to agree on only one thing of significance: the need to reduce deficits, “half by 2013.” Implied by the statement is the need to lower deficits via “austerity,” meaning eliminating or reducing social programs.

Why does every mainstream political pundit or corporate CEO fanatically agree that reducing deficits is the most important thing to do now? Let Obama explain:   Continue Reading…

The Toronto G20 Riot Fraud: Undercover Police engaged in Purposeful Provocation

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Published on Global, by Terry Burrows, June 27, 2010.

… (as photo legend): See the distinctive yellow dots on the thick corrugated soles of the boots which are the giveaway. The Quebec Provincial Police were then forced after three days of  public outrage to admit that these three men were indeed their officers operating undercover … //

… Canadian “Bureaucratic Economizing” Exposes The Fraud:

That the ‘black bloc’ provocateurs and the uniformed armoured police are wearing in Toronto (as at Montebello) the identical government issued combat boots, has at least one positive aspect. It looks as if someone in the procurement bureaucracy was at least trying to do some economizing in the spending of the one billion dollars that this G20 fiasco has wrested from the taxpayers. Very sensibly, these bureaucrats wanted to provide the same sturdy combat boots for both the uniformed police officers as well as the undercover ones. How wonderfully Canadian.

But this endearing Hobbit-like practicality has also given the game away. The ‘black bloc,’ if they ever existed as an independent entity, have clearly been thoroughly infiltrated by undercover government agents. In classic covert counterinsurgency strategy these agents manipulate the group to commit violent acts which play directly into hidden government controllers’ hands. These controllers manipulate public opinion from behind the scenes through the commission of false flag acts of violence (these are acts falsely blamed on scapegoats other than those concealed perpetrators who are actually responsible.) The psychological operation (psyop) is then accomplished through the propaganda fulminations of the completely controlled and complicit mass media. As in so many similar situations in so many other countries in the past, the goal of this combination of violent acts and lying media propaganda is to invalidate any legitimate citizen protest of the many immoral acts being wreaked upon the peoples of the world by our governments. The techniques of imperial control which have been used so successfully overseas are now being fully deployed against the people at home. Deployed against us. As far as our war-addicted governments are concerned, we are all insurgents nowContinue Reading…