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Index January 2011

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2011-01-01: Hope in 2011: Peoples, Civil Society Stand Tall;
2011-01-02: The Phantom Menace;
2011-01-03: The EU and the Spanish Dirt Road;
2011-01-04: India’s Youth Will Not Wait;
2011-01-04: George Soros on the New World Order;
2011-01-05: Voices: Haiti’s Elections – Illegitimately Recounting Fraud;
2011-01-05: Restoring A Sense Of Pleasure;
2011-01-06: Are We Going to Let the Biggest Financial Fraudsters Keep Their Money and Avoid Jail Time?
2011-01-06: Teacher Education Philosophies;
2011-01-07: More than 25 percent of children now on chronic prescription medications;
2011-01-07: MGF: Cinq fillettes excisées à Houndé;
2011-01-08: Obama’s Warfare in Afghanistan;
2011-01-08: student teachers and first-year teachers for social justice;
2011-01-09: Washington’s Geopolitical Nightmare: China and Russia boost economic cooperation;
2011-01-10: A Critical Analysis of the U.S. Causes of the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2008;
2011-01-10: Women’s Action Forum slams Taseer’s murder;
2011-01-11: Nature Parks – a Neoliberal EU Project;
2011-01-12: Financial Bubble Alert: Backdoor Bailouts and The Creation of Bogus Money;
2011-01-13: FROM BRIC to GEEP a cacophony of akronyms;
2011-01-14: The CIA File on Luis Posada Carriles – a former Agency Asset goes on trial in the U.S.;
2011-01-15: From NAFTA to CETA: Canada-EU Deep Economic Integration;
2011-01-15: Tunisia: a moment of destiny for the Tunisian people and beyond?
2011-01-16: The Class War Launched by America’s Wealthiest;
2011-01-17: Commentary: Does change mean anything?
2011-01-18: Thèses pour un communisme futur à partir du moment présent;
2011-01-18: The German left’s defence of Europe;
2011-01-19: Correction added: The Real Crime of M. Khodorkovsky;
2011-01-20: Comment le Congrès états-unien s’est vendu à Wall Street;
2011-01-20: US Congress Sells Out to Wall Street;
2011-01-21: Réactions Sur les MGF;
2011-01-22: Failure of the Globalization Model: The Arab Spring of Democracy;
2011-01-22: A quoi pense la littérature de jeunesse?
2011-01-23: Tunisia and the IMF’s Diktats: How Macro-Economic Policy Triggers Worldwide Poverty and Unemployment;
2011-01-24: The Best Economics Resources for College Professors;
2011-01-25: Declining vitality of rural villages;
2011-01-26: Rich Chinese are increasingly being attracted to the property market in Europe, particularly UK;
2011-01-27: Quantitative Easing Is Causing Food Prices to Skyrocket;
2011-01-27: Les femmes du fouladou font de l’accès à la terre leur principale revendication;
2011-01-27: Introducing The Palestine Papers;
2011-01-28: The Balkanization of Sudan: The Redrawing of the Middle East and North Africa;
2011-01-29: Chávez tackles housing crisis by urging poor to squat wealthy parts of Caracas;
2011-01-30: Hurry to implement East African single currency;
2011-01-31: Renewing the Patriot Act while America sleeps;


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Renewing the Patriot Act while America sleeps

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Published on Online Journal, by John W. Whitehead, Jan 27, 2011.

“Of course, there is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country that allowed the police to search your home at any time for any reason; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to open your mail, eavesdrop on your phone conversations, or intercept your email communications; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to hold people in jail indefinitely based on what they write or think, or based on mere suspicion that they are up to no good, then the government would no doubt discover and arrest more terrorists. But that probably would not be a country in which we would want to live. And that would not be a country for which we could, in good conscience, ask our young people to fight and die. In short, that would not be America.” –Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), voicing his concerns over Congress’ passage of the USA Patriot Act (Oct. 25, 2001).   Continue Reading…

Hurry to implement East African single currency

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Published on Afrol News, by staff writers, 17 January 2011.

The five states making up the East African Community EAC* are in a hurry to prepare for their common currency, which according to plans is to be introduced already next year. Experts now see how they can fast-track the process.

Experts from the five EAC states today embarked on a four-day meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, that sets the stage for negotiations for the East African Monetary Union. The so-called “High Level Task Force” to see the monetary reform through is in a hurry. Continue Reading…

Chávez tackles housing crisis by urging poor to squat wealthy parts of Caracas

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(photo: Venezuelans left homeless after December’s torrential rains gather in the wealthy Caraca’s neighbourhood of La Castellana).

Published on The, by Rory Carroll in Caracas, 26 January 2011.

Hugo Chávez has sent out troops to take over farms and urged the poor to occupy “unused” land in wealthy areas of Caracas, prompting a wave of squats that is rattling Venezuela’s middle class.

The move by Venezuela’s president to step up the campaign to “recover” land and other property follows a housing crisis that has left millions of people in shabby conditions and affected his popularity in the run-up to next year’s election.  Continue Reading…

The Balkanization of Sudan: The Redrawing of the Middle East and North Africa

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Published on, by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, January 25, 2011.

With outcome foretold, the recent referendum on the “independence” of oil-rich South Sudan is part of a deeper agenda bearing little relation to human rights concerns. The real question is not if, but who has been stoking the flames of conflict and violence in Sudan. This pundit sees a link between the Sudanese referendum and other processes unfolding in the region, which spell out the overlapping U.S. and Israeli agendas for energy resources control and the balkanization of East Africa and the Arab World. The secession of South Sudan brings them one step closer to their goal.  Continue Reading…

Introducing The Palestine Papers

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Published on Al Jazeera, by Gregg Carlstrom, Last Modified: 23 Jan 2011 15:32 GMT.
(en français sur Le contenu réel du processus de paix israélo-palestinien).

Over the last several months, Al Jazeera has been given unhindered access to the largest-ever leak of confidential documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are nearly 1,700 files, thousands of pages of diplomatic correspondence detailing the inner workings of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Continue Reading…

Les femmes du fouladou font de l’accès à la terre leur principale revendication

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(EN ROUTE POUR LE FORUM SOCIAL MONDIAL DAKAR 2011) – Publié dans, par par Cheikh Omar SEYDI, Jan. 26, 2011.

Accéder à la terre, aux  intrants agricoles et à l’habitat est un casse tête pour les femmes de la région de Kolda. Pour trouver une solution à ce problème, la plate forme des femmes de Vélingara décide de poser le débat devant des sommités qui vont se rencontrer à Dakar du 06 au11 février prochain à l’occasion du Forum social mondial (Fsm).  Continue Reading…

Quantitative Easing Is Causing Food Prices to Skyrocket

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Published on Global, by Washington’s Blog, January 22, 2011.

… (Summers shows the share price of Elements Rogers International Commodity Agriculture ETN as a proxy for food prices generally).

  • As you can see, it wasn’t until the Fed announced its QE lite program that agricultural commodities exploded above long-term resistance. And in case there was any doubt, QE 2 sent them absolutely stratospheric. This isn’t really unexpected.
  • Last November, David Einhorn warned: It is quite likely that QE2 will slow the economy by raising food and energy prices [because it is easier to generate these price increases]. [These price hikes] would act as a tax on consumers and businesses.
  • Also in November, Karl Denninger wrote: We have a Federal Reserve that, in the last two years, has printed and debased the currency of this nation by more than 100%, taking their balance sheet from $800 billion to more than $2 trillion. They now threaten, today, to do even more of that. This has resulted in insane price ramps in soft commodities

(soft commodities means food crops).  As the Wall Street Journal, Tyler Durden, the Economic Policy Journal
and others note, inflation in food prices isn’t limited to developing nations, but is coming to the U.S. (full text).

Rich Chinese are increasingly being attracted to the property market in Europe, particularly UK

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Published on consortiumnews, by , .

The yuan may not be monopoly money but it is good enough for many Chinese to stake their claim on Mayfair, Park Lane or Bond Street. Those with Chinese currency are not playing a board game, however – they are buying up million-pound-plus apartments and houses in prime central London for real.

According to Knight Frank Residential Research, more than one in 10 of all buyers of new properties in central London are now from the Chinese mainland or Hong Kong, with many mainland buyers channeling money through the special administrative region.

Although, the Chinese are also looking at other areas of Europe, including old world castles and chateaus with vineyards in France, and the sunny southern Spain costas, London remains their central focus.

Developers and estate agents in the UK capital are responding by themselves chasing the yuan, holding property exhibitions and seminars in China.   Continue Reading…

Declining vitality of rural villages

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Published on China Daily, by Zhu Yuan, January 13, 2011.

A village can soon lose its vitality if the young and middle-aged villagers leave to make money in cities. Left behind are only children and the aged. Against the background that more than 200 million villagers are seeking their fortunes in urban areas, is it surprising that many villages are unable to maintain the vitality they used to have?

In my recent trip to Dongxiang autonomous county in Northwest China’s Gansu province, I found that thousands of young and middle-aged villagers in this remote mountainous area spend most of their time in urban areas or else picking cotton as migrant workers during the harvest season in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in the west of China.  Continue Reading…

The Best Economics Resources for College Professors

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Linked on our blogs with Guide to Online Schools. – Published on Guide to Online Schools.

Both teaching and studying economics can prove to be a simultaneously challenging, rewarding, complex, and daunting task. College professors are faced with the responsibility of employing a learning strategy that is compatible with their mode of instruction as well as their students’ learning capacities. This guide was designed to highlight and explore the most useful and innovative economics resources available for college professors. Explore the links below to find insightful tactics and other information to be employed in your classroom, office, or other learning environments!

Micro – Macro – Environmental – Financial – Game Theory – Other: … (full long text).

Link: SR Education Group.

Tunisia and the IMF’s Diktats: How Macro-Economic Policy Triggers Worldwide Poverty and Unemployment

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Published on Global, by Michel Chossudovsky, January 20, 2011.

… But Ben Ali was not a dictator. Dictators decide and dictate. Ben Ali was a servant of Western economic interests, a faithful political puppet who obeyed orders, with the active support of the international community.

Foreign interference in Tunisia’s domestic affairs is not mentioned in the media reports. The food price hikes were not “dictated” by the Ben Ali government. They were imposed by Wall Street and the IMF.

The role of Ben Ali’s government was to enforce the IMF’s deadly economic medicine, which over a period of more than twenty years has served to destabilize the national economy and impoverish the Tunisian population.  Continue Reading…

A quoi pense la littérature de jeunesse?

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Philosophie (avec les enfants) et littérature (de jeunesse) – Lié dans nos blogs avec PHILO – ACTION, POUR PENSER ET CHANGER L’ECOLE, avec Ateliers philo: la philo selon Lipman, with Philosophy and children, et avec Le Site: ce n’est qu’un début.

Publié actuellement sur le blog Des discussions philosophiques pour enfants en Zone d’Education Prioritaire, par Edwige Chirouter, Octobre 2010. (ce blog a 5 longues pages, l’histoire la plus ancienne est en haut de la page 1, la plus récente en bas /au fond de la page 5).

(Un extrait d’un très long texte, presqu’en haut de la page 4) … La pratique de la « philosophie avec les enfants » se développe en France depuis maintenant une vingtaine d’années. Venues des Etats-Unis, suite aux recherches du philosophe M. Lipman, et répondant à l’appel à « philosopher hors les murs » lancé par le GREFH et J. Derrida dans les années 1970[1], les « Discussions à Visée Philosophique » prennent des formes diverses, répondent à des enjeux pluriels et suscitent de nombreuses controverses[2]. Continue Reading…

Failure of the Globalization Model: The Arab Spring of Democracy

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Linked on our blogs with the BRussells Tribunal. – Published on Global, by Abdul Ilah Albayaty, Hana Al Bayaty, Ian Douglas, January 17, 2011.

The Tunisian uprising is nothing but the natural result of the failure of the globalisation model and the impasse affecting the entire world. Indeed, as soon as an economy opens up to foreign capital and one gives the local economy and services over to market forces, the state’s role is automatically undermined and remains only to protect the model itself. By consequence, whether in Tunisia or elsewhere in the developing world, it resulted in a contradiction between the people’s interests and the class created to protect foreign capital.  Continue Reading…

Réactions Sur les MGF

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Lié dans nos blogs avec Give someone you never met, a gift they will never forget, et avec Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation. – Publié dans Guiné GCI.

Voici quelques réactions intéressantes de certaines personnalités sur la terrible pratique des mutilations génitales féminines(MGF) en Guinée. Des expressions plurielles qui démontrent l’objectivité des intervenants sur cette délicate question sociale:

Ibrahima Bamba Sidy Camara, inspecteur au secrétaire général aux affaires religieuses: L’excision, comme vous le savez, est l’ablation d’une partie de l’organe génital de la femme. Il faut savoir que nulle part il n’est expressément dit dans le Coran qu’il faut pratiquer ou non l’excision. Mais, par le fait de la coutume ou de la tradition, les gens perpétuent cette pratique totalement révolue. Il va falloir qu’un jour tout le monde prenne conscience du danger de la mutilation génitale féminine et arrête de la pratiquer …  //  Continue Reading…

US Congress Sells Out to Wall Street

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Linked on our blogs with the french version of this article. – Published on, by Greg Gordon*, Lindsay Renick Mayer, January 17, 2011. (This article is also available in spanish and italian).

In the United States’ footsteps, many countries also adopted costly recovery plans during and after the 2008 financial crisis. As Greg Gordon and Lindsay Renick Mayer point out, the blueprint for such plans was imposed on Congress by the very banks which benefited from them most, with the support of lawmakers who were handsomely remunerated and some of whom are quite well known … such as Barack Obama … //

… Update by Lindsay Renick Mayer:  Continue Reading…

Comment le Congrès états-unien s’est vendu à Wall Street

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Article primé par Projet censuré – Lié dans nos blogs avec la version anglaise de cet’article. – Publié dans, par Greg Gordon, 4 janvier 2011.

A l’instar des Etats-Unis, de très nombreux pays ont adopté de couteux plans de relance, durant et après la crise financière de 2008. Or, souligne Greg Gordon, la conception de ces plans a été imposée au Congrès par les banques qui en ont été les principales bénéficiaires, via des parlementaires qu’elles ont grassement rétribués. Parmi eux, quelques personnalités connues, comme… Barack Obama … //  Continue Reading…

Correction added: The Real Crime of M. Khodorkovsky

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Linked on our blogs with Frederick William Engdahl – Germany and USA. – Published on, by F. William Engdahl, 5 January 2011.

The final decision in the Russian trial against former oil oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has drawn dramatic statements of protest from the US Obama Administration and governments around the world labeling Russian justice as tyrannical and worse. What is carefully omitted from the hodovkorsky story however is the true reason Putin arrested and imprisoned the former head of Russia’s largest private oil giant, Yukos. Continue Reading…

The German left’s defence of Europe

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Published on openEconomy, by Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos, 12 January 2011.

While Angela Merkel opts for a narrow definition of the German interest, the opposition champions a return to European collectivism based on leftist values.

Much of recent public commentary on the crisis in the eurozone has dealt with Germany and “the Germans” as a monolithic and internally undifferentiated entity. This is an important matter because part of Angela Merkel’s opposition to alternative ideas has been couched in the notion that they would not be supported by the Bundestag. But treating Germany and the Germans – especially their political elite – as a monolithic entity is inaccurate and unhelpful. It is inaccurate because what the German government should do is, in fact, contested within Germany.  Continue Reading…

Thèses pour un communisme futur à partir du moment présent

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Publié dans lafauteà, Par Yvon Quiniou, Novembre 2010.

La situation du projet communiste (ou de ce que Badiou a appelé justement « l’hypothèse communiste ») aujourd’hui doit être examinée en évitant deux écueils inverses : un défaitisme sans justification qui reviendrait à céder à l’air du temps, à sous-estimer les potentialités de la réalité présente et, plus profondément, à ne pas comprendre les raisons des difficultés actuelles, en particulier la raison de ce qu’on a cru être l’échec définitif du communisme avec la disparition des régimes de type soviétique ; mais aussi un optimisme militant qui voudrait relancer l’engagement communiste sur une base irréaliste ou utopique telle que je crois l’apercevoir dans des analyses récentes de mon ami L. Sève, avec lesquelles je suis pour la première fois assez largement en désaccord malgré l’admiration que j’ai pour ses travaux, par ailleurs, et l’estime que j’éprouve pour l’homme.  Continue Reading…

Commentary: Does change mean anything?

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Published on Online Journal, by Frank Scott, Jan 14, 2011. (What is government if words have no meaning – Jared Loughner).

Two years ago Americans voted for change. Two years later, Americans again voted for change. This voting ritual is generations old but the only change we’ve seen is in the skin tone, ethnicity, gender or sexuality of those selected by one minority to be elected by another. The word has no meaning. Absolutely nothing has changed about the substance of our problem: A dysfunctional system is destroying democracy, faith, sanity, morality and the natural environment in which they all exist. Continue Reading…

The Class War Launched by America’s Wealthiest

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Published on Global, by Larry Beinhart, January 14, 2011.

We’re in a class war.

It’s the corporations and the very wealthiest against all the rest of us. We’re losing.

In 1962 the wealthiest 1 percent of American households had 125 times the wealth of the median household. Now it’s 190 times as much. Is that a case of a rising tide lifting all boats, just a few of them a little bit higher? No.

From 1950 to 1965, median family income rose from $24,000 a year to $38,000 a year. That’s close to 4 percent a year, close to 60 percent over 15 years. That’s a rising tide.  Continue Reading…

In welchen Fällen soll der (Schweizer) Bundesrat völkerrechtliche Verträge selbständig abschliessen können?

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Staatspolitische Kommission (SPK) des Nationalrates /Parlamentsdienste, Bern, 14. Januar 2011.
Medienmitteilung SPK-N:

Artikel 7a Absatz 2 des Regierungs- und Verwaltungsorganisationsgesetzes sieht vor, dass der Bundesrat völkerrechtliche Verträge von „beschränkter Tragweite“ selbständig abschliessend kann. Gerade das Beispiel des Abkommens mit den USA über die Amtshilfe in Sachen UBS zeigt, dass der Begriff „beschränkte Tragweite“ offenbar sehr dehnbar ist. Mit seiner parlamentarischen Initiative ( 10.457 Neuregelung des Abschlusses und der Genehmigung von völkerrechtlichen Verträgen ) verlangt Nationalrat Rudolf Joder (SVP, BE), dass im Gesetz präzisiert wird, in welchen Fällen völkerrechtliche Verträge von beschränkter Tragweite vorliegen. Die Kommission gab der Initiative mit 21 zu 0 Stimmen und einer Enthaltung Folge. Nach Ansicht der Kommission gilt es insbesondere zu verhindern, dass der Bundesrat Verträge selbständig abschliesst, welche rechtlichen Bestimmungen widersprechen, die von der Bundesversammlung erlassen worden sind.  Continue Reading…

Tunisia: a moment of destiny for the Tunisian people and beyond?

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Published on openDemocracy, by Dyab Abou Jahjah, 13 January 2011.

Abolkacim Ashabi once wrote, “If the people one day decide to live, fate must answer and the chains must break.” Bouazizi’s martyrdom may have triggered a popular revival, many now believe, which will ensure that it is only a matter of time before Ashabi’s prophecy is fulfilled.

On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi a young Tunisian man of 26 years old heads towards the municipality of Sidi Bouzid, a Tunisian provincial city. He walks calmly towards the entrance of the building with the intention of protesting. Bouazizi, who was unemployed despite holding a university degree as an IT engineer was gaining his daily bread as a street vegetable-seller before the police confiscated his stall. Continue Reading…

From NAFTA to CETA: Canada-EU Deep Economic Integration

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Published on Global, by Dana Gabriel, January 13, 2011.

Canada and the European Union (EU) have already held five rounds of negotiations towards a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement CETA which will go beyond NAFTA.

With the sixth round of talks scheduled to take place in Brussels, Belgium from January 17-21, Canadian and EU officials remain optimistic that a deal could be finalized by the end of 2011. Thus far, negotiations have included key areas such as goods, rules of origin, services, investment, government procurement, as well as others. As talks enter their final crucial stages, there are growing concerns over the threat CETA poses to Canadian sovereignty. Coupled with the financial turmoil sweeping Europe, deep economic integration with the EU could prove disastrous … //  Continue Reading…

The CIA File on Luis Posada Carriles – a former Agency Asset goes on trial in the U.S.

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Published on Global, by Peter Kornbluh and Erin Maskell, January 12, 2011.

Washington, D.C., January 11, 2011 – As the unprecedented trial of Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles begins this week in El Paso, Texas, the National Security Archive today posted a series of CIA records covering his association with the agency in the 1960s and 1970s. CIA personnel records described Posada, using his codename, “AMCLEVE/15,” as “a paid agent” at $300 a month, being utilized as a training instructor for other exile operatives, as well as an informant.  “Subject is of good character, very reliable and security conscious,” the CIA reported in 1965. Posada, another CIA document observed, incorrectly, was “not a typical ‘boom and bang’ type of individual.”

Today’s posting includes key items from Posada’s CIA file, including several previously published by the Archive, and for the first time online, the indictment from Posada’s previous prosecution–in Panama–on charges of trying to assassinate Fidel Castro with 200 pounds of dynamite and C-4 explosives (in Spanish) … // Continue Reading…

from BRIC to GEEP a cacophony of akronyms

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Adams Bodomo, Jan. 6, 2011.

Following South Africa’s acceptance as a full member of BRIC, a group of prominent emerging economic powers, Adams Bodomo considers why the country was selected over other candidates, and what the news might mean for the rest of Africa.

On 25 December 2010, South Africa (SA) received a Christmas present from the BRIC, a group of prominent emerging countries that are economic trail-blazers in their own regional blocs, including Brazil, Russia, India and China, as stated by Xinhua News: ‘Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Thursday said BRIC has accepted South Africa as a full member of the group, which currently includes Brazil, Russia, India and China’ … //   Continue Reading…

Financial Bubble Alert: Backdoor Bailouts and The Creation of Bogus Money

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Linked on our blogs with Mike Whitney – USA. – Published on Global, by Mike Whitney, Jan. 7, 2011.

Counterfeiting is an effective way to stimulate the economy, but the costs can be quite high.  For example, if trillions of dollars in fake cash was injected into the financial system (undetected),   we’d probably see the same type of thing that we see when a credit bubble is inflating; asset prices would rise, unemployment would fall, economic activity would increase, and GDP would soar.  But when people figured out what was going on, investors would panic, the markets would crash, and the economy would go into a deflationary nosedive.

So here’s the point: Deregulation allows the banks to create as much bogus money as they want in the form of credit. When a bank issues a loan to someone who can’t repay the debt, it’s counterfeiting, which is the same as stealing. Continue Reading…

Nature Parks – a Neoliberal EU Project

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Published on Current Concerns, by Erika Vögeli /Switzerland, december 2010.

Nature parks are not a Swiss product, but an article imported from the EU. They softly join in all the strategies of neoliberal globalization proponents intending to dissolve the nation states. Privatization is their keyword, under which resources and land are taken away from the public control of states and/or municipalities. The second keyword should be called deprivation of the people’s citizenship, because privatization on the one hand and supranational structures on the other establish new bodies in private and commercial spheres of influence and decision-making beyond the political rights guaranteed by the state, which are thus to be curtailed on ever smaller spheres of influence … //

… Back to common sense:  Continue Reading…

Women’s Action Forum slams Taseer’s murder

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Linked with On the crossroad of disaster. – Published on Today’s Newspaper, January 10, 2011.

LAHORE: The Women’s Action Forum strongly condemned the murder of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer on Sunday.

Taseer’s principled stand for justice was deliberately and maliciously distorted by extremist elements in the country in the pursuit of their own political ends, a press release said. Incitement to violence in the name of religion has become widely prevalent in the country and the state has failed in its duty to curb this mischief, it said.

The murder of Salmaan Taseer is part of a strategy adopted since the time of Zia-ul-Haq to misuse religion in order to undermine democratic dialogue and to establish religious autocracy. This is unacceptable in a Muslim majority country as no particular group should be allowed monopoly over religious views.  Continue Reading…

A Critical Analysis of the U.S. Causes of the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2008

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Published on political affairs pa, by Ross Morrow, January 4, 2011.

… The spread of risk throughout world financial markets Securitisation also played a major role in spreading financial risks globally. Once financial assets, such as debts, were securitised into MBSs and CDOs they were sold to central banks, private banks and wealthy investment funds around the world. Virtually all major financial institutions were involved in creating and selling these products. The government sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, were a major source of these risky securities as they were legally required ‘to buy the “bad” subprime mortgage loans created by private lenders’ (Rasmus, 2009: 44). They owned or guaranteed almost half of the $12 trillion worth of US mortgage loans (Sustar, 2008). Fannie and Freddie then resold about $1.7 trillion of this debt to central banks and other banks around the world (Rasmus, 2009: 44).

Light or absent government regulation of the financial sector:  Continue Reading…

Washington’s Geopolitical Nightmare: China and Russia boost economic cooperation

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Published on, by F. William Engdahl, 11 December 2010.

Whatever internal factional battles might be going on inside Kremlin walls between Medvedev and Putin, there are clear signs of late that both Beijing and Moscow are moving decisively after long hesitation to strengthen strategic economic cooperation in the face of the obvious disintegration of America as the sole Superpower. If the recent trend is deepened it will create Washington’s worst geopolitical nightmare: a unified Eurasia landmass capable of challenging America’s global economic hegemony … //

… Major industrial development projects:

As well there will be intense mutual industrial investment in the remote regions along the 4200 km mutual borders of the two especially between Russia’s Siberia and Far East and China’s Dungbei where in the 1950s and 1960s, before the split in Soviet-Chinese relations, the Soviet Union built hundreds of light and heavy industry facilities in the area.  Continue Reading…

student teachers and first-year teachers for social justice

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Linked on our blogs with PHILO – ACTION, POUR PENSER ET CHANGER L’ECOLE, and with Teaching Children Philosophy. – Published on engaged intellectuals.

Finding space for trying new things: Mentor and student teachers … //

… Teachers are busy, and mentor teachers have taken on even more responsibilities by inviting you into their classrooms. This means that many of them don’t have lots of opportunities to read the latest research, keep up with the most recent books, or even just sit for a few hours and reconsider how they’ve done things for the past year or so.  Continue Reading…

Obama’s Warfare in Afghanistan

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Published on Current Concerns no 21, by Professor Albert A. Stahel, december 2010.

During the past nine years, double Pulitzer Prize laureate Bob Woodward has repeatedly reported on the Bush Administration’s decisions regarding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was relying on information from the inner circle of Bush’s people. So the public was awaiting with interest what he would write about the decision process of the Obama Administration on the war in Afghanistan. With his latest book “Obama’s Wars”1 he now endeavors to meet these expectations … // Continue Reading…

MGF: Cinq fillettes excisées à Houndé

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Linked on our blogs with Give someone you never met, a gift they will never forget, with Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation, and with Campaign Against FGM.

Publié sur le, par Yelkabo Rodrigue SOME, jeudi 6 janvier 2011.

La pratique de l’excision a la peau dure dans la province du Tuy. Le 27 décembre dernier, cinq petites filles dont l’âge est compris entre 3 et 9 ans ont été excisées au secteur n°4 de Houndé. Parmi elles, trois sont de la même mère. Pour le moment, ces fillettes reçoivent des soins au niveau du Centre médical avec antenne chirurgicale (CMA) de Houndé et elles seraient hors de danger.

Il faut dire qu’elles ont été excisées au troisième dégré selon le médecin soignant. Alertée, c’est la police nationale de Houndé qui s’est saisie du dossier. Les parents des victimes répondent de leurs actes au commissariat de police qui a déjà engagé une procédure judiciaire. A la question de savoir pourquoi ces derniers ont tenu à exciser leurs filles, ils répondent qu’ils ne savaient pas que cette situation pouvait les conduire chez les forces de sécurité … (voir texte entier).

Voir aussi dans: Le Matinal, et dans IZUBA.

More than 25 percent of children now on chronic prescription medications

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

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

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

Teacher Education Philosophies

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Linked on our blogs with Philosophy for Children USA; with The Philosophy of Childhood; with Philosophy and children; and with PHILO – ACTION, POUR PENSER ET CHANGER L’ECOLE.

Published on Education and College, by arief, Jan. 5, 2011.

… John Dewey, one of the most prominent educational philosophers, in his book ‘Democracy and Education’, even devoted an entire chapter on teacher education philosophy and talks about various aspects that play a formative role in the education of children. Philosophies of teacher education can be classified as Liberal, Behaviorist, Progressive, Humanistic and Radical. Each of these has specific purposes in education and defines the role of a teacher and his relationship with the learner, in the original perspective of particular philosophical contexts. The liberal philosophy aims at developing sparkling powers, while the behavioral ideologies focus on the survival skills of a human being and the role of education in teaching them. Continue Reading…

Are We Going to Let the Biggest Financial Fraudsters Keep Their Money and Avoid Jail Time?

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The FBI and the DOJ are unlikely to prosecute the elite bankers who ran the enormous fraud that drove the financial crisis - Published on AlterNet, by Bill Black, Dec. 30, 2010.

The role of the criminal justice system with regard to financial fraud by elite bankers in 2011 is likely to reprise its role last decade — de facto decriminalization. The Galleon investigation of insider trading at hedge funds will take much of the FBI’s and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) focus.

The state attorneys general investigations of foreclosure fraud do focus on the major players such as the Bank of America (BoA), but they are unlikely to lead to criminal liability for any senior bank officials. It is most likely that they will lead to financial settlements that include new funding for loan modifications … //   Continue Reading…

Restoring A Sense Of Pleasure

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Watch this video: Clitoraid – Restoring A Sense Of Pleasure, with Doctor LOKAONDE and with women’s testimony, 13.23 min, speaking about Clitoraid’s construction of the clinic in Burkina Faso to restore the removed clitoris.

You may be unavailable to attend the event or, perhaps, you do not reside Abu Dhabi. Would you still like to help us to change the life of women victims of FGM? Just e-mail this information to all your friends. I am convinced that with your help it will be possible to find on this planet, at least 2,500 people or more able to give 100 usd (+/-) each in order to attain your goal: to gather 250,000 usd by February 6th to finally open the Pleasure Hospital in Burkina Faso and begin the surgeries free of charge. Thank you for your love.

Voices: Haiti’s Elections: Illegitimately Recounting Fraud

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Linked on our blogs with Stephen Lendman – USA. – Published on The Peoples Voice, by Stephen Lendman, January 2, 2011.

Haiti’s November 28 elections were irremediably fraudulent, farcical and outrageous. The entire process was rigged. New elections, including all excluded parties, are essential, but not planned. Instead, so-called independent OAS experts began recounting verification to legitimize fraud … //

… Nothing thereafter was solved. Today it’s worse with Haiti turned “into a capitalist country, an export platform for the American market, it is absurd” and deeply exploitive.  “More than 90% of the education and health systems are in private hands. The country has no public resources for the functioning of an official system even in a minimal fashion….When the unemployment (underemployment) rate is at 80%, deploying a stabilizing mission is intolerable. There is nothing to stabilize….Its mandate in Haiti is to keep peace of the cemetery.”  Continue Reading…