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2011-02-01: What’s Happening in Egypt Explained – UPDATED (1 to 89);
2011-02-02: Egypt’s Rising Food Prices;
2011-02-03: VIDEO – The Global Awakening vs. The Internet Kill Switch;
2011-02-04: Egypt’s Revolution: US Imperialism Brought to Heel;
2011-02-05: Stop Violence Against Girls in School;
2011-02-05: Le 6 février: journée internationale de lutte contre les MGF;
2011-02-06: Les cyber-activistes arabes face à la liberté sur Internet made in USA;
2011-02-06: Stop Impunity;
2011-02-07: Près de 6 pour cent de camerounaises exposées aux mutilations génitales féminines;
2011-02-07: Europe: sécularisation de la société, réactions des églises, Colloque 2011 de FAML asbl;
2011-02-07: Kleptocrats at Work;
2011-02-08: Who is the Real Opposition in Egypt?
2011-02-09: World Bank and Egypt;
2011-02-10: Bush Cancels Visit to Switzerland following Criminal Complaints to Geneva Court;
2011-02-10: Les MGF et la journée tolérance zéro dans les medias;
2011-02-11: Cognitive dissonance, the Global Financial Crisis and the discipline of economics;
2011-02-12: Nanothermite in WTC Dust Samples: Scientific Analysis;
2011-02-12: Mutilations sexuelles: un service de chirurgie réparatrice ouvre à Lyon;
2011-02-13: Middle class has not taken on board how hard cuts will hit them;
2011-02-13: Is this a ‘Young Turks’ moment all over again? – Egypt and the Israeli Factor;
2011-02-13: Le mouvement de protestation en Égypte: Les dictateurs ne dictent pas, ils obéissent aux ordres;
2011-02-14: Die Wirtschaftskrise und ihre humanitären Auswirkungen auf Europa;
2011-02-14: World Social Forum: Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly;
2011-02-15: Why are Half of the FCIC Interviews Being Withheld?
2011-02-16: Mapping Asia’s Nuclear Future;
2011-02-17: The Fed’s Policy of Creating Inflation: A Massive Wealth Transfer;
2011-02-18: Pakistan’s Mubarak Moment;
2011-02-19: Forum: Pour une totale libération du monde arabe;
2011-02-19: What might a government shutdown look like?
2011-02-20: Time to Topple Corporate Dictators;
2011-02-20: La jouissance des femmes fait peur;
2011-02-21: Global systemic crisis / World geopolitical breakup;
2011-02-16: Mapping Asia’s Nuclear Future;
2011-02-17: The Fed’s Policy of Creating Inflation: A Massive Wealth Transfe;
2011-02-18: Pakistan’s Mubarak Moment;
2011-02-19: Forum: Pour une totale libération du monde arabe;
2011-02-19: What might a government shutdown look like?
2011-02-20: Time to Topple Corporate Dictators;
2011-02-20: La jouissance des femmes fait peur;
2011-02-21: Global systemic crisis / World geopolitical breakup;
2011-02-22: Egypt: The Military Machine Remains Intact, The Political Status Quo Prevails;
2011-02-23: HAARP: A Case Study in Ultra-Modern Warfare;
2011-02-23: Pour étouffer une révolution pacifique, on favorise une révolution violente (by JFK);
2011-02-24: Adopt a Clitoris;
2011-02-25: Longest-Serving World Leaders;
2011-02-25: Gaddafi’s overthrow: Telling the story online;
2011-02-26: The future of food: Crisis prevention;
2011-02-27: All the parities in China;
2011-02-27: Dilapider les économies du peuple?
2011-02-28: Wisconsin’s Spirit: Courage for Other States to Emulate;
2011-02-28: Wie kann die SPS das Ziel ‘Überwindung des Kapitalismus’ kommunizieren?
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Wie kann die SPS das Ziel ‘Überwindung des Kapitalismus’ kommunizieren?

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Meine Antwort auf diese Frage an die virglobdeutsch: (s/ Update am Ende).

Indem klar beschrieben wird, WAS WIE WANN WO von WEM gemacht werden kann. Die meisten Menschen brauchen einen Plan, oder glauben es wenigstens.

Ich schlage vor, es werden Begriffe neu geschaffen bzw. um-definiert:  Continue Reading…

Wisconsin’s Spirit: Courage for Other States to Emulate

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Linked on this blog with Stephen Lendman – USA.  – Published on The People’s Voice, by Stephen Lendman, February 25, 2011.

The issue is simple and straightforward – organized big money v. organized people essential to beat it. Since February 15, Wisconsin public workers, students, and supporters have sustained heroic resistance against corrupted dark forces determined to crush unionism there and across America. A previous article explained, accessed through the following link:

The scheme is old, dirty and ongoing – a conspiracy involving corporate bosses, federal, state and local Democrat and Republican leaders, and corrupted union heads to bust unions, effectively depriving workers of collective bargaining and other hard-won gains, returning them to 19th century harshness when they had none.  Continue Reading…

Dilapider les économies du peuple?

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Publié dans Horizons et Débats, N°7, par Jean-Antoine Cramer, Genève, 21 février 2011.

(Gleicher Artikel auf deutsch/same article in german: Ersparnisse verschleudern?, in Zeit-Fragen, no 8, Februar 2011).

Permettez-moi de relever ici des thèmes financiers qui méritent, je pense, une mise en garde du peuple suisse de ce qui se trame en coulisses.

Le premier avertissement concerne la politique suivie par nos instances économiques et surtout monétaires. En effet sous la pression de la BNS (Banque nationale suisse = banque centrale) – dont l’absolue liberté, exempte d’influences de toutes sortes, ne me convainc pas – les Chambres vont être appelées à donner leur bénédiction en votant d’importantes lignes de crédit en faveur du FMI.   Continue Reading…

All the parities in China

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A Daily chart: If China’s provinces were countries – Comparing Chinese provinces with countries – Published on The Economist, Feb 24, 2011.

China is now the world’s second-biggest economy, but some of its provinces by themselves would rank fairly high in the global league. Our map shows the nearest equivalent country. For example, Guangdong’s GDP (at market exchange rates) is almost as big as Indonesia’s; the output of both Jiangsu and Shandong exceeds Switzerland’s. Some provinces may exaggerate their output: the sum of their reported GDPs is 10% higher than the national total. But over time the latter has consistently been revised up, suggesting that any overstatement is modest … (full text and Chart).  Continue Reading…

The future of food: Crisis prevention

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… What is causing food prices to soar and what can be done about it? – Published on The Economist, Feb 24, 2011.

AROUND the world, the food system is in crisis. Prices have rocketed; they are now higher in real terms than at any time since 1984. They could rise further still if drought lays waste to China’s wheat harvest, as is feared. Food has played some role (how large is hard to tell) in the uprisings in the Middle East. High prices are adding millions to the number who go to bed hungry each night. This is the second price spike in less than four years. Companies are sounding the alarm and the G20 grouping of the world’s largest economies has put “food security” top of its 2011 to-do list … //

… Let them eat research:   Continue Reading…

Gaddafi’s overthrow: Telling the story online

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Patrick Burnett, Feb 24, 2011.

Blackout. No international journalists. No network cameras. And yet the story of Libya’s revolution has poured out on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other online platforms. It’s a story that has been raw, uncut and shocking. Below is a selection of this material from four days in Libya this week … WARNING: Videos posted in this article contain graphic scenes of violence and are not for sensitive users … watch links to a long list of blogs with terxts, audios and videos … (full text).

But see mainly on YouTube the Save Lybia Channel.

Posting updates:

Feb 25, 13.30 MEZ: Gaddafi loses more Libyan cities, video 3.01 min, source Al Jazeera, Feb 23, 2011.

Longest-Serving World Leaders

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Published on Business Insider, by Wadzanai Mhute, Feb. 22, 2011.

… Muammar al-Qaddafi … Although the country is in a state of war, the 68-year-old leader has held onto power for 41 years — that is about two-thirds of his life and the entire lifespan of most Libyans … (full text).


Here Are The Complete Odds On Which Mideast Dictator Falls Next;

The 15 Longest-Serving World Leaders.

Adopt a Clitoris

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Linked on our blogs with E-Mail exchange about ClitorAid having been created by a “sect”, with ClitorAid, with Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation, with Chirurgie Esthétique Paris – Dr Jacques Derhy, and with LUTTE CONTRE LA PRATIQUE DE L’EXCISION.

Published on the blog i choose love, Source: WESTENDER, Feb 6, 2011.

USA-based Clitoraid, a non-profit organization launched by the spiritual leader Rael, announced today that it will not only sponsor a number of events around the world for Feb. 6, the United Nations-designated worldwide “Zero Tolerance Day” for the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) but will also promote the idea of going one step further by declaring the day “Healing Day.”

“More than 130 million women in the world have been genitally mutilated,” said Nadine Gary, spokesperson for Clitoraid. “To prevent this barbaric tradition from happening ever again is definitely important, but we must also think of all the women who had a sexual organ removed and still suffer from that now, both physically and psychologically. It’s possible today to repair the damage done by the mutilation and restore these victims’ dignity and sense of physical pleasure! Laws exist to punish those who still dare to cut children again, so let’s start devoting more effort toward helping the victims and giving them their lives back!”

Watch this video: Clitoraid Hospital October 2010, 2.29 min, sur YouTube (and more videos on the same item in YouTube’s right column on that page).    Continue Reading…

Pour étouffer une révolution pacifique, on favorise une révolution violente (by JFK)

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Regarde cette vidéo, publié sur YouTube, 7.22 min, par Karimerro.

HAARP: A Case Study in Ultra-Modern Warfare

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(High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program HAARP) – Linked with Humans Have Intentionally Modified Weather for Military Purposes and Climate Control for Decades, and with Abu Dhabi Scientists Create Desert Rainstorms: Report. – Published on Arctic Cercle/, not authored nor dated.


Recent advances in geophysical research, communication, and computerization have led to substantial technological changes in military weaponry. Under the rubric of national security, the U.S, military is utilizing this technology to strengthen control over its spheres of influence. Included in this endeavor is a proposed “revolution in military affairs” driven by a belief that while conventional armed warfare is still a necessary component of military strategy, a compelling new priority is how to quell insurgencies, terrorist attacks, and social unrest overseas and at home.  Continue Reading…

Egypt: The Military Machine Remains Intact, The Political Status Quo Prevails

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Published on Global, by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, February 21, 2011.

Since its inception as a Roman province, Egypt was always a valuable and important territory, its role as a breadbasket and economic hub were so significant for the Romans that it had a status as a special “imperial province” ruled directly by the Roman emperors … //

… Arab Democracy:

Hereto, there is no authentic Arab democracy. The consensus system in Lebanon is flawed and based on religious and confessional lines. Ironically, the only democratic system amongst the Arabs existed amid the occupied and downtrodden Palestinians.  Continue Reading…

Global systemic crisis / World geopolitical breakup

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End of 2011: Fall of the Petro-dollar wall and a major monetary-oil shock for the United States

Published on Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin GEAB / Laboratoire Européen d’Anticipation Politique LEAP, Europe 2020 no. 52, February 16, 2011. l

With this issue our team is celebrating two important anniversaries in anticipation terms. Exactly five years ago, in February 2006, the GEAB N°2 suddenly encountered worldwide success by announcing the next “Triggering of a major global crisis” characterized especially by “The end of the West as we have known it since 1945”. And exactly two years ago, in February 2009, in the GEAB N°32, LEAP/E2020 anticipated the start of global geopolitical dislocation phase by the end of that same year. In both cases, it is important to note that the undeniable interest aroused by these anticipations at international level, measurable particularly by millions of people reading the related public announcements, has been matched only by mainstream media silence over these same analyses and the fierce opposition (on the internet) of the vast majority of economic, financial or geopolitical experts and specialists … //  Continue Reading…

La jouissance des femmes fait peur

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Le Point G: Odile Buisson, gynécologue, a réalisé des échographies du coït, révélant les transformations du clitoris

Publié comm Interview dans Libé, par CHARLOTTE ROTMAN, le 20 Février 2011.

C’est une belle femme qui parle de sexe avec une joie exubérante. Elle emploie volontairement des mots crus, lâchés avec volupté, comme si c’était une incroyable transgression. Odile Buisson, 54 ans, est gynécologue obstétricienne à Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Persuadée que le point G n’est pas «un mythe moderne», elle a réalisé, en 2009 et 2010, les premières échographies du clitoris, et même du coït, grâce à «un couple de soignants volontaires dévoués à la cause des femmes» (Libération du 13 juillet 2010). L’anatomie féminine demeure peu explorée par la médecine et le plaisir des femmes tabou dans l’université française, déplore-t-elle avec beaucoup d’ardeur. Pourtant, «l’accès au septième ciel ne dépend pas de la seule qualité d’un amant». Démonstration dans un livre énergique (1).

Pourquoi ce livre, Qui a peur du point G?   Continue Reading…

Time to Topple Corporate Dictators

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The Wall Street crooks who looted the peoples’ pensions and savings

Published on Global, by Ralph Nader, Feb. 18, 2011.

… Corporatism shuts out the people and opens governmental largesse paid for by taxpayers to insatiable corporations.

Notice how each decade the bailouts, subsidies, hand-outs, giveaways, and tax escapes for big business grow larger. The word “trillions” is increasingly used, as in the magnitude of the rescue by Washington of the Wall Street crooks and speculators who looted the peoples’ pensions and savings.

It is not as if these giant companies demonstrate any gratitude to the people who save them again and again. Instead, U.S. companies are fast quitting the country in which they were chartered and prospered. These corporations, which were built on the backs of American workers, are shipping millions of jobs and whole industries to repressive foreign regimes abroad, such as China.

Over 70 percent of Americans in a September 2000 Business Week poll said corporations had “too much control over their lives.” It’s gotten worse with the last decade’s corporate corruption and crime wave. Continue Reading…

What might a government shutdown look like?

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Published on The Washington Post, by Ed O’Keefe, February 17, 2011.

Updated 2:48 p.m. ET: If President Obama and congressional Republicans fail to agree soon on how to fund the final seven months of the fiscal year, some veterans might not receive benefits checks and other Americans would be unable to apply for Social Security. The State Department might not issue new passports, unemployment statistics would not publish as scheduled, museums and national parks would close, and worse — piles of elephant manure might pile up in a National Zoo parking lot because workers can’t ship it away for composting.

Budget disagreements between Bill Clinton and Republicans prompted these incidents in 1995 and 1996, as federal agencies halted operations and stopped paying workers.  Continue Reading…

Forum: Pour une totale libération du monde arabe

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Publié dans Le Temps, par Dr. Khaled Dellagi (Médecin), février 17, 2011.

Plus de soixante ans se sont écoulés depuis la fin du second conflit mondial.

De grands bouleversements ont jalonné cette période dont le Monde Arabe subit encore les conséquences.

Depuis 1945, la politique des Etats-Unis est dictée par un impératif majeur : maintenir leur leadership sur le « monde libre ». Pour y parvenir, elle a utilisé deux chevaux de bataille: la lutte contre l’expansion du communisme (1945- 1989) et la lutte contre « le terrorisme international » (depuis 1989).

La guerre contre le communisme a été définitivement gagnée par les U.S.A avec le démembrement de l’Union Soviétique.  Continue Reading…

Pakistan’s Mubarak Moment

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Published on Project Syndicate, by Shahid Javed Burki, Feb. 16, 2011.

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s domestic situation is becoming increasingly precarious. Indeed, serious questions are now being raised as to whether the country can survive in its present form.

Such questions stem from a growing fear that Islamist groups might once again make a serious bid to capture the levers of power in the country. If that is not possible because of the presence of a large and disciplined military, the Islamists might attempt to carve out some space for themselves in which to establish a separate system of governance more fully aligned with what they view as the principles of Islam.  Continue Reading…

The Fed’s Policy of Creating Inflation: A Massive Wealth Transfer

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Linked on our blogs with Rodrigue Tremblay – Canada. – Published on Global (first on New American Empire, Feb. 15, 2011), by Prof. Rodrigue Tremblay, Februar 16, 2011.

… As a general principle, if inflation expectations increase faster than nominal long-term interest rates, real interest rates, i.e. the real cost of capital for investors and home buyers, would decline and this would, hopefully, stimulate economic activity and employment.

Unfortunately for the Fed, its Nov. 3rd announcement translated into an important loss of confidence in its ability to design and pursue an appropriate monetary policy and was immediately decried by other central banks and by America’s biggest creditor, China, as a blatant attempt to generate and export inflation. Bond prices began immediately to fall and bond yields to rise. It seems that bondholders began selling longer-term Treasuries at a faster rate than the Fed could buy them.  Continue Reading…

Mapping Asia’s Nuclear Future

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Published on IntelliBriefs (first by The Diplomat), by Richard Weitz, February 14, 2011.

The New START has entered into force. It’s now time for Asian nations to step up and help tackle the nuclear threat, says Richard Weitz. With the New START arms reduction agreement between Russia and the United States having entered into force on February 5, the nuclear arms control spotlight is now very likely to shift to Asia.

It’s true that US officials have expressed interest in making one more round of bilateral reductions. However, Russian government representatives have indicated that they want to break with tradition and include constraints on other nuclear weapons states in the next strategic arms control treaty. Either way, both governments are eager to take a close look at how to restrict the nuclear activities of other countries—particularly in Asia … //

… A Nuclear First:    Continue Reading…

Why are Half of the FCIC Interviews Being Withheld?

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Published on naked capitalism, by blog owner Yves Smith, February 14, 2011.

The FCIC has made a great show of being transparent, but if you are going to make that your signature, you can’t engage in halfway measures. Lambert Strether, in an e-mail titled “A data conversion effort that shows FCIC’s “Resource Library” is farcically bad and obfuscatory” noted:

Obviously, any independent evaluation of the material is not at all a priority with these guys. Yes, they’ve made it easy enough to DISTRIBUTE, and no doubt there will be an iPhone app any day now. Yay. But as far as making it easy to EVALUATE, which takes data you can interchange and manipulate and search, everything they have done makes that harder. Every single thing.

More tooth gnashing from Lambert here and hereContinue Reading…

World Social Forum: Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly

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Published on Global, by WSF, February 12, 2011.

Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly:

  • As the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum of Dakar, 2011, we are gathered here to affirm the fundamental contribution of Africa and its peoples in the construction of human civilisation. Together, the peoples of all the continents are struggling mightily to oppose the domination of capital, hidden behind illusory promises of economic progress and political stability. Complete decolonization for oppressed peoples remains for us, the social movements of the world, a challenge of the greatest importance.
  • We affirm our support for and our active solidarity with the people of Tunisia, Egypt and the Arab world who have risen up to demand a true democracy and build the people´s power. Their struggles are lighting the path to another world, free from oppression and exploitation.We strongly affirm our support for the Ivory Coast, African and world peoples in their struggles for sovereign and participatory democracy. We defend the right to self-determination for all peoples.
  • Through the WSF process, the Social Movements Assembly is the place where we come together through our diversity, in order to forge common struggles and a collective agenda to fight against capitalism, patriarchy, racism and all forms of discrimination … //   Continue Reading…

Le mouvement de protestation en Égypte: Les dictateurs ne dictent pas, ils obéissent aux ordres

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Publié dans, par Michel Chossudovsky, le 4 février 2011.

  • Les « dictateurs » ne dictent pas, ils obéissent aux ordres. Cela est vrai en Égypte, en Tunisie et en Algérie.
  • Les dictateurs sont invariablement des pantins politiques. Les dictateurs ne décident pas.
  • Le président Hosni Moubarak était un fidèle serviteur des intérêts économiques occidentaux, comme l’était Ben Ali.
  • L’objet du mouvement de protestation est le gouvernement national.
  • L’objectif consiste à déloger le pantin plutôt que celui qui tire les ficelles.
  • En Égypte, les slogans sont « À bas Moubarak » « À bas le régime » et l’on ne rapporte aucune affiche anti-américaine… L’influence prédominante et destructrice des États-Unis en Égypte et à travers le Moyen-Orient n’est pas soulignée.
  • Les puissances étrangères qui opèrent dans les coulisses sont protégées de ce mouvement de protestations.
  • Il n’y aura pas de changement politique significatif sauf si le mouvement de protestation aborde sincèrement la question de l’interférence étrangère
  • L’ambassade des États-Unis au Caire est une entité politique importante, faisant continuellement ombrage au gouvernement national. Celle-ci n’est pas une cible des manifestations.  Continue Reading…

Is this a ‘Young Turks’ moment all over again? – Egypt and the Israeli Factor

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Published on Global, by William Bowlesby William Bowles, February 12, 2011.

… So now the Empire will sweat it out and hope for some kind of ‘orderly transition’ as it keeps repeating ad nauseum, Goebbels-style, the various memes, one for every occasion. ‘Orderly’ of course means pro-Western in business and cooperation in running the Middle East. The last thing they want to see is the insurrection turn into a revolution. Everything is possible. The Israeli factor:

  • “[So]…full blown democracy [in Egypt] might not be in [Israel's] best interests? ['news' announcer]
  • “No, indeed not… [BBC Jerusalem correspondent]” — BBC TV News, 11 February, 2011  Continue Reading…

Middle class has not taken on board how hard cuts will hit them

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warns Clarke as he risks more Downing Street wrath – Published on Mail online, by Daily Mail Reporter, February 12, 2011.

The middle classes still do not understand the scale of the Government spending cuts about to hit them, Kenneth Clarke warned today. The outspoken Justice Secretary said the coalition was going to face ‘some political difficulty’ as people began to grasp just how hard they would be hit. He described the current economic situation as ‘calamitous’ and warned that there would be no ‘quick rebound’ … //

… The Liberal Democrat leader said the middle classes would ‘barely notice’ the impact on their living standards. Mr Clarke’s statement comes after shock figures showed that the economy shrank in the last three months of 2010, raising new fears of a possible double-dip recession.  Continue Reading…

Mutilations sexuelles: un service de chirurgie réparatrice ouvre à Lyon

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Publié dans Expressions /le blog, par Michèle Feuillet, le 8 février 2011.

Le service de gynécologie du centre hospitalier Lyon Sud propose depuis peu un dispositif d’accueil et d’accompagnement pluridisciplinaire des femmes souhaitant une réparation chirurgicale après mutilation sexuelle. Il s’agit du premier service de ce type en Rhône-Alpes, deuxième région concernée par cette problématique.

Les mutilations génitales féminines sont définies par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé comme des “interventions aboutissant à une ablation partielle ou totale des organes génitaux externes de la femme et/ou toute autre lésion des organes génitaux féminins pratiquées à des fins non thérapeutiques”. Ainsi, le nombre de femmes concernées par l’excision en France est estimé à 53 000. L’idée de créer un dispositif d’accueil et d’accompagnement pour les femmes demandant une réparation chirurgicale a été initiée par l’équipe de gynécologie obstétrique du centre hospitalier intercommunal de Montreuil. Continue Reading…

Nanothermite in WTC Dust Samples: Scientific Analysis

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Published on Global Research TV, by Steven Jones, February 10, 2011.

Physician Steven Jones, one of the scientists who discovered thermite in the dust of the World Trade Center, explains in detail the scientific method at the base of his discovery. He discusses the origin of the dust samples of the WTC and the nanothermite.

This interview showcases one of the international experts of the shocking documentary by the Architects and Engineers entitled “9/11: Explosive Testimony Exclusives”.

Same text in french: … (full text).   Continue Reading…

Cognitive dissonance, the Global Financial Crisis and the discipline of economics

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Published on real-world economics review, issue no. 53, 17 pdf pages, by Adam Kessler [Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA],  27 September 2010.

Abstract: The global financial and economic crisis has produced a powerful shock to the worldview of an influential group of economists whom I call believers in laissez faire (BLF). I provide evidence which suggests that the BLF responded to this shock in a manner that can best be described as irrational, ill-considered and clearly erroneous. I consider the social-psychological concept cognitive dissonance as the best explanatory framework for understanding this response. Cognitive dissonance theory predicts that when real-world events “disconfirm” deeply-held beliefs this creates psychological discomfort in persons and they will respond by means of distortion and denial. Continue Reading…


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Lié sur nos blogs avec ClitorAid, avec Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation, avec Chirurgie Esthétique Paris – Dr Jacques Derhy, et avec E-Mail exchange about ClitorAid having been created by a “sect”. – Publié dans Primature, Portail du Gouvernement du Mali, par Mariam A. TRAORE, le 08 Février 2011.

… L’objectif de la journée est de contribuer à l’abandon de la pratique des MGF sur toute l’étendue du territoire et de mieux informer les journalistes de l’existence de la pratique nationale et du contenu de l’ambitieux plan d’action 2010-2014 pour l’abandon de la pratique de l’excision. Il s’agit aussi de mobiliser les médias modernes et traditionnels pour une large diffusion des informations sur le phénomène de l’excision et de mettre à la disposition du département de la Communication et des Nouvelles technologies, les supports d’IEC pour la sensibilisation. Continue Reading…

Les MGF et la journée tolérance zéro dans les medias

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Bush Cancels Visit to Switzerland following Criminal Complaints to Geneva Court

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Published on Global, by Reuters, February 07, 2011.

Geneva/Reuters – Former President George W. Bush has canceled a visit to Switzerland, where he was to address a Jewish charity gala, due to the risk of legal action against him for alleged torture, rights groups said on Saturday.

Bush was to be the keynote speaker at Keren Hayesod’s annual dinner on February 12 in Geneva. But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal investigation if he enters the Alpine country.

Criminal complaints against Bush alleging torture have been lodged in Geneva, court officials say.  Continue Reading…

World Bank and Egypt

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by David Ruccio, Febr. 4, 2011.

Like the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank gave Egypt a clean bill of economic health in 2010 … //

… And what were these reforms? Key reforms implemented over the last years include:

  • (i) Improved exchange rate management, building on the floating of the Egyptian pound and currency depreciation of 2003-04;
  • (ii) Reduction in import tariffs to a weighted average tariff of 6.9 percent (which puts Egypt at the lower end of the international trade tariff scale);
  • (iii) Rationalization of the tax system, including reduction of tax rates (highest corporate and personal rate is now 20 percent down from 32 to 40 percent) and improved tax administration (number of taxpayers rose from 1.7 million in 2004 to 2.5 million in 2006);   Continue Reading…

Who is the Real Opposition in Egypt?

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Linked on our blogs with We Are The Power … ; – Published on Global, by Shamus Cooke, Febr. 6, 2011.

The revolution in Egypt erupted like all revolutions do, from the bottom up. It was unemployment and high food prices that propelled working and poor people into action. Now, the media reports that the “opposition” in Egypt is a group of well-to-do folks who have very little in common with the poor of Egypt.

This top down takeover of the revolution is being engineered with the support of the U.S. and European nations, the same allies of the dictatorship that lasted three decades. If this elite group of Egyptians manages to gain power, they’ll soon find themselves confronted with the real opposition of Egypt, the overwhelming majority of working and poor people.  Continue Reading…

Kleptocrats at Work

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Linked on our blogs with Paul Craig Roberts – USA. – Published on Global, by Paul Craig Roberts, Febr. 7, 2011.

Kleptocracy is as old as government. Exotic car broker Michael Sheehan discovered an amazing case nine years ago when he was invited to purchase rare Ferraris and McLaren F1s from a Brunei collection.  He writes about it in the current issue of Sports Car Market.

Brunei is a family-owned oil Sultanate of 400,000 people located on the island of Borneo in southeast Asia. A brother of the sultan was finance minister until 1997, when the Asian financial crisis hit Brunei. The Arthur Anderson accounting firm was called in to audit the books. The accountants found that between 1983 and 1998 $40 billion had disappeared and that the finance minister himself had personally spent $14.8 billion … // Continue Reading…

Europe: sécularisation de la société, réactions des églises Colloque 2011 de FAML asbl

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Lié sur nos blogs avec Fédération des Amis de la Morale Laïque FAML asbl. – Publié sur la website de la Fédération des Amis de la Morale Laique /Colloque FAML asbl.

Dieu n’est pas mort en Europe, pas plus qu’il n’est de retour ou n’est ressuscité : il a toujours été présent en ne cessant de muer. Décrypter ce qui se passe aujourd’hui en termes de revanche contre le sécularisme ou d’un nouveau round de l’affrontement de l’Etat et des Eglises est un anachronisme … //  Continue Reading…

Près de 6 pour cent de camerounaises exposées aux mutilations génitales féminines

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Publié on Afrique Avenir, le 5 février 2011.

APA – Douala (Cameroun) Près de 6 pour cent de la population féminine du Cameroun, soit à peu près six cent mille personnes sont victimes des mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) d’après une récente étude du ministère de la Promotion de la femme et de la Famille (MINPROFF) … //

… Une situation qui entraîne des conséquences psychologiques, physiques et sanitaires et sociales pour les victimes, car d’après des informations concordantes, il arrive parfois que l’on enregistre des morts lors des séances de mutilations qui se passent dans des conditions sanitaires déplorables. Continue Reading…

Stop Impunity

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Linked on our blogs with Action des chrétiens pour l’abolition de la torture – ACAT France; and with Les cyber-activistes arabes face à la liberté sur Internet made in USA. – Published on FIACAT, by staff.

Say no to impunity:

  • How can we denounce torture in a country that has no rule of law? This is a very real difficulty faced by a number of ACATs.
  • Justice is a key element in the abolition of torture. Torturers must be tried and found guilty, victims must be rehabilitated and compensated.
  • However, impunity rules in many countries. There are many reasons for this (a legal system that pledges alliance to the ruling power, generalised corruption, a lack of means and desire to bring about change, …).
  • This is why it is important to oversee the drafting and putting in place of binding legal structures on a national and international level … //

… Alternatives in the fight against impunity:  Continue Reading…

Les cyber-activistes arabes face à la liberté sur Internet made in USA

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Lié dans nos blogs avec Action des chrétiens pour l’abolition de la torture – ACAT France. – Publié sur le blog sami ben gharbia, par sami ben gharbia, Janvier 24, 2011, et avec Stop Impunity.

Cet article se concentre sur le cyber-activisme de base dans le monde arabe et les risques encourus d’une collision inévitable avec la politique étrangère et les intérêts US. Il résume l’essentiel des discussions que j’ai eues, ces deux dernières années, avec de multiples acteurs engagés dans la défense de la liberté d’expression sur Internet et dans l’utilisation de la technologie pour le changement social et politique. Bien que le sujet principal demeure l’activisme numérique arabe, j’y ai inclus les problématiques et inquiétudes similaires soulevées par des activistes et défenseurs de la liberté d’expression sur Internet issus d’autres parties du monde comme la Chine, la Thaïlande et l’Iran … //

… … Conclusion:  Continue Reading…

Le 6 février: journée internationale de lutte contre les MGF

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Lié sur 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 Jeunes Violences é,

Cette journée a lieu depuis 2003.  On parle aussi de mutilations “sexuelles”.

Ce sont des interventions  qui altèrent ou lèsent intentionnellement les organes génitaux externes des femmes, pour des raisons non médicales. Il existe différents types de mutilations sexuelles : la clitoridectomie (l’ablation du clitoris), l’excision (ablation partielle ou totale du clitoris, des petites lèvres et parfois des grandes lèvres), l’infibulation (rétrécissement de l’orifice vaginal par la création d’une fermeture, réalisée en coupant et en repositionnant les lèvres intérieures, et parfois extérieures) sont les principales.  Continue Reading…

Stop Violence Against Girls in School

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Published on, not dated.

With the support of the UK’s Big Lottery Fund, ActionAid has launched a new multi-country project called Stop Violence Against Girls in School.

The Stop Violence Against Girls in School project officially started on the 1st of July 2008 and will be implemented simultaneously in Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique. The project is working towards four key outcomes which it hopes to achieve by 2013:

  • In Kenya, Ghana and Mozambique, a legal and policy framework that specifically addresses VAGS exists and is being implemented at all levels
  • Violence against girls by family members, teachers and peers in the intervention districts is reduced by 50% from baseline statistics   Continue Reading…