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2011-05-01: Deficit Fever: Loon Tune Time Among the Elite;
2011-05-02: The Four Horsemen Behind America’s Oil Wars;
2011-05-03: Has the Fed Decided to Fight Inflation Instead of Unemployment?
2011-05-03: Ouverture de l’atelier sous-régional sur les mutilations génitales féminines à Conakry;
2011-05-04: Propaganda and the death of Osama bin Laden;
2011-05-04: Les USA ont torturé un agent du DID et du MI6;
2011-05-05: Fiscal Spending – The Steroids of GDP;
2011-05-06: What Underlies Psychopharmacology?
2011-05-07: Top US Government Insider: Bin Laden Died In 2001, 9/11 A False Flag;
2011-05-08: Media Scrambles as Bin Laden Story Crumbles;
2011-05-08: MGF: La Commission se prononce pour une nouvelle norme pénale;
2011-05-09: What’s wrong with America’s economy;
2011-05-10: Robert Fisk: If this is a US victory, does that mean its forces should go home now?
2011-05-11: Book: Behind the Scenes at the WTO, The Real World of International Trade Negotiations;
2011-05-12: Inflation Fears: Real or Hysteria?
2011-05-13: 2001: Interview with Osama bin Laden – he denies his Involvement in 9/11;
2011-05-14: America’s Terminal Decline vs The Rise of China;
2011-05-15: Latest fibs from world financiers;
2011-05-16: How the News Organization Pretends to Be Populist While Fueling Partisan Flames;
2011-05-17: Our European incapacity;
2011-05-18: Financial chaos sounds a warning;
2011-05-19: America’s War Economy: Support Killing People or Lose Your Job;
2011-05-20: USA: The Democrats Attack Unions Nationwide;
2011-05-21: How Brands Must Rethink Sustainability;
2011-05-21: Mutilation Génitale Féminine MFG: Où En Sommes-Nous?
2011-05-22: Women are paid the same as men for equal work;
2011-05-23: Disclosure and Deceit: Secrecy as the Manipulation of History, not its Concealment;
2011-05-24: Venezuela’s battle for food sovereignty;
2011-05-25: neither the U.S. nor Europe is dealing with the real problem;
2011-05-26: The Coming Economic Contraction;
2011-05-27: Consolidating US Money Power: The Four Horsemen of Global Banking;
2011-05-28: Tunisian revolution did not come out of nowhere;
2011-05-29: On Track to Lose Our Public Lands;
2011-05-30: Do the China-Pakistan pipeline shuffle;
2011-05-31: Assault on the Establishment.
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Assault on the Establishment

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Linked on our blogs with World Economics Association WEA. – Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by Editor, May 25, 2011.

Below is an English translation of an article by Olaf Storbeck in today’s (26 May) Handelsblatt, the German business daily … // … Economists from all over the world have founded the World Economics Association – and are almost overwhelmed by people wanting to join …

… The Revolution was a week late. For months, 141 economists from all corners of the earth had prepared the foundation of the “World Economics Association” (WEA). The goal is to turn the profession inside out.  First, however, technical problems with the online payment service Paypal held up the project. Then, on Monday 16, the “first genuinely international and pluralistic association for economists” was operational.

From the day it went publoic, the association was flooded with membership requests from all over the world.  More than 3,600 economists from 110 countries joined in the first 10 days. “This is more than we had expected”, says the father of the WEA, the British economist  Edward Fullbrook.  Continue Reading…

Do the China-Pakistan pipeline shuffle

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From the Gwadar port complex to fighter jet sales, strained relations between the US and Pakistan are benefiting China. – Published on AlJazeera, by Pepe Escobar, May 27, 2011.

Gwadar is Pakistan’s first deep water port; constructed with Chinese investment it will play a crucial role in moving Middle East oil to energy hungry China for decades to come [EPA]

China is adamant that the West “must respect” Pakistan’s sovereignty.

The message was delivered during Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani’s recent four-day visit to Beijing, which celebrated no less than six decades of strategic relations – involving, among other issues, nuclear collaboration and support over the ultra-sensitive Kashmir question.   Continue Reading…

On Track to Lose Our Public Lands

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Bill Willers, May 27, 2011.

The political right and its economists now recommend selling federal assets to pay down the nation’s debt. Recall that a federal government “of, by and for the people”, means “us”, so what is being planned in the seemingly endless array of right wing think tanks is for “us” to sell “our” assets. To the rich, of course.

What assets? Forget for the moment things like buildings and highways, and consider the most cherished assets – our public lands in the form of national forests, BLM lands, national parks and wildlife refuges. A third of the nation, ours in common, is a gift beyond price to pass to our descendants. It is a public treasure we may lose, for it is firmly in the crosshairs of moneyed interests intent on “privatizing”. Who is capable of buying such public assets?  Continue Reading…

Tunisian revolution did not come out of nowhere

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Sadri Khiari, May 26, 2011.  (This interview was conducted by Béatrice Hibou. It was first published in Politique africaine no. 121, March 2011. The translation is by Stefan Kipfer).

Béatrice Hibou speaks to France-based Tunisian dissident and intellectual Sadri Khiari about the roots of the Tunisian revolution and why no-one saw it coming … //

  • … But no matter how active they were, political organizations and resistance groups represented an extremely small fringe of the population. In part because of repression, their marginality was frequently but wrongly interpreted as a sign indicating the absence of effective opposition against Ben Ali’s regime. I could also evoke this suspect ideological representation of Tunisians as docile and peaceful, with a penchant for reform and negotiation. This form of culturalism is congruent with the tourist imaginary that confuses the professional servility of the elevator attendant with an almost natural tendency to prefer reconciliation to conflict. Continue Reading…

Consolidating US Money Power: The Four Horsemen of Global Banking

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Published on Global, by Dean Henderson, May 25, 2011.

… Consolidating the US Money Power:

The September 2000 marriage which created JP Morgan Chase was the grandest merger in a frenzy of bank consolidation that took place throughout the 1990’s.  Merger mania was fed by a massive deregulation of the banking industry including revocation of the Glass Steagal Act of 1933, which was enacted after the Great Depression to curb the banking monopolies which had caused the 1929 stock market crash and precipitated the Great Depression.  Continue Reading…

The Coming Economic Contraction

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Published on Dissident Voice, by James Keye, May 25, 2011.

Economic contraction, the lowering of material wealth standards especially for the middle classes, is more complex than the simple redistribution of tiny increments of wealth from the multitude to the aggressively rich. There is a more serious process in play. It is that those peoples and nations using more than an average of about 2.5 hectares per capita of the earth’s productive capacity must bring down their use (1 hectare = 100 meters by 100 meters = 2.47 acres): this can be done with some equity and social justice or it can be done in dynamic struggle to keep present levels, increase use on the old pattern, if possible, and push want and despair off onto others. (search “Ecological Footprint Atlas 2010” and “2010 NFA data tables” for most resent data).   Continue Reading…

neither the U.S. nor Europe is dealing with the real problem

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… Economists from the Left and the Right agree – Published on Washington’s Blog, by blog owner, May 23, 2011.

… Niall Ferguson told Bloomberg that no one has the political will to deal with Greece, and so Europe might experience a crisis as big as the 2008 crash in the U.S.: Paul Krugman argues that austerity has failed in Europe, but that the European Central Bank ” “i[s] just not willing to face up to the failure of its fantasies” and to restructure Greek debt … //

… And in the U.S., former Reagan head of the Office of Management and Budget – David Stockman – says that both Democrats and Republicans are now advocating for default in America, since Democrats won’t compromise on spending and Republicans won’t compromise on taxes. (Before Dems label Stockman as a radical anti-taxer, remember that he recently said that the Bush tax cuts were the biggest fiscal mistake in history, and that extending them won’t stimulate the economy).

(full text, and listen also the video inmidst of the text).

Link: Exclusive: UK Banks Face Ratings Downgrade, on SkyNews HD, May 23, 2011.

Venezuela’s battle for food sovereignty

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Published on Global, by Federico Fuentes, May 22, 2011.

When I asked Alfredo, a dairy farmer and president of the Prolesa milk processing co-operative in Tachira state, what food sovereignty meant to him, he said: “Food sovereignty is not only about being able to produce enough food to feed ourselves, it also means getting to a point where we can export food to other countries.

“There’s a global food crisis, and each day more and more people are going hungry. As Venezuelan campesinos<.em> [peasants] we need to realise that we have an obligation to the people of the world.”

This sentiment was shared by many of the campesinos I met during a recent three-week visit, together with a small delegation from the Venezuela Food Sovereignty project, to rural communities.  Continue Reading…

Disclosure and Deceit: Secrecy as the Manipulation of History, not its Concealment

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Published on Global, by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson, May 21, 2011.

The declassification of official secrets is often seen as either a challenge or a prerequisite for obtaining accurate data on the history of political and economic events. Yet at the same time high government intelligence officials have said that their policy is one of ‘plausible deniability’. Official US government policy for example is never to acknowledge or deny the presence of nuclear weapons anywhere its forces are deployed, especially its naval forces. The British have their ‘Official Secrets’ Act. When the Wikileaks site was launched in 2007 and attained notoriety for publication of infamous actions by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, this platform was heralded and condemned for its disclosures and exposures.  Continue Reading…

Women are paid the same as men for equal work

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Linked on our blogs with Fair Work Australia, and with Australian Services Union ASU. – Published on The Australian National Affairs, by Judith Sloan and Mark Wooden, May 13, 2011.
See also on en.wikipedia: Equal pay for women.

THE president of the ACTU has described it as a “milestone in seeking wage justice for women in all lines of work across Australia”.

The NSW secretary of the Australian Services Union ASU says that, for the first time in 30 years, gender discrimination has been accepted in a case fighting against low wages.

They are referring to the equal remuneration case, handed down by Fair Work Australia (the Australian national workplace relations tribunal) last Monday. Covering non-government social and community services workers employed in mainly not-for-profit organisations, the decision in fact does not nominate any specific pay rises and calls for another round of submissions, particularly on the issue of funding.   Continue Reading…

Mutilation Génitale Féminine MFG: Où En Sommes-Nous?

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Publié dans Dissertations, par Chantal Puig, le 14 Mai 2011.

… Comment agir? A notre niveau, en parlant de cette pratique, en recueillant des informations, en les propageant, en ne craignant pas d’échanger avec les personnes concernées… bref, en nous y intéressant ! Tout ceci avec le plus grand respect : il ne nous appartient pas de juger mais de convaincre qu’il s’agit là d’une atteinte cruelle, inutile et nocive à la personne, incompatible avec les Droits Humains. Ne pas oublier que la plupart des mères qui imposent l’excision à leurs filles ne le font pas pour leur faire du mal, mais parce qu’il en a toujours été ainsi dans leur famille et que cette mutilation est un passage obligé pour devenir une femme respectable … (texte entier).


Bientôt la nouvelle campagne d’osez le féminisme
, publié dans ELLE, par Emilie Poyard, le 13 Mai 2011.

Clitoris: Une campagne pour sa libération, publié dans les quotidiennes, par CS, le 13 Mai 2011.

Mutilations génitales féminines, publié dans Medimmigrant, (sans auteur ni date): … Les femmes en séjour illégal présentant des séquelles médicales ou psychologiques dues à une telle intervention peuvent obtenir une aide médicale via la procédure de l’Aide Médicale Urgente. Fedasil prend en charge le paiement du suivi médical des personnes qui séjournent au sein de sa structure. Les femmes et jeunes filles peuvent invoquer leur crainte d’une mutilation génitale pour être reconnues comme réfugiée par le Commissariat Général aux Réfugiés et aux Apatrides (CGRA) …

Rencontre au sujet des mutilations génitales féminines à Neuchâtel
, (c’était) Jeudi 10 mars à 19h au Salon du Bleu Café, Fbg du Lac 27, Neuchâtel, publié dans ‘les quotidiennes, un regard de femmes sur l’actualité’.

How Brands Must Rethink Sustainability

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Published on Fast Company, by FC expert blogger Simon Mainwaring, May 19, 2011.

Most of us are familiar with the concept of sustainable development, but we usually think of it as exclusively related to the environmental movement. But if companies hope to build a thriving world that can sustain their business success,we need to deepen the meaning of sustainability to include both the concept of lasting and enduring as well as the idea of life giving.

The first of these refers to the fact that capitalist enterprises must preserve the planet’s resources for future generations; the second refers to the fact that, for capitalism to survive, businesses need to figure out how to create a prosperous society of consumers who have the financial resources and living standards to support the very existence of capitalism. In other words, if capitalism doesn’t provide the jobs and decent wages to people, there is no market.  Continue Reading…

USA: The Democrats Attack Unions Nationwide

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Published on Global, by Shamus Cooke, May 15, 2011.

Obvious political truths are sometimes smothered by special interests. The cover-up of the Democrats’ national anti-union agenda is possible because the truth would cause enormous disturbances for the Democratic Party, some labor leaders, liberal organizations and, consequently, the larger political system.

Here is the short list of states that have Democratic governors where labor unions are undergoing severe attacks: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, California, New York, Illinois, Washington, Hawaii, Minnesota, Maryland and New Hampshire. Other states with Democratic governors are attacking unions to a lesser degree.  Continue Reading…

America’s War Economy: Support Killing People or Lose Your Job

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Published on Global, by David Swanson, May 18, 2011.

Now, our government could take the same money that it invests in wars, and the much larger pile of money that it invests in the base military budget, and instead invest it elsewhere. We could cut the military by 85% and still have the world’s largest. We could take some or all of that saved money and put it into infrastructure or green energy or education, each of which would produce more jobs and better paying jobs than the military. But there’s a problem. Investing public money in a massive jobs program that doesn’t slaughter lots of innocent human beings is Socialism. Slaughtering innocent human beings is something our politicians can stomach, but Socialism is simply beyond the pale. So it’s kill people or crash the economy; pick your poison. You can hurt others or yourselves.  Continue Reading…

Financial chaos sounds a warning

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Published on WSWS, by Nick Beams, May 14, 2011.

Last week commodity prices fell on world markets in what the Financial Times described as an “epic rout”—the worst sell-off since the collapse of Lehman Brothers. This week markets were again on the rise. Next week, who knows? Another sell-off, a banking collapse, a sovereign debt default, a repeat of the still unexplained “flash crash” on Wall Street a year ago when the market plunged nearly 10 percent in minutes, or something completely unexpected?  Continue Reading…

Our European incapacity

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Published on openDemocreacy, by Etienne Balibar, May 16, 2011.

If we are to articulate a ‘politics of hope’ in contemporary Europe, then we must revisit such problematic concepts as ‘populism’, ‘democracy’ and ‘Europe’, formulating a new language that can register the fact that the coexistence of an antidemocratic Europe, and an anti-European exploitation of fears and frustrations, are two sides of the same coin.

To write about xenophobia in contemporary Europe – and especially to try and uncover the enigmatic path that would take us from the desolate shores of an ‘intolerant Europe’, whose tendencies appear increasingly self-destructive, to the more encouraging suggestions of a “new politics of hope” (as our editors formulate it in their letter of invitation) is not exactly an easy task in the current conjuncture.  Continue Reading…

How the News Organization Pretends to Be Populist While Fueling Partisan Flames

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Linked on our blogs with Danny Schechter, USA. – Published on AlterNet, by Danny Schechter, May 13, 2011.

… When asked if he thinks this is healthy for a democracy, he said, “Well, up to a point. I think that a certain degree of polarization is healthy in a democracy. It clarifies the choices people have in elections, and it helps voters to hold the parties accountable for their performance.”

At the same time, other political analysts say, the more polarized political parties are, the less most of us care about the political process.  Continue Reading…

La problématique du genre, oubliée des politiques migratoires

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Publié dans Les Nouvelles, par Pascale Crozon, députée du Rhône, le 11 Mai 2011.

La prise en compte de la question du genre fait cruellement défaut quand il s’agit de mettre en oeuvre des politiques migratoires. Les dispositions relatives à l’immigration familiale peuvent conduire à des inégalités et des violences ; celles relatives au droit d’asile ont tendance à minorer ces violences. La députée (PS) Pascale Crozon déplore cette absence d’éclairage. Nous reproduisons ici sa contribution au rapport de l’audit parlementaire sur l’immigration (voir : Un pavé dans la mare aux fantasmes). Continue Reading…

Latest fibs from world financiers

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Patrick Bond, May 11, 2011.

Patrick Bond makes a stinging critique of the recent report of the African Development Bank that claims that ‘one in three Africans is middle class’ and as a result, Africa is ready for ‘take off’ … //

… Obviously not: Ncube defines middle class as those who spend between $2 to 20 a day, a group that includes a vast number of people considered extremely poor by any reasonable definition, given the higher prices of most consumer durables in African cities. Those spending between just $2 and $4 a day constitute a fifth of all sub-Saharan Africans, even Ncube admits, while the range from $4 to $20 a day amounts to 13 per cent, with 5 per cent spending more than $20 a day.

Below the $2 a day level, 61 per cent of Africans are mired in deep poverty, a stunning reflection of ongoing underdevelopment due to imperialism, the resource curse and nefarious African elites … //


America’s Terminal Decline vs The Rise of China

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Published on Mathaba, by Stephen Lendman /Mathaba Analyst, May 6, 2011.

… America’s Dollar Hegemony in Decline:

Global plans to replace the dollar metaphorically highlight America’s decline, the topic economist Michael Hudson addressed in his June 13, 2009 article titled, “De-Dollarization: Dismantling America’s Financial-Military Empire.”

For decades, America stayed economically dominant because other nations agreed to a Washington controlled WTO/IMF/World Bank/Bank for International Settlements (the Central Bank of Central Banks in Basel) system, using the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Other countries, however, now balk. Continue Reading…

2001: Interview with Osama bin Laden – he denies his Involvement in 9/11

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Full text of Pakistani paper’s Sept 01 exclusive interview (First on Daily Ummat, Karachi, in Urdu, 2001-09-28) … Translation into English by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, September 29, 2001 – Today Published on Global, May 9, 2011.

Global Research Editor’s Note: We bring to the attention of our readers the following text of Osama bin Laden’s interview with Ummat, a Pakistani daily, published in Karachi on September 28, 2001. It was translated into English by the BBC World Monitoring Service and made public on September 29, 2001. The authenticity of this interview, which is available in recognized electronic news archives, is confirmed. Osama bin Laden categorically denies his involvement in the 9/11 attacks … //   Continue Reading…

Inflation Fears: Real or Hysteria?

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Published on Global, by Ellen Brown, May 10, 2011.

Debate continues to rage between the inflationists who say the money supply is increasing, dangerously devaluing the currency, and the deflationists who say we need more money in the economy to stimulate productivity.  The debate is not just an academic one, since the Fed’s monetary policy turns on it and so does Congressional budget policy.

Inflation fears have been fueled ever 2009, when the Fed began its policy of “quantitative easing” (effectively “money printing”).  The inflationists point to commodity prices that have shot up.  The deflationists, in turn, point to the housing market, which has collapsed and taken prices down with it.  Prices of consumer products other than food and fuel are also down.   Continue Reading…

Book: Behind the Scenes at the WTO, The Real World of International Trade Negotiations

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Published on ZSpace, by Fatoumata Jawara and Aileen Kwa, May 12, 2011.

World hunger, jobs, the overall economic prospects of developing and developed countries alike are all being shaped more and more by the international negotiations about trade, agriculture, services, investment and intellectual property rights going on at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Based on interviews with people actually participating in the negotiations, this remarkable book lifts the shroud of secrecy surrounding these ostensibly democratic negotiations.

What emerges is a disturbing account entirely at odds with the official picture of a rules-based consensus emerging out of multilateral trade discussions in which all WTO member countries are equal participants. In reality:  Continue Reading…

Robert Fisk: If this is a US victory, does that mean its forces should go home now?

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Iran spoke for many Arabs when it said Bin Laden’s death took away the West’s reason to have troops in the region – Linked on our blogs with Robert Fisk, Great Britain. – Published on The Independent, by Robert Fisk, May 4, 2011.
(Watch also Robert Fisk on Bin Laden’s death, a video interview by AlJazeera english, 5.48 min, published on,  May 6, 2011 … and find him on wikipedia).

So why are we in Afghanistan? Didn’t the Americans and the British go there in 2001 to fight Osama bin Laden? Wasn’t he killed on Monday? There was painful symbolism in the Nato airstrike yesterday – scarcely 24 hours after Bin Laden’s death – that killed yet more Afghan security guards. For the truth is that we long ago lost the plot in the graveyard of empires, turning a hunt for a now largely irrelevant inventor of global jihad into a war against tens of thousands of Taliban insurgents who have little interest in al-Qa’ida, but much enthusiasm to drive Western armies out of their country … //  Continue Reading…

What’s wrong with America’s economy?

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Its politicians are failing to tackle the country’s real problems. Believe it or not, they could learn from Europe - Published on The Economist, April 28, 2011.

… When growth doesn’t bring jobs:

Meanwhile, the biggest dangers lie in an area that politicians barely mention: the labour market. The recent decline in the jobless rate has been misleading, the result of a surprisingly small growth in the workforce (as discouraged workers drop out) as much as fast job creation. A stubborn 46% of America’s jobless, some 6m people, have been out of work for more than six months. The weakness of the recovery is mostly to blame, but there are signs that America may be developing a distinctly European disease: structural unemployment.   Continue Reading…

MGF: La Commission se prononce pour une nouvelle norme pénale

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(Suisse /L’Assemblée fédérale /Le Parlement suisse /La commission des affaires juridiques du Conseil des Etats)

Publié dans, par Communiqué de presse CAJ-E /Services du Parlement, Berne, le 6 mai 2011.

La Commission des affaires juridiques du Conseil des Etats souhaite clairement que toute forme de mutilations génitales féminines soit expressément punissable, et ce indépendamment du lieu où l’infraction a été perpétrée.

À l’unanimité, la commission propose à son conseil de se rallier aux décisions que le Conseil national a prises à la session d’hiver 2010 concernant l’objet  05.404. Iv. pa. Réprimer explicitement les mutilations sexuelles commises en Suisse et commises à l’étranger par quiconque se trouve en Suisse, qui vise à ce que les mutilations génitales féminines constituent une infraction au sens du code pénal. Continue Reading…

Media Scrambles as Bin Laden Story Crumbles

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Published on Global, by Alex Newman, May 6, 2011.

While the establishment media was busy parroting President Obama’s announcement of Osama bin Laden’s supposed assassination, reporting the unsubstantiated claims as if they were unquestionable facts, much of the so-called “alternative” press was far more cautious — and accurate, it turns out. But more importantly, with the new official storyline indicating that bin Laden was in fact unarmed, bigger and much more important questions are beginning to emerge.

In terms of coverage, it turns out that the skeptical approach proved far superior in terms of getting it right. Countless mainstream sources were so confident in Obama’s word that they reported many of the claims as fact without even attributing them to the President.  Continue Reading…

Top US Government Insider: Bin Laden Died In 2001, 9/11 A False Flag

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Published on Prison Planet, by Paul Joseph Watson, May 4, 2011.

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under three different administrations Steve R. Pieczenik says he is prepared to tell a federal grand jury the name of a top general who told him directly 9/11 was a false flag attack.

Top US government insider Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, a man who held numerous different influential positions under three different Presidents and still works with the Defense Department, shockingly told The Alex Jones Show yesterday that Osama Bin Laden died in 2001 and that he was prepared to testify in front of a grand jury how a top general told him directly that 9/11 was a false flag inside job.

Pieczenik cannot be dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist”. He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under three different administrations, Nixon, Ford and Carter, while also working under Reagan and Bush senior, and still works as a consultant for the Department of Defense. A former US Navy Captain, Pieczenik achieved two prestigious Harry C. Solomon Awards at the Harvard Medical School as he simultaneously completed a PhD at MIT.  Continue Reading…

What Underlies Psychopharmacology?

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Allan M. Leventhal, May 4th, 2011.

Three Systems: The 20th century witnessed the development of three quite divergent explanatory systems to account for mental illness, each offering a distinctly different approach to treatment: psychoanalytic theory and treatment by psychoanalysis and its variants; a genetic theory of chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain, with treatment by prescription of psychiatric drugs; and a behavioral learning theory, offering treatments designed to eliminate the behaviors that characterize the mental disorders. Enough time has now passed to allow for a good reading as to the value of these different systems … //

… (2. The Chemical Imbalance Theory:) … Psychiatric Diagnoses:

How has the transformation of psychiatry affected diagnoses of mental illness?  Continue Reading…

Fiscal Spending – The Steroids of GDP

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Published on Gonzalo Lira, by blog owner (?), April 4, 2011.

… First off, let’s put away DeLong and Leonard:

Government spending has increased—drastically—at all levels of American government—under any and every metric you’d care to name over the last year. After all, there is a reason the Federal deficit has ballooned to $1.6 trillion in fiscal year 2011: FY 2009 government spending was $5.896 trillion. FY 2010 spending dipped to $5.798 trillion—a fall in $96 billion, roughly 1.6%. (data is here)

But for fiscal year 2011, which started this past October 1? The fiscal year where first quarter GDP figures are firmly nestled? Spending increased to $6.163 trillion—a bump up over FY 2010 spending of 6.29%.  Continue Reading…

Les USA ont torturé un agent du DID et du MI6

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… pour connaître la vérité sur l’affaire de Karachi – Publié dans, par , le 28 avril 2011.

Parmi les 779 dossiers de détenus de Guantanamo parvenus au Guardian et à Wikileaks, celui de l’Algérien Adil Hadi al-Jaz’iri bin Hamlili (ref. : PK9AG-001452DP) retient l’attention.

Il s’agit d’un enfant soldat qui a été enrôlé par son père dans le jihad en Afghanistan contre les Soviétiques. Devenu adulte, le jeune homme a rejoint diverses organisations, dont le Groupe islamique armé (GIA) en Algérie.

Les interrogateurs états-uniens savaient que le jeune homme était un informateur des services secrets canadien et britannique, mais ils l’ont torturé pour vérifier qu’il n’était pas en possession d’informations qui leur seraient utiles et que ni les Canadiens, ni les Britanniques ne leur avaient transmises … //  Continue Reading…

Propaganda and the death of Osama bin Laden

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Larry Chin, May 3, 2011.

On the evening of May 1, President Barack Obama declared that the CIA, on his personal order, successfully killed Al-Qaeda “mastermind” Osama bin Laden. In a conveniently scheduled Sunday evening telecast, Obama shamelessly wielded tired lies and 9/11 propaganda, while congratulating himself and the CIA. In classic lying George W. Bush fashion, Obama announced “mission accomplished.”

Obama has pronounced Osama bin Laden to be dead. But according to historical facts and extensive documented evidence, he may never have been alive in the way that the official propaganda has portrayed him. Or alive at all.  Continue Reading…

Ouverture de l’atelier sous-régional sur les mutilations génitales féminines à Conakry

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Publié dans Radio KANKAN, par Mohamed Lamine Camara, le 29 avril 2011.

Un atelier sous-régional sur la lutte contre les mutilations féminines a ouvert ses travaux le mercredi 27 avril 2011 à la case de Bellevue, dans la commune de Dixinn à Conakry. L’objectif visé est la participation des leaders religieux et politiques à l’accélération de l’élimination des mutilations génitales féminines … //

… La Présidente de la cellule CEPETAFE-Guinée, Mme Mariama Djélo Barry a, dans son intervention, rappelé  les progrès enregistrés dans le cadre de la lutte conte les mutilations féminines en Guinée.  Continue Reading…

Has the Fed Decided to Fight Inflation Instead of Unemployment?

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Published on Global, by Washington’s Blog, April 30, 2011.

…     But very little of the stimulus funds are actually going to high-value stimulus projects.

Indeed, as the Los Angeles Times points out:

  • Critics say the [stimulus money reaching California] is being used for projects that would have been built anyway, instead of on ways to change how Californians live. Case in point: Army latrines, not high-speed rail.
  • ***
  • Critics say those aren’t the types of projects with lasting effects on the economy.   Continue Reading…

The Four Horsemen Behind America’s Oil Wars

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Published on Global, by Dean Henderson, April 26, 2011.

While Americans are robbed at the gas pump, Exxon Mobil will this week report a 60% increase in its quarterly net profits to a cool $10 billion. Royal Dutch/Shell will report a 30% increase.

In 1975 British writer Anthony Sampson penned The Seven Sisters, bestowing a collective name on a shadowy oil cartel, which throughout its history has sought to eliminate competitors and control the world’s oil resource. Sampson’s “Seven Sisters” name came from independent Italian oil man Enrico Mattei.  Continue Reading…

Deficit Fever: Loon Tune Time Among the Elite

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by Dean Baker, April 28, 2011.

We already knew that the folks involved in debating and designing economic policy in the USA had a weak understanding of economics, that is why they couldn’t see the $8 trillion housing bubble that wrecked the economy, but now it seems that they are breaking their ties to reality altogether. The country is still smoldering in the wreckage of the collapsed housing bubble, but the victims have left the policy debate altogether. Continue Reading…