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Index November 2011

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2011-11-01: German politics, the country of NO: why Germany is so reluctant to stump up for the euro;
2011-11-02: Europe’s Plan To End the Debt Crisis;
2011-11-03: are corporationso and banks corrupting the system;
2011-11-04: Big money warms to farmland;
2011-11-05: Investing for the good of society;
2011-11-05: Où en sommes-nous à l’instant?
2011-11-05: newsletter-infos with no more place on our blogs;
2011-11-06: The Banker and the Protesters: A Meeting of Minds on Germany’s Occupy Movement;
2011-11-07: Joan Smith: Charlie, the fire-bombers, and a case of moral idiocy;
2011-11-08: The G-20’s Helpful Silence on Capital Controls;
2011-11-08: Move your Money – Take Action;
2011-11-09: G20 summit: Under the shadow of the Occupy Wall Street movement;
2011-11-10: Minimum salary threshold could cut migrant workers by two-thirds;
2011-11-11: The Road to Serfdom;
2011-11-12: The West’s tragedy of capital;
2011-11-13: On seeds: Controlling the first link in the food-chain;
2011-11-14: Opinion: Europe’s next nightmare;
2011-11-14: Socializing losses: Trilateral takeover of Europe?
2011-11-15: Global Financial Collapse;
2011-11-16: India Economic Summit;
2011-11-17: America Beyond Capitalism;
2011-11-18: Mondragón Corporación Cooperativa;
2011-11-19: The masonic story on the Egyptian Al-Ahram;
2011-11-20: Europe: Decision action urged on eurozone debt crisis;
2011-11-21: Economic Re-engineering: Does the European Union have an Expiry Date?
2011-11-22: Understanding and Fighting Austerity;
2011-11-23: The Empire Strikes Back in Futility;
2011-11-23: Le business lucratif de l’excision;
2011-11-24: Waiting to turn trash into treasure;
2011-11-25: The Roads To War And Economic Collapse;
2011-11-26: The Martha manifesto: An Ethiopian woman’s dream;
2011-11-27: They Found Nothing, Nothing – the IAEA, Iran and Fantasy Land;
2011-11-28: Bankers have seized Europe: Goldman Sachs Has Taken Over;
2011-11-29: Rethinking Europe’s democratic crisis;
2011-11-30: Middle East: UAE pardons jailed activists.

Middle East: UAE pardons jailed activists

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Emirates pardons five activists convicted previous day for insulting country’s leadership, group’s lawyer says – Linked on our blogs with how women’s privat sex behavior is answered – a real story. Published on Al Jazeera, Nov. 28, 2011.

Five United Arab Emirates political activists received presidential pardons and were released after eight months in prison, just a day after they were convicted of anti-state crimes. The activists, including a prominent blogger and an economics professor, were convicted on Sunday of insulting the UAE’s top leadership, endangering national security and inciting people to protest at time when uprisings against authoritarian rulers raged across the Middle East.  Continue Reading…

Rethinking Europe’s democratic crisis

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Is democracy a luxury good which the global and European economy simply cannot afford – at least, given the exceptional character of the current euro crisis? – Published on openDemocracy, by Paulina Tambakaki, November 24, 2011.

… Although it is perplexing in this context why the referendum proposed by the Papandreou government in Greece was greeted with such horror by the Greek left. By contrast, for those content with institutions of representation and the party system, the problem is not the absence of grassroots involvement and support – which is precisely the problem for the proponents of direct democracy. Rather, it is the delay of elections, the main mechanism for conferring democratic legitimacy, which widens the gap between Europe (with its dictates) and democracy.   Continue Reading…

Bankers have seized Europe: Goldman Sachs Has Taken Over

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Paul Craig Roberts, Novmber 26, 2011.

On November 25, two days after a failed German government bond auction in which Germany was unable to sell 35% of its offerings of 10-year bonds, the German finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble said that Germany might retreat from its demands that the private banks that hold the troubled sovereign debt from Greece, Italy, and Spain must accept part of the cost of their bailout by writing off some of the debt.  Continue Reading…

They Found Nothing, Nothing – the IAEA, Iran and Fantasy Land

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Media Lens*, November 25, 2011.

… What is so breathtaking is that the apparent consensus on Iran, like the case against Iraq, is a fraud.

Burying The Cable – WikiLeaks And IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano:

One of the stunning omissions in corporate media coverage of the IAEA report are the WikiLeaks disclosures concerning IAEA chief, Yukiya Amano. According to a US Embassy cable from a US diplomat in Vienna, where the IAEA is based, Amano described himself as “solidly in the U.S. court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program”.   Continue Reading…

The Martha manifesto: An Ethiopian woman’s dream

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Elyas Mulu Kiros, Nov. 23, 2011.

… Martha was the daughter of a brigadier-general who hailed from the province of Eritrea (Eritrea was then part of Ethiopia). She was a beautiful and intelligent medical student at Haile Sellasie I University (now Addis Abeba University) back in the 1970s (or 1960s in the Ethiopian calendar). She entered college when she was only 15 years old. And a few months away from graduating, the government murdered her.   Continue Reading…

The Roads To War And Economic Collapse

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Linked on our blogs with Paul Craig Roberts, USA. – Published on Global Research.ca, by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, November 24, 2011.

The day before the Thanksgiving holiday brought three extraordinary news items.  One was the report on the Republican presidential campaign debate. One was the Russian President’s statement about his country’s response to Washington’s missile bases surrounding his country. And one was the failure of a German government bond auction.

As the presstitute media will not inform us of what any of this means, let me try: … //   Continue Reading…

Waiting to turn trash into treasure

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Hedge funds and private-equity firms have big plans for Europe – Published on The Economist, November 19, 2011.

THIS is going to be the next great trade,” one American hedge-fund executive effused early this year. For more than two years funds have been salivating over the slew of assets that Europe’s banks will have to sell. Many have been opening offices in London and hiring to prepare for this “tidal wave” of opportunities.   Continue Reading…

Le business lucratif de l’excision

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Publié dans Le Jour, par ANNE MIREILLE NZOUANKEU, le 17 NOVEMBRE 2011.

Mutilations génitales féminines. Elles causent des ravages parmi les victimes et sont une source de revenus pour les exciseurs. Habiba est une femme de 34ans habitant le quartier Briqueterie de Yaoundé. Elle a été excisée à l’âge de 13 ans, une semaine avant son mariage. « On a creusé un trou. Des femmes ont formé un cercle autour de ce trou. On m’a amené, on m’a fait coucher par terre en mettant mes fesses au niveau du trou. On m’a écarté les jambes et les femmes bloquaient mes pieds pour que je ne bouge pas.   Continue Reading…

The Empire Strikes Back in Futility

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Reflections on the Occupy Movement and the Repression it has Sparked – Published on Zcommunications.org, by Paul Street, November 22, 2011.

An Iron Law:

The wealthy masters’ governmental agents and servants reserve the right to brutally attack popular protest when and where Democrats claim nominal authority no less than where and when Republicans hold top elected offices.[[1]]. An iron unstated law holds across the much-bemoaned “polarization” of the American one-and-a-half party system. It is fine, this law holds, to call for more freedom and democracy in officially designated enemy and non-allied states like the former Soviet Union, China, Venezuela, and Iran (today) … //  Continue Reading…

Understanding and Fighting Austerity

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Watch the video, 23.06 minutes, published on Socialist Project, November 20, 2011.

What are some of the forces that are driving the current crisis? How is it pushing forward the agenda of business and governments to get working people and our organizations to tighten our belts and accept their calls for austerity? What forms is resistance taking around the world – what are the strengths and limitations of that resistance and what can we learn from it? … (full text).

Economic Re-engineering: Does the European Union have an Expiry Date?

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Published on Global Research.ca (first on Russia Today), by Adrian Salbuchi, Nov. 20, 2011.

A veritable re-engineering of the entire planet has been taking place in front of our eyes for many decades now. However, since it is gradual, most people do not notice or understand what is happening. Just like the proverbial frog that if thrown into boiling water painfully jumps out and survives, but will be cooked and die if thrown into lukewarm water where the heat rises one degree every 5 minutes … //  Continue Reading…

Europe: Decision action urged on eurozone debt crisis

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Cameron and Merkel acknowledge differences but say measures must be taken to stabilise eurozone after talks in Berlin.

Watch the video, 2.27 min, published on Al Jazeera, Nov. 19, 2011 … //

… The opposing views were threatening to put the two camps on a collision course ahead of a December 9 EU summit to hammer out changes to the fiscal rule book for the 27-member bloc. Continue Reading…

The masonic story on the Egyptian Al-Ahram

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Published on Al-Ahram, 17-23 November 2011:
WHAT is Freemasonry? When did it come to Egypt? And what does it have to do with the Great Pyramid? … //

… After the 1952 revolution, Masonic Lodges lost many of their more affluent members. Some freemasons, whether out of fear or self-interest, simply stopped turning up at meetings so that even the all-Egyptian Lodges found it difficult to support themselves. On 4 April 1964, the Masonic Temple on Alexandria’s Toussoun Street was shut down by order of the Ministry of Social Affairs. The reason: “Associations with undeclared agendas were incompatible with rules covering non-profit organisations.”

Sufficiently disturbing evidence for the State to be concerned about Freemasonry’s political goals would turn up the following year in Damascus when master spy Eli Cohen was apprehended. Having eluded Syrian intelligence for many years by posing as an Arab, it was discovered that Eli had been a Freemason in Egypt where he was born.

El-Dessouki said his thesis was a review of human history over a span of time during which he discovered that there was no organisation or group similar to Freemasonry in mystery and ambiguity, or with comparable rumours about its ability to influence people. (full long, long text).

Links:

Freemasonry on en.wikipedia, and its External links;

The Philalethes Society, a masonic research body;

… and 5′970′000 results on Google Web-search.

Mondragón Corporación Cooperativa

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– a cooperative model for the success of a socially acceptable economic activity in Basque country – Published on Current Concerns no. 23/24, by Erika Voegeli, 31 october 2011.

The example of the Mondragón Cooperative clearly demonstrates what human activity can accomplish if it is oriented towards social responsibility for the surroundings without losing track of the economic aspects of good corporate governance. Its founder’s initiative also offers suggestions which could be reflected about in many crisis-ridden regions – for instance with regard to instruction and activation of unemployed young people … //  Continue Reading…

America Beyond Capitalism

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Published on ZNet (first on Dollars & Sense), by Gar Alperovitz, November 14, 2011.

Black Monday, September 19, 1977, was the day 34 years ago when the shuttering of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube steel mill threw 5,000 steelworkers onto the streets of their decaying Midwestern hometown. No local, state or federal programs offered significant help. Steelworkers called training programs “funeral insurance”: they led nowhere since there were no other jobs available.   Continue Reading…

India Economic Summit

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Watch these videos with Chrystia Freeland, published on Reuters during the WEF India Economic Summit in Mumbai, November 2011:

Global Financial Collapse

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Linked with Socializing losses: Trilateral takeover of Europe? – Published on on YouTube, by Adrian Salbuchi:

Find him also on his own website, and on his own Newsblog.

Find all his videos on YouTube … and specially Adrian Salbuchi’s Interview on the swedish Red Ice Radio, 2 hours and 2.48 min, … a bit longish and mixed up with all questions people may actually have …

More videos / audios for the swedish RED ICE RADIO on YouTube.

Links in german:

Joe Ackermann – Der Vorhang fällt, viele Fragen sind offen (Joe (Joseph) Ackermann resigns), auf SF1, 15. November 2011:
Josef Ackermann steht vor dem Karriere-Aus: Der Vorstandschef der Deutschen Bank verzichtet auf einen Wechsel in den Aufsichtsrat, wie das eigentlich für den nächsten Mai geplant war. Woher der Sinneswandel kommt, bleibt weiter unklar …

UBS-Verwaltungsratspräsident Villiger gibt Amt vorzeitig ab
, auf SF1, 15. November 2011;

Polizei räumt Zürcher Lindenhof, auf SF1, 15. November 2011.

Socializing losses: Trilateral takeover of Europe?

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Linked on this blog with Global Financial Collapse, 2 videos on YouTube. – Published on Global Research.ca, by Adrian Salbuchi, November 13, 2011.

The sovereign debt crisis tightening its grip on Europe has claimed the scalps of two prime ministers – those of Greece and Italy. Looking at the men poised to replace them, one cannot but ask – is this another turn of the screw for ordinary people? Greece and Italy hold huge swathes of public debt they are unable to service unless they get massive European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund support, as a prelude to refinancing by international banks … //  Continue Reading…

Opinion: Europe’s next nightmare

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The political consequences of the Eurozone crisis include increasing xenophobia and nationalism among politicians – Published on Al Jazeera (first on Project Syndicate ), by Dani Rodrik (author of The Globalization Paradox and professor of IPE at Harvard University), November 12, 2011.

… The nightmare scenario would also be a 1930s-style victory for political extremism. Fascism, Nazism, and communism were children of a backlash against globalisation that had been building since the end of the nineteenth century, feeding on the anxieties of groups that felt disenfranchised and threatened by expanding market forces and cosmopolitan elites.   Continue Reading…

On seeds: Controlling the first link in the food-chain

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Nidhi Tandon, November 9, 2011.

Thanks to the US’s 2009 Global Food Security Act, food aid policy for the first time mandates the use of genetic modification technologies. Nidhi Tandon looks at how this legislation helps biotechnology companies monopolise the seed industry at the expense of farmers, and explores some of the dubious links between these corporations, the Gates Foundation and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa … //

… GROW WHAT YOU EAT AND EAT WHAT YOU GROW:   Continue Reading…

The West’s tragedy of capital

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While Rome burns citizens should not fiddle, but believe another world may be possible and work together for that world

Linked on our blogs with Pepe Escobar, Brazil. – Published on english Al Jazeera, by Pepe Escobar,  November 11, 2011.

Here’s a crash course on global finance 2.0. The debt is in the Atlanticist, wealthy North. The resources are in the global South. And the (reluctant) supreme banker of the last resort is the Middle Kingdom, as personified by the Almighty Hu (Jintao).  There could not be a more graphic demonstration than last week’s Greek tragedy takeover of the Cannes debt festival of Slavoj Zizek’s thesis that the marriage of capitalism and democracy is over.    Continue Reading…

The Road to Serfdom

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Published on the New Economic Perspectives Blog, by Marshall Auerback, November 09, 2011.

… At least the Alice in Wonderland quality of the markets has finally dissipated. It was extraordinary to observe the euphoric reaction to the formation of the European Financial Stability Forum a few weeks ago, along with the voluntary 50% haircut on Greek debt (which has turned out to be as voluntary as a bank teller opening up a vault and surrendering money to someone sticking a gun in his/her face).   Continue Reading…

Minimum salary threshold could cut migrant workers by two-thirds

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Migration Advisory Committee says requiring £35,000 after five years would cut migrant settlers from 60,000 to 20,000 – Published on The Guardian, November 4, 2011.

… Even without the move, this number is expected to halve due to changes which are already being brought in. But Professor David Metcalf, the committee’s chairman, warned that some nurses may fail to qualify for settlement under the pay threshold, adding that the government may want to consider making an exception for nurses and other key public sector jobs. (full text).  Continue Reading…

G20 summit: Under the shadow of the Occupy Wall Street movement

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Linked on our blogs with You Say You Want A Revolution, and with can we stop an economic systemic crash? – Published on Pambazuka News, by Horace Campbell, Nov. 7, 2011.

As the global financial crisis deepens, China needs to reflect on what kind of international system can minimise war and break the power of the top one per cent, writes Horace Campbell. It should see the Occupy Wall Street movement not as a challenge, but as an asset in the fight for social justice and democracy internationally.

WHO IS THE DECIDER? CHINA OR THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT?  Continue Reading…

Move your Money – Take Action

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invest in main street, not wall street – Published on MoveYourMoneyProject.

We are fighting back against Wall Street’s abuses by taking action into our own hands. Below is a list of ways you can get more involved in the financial reform movement:

1. Move Your Money: Continue Reading…

The G-20’s Helpful Silence on Capital Controls

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New Serie: THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMY – Published on Project-Syndicate, by Jose Antonio Ocampo, Stephany Griffith-Jones and Kevin P. Gallagher, October 30, 2011.

(First my comment: hard liners will be of no help for any control and regulation. As long as people are not able to push through laws to globally control actual world’s mess, it will go on and on … with always peoples paying the bill … and many dying for. Again: only a global control will be effectively working, as the big excuse for zero change is this eternal economic competition, expressing mens love for powerplays, instead working together for the benefit of all. THIS cooperation we have to push through).   Continue Reading…

Joan Smith: Charlie, the fire-bombers, and a case of moral idiocy

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Published on The Independent (first on political blonde), by Joan Smith, November 6, 2011.

In Tunisia a couple of months ago, I heard an academic speculate anxiously about the possibility that his country’s elections would bring an Islamist party to power. Like many Arab intellectuals, he was making tentative plans to move to France if Tunisia’s secular state appeared to be in danger of being dismantled.   Continue Reading…

The Banker and the Protesters: A Meeting of Minds on Germany’s Occupy Movement

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Published on Spiegel Online International, an Interview, November 3, 2011.

The Occup movement has garnered support from all parts of the world, including Germany, where protestors have set up camp in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. In an interview, SPIEGEL talks to Axel Fialka and Alexander Sack from the movement, and to Commerzbank CEO Martin Blessing … //  Continue Reading…

newsletter-infos with no more place on our blogs

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Où en sommes-nous à l’instant?

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Ma réflexion sur l’article: Sarkozy et les Zéropéens menacent la Grèce, publié dans WikiStrike, le 1 novembre 2011.

Selon Occupy Wall Street, nous avons une guerre économique du haut vers les bas, des 1% contre les 99%. Prenons cela comme départ pour une reflextion: Les Govs ne sont PAS dans ces 1%, mais ils ne sont pas non plus ce qu’on appelle le peuple, du moment où ils ont le pouvoir de nous envoyer les forces de l’ordre sur le dos dés que nous stoppons avec des manifs le déroulement normal du quotidien (exemple: tentes devant des places sarcrés du pouvoir).  Continue Reading…

Investing for the good of society

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Published on Nesta.org, by Antony Elliott, April 2011.

This report presents compelling evidence which shows that wealthy individuals can be motivated to try social investments.

Download the 62 pdf-pages.   Continue Reading…

Big money warms to farmland

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, by  Marcia Zarley Taylor, Novmber 1, 20911.

PHOENIX (DTN) — Pension funds and other corporate owners have spent only a tiny fraction of the billions of dollars they could invest in farmland, but they are definitely kicking the tires on potential purchases … //

… MORE STABLE RETURNS:  Continue Reading…

are corporationso and banks corrupting the system

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or is the problem the system of capitalism – Published on Global Research.ca, (first on Revolution), November 2, 2011.

… A transnational corporation or bank, with huge global assets, embodies the economic system we live under. Transnational corporations are units for the production and accumulation of profit, like Toyota or Exxon-Mobil assembling cars or drilling for oil. In the case of banks, they’re units for maximizing financial profits from far-flung operations. A corporation is an instrument for the organized exploitation of wage labor. Continue Reading…

Europe’s Plan To End the Debt Crisis

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Putting The Con in Confidence Part 1 – Published on naked capitalism, by Satyajit Das, November 1, 2011.

The most recent summit failed to meet even the lowest expectations. Euro-Zone leaders displayed poor understanding of the problems, confused strategies, political bickering and infighting as well as inability to take decisive steps and stick to a course of actions. This summit follows the 21 July 2011 declaration of a definitive grand plan to solve the problem. Like the ones before it, the 26 October meeting yielded a plan to have a plan to have a plan etc. There’s no reason to believe that this summit will be the last … //  Continue Reading…

German politics, the country of NO: why Germany is so reluctant to stump up for the euro

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Published on The Economist, October 29, 2011.

THE message was unequivocal. On October 26th the Bundestag, the main chamber of Germany’s legislature, voted overwhelmingly to give more firepower to the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), which bails out weak euro-zone countries. Two of the three opposition parties joined the government’s motion, which passed with 503 votes in favour and 89 against. The governing coalition—consisting of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian wing, the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the Free Democratic Party (FDP)—contained a rebellion within its ranks.   Continue Reading…