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Index January 2012

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2012-01-01: Tackling Food Insecurity for Kenya’s Unseen Population;
2012-01-02: Axis Paris-Berlin-Moscow in the interest of Europe;
2012-01-03: Economic Collapse – Banks Stealing Gold and Silver Bullion;
2012-01-04: Canadian Miners Make the Big Move into Afghanistan;
2012-01-04: The BIZ (or BIS or BRI) – a foundation of international bankers;
2012-01-05: Media Manipulation and the Drums of War;
2012-01-05: Pour déjouer la dictature économique: Échange cours de piano contre travaux de plomberie;
2012-01-06: Reflections on Iraq and Arab-US relations;
2012-01-06: Humanity’s Survival in the 21st Century – in russian language;
2012-01-07: Money Power Runs America;
2012-01-08: Exxon loses Venezuela nationalisation case;
2012-01-09: American, British, Israeli and Iranian Warships Sailing Towards Confrontation;
2012-01-10: Basic Income;
2012-01-11: Saving the Post Office and Postal Banking : The Models of Kiwibank and Japan Post;
2012-01-12: The Global Economic Crisis — Part 1;
2012-01-13: Losing Momentum: Germany Could Face Recession in 2012;
2012-01-14: High pay: what Machiavelli would have recommended a politician do;
2012-01-15: Would the US be defeated in the Persian Gulf in a War with Iran?
2012-01-15: France Shows the Way – Tax Wall Street;
2012-01-16: The Perils of 2012;
2012-01-17: The Origins of the Union Shop;
2012-01-18: Temporary Respite: Why ECB’s Tricks Won’t Solve the Crisis;
2012-01-19: Law and Order 24/7, Except at Tax Time;
2012-01-20: Degrade This: Financial Terrorism Is Europe’s New Spectre;
2012-01-21: After the Internet Blackout: Now What?
2012-01-21: We did it – we stopped PIPA and SOPA;
2012-01-22: A Captive Nation: Economic and Social Crisis at Home Equals Wars Abroad?
2012-01-23: Working and Poor in the USA;
2012-01-24: about Greece and its dept;
2012-01-25: Paul Krugman Makes Housing Call He Will Likely Come to Regret;
2012-01-26: Hunger is a weapon of mass destruction, says Jean Ziegler;
2012-01-27: Will Iran Kill the Petrodollar?
2012-01-28: Asia-Pacific: Mutinous PNG troops demand full pardon;
2012-01-29: World Economic Forum 2012 in Davos – some Debates on YouTube;
2012-01-29: zur Banken und Wirtschaftskrise;
2012-01-30: Iran Sanctions Conducive to Weak Dollar and Spiralling Gold Prices;
2012-01-31: Anschluss Economics: The Germans Launch a Blitzkrieg on the Greek Debt Negotiations.

Anschluss Economics: The Germans Launch A Blitzkrieg on the Greek Debt Negotiations

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Published on New Economic Perspectives, by Marshall Auerback, January 30, 2012.

… Peter Spiegel of the Financial Times published the German government’s proposal for Greece’s “improvement of compliance” with the terms of the bailout, and all of a sudden Greek PSI positively pales in comparison. According to Germany’s proposal, whatever the result of the PSI deal, Greece would need to “legally commit itself to giving absolute priority to future debt service” and “accept shifting budgetary sovereignty to the European level”. If the Greek government is not willing to do this, the troika would presumably turn off the taps of bailout money and Greece would default. With no access to market or official financing, Greece would be forced to exit the eurozone.   Continue Reading…

Iran Sanctions Conducive to Weak Dollar and Spiralling Gold Prices

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Bob Chapman, January 28, 2012.

… If the  EU and euro zone had been properly set up as a political and fiscal union that might have succeeded. There was no political union – only a financial and trade union, which we wrote in 1992, could never work and it did not work as we are observing. What this has turned out to be and we predicted it, and that is an unending transfer of wealth from the north to the south. If you look at the pluses and minuses Germany should exit the euro zone.   Continue Reading…

zur Banken und Wirtschaftskrise

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Sahra Wagenknecht mit ein paar Wortmeldungen:

World Economic Forum 2012 in Davos – some Debates on YouTube

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some videos from the WEF:

Asia-Pacific: Mutinous PNG troops demand full pardon

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Faction loyal to former PM releases commander of military amid continued volatility in the South Pacific nation – Published on Al Jazeera, January 27, 2012.

The commander of the Papua New Guinea military has been released by the 20 soldiers who staged a mutiny on Thursday, but they have refused to relinquish their arms until they are granted full pardons. Peter O’Neill, the South Pacific nation’s incumbent prime minister, has announced that Brigadier-General Francis Agawi, head of the Papua New Guinea armed forces, was released several hours after the bloodless mutiny began … //    Continue Reading…

Will Iran Kill the Petrodollar?

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Published on Casey Research, by Marin Katusa, January 25, 2012.

The official line from the United States and the European Union is that Tehran must be punished for continuing its efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. The punishment: sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, which are meant to isolate Iran and depress the value of its currency to such a point that the country crumbles.   Continue Reading…

Hunger is a weapon of mass destruction, says Jean Ziegler

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Linked on our blogs with Jean Ziegler, Switzerland, and with and with Siv O’Neall, Sweden. – Published on Intrepid Report, by Siv O’Neall, January 25, 2012. (Translation of excerpts from Jean Ziegler’s latest book Destruction massive — Géopolitique de la faim by Siv O’Neall). See them also with Jean Ziegler’s wikipedia article, and his Google Web-search and with Siv O’Neall’s Google Web-search.

In his latest book Mass Destruction – the Geopolitics of Hunger, Jean Ziegler[1] talks about the current state of the world and the neoliberal politics of starvation of the poor, which has led to a crisis situation amounting to calculated murder. What we are witnessing today is the worst hunger crisis in human history. And it is all because of human greed (and the) colossal mismanagement for profitContinue Reading…

Paul Krugman Makes Housing Call He Will Likely Come to Regret

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Published on naked capitalism, by , January 24, 2012.

I’m behind on commenting on various opinion pieces, thanks to a mild case of food poisoning (ugh), but I wanted to take note of Paul Krugman’s current New York Times op ed, Is Our Economy HealingContinue Reading…

about Greece and its dept

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Watch these videos on YouTube:

Links to related texts:   Continue Reading…

Working and Poor in the USA

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Bill Quigley, January 20, 2012.

Millions of people in the US work and are still poor. Here are eight points that show why the US needs to dedicate itself to making work pay.

One. How many people work and are still poor?   Continue Reading…

A Captive Nation: Economic and Social Crisis at Home Equals Wars Abroad?

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Published on william bowles.info, by blog owner William Bowles, January 19, 2012.

There are more young people of working age out of work than at any time in recorded British history according to the latest government figures … //

… Social support will be cut to the absolute minimum the state can get away with. Resistance will be met with the full force of the corporate/security state with the Summer ’11 riots serving as an example of what happens when you deliberately allow ‘them’ to get on with the lootin’ anna burnin’.   Continue Reading…

We did it – we stopped PIPA and SOPA

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Help us bring the fight across the world – Received by e-mail, From: the Team from Access,  (via bluestate digital), Date: Jan. 20, 2012.

Your voices have been heard! After days of international pressure online and offline against internet censorship legislation, including so many of you from Access, leaders in the US Congress announced they are postponing votes on the PROTECT IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act. This is a fatal blow to this legislation!   Continue Reading…

After the Internet Blackout: Now What?

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Received by e-mail, From: Jochai from Access, (via bluestate digital), Date: Jan. 19, 2012.

…  I wanted to give you a quick report on what happened over the past few days in DC and New York, as well as tell you about an urgent global call to action before this Tuesday’s all important vote on the future of the internet.  Continue Reading…

Degrade This: Financial Terrorism Is Europe’s New Spectre

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Linked on ourblogs with Danny Schechter, USA. – Published on ZNet (first on OCCUPY Wall Street News), by Danny Schechter, January 18, 2012.

We live in an increasingly degraded country. Our politics are degraded and a laughing stock to the word. Our military is demoralized and degraded with soldiers urinating on dead civilians and awaiting deployment orders for the next illegal intervention. Our education system has been degraded with standards falling and pervasive defunding. Our transportation system, ditto.  Continue Reading…

Law and Order 24/7, Except at Tax Time

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Published on Too Much.org, by blog owner Sam Pizzigati, January 14, 2012.

The rich don’t much like paying taxes when tax rates run high. They don’t much like paying taxes when tax rates run low either. Any tax system that subjects rich people to high taxes is asking for trouble. Or so the politicians who cater to people of means incessantly argue.   Continue Reading…

Temporary Respite: Why ECB’s Tricks Won’t Solve the Crisis

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Published on Spiegel Online Ingternational, by staff, January 16, 2012.

Ever since the European Central Bank began flooding the markets with cheap money, European banks have rediscovered their taste for sovereign bonds. But the crisis is far from over, as Standard and Poor’s recent raft of downgrades showed. Some bankers are saying it’s just a matter of time before yields on peripheral bonds shoot up again … //   Continue Reading…

The Origins of the Union Shop

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Published on libcom.org, by Tom Wetzel, January 2012.

Article about the practice and limitations of union (closed) shops in the US workers’ movement in the 1930s and 40s. In particular it examines how they helped unions act as a tool of discipline over workers as opposed to a tool for defending their interests.   Continue Reading…

The Perils of 2012

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Published on Project Syndicate, by Joseph E. Stiglitz, January 12, 2012.

KOLKATA – The year 2011 will be remembered as the time when many ever-optimistic Americans began to give up hope. President John F. Kennedy once said that a rising tide lifts all boats. But now, in the receding tide, Americans are beginning to see not only that those with taller masts had been lifted far higher, but also that many of the smaller boats had been dashed to pieces in their wake.  Continue Reading…

France Shows the Way – Tax Wall Street

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Published on RootsAction.org, January 2012.

News from France: Conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy announced this weekend that he would take the lead in introducing a Financial Transaction Tax in his country. Referring to the tax as a “moral issue” and blaming deregulation and speculation for the global economic crisis, Sarkozy has said financial traders must “repay for the damage they have caused”. Sign here to call on President Obama to show the same leadership in the U.S. by pushing for a tax on Wall Street transactions …  Continue Reading…

Would the US be defeated in the Persian Gulf in a War with Iran?

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The Geo-Politics in the Strait of Hormuz – Published on Voltairenet.org, by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, January 6, 2012. (also in italian).

Providing precious insight into the dynamics around the Iran-US standoff playing out in the strategically crucial Strait of Hormuz, Nazemroaya describes a situation that inevitably brings to mind the story of David and Goliath. With geography and international law standing resolutely on the side of Iran, we may be in store for a similarly amazing ending.   Continue Reading…

High pay: what Machiavelli would have recommended a politician do

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Published on openDemocracy /Economy, by Tony Curzon Price, 9 January 2012.

It’s true that high pay for bosses serves no purpose except keeping them (and their headquarters) in the country. The only real solution is economic policy coordination. In its absence, Machiavelli would have been proud of the proposals and statements on display this new year in the UK … //    Continue Reading…

Losing Momentum: Germany Could Face Recession in 2012

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by kla, January 11, 2012.

The German economy grew strongly last year, despite the European debt crisis. Gross domestic product jumped by 3 percent, while the national deficit sank, the Federal Statistical Office reported on Wednesday. But experts warn that, given the slight contraction in the final quarter of last year, Germany could enter a recession in 2012 … //  Continue Reading…

The Global Economic Crisis — Part 1

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a Canadian Dimension Roundtable – Published on Canadian Dimension, by Jim Stanford, January 5, 2012.

The 2007-08 financial crisis marked a major turning point in the world economy. From your perspective, why was the recovery so weak and why did economic stagnation continue to characterize the core capitalist countries?  Continue Reading…

Saving the Post Office and Postal Banking : The Models of Kiwibank and Japan Post

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Published on Global Research.ca (first on Web of Dept), by Ellen Brown, January 9, 2012.

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow may have stopped the Pony Express, but the nation’s oldest and second largest employer is now under attack. Claiming the Postal Service is bankrupt, critics are pushing legislation that would defuse the postal crisis by breaking the backs of the postal workers’ unions and mandating widespread layoffs. But the “crisis” is an artificial one, created by Congress itself … //  Continue Reading…

Basic Income

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(le sujet en français / das Thema auf deutsch)

Basic Income Grant – Equal Money FAQ, by SignsOfTimesNews, October 25, 2012: Initially we will be lobbying for the introduction universally/globally for a basic income grant that will support every human being with an income in terms of housing, education, shelter, electricity, water and the ability to move around …  Continue Reading…

American, British, Israeli and Iranian Warships Sailing Towards Confrontation

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Published on Washington’s Blog, by blog owner, January 7, 2012.

Tensions Between U.S., Israeli, British and Iranian Warships:

What Could Go Wrong? … //   Continue Reading…

Exxon loses Venezuela nationalisation case

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World’s biggest oil company receives ten per cent of what it demanded in a dispute over the planet’s largest deposit – Published on english Al Jazeera, by Chris Arsenault in Doha, January 6, 2012.

… After four years of arbitration at the ICC, Exxon still has another case pending against Venezuela at the World Bank-affiliated International Centre for Settlement and Investment Disputes.  Continue Reading…

Money Power Runs America

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Linked on our blogs with Stephen Lendman, USA. – Published on Global Research.ca, by Stephen Lendman, January 4, 2012.

Wall Street does it by controlling money, credit and debt, as well as manipulating markets for private enrichment. House and Senate millionaires do it their way for greater wealth, privilege, power and status. New Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) figures show it. More on them below. New York Times writer Eric Lichtblau commented in his article headlined, “Economic Downturn Took a Detour at Capitol Hill,” saying:   Continue Reading…

Humanity’s Survival in The 21st Century – in russian language

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Watch these 5 videos, published on Natural news TV, by SimisMisis, uploaded December 31, 2011 – Humanity. Survival in The 21st Century:

Reflections on Iraq and Arab-US relations

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As US troops leave Iraq, parallels to post-WWI decolonisation are important to understand so the region can be free. – Published on english Al Jazeera, by Mohammad Tarbush, January 5, 2012.

Geneva, Switzerland – As American troops are finally pulling out of Iraq and heading back home, those who genuinely wish both the United States and the Arab world well must be heaving a deep sigh of relief.   Continue Reading…

Pour déjouer la dictature économique: Échange cours de piano contre travaux de plomberie

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Publié dans Le Figaro, par Isabelle de Foucaud, le 30 décembre 2011.

La première «accorderie» française a ouvert ses portes à Paris. Importé du Québec, ce concept permet aux habitants d’un quartier d’échanger des services en fonction de leurs compétences.  Continue Reading…

Media Manipulation and the Drums of War

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How Media is used to Whip the Nation into Wartime Frenzy Faking It, How the Media Manipulates the World into War - Published on Global Research.ca, by James Corbett, January 3, 2012.

… Remarkably, the public at large has seemingly learned nothing from all of these documented historical manipulations. If anything, the media has become even bolder in its attempts to manipulate the public’s perceptions, perhaps emboldened by the fact that so few in the audience seem willing to question the picture that is being painted for them on the evening news.  Continue Reading…

The BIZ (or BIS or BRI) – a foundation of international bankers

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Published on Current Concerns, no. 29, by ts, December 18, 2011.

ts. In his study “La Suisse avant et pendant la Seconde Guerre Mondiale”, Christian Favre provides an insight into the complex backgrounds of the Second World War, how they really were.  Continue Reading…

Canadian Miners Make the Big Move into Afghanistan

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And We Wonder Why They Resist from Afghanistan to Attawapiskat – Published on Michael Skinner Research, by Michael Skinner Research, December 12, 2011.

On 24 November 2011, the Government of Afghanistan awarded a Canadian mining company, Kilo Goldmines, approximately 25 percent of the stake to develop the massive Hajigak iron deposit in Bamiyan Afghanistan. A consortium of Indian companies won the other 75 percent of the development.   Continue Reading…

Economic Collapse – Banks Stealing Gold and Silver Bullion

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… watch this video: Peter Schiff interviews Ann Barnhardt, 18.01 min,  published on Morning Liberty, December 21, 2011.

Links:   Continue Reading…

Axis Paris-Berlin-Moscow in the interest of Europe

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Published on Current Concerns no 29 (Source: RIA Novosti), by Rossijskaja gaseta, December 18, 2011.

… “The approaching of Moscow and Germany on the one hand and France on the other hand is already in progress, primarily due to the initiative of Berlin, which is seeking a reinforcement of their economic relations. [...] This process may even be accelerated if the euro-crisis will lead to a depression. Germany as well as France are recognizing, that it is impossible to manage the present crisis on their own.”  Continue Reading…

Tackling Food Insecurity for Kenya’s Unseen Population

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an interview with Dr. Luchetu Likaka – Published on Nourishing the Planet, by Emily Gilbert, December 30, 2011.

… What are some of the difficulties being faced by the elderly and ageing populations in Kenya?

  • Older persons in Kenya face a number of challenges: lack of adequate food, lack of income, poor access to health care, inadequate shelter, among others. Older person’s challenges are further compounded by their second parenting roles for HIV/AIDS orphans. This poses wider problems since they themselves require care and support.   Continue Reading…