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Index March 2013

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2013-03-01: The Black Financial and Fraud Report;
2013-03-02: New Reports Reveal the Human and Financial Costs of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions;
2013-03-03: The New Guest Workers: Part 1 – A German Dream for Crisis Refugees;
2013-03-03: Excision: tradition et espoir;
2013-03-04: Fire in the blood – seeds in the ground;
2013-03-04: Verfassungsbruch durch den Bundestag;
2013-03-05: AIPAC aims to play major strategic ally card to save aid for Israel from US cuts?
2013-03-06: The Model Corporation: Responsible Ownership, Governance, and Leadership, Part 3/6;
2013-03-07: What happens when the shale boom goes boom? – The great oil swindle;
2013-03-07: Hugo Chavez, Presente;
2013-03-08: Great Britain: Shadow Lives;
2013-03-09: The kids will be rich, unless Peter Peterson’s kids take their money;
2013-03-10: Real Estate Locusts: Part 1 – Developers Cash in on Europe’s Poorest;
2013-03-11: US: Class War and Labor’s Declining Share;
2013-03-12: Disability: Web accessibility, good for society, good for business;
2013-03-12: La longue route vers les premiers villages sans excision en Irak;
2013-03-12: UN SPECIAL: The long road to the first FGM-free villages in Iraq;
2013-03-13: Videos and comments on the net around Bradley Manning;
2013-03-14: Wealth Inequality in America;
2013-03-15: Deficit realities: No cuts needed;
2013-03-16: Charter Schools And The Future Of Public Education;
2013-03-17: From the Folks Who Brought You NAFTA;
2013-03-17: Wechselkurs;
2013-03-18: Can Civilization Survive Capitalism?
2013-03-19: From the shadows to the streets;
2013-03-20: Workers Saving Too Little to Retire;
2013-03-20: Irak gestern und heute;
2013-03-21: Remote-Control Diplomacy: US Backs Away from Strong Role in Middle East;
2013-03-22: The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats;
2013-03-23: Iran, Mali and Syria show lessons of Iraq not learned, says UK ex-deputy PM John Prescott;
2013-03-24: A move to protect market economy from blatant abuse from the inside;
2013-03-24: Wirtschaft ohne Krise;
2013-03-25: U.S.-EU trade deal is the foundation for a new global economic order;
2013-03-26: A safe and a shotgun or publicly-owned banks? The battle of Cyprus;
2013-03-27: Indigenous Peoples and the Politics of Recognition;
2013-03-28: Can You Trust Big Banks With Your Money?
2013-03-29: Is a New New Deal Possible?
2013-03-30: Lean In and One Percent Feminism;
2013-03-31: It Can Happen Here: The Confiscation Scheme Planned for US and UK Depositors;
2013-03-31: La pauvreté a atteint des niveaux records en Europe.

La pauvreté a atteint des niveaux records en Europe

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dans Cameroon Voice / antenne libre, par Jihane Hindi, le 30 Mars 2013.

Pourtant connu pour son système de sécurité sociale, de santé, de bien-être et de qualité de vie, le continent le plus riche du monde glisse, peu à peu, vers la pauvreté. Les derniers chiffres indiquent que 120 millions de personnes, soit 25% de la population de l’UE, sont pauvres ou socialement défavorisées … //

… Au Sud, surtout:   Continue Reading…

It Can Happen Here: The Confiscation Scheme Planned for US and UK Depositors

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Ellen Hodgson Brown, March 28, 2013.

Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England dated December 10, 2012, shows that these plans have been long in the making; that they originated with the G20 Financial Stability Board in Basel, Switzerland (discussed earlier here); and that the result will be to deliver clear title to the banks of depositor funds … //

… Can They Do That?  Continue Reading…

Lean In and One Percent Feminism

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Feminism almost always needs a modifier – Published on Portside.org, by Linda Burnham, March 26, 2013.

Since Sheryl Sandberg has taken it upon herself to jump-start the stalled feminist revolution it’s worth taking a look at the brand of feminism she espouses.

Sandberg’s book, Lean In, together with her plan to re-launch the feminist movement on the scaffolding of Lean In Circles, has drawn an enormous amount of media attention. This flows from both Sandberg’s prominence as the COO of Facebook and the media’s ongoing enchantment with a specific gender story: whether or not women at the top of their professions or careers can ‘have it all.’  Continue Reading…

Is a New New Deal Possible?

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Video Interview with James K. Gailbraith and Leo Panitch, 20.23 min, on The Real News Network TRNN, by Paul Jay, March 19, 2013 (also on YouTube):

(small excerpt of transcript) … JAY: Yeah, Leo. Leo, what about that? The liquidity has helped stop the banks from crashing, but it hasn’t done very much for the economy.

PANITCH: No. I think that the lesson that Bernanke learned–and he wrote his scholarly work on this–was that you could keep private banking going. The Depression wouldn’t have been prevented, and the institutional capacity wasn’t there then, but he learned that what you have to do when there’s this scale of a financial crisis, with knock-on effects on the economy around the world immediately–yes, he has been applying in that sense Friedman’s lesson.  Continue Reading…

Can You Trust Big Banks With Your Money?

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The lesson from Cyprus: Your hard-earned savings can vanish in the vault – Published on In These Times, by LEO GERARD, United Steelworker’s President, Ma5rch 26, 2013.

… The European Union, which includes Cyprus but not Russia, was not eager to provide loans to secure moneyed Russians. Euro zone finance ministers and representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Central Bank worked out a deal under which Europe and the IMF would provide $13 billion to bail out the banks if the country took $7.5 billion from depositors’ accounts.   Continue Reading…

Indigenous Peoples and the Politics of Recognition

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Published on new Socialist Webzine, by Glen Coulthard, March 23, 2013.

… Over the last 30 years, the self-determination efforts and objectives of indigenous peoples in Canada have increasingly been cast in the language of “recognition.” Consider, for example, the latest policy position on self-determination published by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) in the spring of 2005. According to the AFN document, “a consensus has emerged [...] around a vision of the relationship between First Nations and Canada which would lead to strengthening recognition and implementation of First Nations’ governments.”   Continue Reading…

A safe and a shotgun or publicly-owned banks? The battle of Cyprus

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The deposit confiscation scheme has long been in the making. US depositors could be next – Published on Intrepid Report, by Ellen Brown, J.D., March 25, 2013.

… The long-planned confiscation scheme:

  • The deal pushed by the troika—the EU, ECB and IMF—has been characterized as a one-off event devised as an emergency measure in this one extreme case. But the confiscation plan has long been in the making, and it isn’t limited to Cyprus.
  • In a September 2011 article in the Bulletin of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, titled A Primer on Open Bank Resolution, Kevin Hoskin and Ian Woolford discussed a very similar haircut plan that had been in the works, they said, since the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The article referenced recommendations made in 2010 and 2011 by the Basel Committee of the Bank for International Settlements, the “central bankers’ central bank” in Switzerland.  Continue Reading…

U.S.-EU trade deal is the foundation for a new global economic order

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Dana Gabriel, March 22, 2013.

The U.S. and EU have agreed to launch negotiations on what would be the world’s largest free trade deal. Such an agreement would be the basis for the creation of an economic NATO and would include trade in goods, services and investment, as well as cover intellectual property rights.  Continue Reading…

Wirtschaft ohne Krise

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ein Video der Wissensmanufaktur: Interview, 54.22 min, von WissensmanufakturNET am 6. März 2013 hochgeladen.

A move to protect market economy from blatant abuse from the inside

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Published on Current Concerns, by Hansrudolf Schmid, March 18, 2013.

  • Sixty-eight per cent of Swiss voters have backed a constitutional amendment on “fat cat” pay. Sunday’s verdict was clear: shareholders of publicly listed companies will have a binding say on pay.    Continue Reading…

Iran, Mali and Syria show lessons of Iraq not learned, says UK ex-deputy PM John Prescott

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Watch the video, 13.44 min, published on Russia Today RT, March 21, 2013.

Ten-years on, the lessons of Iraq have been lost with the drive for militarily intervention in Syria and Iran akin to a modern-day Crusade, John Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister under Tony Blair, told RT in an exclusive interview.

Looking back on the drive that led to the invasion of Iraq, Prescott says regime change was never on the government’s agenda.

Saddam was an evil man, there’s no doubt about that, but we’re not the believer in regime change. You can’t just go into another country and decide: I don’t like its leader, he said.   Continue Reading…

The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats

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Published on Worker’s Action (first on CounterPunch), by John Stauber, March 20, 2013.

There is good news in the Boston Globe today for the managers, development directors, visionaries, political hacks and propaganda flacks who run “the Progressive Movement.” More easy-to-earn and easy-to-hide soft money, millions of dollars, will be flowing to them from super rich Democrats and business corporations. It will come clean, pressed and laundered through Organizing for Action, the latest incarnation of the Obama Money Machine which has recently morphed into a “nonpartisan non-profit corporation” that will ‘‘strengthen the progressive movement and train our next generation of leaders.’’  Continue Reading…

Remote-Control Diplomacy: US Backs Away from Strong Role in Middle East

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Interview with Vali Nasr published on Spiegel Online International, by Gregor Peter Schmitz, March 19, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

As the US deals with its economic troubles and pays increasing attention to Asia, its influence in the Middle East is declining. In a SPIEGEL interview, Vali Nasr, dean of the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, says President Obama cannot neglect his country’s vital role in the region.

SPIEGEL: President Barack Obama is finally, for the first time in his presidency, headed to Israel. Why isn’t he bringing along any new proposals to relaunch the peace process?   Continue Reading…

Irak gestern und heute

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Die Amerikaner hinterlassen im Irak einen Scherbenhaufen: Video auf Schweizer Fernsehen SRF/Reporter, 22.13 min, mit Ulrich Tilgner, 17./18. März 2013: Vor zehn Jahren griffen Truppen der USA und Grossbritanniens den Irak an. Mitten drin: SRF-Korrespondent Ulrich Tilgner. Im Interview gibt er Einblick in die schwierige Arbeit eines Journalisten im Kriegsgebiet. Und zieht eine erschreckende Bilanz über die Lage im ölreichen Zweistromland …;  Continue Reading…

Workers Saving Too Little to Retire

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Published on Wall Street Journal, by Kelly Greene and Vipal Monga, March 19, 2013.

Workers and employers in the U.S. are bracing for a retirement crisis, even as the stock market sits near highs and the economy shows signs of improvement. New data show that powerful financial and demographic forces are combining to squeeze individuals and companies that are trying to save for the future and make their money last.   Continue Reading…

From the shadows to the streets

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Undocumented youth and parents are still waiting for the Obama administration to keep its promises – Published on Socialist Worker, by Crystal Stella Becerril and Mario Cardenas, March 18, 2013.

DESPITE CLOUDY skies and a cold rain, an animated crowd of about more than 500 people rallied March 10, chanting “Born in the USA, don’t take my mommy and daddy away!” to draw attention to the plight of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Carrying signs that read, “Obama, keep your promise” and “No more deportations,” people gathered at Chicago’s Federal Plaza to demand that the federal government stop ripping families apart with its program of mass deportations.   Continue Reading…

Can Civilization Survive Capitalism?

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Published on Toward Freedom (Source: In These Times), by Noam Chomsky, March 14, 2013.

… The fact that the public is influenced by science is deeply troubling to those who dominate the economy and state policy.

One current illustration of their concern is the “Environmental Literacy Improvement Act” proposed to state legislatures by ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-funded lobby that designs legislation to serve the needs of the corporate sector and extreme wealth.   Continue Reading…

Wechselkurs

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Videoreihe von Neues Geld zwischen April und Mai 2012 auf YouTube hochgeladen:

  • Folge 1: Der Zinseszinseffekt, 5.47 min, am 8. April 2012 hochgeladen: … mit Steffen Henke, Geschäftsführer der “Neues Geld gemeinnützige GmbH”, (09.04.12 Lust auf Neues Geld);
  • Folge 2: Umweltzerstörung und Finanzsystem, 6.13 min, am 15. April 2012 hochgeladen: In Folge 2 von “Wechselkurs” wollen wir bildhaft und leicht verständlich den Zusammenhang von Umweltzerstörung und unserem Finanzsystem erklären;
  • Folge 3: Wer zahlt die Schuldzinsen? 9.05 min, am 22. April 2012 hochgeladen: In dieser Folge wird geklärt, ob man sich dem Verschuldungsmechanismus entziehen kann, auch wenn man selbst keine Darlehen und Kredite aufnimmt;  Continue Reading…

From the Folks Who Brought You NAFTA

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Published on Dissident Voice, by David Macaray, March 15, 2013.

Although there hasn’t been much mainstream news coverage, the U.S. is currently in negotiations with nine APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) countries on what could become the biggest, most ambitious, most comprehensive FTA (free trade agreement) in history.  The proposed agreement is called TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). Basically, if approved in its present form, it would resemble NAFTA on steroids. And we all know how well NAFTA turned out.   Continue Reading…

Charter Schools And The Future Of Public Education

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Published on ZNet (first on New Jersey Education Association), by Stan Karp, March 14, 2013.

Somewhere along the way, nearly every teacher dreams of starting a school. I know I did. More than once during the 30 years I taught English and journalism to high school students in Paterson, I imagined that creating my own school would open the door to everything I wanted as a teacher:

  • Colleagues with a shared vision of teaching and learning
  • Freedom from central office bureaucracy
  • A welcoming school culture that reflected the lives of our students and families
  • Professional autonomy that nourished innovation and individual and collective growth
  • School-based decision-making that pushed choices about resources, priorities, time and staffing closer to the classrooms where it matters the most.    Continue Reading…

Deficit realities: No cuts needed

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Published on RWER Blog, by Peter Radford, March 12, 2013.

It seems like the entire economic discussion is now about the Federal deficit and what we ought to do about it. You all know my position by now: nothing. The deficit is going to melt away, or at least back to manageable proportions. So there is no need to do anything.

Really.  Continue Reading…

Wealth Inequality in America

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Links:

The Budget/Austerity/Catfood Moebius Strip, on naked capitalism, by David Dayen, a lapsed blogger, now a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, CA …, MARCH 13, 2013;

Blow to Morsi, Brotherhood, on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, March 7, 2013;

Civil disobedience spreads: The focus of anti-Muslim, on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Ahmed Morsy, March 6, 2013.

Videos and comments on the net around Bradley Manning

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The Collateral Murder Video, 17.47 min, (he released it through wikileaks and then was put to prison), 17.46 min;

Video: Collateral Murder? 24.28 min, uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish, Apr 19, 2010 … (AlJazeeraEnglish has more than 36′800 uploaded videos on YouTube) … ;

Inside Story America – Bradley Manning: a whistleblowing hero? 25.00 min, uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish, March 5, 2013: What can we learn from Private Bradley Manning’s explanation for leaking US documents? Is Manning a hero or a villain? To discuss this on Inside Story Americas, with presenter Shihab Rattansi, are guests: Chase Madar, an attorney and author of The Passion of Bradley Manning; Joe Glenton, a British army Afghanistan veteran, writer and filmmaker; Jesselyn Radack, a national security and human rights director at Government Accountability Project; and JD Gordon, the former defence department spokesman;    Continue Reading…

UN SPECIAL: The long road to the first FGM-free villages in Iraq

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From Rumors to Reuters – Published on Stop FGM Kurdistan, by Arvid Vormann, WADI Anti-FGM Program Coordinator, Feb 6, 2013 (see also the article in french: La longue route vers les premiers villages sans excision  en Irak).

According to a large survey conducted in 2009, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is prevalent in all provinces of Kurdish Northern Iraq, except in the far northern Duhok region. More than 72% are affected, in villages and cities alike, among illiterates and, to a lesser extent, among academics. FGM is almost everywhere.   Continue Reading…

La longue route vers les premiers villages sans excision en Irak

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Publié dans l’Excision, parlons-en.org, par Camilles Arret, le 2 mars 2013 (et d’abord par Arvid Vormann, UN Special – voir aussi l’article en anglais (sur ce blog): UN SPECIAL, The long road to the first FGM-free villages in Iraq – From Rumors to Reuters: l’article d’Arvid Vormann publié en anglais sur le site UN Special, le magazine en ligne des Nations unies, et traduit en français par nos soins. L’excision ne frappe pas que le continent africain. Elle se pratique bien au-delà et parfois dans des zones méconnues comme le Kurdistan irakien. Selon l’ONG Wadi qui a mené une étude en 2010 dans cette région, plus de 72 % des femmes (hors province de Dohouk) y sont excisées.  Pour en savoir plus, voir l’article en anglais plus haut).  Continue Reading…

Disability: Web accessibility, good for society, good for business

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Making the Web accessible to people with disabilities is the right thing to do. For a business, it can also mean added revenue and protection from lawsuits – Published on International Labour Organization ILO, March 11, 2013.

GENEVA (ILO News) – For most of us, surfing the Web has become almost second nature. But for millions of people with disabilities, the Internet remains inhospitable territory.   Continue Reading…

US: Class War and Labor’s Declining Share

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Published on Monthly Review, by Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster, March 2013.

… Labor’s Share:

James K. Galbraith examined the “squeeze on wages from the 1950s–1990s,” discovering that the wage and salary share of personal income declined every decade on average throughout this period.8 Recently, a number of studies by quite “reputable” sources have appeared—especially one by staff at the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank and one by the Congressional Budget Office—showing the decline in the share of the economy going to labor seen in the last half of the twentieth century has continued into the present century.9 Using different assumptions and approaches they developed three different calculations, all of which indicated that labor’s share has been declining for some time.  Continue Reading…

Real Estate Locusts: Part 1 – Developers Cash in on Europe’s Poorest

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Özlem Gezer and Andreas Wassermann, March 07, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

International financial investors have spent billions to gobble up cheap real estate in Berlin. But a look at Scharnweberstrasse 111 shows how they and their ruthless middlemen are exploiting immigrants from Southeastern Europe to make profits.  Continue Reading…

The kids will be rich, unless Peter Peterson’s kids take their money

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Published on RWER Blog, by Dean Baker, March 6, 2013.

The Wall Street crew has been in high gear trying to convince the public that our children’s well-being is going to be threatened by their parents’ and grandparents’ Social Security. This story would be laughable except that it is endlessly repeated by people in positions of power and responsibility. For this reason it is worth going over the basic numbers yet again so that everyone knows that the people making these assertions are either ignorant or dishonest.   Continue Reading…

Great Britain: Shadow Lives

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How the War on Terror in England Became a War on Women and Children – Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Victoria Brittain, March 06, 2013.

Once, as a reporter, I covered wars, conflicts, civil wars, and even a genocide in places like Vietnam, Angola, Eritrea, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, keeping away from official briefings and listening to the people who were living the war. In the years since the Bush administration launched its Global War on Terror, I’ve done the same thing without ever leaving home.   Continue Reading…

Hugo Chavez, Presente

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Published on The Killing Train/Blog, by Justin Podur, March 3, 2013. (My comment: yes, I am publishing many more articles around this event as I normally do. Look, the mainstream media are so quickly and so definitively demolishing his memory, that some counterbalance is really needed).

… The welfare and the democratization, the regional and international diplomacy, are all huge achievements, a tremendous legacy. But for many of these years I have thought of Chavez’s legacy in terms of avoided losses. Thousands of people *not* massacred, millions *not* displaced, thousands *not* dying from preventable diseases, tens of thousands of opportunities for education *not* wasted, for fourteen years. Almost a generation.

Greg Grandin, in his article On The Legacy of Hugo Chavez, wrote something that I really felt:   Continue Reading…

What happens when the shale boom goes boom? – The great oil swindle

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Published on Le Monde Diplomatique, english edition, by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, March 2013.

The shale gas revolution was meant to bring lasting prosperity. But the result of the gas glut may be just a bubble, producing no more than a temporary recovery that masks deep structural instability.

Recent headlines in the US press about the coming economic boom heralded by the shale gas revolution would lead you to think we are literally swimming in oil. A spate of reports last year, in particular the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook (WEO) in November 2012, forecast that the US will outstrip Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2017, becoming, as Reuters put it, “all but self-sufficient in net terms” in energy production.  Continue Reading…

The Model Corporation: Responsible Ownership, Governance, and Leadership, Part 3/6

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Gary Brumback, March 4, 2013.

This is the third in a series of articles about the model corporation, one that doesn’t exist in real life, or at least doesn’t exist as a corporate member of the corpocracy. In the previous article a model corporation was described as one not being tall or big. In this article three more features are added:

  • Responsible ownership, governance and leadership. Having a model of a great corporation matters if, and when, the opportunity arises for self and/or externally imposed corporate reform.   Continue Reading…

AIPAC aims to play major strategic ally card to save aid for Israel from US cuts?

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Watch the interview video with political analyst Robert Naiman, 4.16 min, published on Russia Today RT, March 3, 2012.

Transcript:

… RT: The US has been Israel’s faithful ally since the foundation of the state. Why does it need to become official, why the formalization?

  • RN: Well, according to lobbyists associated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, it has to do with the coming threat of budget cuts. Under this sequester… there’re supposed to be across-the-board cuts to the US budget. So that should mean that the US aid to Israel, which is substantial, billions of dollars a year, should also be cut – but the Israel lobby doesn’t want the aid to Israel to be cut. So their long game is that with this designation of ‘major strategic ally’ they would move things that are currently paid out of the US aid to Israel into the base Pentagon budget. They’ll argue, ‘well, this is about the national security needs…’   Continue Reading…

Fire in the blood – seeds in the ground

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Published on Geoff Tansey blog, by blog owner, Feb 23, 2013.

Forget the Oscars. Go and see – if you can find it, Fire in the Blood, a new film released this weekend in the UK that was an official selection for the Sundance Film festival.

It is not about food but it holds lessons for our food future. The makers say the film is “An intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’” that ,”tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths -  and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.”   Continue Reading…

Verfassungsbruch durch den Bundestag

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Watch this videos, 18.15 min, von WissensmanufakturNET am 3. April 2012 hochgeladen: Stellungnahme der Wissensmanufaktur zur Rede von Gregor Gysi am 29.03.2012 über die Verfassungswidrigkeit des Europäischen Stabilitätsmechanismus und Fiskalpakts:
Diese Rede von Gregor Gysi hat es als erste Bundestagsrede verdient, von der Wissensmanufaktur empfohlen zu werden. Offenbar erkennen immer mehr Personen der Politik, was wir seit Jahren erklären.
Die Wissensmanufaktur distanziert sich dennoch ausdrücklich von sämtlichen Parteien und Politikern. Gysi kommt den tieferen Hintergründen inzwischen jedoch sehr nahe und analysiert auf brillante Weise die Rechtswidrigkeit von ESM und Fiskalpakt … (ganzer Text).

Excision: tradition et espoir

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publié dans YouTube, mise en ligne par nvpstream le 8 févr. 2013:

Le 19 janvier 2013, Laurie Bracher, revenue de Sierra Leone, raconte comment un village accepte de renoncer à l’excision, grâce à l’initiative de l’association MEA fondée par Michèle Moreau. Bien que la communauté internationale condamne la mutilation du sexe des femmes, cette coutume cruelle perdure en de nombreux endroits de la planète, de l’Afrique à l’Indonésie.

The New Guest Workers: Part 1 – A German Dream for Crisis Refugees

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by SPIEGEL Staff, February 28, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

A new generation of highly qualified immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe is seeking a future in Germany. Young, well-educated and multilingual, they are precisely what the German economy needs to ensure success in the future. The country has its work cut out if it wants these “godsends” to stay.   Continue Reading…

New Reports Reveal the Human and Financial Costs of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions

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Published on nourishing the planet.org, by Laura Reynolds, February 22, 2013.

The Rights and Resources Initiative RRI, a coalition of groups working for the rights of rural people to access and use their local natural resources, recently released two reports on the state of large-scale land acquisitions and investments, also known as land grabs. The reports looked at the financial risk associated with international land investments and gave an overview of the setbacks and progress made in land tenure during 2012.   Continue Reading…