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Index April 2013

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2013-04-01: World debt;
2013-04-01: Plan B;
2013-04-02: It’s Time to Decide: The Left, Austerity, and the People’s Assembly;
2013-04-03: Big banks take advantage of money laundering epidemic in US;
2013-04-04: Life after the Fall – Part 1: The Aftermath of the Cypriot Banking Collapse;
2013-04-04: ein paar Finanz-Links aus dem KOPP-Verlag;
2013-04-05: Almost third of US West Coast newborns hit with thyroid problems after Fukushima nuclear disaster;
2013-04-06: Klaus Dona’s researches;
2013-04-07: Escaping Accountability in Iraq;
2013-04-07: aus dem Neues Geld-Newsletter Nr. 14 vom 7. April 2013;
2013-04-08: Imagine If America Had Adopted Martin Luther King’s Economic Dream;
2013-04-09: Toothless Federal Reserve Enforcement Action hands Citigroup/Banamex;
2013-04-10: Merkel’s One-Sided Crisis Management Is a Mistake;
2013-04-11: Pirates of the Caribbean, Part 1: Global Resistance to Tax Havens Grows;
2013-04-12: Offshore Leaks – an internet text collection;
2013-04-13: Germany Must Accept Eurobonds or Leave Euro;
2013-04-14: The Struggle To Reclaim Paradise;
2013-04-15: The Know-It-All Party: Anti-Euro Alternative for Germany Launches;
2013-04-16: Bob Chapman’s;
2013-04-17: There are many such cases in Turkey’: Fazil Say trial not anomaly;
2013-04-18: Post-war unemployment and the failure of neo-classical social engineering in the Eurozone;
2013-04-19: Industrial policy: local roots and the human factor are vital to recovery;
2013-04-20: The Poverty Lie – Part 1: How Europe’s Crisis Countries Hide their Wealth;
2013-04-21: White doesn’t always mean privileged: why Femen’s Ukrainian context matters;
2013-04-22: BBC – WikiLeaks;
2013-04-23: Increased tensions at G-20, IMF meetings;
2013-04-24: Free exchange: The 90% question;
2013-04-25: The Boston bombings and the roots of terror;
2013-04-26: Networked minds require a fundamentally new kind of economics;
2013-04-27: How Capitalism Is Turning The Internet Against Democracy, And How To Turn It Back;
2013-04-28: The Meaning and Misuses of GDP;
2013-04-29: Land O’ Lakes: Melting Glaciers Transform Alpine Landscape;
2013-04-30: Recovery for the 7 Percent.

Recovery for the 7 Percent

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Published on Activist Post, by Paul Craig Roberts, April 28, 2013.

“From the end of the recession in 2009 through 2011 (the last year for which Census Bureau wealth data are available), the 8 million households in the U.S. with a net worth above $836,033 saw their aggregate wealth rise by an estimated $5.6 trillion, while the 111 million households with a net worth at or below that level saw their aggregate wealth decline by an estimated $600 billion.” Pew Research, “An Uneven Recovery,” by Richard Fry and Paul Taylor.   Continue Reading…

Land O’ Lakes: Melting Glaciers Transform Alpine Landscape

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Axel Bojanowski, April 26, 2013 (16 Photo in the Gallery).
Climate change is dramatically altering the Swiss Alps, where hundreds of bodies of water are being created by melting glaciers. Though the lakes can attract tourists and even generate electricity, local residents also fear catastrophic tidal waves … //

… Deeper than Lake Ontario:    Continue Reading…

The Meaning and Misuses of GDP

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Published on SONECON, by Robert J. Shapiro, April 25, 2013.

America’s Gross Domestic Product — GDP — is a very powerful statistic. Markets and politicians zealously track the quarterly numbers looking for a bottom line on how investors and the rest of us feel about our conditions and prospects. Compiled by some 2,000 economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), GDP pulls together everything they can measure concerning how much America’s households and various industries earn, consume and invest, and for what purposes. Over the last two weeks, however, two new developments should have reminded us that we know less about GDP than we usually believe … // Continue Reading…

How Capitalism Is Turning The Internet Against Democracy

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… And How To Turn It Back – Published on openDemocracy, by Guy Aitchison, April 22, 2013.

As capitalist corporations have come to dominate the internet, is it possible to fulfil the genuine democratic potential of this technology within the context of the current economic crisis? A review of Robert McChesney’s new book Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy, beyond the stale debate between ‘celebrants’ and ’sceptics’.    Continue Reading…

Networked minds require a fundamentally new kind of economics

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Published on Real-World Economic Review Blog RWER, by Editor and Christian Waloszek, April 24, 2013.

… In their computer simulations of human evolution, scientists at ETH Zurich find the emergence of the “homo socialis” with “other-regarding” preferences. The results explain some intriguing findings in experimental economics and call for a new economic theory of “networked minds”.  Continue Reading…

The Boston bombings and the roots of terror

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Published on WSWS, by Bill Van Auken, April 24, 2013.

Within days of the bombings in Boston, massive contradictions have opened up in the official accounts given by the Obama administration, the FBI and other state agencies as to how this terrorist attack transpired.

As in so many previous cases, once again in the Boston bombings the individual said to be the principal organizer of an act of terrorism was well known to the FBI. In 2011, the agency had been tipped off by Russian intelligence that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died last week following a shootout with police, was suspected of being a radical Islamist seeking to link up with armed groups in the Northern Caucasus.

The FBI now claims that it investigated Tsarnaev, a resident alien and Russian citizen, but found no incriminating evidence, learning nothing more about him until after the April 15 bombings … // Continue Reading…

Free exchange: The 90% question

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A seminal analysis of the relationship between debt and growth comes under attack - Published on The Economist, April 20, 2013.

GOVERNMENT indebtedness matters. Default and financial panic are the stuff of finance-minister nightmares. Government borrowing can crowd out private investment, dragging growth down. Yet economists have struggled to specify when a country needs to worry about its debt load. In a 2010 paper Carmen Reinhart, now a professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and Kenneth Rogoff, an economist at Harvard University, seemed to provide an answer. They argued that GDP growth slows to a snail’s pace once government-debt levels exceed 90% of GDP.   Continue Reading…

Increased tensions at G-20, IMF meetings

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Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Nick Beams, April 22, 2013.

Last weekend’s meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the G-20 saw further calls for policies to stimulate global economic growth. There were no concrete measures advanced to implement such a program, however, amid deepening divisions among the major powers … // Continue Reading…

BBC – WikiLeaks

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The Secret Life of a Superpower, Richard Bilton uncovers a struggle at the heart of US diplomacy between the ideals of freedom and spreading democracy, and the ruthless demands of American security and narrow self-interest:

White doesn’t always mean privileged: why Femen’s Ukrainian context matters

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Published on New Statesman, by Agata Pyzik, April 18, 2013.

The criticism of Femen and their topless protests as “fast-food feminism” ignores the postcommunist macho culture in Ukraine, the country from which the group emerged. Despite both the influence of the West over the impoverished ex-Soviet Bloc, and its westernisation after 1989, eastern Europe often seems worlds apart from its richer counterpart.   Continue Reading…

The Poverty Lie – Part 1: How Europe’s Crisis Countries Hide their Wealth

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Spiegel Staff, April 17, 2013 (Photo Gallery – see also: ECB study shows German households poorer than Cyprus’).

How fair is the effort to save the euro if the people living in the countries that receive aid are wealthier than the citizens of donor countries like Germany? A debate over a redistribution of the burdens is long overdue.

The images we see from the capitals of Europe’s crisis-ridden countries are confusing to say the least. In the Cypriot capital Nicosia, for example, thousands protested against the levy on bank deposits, carrying images of Hitler and anti-Merkel signs, one of which read: “Merkel, your Nazi money is bloodier than any laundered money.”   Continue Reading…

Industrial policy: local roots and the human factor are vital to recovery

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Published on Financial, April 16, 2013.

… The representatives of the EU’s towns and regions underline however that local roots and the human dimension are the most decisive factors in the future of European industry. In their opinion, adopted at plenary session, they also call for better coordination of industrial policies and of EU cohesion by means of territorial pacts.

Highlighting the industry’s leverage effect on the economy as a whole, especially in terms of jobs, the CoR advocates making industrial renewal a genuine political priority, on the same political footing as cohesion, infrastructure and agriculture. At the same time, as European Union said, it points out that although this imperative is increasingly recognised, it is not always supported by the Member States, as borne out by the cuts that the European Council proposes to make in the future EU budget in sectors of particular importance for industry (research & innovation and trans-European infrastructure, for example) … // Continue Reading…

Post-war unemployment and the failure of neo-classical social engineering in the Eurozone

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with 4 graphs – Published on Real-World Economics Review RWER Blog, by mrijnknibbe, April 15, 2013.

Eurozone unemployment is, with 12%, at a historical maximum. This average masks lower levels in the core while levels in the ‘periphery’ are beyond anything ever experienced in the developed economies, post WW II (see the graphs). This is a concern for the European Central Bank (ECB). This bank has next to its inflation fighting mandate a clear, legal, and binding prosperity mandate.   Continue Reading…

There are many such cases in Turkey’: Fazil Say trial not anomaly

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Watch this video, 3.35 min, published on Russia Today RT, April 15, 2013:

Turkish pianist Fazil Say being slapped with a suspended 10-month jail term for a controversial tweet is an example of a “clear trend of abusive prosecutions” in Turkey, Amnesty International researcher Andrew Gardner told RT … //

… RT: The musician has many times been critical of the country’s prime minister, is this case personal?   Continue Reading…

Bob Chapman’s

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Links:   Continue Reading…

The Know-It-All Party: Anti-Euro Alternative for Germany Launches

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Philipp Wittrock, April 12, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

… Applause Coming from the Wrong Side:

Keeping track of new members, though, is no easy task. The party claims that it is reviewing each new member for signs of a right-wing past. At the same time, though, all it takes is a quick scan of the party’s Facebook page to find the kind of language that is often used by right-wing extremists in defining their enemies. They include official entries with loaded terms such as: “state media,” an allusion to a media that supposedly filters out alternative viewpoints; “bloc parties,” the term used by the far-right, neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) to describe the mainstream parties; and “multicultural re-education.” Little wonder, then, that the NPD itself has praised Alternative for German for the “important function it serves in breaking the ice and opening doors for the NPD’s criticism of the euro and the EU.”   Continue Reading…

The Struggle To Reclaim Paradise

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Published on ZNet (first on Waging Nonviolence), by Imani Altemus-Williams, April 12, 2013.

… In Hawaiian indigenous culture, the very idea of GMOs is effectively sacrilegious.

“For Hawaii’s indigenous peoples, the concepts underlying genetic manipulation of life forms are offensive and contrary to the cultural values of aloha ‘??ina [love for the land],” wrote Mililani B. Strask, a native Hawaiian attorney.

Deadly practices:   Continue Reading…

Germany Must Accept Eurobonds or Leave Euro

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Published on Spiegel Online International (with the kind permission of Project Syndicate), by Investor George Soros, April 10, 2013.

Despite a period of relative calm last year, the euro crisis is creeping back in 2013. In an essay for SPIEGEL ONLINE, star investor George Soros argues that the situation would improve dramatically were Germany to accept Eurobonds. Absent such acceptance, Berlin should consider leaving the euro zone, he argues … //

… Eurobonds Would Not Ruin Germany’s Credit Rating:   Continue Reading…

Offshore Leaks – an internet text collection

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News April 11, 2013:

Pirates of the Caribbean, Part 1: Global Resistance to Tax Havens Grows

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by , April 08, 2013 (Photo Gallery: Casting Light on a Shadowy World).

Tax havens cause hundreds of millions of euros in annual damage to national economies around the world and they create an uncontrollable parallel economy. The recent Offshore Leaks investigative reports are helping to fuel efforts in Europe and the US to have them eliminated.

What do a now-deceased German playboy and the daughter of the former Philippine dictator have in common? What connects a Russian oligarch and the former campaign manager of the French president?    Continue Reading…

Merkel’s One-Sided Crisis Management Is a Mistake

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Interview with Peer Steinbrück published on Spiegel Online International, by Konstantin von Hammerstein and Gordon Repinski, April 08, 2013 (Photo GalleryTranslated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Peer Steinbrück, the 66-year-old Social Democrat German chancellor candidate, says Chancellor Angela Merkel’s strict focus on austerity in the debt crisis has been wrong. He also vows to crack down on tax evaders and raise taxes on high earners.

SPIEGEL: Mr. Steinbrück, following the revelations about trillions of euros in assets deposited in offshore tax havens, you have called for a tougher approach against tax evaders. Why have you waited so long? You would have had an opportunity to do this when you were finance minister.  Continue Reading…

Toothless Federal Reserve Enforcement Action

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… hands Citigroup/Banamex a Pass over Drug Money Laundering – Published on Dissident Voice, by Tom Burghardt, April 7, 2013.

In October 2005, at the height of the speculative financial bubble that eventually cost taxpayers trillions of dollars and devastated millions of lives, Citigroup Equity Strategy analysts Ajay Kapur, Niall Macleod and Narendra Singh published their provocative, though accurate portrayal of bourgeois amorality, Plutonomy: Buying Luxury, Explaining Global ImbalancesContinue Reading…

Imagine If America Had Adopted Martin Luther King’s Economic Dream

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A discussion on King’s vision of economic justice, and how so little has changed for America’s most oppressed – Interview with James Cone and Taylor Branch published on AlterNet, by Bill Moyers, April 6, 2013 (first here the transcript, the video is at the end of this article).

… Before we talk, let’s listen to these words from Martin Luther King, Jr., spoken at Stanford University just a year before his assassination. It’s as if he were saying them today.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR: There are literally two Americas. One America is beautiful for situation. And in a sense this America is overflowing with the milk of prosperity and the honey of opportunity. This America is the habitat of millions of people who have food and material necessities for their bodies, and culture and education for their minds, and freedom and human dignity for their spirits. […] But tragically and unfortunately, there is another America. This other America has a daily ugliness about it that constantly transforms the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair. In this America millions of work-starved men walk the streets daily in search for jobs that do not exist. In this America millions of people find themselves living in rat-infested, vermin-filled slums. In this America people are poor by the millions. They find themselves perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.   Continue Reading…

aus dem Neues Geld-Newsletter Nr. 14 vom 7. April 2013

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1): Veranstaltung am 13.04.2013;

2): Kennen Sie diese Zahlen? Haben wir wirklich in der Vergangenheit unsere Zukunft “verfrühstückt”, wie es gern von dem einen oder anderen Politiker formuliert wird?

Schulden (Pflichten) BRD (Bund und Länder) 1970: 64 Mrd. €
Schulden (Pflichten) BRD (Bund und Länder) 2009: 1.658 Mrd. €
Schuldenzuwachs, Bund und Länder (1970 – 2009): 1.658 Mrd. € – 64 Mrd. € = 1.594 Mrd. €
gezahlte Schuldzinsen, BRD, 1970 – 2009: 1.562 Mrd. €
Fazit: …;   Continue Reading…

Escaping Accountability in Iraq

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Ron Forthofer, April 5, 2013.

Ancient history sometimes provides guidance for us. Consider that way back in late 2002 and early 2003, the political class, reinforced by the punditry, hyped the threat of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). These groups used weapons of mass deception – newspapers, talk radio and television ‘news’ programs – to build support for an unwarranted and illegal attack on Iraq over non-existent WMDs.   Continue Reading…

Klaus Dona’s researches

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  • Video: Solid Evidence That Giants Are Real, with Klaus Dona, 15.00 min, uploaded by UniverseExplorersTV2, Jan 18, 2013;
  • Audio: The SECRET HISTORY of the HUMAN RACE w/ Klaus Dona, 73.28 min, uploaded by Russell Scott,  Nov. 7, 2012: Being a specialist in culture and art exhibitions he organized since 1991 over 30 cultural exhibitions in Austria, Japan and Korea. His attention was automatically drawn to a phenomenon called ‘Ooparts’ – out of place artifacts …;

in german / auf deutsch:

Klaus Dona: Artefakte die es nicht geben dürfte, 57.51 min, uploaded by uniomystica1, 1. März 2012;   Continue Reading…

Almost third of US West Coast newborns hit with thyroid problems after Fukushima nuclear disaster

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Published on Russia Today RT, April 3, 2012.

Researchers have discovered that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has had far-reaching health effects more drastic than previously thought: young children born on the US West Coast are 28 percent more likely to develop congenital hyperthyroidism.

In examining post-Fukushima conditions along the West Coast, researchers found American-born children to be developing similar conditions that some Europeans acquired after the 1986 meltdown of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.  Continue Reading…

ein paar Finanz-Links aus dem KOPP-Verlag

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Life after the Fall – Part 1: The Aftermath of the Cypriot Banking Collapse

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Ralf Hoppe, April 02, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

Cypriots are paying a high price for the collapse of their banking system. A leading lawyer, a real estate broker and a bar owner have already begun the process of searching for a future — for themselves, their companies and their country … //

… A Heavy Burden:   Continue Reading…

Big banks take advantage of money laundering epidemic in US

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Published on Russia Today RT, April 1, 2013.

The attorney general of the United States says the country’s largest banks may be too big to jail, but the former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund isn’t exactly convinced.

Simon Johnson, the former top IMF economist and a current professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, published a blistering editorial in Bloomberg News this week that makes an argument for imprisoning the banksters responsible for the nation’s last financial crisis — and possibly the next one — much to the chagrin of Attorney General Eric Holder.   Continue Reading…

It’s Time to Decide: The Left, Austerity, and the People’s Assembly

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Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 794, by Chris Nineham, April 1, 2013.

The Peoples’ Assembly will meet in London on June 22, where thousands of those opposing the Coalition’s cuts will gather to work out a strategy to defeat austerity, and by implication, the government. Waiting till a 2015 election is hardly an option. It would be to allow more irreparable damage to be done. And many people, way beyond the radical left, will be wary of assuming that an Ed Miliband government, without strong pressure from below, will do much to alleviate the collective suffering caused by austerity.   Continue Reading…

Plan B

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Revolution des Systems für eine tatsächliche Neuordnung, 61.28 min, auf WissensmanufakturNE, von Andreas Popp und Rico Albrecht, vom 20. Juni 2012, …(und ganzer, sehr langer Text) (gleiches Video auch auf YouTube).

Plan B als pdf-Datei herunterladen:

Links:

WissensmanufakturNET, Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik;

Zypern-Schock: Erste Hilfe für Sparer;

World debt, auf Economy and Society, April 1, 2013.

World debt

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World debt comparison live: The global debt clock (Staatsschulden-Uhr), supplied and compiled by Economist Intelligence Unit, on The Economist.

The clock is ticking. Every second, it seems, someone in the world takes on more debt. The idea of a debt clock for an individual nation is familiar to anyone who has been to Times Square in New York, where the American public shortfall is revealed. Our clock (updated September 2012) shows the global figure for almost all government debts in dollar terms … Does it matter? After all, world governments owe the money to their own citizens, not to the Martians … (full text, notes, and especially a multiplicity of comments).  Continue Reading…