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Index July 2013

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2013-07-01: The Main Immediate Challenge For The Anti-Capitalist Left;
2013-07-02: The crime of alleviating poverty;
2013-07-03: Boundless Informant: The Global Hunt for Edward Snowden;
2013-07-04: Three questions on Egypt: Three radical scenarios and one viable option;
2013-07-04: Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow;
2013-07-05: The Anti-Empire Report #118;
2013-07-06: One thing in Egypt is sure, it will not be the secular liberals taking power;
2013-07-07: Brazil: The Great Opportunity;
2013-07-08: Viva la Siesta: Should Southern Europe Really Be More German? Part 1;
2013-07-09: Financial Crime;
2013-07-10: it happens at Guantánamo Bay;
2013-07-11: The role of the IMF in Morsi’s downfall;
2013-07-12: Welcome to the Age of Irresponsibility;
2013-07-12: Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine;
2013-07-13: Latvia and the Euro: Meet the EU’s Newest Tax Haven;
2013-07-14: Case study: Sudan; the CIA’s early links with Islamists;
2013-07-15: Genetic Engineering: The Global Food and Agricultural Crisis;
2013-07-16: Casino Politics: An unprecedented political gamble;
2013-07-17: Gaga for Google;
2013-07-18: Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement TPPA could hurt Developing Countries;
2013-07-19: How the System Worked: The US v. Trayvon Martin;
2013-07-20: A Short Retrospective Look on the 31st May Uprising in Turkey;
2013-07-21: Greenwald: Explosive NSA Spying Reports Are Imminent;
2013-07-21: Whistleblowing at the top: Olympus CEO turned Whistleblower;
2013-07-22: I Would Rather Wait: Merkel Remains Mum on NSA Spying;
2013-07-23: Interview by Abbey MartinAbby Martin;
2013-07-24: The Wages of Dignity;
2013-07-25: Political Prisoner in America: Aafia Siddiqui, Victim of U.S. Injustice;
2013-07-26: US Economy 2014 Collapse;
2013-07-27: Do Peace Accords Lead to Peace, Justice, and Security for the People?
2013-07-27: über bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen;
2013-07-28: The two faux democracies threaten life on earth;
2013-07-29: Brazil’s social policies a model for Kenya;
2013-07-30: US: June’s new and existing home sales and advance report on durable goods;
2013-07-31: English and the Anarchists’ Language.

English and the Anarchists’ Language

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An exchange between Kristian Williams and the CrimethInc. Writers’ Bloc – Published on CrimeInc. Ex-Workers’ Collective (scroll down), by CrimethInc. Writers’ Bloc, not dated (linked with Anarchism and the English Language).

“The alchemists have a saying: ‘Tertium non data’: the third is not given. That is, the transformation from one element to another, from waste matter into best gold, is a process that cannot be documented. It is fully mysterious.  No one really knows what effects change.” –Jeanette Winterson.   Continue Reading…

US: June’s new and existing home sales and advance report on durable goods

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Published on Market Watch 666, by RJS, July 28, 2013.

Two of the widely watched reports this week were on June sales of houses … the first we’ll look at is on sales of previously owned homes from data provided by National Association of Realtors (NAR) and is based on home sales data from a representative sample of 160 MLS Boards;   Continue Reading…

Brazil’s social policies a model for Kenya

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Julius Okoth, July 25, 2013.

The funds transfer programme has lifted millions of people out of poverty, although critics dismiss it as welfare adventurism which African countries can ill afford.

Themes that used to be ignored in Africa such as hunger eradication and reduction of social inequality have now become top priorities as a result of collaboration between Brazil and Africa in south-to-south solidarity. Brazil’s social inclusion policies, such as income redistribution program ‘Bolsa Familia’, are most admired by African social actors.   Continue Reading…

The two faux democracies threaten life on earth

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(faux = false/fake) – Published on Intrepid Report, by Paul Craig Roberts, July 26, 2013.

Amitai Etzioni has raised an important question: Who authorized preparations for war with China? Etzioni says that the war plan is not the sort of contingency plan that might be on hand for an improbable event. Etzioni also reports that the Pentagon’s war plan was not ordered by, and has not been reviewed by, US civilian authorities. We are confronted with a neoconized US military out of control, endangering Americans and the rest of the world.   Continue Reading…

über bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen

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Podiumsdiskussion: Wolfgang Berger, Rico Albrecht, Oliver Janich, 53.27 min, von Wissensmanufaktur (auf ihrer Webseite) am 6. Juli 2013 hochgeladen … mit weiteren Video-Beiträgen in autoplay …;
… auch auf Alpenparlament.TV/video;

Webseiten: Wissensmanufaktur.net; Alpenparlament.TV: /Homepage, /über uns, 28.23 min.

Do Peace Accords Lead to Peace, Justice, and Security for the People?

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Lessons from El Salvador for the Columbian FARC – Published on Dissident Voice, by James Petras, July 25, 2013.

… Method of Evaluating the Peace Accord:

  • In approaching the analysis of the Peace Accord it is important to begin by focusing on the evolution of the FMLN – the ideological, organizational and political changes that led to the negotiations, the eventual pact with the rightwing regime and the socio-economic and political results. The second part of the essay compares and contrasts the socio-economic and political results and policies which followed from the pact and how they affected the mass of the people. This allows us to see who benefited and who lost; what socio-economic class and political structures emerged; what foreign policies were followed.   Continue Reading…

US Economy 2014 Collapse

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Video by Peter Schiff: FED will cause Huge Economic Crisis, 17.29 min, uploaded by Gold, Silver & Economy News, May 15, 2013;

Link in german: Die Wahrheit, 1996: Die neue Weltordnung, 6.57 min, von 1Flyingkneekick am 11. März 2013 hochgeladen.

Political Prisoner in America: Aafia Siddiqui, Victim of U.S. Injustice

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Stephen Lendman, July 22, 2013.

She’s one of thousands of US political prisoners. She’s well known. She committed no crimes. She’s been brutalized in captivity. Mercy isn’t in America’s vocabulary. Rogue states operate that way. Washington’s by far the worst. It reportedly agreed to Pakistan’s extradition terms. Both sides will swap prisoners. Previous articles discussed her 2003 abduction, detention, torture, false charges, prosecution, and conviction. More on that below.   Continue Reading…

The Wages of Dignity

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Published on The Brooklin Rail, by Eleanor J- Bader, July 15, 2013.

… Shaheen, for example, has received only one wage increase in five years, moving from $7.25 to $7.75 an hour. Meanwhile, George, 22, has worked full-time at a Burger King on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge for three years. “I still make $7.25,” he scowls. “I ask for more money every day I work. This morning the boss told me that I’ll get a raise when I die. It makes me feel low not to be able to support myself and move out of mommy and daddy’s house. I’m already old and I’ve gotta stay with them because I can’t afford to get a place of my own.”   Continue Reading…

Interview by Abbey MartinAbby Martin

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Court Rules NDAA Lawful, Mo Money Mo Koch Problems, Bradley Manning 250 Year Sentence, 27.19 min, uploaded by breakingtheset, July 18, 2013: Abby Martin Breaks the Set on Civil Liberties Under Fire, More Koch Problems, A Defense Contractor’s Resignation, Latest on Bradley Manning trial, and Executed for Gambling …;

I Would Rather Wait: Merkel Remains Mum on NSA Spying

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Published on Spiegel Online International, July 19, 2013.

Despite intense political pressure, German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered no new details on the extent of NSA surveillance activities in Germany during a Friday press conference. She told reporters that her government is applying “appropriate pressure” on the Obama administration.   Continue Reading…

Whistleblowing at the top: Olympus CEO turned Whistleblower

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… headlines NACD annual conference – Published on National Association of Corporate Directors NACD, by Henry Stoever, July 8, 2013.

Few corporate leaders possess the courage displayed by former Olympus President and CEO Michael Woodford when he blew the whistle on Olympus—a company he spent 30 years serving. The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is pleased to announce Woodford as a keynote speaker at its annual Board Leadership Conference on Oct. 13-15 in Washington, D.C.   Continue Reading…

Greenwald: Explosive NSA Spying Reports Are Imminent

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by dsl, July 19, 2013.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald says new reports from the trove of NSA data supplied by whistleblower Edward Snowden can be expected in the next few days. Speaking on a German talkshow, he said they would be even “more explosive in Germany” than previous reporting … //

… Greenwald Carries Data with Him:   Continue Reading…

A Short Retrospective Look on the 31st May Uprising in Turkey

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Published on ZNet, by Ali Saysel, July 18, 2013.

With this article, I aim at summarizing the key events in the ongoing resistance in Turkey since 31st of May through an insider’s look from Istanbul, with the help of several opinions that has been published in Turkish mostly in alternative internet media and based on my exchange with friends who are somewhat involved in resistance to different extents.   Continue Reading…

How the System Worked: The US v. Trayvon Martin

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Published on Counterpunch (also on ZNet), by ROBIN D.G. KELLEY, July 15, 2013.

… But when George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, teenage pedestrian returning home one rainy February evening from a neighborhood convenience store, the NRA went mute.  Neither NRA officials nor the pro-gun wing of the Republican Party argued that had Trayvon Martin been armed, he would be alive today.  The basic facts are indisputable: Martin was on his way home when Zimmerman began to follow him—first in his SUV, and then on foot.  Continue Reading…

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement TPPA could hurt Developing Countries

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…  local producers will have to compete with large foreign businesses. Moreover, the TPPA will give foreign companies more opportunities to sue governments, while also raising the prices of medicines – Published on Global Policy Forum GPF, by Martin Khor, July 17, 2013.

… Not much is known about the TPPA drafts.  But with some of its chapters leaked and available on the internet, and since much of the TPPA is likely to be similar to bilateral FTAs that the United States has already signed, we can have a good idea of its main points.    Continue Reading…

Gaga for Google

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Published on In These Times, by Chris Lehmann, July 12, 2013.

Polls show a solid majority of Americans continue to support the ritual sacrifice of their personal call data on the altar of our never-ending war with Oceania—er, excuse me, terrorism—even after sordid revelations brought to light by whistleblower Edward J. Snowden.

There’s something fatalistic about this bedrock support for the new police state. Could it be less a show of stubborn loyalty to federal spookery than a sort of learned helplessness, bred in the fingertips of an American public long used to marketers hovering over their Facebook and Google accounts, tracking—and then desperately seeking to monetize—every keystroke they make?    Continue Reading…

Casino Politics: An unprecedented political gamble

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Published on Labour List.org, by Ian Lavery, July 13, 2013.

… The goal of the party, as always must be to win the general election. Only by removing this government can we resoundingly put a stop to their monstrous actions. Only by working together as a unified body, Labour and Unions together, do we have any hope of achieving our goals. We have to get them out in 2015, we simply cannot afford, as a country, to leave the Tories with their hands on the levers of power. Does this week’s announcement leave this goal as uncertain?    Continue Reading…

Genetic Engineering: The Global Food and Agricultural Crisis

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Colin Todhunter, July 6, 2013.

… The report also highlights some grave concerns about the impact of modern agriculture per se in terms of the general move towards depleted genetic diversity and the consequently potential catastrophic risk to staple food crops. Of the nearly 10,000 wheat varieties in use in China in 1949, only 1,000 remained in the 1970s.  Continue Reading…

Case study: Sudan; the CIA’s early links with Islamists

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Wayne Madsen, July 12, 2013.

A formerly secret CIA “Current Intelligence Weekly Summary,” dated March 19, 1959, provides evidence of the agency’s early cooperation with Islamist sects that were influenced by Saudi-inspired Wahhabists. As early as 1959 and the Dwight Eisenhower administration, CIA analysts were praising Sudan’s Ansar sect, made up of followers of Imam Sayid Abdul Rahman al-Mahdi, who “formed the principal support of the more pro-Western officers” of the Supreme Army Council and the cabinet.   Continue Reading…

Latvia and the Euro: Meet the EU’s Newest Tax Haven

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Stefan Schultz in Riga, Latvia, July 11, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

Latvia will become the common currency area’s newest member in January 2014 — the same time that new tax laws go into effect allowing the country to compete with the likes of Cyprus and Malta. This could further destabilize the European economy … // Continue Reading…

Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine

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(allready published on HBB-blog on July 9, 2013) – ClassWarFilms Presents: Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine, 22.51 min, on Dissident Voice, by ClassWarFilms, July 6, 2013; Continue Reading…

Welcome to the Age of Irresponsibility

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In Today’s Corporations the Buck Never Stops. Our largest companies have become so complex that no one’s expected to fully know what’s going on. Yet the rewards are bigger than ever – Published on The Guardian, by Ha-Joon Chang, July 9, 2013.

George Osborne confirmed on Monday that he would accept the recommendation of Britain’s parliamentary commission on banking standards and add to his banking reform bill a new offence of reckless misconduct in the management of a bank.   Continue Reading…

The role of the IMF in Morsi’s downfall

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Published on Socialist Unity, by John Wight, July 8, 2013.

(My comment: but first it was the fear about a Muslim dictatorship that put hundred of thousands of Egyptian non-integrists into the streets, even Muslim women. Why is the Muslim Brotherhood not able to see these a bit more secular or leftist thinking part of the population? In democracy, any majority has never the right to transform a democracy into a dictatorship for it’s believes, specially not the rules about privat life of their political opponents. It was the threat for a Muslim integrist dictatorship which made people oppose Morsi and approve the military intervention. Why the Muslims need to deny this? And why intellectuals do not speak and write enough about this part of the events? – Heidi).   Continue Reading…

it happens at Guantánamo Bay

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Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) force fed under standard Guantánamo Bay procedure, 4.38 min, uploaded by TheGuardian, July 8, 2013.

Caution: a heart breaking stuff …

Financial Crime

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ClassWarFilms Presents: Financial Crime, 9.04 min, uploaded on YouTube by ClassWarFilms,  Feb 9, 2013: This video is about Financial Crime—of, by, and for our Predatory Capitalists. The next uploaded ClassWarFilms’ videos will run in autoplay;

Presentation of this video on War Is A Crime.org, by dlindorff, Feb 24, 2013: Class War Films, the brainchild of three filmmakers, Lanny Cotler, and Paul and Jason Edwards, have offered to provide ThisCantBeHappening! with occasional short videos on topics like this, military spending, political fraud, financial crime, etc. They are working on creating a website, which will be called ClassWarriors.org …;   Continue Reading…

Viva la Siesta: Should Southern Europe Really Be More German? Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, an Essay by Max A. Höfer, July 05, 2013.

In the wake of the euro crisis, Southern Europeans have increasingly traded their traditions of leisure for more work and more consumption – often at Germany’s prodding. As backlash sets in, this logic must be questioned.  Continue Reading…

Brazil: The Great Opportunity

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Published on ZNet, by Boaventura de Sousa Santos, July 4, 2013.

History shows – and current events confirm – that periods of acute crisis or deprivation are typically not the times when citizens will rise against an unjust state of affairs, forcing institutions and those with political power to significantly change the course of government.    Continue Reading…

One thing in Egypt is sure, it will not be the secular liberals taking power

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Published on Left Foot Forward, by Tom London, July 5, 2013.

… However, the lack of broad electoral support for the views of those revolutionaries was very clearly demonstrated in the presidential election in 2012.

Only the top two candidates from the 1st round in May went through to the 2nd round in June. No candidate who was attractive to secular liberal voters came close to making it to the 2nd round which was contested between Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and Ahmed Shafik, who was the last prime minister appointed by Mubarak and closely identified with his regime.   Continue Reading…

The Anti-Empire Report #118

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Published on political affairs pa (first on the William Blum’s Website), by William Blum, June 26, 2013.

(first my question about this schizophrenia: 1) Europe is furious about NSA spyings; 2) Europe submits to American stoping an airplane which maybe could transport Edward Snowden … THIS ist the proof that Europe is crashing … mentally, morally, politically … and the crash line goes between the worldwide black gov and the official govs, Heidi).

EDWARD SNOWDEN:

In the course of his professional life in the world of national security Edward Snowden must have gone through numerous probing interviews, lie detector examinations, and exceedingly detailed background checks, as well as filling out endless forms carefully designed to catch any kind of falsehood or inconsistency.   Continue Reading…

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

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Full text of a statement released by Edward Snowden through Wikileaks -Published on Axis of Logic, by Edward Joseph Snowden, Wikileaks, July 3, 2013.

… On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.  Continue Reading…

Three questions on Egypt: Three radical scenarios and one viable option

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President Morsi has made many political miscalculations, but the opposition is divided and Egypt’s deadlock persists – Published on AlJazeera, by Marwan Bishara, July 2, 2013.

How did Egypt descend into this dangerous political deadlock?

There are a number of reasons why Egypt has descended into this situation. First of all, the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing, The Justice and Freedom Party, chose to govern alone without soliciting support from the wider political spectrum.   Continue Reading…

Boundless Informant: The Global Hunt for Edward Snowden

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by SPIEGEL Staff, July 1, 2013 (Photo Gallery: a Whistleblower on the Run).
Linked with Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out, on Berhane Tewolde’s Development Blog, by WeAreTheMany, July 3, 2013. (See also Socialism 2013.org).

Whistleblower Edward Snowden remains on the run from US authorities, leaving behind a trail of revelations. Currently believed to be in Moscow’s international airport, he has become the victim of a global hunt with elements of a Cold War thriller … // Continue Reading…

The crime of alleviating poverty

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a local community currency battles the Central Bank of Kenya – Published on Intrepid Report, by Ellen Brown J.D., July 1, 2013.

Former Peace Corps volunteer Will Ruddick and several residents of Bangladesh, Kenya, face a potential seven years in prison after developing a cost-effective way to alleviate poverty in Africa’s poorest slums. Their solution: a complementary currency issued and backed by the local community. The Central Bank of Kenya has now initiated charges of forgery.

Complementary currencies can help eradicate poverty.   Continue Reading…

The Main Immediate Challenge For The Anti-Capitalist Left

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… Is To Contribute To The Development Of The Movement – Excerpt of an Interview with João Machado, published on International Viewpoint, by Juan Tortosa, June 23 and 27, 2013.

… Which are the social sectors that dominate the economy? Has the economic growth of Brazil benefitted society as a whole?

  • The Brazilian economy is dominated by an alliance between financial capital, big industrial capital and agro business (the big rural bourgeoisie), in all cases both national and foreign, with some contradictions among them. For industrial capital, for example, the policy of over-valuation of the real creates problems, because it makes it difficult to compete with imports. But as this capital accepts the neoliberal general framework of the economic policy of the government, it does not have much margin to make pressure for changes in the policy.   Continue Reading…