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Index August 2013

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2013-08-01: Should China Deregulate?
2013-08-01: rund ums Geld mit Bernd Senf;
2013-08-02: Economic Recovery by Statistical Manipulation;
2013-08-02: BETRUGSMASCHINE – EURO KRISE – DOLLAR;
2013-08-03: Five Wedges That Crack the “Melting Pot” Meme;
2013-08-03: Inflation – Armut – Geldsystem;
2013-08-04: When we were Woodstock (2);
2013-08-05: Bonded labour: Fighting bonded labour in Nepal;
2013-08-05: Darf ich Ihnen etwas sagen?
2013-08-06: Requiem for a revolution that never was;
2013-08-06: Absolute Mehrheit;
2013-08-07: The Detroit Bail-In Template: Fleecing Pensioners to Save the Banks;
2013-08-08: NSA Aftermath: German Firms Scramble to Boost Data Protection, part 1;
2013-08-08: Oliver Janich;
2013-08-09: Members Of Congress Denied Access To Basic Information About NSA;
2013-08-10: June 2012: Iceland Dismantles Corrupt Gov’t …;
2013-08-11: about Bradley Manning and the Nuremberg Charter (or London Charter);
2013-08-12: Real business cycles – transmogrifying obfuscation;
2013-08-13: June’s trade deficit;
2013-08-14: Wall Street Take-Off: 2012-2013;
2013-08-15: The US Has Lowest Minimum Wage and Most Young People Without Jobs Among Wealthiest Countries;
2013-08-15: Prof. Heiner Flassbeck auf YouTube;
2013-08-15: AlJazeera Life Stream;
2013-08-16: The Stop-Go U.S. Economic Recovery;
2013-08-17: The Whistleblowers at the Frontier of Digital Liberation;
2013-08-18: two old informations / deux anciennes infos;
2013-08-19: Detroit Residents on Bankruptcy – We Have No Democracy;
2013-08-20: Alternative Education Can Eliminate Corruption;
2013-08-20: This (UK) government is NOT our gov;
2013-08-21: Poor Adam;
2013-08-22: Snowden NSA files: US and UK at odds over security tactics as row escalates;
2013-08-23: Financial markets: ever more inefficient and costly;
2013-08-23: Kein Knebelgesetz für Afghanistans Frauen;
2013-08-24: Made in China: The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong;
2013-08-25: US Households Continue to Bleed;
2013-08-26: As pro-Morsi protests wane and oil-rich Arab Gulf states line up to support Egypt;
2013-08-27: Google And The NSA: Who’s Holding The ‘Shit-Bag’ Now?
2013-08-27: Heinrich Staudinger;
2013-08-28: Secularists to dominate Egypt’s final constitution-drafting process;
2013-08-29: What Gives the U.S. the Right to Bomb Syria?
2013-08-29: Swan Lake, like you’ve never seen before;
2013-08-30: UK: The paradox of coalition;
2013-08-31: Flats over Shelters: Asylum Seekers Embrace Alternative Housing.

See also:
all articles sorted chronologically;
second page – all articles sorted chronologically – 2012 ff

(Welcome to our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Flats over Shelters: Asylum Seekers Embrace Alternative Housing

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Maximilian Popp and Sven Röbel, August 30, 2013 (Photo Gallery – Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan – Welcome to our new blog: politics for the 99%).

New shelters for asylum seekers in Germany often face protests from local residents or from right-wing groups. But an alternative housing model that gives families their own flats has proven effective in Leverkusen.     Continue Reading…

UK: The paradox of coalition

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Published on HopiSen, by blog owner, August 25, 2013 (see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Want to know what the silliest thing in modern politics is?

Preparing for coalition by identifying what you’d be prepared to give up to get into government after not winning a General Election, when by giving up much less than that before the election you’d significantly increase your chances of winning power.   Continue Reading…

Swan Lake, like you’ve never seen before

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a link from nzwide, received by a friend:

Great Chinese State Circus: Swan Lake, 4.29 min,  uploaded by alyaz, June 13, 2008.

What Gives the U.S. the Right to Bomb Syria?

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Published on The Progressive, by Joshua Brollier, August 28, 2013 (see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

To those who think the United States should intervene in Syria, remember this is the same United States that:

  • - is still deeply involved in two failed wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan that have lasted for over a decade without coming to a conclusion;
  • - is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not over a million Iraqis and Afghans through aerial bombardments, night raids, artillery shelling, ground missions and genocidal sanctions;    Continue Reading…

Secularists to dominate Egypt’s final constitution-drafting process

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Published on english Ahram online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, August 26, 2013 ( see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

The first stage of Egypt’s post-30 June political roadmap was completed on Monday. A ten-member technical committee entrusted with amending the 2012 Islamist-backed constitution passed its draft to interim President Adly Mansour.

The committee was formed in accordance with Article 28 of the constitutional declaration issued by Mansour on 8 July, after Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office on 3 July. Continue Reading…

Heinrich Staudinger

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(Videos in oesterreichischem Dialekt)

Google And The NSA: Who’s Holding The ‘Shit-Bag’ Now?

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Published on ZNet (first on The Stringer), by Julian Assange, August 25, 2013 ( see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

It has been revealed today, thanks to Edward Snowden, that Google and other US tech companies received millions of dollars from the NSA for their compliance with the PRISM mass surveillance system … //

… Two months after my meeting with Eric Schmidt, WikiLeaks had a legal reason to call Hilary Clinton and to document that we were calling her. It’s interesting that if you call the front desk of the State Department and ask for Hillary Clinton, you can actually get pretty close, and we’ve become quite good at this. Continue Reading…

As pro-Morsi protests wane and oil-rich Arab Gulf states line up to support Egypt

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… a semblance of normality returns to the streets – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, August 21, 2013 ( see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

A week after the dispersal of Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo and Giza a tentative sense of “normality” is returning to Egypt’s streets. Two major developments in the last three days have reassured the public that Egypt is not about to be dragged into the kind of nightmare scenario currently engulfing Syria.

The first is the success of security forces in rounding up dozens of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and their associates, including the group’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie. The 70-year-old was taken into custody on Tuesday, accused of inciting violence. Badie, like his deputy Mahmoud Ezzat who was appointed the Brotherhood’s acting supreme guide following Badie’s detention, espouses a Qutbist ideology which promotes “jihad” as a path to “Islamising” the world.    Continue Reading…

US Households Continue to Bleed

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Published on MacroBusiness, by Leith van Onselen, August 23, 2013 (Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Two former Census Bureau officials working at Sentier Research have released a new report claiming that median US household income is recovering, but remains 6.5% below its pre-recession level in real (inflation adjusted) terms:   Continue Reading…

Made in China: The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong

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Published on Spiegel Online international, by Kevin Holden Platt in Beijing, August 22, 2013 (Photo Gallery) – (Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Chinese architect Ma Yansong has taken the West by storm with his organic, futuristic creations. With proposals to cover Tianenmen Square in thick forest and build a floating city over Ground Zero, no one can accuse him of playing it safe … // Continue Reading…

Kein Knebelgesetz für Afghanistans Frauen

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Auf AVAAZ.org (die Welt in Aktion) gefunden:
Im Alter von 12 Jahren wurde Sahar Gul verkauft und zwangsverheiratet. Fortan lebte sie in einem Haus des Schreckens … // Petition an die Mitglieder des Oberhauses der Afghanischen Nationalversammlung und den Vorsitzenden des Gesetzgebungsausschusses, Malawi Ghulam Muhiuddin Monsef unterzeichnen … (ganzer Text).

Financial markets: ever more inefficient and costly

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by David Ruccio, August 21, 2013.

Back in 2011, just after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg gave the orders to forcibly end the occupation of Zuccotti Park, Chris Smith observed that:

–Bloomberg is an ineluctable member of the ruling class, and it’s part of the reason New York elected him. He’s the result of the hard bargain we made in the traumatic aftermath of 9/11, when our tallest symbols of capitalism had been destroyed: We put a moneyman in charge, hoping that he’d manage basic services with business-honed competence and attract new jobs for the city’s reeling economy.    Continue Reading…

Snowden NSA files: US and UK at odds over security tactics as row escalates

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White House says it would be ‘difficult to imagine’ US authorities adopting GCHQ tactic of demanding destruction of hard drives – Published on The Guardian, by Nicholas Watt, Spencer Ackerman, Josh Halliday and Rowena Mason, August 21, 2013 (Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99%).

The White House distanced itself from Britain’s handling of the leaked NSA documents when representatives said it would be difficult to imagine the US authorities following the example of Whitehall in demanding the destruction of media hard drives.

As a former lord chancellor said the Metropolitan police had no legal right to detain the partner of a Guardian journalist at Heathrow airport under anti-terror laws, the White House suggested it would be inappropriate for US authorities to enter a media organisation’s offices to oversee the destruction of hard drives … // Continue Reading…

Poor Adam

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by Peter Radford, August 19, 2013. (Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99% (Frontpage), and it’s new post: Not Too Big to Jail).

Summer vacation is winding down, I have spent a great deal of time reading papers and books and not enough time doing useful things, so naturally I am continuing to bellyache about modern economics. Perhaps its that ‘end of summer feeling’, but suddenly I feel bad for Adam Smith. I really do. Remembered as he is for a casual, if powerful, metaphor he always gets mentioned as the progenitor of modern economics. This is a strictly Anglo-Saxon view of course … // Continue Reading…

This (UK) government is NOT our gov

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Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99% (Frontpage), and it’s new post: Found on The Prime Interest.

  • Glenn Greenwald Fires Back After Partner Detained At Heathrow, 9.00 min, uploaded by The Young Turks TYT / Cenk Uygur, August 19, 2013: Journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote a scathing piece in The Guardian in response to the questionable circumstances under which his partner David Miranda was detained (”under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000″*) at Heathrow airport by UK authorities. Greenwald says it was a failed attempt at intimidation in light of Greenwald’s revelations regarding NSA spying leaks from Edward Snowden;   Continue Reading…

Alternative Education Can Eliminate Corruption

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Interview with Myriam Anzola published on ZNet (first on venezuelanalysis), by  Tamara Pearson, August 18, 2013.

Participatory education based on empowering students through their active involvement in their community is an essential tool for fighting corruption in the long term, according to Myriam Anzola. Anzola was head of the Merida Politechnical University Kleber Ramirez (UPTM) and is currently the coordinator of the open studies program at the university. She researches social-linguistics, scholastic exclusion, poverty culture, and the integration of people with disabilities. She is also a doctor of education and has a masters in linguistics. Tamara Pearson of Venezuelanalysis.com interviewed Anzola yesterday. Pearson is one of the recent graduates in the alternative pedagogy program and a teacher at the Alternative School of Pueblo Nuevo.   Continue Reading…

Detroit Residents on Bankruptcy – We Have No Democracy

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Published on truthout, by David Bacon, August 15, 2013.

DETROIT – On July 18, 2013, Kevyn Orr, the city emergency manager appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, declared Detroit bankrupt under Chapter 9 of the bankruptcy code. According to official accounts, Detroit is $18.5 billion in the hole, making this the largest of several recent bankruptcies declared by US cities and counties.   Continue Reading…

two old informations / deux anciennes infos

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not appearing in big media, should revolt us / absentes dans la grande presse, elles devraient nous révolter:

  • The Federal Reserve Cartel: The Eight Families, on Global Research.ca, by Dean Henderson, June 1, 2011: (Part one of a four-part series): The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch. According to company 10K filings to the SEC, the Four Horsemen of Banking are among the top ten stock holders of virtually every Fortune 500 corporation.[1] Continue Reading…

The Whistleblowers at the Frontier of Digital Liberation

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Published on Roarmag.org, by Nozomi Hayase, August 13, 2013.

Incarcerated, persecuted and put on show trials, today’s digital dissenters — from Manning and Assange to Snowden — continue to speak truth to power … //

… Computer scientist Nadia Heninger has argued that leaking information is now becoming the “civil disobedience of our age”. The late historian and activist Howard Zinn described the act of civil disobedience as “the deliberate, discriminate, violation of law for a vital social purpose”.   Continue Reading…

The Stop-Go U.S. Economic Recovery

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Published on ZNet, by Jack Rasmus, August 14, 2013.

For the past several years, the US press, pundits, and apologists for both liberal and conservative politicians in the US have jumped at every slight indication of this or that monthly economic indicator showing improvement. The hype that followed typically declared the ‘recovery was now solidly underway’. That has been the media ‘mantra’ now for the past four years. Each time, the temporary good news was reversed, however, revealing the US economy was not on a trajectory of sustained economic recovery, but instead ‘bouncing along the bottom’, growing at a rate typically half that of recession recoveries in the past.  Continue Reading…

AlJazeera Life Stream

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also on AlJazeera:   Continue Reading…

Prof. Heiner Flassbeck auf YouTube

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Prof. Heiner Flassbeck – Euro-Krise & globale Flaute: von MrMarxismo am 16. Mai 2013 hochgeladen:

The US Has Lowest Minimum Wage and Most Young People Without Jobs Among Wealthiest Countries

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Wall Street Take-Off: 2012-2013

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Published on Dissident Voice, by James Petras, August 12, 2013.

On July 16, 2013, Goldman Sachs, the fifth largest US bank by assets announced its second quarter profits doubled the previous year to $1.93 billion. J.P. Morgan, the largest bank made $6.1 billion in the second quarter, up 32% over the year before and expects to make $25 billion in profits in 2013. Wells Fargo, the fourth largest bank, reaped $5.27 billion, up 20%. Citigroup’s profits topped $4.18 billion, up 42% over the previous year.   Continue Reading…

June’s trade deficit

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the MBA & LPS on delinquent mortgages & foreclosure inventories at mid year – Published on Marketwatch, by RJS, August 11, 2013.

this week saw the release of both of the major national reports that track the condition of US home mortgages, coincidentally as of the last day of June, giving us an opportunity to compare them side by side, which should give us a better picture of the overall situation….we should note they’re not directly comparable, however, because the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) 2nd quarter National Delinquency Survey is issued quarterly and is seasonally adjusted, whereas the June Mortgage Monitor (pdf) from Lender Processing Services (LPS) is a report issued monthly that is not seasonally adjusted … Continue Reading…

Real business cycles – transmogrifying obfuscation

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by Lars Syll, August 10. 2013.

Real business cycles theory (RBC) basically says that economic cycles are caused by technology-induced changes in productivity. It says that employment goes up or down because people choose to work more when productivity is high and less when it’s low. This is of course nothing but pure nonsense – and how on earth those guys that promoted this theory could be awarded The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel is really beyond comprehension … // Continue Reading…

about Bradley Manning and the Nuremberg Charter (or London Charter)

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Bradley Manning, the Nuremberg Charter and Refusing to Collaborate with War Crimes, Pt 3 of 4, 14.03 min, by TheRealNews, August 9, 2013 – (also uploaded on YouTube by The Real News, August 9, 13): In this segment (3/4) of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Vijay Prashad discuss the Bradley Manning case in light of the 68th anniversary of signing the Nuremberg Charter which states it is illegal to follow orders to commit a war crime;

The Charter and Judgment of the Nürnberg Tribunal – History and Analysis, on UN.org, by UN General Assembly International Law Commission, 1949, 100 pdf-pages;   Continue Reading…

June 2012: Iceland Dismantles Corrupt Gov’t …

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… Then Arrests All Rothschild Bankers *, 6.28 min, uploaded by Sean Revelund, June 24, 2012;

See also the YouTube Channel The Young Turks TYT, and find them on en.wikipedia as: TYT, with Cenk Uygur, Danny Trejo, Oliver Stone with it’s Untold History of the United States with it’s External Links;
The Filmography’s website;

$9,000,000,000,000 MISSING From The Federal Reserve, 5.24 min, uploaded by littlejimmy95, May 13, 2012:   Continue Reading…

Members Of Congress Denied Access To Basic Information About NSA

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Documents provided by two House members demonstrate how they are blocked from exercising any oversight over domestic surveillance – Published on The Guardian, by Glenn Greenwald, August 4, 2013.

Members of Congress have been repeatedly thwarted when attempting to learn basic information about the National Security Agency (NSA) and the secret FISA court which authorizes its activities, documents provided by two House members demonstrate. Continue Reading…

Oliver Janich

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Das Kapitalismus-Komplott (Alpenparlament TV), 61.52 min, von malaikaswelt am 16. April 2013 hochgeladen.

Siehe auch:

NSA Aftermath: German Firms Scramble to Boost Data Protection, part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Spiegel staff, August 6, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

German companies have long suspected China and Russia of trying to steal their secrets. But the NSA scandal has turned their attention west, forcing them to worry about prying American eyes and to rapidly bolster security measures … //

… Heightened Worries about Data Abuse:   Continue Reading…

The Detroit Bail-In Template: Fleecing Pensioners to Save the Banks

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Ellen Hodgson Brown, August 5, 2013.

The Detroit bankruptcy is looking suspiciously like the bail-in template originated by the G20’s Financial Stability Board in 2011, which exploded on the scene in Cyprus in 2013 and is now becoming the model globally. In Cyprus, the depositors were “bailed in” (stripped of a major portion of their deposits) to re-capitalize the banks. In Detroit, it is the municipal workers who are being bailed in, stripped of a major portion of their pensions to save the banks.   Continue Reading…

Absolute Mehrheit

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Polit-Talkshow (mit Gregor Gysi, Dirk Müller, Dirk Niebel FDP, Florian Pronold SPD, Eurokritiker Bernd Lucke), 92.39 min, von Demo Kratie am 3. Mai 2013 hochgeladen.

Requiem for a revolution that never was

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Ajamu Baraka, July 31, 2013.

With the collusion of some radicals and liberals, the term ‘revolution’ in the context of Egypt has been de-radicalised. There has been no revolutionary process in Egypt, in the sense of a transfer of power away from the class forces that dominated Egyptian society … //

… A REVOLUTION IN NAME ONLY: … // Continue Reading…

Darf ich Ihnen etwas sagen?

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Darf ich Ihnen etwas sagen? TOI TOI TOI die Bananenrepublik, 2.29 min, uploaded by Bananenrepublik1, Feb 26, 2013;

Die finsteren Mächte: Showdown – Dirk Müller vs. Markus Lanz am 11.Juli 2013, 15.05 min, von DieBananenrepublik1 am 12. Juli 2013 hochgeladen;
(Ganze Sendung – mit allen Teilnehmern – aus der ZDFmediathek: Beitrag bei Markus Lanz vom 11. Juli 2013, 70.39 min).   Continue Reading…

Bonded labour: Fighting bonded labour in Nepal

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Though it is banned by the government and has all but disappeared from certain locations, bonded labour persists in some parts of the country . Piublished on International Labour Organization ILO, August 2, 2013. http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/features/WCMS_218496/lang–en/index.htm
KATHMANDU (ILO News) – The Tarai is the flat agricultural area that spans the length of Nepal, along its border with the Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. But this tranquil rural setting harbours an age-old problem: the Haruwa-Charuwa system of bonded labour.
Haruwa are adult labourers who plough mid-sized and large plots of land for high-cast landowners in certain districts of the eastern Tarai, while Charuwa – normally their children – are employed for herding cattle.
There is a third group, called Haliya: landless agricultural labourers in the far western hills. The Haliyas were officially declared “free” in 2008, but some of them still depend on their landowners since they don’t have any other ways of making a living.
A recently launched ILO report that examines conditions in the 12 districts where these systems of bonded labour are most prevalent found that 12 per cent of the estimated 942,000 households were affected by forced labour. That means that at least one member of the family – whether it was an adult or child – was working under forced labour conditions. However, when looking only at the Haruwa-Charuwa and Haliya households, the proportion was a lot higher, at 94 per cent.
Contracts and wages: … //

Though it is banned by the government and has all but disappeared from certain locations, bonded labour persists in some parts of the country – Published on International Labour Organization ILO, August 2, 2013.

KATHMANDU (ILO News) – The Tarai is the flat agricultural area that spans the length of Nepal, along its border with the Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. But this tranquil rural setting harbours an age-old problem: the Haruwa-Charuwa system of bonded labour.

Haruwa are adult labourers who plough mid-sized and large plots of land for high-cast landowners in certain districts of the eastern Tarai, while Charuwa – normally their children – are employed for herding cattle.   Continue Reading…

When we were Woodstock (2)

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Linked with When we were Woodstock (1, and 3, and 4).

Simon and Garfunkel – the Concert live in Central Park NY, 167.19 min, uploaded by GINO ABARCA PINTO, March 9, 2013;
Simon and Garfunkel on YouTube-search;
live 1969 simon and garfunkel on YouTube-search;

Joan Baez: We Shall Overcome – (Woodstock 1969), 4.25 min, uploaded by music4peaceatworld, Jan 29, 2011;
JOAN BAEZ THE SONGBOOK, 153.29 min, uploaded by Rolf-Hergen Dierksen, Jan 15, 2013;   Continue Reading…

Inflation – Armut – Geldsystem

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Five Wedges That Crack the “Melting Pot” Meme

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Published on Dissidenet Voice, by Robert S. Becker, August 1, 2013.

… (and here the) Five reasons …:

1)

  • Joblessness.  Most immigrants dragged themselves here not just “yearning to be free” but desperate for hard cash from well-paying jobs – and a life befitting a land where streets are paved with gold. Decimate jobs, while dismissing our perpetual recession, and untethered folks don’t join the whole. Give people good jobs, and they’ll follow you anywhere. Promise work, then withhold, and the melting pot turns embittered Poor House. Per the AP this week: “Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.    Continue Reading…