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Index September 2013

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2013-09-01: Politics around Syria, US, Germany, Canada and Egypt;
2013-09-02: The psychology of scarcity: days late, dollars short;
2013-09-03: How to win friends and influence the new economy;
2013-09-04: Chemical Watershed: Momentum Shifts again in Syrian Civil War, Part 1;
2013-09-04: über Politik und Wahlen;
2013-09-05: ISA’s latest News and Analysis;
2013-09-06: The Real Story of Detroit’s Economy;
2013-09-07: Economic Collapse, World War III, Dollar-Euro;
2013-09-08: What the March on Washington’s means for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community;
2013-09-08: Weltweiter Zugriff auf die Vermögen der Bürger;
2013-09-09: Larry Summers, Next Fed Chairman?
2013-09-10: American Veterans;
2013-09-11: Turning the Table on the Trackers;
2013-09-11: Quo vadis USA?
2013-09-12: We are Exploited, We Exploit;
2013-09-12: Leschs Kosmos;
2013-09-13: September 11 – Chile 1973, Chicago 2013: 40 Years of Neo-liberal Attacks on our Societies;
2013-09-14: The Project for a New Middle East;
2013-09-15: are changements in view?
2013-09-15: stupid … I cannot let these questions;
2013-09-16: Reform of Global Gouvernance as a matter of urgency;
2013-09-17: Follow the Money: NSA Spies on International Payments;
2013-09-17: Finanzen und Krise;
2013-09-18: Follow the Money: NSA Monitors Financial World, Part 1;
2013-09-18: Eurokrise – Schulden – Klartext;
2013-09-19: SWIFT Suspension? EU Parliament Furious about NSA Bank Spying;
2013-09-19: Gregor Gysi am 31.08.2013 in Gera;
2013-09-20: Another lone gun man goes on a rampage;
2013-09-21: Black America more pro-war than ever;
2013-09-22: Project Camelot;
2013-09-23: UK: Ed Miliband pledges tough laws on wages;
2013-09-24: Business schools and inequailty;
2013-09-25: JP Morgan Fined Over $1 Billion for Wall Street Scams;
2013-09-25: GV attac Schweiz / AS attac Suisse;
2013-09-26: The economists’ warning;
2013-09-27: How to argue with economists;
2013-09-28: Golden Dawn: Can the Elite Kill the Monster it Created?
2013-09-29: Religious encounters;
2013-09-30: Which is the greater crime, poverty or shoplifting?

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

Which is the greater crime, poverty or shoplifting?

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Published on Socialist Unity, by John Wight, Sept 27, 2013.

Periodically, I am invited on the Call Kaye radio phone in show on BBC Scotland to give my views on various issues. Presented by Kaye Adams, it’s on every weekday morning and covers stories particularly relevant to Scotland, though invariably UK wide in this regard.

Earlier this week I received a call from one of the producers. They were planning an item in response to a new campaign initiated by the Scottish Government clamping down on the illicit trade in counterfeit goods.   Continue Reading…

Religious encounters

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Conflict over religious freedoms plagues the preliminary drafts of Egypt’s new constitution – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, Sept 25, 2013.

The 50-member committee tasked with writing Egypt’s new constitution held its second plenary meeting yesterday to review progress during its second week on the job.

The committee’s media spokesperson Mohamed Salmawy said on Tuesday that half of the new constitution’s articles had been drafted by the sub-committees. He warned, however, that the articles worked on so far were the least controversial and that the second half will take more time.  Continue Reading…

Golden Dawn: Can the Elite Kill the Monster it Created?

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It seems that the Greek elite has decided to get rid of the neo-Nazi party following Pavlos’ killing. But can Pandora ever put the evil back in her box?  – Published on ZNet, by Leonidas Oikonomakis, September 26, 2013.

Pavlos’ assassination was the last drop for Greek society. And it seems it has set in motion mechanisms that will lead to the criminalization of Golden Dawn, and maybe even to its dissolution. A few days after the murder, and with Greek society still in shock and taking to the streets massively to demand justice and the end of Golden Dawn, both the Greek media and the government seem to have started taking the issue seriously, removing their previous direct or indirect support for the neo-Nazi party.   Continue Reading…

How to argue with economists

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog RWER, by Lars Syll, Sept 25, 2013.

… Principle 2: “All theories are wrong” is false:

  • Example: “Sure, Theory X fails to forecast any variable of interest or match important features of the data. But don’t you know that all models are wrong? I mean, look at Newton’s Laws…THOSE ended up turning out to be wrong, ha ha ha.”
  • Suggested Retort: Empty an entire can of Silly String onto anyone who says this. (I carry Silly String expressly for this purpose.)  Continue Reading…

The economists’ warning

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog RWER (first on Financial Times), by Editor, Sept 23, 2013.

The European crisis continues to destroy jobs. By the end of 2013 there will be 19 million unemployed in the eurozone alone, over 7 million more than in 2008, an increase unprecedented since the end of World War II and one that will stretch on into 2014. The employment crisis strikes above all the peripheral member countries of the European Monetary Union, where an exceptional rise in bankruptcy is also under way, whereas Germany and the other central countries of the eurozone have instead witnessed growth on the job front.  Continue Reading…

JP Morgan Fined Over $1 Billion for Wall Street Scams

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Published on CorpWatch.org Blog, by Richard Smallteacher, September 20, 2013.

JP Morgan, the Wall Street investment bank, has been fined $920 million for violating trading laws that were discovered after trader Bruno Iksil (nicknamed the “London Whale”) lost billions in bets last May. It was also fined over $80 million for credit card scams in an unrelated incident.  Continue Reading…

GV attac Schweiz / AS attac Suisse

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Ort/Lieu: Lausanne, Maison du Peuple, Place Chauderon 5, grande salle Jean-Villars Gilles
Zeit/Date: Samstag, 5. Oktober 2013, 17 Uhr 30

(attac Schweiz, attac Suisse, attac Svizzera, attac International)

Traktanden:   Continue Reading…

Business schools and inequailty

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog RWER, by Peter Radford, Sept 21, 2013.

You may not be aware of the article that has created quite a storm on the New York Times website. It is about inequality at Harvard Business School HBS and the insidious consequences of the emergence of a “class” system there.

Don’t laugh.

If HBS is now afflicted by class issues and the social disaster of inequality, then we can assume the rest of the country is in worse shape.     Continue Reading…

UK: Ed Miliband pledges tough laws on wages

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Labour would increase fine on firms who fail to pay minimum wage from £5,000 to £50,000 – Published on The Guardian, by Toby Helm, Andrew Rawnsley and Daniel Boffey, Sept 21, 2013.

Ed Miliband has announced plans for a tenfold increase in fines – from £5,000 to £50,000 – for any company that fails to pay the minimum wage as part of a radical manifesto to end exploitation and drive up the skills of millions of British workers.

In an interview with the Observer as the Labour conference opens in Brighton, he also pledges a new immigration law to ensure that medium and large companies can only take on a skilled worker from outside the EU if they pay to train a British worker in return.  Continue Reading…

Project Camelot

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on en.wikipedia: Project Camelot was a social science research project of the United States Army that started in 1964 and was cancelled after congressional hearings in 1965.[1] The goal of the project was to assess the causes of conflict between national groups, to anticipate social breakdown and provide eventual solutions. The proposal caused much controversy among social scientists, many of whom voiced concerns that such a study was in conflict with their professional ethics[2] …;   Continue Reading…

Black America more pro-war than ever

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Glen Ford, Sept 19, 2013. 8

During President Obama’s run-up to war with Syria, “African Americans were, for the first time in polling history, the most bellicose major ethnicity in the United States.” How could such a political role-reversal come to pass? “The progressive, peace-seeking African American worldview is out of sync with the deep imperative to support the First Black President.”   Continue Reading…

Another lone gun man goes on a rampage

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… this time at the Washington Navy Yard – Published on Intrepid Report, by Jerry Mazza, Sept 19, 2013.

Aaron Alexis, 34, a civilian contractor from Fort Worth, Texas, was identified by officials as the shooter who was killed in a gun battle with police responding to Monday morning’s attack at the Washington Navy Yard that left 12 employees dead.

Alexis’ father claimed that his son was a first responder on September 11, 2001. He did not mention in what capacity. But he said his son suffered dark moods from PTSD, and his otherwise friendly nature could turn violent. The discharge for misconduct may have triggered this incident.   Continue Reading…

Gregor Gysi am 31.08.2013 in Gera

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Am Friedensfest der Thüringer LINKEN, 75.18 min, von Die Linke Gera am 3. September 2013 hochgeladen.

SWIFT Suspension? EU Parliament Furious about NSA Bank Spying

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Gregor-Peter Schmitz in Brussels, Sept 18, 2013.

Revelations the US is spying on international bank transfers has angered European parliamentarians. Some are calling for the suspension of the SWIFT deal between the EU and US. “Washington must make clear where it stands,” says one … //

… The Clear Standard:   Continue Reading…

Eurokrise – Schulden – Klartext

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

Follow the Money: NSA Monitors Financial World, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark, September 16, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

The NSA monitors banks and credit card transactions — sometimes in apparent violation of national laws and global regulations. The European SWIFT financial transaction network is being tapped on different levels, internal documents from the US spy agency show.

In the summer of 2010, a Middle Eastern businessman wanted to transfer a large sum of money from one country in the region to another. He wanted to send at least $50,000 (€37,500), and he had a very clear idea of how it should be done. The transaction could not be conducted via the United States, and the name of his bank would have to be kept secret – those were his conditions.  Continue Reading…

Finanzen und Krise

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

Follow the Money: NSA Spies on International Payments

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by /kla, September 15, 2013.

The United States’ NSA intelligence agency is interested in international payments processed by companies including Visa, SPIEGEL has learned. It has even set up its own financial database to track money flows through a “tailored access operations” division.
The National Security Agency (NSA) widely monitors international payments, banking and credit card transactions, according to documents seen by SPIEGEL.  Continue Reading…

Reform of Global Gouvernance as a matter of urgency

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the Euro-BRICS rapprochement at the service of the system’s upgrade or as a matrix of a new model? (Strategic note, derived from the 4th Euro-BRICS seminar (Moscow, May 23-24th 2013) – Published on Europe2020, intern on July 4, 2013, made public on September 4, 2013.

The crisis of legitimacy faced by the institutions of the global governance system set up after 1945 is resulting in the collapse of the old framework of international cooperation, with apparently nothing ready to replace it, besides a myriad of more or less successful regional integration projects. The supra-national regional entities that are currently being forged, created in a context of increasing emergency, are indeed the building blocks of tomorrow’s multipolar world … // Continue Reading…

stupid … I cannot let these questions

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(already on HBB blog, December 9, 2011): written by Heidi, the owner of these blogs:

Banks receive some people’s savings and pay them a very small interest. Then banks lend this money to clients and ask some more interest. Till here I understand, as the banks have to pay employees (the amount is another question). But the bank also lends only 10% (or less) of the savers money, the rest, 90% or more will be virtual money – means created out of nothing, means: THE BANK DOES NOT POSSESS THIS 90%.

THUS, WHY THE HELL DO WE PAY THEM INTERESTS FOR THIS 90% ? Continue Reading…

are changements in view?

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The Project for a New Middle East

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… plans for redrawing the Middle East - Published on Global Research.ca, by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, January 27, 2013 (The following path-breaking analysis was first published by Global Research in November 18, 2006).

The term “New Middle East” was introduced to the world in June 2006 in Tel Aviv by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (who was credited by the Western media for coining the term) in replacement of the older and more imposing term, the “Greater Middle East.”  Continue Reading…

September 11 – Chile 1973, Chicago 2013: 40 Years of Neo-liberal Attacks on our Societies

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Published on ZNet, by Kim Scips, September 11, 2013.

What do you think of when you hear the term “9-11”? A date. Does it remind you of the attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, or the attack on the Pentagon, or the attack that was frustrated by passengers in Pennsylvania? Continue Reading…

Leschs Kosmos

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122: Physik in der Krise, 15.22 min, von basalEDU am 26. Mai 2013 hochgeladen: In der Physik scheinen die großen Fragen beantwortet: Spätestens seit der Entdeckung des Higgs-Teilchens (Higgs Boson), das die letzte Lücke in der Theorie vom Aufbau der Materie schloss, ist die Luft raus;

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

We are Exploited, We Exploit

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Audio, 7.40 min, uploaded by dw declare, Jan 14, 2012: Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind then that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; and while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free (Eugene Debs);

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

Quo vadis USA?

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Prof. Dr. Michael Vogt im Gespräch mit Webster Tarpley, 80.55 min, von Applicas Media am 27. August 2013 hochgeladen.

Turning the Table on the Trackers

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Wikileaks Sniffs out Spy Salesmen – Published on CorpWatch.org, by Pratap Chatterjee, Sept 6, 2013.

What was Mostapha Maanna of Hacking Team, an Italian surveillance company, doing on his three trips to Saudi Arabia in the last year? A new data trove from WikiLeaks reveals travel details for salesmen like Maanna who hawk electronic technology to track communications by individuals without their knowledge.  Continue Reading…

American Veterans

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Discarded and Forgotten – NYC Premiere Testimonials, 8.09 min, uploaded by Gary Null, March 29, 2012: Award-winning filmmaker, Gary Null PhD exposes the American government’s legacy of abuse and neglect of its soldiers and veterans. Dr. Null explores the truth about Gulf War Syndrome – a horrific condition affecting thousands of soldiers and their families and the disturbing secrets that the government is hiding from the public …;

american veterans discarded and forgotten full, on YouTube-search: short videos; videos longer than 20 minutes.   Continue Reading…

Larry Summers — Next Fed Chairman?

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Published on ZNet, by Jack Rasmus, September 07, 2013. http://www.zcommunications.org/larry-summers-next-fed-chairman-by-jack-rasmus.html

When mainstream press outlets, like the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, CNN money and others, issue front page articles on a topic related to the government more or less simultaneously, it usually means they have received confidential, not-yet-for-publication notice from the government of decisions made but temporarily embargoed.   Continue Reading…

Weltweiter Zugriff auf die Vermögen der Bürger

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vom G20-Gipfel beschlossen – In Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, 7. September 2013.

Im Schatten des Kriegsgetöses hat der G 20-Gipfel eine weitreichende Entscheidung getroffen: In Zukunft werden die Steuer-Daten jedes einzelnen Bürgers weltweit verfügbar gemacht. Vordergründig geht es um Steuerflucht. Tatsächlich geht es darum, dass die Staaten-Gemeinschaft die lückenlose Kontrolle über die finanziellen Verhältnisse jedes einzelnen Bürgers übernehmen wird. Der Gipfel markiert einen Meilenstein auf dem Weg zur umfassenden Enteignung der Bürger.   Continue Reading…

What the March on Washington’s means for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

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Posted on NAACP, by Anisha Ahuja, August 30, 2013.

For some, being South Asian American and an advocate for racial social and economic justice is puzzling. I have to remind my co-laborers in the struggle that “…yes, Asian Americans face social, political, and economic challenges too.”   Continue Reading…

Economic Collapse, World War III, Dollar-Euro

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

The Real Story of Detroit’s Economy

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Good Things Are Really Happening in Motown – Published on ZNet (first on AlterNet), by Frank Joyce, Sept 4, 2013.

As a life-long Detroiter who has lived both in the city and the suburbs, I’ve been fascinated by the media frenzy over Detroit’s bankruptcy. Like most big news topics these days, Detroit has become a screen onto which people project whatever political viewpoint they have.

First off, it’s worth considering why the bankruptcy is getting so much attention. Is there really that much there, there? After all, as with any bankruptcy, isn’t it just an argument among some people about some money (or artworks, real estate and other assets).   Continue Reading…

ISA’s latest News and Analysis

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September 3, 2013 – Published on International Strategic Analysis ISA’s  Frontpage.

The Vulnerable Arabian Peninsula: … //

… India’s Economic Troubles Continue: … //

… Difficult Days for the BRICS: … //

… Did Assad Go to Far?   Continue Reading…

über Politik und Wahlen

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von Applicas Media im August hochgeladen:

Chemical Watershed: Momentum Shifts again in Syrian Civil War, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark, September 02, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

The US has stepped back from an immediate response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria on Aug. 21. But Washington continues to profess certainty that Syrian autocrat Bashar Assad is behind the attack. The situation on the ground provides clues as well … //

… The Red Line:  Continue Reading…

How to win friends and influence the new economy

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Published on openDemocracy, by SARAH BYRNES, August 26, 2013, 2013.

Loneliness is as strong as smoking or alcohol abuse as an indicator of premature mortality. When Lisa Cook found she had no one to help her put her cat down, she decided to act. She joined a resilience circle: a friendship group that works on new economic principles.

No one likes to admit that they are lonely. It’s too embarrassing. When Lisa Cook’s cat had to be put to sleep, she went to the vet alone. “I couldn’t think of a single person to ask to go with me,” she remembers. “It was devastating.”   Continue Reading…

The psychology of scarcity: days late, dollars short

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… those with too little have a lot on their mind – Published in The Economist, August 31, 2013.

THE authors of this book both study people for a living—often people who lack money. They may be vegetable sellers in Chennai, India, who borrow money at dawn and repay with exorbitant interest at dusk. Or they may be ill-paid office managers, like Shawn from Cleveland, Ohio, who lives from pay cheque to pay cheque, always finding that there is “more month than money”.   Continue Reading…

Politics around Syria, US, Germany, Canada and Egypt

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