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URGENT: FREE Negar Aziz Moradi

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  • The International Organisation of Iranian Refugees, joint by Amnesty International, Human Rights watch, ECHR and all human rights organizations in E.U call to free immediately Mrs. Negar Aziz Moradi.
  • Mrs. Negar Aziz Moradi is arrested in a Turkish police station at the Iranian fronteer for imminent deportation back to Iran with torture and death sentence.
  • Her crime: having declared herself as atheist!

More info in this pdf: .NegarAziz Moradi.

Sign the petition 1) on Petition Online, or 2) on facebook.

Manipulation of Data and Concepts

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The Climate Change EMails, University of East Anglia emails: the most contentious quotes:

Published on Global Research.ca, by Telegraph, November 29, 2009.

Here are a selection of quotes from the emails stolen from computers at the University of East Anglia. Many involve Phil Jones, head of the university’s Climatic Research Unit.

From: Phil Jones. To: Many. Nov 16, 1999:

  • “I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature [the science journal] trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie, from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.”
  • Critics cite this as evidence that data was manipulated to mask the fact that global temperatures are falling. Prof Jones claims the meaning of “trick” has been misinterpreted …   Continue Reading…

Climategate: The Silence is Deafening from the Corporate Media

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Published on Prison Planet, by J. Speer-Williams, November 29, 2009.

By now most of us in the alternative media are aware of the some 61 megabytes of global warming research data of emails, documents, and computer code released by whistleblowers (or hackers), that have exposed climate scientists, at the University of East Anglia in Great Britain, as the frauds they’ve proven themselves to be.

This decade of emails and documents clearly concludes that global warming scientists have manipulated scientific data to “hide the decline” in global temperatures; and the fact that, there has been no statistically significant global warming for fifteen years, but our world has experienced a rapid and significant cooling for nine years.  Continue Reading…

Our terrorists

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Published on Voltairenet.org, by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, 15 Novembre 2009.

The myth that Islamic fundamentalist militants are the enemies of Israel and Western governments no longer needs debunking. In his latest work, Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed provides a concise summary of the deep politics of the ’War on Terror’ spanning several decades and continents. Articulated around an intricate network of chilling complicity between Western intelligence agencies and Islamist extremism, the shadowy ’War on Terror’ is designed to disrupt and destabilize regions of geostrategic value for penetration and control by Western powers … //

… Ties with terror:

Islamist terrorism cannot be understood without acknowledging the extent to which its networks are being used by Western military intelligence services, both to control strategic energy resources and to counter their geopolitical rivals. Even now, nearly a decade after 9/11, covert sponsorship of al-Qaeda networks continues. In recent dispatches for the New Yorker, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh cites US Government and intelligence officials’ confirmation that the CIA and the Pentagon have funnelled millions of dollars via Saudi Arabia to al-Qaeda affiliated Sunni extremist groups, across the Middle East and Central Asia.   Continue Reading…

A veteran reflects on the left and the peace movement

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Published on People’s World, by Joseph Turcotte, November 27 2009.

As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and a veteran of sorts of the antiwar movement, I feel that the left as a whole has done a poor job of speaking to veterans. This is unfortunate considering they are an extremely important resource and could be great allies in our fight for democracy and freedom for the people of America and the world. We must find a way to communicate with them without parroting rhetoric that is frankly inapplicable to today’s military and today’s war.

When we protest war, do we protest the war itself, the warrior, or the people who truly started the war in the first place? Vets feel they are being protested as well as the war. How can we separate the war from the warrior? It’s like trying to dissociate a shoe from a shoemaker or an exterminator from their poison. Soldiering requires a high level of training and skill. It also requires a sense of honor, self-sacrifice, courage, duty and loyalty – noble values that we on the left hold in high esteem as we work for peace and justice. However, in our zeal for opposing war, we often have failed to recognize these positive traits in U.S. soldiers. We often generalize and dehumanize them …   Continue Reading…

War in Afghanistan – a Full Senate Testimony

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Watch this Video: Full Senate Testimony of Cpl. Rick Reyeson, 6.16 min.
Cpl Rick Reyes testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee April 23, 2009, providing a firsthand account of the ineffectiveness of US military strategy in Afghanistan.

Canada’s Guantanamo

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Eric Walberg, November 24th, 2009. – Linked on our blogs with Eric Walberg – Canada.

A scandal erupted last week in sleepy Ottawa with the revelations of Canada’s chief diplomat in Kandahar in 2006-07, Richard Colvin, who told a House of Commons committee on Afghanistan that Afghans arrested by Canadian military and handed over to Afghan authorities were knowingly tortured. His and others’ attempts to raise the alarm had been quashed by the ruling Conservative government and he felt a moral obligation to make public what was happening.

The startling allegations — the first of their kind from a senior official — have caused extreme embarrassment to the government, which has more than once stated categorically detainees were not passed to Afghan control if there was any danger of torture. Canada has 2,700 soldiers in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, the hotbed of the insurgency, on a mission that is due to end in 2011.  Continue Reading…

ASYL FÜR EX-MUSLIME

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die Giordano Bruno Stiftung bittet um Unterstützung – Bitte unterstützen Sie unsere Petition “Asyl für Ex-Muslime”! Sie kann hier unterzeichnet werden:

Verbunden auf unseren Blogs mit Giordano Bruno Stiftung. – Per e-mail erhalten Von: Giordano Bruno Stiftung, Datum: 18/11/2009.

KRITISCHE ISLAMKONFERENZ FORDERT ASYL FÜR EX-MUSLIME:

Die Abkehr vom Islam soll künftig als Asylgrund gelten, wenn die Asylbewerber aus Ländern stammen, in denen Apostasie (Abfall vom Glauben) als Verbrechen verfolgt wird. Dies ist das Ziel einer Kampagne, die heute von den Initiatoren der Kritischen Islamkonferenz gestartet wurde.   Continue Reading…

Website Wikileaks publishes 9/11 messages

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Linked on our blogs with WikiLeaks. – Published on BBCnews, November 26, 2009.

A website has published what it says are 573,000 intercepted pager messages sent during the 9/11 attacks in the United States. Wikileaks says it will not reveal who gave it the messages – some of which are from federal agencies as well as ordinary citizens. Internet analysts say they believe the messages are genuine but federal authorities have refused to comment …

… Wikileaks allows people to anonymously post documents on the web, saying its aim is to promote transparency. It was created in 2006 by dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and technologists from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa. Wikileaks spokesman Daniel Schmitt said the messages were submitted anonymously to the site several weeks ago.  Continue Reading…

Official Discusses Release Of Berlin Wall Documents

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Linked on this blog with Fall of Berlin Wall Caused Anxiety More than Joy at Highest Levels;

Listen to the Story by this audio, 5.30 min, published on npr, November 9, 2009.

… and read this text: Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, talks to host Melissa Block about the release of secret documents concerning the Berlin Wall. He says that neither Margaret Thatcher, Lech Walesa nor the George H.W. Bush administration wanted it to come down, while the Soviets and the Czechs were thinking of tearing it down themselves to relieve the refugee problem.

Read also: In The End, Fall Of Berlin Wall Was Gorbachev’s Call, by Kevin Whitelaw, Nov. 8, 2009.

Request for Information: 9 – 15 November 2009

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Received by e-mail:
From: Global HRE List Moderator
Date: 19/11/2009

Dear members, Below is a compilation of requests for information sent to the Global Human Rights Education listserv during the past week. At the bottom of each request you will find an e-mail address, so that you can respond to the request directly.

1. LOOKING FOR TRAINING MATERIALS TO CHANGE SEXIST CULTURE OF MILITARY FORCES
Dear Colleagues, I am looking for training materials that would assist to change sexist culture of military forces, and in particular stop violence and discrimination against women in military.
Thanks, Sev Ozdowski, E-mail.

*****    Continue Reading…

God Has Left The Building

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(If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia, by Thomas S. Szasz, The Second Sin).

Published on Countercurrents, by Sheila Samples, November 24, 2009.

Several months ago, CNN published the results of a couple of disturbing polls about Americans and their religious beliefs. The first found that more Americans are rejecting religion and thus, according to CNN, America is becoming “less Christian.” The second, a Pew survey of only 742 mostly white evangelical Protestants, revealed that more than six in 10 of them believe that torture is often or sometimes justified.

More than six in 10? What this says about those claiming to be God’s own is that perhaps they should use their Bibles for more than “thumping.” Because not one in 10 – not one in 10 thousand – not one in 10 million – Christians believes that torture can ever be justified. Ever.  Continue Reading…

Philip Carter, Key Official In Guantanamo Closure, Resigns

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Published on Huffington Post, November 24, 2009.

A key official in the Obama administration’s effort to remake detention policy and close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay has resigned … … and then finished, all the text is disappearing.

(My comment: what makes me suspicious is the disappearing of Huffington’s page after only seconds – listen guys, this is not good behavior -  we have to deconnect the computer from the Internet to read at least the remaining small text saying “Philip Carter, who was appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy in April, said in a brief telephone interview that he was leaving for “personal and family reasons” and not because of any policy differences with the administration. He tendered his resignation Friday, Pentagon officials said”
… same on many other websites. WHAT THE HELL WHY ?

Only the article of the New York Times is not disappearing, yes, of a well submitted mainstream media!? … and of those who copy NYT and similar.

Most orphans have living parents

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Poverty, not the death of a parent, is filling orphanages, the report says

Published on Africalink, November 24, 2009.

At least four out of five children in orphanages around the world have a living parent, a leading charity says.

In a report, Save the Children says some institutions coerce or trick poor parents to give up their children.

As a result, the report says, millions of children are put at risk through living in an institution, and face rape, trafficking and beatings …

… Unscrupulous:    Continue Reading…

Pentagon Manhunters: America’s New Murder, Inc.?

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Tom Burghardt, November 23, 2009.

… Manhunting: The Return of Operation Condor?

This isn’t the first time that America’s engagement with “dark actors” involved in “manhunting” as a state-sponsored blood sport led to a devil’s pact with torturers, drug dealers and sociopathic fascist killers.

During the 1970s, in the wake of the overthrow of Chile’s democratically-elected socialist president, Salvador Allende, the intelligence and security services of several Latin American states, notably Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay launched a secretive program, Operation Condor–with a major assist from the CIA and the Pentagon–that tracked down and murdered leftist opponents. Continue Reading…

Hong Kong’s deferred democracy – Softly, softly

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Published on The Economist, Nov 19, 2009.

One man; one vote; one forlorn hope? – ACCORDING to its chief executive, Donald Tsang, Hong Kong has reached another “critical juncture” in its political development. A reform proposal unveiled by his government on November 18th aims to increase the level of democracy “substantially” in 2012 when Mr Tsang’s successor is chosen and a new legislature elected. Pro-democracy politicians are far from convinced …

… The problem, as democrats see it, is that China has not defined what it means by universal suffrage. Nor does Mr Tsang’s new “consultation document”. Suspicions are widespread in Hong Kong that China will insist on maintaining some aspects of the current political system in order to ensure that outspoken critics of the Communist Party have no chance of being elected as chief executive or of dominating Legco. Continue Reading…

Marine marvels found in the darkness of the deep

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Published on The Independent, by Steve Connor, Science Editor, November 23, 2009.

A rich and surprisingly diverse array of marine animals has been discovered living in total darkness in the deepest parts of the Atlantic where no sunlight ever penetrates. They range from a giant octopus-like creature with eight legs and fins that flap like an elephant’s ears to tiny crustaceans that shine like gold-encrusted jewels.

Marine biologists have been astonished by the range of animals they have found during an underwater expedition that that took them down 5,000m (three miles), where they have now identified 17,650 deep-sea species …

… The scientists used autonomous, unmanned submarines to explore the deepest reaches of the ocean floor, extending down several miles. At between 1.25 and 1.5 miles, the scientists found a bizarre, elongated orange fish-like animal called Neocyema, only the fifth specimen of the species to be caught. Another slow-growing fish living in complete darkness, called a rat-tail, was found a similar depths feeding on crustaceans. The scientists also collected about 680 specimens of microscopic animals called copepods, which live in the plankton, but they were able to identify only seven of them. The rest appeared to be new to science, they said, including one that shone like a jewel with a golden sheen when lit … (full text).

Healthcare under Capitalism

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Prof. Colin Leys and Greg Albo, November 21, 2009.

Socialist Project recently asked Greg Albo to interview Colin Leys about the book and about current healthcare struggles.

… Colin Leys: Given the crucial importance of health in people’s lives it struck us that there was a major lack of critical left thinking about it – about how neoliberalism was undermining the health gains of the postwar years, about what was happening to healthcare as a field of employment, and above all how healthcare was becoming a massive new field of capital accumulation, with dire implications for population health – and for democracy – everywhere. The best contribution the Register could make, we felt, was to help develop a historical materialist analysis of health under capitalism. Over the last 30 years a handful of progressive health experts, such as Vicente Navarro in the U.S., and Lesley Doyall and Julian Tudor Hart in the U.K., have laid the groundwork for this, but the Left in general has not taken it on board as much as we should have. And the extent to which the mainstream health policy literature fails to confront the neoliberal agenda is frankly shocking. Dependence on government funding for research plays an obvious role there. With some honourable exceptions everything is presented as if the political-economic determinants of ill health are a (regrettable) given. We wanted to break decisively with this pattern, foregrounding the centrality of the capitalist health industry in policy-making, and showing how ruling-class interests are served by it.   Continue Reading…

The Brief, Revolutionary Life of Joe Hill

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Published on political affairs pa, by John Pietaro, November 2, 2009.

… Joel Emmanuel Haaglund (1878-1915), more commonly known as Joe Hill, was – and remains – the guiding force of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and stands as a vision of revolutionary arts for all of the labor movement. His execution at the hands of a corrupt reactionary force is recalled each November 19, and Hill’s legacy is preserved with each strike, each job action and every time radical labor sings out against injustice as a unified choir.

A model for the fighting cultural worker, Joe Hill wrote globally relevant, militant topical songs and biting parodies in support of the union cause and in the process, spawned a legend. Among his most lasting pieces are “The Preacher and the Slave,” “Casey Jones, the Union Scab,” “There is Power in the Union,” “Mr. Block” and “Where the Fraser River Flows,” in addition to those cited by Reed in the above article, amidst an stream of others. Continue Reading…

Carlo Tresca: The Dilemma of an Anti-Communist Radical

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Published on political affairs pa, by Gerald Meyer, November 2, 2009.

A major gap in the radical history of the United States has at last been filled. Nunzio Pernicone’s Carlo Tresca: Portrait of a Rebel (New York, Palgrave, 2005) strongly argues for Carlo Tresca’s inclusion in the pantheon of the country’s venerable American revolutionaries. Carlo Tresca (1879-1943) is best remembered as a labor agitator and journalist who played a major role in the pre-World War I labor uprisings in Pennsylvania’s coalfields, in Paterson, New Jersey, on Minnesota’s Mesabi Range, and elsewhere. Less well known is Tresca’s courageous and effective leadership in the anti-Fascist struggle within the Italian American community. As an organizer and a journalist, Tresca fought in the front trenches of the fiercest battles of class struggle in the United States. Repeatedly, Tresca came face-to-face with the country’s elaborate and unrelenting repressive apparatus − and sometimes won … //  Continue Reading…

The Roller Coaster: The Communist Party in the 1940s

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Published on political affairs pa, by Norman Markowitz, November 2, 2009.

As the swastika flew over most of Europe and millions of German fascist troops drove toward Moscow in early 1941, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels said, “we have put an end to 1776, 1789 and 1917,” referring to the American, French and Soviet revolutions. The events of the 1940s nearly made Goebbels claim a reality … //

… Beginnings of a new “Red Scare”

The CPUSA now had enemies in the White House. The Truman administration responded to the more virulent Republican-controlled House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) by establishing its own internal purge, also known as “the loyalty program,” and by having the Attorney General establish a list of subversive organizations to, in effect, compete with HUAC in red-baiting and blacklisting. Continue Reading…

CANADA; Dangers of the H1N1 Vaccine Revealed

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More than 100,000 Doses Withdrawn – a VIDEO TV REPORT

Linked with Calm and unvaccinated; with Swine Flu: Is Meditation the Best Medication? and with … un vaccin vraiment dangereux … .

Published on Global Research.ca, by a VIDEO TV REPORT, November 19, 2009.

Watch this VIDEO on CTV.ca/news: Batch of H1N1 vaccine causes adverse reactions, 9.01 min (first a pub).

… Still, experts say the allergic reaction is worrying.

“It is a serious thing that has the potential to kill – but fortunately seems to be relatively rare,” said Dr. Neil Rau, an infectious disease expert, in an interview with CTV’s John Vennavally-Rao.

Outside of Manitoba, about 1,500 doses of the vaccine were sent to Ontario, but officials say that none have so far been administered. (full text).

The Vile Scramble For Loot

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How British Corporations are Fuelling War in the Congo – Published on ZNet, by Robert Miller, November 19, 2009.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is suffering what is almost certainly the worst humanitarian crisis in the world:

  • In their 2007 study of mortality rates in the DRC the International Rescue Committee estimated that, as a result of the war, “5.4 million excess deaths have occurred between August 1998 and April 2007.”
  • The IRC report also estimated that the “DR Congo’s national crude mortality rate (CMR) of 2.2 deaths per 1,000 per month is 57 percent higher than the average rate for sub-Saharan Africa”, and in eastern provinces, which are the most violent, the CMR is “2.6 deaths per 1,000 per month, a rate that is 85 percent higher than the sub-Saharan average.”
  • [1 The charity "Raise Hope for Congo" reports that "45,000 people die each month [in Eastern Congo], mostly from hunger and disease resulting from the ongoing conflict, and over 1 million people have been displaced.”
  • [2 That is approximately 1,500 deaths a day, 62 deaths an hour and a death every minute.
  • If you take the figure of 45,000 deaths a month as constant then at the time of writing (November 2009), 1,350,000 people have died as a result of the war in Eastern Congo since the IRC published its study.
  • That would put the total amount of excess deaths at 6,750,000 (6.75 million).  Continue Reading…

NAACP, labor demand bold action on jobs

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Published on People’s World, by  John Wojcik, November 17, 2009.

WASHINGTON – The nation’s top labor, civil rights and community leaders joined forces here today and put forward a bold program they say is needed to create millions of new jobs and to lift the economy from the depths of the recession.

At a gathering sponsored by the labor-backed Economic Policy Institute they made it clear that all of the organizations they represent agree on a 5-point agenda that must be enacted if the economy is to begin working for the broad majority of Americans. The program they are demanding includes extension of the unemployment benefits lifeline for millions; the commitment of hundreds of millions in federal dollars to rebuild America’s schools, roads and infrastructure, including “green” jobs in alternative energy and energy conservation fields; massive aid to state and local governments to maintain vital services; the direct creation of federally funded jobs in the “hardest hit communities,” both in minority and other communities that have been devastated; and the use of remaining TARP (bank bailout) funds to get credit flowing to small and medium businesses that would be a direct help to Main Street, rather than Wall Street …  Continue Reading…