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Further find on the blog History – Past and Present:
Baharistan-i-Shahi – Chapter 1;
Baharistan-i-Shahi – Chapter 2;
Baharistan-i-Shahi – Chapter 3;
Baharistan-i-Shahi – Chapter 4;
Baharistan-i-Shahi – Chapter 5;
Baharistan-i-Shahi – Chapter 6;
Baharistan-i-Shahi – Chapter 7;
Baharistan-i-Shahi – Chapter 8.

Health for All: The Second Dawn

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Published on STWR, July 22, 2010.

… Health For All Now!

In calling for ‘Health For All Now!’, the Charter describes the social and economic conditions that have undermined people’s access to healthcare and other social services, summarised in terms of neoliberal political and economic policies together with “the unregulated activities of transnational corporations”. Governments and international bodies, it states, are “fully responsible” for the failure of ‘Health for All by the Year 2000′. In response, participants called for a “people-centred health sector” that prevents “the exploitation of people’s health needs for purposes of profit”, outlined with a comprehensive list of recommendations to reform trade and the governance of the global economy. Spelling out its vision, the Charter states: “Equity, ecologically-sustainable development and peace are at the heart of our vision of a better world – a world in which a healthy life for all is a reality… There are more than enough resources to achieve this vision.”   Continue Reading…

You Might Be a Marxist If …

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… You Want to End the Exploitation of Workers – Published on political affairs pa, by David S. Pena, July 06, 2010.

Capitalism exploits workers. Since the vast majority of people in our capitalist society have to work for a living, it’s no exaggeration to say that the majority of people in our country, and throughout the world, are exploited workers.

What does it mean to say that workers are exploited? In Marxist theory, exploitation means that workers are literally robbed by capitalists. Of course the capitalists never admit this. They claim that they pay their workers a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, that you’re paid for what you produce, no less and no more. But Marxists say that’s not what really happens.  Continue Reading…

Message for the Uniforms and Dark Suits

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Watch this video published on David Icke.com, 5.34 min, by David Icke, July 25, 2010.

Find more videos on YouTube, and on the jay4louise’s Channel.

Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010

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Published on WikiLeaks.org, Release date July 25, 2010.

25th July 2010 5:00 PM EST WikiLeaks has released a document set called the Afghan War Diary, an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.

The reports, while written by soldiers and intelligence officers, and mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related details.

The document collection is available on a dedicated webpage.   Continue Reading…

Report Reveals Rape of Tribeswomen by Loggers

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Survival International, July 24, 2010.

A new report (108 pdf pages) has exposed an ‘environment of violence’ against tribeswomen in Borneo. According to the report, released by a coalition of Malaysian human rights groups called the Penan Support Group, there have been repeated cases of rape and sexual assault against Penan women by the loggers who are destroying the tribe’s forests.

They follow allegations by other Penan women in 2008, which the Malaysian government denied but was later forced to confirm … // Continue Reading…

How You Will Change the World with Social Networking

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Published on AlterNet.org, by Deanna Zandt, July 24, 2010.

An excerpt from Deanna Zandt’s new book, ‘Share This!’ explains how we share information and find community will change our lives:

… It hasn’t been easy to thrive in our culture for the last hundred years or so. We’ve become ever more obsessed with consumption and power. Our corporate mass media and politicians have been treating us as faceless members of large demographics with open wallets, and less as individuals within communities, leading us down dark paths of apathy and isolation. We’ve had little room for recourse and little chance to connect to one another.

All of that’s changing, and rapidly. People are using social technologies to find and connect. A study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project in November 2009 showed that people who have Internet access and/or a mobile phone were much more likely to have bigger, more diverse discussion networks, for example. Continue Reading…

Copenhagen Declaration on Religion in Public Life

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Linked with Atheist Alliance International. – Published on Gods and Politics.

The Atheist Conference in Copenhagen 18-20 June 2010 publishes: We, at the World Atheist Conference “Gods and Politics”, held in Copenhagen from 18 to 20 June 2010, hereby declare as follows: … (full text 11 items).

Link: same declaration in german: Atheisten-Weltkonferenz in Kopenhagen veröffentlicht Elf-Punkte-Deklaration.

Droits de l’Enfant – le cahier de doléances

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Découvrez en ligne in extenso le cahier de doléances des états générEux pour l’enfance

Publié dans Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, le 9 juillet 2010:

  • LDH: Cahier de doléance: Près de 80 organisations intervenant à des titres divers dans le champ de l’enfance se sont réunies en mai dernier pour lancer des états générEux pour l’enfance et dresser un bilan complet des politiques gouvernementales concernant les enfants.
  • Elles ont rassemblé leurs 112 propositions dans un Cahier de doléances en faveur de la cause des enfants.
  • Cet ouvrage propose, pour 5 euros, un état des lieux unique sur la situation des enfants dans tous les domaines de leur vie quotidienne et une grande diversité d’analyses … ou vous pouvez le (télécharger gratuitement, en complêt ou par chapitre.

Liens:

le blog Etats Généreux pour l’Enfance /Accueil;

Ligue des Droits de l’Homme LDH: Concert géant Rock sans papiers à Paris Bercy le 18 septembre 2010, et LDH /Accueil.

The big guns

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Published on Voices for creative nonviolence, by JASON WHITED, July 16, 2010.

An upcoming trial for activists who illegally entered Creech Air Force Base to protest the government’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles has caught the attention of United Nations officials and could have serious implications for the future of remote-controlled warfare.

In April 2009, 14 activists who had gathered here from across the country illegally entered the base’s gates and refused to leave in protest of Creech’s role as the little-known headquarters for U.S. military operations involving unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, over Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.  Continue Reading…

French soldiers asked to refuse illegal orders

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Published on Yahoo Groups rael-science-select, Feb 2, 2006.

… The French army has clarified its rules of discipline, telling soldiers to refuse any order that would lead to an illegal action, and to immediately report it to the military top officials.

“The subordinate must refuse to follow an order that would clearly lead to an illegal action. Otherwise, the subordinate that will have carried out this order will expose himself to disciplinary and legal action” says the military bylaw, published in the Official Bulletin of the Armies in December (2005).

This bulletin “targets the way each articles of the July 2005 bylaw will be applied, in relation to the general discipline of the military” It is, however, more precise than the bylaw itself, published before the incident of M. Mahe, a civilian in Ivory Coast, assassinated by soldiers.

The bylaw said, in article 7, that the “subordinate must not execute” any illegal order, without clearly using the verb “refuse”.

Firmin Mahe, accused by French soldiers of violence toward local populations was killed by suffocation, his head in a plastic bag, in an armoured vehicle of the French Army on May 13th, 2005 in Ivory Coast … (full text).

Bashir to visit Chad despite arrest warrant

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Published on Reuters Africa, by Opheera McDoom, July 21, 2010.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will travel to Chad on Wednesday, presidential sources said, his first visit to a member state of the court demanding his arrest for war crimes and genocide.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant in 2009 for Bashir to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur region.

Last week the court, which Bashir refuses to recognise, added three counts of genocide to the list of charges.  Continue Reading…

Human Rights in China After the Olympics

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(a new book)

Linked on our blogs with Human Rights Without Frontiers HRWF International. – Published on Create Space.

  • Authored by Human Rights Without Frontiers Int’l,
  • Contributions by Susi Dennison, Emmanouil Athanasiou, Marie Holzman, Mamtimin Ala, Vincent Metten, David Matas, David Kilgour, Leah Strauss, Reggie Garcia Littlejohn, Sang Hun Kim, Vincent Metten, Jonathan Holslag,
  • Edited by Willy Fautré.

An assessment of human rights in China after the 2008 Olympic Games. Covers the death penalty, freedom of religion or belief, environmental issues, the one-child policy, North Korean refugees, Tibetan issues, and the Uyghurs … (full text).

L’ICSA VISE LA BONNE CIBLE

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Lié avec International Cultic Studies Association ICSA, et avec CAP Droits de l’Homme (leur Page d’Accueil).

Publié par CAP Droits de l’Homme, par F.P., 19 Juillet 2010 – (pour downloader en pdf, voir lien en haut à droite).
Voir aussi: Miviludes : Liaisons dangereuses – I: La Miviludes et la Chine, mai 2010.

… Le guet-apens chinois:

Insouciants de l’Histoire, les affairistes du monde entier continuent joyeusement de courtiser la Nomenclatura Chinoise. Cependant, datant de 1934, une visée communiste au sujet de la Chine devrait les faire réfléchir:

La guerre à outrance entre le communisme et le capitalisme est inévitable. Nous lancerons le plus spectaculaire mouvement de paix, et dès que les pays capitalistes auront dissocié leur défense nous les écraserons de notre poing fermé. Continue Reading…

Top Secret America

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a Washington Post Investigation -  Published on The Washington Post, by Diana Priest and William M. Arkin, July 20, 2010.

What started as a temporary fix in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has turned into a dependency that calls into question whether the federal workforce includes too many people obligated to shareholders rather than the public interest – and whether the government is still in control of its most sensitive activities …

… The government has built a national security and intelligence system so big, so complex and so hard to manage, no one really knows if it’s fulfilling its most important purpose: keeping its citizens safe. Continue Reading…

Poor in UK dying 10 years earlier than rich, despite years of government action

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Published on Telegraph.uk, July 2, 2010. – Linked with Renegate Economist.com (on July 21).

The life expectancy gap between rich and poor people in England is widening, despite years of government and NHS action, a hard-hitting National Audit Office report reveals today.

Extensive efforts have failed to reduce the wide differential, which can still be 10 years or more depending on socio-economic background, says the public spending watchdog. While life expectancy has risen generally, it is increasing at a slower rate for England’s poorest citizens. Continue Reading…

Hearts, minds and the same old warlords

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big strategy founders on corruption and tribalism

Published on Le Monde Diplo, by Stephen Grey, July 2010.

Go up close to what’s happening in Afghanistan – for example, in the city of Kandahar – and you find crime, corruption, tribal conflict and ordinary people powerless to resist the armed might of the militias. No happy ending is in sight … //

…Who is in control?

If not the Taliban, who is really in control? Nervous local journalists recall a reporter, Jawed “Jojo” Ahmad Jojo, who asked too many questions about militias and their links to Americans. They claimed that first he was sent to Bagram airbase, then he was released but wouldn’t keep his mouth shut. So eventually he was killed, not far from our hotel. Continue Reading…

Independent and Subject to Nobody

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Published on Current Concerns no 12, by thk, June 2010.

Translating General Guisan’s attitude into the 21st century: When Markus Somm started his presentation about General Guisan, the vaulted hall in the historical Jegenstorf castle was packed to the last seat. Markus Somm is the biographer of Henri Guisan (“General Guisan – Widerstand nach Schweizer Art” [Resisting the Swiss way], 2010, ISBN 987-3-7272-1346-5), he is an expert in Giusan as a person and his historical environment.

In his speech one got the same impression as when reading his book – his concern is not only to deal with an important chapter of Swiss history and its actors, but also to contemplate similarities with the present political reality. Switzerland, one of the few European countries not subject to the power construct EU, has to face ongoing attacks and pressure attempts; whether or not this is done by EU member state Germany under her own auspices or those of her favourite allies, is another matter. The task today just like then is to preserve the independence and, with that, freedom, direct democracy and neutrality, or in other words: the essence of Switzerland … //  Continue Reading…

Human dilemmas: Spoiled by choice – The perils and politics of prosperity

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Published on The Economist, July 15, 2010.

THE more money you have, it seems, the more choice you have. And the more choice you have the happier you are. Or at least that is the theory, and if that proves not to be the case, it is your fault for making the wrong choices. Renata Salecl unpicks these axioms of modern life in a short and thought-provoking book. She shows that in large chunks of life, the simplistic search for the perfect choice is not only impractical, but leads to misery … //

… Even consumer choice is not all that it is cracked up to be. Ms Salecl highlights the anxiety felt by an ill-informed shopper faced with a bewildering range of options, and with the feeling of looming censure for the wrong one. Economists (a breed she regards with uniform disdain) would not necessarily disagree with that. Transaction and opportunity costs are well-researched topics. A speedy choice of cheese at a colossal supermarket display may not be the perfect one, but it does leave more time for enjoying it afterwards. Continue Reading…

Why Can’t Mainstream American Journalists Tell the Truth About the Horrors of America’s Wars?

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Nick Turse, uly 15, 2010.

… War in the Dark:

This critical local knowledge, all but missing from Restrepo, is driven home in footage from a PBS Frontline report in which one of Restrepo’s “stars,” Captain Dan Kearney, speaks to an Afghan elder, Haji Zalwar Khan, in the Korengal Valley in July 2008.  It’s around the time Restrepo ends, just as Kearney is about to hand-off his command to another American officer-cum-war-tourist.

“You people shoot at least one house a day.  Last night you shot a house in Kandalay,” says Khan.  In response, Kearney offers a visibly skeptical smile and predictable excuses.  Continue Reading…

Police Brutality in America

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Linked with Stephen Lendman – USA. – Published on The Peoples Voice, by Stephen Lendman, July 13, 2010.

… Final Comments

  • In December 2007, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination published a report titled, “In the Shadows of the War on Terror: Persistent Police Brutality and Abuse of People of Color in the United States,” saying:
  • “Since this Committee’s 2001 review of the US, during which it expressed concern regarding incidents of police brutality and deaths in custody at the hands of US law enforcement officers, there have been dramatic increases in law enforcement powers in the name of waging the “war on terror (resulting in) the use of excessive force against people of color….(It’s not only continued post-9/11), but has worsened in both practice and severity” – a NAACP representative saying it’s “the worst I’ve seen in 50 years.”
  • On April 4, 2007, Ryan Gallagher, writing for Medill Reports, produced by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, headlined, “Study: Police abuse goes unpunished,” saying:  Continue Reading…

NSA Will Deploy Snooping Sensors on Private Networks

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Are You a Perfect Citizen?

Published on Dissident Voice, by Tom Burghardt, July 12th, 2010.

… In a sign that illegal surveillance programs launched by the Bush administration are accelerating under President Obama, The Wall Street Journal revealed last week that a National Security Agency (NSA) program, PERFECT CITIZEN, is under development … //

… The Grim Road Ahead:

A confidence game only works when “marks,” in this case American citizens, allow themselves to be defrauded by a person or group who have gained their trust. Continue Reading…

Incorrect and defamatory article about our client

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See: Sujet: Incorrect and defamatory article about our client, July 12, 2010, as a reply for Gaddafi’s playboy son attacked model wife in £4,000 Claridge’s suite, December 30, 2009, and its Comment by scrolling down.

Who’s Afraid of Fake Degrees?

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Published on CHOWK, by Foqia Khan, July 9, 2010.

Fake degrees issue has become a livewire, a big frog stuck in the throats of all political parties in these uncertain times. The seminar on “Degrees and Democracy” recently at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, in its choice of panelists reflected the current turmoil caused by this issue.

Activists Q. Isa Daudpota and Naeem Sadiq, speakers at the seminar, embody the Freire approach to education and society at large. They want to acquire freedom through civil society activism. Continue Reading…

Oscar Grant, a Victim of American Fear

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Published on AlterNet, by Adam Serwer, Jully 9, 2010.

Why even decades after the civil-rights era, a cop shooting an unarmed black man is barely a crime.

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer who killed Oscar Grant while he was lying face down and handcuffed in an Oakland train station, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter — his crime, according to the jury, was negligence in not knowing the difference between his heavy black gun and his light yellow Taser. Of the possible outcomes Mehserle was facing, involuntary manslaughter was the best he could have hoped for short of acquittal. He faces a maximum sentence of four years for the original crime, possibly more for the use of a firearm.  Continue Reading…