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2010-10-01: One Million Kids on Anti-Psychotics;
2010-10-02: Coming Unglued Will Not Help Us Get Unstuck;
2010-10-02: La réintroduction du loup vise à déplacer l’habitat;
2010-10-03: Johan Galtung interview: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East;
2010-10-04: Secrecy as a weapon of oppression;
2010-10-05: The Taliban’s secret weapon: security;
2010-10-06: Ronald W. Walters 1938-2010: A fighter against global apartheid;
2010-10-07: The Secret World of the Chinese Communist Party?
2010-10-08: Obama Rejects Tax Cuts for the Rich, Calls for Big Oil to Pay Fair Share;
2010-10-09: Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo wins Nobel Peace Prize;
2010-10-10: The Future of Nuclear Disarmament – A Swiss perspective;
2010-10-11: Quito’s Police: CIA breeding ground;
2010-10-12: Found in Translation: My Way, If You Go Away and Ray;
2010-10-13: Could We Have Built This Differently?
2010-10-14: Mass protests shake French government;
2010-10-15: There’s More Than Robo Signatures To Blame For The Ongoing Foreclosure Scandal;
2010-10-16: Putting the Real Minorities in Their Place;
2010-10-17: Banks hired hair stylists to vet foreclosures;
2010-10-17: Gotthard Base Tunnel GBT;
2010-10-18: The Comanche and the Taliban;
2010-10-19: The Paradox of Blinking;
2010-10-20: Nuclear Dangers and Opportunities in the Middle East;
2010-10-21: Court says men can beat wife if no marks left;
2010-10-22: Unemployed Happier than People with Poor Jobs;
2010-10-23: Islam, Colonialism, and Resistance;
2010-10-24: Time takes its toll on old Swiss language;
2010-10-25: France and its ban for the face veil;
2010-10-26: Ending Violent Resistance – Target the Oppressor, Not the Resistance;
2010-10-27: France Shut-down Over Retirement Age Battle;
2010-10-28: There is no Freedom without Human Ethics and Moral;
2010-10-29: Mystery of American Political Madness;
2010-10-30: Parliamentary Hearings on G-20;
2010-10-30: Der Untergang des Abendlandes II: Kruzifixstreit in der Schweiz;
2010-10-31: Invention Secrecy Still Going Strong.

Invention Secrecy Still Going Strong

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Linked on our blogs with Federation of American Scientists FAS, and with Orion Project.

Published on FAS’ Blog Secrecy News, by Steven Aftergood, October 21, 2010,
and also in the Newsletter of The Orion Project*, same day.

There were 5,135 inventions that were under secrecy orders at the end of Fiscal Year 2010, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office told Secrecy News last week.  It’s a 1% rise over the year before, and the highest total in more than a decade.

Under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, patent applications on new inventions can be subject to secrecy orders restricting their publication if government agencies believe that disclosure would be “detrimental to the national security.” Continue Reading…

Der Untergang des Abendlandes II: Kruzifixstreit in der Schweiz

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Verknüpft in unseren Blogs mit Michael Schmidt-Salomon – Germany. – Auszug aus dem letzten Newsletter der Giordano Bruno Stiftung vom 28. Oktober 2010.

In der Schweiz ist ein heftiger Streit um das Kruzifix entbrannt. Vor wenigen Tagen wurde bekannt, dass der Freidenker David Schlesinger nach dem Erhalt von Morddrohungen auf Anraten der Polizei die Schweiz mit seiner Familie verlassen hat. Schlesingers “Vergehen”: Er hatte vor Gericht durchgesetzt, dass die Kruzifixe im Klassenraum seiner Kinder abgehängt werden.  Continue Reading…

Parliamentary Hearings on G-20

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Testimonies to Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security

Watch this video, published on the Real News Network, Part 1 /10.23 min.

Watch also the videos /parts 2 – 8.

Mystery of American Political Madness

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Published on Consortiumnews, by Bernard Weiner, October 23, 2010.

… In this guest essay, Bernard Weiner of The Crisis Papers tries to explain the new unreal American reality to friends, Wolfgang and Jacqueline, on the other side of the Atlantic:

… Your recent e-mail, wondering “what the f -  is going on” these days, questioning whether we Americans have taken “more than your usual amount of stupid pills,” is well deserving of a considered response. How is it possible, you ask, that the very rightwing party whose policies helped create the current mess may very well take control of the House of Representatives and conceivably the Senate as well, in the upcoming November elections?   “Is the U.S.A. experiencing some kind of death wish? Are we in Europe witnessing the paroxysms of a failing democracy, and a failing empire? Will the flat-Earth Know Nothings really take over in America?” … //   Continue Reading…

There is no Freedom without Human Ethics and Moral

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Published on Current Concerns, by Dr Thomas Huber, Issue no 18, October 2010.

Let me start with two quotations, one from Benjamin Franklin who said: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” and one from Wilhelm Freiherr von Humboldt: “Safety is the prerequisite for freedom!”.

Let me define security and freedom at the beginning of my talk.

First about safety: an individual is in safety if he or she is in a state without imminent danger for life or property, if constitutional and democratic institutions function reliably and permanently and if a flux of reliable and independent information is available. Continue Reading…

France Shut-down Over Retirement Age Battle

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Published on AlterNet, by AFP, Oct. 22, 2010.

French unions step up pressure on President Nicolas Sarkozy to cave in on pension reform, calling for more mass strikes and street protests as parts of the country start to run dry following fuel blockades. The call for workers to join two new days of nationwide demonstrations next Thursday and on November 6 came after another day of unrest across France that saw protestors blocking key sites and clashing with police.

“Strengthened by the support of workers, the young and a majority of the population … the labour organisations have decided to continue and to broaden the mobilisation,” the main unions said in a joint statement. More than a million people took to the streets on Tuesday, the sixth day of action since early September, to protest the plan to raise the standard minimum retirement age from 60 to 62 and full pension age from 65 to 67 … // Continue Reading…

Ending Violent Resistance – Target the Oppressor, Not the Resistance

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Kim Petersen, October 23, 2010.

First a given: there can be no resistance unless there is something to resist against. There can be no anti-occupation resistance if there is no occupation, and there can be no resistance against oppression if there is no oppression. It is a simple logic that eludes many people. That it eludes many people (and almost all of the corporate media) is demonstrable by noting the outcry whenever a resistance uses violence: Those evil, soulless terrorists harming other people — and they do it without reason. Well, there is a reason, although the corporate media refuses to divulge it. Occupation/ oppression is violent, and it gives rise to resistance. There would be no violence were it not for the violence of occupation and oppression. There is no chicken and egg here. It ls obvious that the sole target of vehemence should be the occupation/oppression that induces the resistance, for without the occupation/oppression and the violence that perpetuates it, there would be no violent resistance. Ergo, resistance (whether non-violent or violent) seeks to end violence by defeating an occupation/oppression … //  Continue Reading…

France and its ban for the face veil

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Linked with DOHA DEBATES, with Burqa versus Human Rights, with picture of the year, with I wonder if all Muslim know this – Islam a la Taliban, with the Burqa,prison or protection, with Swissness and Islamic fundamentalism, and with Swissness in danger – the minarets and we.

Watch this video on one of these two websites, 47.43 min.

Time takes its toll on old Swiss language

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Published on SwissInfo.ch, by Julia Slater, Oct. 20, 2010.

French is today Switzerland’s second language, but until about 200 years ago most people in western Switzerland spoke something quite different.

They used dialects of the language group now known as Franco-Provençal, which today have all but disappeared. Scholars are working against the clock to gather information about them, while enthusiasts are doing their best to keep the flame alive.  Continue Reading…

Islam, Colonialism, and Resistance

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Published on Naked Punch, by Zia Sardar /Interviewed by Bux Qalandar Memon, 10-07-2010.

1 – In your recent book Balti Britain you recall racist encounters that you had as a child growing up in East London.  Could you explain the operative dynamics behind the racism of your youth and how it operates today?  Has there been a change?

During my childhood racism was much more overt. It was largely about the colour of your skin. ‘To Let’ signs on houses often carried the refrain: ‘No Blacks, Irish or Dogs’. People would cross the road to avoid you when they saw you coming. I was a regular bunch bag for racist bullies and thugs and came home from school routinely battered and bruised. Initially we were all ‘blacks’; then all Asians become ‘Pakis’ and ‘Paki bashing’ became a favourite sport of racist thugs. Continue Reading…

Unemployed Happier than People with Poor Jobs

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Published on TOP news, by Rasik Sharma, Oct. 14, 2010.

Many people have discussed the topic of unemployed people and about people with jobs. The world, every now and then has mentioned that bums have the worst quality of life and are the least happy.

However, a new research that was conducted by the Australian National University, has found that people working in a poor job with a bad firm are the least satisfied with their lives. The study went to the extent of saying that those people who remained unemployed were much happier than those working in poor jobs.  Continue Reading…

Court says men can beat wife if no marks left

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Published on News.com.au, by AP, Oct. 18, 2010.

THE UAE’s highest judicial body says a man can beat his wife and young children as long as the beating leaves no physical marks … //

… The ruling was reported today in the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National.
(full text).

Nuclear Dangers and Opportunities in the Middle East

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Published on ZNet, by Richard A. Falk and David Krieger, October 17, 2010.

Linked with Nuclear Age Peace Foundation NAPF.

Iran’s uranium enrichment program has drawn much criticism, and there has been talk in both Israel and the United States of possible attacks against Iranian nuclear facilities.  The drift toward a military solution seems to be gathering an alarming momentum, with little public discussion of alternative approaches in the mainstream US media.  There would likely be very heavy costs associated with carrying out such attacks.

Iranian leaders have a variety of instruments available for retaliation, and there is little reason to think that these would not be used. It is highly probable that Israel would be attacked in response by Hezbollah and Hamas, both of which have the capabilities to inflict serious damage. Even more damage could be done by Iran itself, which is developing long-range delivery capacities by way of advanced missile technology and a type of bomb-carrying drone aircraft.    Continue Reading…

The Paradox of Blinking

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Published on Project Syndicate, by Kishore Mahbubani, (also on wikipedia), Oct. 14, 2010.

SINGAPORE – The world has recently witnessed two major diplomatic blinks. Japan, facing mounting pressure from China, unconditionally released a Chinese trawler captain whose ship had rammed a Japanese naval patrol boat. And US President Barack Obama did nothing when Israel refused to extend its freeze on new building construction in the West Bank, causing Israeli West Bank settlers to rejoice.

In the short run, it is clear who lost. In the long run, however, the outcome of backing down may not be so clear. China, in particular, should weigh carefully the long-term political price of celebrating its supposed victory over Japan.  Continue Reading…

QUE CACHENT CES GREVES QUE PERSONNE NE COMPREND?

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Publié sur MAVERICK, octobre 17, 2010.

La mode est aux divertissements télévisés auxquels participent des hommes politiques. Derrière les paillettes et les stars invitées perce parfois, le temps d’un éclair, l’un des rouages secrets du système !

Les normes IFRS:

Récemment, au plus fort d’une joute oratoire à propos des retraites, quelqu’un révélait soudain l’existence d’un organisme fort peu connu : l’IFRS, mis pour International Financial Reporting Standards (à lire aussi sur fr.wikipedia, / et sur en.wikipedia). Une organisation privée qui élabore des normes comptables à l’intention des entreprises cotées en bourse. Ces règles sont ensuite soumises à l’approbation de l’Union européenne. Continue Reading…

The Comanche and the Taliban

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Published on Foreign Policy FP, by Stephen M. Walt (also on wikipedia), Oct. 13, 2010.

One of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in the past year was S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches. It’s a terrific, gripping story, and I learned a great deal about aspects of U.S. history of which I was only partly aware.

In brief, the book tells the story of the U.S. effort to subdue the Comanche, the most powerful Native American tribe on the Great Plains. It was a bloody and fascinating struggle, in part because the Comanche proved so hard for the far more numerous and technologically superior Anglos to defeat. If you grew up with a John Ford/John Wayne/Randolph Scott view of the Old West, this book will be something of a revelation.  Continue Reading…

Gotthard Base Tunnel GBT

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First: watch these videos:

Texts:

See also: GBT: on Google News-search, on Google-Video-search, on Google Web-search, on Google Scholar-search, and on Google Blog-search.

Banks ‘hired hair stylists’ to vet foreclosures

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Banks hired hair stylists, teens to process foreclosure documents, workers’ testimony shows – Published on TheRawStory, by AP, Oct. 13, 2010.

In an effort to rush through thousands of home foreclosures since 2007, financial institutions and their mortgage servicing departments hired hair stylists, Walmart floor workers and people who had worked on assembly lines and installed them in “foreclosure expert” jobs with no formal training, a Florida lawyer says.

In depositions released Tuesday, many of those workers testified that they barely knew what a mortgage was. Some couldn’t define the word “affidavit.” Others didn’t know what a complaint was, or even what was meant by personal property. Most troubling, several said they knew they were lying when they signed the foreclosure affidavits and that they agreed with the defense lawyers’ accusations about document fraud.  Continue Reading…

Putting the Real Minorities in Their Place

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Published on Middle East Online, by Eric Walberg, Oct. 10, 2010. – Linked on our blogs with Eric Walberg – Canada.

The Zionists in Israel, and by implication, in the US have lost whatever faith they had in Obama. He was never popular in Israel. Obama, son of a Kenyan Muslim and American expat radical, is facing equally vicious bigotry by non-Jews, notes Eric Walberg.

Obama has just lost his close friend and chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who is making the unusual transition from national to municipal politics. He is also losing his closest adviser David Axelrod (pragmatist Emanuel described their difference as prose versus poetry) and his mentor and director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers.  Continue Reading…

There’s More Than Robo Signatures To Blame For The Ongoing Foreclosure Scandal

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Linked with Media Channel, and with Danny Schechter – USA. – Published on Global Research.ca, by Danny Schechter, October 11, 2010.

The other day, during an interview on Al Jazeera, I was asked if I was frustrated because my warnings and worries about the financial meltdown and foreclosure crisis, first aired in 2006, have been ignored so long.

Duh!

The excruciating lesson I learned is that it takes time for a problem to turn into an issue and, then, an issue to get attention, to move from the business section to the news section, from the back of the paper to page one. It is always hard to predict which story will grab the attention of a news media that has not paid sufficient attention to these issues for years. What connect for editors are usually a small matter and a symbolic one, a story that’s not just new but dripping with the appearance of injustice or hypocrisy?  Continue Reading…

Mass protests shake French government

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Published on WSWS, by Alex Lantier, 13 October 2010.

Over three million workers participated in a strike yesterday against the pension cuts of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, with workers in several industrial sectors voting to extend strike action.

Amid widespread fears in the press of “radicalization”—that is, that the strikes could escape the control of the trade unions and the bourgeois “left” parties—a confrontation is brewing between the working class and the entire political establishment.

The protests were called by the unions against a measure to increase the retirement age on a full pension from 65 to 67. The cut also increases the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. While these key provisions have passed, the Senate is due to vote on remaining portions of the legislation this week.  Continue Reading…

Could We Have Built This Differently?

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Published on Anti-Rhythmics, by Nana Yaw Asiedu, Accra Ghana (Dreamer, Writer, Enquirer, Seeker, Believer, Admirer, Adventurer, Friend), Oct. 8, 2010. l

Could there have been another way? Could there have been another way to build (in) Accra? A way to keep out all the rain and yet keep the rooms cool while it shone? Could we have avoided all the glass and still kept out the flies and birds? Could we have explored mud-brick, wood or something not as dense as concrete? Could we have built around our trees, avoiding the easier choice of scything them down? Could we have kept our water bodies for beauty and ecology? … (full text and commments).

Found in Translation: My Way, If You Go Away and Ray

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Published on Madagascar-USA.com, by Lova Rakotomalala, Oct. 10, 2010.

They say Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

In the world of music, some classics are sometimes just too big to be confined to one language. My friend Ayeesha linked to an interview with professor Muhammad Umar Memon who states:

Translation for me stems from two different but interrelated impulses: a good text matures for the reader with every reading, reveals itself gradually—call it literary striptease. I can delve into it only through extended togetherness. Translation makes it possible to tease out all I can through this prolonged intimacy. The other insatiable impulse is to uncover my own potentialContinue Reading…

Quito’s Police: CIA breeding ground

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Published on Voltairenet.org, by Jean Guy Allard, Oct. 2, 2010.

The uprising by putschist elements of the Ecuadoran police against President Rafael Correa confirms an alarming report about the infiltration of the Ecuadoran police by U.S. intelligence services released in 2008, which indicated that many members of the police corps developed a “dependency” on the U.S. Embassy … //

… “We work with the Ecuadoran government, with the military, with the Police, on objectives that are very important for security,” said the U.S. Ambassador in Quito, Heather Hodges.

However, the diplomat told journalists that she would not comment “on intelligence matters.”  Continue Reading…