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2010-11-01: Gefallene-Engel, Nicht-Gefallene-Engel … und wir als Menschheit;
2010-11-01: The right for changes in our life patterns;
2010-11-02: Towards Martial Law in America, Authority to Deploy Troops Domestically during National Emergencies;
2010-11-03: There Is a Progressive Alternative for NY Voters;
2010-11-04: Organizing, standing up and fighting back, by Students for a Democratic Society;
2010-11-05: Leadership & Leitkultur;
2010-11-06: one bad night;
2010-11-07: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall;
2010-11-08: Paradiesvorstellung;
2010-11-08: The other elephant;
2010-11-09: Cameroon: Criminalizing Identities;
2010-11-10: A week in Kabul;
2010-11-11: Conned by democracy: The Middle East’s stagnant change;
2010-11-12: Delegation to Berlin;
2010-11-13: US elections 2010: Learning from defeat;
2010-11-14: New Obama Order Standardizes and Limits Pseudo-Secrets;
2010-11-15: Overreacting benefits terrorists;
2010-11-16: Tod Liebe Verlangen Weiterentwicklung;
2010-11-16: Citizens United — Is the Gas Pedal Stuck?
2010-11-17: Humanitarian Crisis in Haiti;
2010-11-18: The Family Code;
2010-11-19: The battle against biopiracy;
2010-11-20: Religion – Another Baghdad massacre: Iraqi Christians are already at home;
2010-11-20: Bruxelles: Les plantes médicinales bientôt interdites dans l’UE;
2010-11-21: The Dangers of a Nuclear War;
2010-11-22: Remembrance Day: Reversing the Tide of War. Say No to Nuclear War;
2010-11-23: US has no Afghan exit strategy;
2010-11-23: zu Peter Sloterdjiks Buch die Verachtung der Massen;
2010-11-24: Long life spam – The changing landscape of online fraud;
2010-11-24: The dog that didn’t bark;
2010-11-24: Rapport du Département d’Etat américain – Deux pays – deux mentalités;
2010-11-25: Uncovering Algeria’s civil war;
2010-11-26: Socialism and society;
2010-11-26: Cherchons équipe TV pour réaliser un reportage;
2010-11-27: Chalmers Johnson, influential scholar of East Asia, dies at 79;
2010-11-28: Direct Democracy – a Stronghold in Stormy Times;
2010-11-29: Generations of Resistance;
2010-11-30: Realität Lüge Ego-Aufgabe;
2010-11-30: Journalistic Objectivity: Getting the Best Obtainable Version of the Truth.

Journalistic Objectivity: Getting the Best Obtainable Version of the Truth

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Text of Speech at the Indymedia Conference – Nov. 13, 2010 – Published on Global, by Kéllia Ramares, November 19, 2010.

Objectivity does not exist, in journalism or in any other sphere. That is what quantum physicists have been telling us now for nearly a century. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle tells us that what you know about a quantum particle depends on what you measure. You can measure its position, but you cannot determine where is it going at the same time with equal accuracy, and vice versa. You can’t even call it a particle all the time because sometimes it acts as a wave. Experiments have shown that whether you see a particle or a wave depends on what you expect to see.  Continue Reading…

Realität Lüge Ego-Aufgabe

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(wurde schon am 7. August 2008 auf dem Blog Heidi Barathieu-Brun veröffentlicht):

Verbunden mit Tod Liebe Verlangen Weiterentwicklung, und mit Paradiesvorstellung.

Eine Lüge ist ein Arrangement mit der Realität, damit sie einem besser passt. Es werden Teile des Ganzen ausgegrentzt, damit der Rest besser sitzt. Diese Ausgrenzung ist als Charakter-Abwehr bekannt (Wilhelm Reich). Das Gegenstück zur Lüge ist also nicht die Wahrheit, Wahrheit ist nur der durch die Lüge bearbeitete Stoff … nein, das Gegenstück zur Lüge ist die Integrität. Ist die Integrität einmal futsch, können wir nicht mehr hilfreich innere Heilung bewirken, wir sind auf die mechanistisch obsessionell-cognitive Ebene zurückverdammt. Denn wenn die heile Welt (die gut sitzende Maske) wichtiger wird als die Realität, fängt der Abstieg an (frei nach Faust’s Mephisto: wenn du nichts mehr bewegt haben willst, habe ich deine Seele).  Continue Reading…

Generations of Resistance

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The Electrical Workers Unions and the Cold War, by John Bennett Sears, Conshohocken, PA, Infinity Publishing Company, 2008:

A Book Review by Norman Markowitz, published on political affairs pa, 10.Nov. 2010.

In the first half of the 20th century, there were two major schools of labor history. The established, anti-socialist one represented by John R. Commons, Selig Perlman and Philip Taft dealt with the institutional political history of the trade union movement, relating in a fairly narrow fashion that history to the larger pattern of U.S. history.  Continue Reading…

Direct Democracy – a Stronghold in Stormy Times

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Published on Current Concerns, by Erika Vögeli, Switzerland, Issue No 19, november 2010.

“The next storm front of the economic crisis is drawing near”, Gabi Huber, parliamentary party leader of the Liberal Free Democratic Party FDP/Die Liberalen explained in her message prior to the elections of the second Federal Council. In her plea, she reminded electors to vote for those FDP candidates who had the necessary qualifications, “which our country needs in those stormy times to come”.

So far, Switzerland has mastered the economic crisis well – and the resigning Federal Councilor Hans-Rudolf Merz left “the federal finances as sound as in hardly any other country”, as the President of the National Council Pascale Federer explained. Continue Reading…

Chalmers Johnson, influential scholar of East Asia, dies at 79

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Published on Los Angeles Times, by Dennis McLellan, November 24, 2010.

… A prolific writer, Johnson made his initial impact with the 1962 publication of his dissertation, “Peasant Nationalism and Communist Power,” which offered a revisionist view of the emergence of revolutionary China between 1937 and 1945.

“He argued that famine more than personalities drove the Chinese political settlement,” Hatcher said. Continue Reading…

URGENT: Cherchons équipe TV pour réaliser un reportage

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Des citoyens en herbe se penchent sur leur avenir et celui de leurs cadets: Nous voulons changer le système scolaire!

Lié sur nos blogs avec Michel Sasseville – Canada, avec Matthew Lipman – USA, et avec Cours à distance la philosophie pour les enfants.

La Bibliothèque Médiathèque Municipale de Vevey et l’association proPhilo proposent à des enfants des ateliers de recherche philosophique. Un cycle de 11 séances est en cours, les samedis matins, à Vevey, jusqu’à mi décembre 2010. (*)

Lors de l’un des ateliers philo, des enfants de 9 à 12 ans ont cherché des réponses à une question posée par l’une d’entre eux. Cette question était: Pourquoi notre système scolaire est de diviser les gens, entre les forts et les faibles? (Pauline 10 ans).   Continue Reading…

Socialism and society

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Published on Online Journal, by Jerry Mazza, Nov. 12, 2010. – Linked on our blogs with Jerry Mazza – USA.

Most people don’t realize that when they board a public bus or subway that a form of socialism is carrying them to their destination. The city government owns the means of travel for no-profit but to help build the infrastructure of the city and thus to make it prosper. No armbands, flags, lapel pins, buttons or streamers are necessary to herald the state as you ride to your destination. You pay your fare, you get your ride … //

… Eisenhower spent 25 billion dollars for the construction of 41,000 miles of the Interstate Highway System over a 20-year period, creating thousands of jobs to further strengthen the post-war economy. Today, that socialized infrastructure needs reworking, including work on our national rail service. It could prop up a consumer economy with jobs of all kinds. Eisenhower also warned us in his parting address about the dangers of the military-industrial complex and its excesses. Nobody listened. We’re in three wars and debt up to our necks because of them.  Continue Reading…

Uncovering Algeria’s civil war

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A French investigation into the deaths of seven monks is challenging the historic narrative on the war

Published on AlJazeera, by Yasmine Ryan, 12 Nov. 2010.

Challenging the dominant narrative on Algeria’s brutal civil war has never been an easy task. But an investigation into the killing of seven French monks in the midst of the conflict is providing a rare opportunity to dig further into the allegations that the country’s secret services deliberately fostered the descent into violence.  Continue Reading…

Rapport du Département d’Etat américain – Deux pays – deux mentalités

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Publié sur CAP Droits de l’Homme, 23 Novembre 2010.

… A l’endroit des minorités religieuses, le rapport rappelle l’ingérence du gouvernement français là où il n’a que faire. A ce propos, il relate le questionnement fait au président de la MIVILUDES, M. Georges Fenech, par le CAP LC[2], au sujet de son objectivité personnelle et de sa neutralité.

De même, on apprend qu’en 2010, dans sa réponse au Rapporteur spécial des Nations Unies, le gouvernement français affirme que la MIVILUDES lutte contre toutes formes de discrimination (sic). Le rapport précise toutefois que dans l’exercice de sa véritable mission, elle se sert d’une liste d’organisations que l’on ne saurait soupçonner de dérives. Continue Reading…

The dog that didn’t bark

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The curious silencing of China’s prime minister and his views on political reform

Published on The Economist, Nov. 11, 2010.

IT WAS not the right time of year, and all previous Beijing “springs” have ended in far deeper floods of tears anyway. But it is still remarkable how swiftly a hopeful debate on political reform that seemed about to blossom in China a couple of months ago has been nipped in the bud. Hunched in a booth in a Beijing campus coffee shop, Hu Xingdou, a liberal academic and blogger, who has recently seen one of his posts deleted from the internet, has an explanation. China’s leaders are still stuck in the old mindset that political reform will lead to chaos … // Continue Reading…

Long life spam – The changing landscape of online fraud

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As spammers find their e-mails blocked, they are trying other tactics. Expect no respite

Published on The Economist, Nov. 18, 2010.

WHEN Mark Zuckerberg, the boss of Facebook, presented its new messaging service on November 15th, he praised one feature in particular: the “social inbox”, which would catch spam or other unwanted messages. “Because we know who your friends are, we can put in really good filters to make sure you only see things you care about,” he said, with unwarranted confidence.  Continue Reading…

zu Peter Sloterdjiks Buch ‘die Verachtung der Massen’

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(wurde schon am 28. Juli 2005 auf dem Blog Mein privater Garten veröffentlicht):

Peter Sloterdjik: ‘die Verachtung der Massen, Versuch über Kulturkämpfe in der modernen Gesellschaft’, Sonderdruck Edition Suhrkamp“: erste Auflage 2000, ISBN 3-518-06597-1. Er diskutiert unsere Haltung zur Frage der Erziehung von Massen.

Peter Sloterdjik, ab Seite 30: … In dem Projekt der Moderne, die Masse als Subjekt zu entwickeln, sammelt sich, soviel wir verstanden haben, leicht entzündlicher psychopolitischer Sprengstoff an. Er kann durch Funken von oben wie von unten detonieren. Wie all Entwicklungsprogramme muss auch dieses seinen Adressaten beleidigen, sobald es ihm zu verstehen gibt, er sei noch nicht, was er werden soll. Continue Reading…

US has no Afghan exit strategy

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Published on, by Lalit Kjha, November 13, 2010.

Ahead of the NATO Summit in Lisbon next week, a top Obama administration official Wednesday asserted the US had “no exit strategy” for Afghanistan, and instead a “transition strategy” would be unveiled in the Portuguese capital.

There would be a gradual drawdown of forces beginning in July 2011, but its scope, pace, timing and size would be determined by the circumstances, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke told a group of reporters writing for media outlets in the two countries … //  Continue Reading…

Remembrance Day: Reversing the Tide of War. Say No to Nuclear War

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Published on Global, by Michel Chossudovsky, Nov. 11, 2010.

Antiwar protest does not question the legitimacy of those to whom the protest is addressed.

Protest is accepted under Western style “democracy”, precisely because it accepts the established political order, while exerting pressure on political leaders to shift their policy stance.

Protest serves the interests of the war criminals in high office, to whom the demands are directed.

Ultimately what is at stake is the legitimacy of the political and military actors and the economic power structures, which control the formulation and direction of US foreign policy. Continue Reading…

The Dangers of a Nuclear War

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Conversations with Fidel Castro – Published on Global, by Fidel Castro Ruz and Michel Chossudovsky, Nov. 13, 2010.

If a war breaks out in Iran, it will inevitably become a nuclear war and a global war.

… Michel Chossudovsky: … This notion of “mutual assured destruction” ended with the Cold War and after that the nuclear doctrine was redefined, because we never really thought about a nuclear war during the Cold War.  Well, obviously, there was a danger –as even Robert McNamara said at some point in time.

But, after the Cold War, particularly after September 11 [2001],  America’s nuclear doctrine started to be redefined.  Continue Reading…

Bruxelles: Les plantes médicinales bientôt interdites dans l’UE

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... dès le 1er avril 2011 grande victoire pour les lobbies de l’industrie pharmaceutique, vendredi 5 novembre 2010: Un grand moment dans l’histoire de notre santé.

Publié sur La

Lire: La directive européenne qui vise à réduire nos droits en matière thérapeutique.

Signons tous la pétition pour la liberté en matière de thérapeutique des malades et des médecins.

Religion – Another Baghdad massacre: Iraqi Christians are already at home

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Published on Online Journal, by Ramzy Baroud, Nov. 12, 2010.

On Sunday, October 31, when a group of militants seized a church in Baghdad, killing and wounding scores of Iraqi Christians, it signaled yet another episode of unimaginable horror in the country since the US invasion of March 2003. Every group of Iraqis has faced terrible devastation as a result of this war, the magnitude of which is only now beginning to be discovered … //

… The fact is that Iraqi society has long been known for its tolerance and acceptance of minorities. There were days when no one used such references as Shai, Sunni and Christians; there one Iraq and one Iraqi people. Continue Reading…

The battle against biopiracy

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Khadija Sharife, Nov. 11, 2010.

As multinational food processor Nestlé attempts to patent the well-known benefits of South Africa’s fynbos plants, Khadija Sharife explains the role tax havens play in enabling corporations to protect the value of intellectual property rights.

Here in South Africa, consumption of rooibos tea, rusks and biltong (dried and spiced beef), is a national past-time. Sure, we engage in other activities – work, procreation, exercise, showering. But really, when it comes to chowing on homegrown grub, its safe to say that all other ‘musts’ take second place to our quest to be good citizens.  Continue Reading…

The Family Code

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The Malian government is attempting to expand women’s rights, but its efforts are meeting with public resistance

Watch this video, published on AlJazeera, 22.33 min, 12 Nov 2010.

… In the West African state of Mali, the government is planning to bring in major changes to the family code, which forms the basis for family law in the country.

It is aimed at extending the rights of women, but in a country with a growing Islamic population, there is serious opposition the new family code.

Witness travels extensively through this vast country to try to understand what drives women’s attitudes to the new rights their government is trying to give them … (full text).

Humanitarian Crisis in Haiti

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Published on Global, Exclusive Interview With Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, by Nicolas Rossier, Nov. 13, 2010.

Can you put these accusations to rest?

  • First, they are lying. Second, what can we expect from a mental slave? (laughs) He will lie for his masters. He is paid to lie for his masters, so I am not surprised by these nonsensical allegations. As I said, they are lying.
  • They are lying. But it’s possible that maybe under you at some level in your government there was some corruption involving Teleco and IDT?
  • I never heard about things like that when I was there and I never knew about it. If I had known, of course we would have done our best to stop it or to prevent it or to legally punish those who could have been involved in such a thing.

Why have you not declared this publicly? Because these things happen all the time. Continue Reading…

Citizens United — Is the Gas Pedal Stuck?

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Published on Center for a Stateless Society C4SS, by Kevin Carson, Nov 9, 2010.

Columnists are supposed to be opinionated. As a matter of convention,  a column on an issue should express some strong opinion about it.  Sorry to disappoint, but all I can do is raise some questions to which I have no satisfactory answer.

Libertarians commonly argue that campaign finance regulations are a restriction on free speech.  Yes, but …

I try to use what Objectivist scholar Chris Sciabarra calls “dialectical libertarianism” as a tool for analyzing issues.  That means a state action should be evaluated, not in terms of its formal statism in static isolation, but in terms of its functional relationship to the larger system of state power. Continue Reading…

Tod Liebe Verlangen Weiterentwicklung

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(wurde schon am 26. September 2005 auf dem Blog Mein privater Garten veröffentlicht):

Verbunden mit Paradiesvorstellung.

Der Weg des Buddha lässt uns zurücktreten von dem, was ist, was wir tun, was wir glauben, was wir rechtfertigen. Aber vor allem, was wir wünschen.

Buddha lehrt uns, unsere weltlichen Neigungen als nicht relevant zu durchschauen. Wir sollen zurücklehnen, eine Atempause einlegen und genau hinsehen was tun wir da?. Wir lernen, eine Differenz zu machen zwischen dem, der etwas will oder macht (wir) und dem Gemachten.

Buddha lehrt uns, uns nicht mit unserem Werk zu identifizieren. Als Buddha wissen wir, dies haben wir zwar gemacht, gewünscht oder nicht gewollt, erlebt und ertragen, aber letztendlich bin nicht ich das da, ich bin nur der Betrachter.  Continue Reading…

Overreacting benefits terrorists

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Published on Online Journal, by Linda S. Heard, Nov 5, 2010.

Here we go again! Just last week, the British transport secretary hinted airlines using British airports will soon be free to consider ways of “easing the passenger experience” during check-in and suggested aspects of the security programme are now “completely redundant.”

He argued that many of the checks had been forced upon the UK by America, some of which, he says, are not enforced within the US itself.  Continue Reading…

New Obama Order Standardizes and Limits Pseudo-Secrets

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Follows Recommendations from Open Government Advocates and the 2006 Archive FOI Audit – Published on the National Security Archive, by Tom Blanton, Nov. 4, 2010.

Instead of New Tier of Secrecy in Previous Bush Order, Obama Policy Restricts Controlled Unclassified Information – Markings Must Be Based on Statute, Regulation or Government-wide Policy, With Public Input on Implementation. For more information, Tom Blanton 202/994-7000 or by e-mail.

… President Obama’s new Executive Order on “Controlled Unclassified Information” issued today builds on recommendations from open government groups and the findings of the National Security Archive’s 2006 audit of “Pseudo-Secrets” that uncovered 28 different and uncoordinated policies on marking and restricting official unclassified information.  Continue Reading…