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Index December 2010

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2010-12-01: Long life spam – The changing landscape of online fraud;
2010-12-02: Guantánamo detainee, acquitted on 284 of 285 charges, faces 20 years;
2010-12-03: Commentary: Public like a frog – Where all are guilty, no one is;
2010-12-04: Argentina: Defy the Creditors and Get Away with It;
2010-12-05: Has President Obama fallen victim to a secret coup?
2010-12-06: More about WikiLeak;
2010-12-06: Liveblogging Cablegate;
2010-12-07: The Food Safety Modernization Act: The US Government’s Assault on Food Freedom;
2010-12-07: Are you taking any of these dangerous drugs?
2010-12-07: Wikileaks Updated Dec. 7, 2010;
2010-12-08: The Russian Far East: a Magnificent, Wild and Rich Nature;
2010-12-08: Wikileaks on The Real News Network TRNN;
2010-12-09: Unconstitutional food bill driven by Big Food lobby dollars;
2010-12-10: Wikileaks and the Worldwide Information War;
2010-12-10: War Dominated Foreign Policy Is Destroying the Economy and National Security;
2010-12-11: Gaining from Wikileaks;
2010-12-12: Continuity of Government: Is the State of Emergency Superseding our Constitution?
2010-12-12: Realitäten und Spinngewebe;
2010-12-13: Revelations on Rafik Hariri’s assassination;
2010-12-14: They got the wrong person;
2010-12-15: WikiLeaks and Sri Lanka: Who are the real criminals?
2010-12-16: Springtime for Franco and Pope Benedict;
2010-12-17: Of Wikileaks, Whistleblowers and Whipping Boys;
2010-12-17: WikiLeaks’s Assange walks free on bail in London;
2010-12-17: Bradley Manning’s health deteriorating in jail, supporters say;
2010-12-18: The Case of Dogan Akhanli: Without Mercy;
2010-12-19: Richard Holbrooke, from Yugoslavia to the War on Afghanistan;
2010-12-20: Land grab fears for Ethiopian rural communities;
2010-12-21: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake demand Canada respect their right to traditional government;
2010-12-21: Switzerland Moves Against Practice Of Female Genital Mutilation;
2010-12-22: Wikileaks: Documents Confirm US Plans to Destabilize Venezuela;
2010-12-23: What’s in our future?
2010-12-24: Commentary: Returned;
2010-12-24: Protokoll zur Programmierung des neuen Welt-Computers;
2010-12-25: Leaving our wounded to die;
2010-12-26: Zionist Lobby’s New Orders For Obama;
2010-12-27: Natural Causes;
2010-12-28: Violence in Cinema: Torture Porn – World Cinema at its Lowest Ebb;
2010-12-29: Uganda calls for regional fight against FGM;
2010-12-30: Britain’s Police State: London arrests based on CCTV identification;
2010-12-31: The first wind of an approaching hurricane.

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3 Videos about FMG and other harmful traditional practices

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Beliefs and Misbeliefs: a film about FGM and more, 8.37 min;

FRANCE 24 Report: Female genital mutilation still practiced in Egypt, 2.30 min;

Three Sunsets: Early Marriage in Ethiopia, 7.58 min.

The first wind of an approaching hurricane

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Published on Online Journal, by Dennis Rahkonen, December 17, 2010.

The ongoing WikiLeaks saga, the recently-concluded Cancun climate talks, and Washington’s tax-cut debacle may seem unrelated. All are linked, however, by incredibly shortsighted and often vile attitudes that they’ve triggered within ruling-class ranks. Let’s look at these issues one by one … //

… Finally, we’ve just witnessed a completely amoral abandonment of both simple common sense and basic ethics in the steadfast Republican insistence that America’s wealthiest elite must be given lavish income and estate-tax breaks, as a precondition for those rendered jobless by that group’s greed and malfeasance receiving more direly needed unemployment benefits.  Continue Reading…

Philosophy for children by Matthew Lipman

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Linked on our blogs with PHILO – ACTION, POUR PENSER ET CHANGER L’ECOLE.

Watch these videos, published on YouTube:

  • 1/7, 9.04 min;
  • 2/7, 8.45 min;
  • 3/7, 9.27 min;
  • 4/7, 10.11 min;
  • 5/7, 9.31 min;
  • 6/7, 9.31 min;
  • and 7/7, 1.27 min.

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Britain’s Police State: London arrests based on CCTV identification

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Britain adopts Chinese model of policing protest?

Published on Global Research.ca, by Nathan Allonby, December 21, 2010.

CCTV has led to large scale arrests, following the recent student protests in London, over increased tuition fees. A total of over 180 people have been arrested, with the majority identified by CCTV.

The current arrests very much represent a landmark – we are now equipped for the Chinese approach to public order, in almost a complete reversal previous British policing … //

… Conclusion: Continue Reading…

Uganda calls for regional fight against FGM

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Published on New Vision, by Taddeo Bwambale, December 21, 2010.

THE Government has asked neighbouring countries to establish stringent laws to prohibit the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the region.

This follows reports that several girls cross to Kenya to be cut, following a ban on the practice in Uganda.

State minister for gender, Rukia Nakadama, on Monday said Uganda’s efforts to fight the practice would not be successful if neighbouring countries were not involved.  Continue Reading…

PHILO – ACTION, POUR PENSER ET CHANGER L’ECOLE

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Lié sur nos blogs avec childrenthinking.co.uk. – Publié en pdf dans proPhilo (voir aussi leur Homepage).

ATELIER DU 1er TRIMESTRE 2011

Pour qui? Les enfants de 9 à 13 ans;
Quand? Du 29 janvier au 9 avril 2011 – (sauf les 12 et 26 février et le 5 mars) – les 8 samedis de 10h30 à 12h00;
? À la Bibliothèque médiathèque, municipale de Vevey (VD).
(Inscriptions online jusqu’au 29 janvier 2011 à la Bibliothèque médiathèque municipale de Vevey).

Cet atelier est la combinaison

d’un atelier de philosophie pour enfants PPE;
et d’un projet d’action citoyenne.

Ceci en partant de la question posée par un enfant de 10 ans:
« Pourquoi notre système scolaire divise les forts des faibles? »  Continue Reading…

Violence in Cinema: “Torture Porn” – World Cinema at its Lowest Ebb

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin, 2010-12-17.

You walk in to a very large darkened room with a high ceiling. There is a large audience watching in anticipation. A story unfolds before your eyes, in vivid colour. It is the story of a good person who was captured and tortured. The torture is shown in 3D and in metaphor. The audience is hushed and contemplative. Despite the horrors of the torture the protagonist of the story eventually escapes and returns to his friends who are overjoyed, if not a bit shocked at his wounds. But his return signals to all in the audience that there is hope in this world despite the daily horrors.  Continue Reading…

Natural Causes

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Was first published on DoubleTake Magazine, Winter 1997 – later in the Internet on Peter Feibleman, from Past to Present /FictionWriter.com, by Peter Feibleman.

In 1916 a clitoridectomy was performed on my mother, at age five, to stop her from masturbating. The surgery was done at the request of her mother, not in Africa but in a fashionable area of Manhattan where she was born, at the office of a distinguished gynecologist whose fees were consonant with his fame; I first found about it in 1944 when I was fourteen, from my father, who explained it to me in detail as the reason for her wanting a divorce. Teenagers are more curious than considerate, and I went straight to my mother to find out if it was true. I remember that day better than most days because it was the first time I’d ever seen my mother cry. She confirmed the mutilation, denied that it was the reason for the divorce, and added that we would not discuss the matter again … (full long text).

Zionist Lobby’s New Orders For Obama

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Published on Information Clearing House, by Alan Hart, Dec. 17, 2010.

After his appointment as chairman of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, California’s representative Howard Berman told The Forward: “Even before I was a Democrat, I was a Zionist.” This is the man, one of the Zionist lobby’s most influential stooges in Congress, who introduced House Resolution 1734 which gives President Obama his new orders.

Israel’s instructions to Obama:

Thoroughly disingenuous, the resolution, which was drafted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and in my view is an indication of panic on its part, was approved unanimously by the House of Representatives on 15 December. It:  Continue Reading…

Leaving our wounded to die

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Published on Online Journal, by Jerry Mazza, December 17, 2010.

Homer troubled over the issue in his epic poems of war, the Odyssey and Iliad, 1300 centuries ago. But the Republican Senators who voted for tax cuts for the rich have no problem voting down the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act before and after the New Year. This as the make-up of Congress morphs from Democratic to “lame duck” (which pretty much represents its year-round character) to Republican, beyond “lame duck,” to Stone Age days, when the wounded were often left to die, including wounded victors.

But the bill I speak of that stands for civilization, humanity, decency is named after New York Police Department Detective James R. Zadroga, as downtownexpress.com writes, and is “designed to maintain continual annual funding to health care centers for sick 9/11 workers, as well as those who lived and worked in the contaminated area for months after the attacks.” Continue Reading…

Protokoll zur Programmierung des neuen Welt-Computers

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Nachts im Halbschlaf sinniere ich, wie wir Menschen uns selber an den Haaren zum Wasser herausziehen könnten, aus diesem Schlamassel, der sich nach und nach entwickelte …

… da steht er plötzlich vor  mir, der neue Weltcomputer, das letzte Modell technischer Entwicklung, als viereckige Pyramide … etwas steilere Fallinie als jene von Gizeh … aus hell- und dunkelgoldenen Kugeln zusammengesetzt, glänzendes Licht und kraftvolle Ruhe verstömend … er wartet – neutral – auf meine Eingabe neuer Richtlinien, wie die Menschheit sich in naher Zukunft zu entwickeln habe. Ich versuch mal etwas:  Continue Reading…

Commentary: Returned

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Published on Online Journal, by June Terpstra, December 17, 2010.

Having been haunted by ghost riders throughout the fall semester, I return to document my hero’s journey. My need to awaken is intense. These lost and damned souls wondering around me in the nightmarish halls of the university educational system in the USA are compelling distractions. They are everywhere bleeding through cracks in imperialist timelines diverting the attention of the citizen, the soldier, the sucker and the slave. The searchers are in danger from these walking dead who steeped over long in fox feces and now mushroom into view … // Continue Reading…

What’s in our future?

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Published on Online Journal, by Nick Egnatz, December 16, 2010.

The essence of capitalism is aiding and abetting the wealthy to accumulate more and more capital (wealth). This is justified by the rationalization that living in a free society we all have the opportunity to amass our own fortunes. The reality is that as the wealthy become progressively more and more wealthy (the very nature of capitalism), they use their wealth to squeeze the working class that provides their labor and so insure their own dominance at the top of the heap … //  Continue Reading…

Wikileaks: Documents Confirm US Plans to Destabilize Venezuela

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Eva Golinger, December 16, 2010.

State Department documents published by Wikileaks evidence Washington’s plans to “contain” Venezuela’s influence in the region and increase efforts to provoke regime change

A substantial portion of the more than 1600 State Department documents Wikileaks has published during the past two weeks refer to the ongoing efforts of US diplomacy to isolate and counter the Venezuelan government.

Since Hugo Chavez won the presidency for the first time in 1998, Washington has engaged in numerous efforts to overthrow him, including a failed coup d’etat in April 2002, an oil industry strike that same year, worldwide media campaigns and varios electoral interventions. The State Department has also used its funding agencies, USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), to channel millions of dollars annually to anti-Chavez NGOs, political parties, journalists and media organizations in Venezuela, who have been working to undermine the Chavez administration and force him from power.  Continue Reading…

Switzerland Moves Against Practice Of Female Genital Mutilation

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Published on FGMnetwork.org, by C and M, December 17, 2010.

  • The Swiss parliament on Thursday voted to make the practice of female genital mutilation a punishable offence.
  • Lawmakers in the national assembly voted 162 for and two against a plan to changing Switzerland’s penal code in this regard.

With the anticipated approval by the Cantons, all forms of genital mutilation involving females would be outlawed. This would also apply in cases where Swiss residents carry out the practice abroad. Penalties would range between a heavy fine and 10 years in prison … (full text).

Genital mutilation involves the partial or complete removal of the external sexual organs, without medical reasons.

The Algonquins of Barriere Lake demand Canada respect their right to traditional government

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see the Algonquins also on wikipedia - Published on rabble.ca, by Krystalline Kraus, December 15, 2010.

Braving yesterday’s frigid temperatures in Ottawa, over 200 people marched through the streets — from Parliament Hill to the PMO’s office to the Office of the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs –  to support the Algonquins of Barriere Lake. You can view some amazing pictures of the action here. (Migwetch to Mike Barber).

The group, a mix of residents of Barriere Lake and its supporters, demand:

  • Canada and Quebec must honor the Trilateral Agreement they signed with Barriere Lake in 1991
  • Canada must respect Barriere Lake’s traditional government
  • Canada must reverse the forcible assimilation by rolling back section 74 of the Indian Act. A full list of community demands can be found here.  Continue Reading…

Land grab fears for Ethiopian rural communities

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Published on Food crisis and the global land grab, by Ed Butler, December 15, 2010.

A controversial new farms policy has led to a political clampdown in a remote lowland region of Ethiopia, the BBC has been told. Opposition activists claim that a number of arrests and the killings of 10 local farmers are as a direct result of the new policy.

  • “You cannot speak freely about the land issue now,” one local man told me on condition of anonymity.
  • “You can be arrested or even killed for this.
  • “This is a dark period for all indigenous people living in the south-west of the country.”

Massive land lease: … //   Continue Reading…

Richard Holbrooke, from Yugoslavia to the War on Afghanistan

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find him also on wikipedia – Published on Global Research.ca (first on Let’s Try Democracy), by David Swanson, December 15, 2010.

For all the talk of strategic counterinsurgency that oozes out of Washington, and all the manuals explaining that 80% of our investment in a nation-building operation should be civilian, we’ve been investing about 3% of our efforts in Afghanistan into a civilian project the leader of which has described it as a way to support the military. That leader was, until he died yesterday, Richard Holbrooke … //

… In the June 14, 1999, issue of The Nation, George Kenney, a former State Department Yugoslavia desk officer, reported:  Continue Reading…

The Case of Dogan Akhanli: Without Mercy

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Published on Qantara.de (first / © on the Süddeutsche Zeitung/Qantara.de, Translated from the German by John Bergeron), by Kai Strittmatter, 17. December 2010.

The German-Turkish writer Dogan Akhanli has just been released from his Istanbul prison cell, but the story of his imprisonment, as retold here by Kai Strittmatter, reads like an unbelievable tale about the cruel absurdities of the Turkish judiciary.

It is 10 August 2010. The author Dogan Akhanli, a German citizen living in Cologne, has returned to Istanbul for the first time in almost 20 years. Actually, it’s the first time back in his homeland since he was forced into becoming a refugee. He was born in Turkey and this is where his 87-year-old father lives. His father doesn’t have long to live and he would like to see him for the last time. Dogan Akhanli knows the risks. He slows his step as he approaches the passport control. He later recorded the following exchange under the title “Siberia.”  Continue Reading…

Bradley Manning’s health deteriorating in jail, supporters say

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The intelligence analyst suspected of leaking US diplomatic cables is being held in solitary confinement – (According to Julian Assange, “If indeed it is the case, as alleged by the Pentagon, that the young soldier – Bradley Manning – is behind some of our recent disclosures, then he is without doubt an unparalleled hero.”[The US embassy cables]).

Published on The Guardian, by Heather Brooke, December 16, 2010.

As Julian Assange emerged from his nine-day imprisonment, there were renewed concerns about the physical and psychological health of Bradley Manning, the former US intelligence analyst suspected of leaking the diplomatic cables at the centre of the storm.

Manning, who was arrested seven months ago, is being held at a military base in Virginia and faces a court martial and up to 52 years in prison for his alleged role in copying the cables.

His friends and supporters also claim they have been the target of extra-judicial harassment, intimidation and outright bribery by US government agents.  Continue Reading…

WikiLeaks’s Assange walks free on bail in London

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Published by Google-News on Reuters, writing and additional reporting by Adrian Croft, Keith Weir, Stefano Ambrogi and Michael Holden in London and Mia Shanley in Stockholm, editing by Matthew Jones, Dec 16, 2010.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, fighting extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes, walked free on bail from a British jail on Thursday protesting his innocence and pledging to continue exposing official secrets. Continue Reading…

Of Wikileaks, Whistleblowers and Whipping Boys

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Published on IPSnew, by William Fisher, Dec 10, 2010.

NEW YORK, Dec 10, 2010 (IPS) – As pro- and anti-Wikileaks forces draw their battle lines, and Wikileaks’ impresario Julian Assange marks time in storied, overcrowded and very Victorian Wandsworth Prison in southwest London, a group of his supporters are taking a different tack.

No, they’re not hacking MasterCard or Sarah Palin. Instead they’re speaking out in no uncertain terms. Their message: On balance, the staggered release by Wikileaks of some 250,000 diplomatic cables from U.S. embassies around the world is providing a valuable public service for which some believe Assange is being persecuted with trumped up sex charges.  Continue Reading…

Springtime for Franco and Pope Benedict

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Published on People’s World, by Norman Markowitz, December 9 2010.

… Pope Benedict, the former Cardinal Ratzinger, once a conservative theological brain-truster for Pope John Paul in his battles against liberation theology and progressive forces in the Roman Catholic Church, said in a speech that “in Spain, a strong aggressive lay mentality, an anti-clericalism and secularization has been born as we experienced in the 1930s.”

Benedict was condemning the social legislation of the Socialist-led Spanish government, which has permitted abortion, liberalized divorce, and even legalized gay marriage.  Continue Reading…

WikiLeaks and Sri Lanka: Who are the real criminals?

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Published on WSWS, by K. Ratnayake, Dec. 9, 2010.

… The US dropped the “human rights” pretence when it became clear that it was not assisting in the effort to woo or coerce Rajapakse, but instead was proving counter-productive. Butenis’s cable took the same approach as last December’s US Senate Foreign Relations Committee report, which highlighted the danger to US strategic interests of China’s growing influence in Colombo. The report declared that the US could not afford to “lose Sri Lanka”. A preoccupation with “human rights” would “shortchange US geostrategic interests in the region,” it stated.  Continue Reading…