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2011-05-01: WashPost Touts KIPP’s Extra Edge – Which Turns Out to Be Money and Dropouts;2011-05-02: Britain’s Royal Wedding: A Big Day For The Global Oligarchy;
2011-05-03: Tomgram: Shahin and Juan Cole, The Women’s Movement in the Middle East;
2011-05-03: Guinée: ouverture d’un atelier régional sur les mutilations génitales;
2011-05-04: Jailed Indian doctor Binayak Sen released on bail;
2011-05-05: Osama bin Laden’s Second Death;
2011-05-06: Assault on US workers’ rights accelerates;
2011-05-07: Marxism, History & Socialist Consciousness, Parts 1 – 3;
2011-05-08: Glimpses of the Tunisian revolution: Challenges, transformation and politics;
2011-05-09: Filling in the Gaping Holes in WikiLeaks’ Guantanamo Detainee Files;
2011-05-09: Lectures by UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food;
2011-05-10: INDIA: Smuggling Everything From Cough Syrup to Sex;
2011-05-11: WikiLeaks Revelations Only Tip of Iceberg;
2011-05-12: Justice for the LGBTI community in Kenya;
2011-05-13: The West Is Trapped In Its Own Propaganda;
2011-05-13: Al Jazeera demands release of journalist;
2011-05-14: For Western Muslims, bin Laden died long ago;
2011-05-15: Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death;
2011-05-16: Bookreview: Get Up, Stand Up;
2011-05-17: Change your Mind Change your Brain;
2011-05-18: Toxic Flood Gives Marginalized Roma a New Chance;
2011-05-19: Education for the Poor;
2011-05-19: Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s (and french socialist elite’s) women gate;
2011-05-20: Human Ecology Mapping and All-Lands Conservation;
2011-05-20: On ne naît pas femme on le devient: Etude sur les mutilations sexuelles féminines;
2011-05-20: Middle East LIVE;
2011-05-21: Common man not as worried about data privacy;
2011-05-22: Australia: Union prepares sell-out of PPG paint workers;
2011-05-22: Les quartiers selon Obama, l’organisateur de communauté;
2011-05-23: Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation;
2011-05-24: Get the G8 to Protect the Net;
2011-05-25: New Insights into the Islamic Republic of Iran;
2011-05-26: Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games 2011;
2011-05-27: In your Face!
2011-05-28: Release Saudi Woman Arrested for Simply Driving a Car;
2011-05-29: Syria’s crackdown: Why did Fawaz die?
2011-05-30: Erle Ellis on the Anthropocene;
2011-05-31: Ai Weiwei: the dissident artist.

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Ai Weiwei: the dissident artist

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Published on The Guardian, by Hari Kunzru, May 28, 2011.

He filled Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall with sunflower seeds and campaigned against corruption. Then last month China’s most provocative artist disappeared. Hari Kunzru on Ai Weiwei.

As I write, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been in detention for 51 days and 6 hours. I know this so precisely because someone who goes by the handle “loveaiww” has placed a counter on the web. On the door of my flat is a poster with a silhouette of Ai, made from a photograph taken during a period when he was interested in getting (and giving) weird haircuts. His round head is surmounted by two long tufts of hair, like horns. It looks wild, comic. “Weiwei works here” says the text.

We are all Ai Weiwei, is the message. Where we are, he is too. And wherever he is, we are with him.  Continue Reading…

Erle Ellis on the Anthropocene

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Watch this video: Humans as a force of nature, 08.24 min, published on The Economist, May 27, 2011: Some scientists believe we have entered a new geological era in which humans play a profound role in shaping the planet.

Read the related article.

Syria’s crackdown: Why did Fawaz die?

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Secret police are raiding hospitals to round up people who were injured during anti-government protests

Published on AlJazeera, by Hugh Macleod and a special correspondent, Last Modified 24 May 2011.

Fawaz al-Haraki had only minutes to live.

As the shots rang out, Abu Haidar and the other protesters ran for cover, grimly familiar with what to do when the mukhabberat (secret police) attacked.

But Fawaz fell, the blood soaking his trousers where the bullet from a Syrian secret policeman had torn into his leg.  Continue Reading…

Release Saudi Woman Arrested for Simply Driving a Car

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Published on, May 27, 2011.

Petition started by Saudi Women for driving:

  • We, the people of Saudi Arabia express our deep concern over the arrest of Saudi citizen Manal al-Sharif on Saturday, May 22, 2011 for driving a car while accompanied by her brother.
  • We are all Manal al-Sharif: a call for solidarity with Saudi women’s rights
  • King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, declared in 2007 that the issue of women driving cars is a social issue, not a religious matter, and therefor subject to the rule of the state, which means that in theory if the community wanted to lift the ban on women driving there would be no obstacle.
  • Indeed, senior scholars have reported that there is no religious reason to prevent women from driving.
  • A ban on women driving cars is not even found in the text of any legal statute.   Continue Reading…

In your Face!

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Published on investigating the new imperialism, by William Bowles,May 26, 2011.

Facebook transforms who you are, your likes, dislikes, beliefs and fantasies, all of it into a commodity that it alone owns, 600 million intimate profiles of people like you and me… //

… For six years I ran one of the first internet development companies in South Africa (1994-2000, until the first bubble burst) and I have always remembered the following exchange that took place on CNN business news one night, at the height of the bubble bursting (late 1999). It went something like this:  Continue Reading…

Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games 2011

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Published on Eric, by Eric Walberg, May 10, 2011.

To young people today, the world as a global village appears as a given, a ready-made order, as if human evolution all along was logically moving towards our high-tech, market-driven society, dominated by the wealthy United States. To bring the world to order, the US must bear the burden of oversize defense spending, capture terrorists, eliminate dictators, and warn ungrateful nations like China and Russia to adjust their policies so as not to hinder the US in its altruistic mission civilatrice.

The reality is something else entirely, the only truth in the above characterization being the overwhelming military dominance of the US in the world today. The US itself is the source of much of the world’s terrorism, its 1.6 million troops in over a thousand bases around the world the most egregious terrorists, leaving the Osama bin Ladens in the shade, and other lesser critics of US policies worried about their job prospects.  Continue Reading…

New Insights into the Islamic Republic of Iran

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Published on Global, by Ali Fathollah-Nejad, May 22, 2011.

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 is considered a defining moment because the Islamic Republic replaced an authoritarian monarchy that was friendly to the West. The revolution, moreover, linked religion to politics in an unprecedented way. Books by Hamid Dabashi, Elaheh Rostami-Povey and Arshin Adib-Moghaddam discuss the country’s history and its influence beyond its own borders.

Arguably the most important reason for the international interest in Iran is its strategically pivotal geography. Like some of its Muslim neighbours, it has tremendous oil and gas reserves. For the United States, the revolution in Iran was nothing less than a geopolitical shock.  Continue Reading…

Get the G8 to Protect the Net

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Received by e-mail, From: AccessNow, Date: May 19, 2011. –

For the first time, the leaders of the G8 developed countries are going to discuss the internet’s role in society and the economy at their annual meeting next week in France. Worryingly, the French government — which holds the G8 rotating presidency this year — has largely shut out civil society and the interests of users like us.

Instead, the Heads of State of some of the most powerful nations are going to be advised by corporate CEOs, many of whom have paid $100,000 just for a seat at the table. From documents leaked by official invitees and our contacts with French activists, the discussions at this year’s G8 meetings are going to focus on issues like strict intellectual property enforcement instead of citizen-centered policies like net neutrality, privacy protection, and combating online censorship.

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Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation

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Published on Global, by Washington’s Blog, May 21, 2011.

Preface: This handy set of rules covers most of the games which disinformation artists play on the Internet (and offline). When you know the tricks, you’ll be able to spot the games. Even if you’ve read this list before, you might be surprised at how useful it is to brush up on these tricks.

  • 1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don’t discuss it — especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If it’s not reported, it didn’t happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the “How dare you!” gambit.  Continue Reading…

Australia: Union prepares sell-out of PPG paint workers

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Linked on our blogs with Australian Services Union ASU resp. it’s Link: United Voice, formerly the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union LHMU, on wikipedia. – Published on WSWS, by Margaret Rees and Patrick O’Connor, May 18, 20111.

More than 120 paint production workers at a PPG Industries plant in eastern Melbourne are entering their eighth week on strike, in opposition to a savage assault on their wages and conditions.

The company and the union covering the workers, United Voice, have agreed to a new two-tier wage regime under which new hires will receive wages 43 percent lower than the existing workforce. After initially posturing against the two-tier demand, the union, on day 30 of the strike, secured a majority vote of the workers in favour. Continue Reading…

Les quartiers selon Obama, l’organisateur de communauté

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Lié dans nos blogs avec Rue89. – Publié dans Rue89, par Thierry Quinqueton resp. par Barack Obama, président américain, le 18/05/2011.

Agé d’à peine plus de 20 ans en 1985, Barack Obama fut pendant trois ans « organisateur de communauté » dans le South Side, quartier déshérité de Chicago. L’objectif d’un organisateur, c’est de transformer une communauté défavorisée en un groupe de pression incontournable, avec lequel les différents pouvoirs sont obligés de négocier. Ce curieux et passionnant métier a été « inventé » à Chicago par Saul Alinsky (1909-1972).

L’article qui suit a été écrit par un Barack Obama de 25 ans pour la revue Illinois Issues en 1988, et réédité quelques mois plus tard en 1990 sous la forme d’un chapitre du livre collectif Après Alinsky*, une organisation de communauté dans l’Illinois. Un ouvrage aujourd’hui épuisé … // Continue Reading…

Common man not as worried about data privacy

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Published on PCpro, by Nicole Kobie, May 20, 2011.

Google’s Eric Schmidt has suggested most people aren’t worried about privacy, saying such issues are raised by “elites” not the “common man”.

Google’s former CEO and now executive chairman has been doing the rounds in London after the Google Zeitgeist and Big Tent conferences earlier this week.

While he has been quoted as saying Google will avoid technologies such as facial recognition and resist anti-piracy laws in the US, he rounded out the week by suggesting that online privacy and data retention are more of a concern to the “elite” than the “common man”.  Continue Reading…

Middle East LIVE

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Watch Middle East Live, published on The Guardian, May 20, 2011, by blogging the Uprisings in the Middle East and in North Africa.

On ne naît pas femme on le devient: Etude sur les mutilations sexuelles féminines

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Publié dans RUSCA, par Natacha Carbonne, résumé/review du livre, le 14 mai 2011.


  • Une des principales fonctions des mutilations sexuelles féminines est de créer des femmes : la socialisation féminine et la construction de l’identité de genre sont donc au cœur de cet article. Il s’agit de mettre en évidence comment les processus d’intériorisation de la culture environnante et d’intégration au groupe se mettent en place. Dès lors, la phrase de Simone de Beauvoir « On ne naît pas femme on le devient » prend ici toute son ampleur : la nature ne suffit pas il faut la recréer et lui donner un sens. Ainsi, la culture s’empare du corps des femmes, devenu vecteur de socialisation, pour l’assigner physiquement et symboliquement ; cette emprise culturelle cherche à ôter toute masculinité aux femmes et à pousser au paroxysme les « ingrédients » de la féminité. En effet, la bisexualité et l’androgynie sont des « entre-deux » insupportables et figures de chaos. L’identité passera par la séparation et l’exclusion de l’autre sexe en soi ou ne sera pas.  Continue Reading…

Human Ecology Mapping and All-Lands Conservation

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Published on Blog, by Diane Banegas, USDA Forest Service R&D, on May 10, 2011.

This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from the USDA’s rich science and research portfolio.

(Image: Recreation visitors to the Quinault Rain Forest, one of four rich temperate rain forest canopies that lie within the west side of Washington State’s Olympic Mountains. Using a web-based mapping tool and a series of community workshops, a new Forest Service mapping project will identify and display the diversity of recreation, cultural, historical, and economic connections held by a variety of agencies, tribes, resource users, and residents. Photo courtesy of the USDA Forest Service).  Continue Reading…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s (and french socialist elite’s) women gate

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  • First my comment: a person I am trusting his say told me, that DSK’s women gate stories will show in the future much worse facts than what we know actually. He said also, that french’s AND IMF’s elites had held these stories down, to have a certified weapon against DSK as soon as they need it. For instance, if really named as french candidate for Presidency, all this behavior would have come out in any way.
  • It’s this latest remark what makes me definitively angry in this mess: until an official incrimination, all these elites played their plays at their rules, notwithstanding facts on women’s former sufferings. For me, such men and women, thinking only for their own plays, are no longer worth to represent people in govs or any elitist body, people must no longer show respect for this persons as elites.
  • Second remark: I can not understand that french socialists want him as President, while THEY HAD TO KNOW ALREADY about this behavior.
  • My comment Updated on May 20, 2011: I have suddenly the idea that our common behavior to elite’s errors, when somehow we let them go on, as if they were about all rules, could this be our collective Stockholm Syndrome???
  • Link: Stockholm Syndrome on en.wikipedia, and on fr. wikipediaContinue Reading…

Education for the Poor

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Published on ORACLE ThinkQuest / the begar’s hand,  not dated nor authores.

The poor never really placed education as one of their top priorities. More importance was given to basic needs such as food and shelter. As it turns out, food and shelter are both categorized under basic needs, which is needed for immediate survival, while education (and health care) on the other hand, is an essential need  necessary for future survival. In most cases, the poor, having only limited income and resources, forgo future survival, for immediate survival just to make ends meet in their daily expenditures.  Continue Reading…

Toxic Flood Gives Marginalized Roma a New Chance

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Linked on our blogs with Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. – Published on Pulitzer Center, by Dimiter Kenarov, May 16, 2011.

In the narrow vestibule of Tibor Orsos’s new house there is a framed, black-and-white photograph. It shows a middle-age woman, standing full height, in a flowery dress, apron and dinner jacket. She wears a headscarf and trainers. A lit cigarette dangles from her mouth. She is looking straight into the camera, resolute in her nonchalance. Her right hand is hanging slack by her side. In her left she holds a one-kilo pack of detergent … //  Continue Reading…

Change your Mind Change your Brain

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Linked on our blogs with Mind and Life Institute.

Watch this video the inner conditions, published on Mind and Life Institute /Dialogues, 59.28 min,
… and also published on YouTube:

Matthieu Ricard examines the inner and outer factors that increase or diminish our sense of well-being, dissect the underlying mechanisms of happiness, and lead us to a way of looking at the mind itself based on his book, Happiness: A Guide to Life’s Most Important Skill and from the research in neuroscience on the effect of mind-training on the brain.

En Afrique, les homosexuels sont des boucs émissaires

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Publié dans Libé, par Quentin Girard, le 11 Mai 2011.

Charles Gueboguo est un sociologue camerounais, auteur de plusieurs ouvrages sur la question de l’homosexualité en Afrique. Actuellement à l’université du Michigan aux Etats-Unis, il analyse les répressions actuelles qui touchent la communauté gay.

Projet de loi en Ouganda, viols correctifs des lesbiennes en Afrique du Sud, la situation des homosexuels en Afrique ne semble pas s’améliorer. D’où viennent ces difficultés? Continue Reading…

Book review: Get Up, Stand Up

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Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite, Ed. Chelsea Green 2011: Author Bruce Levine describes how government-corporate alliances have created a passive populace, and how Americans can recover dignity, unity, and the energy to do battle.

Published on AlterNet, by Bruce E. Levine, May 13, 2011.

… How many Americans believe that their voice matters in determining whether giant banks, insurance companies, and other “too-big-to-fail” corporations get bailed out? How many Americans older than twelve believe that they have any influence over a decision by the US government to invade another nation? … //

… Some of the questions that I first raised in that article and will answer more fully in this book are:  Continue Reading…

Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death

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Published on Guernica, par Noam Chomsky, May 6, 2011.

It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them … //

… We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole” (quoting the Nuremberg Tribunal) for which Nazi criminals were hanged: the hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country, the bitter sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region.  Continue Reading…

For Western Muslims, bin Laden died long ago

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Published on english AlJazeera, by Wakkas Khan, May 13, 2011.

The response to the death of Osama bin Laden was celebratory, in some quarters even ecstatic. President Barack Obama’s initial statement was much more measured, however, not wanting to appear to gloat. But his restraint was never going to be enough to prevent US citizens spilling out on to the streets to express their relief and utter joy at the death of a man who had become the icon for “global terrorism”.

The events of 9/11, watching two jumbo jets slice through vertical steel structures tens of storeys high, will remain a horror in our collective memory. Even for people thousands of miles away with no blood relation to those who lost their lives, the scars runs deep, many yet to heal. In this context, the response of some in the US to the death of their longstanding tormentor is contextually explainable. Nevertheless, their response belies the fact that bin Laden’s influence on a global level has never been more than at the margin of the margins, and had been dealt the ultimate death blow by the “Arab Spring”. Continue Reading…

Al Jazeera demands release of journalist

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Published on english AlJazeera, not dated, but: Duration of detention = 13 days …

DOHA, QATAR – Al Jazeera has been given information that journalist Dorothy Parvaz has been deported from Syria to Iran.

This information has come from Syrian officials, who had previously told Al Jazeera they were holding Dorothy in Damascus, and that she would be released.

An Al Jazeera spokesman said: “We have now received information that she is being held in Tehran. We are calling for information from the Iranian authorities, access to Dorothy, and for her immediate release. We have had no contact with Dorothy since she left Doha on 29 April and we are deeply concerned for her welfare.”  Continue Reading…