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Berne/Suisse: la loi contre les mutilations génitales sera durcie

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Publié dans La Tribune de Genève, le 7 juin 2011.

La Chambre des cantons s’est montrée plus restrictive que le National. Elle a précisé que seule sera punie la personne qui aura compromis “gravement et durablement” la fonction naturelle des organes génitaux féminins ou leur aura porté toute autre atteinte. Les mutilations génitales féminines sont déjà punissables en Suisse. Mais la nouvelle norme en fait un délit à part entière, ce qui facilitera les démarches de la victime en lui évitant des examens astreignants … //

… Les mutilations génitales féminines sont déjà punissables en Suisse. Mais la nouvelle norme en fait un délit à part entière, ce qui facilitera les démarches de la victime en lui évitant des examens astreignants.  Continue Reading…

The Elite, the Great Game and World War III

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Published on Global Research.ca (first on New Dawn’s Special Issue no, 16), by Mujahid Kamran, June 7, 2011.

The control of the US, and of global politics, by the wealthiest families of the planet is exercised in a powerful, profound and clandestine manner. This control began in Europe and has a continuity that can be traced back to the time when the bankers discovered it was more profitable to give loans to governments than to needy individuals. These banking families and their subservient beneficiaries have come to own most major businesses over the two centuries during which they have secretly and increasingly organised themselves as controllers of governments worldwide and as arbiters of war and peace.  Continue Reading…

Ratko Mladić and the Pandora’s Box of the Bosnian War

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Published on Voltairenet.org, by Slobodan Despot, June 6, 2011.

General Ratko Mladic’s arrest and his extradition to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia were prerequisites for Serbia’s membership in the European Union. This has now been done. As expected, the western media have tagged the defendant as the “Butcher of Bosnia” and piled on as many charges against him as possible, thereby masking NATO’s role in Yugoslavia. But there can be no reconciliation without truth, which, as Slobodan Despot observes, is far more complex than the Manichean account given.

Ratko Mladić did not serve his country well by hiding from justice for all these years, but his late capture may allow a more serene evaluation of the tragedies in which he was the protagonist, an evaluation that would have been impossible had the trial been held in the immediate post-war period.  Continue Reading…

Empire or Republic. How the Empire Destroys its Own People

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From Joplin, Missouri to Kabul, Afghanistan – Linked on our Blogs with James Petras, USA.  – Published on Global Research.ca, by Prof. James Petras, June 5, 2011.

Introduction:

On May 29, 2011, President Obama visited Joplin, Missouri , the site of a devastating tornado that killed 140 and pronounced it a terrible “tragedy”. But were the deaths the inevitable result of ‘natural events’ beyond the human intervention?

Coincidentally the same week Afghan President Karzai condemned the killing of a family of 14 by a NATO fighter bomber, running the total to several hundred civilians killed so far this year and thousands over the decade.  Continue Reading…

Why Washington Isn’t Doing Squat About Jobs and Wages

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Published on Robert Reich’s Blog, by Robert Reich, June 4, 2011.

The silence is deafening. While the rest of the nation is heading back toward a double dip, Washington continues to obsess about future budget deficits. Why?

Republicans don’t want to do anything about jobs and wages. They’re so intent on unseating Obama they’d like the economy to remain in the dumps through Election Day. They also see the lousy economy as an opportunity to sell Americans their big lie that government spending is the culprit — and jobs will return if spending is cut and government shrinks.  Continue Reading…

Forget the past, listen to the people

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Watch this video interview with Thaksin Shinawatra on Thai politics, 9.09 min, published on The Economist, June 3, 2011:  The former prime minister on his trial, how his sister could win the upcoming elections and when he will end his exile.

Links:

Politics of Thailand on wikipedia;

Political Prisoners in Thailand PPT /about;

Excision et les IST/Sida: 18 professeurs formés à la sensibilisation

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Publié dans l’Agence de Presse Sénégalaise APS, par BC/ADI/ESF, le 3 juin 2011.

Tambacounda, 3 juin (APS) – Quelque 18 professeurs relais techniques (PRT) des régions de Tambacounda (est), Kédougou (sud-est) et Kolda (sud) ont démarré, vendredi à Tambacounda, un atelier de partage des modules du curriculum sur les thématiques liées à l’excision et aux IST/Sida.

… Le séminaire permettra aussi aux PRT, encadreurs de clubs EVF (éducation à la vie familiale), de se retrouver pour partager les modules sur les MGF (mutilations génitales féminines) et IST/Sida, en vue de l’élaboration de fiches de sessions éducatives.  Continue Reading…

Opinion: Squaring Asia’s nuclear triangle

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Published on AlJazeera, by Yuriko Koike, June 3, 2011.

In the wake of the Fukushima accident, Taiwan should be empowered to discuss nuclear matters other Asian nations. (listen audio, 6.50 min).

Just before the fourth trilateral summit between Japan, China, and South Korea began on May 21, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan jointly visited the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, offering encouragement to the disaster’s victims living in evacuation centers. Since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March, Kan has aimed at lifting the bans that many countries have imposed on imports of Japanese agricultural products, and so offered the two heads of state cherries from Fukushima in a bid to highlight their safety.  Continue Reading…

Mon corps m’appartient

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TABU e. V. Dortmund célèbre son 10ème anniversaire avec un projet virtuel d’art – Publié dans With (He)art against FGM, sans date ni auteur.

En plus de l’enseignement, les filles potentiellement vulnérables obtiennent la protection contre les mutilations génitale un enseignement parental spécial et des contrôles médicaux, jusqu’ici une méthode mondiale unique de protection d’enfant.

Dans le travail du développement de la coopération, TABU e. V. supporte le projet de l’auto-assistance CAFGEM (la Communauté Contre les Mutilations Génitales Féminine) au Kenya, l’Afrique orientale. Les assistants sociaux locaux dirigent des campagnes de sensibilisation et avec l’aide de donations, construisent des jardins d’enfants et des écoles pour des enfants désavantagés, dans des régions qui sont couchées au-delà des parcours de touristes.  Continue Reading…

Indian guru on hunger strike over graft

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Published on AlJazeera, Source: Al Jazeera and agencies, June 4, 2011.

Baba Ramdev goes on indefinite fast in New Delhi to press the government for tougher action on corruption.

Baba Ramdev, India’s most celebrated yoga guru, has begun a “fast unto death” in an effort to raise awareness against rampant corruption in the country. The guru began his indefinite fast in New Delhi early on Saturday, joined by thousands of his supporters. Ramdev pressed ahead with his much-publicised fast after several federal ministers dispatched by prime minister Manmohan Singh failed to persuade him to call off his protest. Senior minister Kapil Sibal, who led the talks with the guru, said on Friday that the government “had a constructive dialogue on the issues. We are very happy with the progress”. But he added that “we cannot expect that these issues can be resolved today because they have long-term implications”.

Unaccounted wealth: Continue Reading…

How a divided Spain started a revolution

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Published on openDemocracy, by Bernardo Gutiérrez, June 1, 2011.

The Spanish Revolution is a result of deep underlying divisions running through the Spanish society, which the political class and mainstream media continue to ignore at the peril of the country’s democracy.

Over the last two weeks I have become a compulsive twitterer. I update my Facebook account as I walk. I write – for blogs, sites, media – about the #spanishrevolution. I think collectively. “How would you explain the #spanishrevolution to a German?”, I tweet. Miguel Martinez, a person I have never met, replies: “Spain followed the dictates of Angela Merkel and continues to support German banks.” Had I asked, “how do you explain the protests to a banker?”, the response would have been even more aggressive.  Continue Reading…

Portugal: Left Bloc Fires up to Fight Austerity

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Dick Nichols, June 1, 2011.

When the 548 delegates to the seventh national convention of Portugal’s Left Bloc came together in a vast sports hall in Lisbon over May 7-8, they had two big questions to answer. The first was what alternative should they propose at the June 5, 2011, Portuguese elections to the €78-billion (about $108-billion CAD) rescue package negotiated between the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (the troika) and the Socialist Party (PS) government of Prime Minister Jose Socrates?

The second was how to build greater unity among all those forces opposed to austerity – representing millions of Portuguese – so that a government of the left becomes thinkable in a country used to a back-and-forth shuffle of PS and Social Democratic Party (PDS) administrations?  Continue Reading…

More on OBL

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Was Salem Shahzad on trial of ISI men behind OBL’s stay at Abbottabad?

Published on IntelliBriefs/ B.Raman, posted by Naxal Watch, June 1, 2011.

  • The brutal murder of Syed SaleemShahzad, the Pakistan Bureau Chief of Asia Times Online, is unlikely to be solved satisfactorily by the investigating agencies of Pakistan.
  • 2. Shahzad went missing on the evening of May 29,2011, while going to the Islamabad studio of a private TV news channel and his car with his dead body was reportedly found at a place about 150 kms from Islamabad on May 31. His body reportedly had torture wounds, indicating he had been severely tortured in order to extract information from him.  Continue Reading…

Adja Diallo, victime collatérale de l’affaire DSK

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Publié dans AFRIK.com, par Simon Maro, le 27 Mai 2011.

Une étudiante dakaroise fait les frais de l’emballement médiatique:

Les effets du tsunami déclenché par l’arrestation de Dominique Strauss-Kahn le 14 mai à New York, se sont fait sentir jusque sur les côtes sénégalaises. Depuis l’arrestation du directeur du Fonds monétaire international (FMI), inculpé pour agression sexuelle, séquestration de personne et tentative de viol, les médias se régalent. Loin d’être en reste, les réseaux sociaux et le site de microblogging Twitter sont devenus des sources importantes d’informations. Mais, à l’heure d’Internet et de l’information en continue, cette course effrénée au scoop n’est pas sans risque. L’emballement médiatique suscité autour de l’affaire DSK aurait d’ailleurs fait une première victime à Dakar.   Continue Reading…

Will Indignation Salvage Spain?

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Linked on our blogs with Pablo Ouziel, Spain. – Published on Political Thought, by Pablo Ouziel, May 24, 2011.

Indignation is the catch phrase in Spain these days, most feel it and most express it, but the collective shouting seems to fall into a vacuum that can soon lead to despair. Much has been said about the popular-uprising taking place in Spain as a lead up to the regional and local elections. With citizens camped in city squares across the country, many feel this is the beginning of a much anticipated ‘European summer’ of discontent in which the people of Europe following the example set by Arab streets, take their turn in demanding democracy, justice and peace. Some commentary on the Internet has even begun to point to the possibility of a ‘North American Fall’ to follow from this uprising for change; but rather than predicting what might happen in North America, this is a time for reflection and critique of what it is that might have started in Spain, and what it is that such a popular movement is going to be coming up against in the coming months.  Continue Reading…