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2011-10-01: America’s 400 richest people;
2011-10-02: TRUTH about the occupy wall street protests;
2011-10-03: Unions Promise Support as #OccupyWallStreet Enters Third Week;
2011-10-04: The death penalty in India: Fatally Flawed;
2011-10-05: TALKadoption support project for young people in Wales;
2011-10-05: Occupy The Fed Movement Launched;
2011-10-06: Chomsky Sessions 3: Education and Economics, Part I;
2011-10-07: Politicians, Military and Intelligence Experts who Question the Official 9/11 Narrative;
2011-10-08: The OCCUPIED Wall Street Journal;
2011-10-09: Education can remove stigma;
2011-10-10: The Theory of Permanent Revolution;
2011-10-11: To Speak of Solidarity in this Context Is Perversion;
2011-10-12: Steve Jobs: Living for Tomorrow;
2011-10-13: Initiative to end Human Trafficking in NE Ohio;
2011-10-14: Do not forget us;
2011-10-15: Schweinegrippe-Impfstoff verursacht unheilbare Nervenschäden;
2011-10-15: Artificially Produced Fear Used to Enforce Particularist Interests;
2011-10-16: the Task of Upbringing and Education;
2011-10-17: PROMOTION DE LA FEMME: Augmentez le nansongo de Nestorine;
2011-10-17: The 99%;
2011-10-18: Speaking at the Decriminalisation Protest for the Sex Worker Open University;
2011-10-19: Open Letter to the Occupy Wall Street Movement;
2011-10-20: America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases;
2011-10-21: The crime of making Americans aware of their own history;
2011-10-22: Seven years Ago: Margaret Hassan, Victim of Operation Iraqi Liberation;
2011-10-23: Islam and the Secular State;
2011-10-24: Since then have you read some of these 10 books?
2011-10-25: Chinese policeman refused asylum;
2011-10-26: Islamists against Islamists;
2011-10-26: Mit Wut und Phantasie gegen die Banken;
2011-10-27: Should Banks be a Public Utility?
2011-10-28: Libyen: Human Rights Watch fordert Aufklärung von Hinrichtungen;
2011-10-28: You Don’t Need Money: German Quiz Contestant Fired After Winning 32,000 Euros;
2011-10-29: Earth prepares for 7 billion inhabitants;
2011-10-29: ProPhilo – prochaines activités;
2011-10-30: Peace treaty in times of revolution;
2011-10-31: Can the OWS Uprising Shake Us Out of Our Depression?

Can the OWS Uprising Shake Us Out of Our Depression?

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400% Rise in Anti-Depressant Pill Use: Americans Are Disempowered – Published on AlterNet, by Bruce E. Levine, October 26, 2011.

Is it time to repoliticize a great deal of our despair, and reconsider the old-fashioned antidepressant of political activism? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC recently reported that antidepressant use in the United States has increased nearly 400 percent in the last two decades, making antidepressants the most frequently used class of medications by Americans ages 18-44.

Among Americans 12 years and older, 11 percent were taking antidepressants by 2005-2008 (the most recently reported study period), and 23 percent of women ages 40–59 years were taking them.

Why has U.S. antidepressant use skyrocketed? Are the symptoms of what is commonly called depression—helplessness, hopelessness, and immobilization—always evidence of a medical condition? Or is it time to repoliticize a great deal of our despair, and reconsider the old-fashioned antidepressant of political activism?   Continue Reading…

Peace treaty in times of revolution

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Published on Al-Ahram, by Abdel-Moneim Said, 20 – 26 October 2011.

Whenever there were Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, officials and observers in Israel, the US and even Europe would inevitably ask whether a peace agreement would survive a change in Arab leadership. The anxiety was not unjustified. There have always been Arab political forces opposed to the very idea of peace with Israel and that saw the conflict with that state not as a territorial/border dispute but as an existential clash. An Arab president or king may have sufficient “authority” to impose a peace on his people, by force if need be. Continue Reading…

ProPhilo – prochaines activités

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Reçu par e-mail, par la Lettre d’information proPhilo, Octobre 28, 2011

Chers Amis de proPhilo, Voici les dernières nouvelles concernant la pratique de la philosophie et l’association proPhilo:

  • 1. Un week-end Philo (en famille), les 5 – 6 novembre 2011 à La Chaux-de-Fonds – Le délai d’inscription est le 31 octobre 2011
  • 2. Un prix pour proPhilo
  • 3. Le Rapport d’activité 2010   Continue Reading…

Earth prepares for 7 billion inhabitants

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Published on China Daily /Europe, by Cui Jia and Jiang Xueqing, October 27, 2011.

The world’s population is expected to reach 7 billion on Monday, four years later than once predicted largely thanks to China’s family planning policy, according to the country’s top population experts … //

… World fertility:   Continue Reading…

You Don’t Need Money: German Quiz Contestant Fired After Winning 32,000 Euros

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by cro, October 26, 2011.

A woman who won 32,000 euros on the German version of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” on Monday was brought back down to earth the next morning when her boss fired her via text message. Her employer reportedly told her, she doesn’t need the money … //  Continue Reading…

Libyen: Human Rights Watch fordert Aufklärung von Hinrichtungen

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Video auf, 1.21 Minuten, 26. Oktober 2011: Die Menschenrechtsorganisation Human Rights Watch hat vom libyschen Übergangsrat gefordert, die Massenhinrichtung an 53 Unterstützern des getöteten Machthabers Muammar al-Gaddafi aufzuklären. Außerdem solle der Übergangsrat weitere Gewalt von Rebellen verhindern.

Should Banks be a Public Utility?

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Watch this video,published on The Real News Network, 16.40 minutes: Leo Panitch says, The OWS movement should adopt the demand for banking in the public interest which challenges the system.

Link: Should Africa Repay its Odious Debts?

Mit Wut und Phantasie gegen die Banken

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Siehe das Video, 77.11 Minuten, Im Schweizer Fernsehen SF1/Club vom 25.10.2011:

Occupy Paradeplatz: So nennt sich die Bewegung von empörten jungen Menschen, die weltweit grosse Sympathien geniesst. Sie will erreichen, was ihrer Meinung nach Wirtschaft und Politik nicht schaffen: das herrschende System gerechter machen. Dazu besetzen die Aktivisten die Zentren der Finanzmetropolen. Was bringen solche Aktionen? Führt die Wut der Besetzer zum Ziel?  Continue Reading…

Islamists against Islamists

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Amani Maged, October 20, 2011.

After the comfort of the embrace of the Democratic Alliance for Egypt, the largest electoral coalition so far, their spirit concord has begun to unravel. Whereas until just a week ago, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party had succeeded to contain or, at least, postpone the historic animosity between it and the Salafis and had struck common cause with Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, the Islamists have begun to fall out, shattering their electoral understanding.    Continue Reading…

Chinese policeman refused asylum

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Published on Swiss Info, October 22, 2011.
The Federal Migration Office has turned down the asylum application of a
Chinese policeman who denounced the alleged trade in organs from executed
The office recognised the man’s status as a refugee, but expressed doubts
about his story. Nevertheless, his provisional permit means he can remain
in Switzerland.
The man’s Swiss lawyer said the decision was “unacceptable and scandalous”
and accused the migration office of a lack of willingness to cooperate. He
said they would probably appeal to the Federal Administrative Court.
The former Uighur policeman fled China in 2007 and after travelling to
Dubai, Italy and Norway eventually ended up in Switzerland … (full

Published on Swiss Info, October 22, 2011.

The Federal Migration Office has turned down the asylum application of a Chinese policeman who denounced the alleged trade in organs from executed prisoners. The office recognised the man’s status as a refugee, but expressed doubts about his story. Nevertheless, his provisional permit means he can remain in Switzerland.   Continue Reading…

Since then have you read some of these 10 books?

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Published on Everything under the sun, October 19, 2007.

Here are 10 compelling Indian novels in english you can’t afford to ignore: … (meanwhile, have you read some of them?):

7. Cuckold, by Kiran Nagakar: The book takes on a very different area: 16th century Mewar, at the height of its power. As the prince, who tells the story remarks, their history, as told by bards and minstrels is all about battles and valor … //

… (full text about the 10 books).   Continue Reading…

Islam and the Secular State

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Conversations with History: Interview with Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im – Watch this video, published on YouTube, 58.52 minutes, by UC Berkeley Events, March 12, 2010.

Links – Find him:

on en.wikipedia; on Religion and Culture; on Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University; on our World People’s Blog, May 6, 2006.

HisWritings: The Future of Shari’a; The Synergy and Interdependence of Human Rights, Religion and Secularism on Forum for Intercultural Philosophypolylog; his books on amazon.

Seven years Ago: Margaret Hassan: Victim of Operation Iraqi Liberation

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Linked on our blogs with Margaret Hassan, Ireland-England-Iraq (1945 – 2004?). – Published on Global, by Felicity Arbuthnot, October 19, 2011.

Margaret Hassan, who was kidnapped seven years ago today and shot by her kidnappers little over three weeks later, probably on 14th November, has vanished without trace. Even in the horrors of the Iraq invasion, the unprecedented violence unleashed in a place previously of remarkable safety – unless anti-regime politics were indulged in – her disappearance is extraordinary. Terrible things have been engendered by the US/UK intervention. Yet of the possible million and a half dead, most have been traced – or even horrifically thrown in to family yards, or on to lawns, terribly murdered. Or found in morgues, shallow hasty graves, or by tip off. Continue Reading…

The crime of making Americans aware of their own history

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Published on Intrepid Report, by William Blum, October 20, 2011.

… First, Congressman Ron Paul during a presidential debate last month expressed the belief that those who carried out the September 11 attack were retaliating for the many abuses perpetrated against Arab countries by the United States over the years. The audience booed him, loudly.    Continue Reading…

America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases

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Published on Peace, Earth and Justice News (first on Tom Dispatch), by Nick Turse, October 18, 2011.

They increasingly dot the planet. There’s a facility outside Las Vegas where “pilots” work in climate-controlled trailers, another at a dusty camp in Africa formerly used by the French Foreign Legion, a third at a big air base in Afghanistan where Air Force personnel sit in front of multiple computer screens, and a fourth at an air base in the United Arab Emirates that almost no one talks about.   Continue Reading…

Open Letter to the Occupy Wall Street Movement

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Linked with My comments at the end of this article on our blogs, and with forgotten how Govs have to be run? – Published on Dissident Voice, by James Keye, October 17, 2011.

The following argument will not be popular; it is not popular with me.  It is, however, necessary because it has the greatest chance of being true. Unless the Occupy Movement contains the roots of real behavioral change it will be a flash in the pan.  People will become excited by the possibility of regaining control of the forces that surround them, but unless they are clear on what is required, they will, of necessity, fall back into the behaviors that support the economic elite rather than discover the actions that will chasten them.  Continue Reading…

Speaking at the Decriminalisation Protest for the Sex Worker Open University

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Published on Philobiblon, October 16, 2011.

… Interesting though that the three of us had a similar message – that the MPs behind us should listen to the evidence for complete decriminalisation of se work (the New Zealand model for short). As I said, that’s what both the Women’s Institute and the Royal College of Nursing had done. Continue Reading…

The 99%

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Published on Weggis, (see also blog owner), by Avaas, October 09, 2011.

As working families pay the bill for a financial crisis caused by corrupt elites, the protesters are calling for real democracy, social justice and anti-corruption. But they are under severe pressure from authorities, and some media are dismissing them as fringe groups. If millions of us from across the world stand with them, we’ll boost their resolve and show the media and leaders that the protests are part of a massive mainstream movement for change … (full text).

PROMOTION DE LA FEMME: Augmentez le nansongo de Nestorine

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Publié dans Le, par le Fou, le 14 octobre 2011.

Femme noire, femme africaine, ô toi ma mère, je pense à toi!. Vous vous rappelez ce poème de Camara Laye? J’imagine déjà la réponse de ces phallocrates. Ni vu ni connu. Mais je compte bien faire de nombreuses copies de ce beau texte pour le distribuer à ceux qui se font les chantres de l’émancipation de la femme. Je ne suis pas fou comme mes copains le pensent.  Continue Reading…


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Publié dans Forum pour le droit des Femmes et des Enfants au Mali / Forum on the rights of Women and Children in Mali, not authored nor dated.

Voir d’abord cette video sur YouTube: Ce n’est pas pour aujourd’hui, 5.09 minutes.

La situation des enfants au Mali surtout des jeunes filles est critique : elles sont moins scolarisées par rapport aux garçons et subissent certaines pratiques traditionnelles dépassées telles que l’excision.  Continue Reading…

the Task of Upbringing and Education

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Developing a Healthy Sense of Justice and Compassionate Sensitivity – Published on Current Concerns no. 20, by Dr Eliane Gautschi, October 2011.

We are repeatedly confronted with news of children and youths committing crimes – often very grievous ones. We hear of youths coming together in gangs to steal and rob. Or, to give a concrete example, think of the incident in which youths from Küsnacht near Zurich beat up and seriously injured pedestrians on their class trip to Munich out of pure boredom. The trend toward violent behaviour has, unfortunately, not declined in the last years. This is confirmed by studies published by the Swiss Coordinating Institute for Accident Insurance (SSUV)1 and the Criminlogical Insitute of the University of Zurich2. Continue Reading…

Artificially Produced Fear Used to Enforce Particularist Interests

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Fear and blackmailing always belong together – Published on Current Concerns no. 20, by Frank Schäffler and Norbert Tofall, October 2011.

The present attempt to create a European super-state by stirring up the fear of a collapse of the financial system and by collective breaches of law with respect to the European contracts will have the same disastrous consequences as those produced by Bismarck’s blood and iron politics win the establishment of the German Reich. Bismarck’s pre-modern  policies were, at short notice, successful in certain respects, they contradicted however the requirements of a modern society and a civil culture, which was to secure the “freedom, equality and independence” (Immanuel Kant) of the citizens.  Continue Reading…

Schweinegrippe-Impfstoff verursacht unheilbare Nervenschäden

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Am 14. Oktober 2011 im KOPP-Verlag veröffentlicht*:

Nun ist es offiziell: Der Schweinegrippe-Impfstoff verursacht unheilbare Nervenschäden. Vor zwei Jahren wurden die Gegner der Schweinegrippe-Impfung noch von den Medien verlacht und als Verschwörungstheoretiker bezeichnet.  Continue Reading…

Do not forget us

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Claude Mangin, Oct. 6, 2011.

Enaama Asfari’s persecution by Moroccan authorities, recounted here by his wife Claude Mangin, illustrates the horrible extent to which the occupying power will go to quash Sahrawi resistance. But true freedom fighters will not give up until they liberate their homeland … //

… RECORD OF ARRESTS 2010-2011:  Continue Reading…