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Index November 2011

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2011-11-01: Update on San Francisco Bay Area Occupations;
2011-11-02: The new approach to the Responsibility to Protect;
2011-11-03: Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes le 25 novembre;
2011-11-03: Les Restaveks – Child Slaves;
2011-11-04: Lessons From Oaxaca to the Occupy Movement;
2011-11-05: America’s itch to brawl has a new target – but bombs can’t conquer Iran;
2011-11-06: Greece: Throwing Down the Gauntlet to Austerity;
2011-11-07: While Detroit may be singing the blues a new documentary reveals what is driving its progress;
2011-11-08: Opinion: The globalisation of protest;
2011-11-09: A place that offers help to young women;
2011-11-09: Some news about crop circles 2011;
2011-11-10: ISAF Data Show Night Raids Killed over 1,500 Afghan Civilians;
2011-11-11: Thoughts and prayers don’t do the job;
2011-11-12: Human Rights Education – HRE Compendium of Good Practice;
2011-11-13: America’s Media War on Iran;
2011-11-14: Economic Policies After the Death of Neoliberalism;
2011-11-19: a guided Meditation on YouTube;
2011-11-20: Bangladesh: Government shopping for farm land;
2011-11-21: Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace;
2011-11-22: Romansh hits the song contest stage;
2011-11-23: Labor Must Choose Between Occupy and the Democrats;
2011-11-23: Tchad: La Croix-Rouge du Tchad CRT lutte contre les MGF;
2011-11-24: Germany Celebrates Christmas Market Season;
2011-11-24: Burkina Faso: Lutte contre les mutilations génitales féminines;
2011-11-25: Erdogan apologises to Kurds for mass killing;
2011-11-25: 100 Jahre Gesamtarbeitsvertrag GAV;
2011-11-26: Britain’s Cover-Up of Inside Job in Fatal RAF Chinook Crash;
2011-11-27: A Philosopher’s Mission to Save the EU;
2011-11-28: Female Genital Mutilation: forty cases in the province of Alessandria;
2011-11-28: Female genital mutilation: care, prevention, rehabilitation;
2011-11-29: Opinion: Tides of the Arab revolutions;
2011-11-30: 7th Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture: Unpeople.

7th Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture: Unpeople

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The Edward Said Memorial Lectures ESML is Australian Friends of Palestine Association AFOPA’s showpiece event. This year’s guest speaker, Noam Chomsky, is a world renowned linguist, philosopher, and human rights activist …

… Watch the video, 112.34 minutes (Chomsky begins at 14:22 minutes), published on Zcommunications (first on Dandelion Salad),  November 27, 2011 … (full text).

Opinion: Tides of the Arab revolutions

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As calls for intervention increase, ask not who will replace dictators and when, ask what replaces the regimes and how – Published on english Al Jazeera, by Marwan Bishara, Nov. 26, 2011.

… Three dimensions or general guidelines should, in particular, be examined.

Numbers speak louder than words:   Continue Reading…

Female genital mutilation: care, prevention, rehabilitation

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Program / Programme / Programma; and Registration / Formulaire d’inscription / Scheda iscrizione.

Female Genital Mutilation: forty cases in the province of Alessandria

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Great interest was aroused by the conference on “Female Genital Mutilation – a human rights issue” proposed at the Zonta Club Day by the city and sponsored by the Equal Opportunities Commission of the Province of Alessandria, from the same club, chaired by Carla Gallini, the Fund United Nations Women, Women a, Women’s Medical Association and the province of Alessandria … //   Continue Reading…

A Philosopher’s Mission to Save the EU

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Georg Diez, November 25, 2011. Translated from the German by Paul Cohen. Watch the 5 photos by internal link.

Jürgen Habermas has had enough. The philosopher is doing all he can these days to call attention to what he sees as the demise of the European ideal. He hopes he can help save it – from inept politicians and the dark forces of the market. Jürgen Habermas is angry. He’s really angry. He is nothing short of furious – because he takes it all personally … //   Continue Reading…

Britain’s Cover-Up of Inside Job in Fatal RAF Chinook Crash

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Evidence points to liquidation of British counterinsurgency team to trick Irish republicans into a defeating political process – Published on Global, by Finian Cunningham, November 23, 2011.

For 17 years the British authorities have lied about the fatal RAF helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre in which 25 senior counterinsurgency personnel were killed. Now Global Research reveals new evidence showing that the loss of life was an intentional act of sabotage … //

… But what Kennedy’s analysis shows is the following:   Continue Reading…

100 Jahre Gesamtarbeitsvertrag GAV

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Auf Tagesschau.SF1.TV, 24. November 2011.

Der Gesamtarbeitsvertrag feiert seinen 100. Geburtstag: Vorläufer gab es bereits im späten 19. Jahrhundert. Dabei handelte es sich aber meist nur um punktuelle Regulierungen, etwa zu Maximalarbeitszeiten oder der Frauen- und Kinderarbeit.   Continue Reading…

Erdogan apologises to Kurds for mass killing

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Turkish PM issues first official apology over military campaign in Tunceli that killed nearly 14,000 Kurds in the 1930s – Published on english Al Jazeera, Source: Agencies, November 24, 2011.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, has issued the first official apology for a bloody military campaign that killed thousands of Kurds in southeast Turkey at the end of the 1930s. “If it is necessary to apologise on behalf of the state … I will apologise, I am apologising,” Erdogan told his Justice and Development Party (AKP) members on Wednesday in televised remarks.  Continue Reading…

Burkina Faso: Lutte contre les mutilations génitales féminines

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Des leaders d’opinion sensibilisés à Boromo – Publié dans allAfrica, par Moussa Barro, le 17 Novembre 2011.

Dans le cadre de la promotion de l’abandon des Mutilations génitales féminines (MGF), l’ONG « Voix de femmes » a organisé le 15 novembre 2011, une série d’activités, à l’intention des leaders d’opinion de Boromo sur l’excision. Toutes ces activités se sont déroulées, en présence de Mme Henriette Lydie Diallo, haut-commissaire de la province des Balé et de nombreux invités … //    Continue Reading…

Germany Celebrates Christmas Market Season

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watch also with internal click the 14 beautiful photos – Published on Spiegel Online International, by kla/with wires, November 23, 2011.

Germany’s world-famous Christmas markets have begun opening, offering residents some much-anticipated sparkle and cheer for the chilly winter. SPIEGEL ONLINE gets in a festive mood with the highlights so far.  Continue Reading…

Tchad: La Croix-Rouge du Tchad CRT lutte contre les MGF

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Publié dans Hassan ABC, par Hassan, le 16 NOVEMBRE 2011.

A Abéché, plus de 80 volontaires de la Croix-Rouge du Tchad sont formés et déployés dans la ville d’Abéché. Un coordonnateur, un superviseur, 4 chefs d’équipe et 80 volontaires seront repartis dans les six arrondissements pour mener des sensibilisations basées sur les différentes conséquences dues aux MGF … //  Continue Reading…

Labor Must Choose Between Occupy and the Democrats

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Published on Global (see also on WORKER’s ACTION), by Shamus Cooke, November 21, 2011.

The Occupy Movement couldn’t have come along at a worse time, from the viewpoint of the Democrats. Election season is just getting started and Occupy has thrown a giant wrench into the political machinery. Some labor leaders too are sensing “politics as usual” shifting under their feet; the “get out the vote” for the Democrats may elicit blank stares from the rank and file. Occupy has the potential to create earthquakes within the labor movement and labor’s relationship to the Democrats, if it approaches the subject intelligently. This seismic shift could permanently change politics in the United States, much for the better.   Continue Reading…

Romansh hits the song contest stage

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Published on, by Nik Martin in Udine, Nov 20, 2011.

Singer-songwriter Rezia Ladina has been raising awareness of Switzerland’s fourth language – Romansh – at a Eurovision-style song competition for minority languages. Ladina was one of the 12 finalists performing before 2,000 people at the Liet International Song Contest for Minority Languages held in Italy … (full text).

Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

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on en.wikipedia: … was an influential early paper on the applicability (or lack thereof) of government on the rapidly growing internet. It was written by John Perry Barlow, a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF, and published online February 8, 1996 from Davos, Switzerland. It was written primarily in response to the passing into law of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in the United States …

The declaration’s TextContinue Reading…

Bangladesh: Government shopping for farm land

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab (first in IRIN), by , Nov. 15, 2011.

DHAKA, 15 November 2011 (IRIN) – The government of Bangladesh is looking near and far – from Ukraine to South Sudan – to bolster food security at home, according to the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management … //   Continue Reading…

a guided Meditation on YouTube

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a meditation of 17.52 min, from the Global Illumination Council GIC, by justbernard*, uploaded Nov. 10, 2011 …
GIC/about: THE PLEDGE – We, the undersigned, have pledged to respect and defend ANY individual’s human, spiritual, employment, medical, housing, business, voting, educational, legal, economic, food and sustenance rights, including, the right to a healthy and thriving planet, the well being of all wild and domesticated animals, plants and insects, our natural resources and the general well being of all aspects of our Universe. We will not tolerate, endorse, participate or do commerce with those who perpetuate through action, word or deed an obvious agenda contrary to what is stated above, including obvious sentiments of racism, greed, betrayal, injustice or intolerance towards another individual’s rights. We acknowledge we are the future and take full responsibility for laying out the foundation for empowered future generations …    Continue Reading…

Here’s the Risk: OCCUPY ends up doing the bidding of the global elite

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Published on Global (first on The Guardian), by Patrick Henningsen, November 17, 2011.

History shows us it is easy for ‘grassroots’ campaigns to become co-opted by the very interests they are fighting against. A 21st-century grassroots movement faces many pitfalls. This was as true back in 1968 as it is today. It could be infiltrated by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, or co-opted by a major party. As the state continues to creep further into our lives, activists can expect that it will use all its resources – not just the violent reaction seen in New York overnight, but also its agents, informants and surveillance packages – in its effort to monitor both sides of any serious social debate.   Continue Reading…

Spiegel Cover-Story: A Disturbing New Dimension of Far-Right Terror

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(Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

Germany has been shocked by a series of revelations relating to a trio of neo-Nazis who appear to have carried out a crime wave lasting for over a decade. They are suspected of murdering nine immigrants and a policewoman as well as a series of bank robberies. The evidence points to a new kind of right-wing terrorism unlike anything Germany has seen … //   Continue Reading…

Letters from Iran

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We examine the aftermath of Iran’s Green Revolution and find an opposition that remains eager for change

Watch this video, published on Al Jazeera, 47.21 min, Nov. 12, 2011: While winds of change have been blowing through the Arab world this year, Iranians have been forced to wait for political reform … //

… Yet as this film reveals, that opposition is still alive and kicking and just as eager for change as before. Letters from Iran paints a fascinating portrait of the aftermath of the Green Revolution and a country holding its breath … (full text).

Perfect Storm of Internet Censorship

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Watch this video, 4.44 min, published on Global Research TV, by James Corbett of GRtv, November 10, 2011.

In recent weeks the governments of Britain, Israel, the US, Japan, India and China have reported alleged cyber attacks by foreign militaries, hackers, and malicious software like Duqu, a virus similar to the Stuxnet cyber weapon constructed by Israel and the US for use against Iran’s nuclear program. Although the nature and origin of the attacks or even whether they took place at all cannot be independently confirmed, the supposed threats are being used to propose punishing new legislation aimed at stifling internet freedoms and are igniting new rivalries in what many see as the battlefield of the 21st century: cyberspace … (full text).


Obama Demands Access to Internet Records, in Secret, and Without Court Review, by Tom Burghardt, August 13, 2010;

CYBERSPACE: Pentagon Declares the Internet a War Domain, by John T. Bennett, July 15, 2011;

The G20 and Financial Globalization – GRTV Backgounder;

The Corbett;

The Shadow Internet, by Devon DB, June 29, 2011;

Back from the Dead: The Internet Kill Switch, by Tom Burghardt, May 30, 2011.

Economic Policies After the Death of Neoliberalism

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Published on ZNet (first on LINKS), by Boris Kagarlitsky, November 12, 2011.

The international economic system that took shape after the collapse of the Soviet Union is not dead yet, but it is dying. We see that daily, not only in reports on the crisis but also in other news from around the world that tells the same story: the system isn’t working.

The truth is that the system has never worked for the poor and for the toiling classes. It wasn’t designed for that purpose, no matter what its propagandists and various corrupt intellectuals keep telling us. The system did work for the elites; it generated a tremendous redistribution of wealth and power in favour of those already rich and powerful, in favour of the bourgeoisie. But now it no longer delivers even for them. Though the elites aren’t brave enough to admit it, the system has to be transformed … //  Continue Reading…

America’s Media War on Iran

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Published on Global (first on, by Stephen Lendman, November 11, 2011.

When Washington goes to war or threatens it, America’s media march in lockstep, cheerleading. Fiction substitutes for fact. News is carefully filtered, dissent marginalized, and supporting imperial belligerence substitutes for full and accurate disclosure. As a result, patriotism means going along with rogue policies. Never mind rule of law principles and democratic values. Free and open societies are risked. So is humanity if belligerents overstep. The IAEA Iranian nuclear program report stirred a hornet’s nest of inflammatory commentary, no matter the agency’s fabricated contents. Previous US intelligence assessments refuted them, including most recently in March 2011.  Continue Reading…

Human Rights Education – HRE Compendium of Good Practice

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the French language version is now available – Received by e-mail, From: Felisa Tibbitts, Date: November 10, 2011.

Dear Colleagues, I am happy to inform you that the French language version of the publication Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A Compendium of Good Practice (Education aux droits de l’homme dans les systèmes scolaires d’Europe, d’Asie centrale et d’Amérique du Nord : Recueil de bonnes pratiques) has been released by the Council of Europe.   Continue Reading…

Thoughts and prayers don’t do the job

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The way the Norwegian prime minister responded to events earlier this year was exemplary – Published on political blonde, by Joan Smith, November 9, 2011.

From time to time, every country has to deal with tragic events. It’s a sad requirement of a politician’s job to respond to terrorist attacks, fatal fires and the multiple fatalities caused by motorway pile-ups such as last weekend’s dreadful collisions on the M5. In such circumstances, we need public figures to speak for us, expressing sympathy for the victims and acknowledging a collective feeling of sorrow in the face of sudden death and destruction.   Continue Reading…