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2012-03-01: So Many Prisons and No Room for War Propagandists;
2012-03-02: Burma’s Punk Scene Fights Repression Underground;
2012-03-03: Globalization, Subjectification, and the Historicity of State Formation;
2012-03-04: How Empires Fall;
2012-03-05: NGOs: The Missionaries of Empire;
2012-03-06: What’s driving the war on women’s rights?
2012-03-07: A final say;
2012-03-08: From Dictatorship to Democracy;
2012-03-09: Inventor of ADHD: ADHD is a fictitious disease;
2012-03-10: VIDEO: Pentagon Admits More 9/11 Remains Dumped in Landfill;
2012-03-11: Time Has Come for a Union;
2012-03-12: The Four Horsemen;
2012-03-13: What independence?
2012-03-14: USA: 70% of all Ground Beef Contains Pink Slime;
2012-03-15: The Dirty War on WikiLeaks is Now Trial by Media in Sweden;
2012-03-16: India’s census results: Just getting by;
2012-03-17: Rediscovering Poverty;
2012-03-18: A beautifull walk, with music by Vangelis;
2012-03-19: No obvious choice;
2012-03-20: The REAL Cause of the Global Obesity Epidemic: Are Toxic Chemicals Making Us Fat?
2012-03-21: Al Jazeera obtains secret Syria files;
2012-03-22: Dari, the language of Rumi;
2012-03-23: White saviours, black victims: An old story;
2012-03-23: proPhilo vous propose: Ateliers d’échange de pratique;
2012-03-24: Barely Literate? How Christian Fundamentalist Homeschooling Hurts Kids;
2012-03-25: Israel loves Iran;
2012-03-26: Why all the Assange bashing? It’s no good for journalism;
2012-03-27: How campaigning NGOs have joined the foreign-reporting business;
2012-03-28: R2P (responsibility to protect): Imperial Conquest by Another Name;
2012-03-29: Body of evidence;
2012-03-30: Persepolis – a film from Marjane Satrapi;
2012-03-31: EDUCATION AND THE DEBT CRISIS: Austerity in the Mind Factory.

EDUCATION AND THE DEBT CRISIS: Austerity in the Mind Factory

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Published on Global (first on Socialist Project), by Alan Sears, March 29, 2012.

Educational struggles are breaking out all over. In March 2012, over 200,000 Quebec students are waging a general strike against tuition increases and have faced brutal police repression. British Columbia teachers just finished a three-day strike against an austerity budget and are set to engage in further strike action. Teacher collective bargaining seems to be headed toward an impasse in Ontario. Faculty members at Dalhousie University in Halifax were on the verge of a strike to resist concessions demanded by their university administration, though a last-minute agreement kept them from the picket lines … //

… Fighting for a Better System:   Continue Reading…

Persepolis – a film from Marjane Satrapi

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Body of evidence

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Is a concentration of wealth at the top to blame for financial crises? – Published on The Economist, March 17, 2012.

In the search for the villain behind the global financial crisis, some have pointed to inequality as a culprit. In his 2010 book “Fault Lines”, Raghuram Rajan of the University of Chicago argued that inequality was a cause of the crisis, and that the American government served as a willing accomplice. From the early 1980s the wages of working Americans with little or no university education fell ever farther behind those with university qualifications, he pointed out. Under pressure to respond to the problem of stagnating incomes, successive presidents and Congresses opened a flood of mortgage credit.   Continue Reading…

R2P (responsibility to protect): Imperial Conquest by Another Name

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Watch this video, published on Global Research TV, with Pepe Escobar, 16.17 min, March 26, 2012. (also on YouTube).

As the world recovers from one humanitarian peace bombing in Libya, and braces for another possible intervention in Syria, many are now asking how it is that the so-called liberal left have become cheerleaders for the very wars of aggression they once pretended to deride. As long-time investigate reporter Pepe Escobar explains, an obscure international doctrine called Responsibility To Protect or R2P has been the main tool for shaping this new paradigm for the continuation of NATO’s imperial power grabs around the world … (full text).

How campaigning NGOs have joined the foreign-reporting business

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Viewpoint: As news organisations have cut numbers, charities have availed themselves of the skills of experienced reporters – Published on The Independent, by Ian Burrell, March 26, 2012.

On the borders of Syria they are there, just as they were in the ruins of Misrata in Libya and among the crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square last year. Alongside hard-nosed war correspondents are a new breed of researchers from campaigning organisations, just as determined to get the scoop. They are hungry for documents from fallen regimes which might be evidence of human rights abuses. They are looking for eye-witnesses who can give testimony of war crimes. Such material is not only valuable to news organisations for their front pages and bulletins, it is potential gold dust for an NGO too.   Continue Reading…

Why all the Assange bashing? It’s no good for journalism

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Published on openDemocracy, by Mark Lee Hunter, 23 March 2012.

Julian Assange has been a remarkable source for mainstream media. So why has he been so ill-treated in return? There are many accusations levelled at him and his organisation, and whatever their bases, none of them justifies the reactions. And this hurts journalism as a whole … //   Continue Reading…

Israel loves Iran

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Published on Israel loves Iran.

Download a flyer (in pdf or jpg) telling: Iranians, we will never bomb you, We love You.

About: To the Iranian people:

  • To all the fathers, mothers, children, brothers and sisters
  • For there to be a war between us, first we must be afraid of each other, we must hate.
  • I’m not afraid of you, I don’t hate you.
  • I don t even know you. No Iranian ever did me no harm. I never even met an Iranian … Just one in Paris in a museum. Nice dude.  Continue Reading…

Barely Literate? How Christian Fundamentalist Homeschooling Hurts Kids

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The Religious Right touts homeschooling as the “responsible” educational choice. But what about the kids whose parents opt-out of the system – and out of educating them, as well? – Published on AlterNet, by Kristin Rawls, March 14, 2012.

In recent weeks, homeschooling has received nationwide attention because of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s homeschooling family. Though Santorum paints a rosy picture of homeschooling in the United States, and calls attention to the “responsibility” all parents have to take their children’s education into their own hands, he fails to acknowledge the very real potential for educational neglect among some homeschooling families – neglect that has been taking place for decades, and continues to this day … //   Continue Reading…

proPhilo vous propose: Ateliers d’échange de pratique

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à l’attention des enseignantes / enseignants et intervenants en milieu scolaire

Reçu par e-mail, (la Lettre d’information proPhilo Mars 2012), De: Postmaster de, Date: 19/03/20

proPhilo propose aux personnes qui s’intéressent à la pratique du dialogue philosophique, qui l’expérimentent déjà ou souhaitent dans un futur proche l’expérimenter, 3 dates de rencontres.

Elles auront lieu :

White saviours, black victims: An old story

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Sokari Ekine, March 21, 2012.

What is really disturbing about Invisible Children is, if a group of Africans had made the Kony2012 film would it have got the publicity from around the world? Would they have been able to raise the funds to make the video in the first place? … //

… Kony2012 began its public cyber life as a video by the organisation which became viral within hours. But the technologies of social media are not without their own internal vulnerabilities which act on the follower and the followed like balls bouncing randomly against each other in a child’s bouncy castle. Information flows at unimaginable speed, gathering more information each nano-second. Continue Reading…

Dari, the language of Rumi

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Published on Dari Blog, by Sayed Naqibullah, March 9, 2012.

In 13th centaury a Muslim Afghan Poet who spoke Dari as his first language wrote and spoke words that speak to the hearts of not only the Dari or Persian speaking people but to the hearts of millions around the world.  If you are a learner of Dari language, you are learning and speaking the language of Rumi, one of world’s best poets.  Mawlana Jalaludin Balkhi who is known to the western world as Rumi is a 13th century Afghan Muslim poet. He was born in present day Balkh province of Afghanistan.  Rumi spoke Dari as his native language. Rumi is famous for his great mystical poetry; his major poetry works are called Masnawe Ma’nawe, and Dewan e Kabeer which are originally written in Dari/Persian and have been translated to many languages of the world.   Continue Reading…

Al Jazeera obtains secret Syria files

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Papers prepared for President Assad by intelligence and security chiefs throw light on his strategy to quell protests

Watch this video, 3.21 min, published on Al Jazeera, March 19, 2012. / (and on YouTube): Al Jazeera has gained access to confidential documents prepared for the Syrian president by his intelligence and security chiefs on the conflict raging across the nation … //

… Whistleblower:   Continue Reading…

The REAL Cause of the Global Obesity Epidemic. Are Toxic Chemicals Making Us Fat?

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Published on Global, by Washington’s Blog, March 19, 2012.

World Wide Obesity Epidemic:

  • Some 68% of all Americans are overweight, and obesity has almost doubled in the last couple of decades worldwide. As International Business Tribune reports:
    Studies conducted jointly by researchers at Imperial College London and Harvard University, published in the medical journal The Lancet, show that obesity worldwide almost doubled in the decades between 1980 and 2008
    *** Continue Reading…

No obvious choice

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Dina Ezzat, 15 – 21 March 2012.

Presidential candidates require the written and officially acknowledged support of either 30,000 citizens or 30 MPs. Until Al-Ahram Weekly went to press on Wednesday none of the key candidates had secured the support of 30 MPs, and everyone complained of having difficulty in officially registering members of the public as supporters.   Continue Reading…

A beautifull walk, with music by Vangelis

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on YouTube – in greece: μονοπάτι Παλαιάς Καβάλας, in english: Old path Kavala, 29.11 min, by megassavas;

… some more Vangelis on YouTube:

Rediscovering Poverty

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How We Cured The Culture of Poverty, Not Poverty Itself – Published on ZNet, by Barbara Ehrenreich (first on, March 16, 2012.

It’s been exactly 50 years since Americans, or at least the non-poor among them, “discovered” poverty, thanks to Michael Harrington’s engaging book The Other America. If this discovery now seems a little overstated, like Columbus’s “discovery” of America, it was because the poor, according to Harrington, were so “hidden” and “invisible” that it took a crusading left-wing journalist to ferret them out … //   Continue Reading…

India’s census results: Just getting by

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Published on The Economist, by R.A., Mar 15, 2012.

UNDER a thatched roof, lit by a full, yellow moon, Shiv Kumari explains how she and her five children survive. She is a widow, 30 years old, living in a home made of packed mud. She works the nearby fields, draws a small pension, some food rations and gets a few days of paid labour each month from a rural make-work scheme.     Continue Reading…

The Dirty War on WikiLeaks is Now Trial by Media in Sweden

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Published on Global, by John Pilger, March 12, 2012.

War by media, says current military doctrine, is as important as the battlefield. This is because the real enemy is the public at home, whose manipulation and deception are essential for starting an unpopular colonial war. Like the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, attacks on Iran and Syria require a steady drip-effect on readers’ and viewers’ consciousness. This is the essence of a propaganda that rarely speaks its name.   Continue Reading…

USA: 70% of all Ground Beef Contains Pink Slime

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… and USDA Bought 7 Million Pounds of the Stuff for School Lunches – Published on Washington’s Blog, by blog owner, March 11, 2012.

First watch 2 videos:

What Should We Do?   Continue Reading…

What independence?

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Judges’ anger at what they say is flagrant interference in their work is growing – Published  on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Mona El-Nahhas, 8 – 14 March 2012.

… Eighty judges signed a letter of complaint about Ibrahim submitted to the prosecutor- general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud who on Monday referred their complaints to the Supreme Judiciary Council (SJC).

Cairo Judges Club, headed by Ahmed El-Zend, sent a memorandum to the SJC on Saturday following an urgent meeting of its board, demanding the SJC to conduct an urgent investigation to clarify the facts … //  Continue Reading…

The Four Horsemen

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watch these videos on YouTube:

by Richard Dawkins – On the 30th of September 2007, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens sat down for a first-of-its-kind, unmoderated 2-hour discussion, convened by RDFRS and filmed by Josh Timonen.    Continue Reading…

Time Has Come for a Union

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Alexander Billet, March 9, 2012.

… Whether a recording artists’ organization can emerge from one of these two unions or from a new one entirely isn’t clear (it bears mentioning, however, that the AFM is fighting for its life as company after company puts its orchestra on the chopping block). But it is absolutely crucial that it happen.

Who Owns Music?   Continue Reading…

VIDEO: Pentagon Admits More 9/11 Remains Dumped in Landfill

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Watch the video, 5.53 min, published on Global Research TV GRTV, by James Corbett, March 1, 2012.

A new report released on Monday by the Pentagon reveals that some of the unidentifiable remains from victims at the Pentagon and Shanksville sites on September 11th were disposed of in a landfill.  Continue Reading…

Inventor of ADHD: ADHD is a fictitious disease

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Published on Current Concerns, by Moritz Nestor, March 1, 2012.

Fortunately, the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK, President: Otfried Höffe) critically commented on the use of the ADHD drug Ritalin in its opinion of 22 November 2011 titled Human enhancement by means of pharmacological agents1: The consumption of pharmacological agents altered the child’s behavior without any contribution on his or her part.   Continue Reading…