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2012-04-01: IRAQ … reflections, views, shames;
2012-04-02: Germany’s Best-Loved Cowboy;
2012-04-03: Noam Chomsky speaks to Dutch activists on various topics;
2012-04-04: Treacherous Treaties: American Imperialism, World Government and the Bilderbergers;
2012-04-05: The Zelikow Memo: Internal Critique of Bush Torture Memos Declassified;
2012-04-06: London deserves a better mayoral campaign;
2012-04-07: East Timor: A Lesson in Why the Poorest Threaten the Powerful;
2012-04-08: UNDERSTANDING YUGOSLAVIA: Remembering Mihajlo Mihajlov;
2012-04-09: The Choice for Greece: a Post-Modern Coup or a new kind of society?
2012-04-09: Inculture2: l’éducation nationale, par Franck Lepage;
2012-04-10: two day teaching given in New Delhi, India, on March 23-24, 2012;
2012-04-11: sounds of the nature;
2012-04-12: The SOLO File, Declassified Documents Detail The FBI’s Most Valued Secret Agents of the Cold War;
2012-04-13: Scaramouche, a Romance of the French Revolution;
2012-04-14: Social status and health: Misery index;
2012-04-15: Egypt: new kids on the block;
2012-04-16: Banyan: Rewriting the rules;
2012-04-17: Chomsky: How the Young Are Indoctrinated to Obey;
2012-04-18: Organize, Organize, Organize;
2012-04-19: video conferences about human trafficking;
2012-04-20: USA: Job losses, Women out of work;
2012-04-21: Crisis in Mali: fundamentalism, women’s rights and cultural resistance;
2012-04-22: The Third Generation, Part 1: Young Israel’s New Love Affair with Germany;
2012-04-23: Locking Down an American Workforce;
2012-04-24: From anti-war to anti-imperialism;
2012-04-25: William Shakespeare and the New World Order: Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here;
2012-04-27: Occupy and Nonviolence;
2012-04-28: Peter Sloterdijk on YouTube;
2012-04-28: Armchair Warriors: Why Are Conservatives the Biggest Warmongers? Part 2;
2012-04-29: Panel talks social policy, justice;
2012-04-30: The sheikh president.

The sheikh president

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Even if he cannot run for the presidency, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail represents a new and deep-running trend in Egyptian social and political life – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Khalil El-Anani, 25 April – 1 May 2012.

The Egyptian revolution overturned the political soil in the country and one of the fruits is that dozens, if not thousands, have ventured into the fields of politics. However, the overall harvest of the revolution is still poor, whether because of divisions and divergences created by the conflict over power, or as a consequence of the personalisation of politics in Egypt.  Continue Reading…

Panel talks social policy, justice

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Published on Mc Donough Voice, by Lainie Steelman, April 27, 2012.

… The panel discussion, “A Broader Critique of Social Policy, of Legislation, of Social Justice, and of Media Influence,” was moderated by Associate Professor Pearlie Strother-Adams, Department of English and Journalism, and Dr. Anthony McBride, Department of Law Enforcement and Justice. Panelists were Dr. Mohammad Siddiqi, Department of English and Journalism; Dr. Peter Cole, Department of History; Dr. C.S. West, Department of Women’s Studies; Dr. Oswald Warner, Department of Sociology; and Dr. Audrey Watkins, Department of African-American Studies.   Continue Reading…

Armchair Warriors: Why Are Conservatives the Biggest Warmongers? Part 2

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Conservatives in government have fetishized violence. Why? – Published on AlterNet, by Corey Robin, April 23, 2012. (see also Part 1).

What is it about being a great power that renders the imagining of its own demise so potent? Why, despite all the strictures about the prudent and rational use of force, are those powers so quick to resort to it?   Continue Reading…

Peter Sloterdijk on YouTube

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Peter Sloterdijk und Rüdiger Safranski empfangen Gäste – uploader vonundzuMierendorff, March 27, 2012:

Occupy and Nonviolence

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Published on ZNet, by Noam Chomsky and D.J. Buschini, April 25, 2012.

DJ Buschini: A good deal of committed organization helped lay the groundwork for the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. For years, activists in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) drew inspiration from Gandhian practices and Christian pacifism. What’s your take on Occupy and the nonviolent philosophy?   Continue Reading…


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Published on Paul Craig Roberts (Institute for Political Economy IPE), by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, April 23, 2012.

When did things begin going wrong in America? “From the beginning,” answer some … //

… The problem I have with this “give up” attitude is that over the course of my life, and more broadly over the course of the 20th century, many positive changes occurred through reforms. It is impossible to have reforms without good will, so even the elites who accepted reforms that limited their powers were part of the moral progress.

Labor unions became a countervailing power to corporate management and Wall Street.

Working conditions were reformed. Civil rights were extended. People excluded by the system were brought into it. Anyone who grew up in the 20th century can add his own examples.   Continue Reading…

William Shakespeare and the New World Order: Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here

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Published on Global, by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, April 23, 2012.

… An unbinding political consensus is imposed.

Those who dare oppose “Peace” and NATO’s “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) are branded as terrorists.

Bad guys are lurking. Evil terrorists with kalashnikovs are threatening the security of the United States of America and its trillion dollar arsenal of “peace-making” nuclear weapons, which according to expert scientific opinion on contract to the Pentagon, are “harmless to the surrounding civilian population”.    Continue Reading…

From anti-war to anti-imperialism

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Ajamu Baraka, April 19, 2012.

An excerpt from a presentation at the United National Anti-War Coalition national conference, 24 March 2012 … //

… Situated within the context of globalised European capitalist/imperialist hegemony, real world balance-of-forces considerations must always influence, if not guide, our political and even moral assessments and practical responses to conflicts and questions of war and peace. From this perspective, which is clearly a political perspective, questions of solidarity and political support must be guided by an assessment of how support either strengthens or weakens the geo-political hegemony of Western imperialism.  Continue Reading…

Locking Down an American Workforce

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Published on ZNet (Source:, by Steve Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman, April 20, 2012.

Sweatshop labor is back with a vengeance. It can be found across broad stretches of the American economy and around the world. Penitentiaries have become a niche market for such work. The privatization of prisons in recent years has meant the creation of a small army of workers too coerced and right-less to complain.  Continue Reading…

The Third Generation, Part 1: Young Israel’s New Love Affair with Germany

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Juliane von Mittelstaedt, April 20, 2012.

German passports, Berlin DJs and language lessons: After decades of wariness, Israelis have discovered a new love for Germany. For a new generation of confident, young Israelis, the country has become one of their favorites … //

… A New Stance toward Germany:   Continue Reading…

Crisis in Mali: fundamentalism, women’s rights and cultural resistance

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Jessica Horn, April 19, 2012.

In conversation with Jessica Horn, a leading Malian women’s rights activist (name supplied but withheld on request) identifies the roots of the crisis in Mali, and the opportunistic use of the crisis by Malian and international Islamic fundamentalists to gain a popular foothold in the north of the country.

JESSICA HORN: Were there any early warnings that this crisis would emerge?   Continue Reading…

USA: Job losses, Women out of work

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Published on The Economist, April 18, 2012.

NOW that the latest round of America’s ongoing “Mommy Wars” appears to be simmering down, it might be a fitting time for cooler heads to consider the substance of the issue that generated all the faux-rage. At issue are Mitt Romney’s recent claims that Barack Obama’s policies have actually been bad for women—specifically, that as a result of the incumbent’s policies, 92.3% of the net jobs lost in America since January 2009 have been lost by women. “The real war on women is being waged by the president’s failed economic policies,” is how Mr Romney put it.   Continue Reading…

video conferences about human trafficking

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uploader AntiHumanTraffic:

uploader UCtelevision:    Continue Reading…

Organize, Organize, Organize

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(see also: OCCUPY for JUSTICE:  occupy the Justice Dept. in Washington, DC on April 24, 2012) – Published on ZNet, by Mumia Abu Jamal (MAJ), April 12, 2012.

Watch this video: Mumia Abu-Jamal talks exclusively to RT, 11.34 min: RT has become the first TV channel in the world to speak to former journalist and Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal since he was removed from death row in January. Abu-Jamal will spend his life behind bars for killing a police officer in 1981.   Continue Reading…

Chomsky: How the Young Are Indoctrinated to Obey

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Published on AlterNet, by Noam Chomsky, April 4, 2012.

Forty years ago there was deep concern that the population was breaking free of apathy and obedience. Since then, many measures have been taken to restore discipline. Public education is under attack around the world, and in response, student protests have recently been held in Britain, Canada, Chile, Taiwan and elsewhere.  Continue Reading…

Banyan: Rewriting the rules

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The political battle following Bo Xilai’s demise will define China’s future – Published on The Economist, March 31, 2012.

BY THE normal script of Communist Party purges, the dismissal of Chongqing’s party chief, Bo Xilai, on March 15th should have been followed by an uneasy silence while the nation awaited the inevitable denunciations. Instead the murky case of the ambitious politician has stoked a long-simmering debate about the future of the country’s economic and political reforms. Mr Bo’s supporters seem unbowed. Internet users are defying censors with gossip about the fierce struggle for power many believe is under way. The rules of Chinese politics are being rewritten.   Continue Reading…

Egypt: new kids on the block

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The People’s Assembly discusses today a legislative amendment to prevent Mubarak era cronies from contesting Egypt’s highest office – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, 12 – 18 April 2012.

… The first proposal was submitted by the FJP’s spokesman Hussein Ibrahim. “Amending the 1956 law on the exercise of political rights is necessary to prevent Mubarak’s close aides and former NDP leaders — such as members of the NDP’s politburo, secretariat-general and the Policies Committee which was led by Mubarak’s son Gamal — from contesting the presidential elections,” Ibrahim said.   Continue Reading…

Social status and health: Misery index

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Low social status is bad for your health. Biologists are starting to understand why – Published on The Economist, April 14, 2012.

ONCE upon a time the overstressed executive bellowing orders into a telephone, cancelling meetings, staying late at the office and dying of a heart attack was a stereotype of modernity. That was before the Whitehall studies, a series of investigations of British civil servants begun in the 1960s. These studies found that the truth is precisely the opposite. Those at the top of the pecking order actually have the least stressful and most healthy lives. Cardiac arrest—and, indeed, early death from any cause—is the prerogative of underlings.   Continue Reading…

Scaramouche, a Romance of the French Revolution

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Scaramouche, by Rafael Sabatini, 36 videos on YouTube in autoplay: Book 1: Chapters 1 – 9; Book 2: Chapters 1 – 11; Book 3: Chapters 1 – 16 …or find it directly on CC Prose: page 15, and page 16;

Find also on CC Prose Pride and Prejudice: Page 21; page 22; Page 23;

… and many, many other videos …

The SOLO File: Declassified Documents Detail The FBI’s Most Valued Secret Agents of the Cold War

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Morris Childs Talked to Mao, Khrushchev, Suslov, Ponomarev – Carried Soviet Funds for American Communists (with Brother Jack) – Reported Back to the FBI for Two Decades – New book, Enemies: A History of the FBI – Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 375, April 10, 2012. Information contact: (Washington) 202/994-7000, e-mail.

The “FBI’s most valued secret agents of the Cold War,” brothers Morris and Jack Childs, together codenamed SOLO, reported back to J. Edgar Hoover starting in 1958 about face-to-face meetings with top Soviet and Chinese Communist leaders including Mao and Khrushchev, while couriering Soviet funds for the American Communist Party, according to newly declassified FBI files cited in the new book by Tim Weiner, Enemies: A History of the FBI (New York: Random House, 2012).  Continue Reading…

sounds of the nature

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all on YouTube by yogaduke:

and many more sounds of the nature on yogaduke’s userpage.

two day teaching given in New Delhi, India, on March 23-24, 2012

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Watch these videos on YouTube:

See also: Peace Summit 2009 – Educating the Heart and Mind, 89.06 min: … with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with four other Nobel Laureates and respected leaders in the fields of education, business and social transformation …

The Choice for Greece: a Post-Modern Coup or a new kind of society?

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Published on Transnational Institute, Interview (in Athens on 29 February, 2012) with Nasos Iliopoulos by Alex Nunn, March 2012.
Linked on our blogs with Greece: Protest of the day, and with Hunger takes hold in Greece.

In an unassuming Athens office, just a couple of streets from the ancient Agora where democracy first announced itself to the world, sits Nasos Iliopoulos, Secretary of Neolaia Synaspismou, the youth wing of the Greek political party Synaspismos.  Continue Reading…

UNDERSTANDING YUGOSLAVIA: Remembering Mihajlo Mihajlov

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Published on Global, by Aleksa Djilas, April 6, 2012.

I met Mihajlo Mihajlov long ago, in 1970, soon after he had been released from prison. It was neither his first, nor last, detention – the total time he spent in jail was seven years. I was a high school student at that time, but I felt as if I had already known him well because he was so often a topic of conversation in our household and amongst our friends. My father, Milovan Djilas, wrote a letter to Tito on March 20, 1967, less than three months after he himself was released from prison, in which he asked for this “young man and talented writer” also to be freed from jail.   Continue Reading…