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Index July 2012

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2012-07-01: In the Wake of World War II: The European Atrocity You Never Heard About;
2012-07-02: Results of the Participatory Citizenship in the EU project;
2012-07-03: New York and the Mystery of Naples: A Journey through Gramsci’s World;
2012-07-04: Children and the courts;
2012-07-05: Julian Assange rejects police request to surrender;
2012-07-06: Japan says Fukushima disaster was man-made;
2012-07-07: Egypt, Islamist state;
2012-07-08: Trilateralism and Beyond;
2012-07-09: Americanization of Baluchistan;
2012-07-10: CERN finding Higgs;
2012-07-11: Planning the Next Six Years of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution;
2012-07-12: Reiky and more – on YouTube;
2012-07-13: Indian Food Policy: A Plentiful Harvest while Millions Starve;
2012-07-14: CERN Director on Finding Higgs: The Real Work Has only Just Begun;
2012-07-15: Inching towards a showdown?
2012-07-16: The Radical Dissent of Helen Keller;
2012-07-17: arms control: the conservatives’ double standards;
2012-07-18: The slums of Rio to turn into world’s most peaceful place?
2012-07-19: Why are our Women leaders silent when children are being killed like animals in South Africa?
2012-07-20: Hypermasculinity and Sexual Abuse: The Silent Lessons of Penn State;
2012-07-21: Documenting the FBI;
2012-07-22: The Alexeyeva File;
2012-07-23: Progressive Journalism’s Legacy of Deceit;
2012-07-24: Inside Story Americas: Does the US need stricter gun control laws?
2012-07-25: Vijay Prashad: Arab Spring Libyan Winter;
2012-07-26: Capsule with message to descendants of communism discovered in Russia;
2012-07-27: To Educate A Girl – Mercy’s Story;
2012-07-28: From Post-Modernism to Post-Secularism;
2012-07-29: War Without Mercy on Syria;
2012-07-30: The Rise and Fall of the American Childhood;
2012-07-31: Egypt: Dogma rules.

Egypt: Dogma rules

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Islamists on the Constituent Assembly are steamrolling through constitutional drafts that will turn Egypt into a non-civil state – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, 25 – 31 July 2012.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and the two Salafist parties — the Nour (Light) and Asala (Fundamentalist) — are exploiting their majority on the 100-member Constituent Assembly to Islamise several articles of the 1971 constitution. Liberal and civilian forces which are boycotting the assembly say the changes could put an end to Egypt as a moderate Muslim country … // Continue Reading…

The Rise and Fall of the American Childhood

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In 30 years, we’ve undone many of the most important social achievements put in place to protect and support children – Published on AlterNet, by Colin Greer, July 19, 2012.

From the 1930s to 1980, childhood in America became a cherished space for youngsters to grow in. After 1980, and with increasing furor, that space has been under assault and childhood terribly compromised. Look at what we once did and what we’re now doing.

The Rise (8 items):   Continue Reading…

War Without Mercy on Syria

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Published on The People’s Voice, by Stephen Lendman (also on World People’s Blog), July 27, 2012.

  • Western media misreport what’s happening in Syria and why. Propaganda substitutes for truth and full disclosure.
  • Syrians are struggling to prevent Western conquest, exploitation, and control. They’re fighting for their lives to stay free.
  • At issue isn’t whether Assad’s government is democratic, despotic or anything in between. Its sovereign independence made it vulnerable.
  • Washington tolerates no governments it doesn’t control. Replacing them with puppet regimes is policy. Whether Assad can hold out and prevail isn’t known. Most Syrians depend on him. Continue Reading…

From Post-Modernism to Post-Secularism

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Eric Walberg, July 26, 2012. (More on Eric Walberg, Canada).

… The “law of equity” is the Quran’s primary principle, revealed here: the law must be applied equally to all — man or woman, free or not. This passage also reveals another important principle: punishment must be proportionate to the crime. Yet another principle revealed is that compassion and forgiveness are always preferable to harsh physical punishment.  Continue Reading…

To Educate A Girl – Mercy’s Story

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Capsule with message to descendants of communism discovered in Russia

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Published on, July 19, 2012.

… The capsule was laid on July 15, 1979 by young soldiers of the military unit, which was stationed in the settlement. The message, hand-written on a sheet of paper measuring 1 meter by 40 cm, is addressed to young people in 2024. The  capsule was placed in the foundation of the monument to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Lenin’s Komsomol:   Continue Reading…

Vijay Prashad: Arab Spring Libyan Winter

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Watcht these videos, uploaded by NewsClickin, July 18, 2012:

Vijay Prashad discusses with Newsclick how the US and its allies have struck back against the mas movements that overthrew Ben Ali and Mubarak. This is what he terms as the Libyan Winter. He analyses the forces that the US and its allies are putting together and the danger to the region from these forces.   Continue Reading…

Inside Story Americas: Does the US need stricter gun control laws?

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As the US mourns the victims of another seemingly indiscriminate shooting spree, we discuss how it will affect gun laws

Watch the video, 25.42 min, published on Al Jazeera, July 22, 2012: Not again – that was the cry of many Americans when they turned on their morning news on Friday. At least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded when a man wearing a gas mask and body armour opened fire and tossed a tear gas cannister into a cinema auditorium in the town of Aurora in Colorado. People were watching a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie …  Continue Reading…

Progressive Journalism’s Legacy of Deceit

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Published on Global, by Prof. James F. Tracy, July 20, 2012.

Progressive-left media persist in acting as propaganda outlets for the US-NATO destabilization of Syria, thus placating a politically conscious audience that might otherwise be mobilized against acts of imperialism and violence. The historical record suggests how this is not the first time “Progressive publicists” were used to sell a war.   Continue Reading…

The Alexeyeva File

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Soviet, American, and Russian Documents on the Human Rights Legend: Lyudmila Mikhailovna’s 85th Birthday Party Brings Together Generations, New Challenges – Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 387, July 20, 2012.

(Compiled and edited by Svetlana Savranskaya, Tom Blanton and Anna Melyakova, Web production by Rinat Bikineyev and Jamie Noguchi. Research and editorial assistance by Anya Grenier and Julia Noecker. Special thanks to the Memorial Society, Archive of the History of Dissent, Moscow. Source: Memorial Society, Moscow, Archive of History of Dissent, Fond 101, opis 1, Box 2-3-2).

Moscow, Russian Federation, July 20, 2012 – Marking the 85th birthday of Russian human rights legend Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the National Security Archive today published on the Web a digital collection of documents covering Alexeyeva’s brilliant career, from the mid-1970s founding of the Moscow Helsinki Group (which she now heads) to the current challenges posed by the Putin regime’s crackdown on civil society.  Continue Reading…

Documenting the FBI

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Declassified Documents Provide New Detail on Confronting the Terrorist Threat – from al-Qaeda to Skinheads – New Archive Posting Opens Window into Broad Range of Recent FBI Operations – Published on The National Security Archive, by Jeffrey T. Richelson, July 19, 2012.

A new Web resource posted today by the National Security Archive offers a wide-ranging compilation of declassified records detailing the operations of a key component of U.S. national security. Among the new documents are internal reports on domestic terrorism that expand on what previously public intelligence assessments have revealed.   Continue Reading…

Hypermasculinity and Sexual Abuse: The Silent Lessons of Penn State

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(about the book: The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love, by , Atria Books, New York, 2004, p. 117) – Published on Left Hook Journal Blog, by SJ, July 18, 2012.

Last week, former FBI director Louis Freeh released his extensive report on the Penn State sex scandal and no one at the university was spared from his damning criticism.  For months, Freeh and his team of investigators interviewed 435 people, and examined over three million documents, to put together a comprehensive picture of over a decade of systematic sexual assault committed by an assistant coach in the football program … // Continue Reading…

Why are our Women leaders silent when children are being killed like animals in South Africa?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Glenda Muzenda, July 11, 2012.

Why are our Women leaders silent when children are being killed like animals in South Africa?


  • Phumeza Nkolozi
  • Thapelo Makhutle
  • Sasha Lee Gordon
  • Sana Supa
  • Hendrieeta Thapelo Morifi

MAY 2012 GENEVA: … // Continue Reading…

The slums of Rio to turn into world’s most peaceful place?

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Published on, by Lyuba Lulko, July 17, 2012.

According to the authorities, army units left the slums of Rio de Janeiro. They were able to cope with the wave of violence unleashed last October in the center of the upcoming World Cup and the Olympics in 2016. Within one and a half years, Brazilians implemented a “pacification” plan of the criminal world of favelas uncontrolled by the state. However, residents of Rio doubt that drug gangs will give up their power. They are more likely to buy new police officers, which they have already done in the past.   Continue Reading…

arms control: the conservatives’ double standards

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… they tell us who they truly support – Published on the, by Dave Coles, July 12, 2012.

It was reported last weekend that the government doesn’t want the United Nations to track global arms sales because it might compromise “the legally protected information of private companies.” At the same time, its wants every Canadian union to disclose the details of their cleaning contracts.   Continue Reading…

The Radical Dissent of Helen Keller

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Published on YES, by Peter Dreier, July 12, 2012.

Here’s what they don’t teach: When the blind-deaf visionary learned that poor people were more likely to be blind than others, she set off down a pacifist, socialist path that broke the boundaries of her time—and continues to challenge ours today … //

… Women’s Suffrage, Civil Rights, and War:   Continue Reading…

Inching towards a showdown?

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Mohamed Mursi’s decision to reinstate parliament has locked him in a power struggle with judges and generals – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din,     12 – 18 July 2012.

The 8 July presidential decree issued by Mohamed Mursi reconvening the People’s Assembly after the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) dissolved it on the grounds that it was elected unconstitutionally is being viewed by most commentators as the Muslim Brotherhood’s first major broadside in its battle to Islamicise Egypt.   Continue Reading…

CERN Director on Finding Higgs: The Real Work Has only Just Begun

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Published on Spiegel Online International, Interview conducted by Manfred Dworschak, July 12, 2012.

In a SPIEGEL inerview, physicist Rolf-Dieter Heuer, general director of the particle physics research center at CERN near Geneva, discusses the remaining unsolved mysteries in his field following the spectacular discovery of the Higgs boson.   Continue Reading…

Indian Food Policy: A Plentiful Harvest while Millions Starve

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Published on Nourishing the Planet, by Keshia Pendigrast, July 11, 2012.

According to a recent New York Times article, agriculture policy in India is shaped by two central goals: to achieve higher, more stable prices for farmers than they would normally achieve in an open market, and to distribute food to the poor at lower prices than is available from private stores. India ranks second in the world in agricultural output, and the sector employs 52 percent of the labor force. Yet one-fifth of its people are malnourished, double the rate of countries like Vietnam and China.  Continue Reading…

Reiky and more – on YouTube

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Reiky short videos; Reiky videos longer than 20 minutes;

Ajad Anand – uploaded by MrVozdra2, March 20, 2011:

Planning the Next Six Years of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution

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Published on The Bullet, the E-Bulletin No. 662 of the Socialist Project, by Tamara Pearson, July 10, 2012.

Planning the detail of the transition and revolution toward a socialist and more just society, from community and worker organization, to consciousness building, to production and distribution systems, to combating state and judicial corruption and bureaucracy, to agriculture, mining, petroleum, infrastructure, and relationships with other countries, is no small task. The truth is, it has been a hard task writing this analysis.    Continue Reading…

CERN finding Higgs

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Americanization of Baluchistan

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A resolution, demanding self-determination for the people of Baluchistan, Pakistan’s largest province, tabled by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in the halls of the Capital Hill – Published on CHOWK, by Taimoor Ashraf, March 13, 2012.

A resolution, demanding self-determination for the people of Baluchistan, Pakistan’s largest province, tabled by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in the halls of the Capital Hill, has stirred frenzy in Pakistan. Alarm bells have started to ring, forcing many to think whether Uncle Sam is up to his usual antics! An insecure country which has had to endure the humiliation of dismemberment in 1971 cannot but think whether the United States has actual designs of further cutting down Pakistan into pieces.   Continue Reading…

Trilateralism and Beyond

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Great Power Politics and the Korean Security Dilemma during and after the Cold War – Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 384, by Robert A. Wampler, July 6, 2012.

A new book and newly-released documents illuminate the history of U.S. efforts to deal with the Korean security dilemma during and since the Cold War. Among the key “lessons learned” are the limits to the ability of Beijing or Moscow to influence North Korea and persuade it to adopt less provocative and destabilizing behavior and policies, and the challenges facing efforts by the United States, South Korea and Japan to work together to address this critical unresolved legacy of the Cold War.    Continue Reading…