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2012-08-01: New report shows rising US child poverty;
2012-08-02: The Rise of the Police State and the Absence of MassOpposition;
2012-08-03: Early Atomic Energy Commission Studies Show Concern over Gas Centrifuge Proliferation risk;
2012-08-03: Injures et harcèlement des femmes en rue;
2012-08-04: US Investigation against Assange Unprecedented in Size and Scale;
2012-08-05: Klaus Schulze;
2012-08-06: The collapse of the EU and the Russian-German condominium …;
2012-08-07: atom today – on YouTube;
2012-08-08: A Visit To Absurdistan: What Happened to the Spain Where I Was Born?
2012-08-09: Please, God, give us books to read;
2012-08-10: The roots of the red square movement;
2012-08-11: Visas Denied: Why Afghanistan Can’t Wait;
2012-08-12: Caught in the middle;
2012-08-13: What Are International Obligations?
2012-08-14: Happiness;
2012-08-15: Global Hegemony: The Facts, The Images;
2012-08-16: A Short Note on Dialectical Materialism;
2012-08-17: Assange Embassy Controversy: Britain Threatens To Raid Ecuador’s Embassy Over Amnesty Issue;
2012-08-18: The Revolution Will Not Be Decreed;
2012-08-19: Silencing Dissent in America;
2012-08-20: Gore Vidal in conversation with Melvyn Bragg;
2012-08-21: Planetary Crossroads! Where Do We Want to Go?
2012-08-22: 11-year-old Pakistani girl faces death penalty for Quran burning;
2012-08-23: France: The Rise of the Left Front;
2012-08-24: Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, Faces No Criminal Charges In U.S., Sources Say;
2012-08-25: Do US Prisons Violate European Human Rights Law?
2012-08-25: Lettre d’information proPhilo août 2012;
2012-08-26: A Conservative Defense of a Jobs Guarantee Program;
2012-08-27: China’s Got A Secret;
2012-08-28: The plight of the Rohingya  Muslims;
2012-08-29: When the World Outlawed War: Reviving the Kellogg-Briand Pact;
2012-08-30: Life-Long Labor: Number of German Working Pensioners Soaring;
2012-08-31: US withheld hundreds of emails in Bradley Manning case.

US withheld hundreds of emails in Bradley Manning case

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Lawyers for the US soldier charged with passing a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks accused the military on Tuesday of withholding hundreds of emails over fears of a publicity nightmare – Published on The Telegraph, Source: agencies, August 29, 2012.

The defence team for Private Bradley Manning, who could be jailed for life for “aiding the enemy” over the massive security breach, alleged that more than 1,300 messages were ignored by prosecutors for at least six months … //

… The defence maintains that Manning was mistreated at Quantico, and even alleged on Tuesday that the former intelligence analyst had been ordered by guards to stand at attention while completely nakedContinue Reading…

Life-Long Labor: Number of German Working Pensioners Soaring

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by , August 28, 2012.

They look after children, give private tuition, stack supermarket shelves or just remain in ther old jobs: Increasing numbers of German pensioners are working, according to government figures. Experts are divided on the reasons. Some say it’s due to declining pensions. Others say more old people want to stay active.   Continue Reading…

When the World Outlawed War: Reviving the Kellogg-Briand Pact

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Published on Global (first on, by David Swanson, August 27, 2012.

In a few places around the country groups are working to make August 27th a local or national holiday as a result of reading When the World Outlawed War//

… The Kellogg-Briand Pact and its renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy is something we might want to revive. This treaty gathered the adherence of the world’s nations swiftly and publicly, driven by fervent public demand.   Continue Reading…

The plight of the Rohingya Muslims

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China’s Got A Secret

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A Conservative Defense of a Jobs Guarantee Program

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Published on naked capitalism (first on New Economic Perspectives), by John Henry, Professor of Economics at UMKC, August 25, 2012.

… Now, it is clear that any large property holdings — giant farms, the modern corporation, etc, – violate the spoilage constraint. Locke himself was aware that there was a problem in his formulation in that, if adhered to, the capitalist accumulation process could not proceed. (He tried to wiggle out of his self-imposed dilemma by arguing that the accumulation of money—gold for him—was morally permissible as it didn’t violate either the prejudice or the spoilage constraints; anyone could accumulate money, and money (gold) didn’t spoil.  Continue Reading…

Lettre d’information proPhilo août 2012

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Lettre d’information proPhilo août 2012, Reçu par e-mail, De:, Date: 24/08/2012.

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

  • 1.     Pratiques de dialogues philosophiques pour adultes: 2e semestre 2012 à Genève et Lausanne;
  • 2.     Atelier de philosophie pour enfants: bibliothèque de Vevey  (6-8 ans, 9-11 ans, 12-14 ans);
  • 3.     Echanges de pratiques pour enseignants;
  • 4.     Formation en Philosophie pour enfants;
  • 5.     Rapport d’activité 2011.

Toutes les informations sur le site.

Do US Prisons Violate European Human Rights Law?

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Published o Dissident Voice, by Angola 3 News, August 23, 2012.

On April 10, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued judgment in the case of Babar Ahmad and Others vs The United Kingdom, thereby making a landmark ruling on the legitimacy of solitary confinement, extreme isolation and life without parole in US supermax prisons (view ECHR press release and ruling).  Continue Reading…

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, Faces No Criminal Charges In U.S., Sources Say

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Published on Huffington Post, by Mark Hosenball, August 23, 2012.

Despite claims by Julian Assange that Washington is plotting to extradite and execute him, U.S. and European government sources say the United States has issued no criminal charges against the WikiLeaks founder and has launched no attempt to extradite him.   Continue Reading…

France: The Rise of the Left Front

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a new force on the Left – Published on The Bullet, by Murray Smith*, August 22, 2012.

The Left Front (Front de Gauche) emerged onto the political scene at the beginning of 2009. As the Left Front to Change Europe, it was established by three organizations – the French Communist Party (PCF), the Left Party (Parti de Gauche, PG) and the Unitary Left (Gauche Unitaire, GU) – with the aim of standing in the European elections of June 2009. (The Workers’ Communist Party of France and other smaller political movements joined the party during the 2010 regional elections).   Continue Reading…

11-year-old Pakistani girl faces death penalty for Quran burning

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Published on RawStory (first on The Guardian), by Jon Boone, August 20, 2012.

An 11-year-old Christian Pakistani girl said to suffer from a mental disorder could face the death penalty under the country’s notorious blasphemy laws, after she was accused by her neighbours of deliberately burning sacred Islamic texts.

Rifta Masih was arrested on Thursday, after complaints against her prompted angry demonstrations, and Asif Ali Zardari, the president, has ordered the interior ministry to investigate the case.

As communal tensions continued to rise, around 900 Christians living on the outskirts of Islamabad have been ordered to leave a neighbourhood where they have lived for almost two decades … // Continue Reading…

Planetary Crossroads! Where Do We Want to Go?

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Published on Global, by Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri, August 17, 2012.

… Well, now we have two choices. Collectively, as wrecked societies and battered cultures that have been created by insider elites, wealthy banksters and their government cohorts, our “strings” have been pulled to conform and dance to rigged criminal tunes. This is all for the benefit of a dark cabal, a new world dis-order. It is all based on harm and destruction.   Continue Reading…

Gore Vidal in conversation with Melvyn Bragg

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Watch this video on YouTube, 78.48 min, filmed 2008 at the Royal Geographical Society, uploaded by iqsquared, August 6, 2012.


Silencing Dissent in America

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Published on The People’s Voice/Voices, by Stephen Lendman, August 18, 2012.

  • Freedom in America is endangered. Bipartisan complicity plans destroying it altogether.
  • America is on a fast track toward tyranny and ruin. Police state laws threaten everyone.
  • Increasingly dissent is marginalized. It’s not tolerated. Resistance is called dangerous to national security.
  • Federal authorities target activists. So do militarized local police. No holds barred tactics are employed … //

… America’s Grand Jury System: Continue Reading…

The Revolution Will Not Be Decreed

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An interview with Gonzalo Gómez (Marea Socialista / Socialist Tide) by Susan Spronk and Jeffery R. Webber, published on The Bullet, August 17, 2012.

In Caracas, we caught up with Gonzalo Gómez, a founder of the radical website and militant in the Trotskyist organization, Marea Socialista. In this interview, Gonzalo describes his own path to militancy, the different phases of the Bolivarian process, and the dangers of bureaucracy, the “boli-bourgeoisie,” and the stultifying internal life of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV). He also stresses the centrality of the creativity and dynamism of social movements from below, the complexities of workers’ control, and the dynamics of the current conjuncture prior to the October 7, 2012 general elections (SS and JRW) … // Continue Reading…

Assange Embassy Controversy: Britain Threatens To Raid Ecuador’s Embassy Over Amnesty Issue

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Published on Huffington Post, by Gonzalo Solano, August 15, 2012.

QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador accused Britain on Wednesday of threatening to storm its London embassy to arrest Julian Assange after the U.K. issued a stern warning to the South American nation ahead of its decision on an asylum bid by the WikiLeaks founder.  Continue Reading…

A Short Note on Dialectical Materialism

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Published on Worker’s Action, by Brad Forrest, August 14, 2012.

In order to move forward from capitalist society the working class needs an ironclad philosophy, one that can be of use in the storm and stress of revolution. Making sense of a turbulent world requires a method of thinking that is flexible, fluid and takes evolutionary transformation into account.

This world outlook of Marxism is called dialectical materialism, a philosophy that is the direct descendent of the great Enlightenment thinkers of the eighteenth century but which revolutionized their thinking by introducing a historical dimension.   Continue Reading…

Global Hegemony: The Facts, The Images

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Watch this video on ZNet, 85.29 min, by Noam Chomsky, August 13, 2012 (Chomsky starts at 4.40 min), also on YouTube:
Noam Chomsky, a U.S. political theorist, activist and professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, speaks as a part of The Collins Distinguished Speaker Series.
Chomsky is considered to be one of the fathers of modern linguistics, but has become better known since the 1960s as a political dissident and anarchist. He refers to his views as “fairly traditional anarchist ones,” and calls himself an anarcho-syndicalist.    Continue Reading…


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watch these videos:

  • Dan Gilbert: Exploring the frontiers of happiness, 34.10 min, uploaded by TEDtalksDirector, Dec. 17, 2008: Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness — sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q&A with some familiar TED faces …   Continue Reading…

What Are International Obligations?

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US Steps Up Sanctions, Says Iran Violates International Obligations – Published on ZNet, by Danny Schechter, August 11, 2012 (see him also on World People’s Blog).

What are “international obligations? Does the United States have to uphold them along with other counties? Does Washington even know they are defined as “obligations owed by states to the international community as a whole, intended to protect and promote the basic values and common interests of all.” By this very definition, no one state can decide what’s best for all.  Continue Reading…

Caught in the middle

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Increasingly, Palestinian groups in Syria are finding neutrality a difficult position to keep, especially when some are funded by Iran, Al-Assad’s regional ally – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Khaled Amayreh, 9 – 15 August 2012.

Palestinians reacted angrily but helplessly to the killing last week of as many as 21 Palestinians, ostensibly at the hands of the Syrian army at the Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Damascus.   Continue Reading…

Visas Denied: Why Afghanistan Can’t Wait

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Published on The, by Kathy Kelly and Dr. Hakim, August 8, 2012.

A couple of days ago, we spent three anxious hours in an outer waiting area of the “Non-Immigrant Visa” section of the U.S. consulate here in Kabul, Afghanistan, waiting for our young friends Ali and Abdulhai to return from a sojourn through the inner offices where they were being interviewed for visas to come speak to audiences in the United States.  Continue Reading…

The roots of the red square movement

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how the Québec student struggle gave rise to a mass social movement across the province – Published on Socialist Worker, by David Camfield, August 9, 2012.

IN 2012, Québec has been shaken by the most important social movement in the Canadian state[1] since the 1970s. What began as a strike by students in Québec’s universities and Collèges d’Enseignement Général et Professionnel (CEGEPs, which most young people attend after high school) against a major increase in university tuition fees – part of capital’s international austerity drive – has become a broader popular movement against the government of the Québec Liberal Party (PLQ), headed by Premier Jean Charest, and against neoliberalism.  Continue Reading…

Please, God, give us books to read

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Mohab Nasr, 2 – 8 August 2012. (Translation by Youssef Rakha).

I was a teacher;
I considered that natural.
For this reason I began to bow
to words I did not say;
and to communicate my respects to my children.   Continue Reading…