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2012-09-01: WISH YOU WERE HERE;
2012-09-01: Libya’s Quest for Justice: The Thin Line Between Guilt and Innocence, Part 1;
2012-09-02: Top US military commander: I don’t want to be complicit, if Israel attacks Iran;
2012-09-03: Able to fight: How disabled people are taking on the Tories;
2012-09-04: Calling on Iran;
2012-09-05: Auto Manufacturing Workers at a Crossroads;
2012-09-06: One bite at a time;
2012-09-07: Disasters: Trainings and Psychology;
2012-09-08: Israel’s first strike against Iran?
2012-09-09: Foreign Policy Features CIA Document Released to National Security Archive;
2012-09-10: Nuclear Terrorism: How Big a Threat?
2012-09-11: Gender Gap: Desperately Seeking Male Child Care Workers;
2012-09-12: Doctors converge on DNC to defend Obamacare;
2012-09-13: Bradley Manning trial date set for February 2013;
2012-09-14: The Haqqani History: Bin Ladin’s Advocate Inside the Taliban;
2012-09-14: Les 5 mythes les plus rabâchés sur la santé;
2012-09-15: Chicago: America’s Epicenter of Resistance;
2012-09-15: Männer: noch 111 Fragen an Euch;
2012-09-16: Jimmy Carter’s Controversial Nuclear Targeting Directive PD – 59 Declassified;
2012-09-17: Mixed messages on Al-Azhar;
2012-09-18: The curious timing of the anti-Islam video;
2012-09-19: Tolerating Hate – part 1: Muslim Protests Show Limits of Free Speech;
2012-09-20: David Hicks: The Man Who Was Chemically Tortured;
2012-09-21: Soviet Dissidents and Jimmy Carter;
2012-09-22: about Mankind’s History;
2012-09-23: Story of Stuff;
2012-09-24: The Summer of Muslim Discontent;
2012-09-25: Why QE3 Won’t Jumpstart the Economy — and What Would;
2012-09-26: Soviet Dissidents and Jimmy Carter;
2012-09-27: The Homogenocene;
2012-09-28: U.S. Flower Company Steals Wages from Colombian Workers;
2012-09-29: The normative foundations of scarcity;
2012-09-30: Allah Is the Best: The Lives Of Salafist’s Wives – Part 1.

Allah Is the Best: The Lives Of Salafist’s Wives – Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Özlem Gezer and Barbara Hardinghaus, September 27, 2012 (Photo Gallery – Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

Salafist men wear beards, hand out copies of the Koran and cause headaches for Germany’s domestic intelligence agency. But how do the women feel? SPIEGEL spends a weekend with two veiled women and learns about their vision of a perfect world.   Continue Reading…

The normative foundations of scarcity

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Published on Real World Economics Review, issue no 61, by Asad Zaman [International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan], Sptember 2012.

Abstract: The elevation of scarcity to the fundamental economic problem rests on some unstated normative assumptions. These include a political commitment to private property, a methodological commitment to not inquire about taste formation, and the idea that human welfare is roughly equivalent to preference satisfaction. The problem arises because current methodology is based on certain positivist principles, and needs revision in light of subsequent collapse of positivism.    Continue Reading…

U.S. Flower Company Steals Wages from Colombian Workers

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Received by e-mail, From: Eric Gottwald, International Labor Rights Forum ILRF, Date: 20 Sept. 2012

  • Last week, Falcon Farms, a U.S.-based multinational flower company, illegally suspended 71 workers in Colombia for peacefully protesting the company’s failure to pay wages.
  • The suspensions, which targeted only union members, took place after the union lodged an official complaint with the regional Ministry of Labor regarding the unpaid wages.
  • These are the exact type of employer abuses the government of Colombia promised to address when it recently signed a free trade agreement with the United States.
  • Take a stand against wage theft. Send a letter to the Colombian Labor Minister demanding that the union members be reinstated with the back pay they are owed!

Sincerely, Eric Gottwald, International Labor Rights Forum.   Continue Reading…

The Homogenocene

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Kim Petersen, September 25, 2012.

In his epic 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, author Charles C. Mann presented evidence after evidence that the Original Peoples of Turtle Island had highly developed societies and had acquired intricate knowledge (especially, agriscience) and some had developed advanced cities before Europeans arrived looking for commodities they could trade for or plunder.  Continue Reading…

Soviet Dissidents and Jimmy Carter

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The Transformation of Human Rights into An International Norm – Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 391, by Malcolm Byrne / Svetlana Savranskaya, and by Arsenii Roginsky / Gennadii Kuzovkin / Natalya Petrova, September 18, 2012.

International Memorial Society and National Security Archive Launch On-Line Dossier
Web Publication of Russian and U.S. Documents Marks 1970s Turning Point for U.S. Policy and for International Support of Dissent and Human Rights   Continue Reading…

Why QE3 Won’t Jumpstart the Economy — and What Would

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The Circulating Money Supply – Published on Global Research.ca, by Ellen Brown, September 21, 2012.

The economy could use a good dose of “aggregate demand”—new spending money in the pockets of consumers—but QE3 won’t do it. Neither will it trigger the dreaded hyperinflation. In fact, it won’t do much at all. There are better alternatives … //

… Why QE3 Won’t Expand the Circulating Money Supply: Continue Reading…

The Summer of Muslim Discontent

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It’s Not “The Amateur Film” Stupid! – Published on Dissident Voice, by James Petras, Sept. 22, 2012 (James Petras on World People’s Blog).

The so-called Arab Spring is a distant and bitter memory to those who fought and struggled for a better world, not to speak of the thousands who lost, life and limb.

In its place, throughout the Muslim world, a new wave of reactionaries, corrupt and servile politicians have taken the reins of power buttressed by the same military, secret police and judicial power who sustained the previous rulers.1 Continue Reading…

Story of Stuff

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Watch this video (2007, OFFICIAL Version), 21.25 min, uploaded by story of stuff project, on 22 Apr 2009: From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. On The Story of Change.

about Mankind’s History

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watch these videos:

The Revelation of the Pyramids, 101.51 min,uploaded by DocumentaryPlus, April 7, 2012: The Revelation Of The Pyramids takes an in depth look into one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Mystery has surrounded these epic structures for centuries with theories varying from the scientific to the bizarre. However with over thirty-seven years of in depth research taking in sites from China, Peru, Mexico and Egypt, one scientist has as at last managed first to understand and then to reveal what lies behind this greatest of archaeological mysteries: a message of paramount importance for all mankind, through time and space;   Continue Reading…

Soviet Dissidents and Jimmy Carter

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1977-1981 Documents from U.S. Archives – Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 391, by  Svetlana Savranskaya, September 18, 2012.

  • The Transformation of Human Rights into An International Norm
  • International Memorial Society and National Security Archive Launch On-Line Dossier
  • Web Publication of Russian and U.S. Documents Marks 1970s Turning Point for U.S. Policy and for International Support of Dissent and Human Rights  Continue Reading…

David Hicks: The Man Who Was Chemically Tortured

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Binoy Kampmark, September 16, 2012.

One sensed they were out to get him from the start. David Hicks, a misguided, foolish man, who found himself at a paramilitary camp in Afghanistan, had to be punished. Since the Australian authorities struggled to find a basis to get the former Guantánamo inmate for his participation on the wrong side of ‘terror’, they did so vicariously. Hicks, detained for six and a half years, made an Alford plea, acknowledging the submitted evidence without admitting to the charges. He was convicted under the Military Commissions Act 2006 for providing material support for terrorism and served a seven-month prison sentence in Australia on his return.  Continue Reading…

Tolerating Hate – part 1: Muslim Protests Show Limits of Free Speech

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Spiegel Staff, September 17, 2012 (Photo-Gallery).
(First my comment: who is winning with this new mess?
- all Arab Govs not able to reform their countries for real development and freedom;
- all right wing westeners having a pretext for new wars against muslim countries (Iran …);

- muslim integrists: find easely new followers;
- the economic elites: a good big powerfull muslim mess makes forget looking what is happening with EMS, Euro, and consequently it’s people’s unrest;

Who is loosing? we all, INCLUSIVE the muslim world, as their protest has NO effect on majority of westeners. Now 67% of us WANT SEE this bluddy film. Muslims, are you aware that you fortify only the propagande FOR this film? You realy believe influence other people with yellings and burnings?).

The anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” has sparked protests across the Muslim world. Several people have already died in the wave of violence. The conflict raises questions about how far the West is prepared to go in defending freedom of expression.   Continue Reading…

The curious timing of the anti-Islam video

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Bev Conover, September 17, 2012.

Isn’t interesting that right before the US presidential election, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu champing at the bit to involve the US in a war against Iran over its nuclear program, along comes an anti-Islam video, which sat practically unnoticed on the web until an Arabic translation was added, that has set off riots and mayhem in some 20 Muslim majority countries in condemnation of the US? Continue Reading…

Mixed messages on Al-Azhar

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President Mohamed Mursi has said he supports the election of the grand imam of Al-Azhar – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gihan Shahine, 13 – 19 September 2012.

Inaugurating the first congress of student union federations at Al-Azhar University last week, President Mohamed Mursi said that he approved the election of the grand imam of Al-Azhar as well as of university leaderships.

The reshuffle of the leadership at Al-Azhar is already happening, and Mursi said that other universities would be reshuffled soon. Calls for changes at Al-Azhar would be met, he said, but this “should take place via practical and well-studied steps.”   Continue Reading…

Jimmy Carter’s Controversial Nuclear Targeting Directive PD-59 Declassified

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Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 390, by William Burr, September 14, 2012.

  • Designed to Give President More Choices in Nuclear Conflict than “All-Out Spasm War”
  • White House Officials Envisioned Prolonged Nuclear Conflict Where High-Tech Intelligence Systems Provided a “Look-Shoot-Look” Capability
  • Leak of PD-59 Exposed White House Exclusion of State Department in National Security Decisions

…  The National Security Archive obtained the virtually unexpurgated document in response to a mandatory declassification review request to the Jimmy Carter Library [See Document 12].  Continue Reading…

Männer: noch 111 Fragen an Euch

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In ZEIT Online/Lebensart, (Quelle: ZEIT-Magazin), 12. September 2012.

Mich interessieren die Antworten der Männer auf

  • Frage 24: Stimmt ihr folgender These zu: Der Feminismus ist deshalb ein Segen für den Mann, weil dank ihm der Sex besser geworden ist?
  • Frage 54 Warum fragt ihr nicht einfach mal nach?
  • Frage 72 Könntet ihr eine Frau attraktiv finden, die eure Zehennägel hat?   Continue Reading…

Chicago: America’s Epicenter of Resistance

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Published on The People’s Voice, by Stephen Lendman, September 13th, 2012. Stephen Lendman on World People’s Blog.

Public education is on the chopping block for elimination. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants it commodified into another business profit center. At issue is saving it.

Education isn’t a product. It’s a fundamental right. It’s a societal bedrock. In Chicago and across America, it’s being handed over to corporate predators. Their scheme is exploiting it for a buck.  Continue Reading…

Les 5 mythes les plus rabâchés sur la santé

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… que les médecins n’ont aucune intention d’abandonner – Publié dans sott.net, par Marco Torres, Sept. 5, 2012 (D’abord dans Hélios).

Il y a aujourd’hui plus de mythes de santé propagés par les médias et la médecine conventionnelle qu’il n’y en a eu tout au long de l’histoire. Cela est dû en grande partie au manque d’éducation du public et à l’élargissement du pouvoir des sociétés qui font la promotion de ces mythes pour atteindre des buts particuliers et malveillants, tous au nom du profit.   Continue Reading…

The Haqqani History: Bin Ladin’s Advocate Inside the Taliban

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New Documents – Posted on 9/11 Anniversary – Offer Partial View Inside Newly-Dubbed Terrorist Network – Published on The National Security Archives, by Barbara Elias-Sanborn, September 11, 2012.

In the wake of the State Department’s recent designation of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Haqqani Network as a terrorist organization, declassified documents posted today – on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks – by the National Security Archive offer new insight into the Haqqani family’s long history with militancy.  Continue Reading…

Bradley Manning trial date set for February 2013

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WikiLeaks suspect faces charges that he ‘aided the enemy’ by leaking thousands of documents to the whistleblowing site – Published on The Guardian, by Ed Pilkington in New York, August 30, 2012.

… The soldier’s lawyers, led by David Coombs, want the army to release all 1,384 emails to them in hope they will provide information that will allowing them to challenge Manning’s ongoing incarceration on the grounds that he was subjected to cruel and unusual treatment during the 10 months he was held at Quantico.   Continue Reading…

Doctors converge on DNC to defend Obamacare

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Published on People’s World,by Tim Wheeler, Sept. 7, 2012.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A big bus emblazoned with the words, “Patients Over Politics” rolled into town during Carolina Fest, and came to a stop a block or so from the site where Democrats had gathered for their national convention.   Continue Reading…

Gender Gap: Desperately Seeking Male Child Care Workers

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Jan Friedmann, Sept. 7, 2012.
(Translated from the German by Jan Liebelt).

Germany is spending loads of money to recruit male child care workers, launching expensive employment campaigns to attract more men into the profession. Many parents want their children to be educated by both men and women, but low wages mean efforts have met with little success so far.

Guido Höper hasn’t finished his vocational training yet, but the 24-year-old has already been inundated with job offers.   Continue Reading…

Nuclear Terrorism: How Big a Threat?

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Is al-Qaeda Trying to Get a Bomb? Documents Trace U.S. Nuclear Counter-Terror Efforts – Published on The National Security Archive NSA, by Jeffrey T. Richelson, September 7, 2012.

Eleven years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, how concerned Americans should be over threats of nuclear terrorism remains a subject of vigorous debate. Declassified documents have confirmed that the U.S. (and other) governments have anticipated the possibility of a terrorist nuclear incident at such high-profile events as the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Ever since 9/11, U.S. experts have been particularly interested in whether al-Qaeda is trying to acquire a nuclear device … // Continue Reading…

Foreign Policy Features CIA Document Released to National Security Archive

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A Classified Mea Culpa on Iraq – CIA Analysis Acknowledges Intelligence Failure on Iraq’s WMDs – Published on The National Security Archive, by Tom Blanton, September 5, 2012.

The online magazine ForeignPolicy.com today published an extraordinary CIA document on the recent Iraq war which the National Security Archive obtained through a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) request to the CIA … //

… Through an Iraqi Prism:  Continue Reading…