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2012-11-01: Videos by John Pilger;
2012-11-02: Are American Troops Protecting Afghan Opium?
2012-11-02: Lügen in Medien, Politik und Wissenschaft;
2012-11-03: Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, Climate and Clarity;
2012-11-04: Mikoyan’s Mission Impossible in Cuba: new Soviet evidence on the Cuban Missile Crisis;
2012-11-05: I’m Julian Assange: Vivienne Westwood backs whistleblower with t-shirt range;
2012-11-06: After Sandy, communities mobilize a new kind of disaster relief;
2012-11-07: Counting the Homeless in Delhi;
2012-11-08: Rethinking World Leadership;
2012-11-09: Declassified 1964 National Intelligence Estimate Predicts India’s Bomb But Not Israel’s;
2012-11-10: USA: Brutal Police Tactics;
2012-11-10: telling from a Mumbai slum;
2012-11-11: The Voynich manuscript;
2012-11-12: Pan Am Astronomy: A New Telescope Looks into the Birthplace of Stars;
2012-11-13: Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and the historical drama of the Civil War;
2012-11-14: Petraeus: Resignation or Sacking?
2012-11-15: Global Competition and the Deterioration of U.S.-Soviet Relations, 1977-1980;
2012-11-15: in german: ein paar Links mehr …;
2012-11-16: Bringing Obamacare to life;
2012-11-16: … toujours nous essayons de nous comprendre …;
2012-11-17: well-being and health with a good acid-base balance in our food;
2012-11-18: Nearly 50 Million Living in Poverty in US;
2012-11-19: More than 70 per cent of workers lack unemployment protection;
2012-11-19: Die Klasse;
2012-11-20: Suicide Updates;
2012-11-21: The day I saw 248 girls suffering genital mutilation;
2012-11-22: Hair-Raising Scenarios of U.S. Vulnerabilities to Nuclear Attack through 1970s;
2012-11-23: In-Depth: Crossing into the unknown;
2012-11-23: Madrid: Polizisten entschuldigen sich beim Volk;
2012-11-24: The story of a Walmart strike;
2012-11-24: Geschichte;
2012-11-25: Centrifugal Spain: Umbrage in Catalonia;
2012-11-26: Generations of Resistance to War;
2012-11-27: Cypherpunks: New Assange book says Internet may enslave us;
2012-11-28: diving paradises;
2012-11-29: Declassified Documents Trace U.S. Policy Shifts on Use of Commercial Satellite Imagery from 1970s to Today;
2012-11-30: SOUTH SUDAN: Getting healthcare to hard-to-reach areas.


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SOUTH SUDAN: Getting healthcare to hard-to-reach areas

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(… Childbirth and pregnancy, rather than conflict, are the nation’s biggest killers of girls and women … One in seven South Sudanese women will die in pregnancy or childbirth …) – Published on IRIN, by pm/aw/rz, Nov. 28, 2012.

Decades of war and a lack of development have left a majority of South Sudan’s population without access to any form of healthcare, resulting in some of the world’s worst health indicators. In a country where only one in four people has access to medical facilities, virtually everyone qualifies as “hard to reach”, and those attempting to expand healthcare access face daunting challenges.  Continue Reading…

Declassified Documents Trace U.S. Policy Shifts on Use of Commercial Satellite Imagery from 1970s to Today

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  • Lack of Control over Foreign Developments, Desire to Promote American Firms, and Potential Benefits Vied with National Security Concerns
  • Recent U.S. Concerns Include Terrorists’ Use of Google Earth

Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 404, by Jeffrey T. Richelson, November 27, 2012.

In the forty years since the first launch of a commercial imagery satellite – LANDSAT – in 1972, U.S. official policy has shifted dramatically from imposing significant limits on their capabilities to permitting U.S. firms to orbit high-resolution satellites with significant intelligence-gathering capacities.   Continue Reading…

diving paradises

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repeated again, just for pleasure:

Cypherpunks: New Assange book says Internet may enslave us

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… and Bradley Manning’s next tribunal – Published on Russia Today, Nov. 26, 2012.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has co-authored a book arguing that the world is at a pivotal decision: Whether the Internet will free us, or enslave us. Assange, famous for his ‘hacktivism,’ used a decidedly low-tech medium for his latest polemic. Titled Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet, the book is partially based on RT’s ‘The World Tomorrow’ television series. In several episodes, Assange interviewed his co-authors, Jacob Applebaum of the US, Jeremie Zimmermann of France and Andy Müller-Maguhn of Germany …  (full text).  Continue Reading…

Generations of Resistance to War

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Published on Dissident Voice, by William T. Hathaway, November 24, 2012.

A Granny for Peace told of finding young allies in the struggle against military recruiting. Due to the PATRIOT Act, she wishes to remain nameless.

It’s never easy being a parent or a child. The generations always have friction between them, a conflict between the elders’ need to give guidance and youths’ need to find their own way. I grew up in the 1950s, when the USA was very conservative and bound by traditions. My parents’ generation had grown up in the Depression amid poverty and then struggled through World War Two with its threat of death and destruction.   Continue Reading…

Centrifugal Spain: Umbrage in Catalonia

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Even though the spectre of secession is an unwelcome distraction, Spain still needs to change – Published on The Economist, Nov 24, 2012.

… What could be wrong with 7.5m people with their own language and culture choosing to become a nation-state? At first blush, it is hard to object to what Catalan nationalists call the “right to decide”. In fact, there are many reasons why Catalans should not waste their energy trying to break away from Spain. Start by recalling Orwell’s definition of nationalism as “power-hunger tempered by self-deception”.  Continue Reading…


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The story of a Walmart strike

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Published on People’s World, by David Bacon, Nov. 21, 2012.

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. – On past Black Fridays, the nation’s annual post-Thanksgiving shopping celebration, Walmart stores have seen such a crush of shoppers that people have been trampled trying to get through the doors.  On this coming Black Friday, however, shoppers are more likely to see protesting workers.   Continue Reading…

Madrid: Polizisten entschuldigen sich beim Volk

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ, von afp/dpa, 17. November 2012.

Rund 5000 Polizisten aus ganz Spanien haben in Madrid gegen die Sparmassnahmen der Regierung demonstriert. Sie entschuldigten sich dafür, dass sie nicht Banker und Politiker verhafteten. Bürger, vergebt uns, dass wir nicht die festnehmen, die wirklich verantwortlich für diese Krise sind: Banker und Politiker», hiess es am Samstag auf einem Spruchband des Protestzugs … // Continue Reading…

In-Depth: Crossing into the unknown

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Published on IRIN, by ks/cb, Nov. 21, 2012.

Hamid’s parents migrated from Afghanistan before he was born and he grew up in Iran where life as an unregistered refugee was hard, particularly after his father returned to Afghanistan never to be heard from again. At the age of 15, Hamid paid smugglers to get him into Europe using money his two older brothers had raised from selling off their tailoring business … // Continue Reading…

Hair-Raising Scenarios of U.S. Vulnerabilities to Nuclear Attack through 1970s

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  • provided by declassified pentagon history;
  • Study Specifically Addresses U.S. Strategic Command-Control-and-Communications [C3] Systems;
  • President Could Try to Survive Attack by Escaping or Try to Command U.S. Forces – But Not Both, According to One Report;
  • Reagan Spent Billions on C3 Upgrades But Kept Secret Its Top Priority.

Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 403, by Electronic Briefing Book No. 403, November 19, 2012.

Washington, D.C., November 19, 2012 – For decades, U.S. command-control-and-communications (C3) systems were deeply vulnerable to nuclear attack, according to a recently declassified Pentagon study.  Continue Reading…

The day I saw 248 girls suffering genital mutilation

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Published on The Guardian, by Abigail Haworth, November 18, 2012.

In 2006, while in Indonesia and six months pregnant, Abigail Haworth became one of the few journalists ever to see young girls being ‘circumcised’. Until now she has been unable to tell this shocking story.

It’s 9.30 am on a Sunday, and the mood inside the school building in Bandung, Indonesia, is festive. Mothers in headscarves and bright lipstick chat and eat coconut cakes. Javanese music thumps from an assembly hall. There are 400 people crammed into the primary school’s ground floor. It’s hot, noisy and chaotic, and almost everyone is smiling.   Continue Reading…

Suicide Updates

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Published on real sociology blog, by blog owner, Nov. 18, 2012.

One of the perennial joys of teaching sociology is returning to the study of suicide every November, a time of year when, with the nights drawing in against a backdrop of fog barren trees, rain and sodden leaves, it seems a most appropriate time to do so. The season of depression, self-harm and suicide is almost upon us after all.

This year  I’ve been looking at popular suicide locations, and there are some interesting contrasts between the two most popular places in the world to commit suicide.  Continue Reading…

Die Klasse

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TV film auf SF2 am 18.11.2012/22.25h

Wäre ich als Lehrerin vor dieser Klasse gestanden, hätte ich einigen Jungen und Mädchen dies sagen wollen:

Ihr wisst nicht, warum ihr hier zur Schule geht. Ihr seid hier, weil das Erziehungskonzept unserer zivilisierten Länder euch dazu zwingt. Ihr müsst euren Tag hier verbringen, weil ihr während der Schulzeit an keinem anderen Ort sein dürft.   Continue Reading…

More than 70 per cent of workers lack unemployment protection

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The recent global economic crisis has served as a stark reminder of why unemployment insurance matters. But the reality is that fewer than half of almost 200 countries monitored by the ILO offer such protection – Published on International Labour Conference ILO, Nov. 14, 2012.

GENEVA (ILO News) – More than 70 per cent of workers worldwide have no statutory access to unemployment insurance or any type of unemployment assistance, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has said. Unemployment insurance schemes exist in 72 countries out of 198 monitored by the ILO, most of them being middle- and high-income countries.   Continue Reading…

Nearly 50 Million Living in Poverty in US

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Published on Global (first on World Socialist Web Site), by Kate Randall, Nov. 16, 2012.

The number of people living in poverty in the United States rose last year to 49.7 million, based on a new measure that provides a fuller picture of poverty than that previously reported by U.S. Census Bureau data. The revised poverty rate of 16.1 percent is up more than a percentage point from the 15 percent figure reported by the government in September.  Continue Reading…

well-being and health with a good acid-base balance in our food

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… toujours nous essayons de nous comprendre …

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Bringing Obamacare to life

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Published on People’s World, by Marilyn Bechtel, Nov. 14, 2012.

Health care reform is on track now that President Obama has been reelected. But the struggle to fully implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is heating up on two fronts: expanding Medicaid coverage to people not eligible now, and setting up state health insurance exchanges to provide information and help to individuals and small businesses buying health coverage.  Continue Reading…

Global Competition and the Deterioration of U.S.-Soviet Relations, 1977-1980

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Third World Competition Damaged Superpower Relations at Pivotal Moment, According to Conference of Former Decision-Makers – Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 402, by Svetlana Savranskaya and Malcolm Byrne, November 12, 2012.

The U.S.-Soviet rivalry in the Third World created splits within the Carter administration and fundamental confusion in the Kremlin over the nature of U.S. motives to such a degree that they helped bring about the collapse of superpower detente, according to documents and transcripts from a conference of former high-level American-Russian policy-makers published today by the National Security Archive. This posting, the second installment of the Carter-Brezhnev project, coincides with the 30th anniversary of the passing of one of the key figures of that era. The materials address issues of global superpower competition during the Carter administration, specifically the conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, as well as Eastern Europe.   Continue Reading…

Petraeus: Resignation or Sacking?

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Published on The People’s Voice, by Stephen Lendmann, Nov. 12, 2012.

Some observers call Washington a city of scandals. Lots of intrigue reflects daily life in the nation’s capital. Elected and appointed officials come and go. Most often it’s uneventful. Other times once powerful figures fell from grace or scandals affecting them rose to the level of affixing a “gate” suffix on what happened. Watergate, Whitewatergate, Iran/Contragate, Koreagate, Travelgate, and Troopergate among others come to mind. Perhaps Petraeusgate will enter the lexicon of political scandals. You read it here first … // Continue Reading…

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and the historical drama of the Civil War

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Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Tom Mackaman, Nov. 12, 2012.

Lincoln, which will be released in theaters nationally November 16, is a powerful cinematic treatment of the Lincoln administration’s struggle to pass a Constitutional amendment abolishing slavery in 1865, the final year of the American Civil War.   Continue Reading…

Pan Am Astronomy: A New Telescope Looks into the Birthplace of Stars

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Olaf Stampf, Nov. 9, 2012 (Photo-GalleryTranslated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

Astronomers have long had a basic understanding of how stars are formed. But observing and proving the theory has proven elusive. Now, a German-American project, complete with an infrared telescope mounted on an old Pan Am 747, is providing new insights … //

… Clouds Ablaze:   Continue Reading…

The Voynich manuscript

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Video: The Book That Can’t Be Read (The Voynich manuscript), 45.37 min, uploaded by themaskedpinapple, June 14, 2012;

Links: find the Voynich manuscript