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Index January 2013

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2013-01-01: Beautiful Music in the World;
2013-01-01: Schule versus selbständige Entwicklung;
2013-01-02: Adam Davidson: What we learned from teetering on the fiscal cliff;
2013-01-03: 7 Facts about Empathy;
2013-01-04: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 2013;
2013-01-05: Ken Robinson: RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms;
2013-01-06: The Men Seem Paralyzed: America’s Male Identity Crisis;
2013-01-07: Change needs to start in Britain;
2013-01-08: India’s bitter culture of rape and violence;
2013-01-09: Right to Work;
2013-01-10: Ontario Next Right-to-Work Target?
2013-01-11: Drone Alone;
2013-01-12: One of Us: Women Left Behind on India’s March to Modernity;
2013-01-12: Lettre d’information proPhilo – janvier 2013;
2013-01-13: Learning to Love Torture, Zero Dark Thirty-Style;
2013-01-14: One Billion Rising;
2013-01-15: TV networks victims of West’s war on ideas;
2013-01-16: CRAWLING FROM THE WRECKAGE;
2013-01-17: Aaron was killed by the government;
2013-01-18: A crime without a name;
2013-01-19: Music-videos with Damon Albarn and Afel Bocoum;
2013-01-20: Government Pushes Propaganda Through Video Games;
2013-01-21: SPIEGEL Debate: What Is Anti-Semitism? – part 1;
2013-01-22: Women in the Boardroom: German Firms Scramble to Meet Quotas – part 1;
2013-01-23: The Left in Europe: From Social Democracy to the Crisis in the Euro Zone;
2013-01-24: Aid agencies should listen more to those in need;
2013-01-25: Conspiracy Theory: Foundations of a Weaponized Term;
2013-01-26: Church and State;
2013-01-27:  Hitting Society With A Sledgehammer;
2013-01-28: Good Terrorist, Bad Terrorist;
2013-01-29: Positive Tips;
2013-01-30: A Terrible Normality;
2013-01-31: Divings and Tsunami.

Diving and Tsunami

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A Terrible Normality

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Published on ZNet, by Michael Parenti, January 26, 2013.

… Today in much of Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East there are “smaller” wars, replete with atrocities of all sorts. Central America, Colombia, Rwanda and other places too numerous to list, suffered the massacres and death-squad exterminations of hundreds of thousands, a constancy of violent horrors. In Mexico a “war on drugs” has taken 70,000 lives with 8,000 missing.   Continue Reading…

Positive Tips

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Good Terrorist, Bad Terrorist

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European authorities admit NATO and Al Qaeda are allies in Syria – Published on Dissident Voice, by Gearóid Ó Colmáin, Jan 26, 2013.

The chief of the Spanish police Enrique Baron told La Razon newspaper on January 24 that Spanish “jihadists” have left Spain for Syria where they are fighting in Japhat Al Nousra, the Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group currently at war against the Al Assad government, while other Spaniards have gone to Mali to join the fighting against French forces there.   Continue Reading…

Hitting Society With A Sledgehammer

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Interview with Noam Chomsky, by John Holder and Doug Morris, published on ZNet, January 24, 2013.

Minutes before the interview began we received news of a school shooting in CT (the Sandy Hook tragedy). Details were unclear at the time, but there was an indication that many young children had been killed. We thus opened the interview with a question about the school massacre:   Continue Reading…

Church and State

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Where Catholic Beliefs and Public Needs Collide – Published on Spiegel Online International, by Frank Hornig, Barbara Schmid, Fidelius Schmid and Peter Wensierski, January 24, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

Rape victims are being turned away, and divorced employees are losing their jobs. Catholic hospitals, kindergartens and nursing homes — which are primarily tax-funded — are causing problems for Germany’s social welfare state. But some politicians are fighting back.  Continue Reading…

Conspiracy Theory: Foundations of a Weaponized Term

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Subtle and Deceptive Tactics to Discredit Truth in Media and Research – Published on Global Research.ca, by Prof. James F. Tracy, January 22, 2013.

… Conspiracy theory’s acutely negative connotations may be traced to liberal historian Richard Hofstadter’s well-known fusillades against the “New Right.” Yet it was the Central Intelligence Agency that likely played the greatest role in effectively “weaponizing” the term. In the groundswell of public skepticism toward the Warren Commission’s findings on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the CIA sent a detailed directive to all of its bureaus.   Continue Reading…

Aid agencies should listen more to those in need

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Published on IRINnews,  January 21, 2013.

For aid workers struggling to deliver assistance promptly and effectively, time to think, time to talk and time to listen are rare luxuries. But a new report from the US-based CDA Collaborative Learning Projects argues that making this time will be absolutely necessary to improving the quality and sustainability of international aid efforts.   Continue Reading…

The Left in Europe: From Social Democracy to the Crisis in the Euro Zone

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Published on ZNet (Source: New Politics), Interview with Leo Panitch, by Adaner Usmani, January 21, 2013.

… AU: Well, and partly isn’t it a result of the fact that this crisis has occurred — certainly this contrast works best in the case of the United States — in a context where the left infrastructure of an earlier age has disintegrated?

  • LP: Well, yes, I was going to say: the whole reason it takes this quasi-anarchist form — and why the zeitgeist of the time for so many people is quasi-anarchist — is because of the failures of working class institutions. Continue Reading…

Women in the Boardroom: German Firms Scramble to Meet Quotas – part 1

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Published on Spiegel Onlilne International, by Janko Tietz, January 18, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

An EU quota passed in November has German companies scrambling to find women to sit on their supervisory boards. Many gains have already been made, but some wonder whether the focus should be on diversity rather than women … // Continue Reading…

SPIEGEL Debate: What Is Anti-Semitism? – part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, with Jakob Augstein and Dieter Graumann, Jan. 16, 2013.

Just how strongly are Germans allowed to criticize Israel? Accusations of anti-Semitism against SPIEGEL columnist Jakob Augstein have brought the question to the fore. He debates the issue with Dieter Graumann, the leader of Germany’s Jewish community.   Continue Reading…

Government Pushes Propaganda Through Video Games

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military recruits young people through misleading games – published on Washington’s Blog, by blog owner, Jan 17, 2013.

We documented yesterday that American movies, television and news are dominated by the CIA and other government agencies.

The government also spreads propaganda through video games.   Continue Reading…

Music-videos with Damon Albarn and Afel Bocoum

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A crime without a name

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Published on AlJazeera, by Manuela Picq, Jan 15, 2013.

… Beyond rape:

  • In the midst of all this momentum, there is an issue that deserves greater attention. The crime that killed the victim was much more than gang-rape. There was rape, there was aggravated sexual assault, but there was also much more. I don’t mean it merely in terms of the type of sadistic violence taking place, but of the hatred and dehumanisation implied in it. She was not only raped, with the invasion of privacy and loss of dignity it entails. She was tortured. Mutilated.   Continue Reading…

Aaron was killed by the government

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Robert Swartz on his son’s death – Published on Russia Today RT, Jan 16, 2013.

The father of information activist Aaron Swartz blames US prosecutors for his son’s death, RT’s Andrew Blake reports from an emotional Tuesday morning funeral outside of Chicago.

Aaron Swartz, 26, was found dead on Friday of a reported suicide. Swartz had been instrumental in designing software that aimed to make the Internet easy and open for everyone, and also co-founded both Reddit.com and Demand Progress — one of the most visited sites on the Web and an highly touted activism organization, respectively.  Continue Reading…

CRAWLING FROM THE WRECKAGE

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Published on Socialist Unity, by Mark Perryman, Jan 12, 2013.

On the eve of the carcrash of last weekend’s SWP conference, which has consumed all the anger and energy of a small fragment of the British Left for the past week , Alex Snowdon of Counterfire posted an assessment of the state of the ‘Revolutionary Left’ on his blog here.  Continue Reading…

TV networks victims of West’s war on ideas

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Linda S. Heard, January 14, 2013.

Citizens of Western democratic powerhouses cherish their rights of free speech and freedom of expression.

They are free to engage in open debate on just about any topic under the sun including the policies of their own governments; they can criticize their presidents and prime ministers in books, newspapers and on TV.  Continue Reading…

One Billion Rising

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  • One Billion Rising (Short Film), 3.00 min, uploaded by vdayorg, 20 Sep 2012: … a film by EveEnsler and Tony Stroebel. Please spread far and wide w/this tweet: Rise up on 2-14 to end Violence against Women in a global event day. Website: One Billion Rising.org/Homepage; One Billion Rising.org/About;
  • One Billion Rising on YouTube-search;    Continue Reading…

Learning to Love Torture, Zero Dark Thirty-Style

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Published on ZSpace (first on TomDispatch.com), by Karen J. Greenberg, January 11, 2013.

On January 11th, 11 years to the day after the Bush administration opened its notorious prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s deeply flawed movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, opens nationwide. The filmmakers and distributors are evidently ignorant of the significance of the date — a perfect indication of the carelessness and thoughtlessness of the film, which will unfortunately substitute for actual history in the minds of many Americans … // Continue Reading…

Lettre d’information proPhilo – janvier 2013

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Reçu par e-mail, De: Postmaster de pro-philo.ch, Date: 09/01/2013

Chers Amis de proPhilo, Que 2013 soit une année riche en découvertes, réflexions et joie pour chacun de vous quelques dates pour commencer:   Continue Reading…

One of Us: Women Left Behind on India’s March to Modernity

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an Essay – Published on Spiegel Online International, by Kishwar Desai, Jan 10, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

The case of the student gang raped in Delhi reveals how deep-seeded misogyny remains in Indian society. Even as women are encouraged to study and join the work force, prejudice is rampant. It is time for change.   Continue Reading…

Drone Alone

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Terry Phyde, January 6, 2013.

… 30,000 drones — mostly unarmed, just for surveillance (oh, thank heavens!) — supposed to be buzzing all over the continent by 2020. I mean, like, golly! I’m already surveyed out the wazzooga. What the hell do they want from my life? Make sure I get home okay before the gun-toting psycho-freaks (soon to have air-strike capability) proliferate towards midnight (note: I’m obviously referring to a criminal element, but which sort and on whose payroll)?   Continue Reading…

Ontario Next Right-to-Work Target?

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Published on Labor Notes, by David Bush, Jan 2, 2013.

When Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed right-to-work bills into law last month, he gladdened the hearts of anti-union politicians next door in Ontario. Could our province, a union stronghold, be next?   Continue Reading…

Right to Work

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Watch these videos on YouTube:

Historical Materialism Conference: The Question of Strategy, 66.25 min, with Susan Spronk, Sam Gindin & Alex Callinicos, uploaded by swpTvUk, Nov. 14, 2012;

Obama does not want Right-To-Work Laws mean Right To Work For Less Money, 3.16 min, uploaded by TPMtv, Dec 10, 2012: more at c-span.org.