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Index February 2013

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2013-02-01: The New Fourth Estate: Anonymous, Wikileaks, and –archy;
2013-02-01: La demeure du chaos DDC;
2013-02-02: The 9/11 Plan: Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Continuity of Government;
2013-02-03: Violent dissent and the dream of democracy;
2013-02-04: Proposed manifesto for Indian parents;
2013-02-05: Media regulation in Latin America: Whose free press?
2013-02-06: New challenge to US hegemony: Masters of the Internet;
2013-02-07: Lincoln and Emancipation;
2013-02-08: Thunis: killing Shokri Belaid – Reaction & Analysis;
2013-02-08: 427 communautés célèbrent l’abandon de l’excision et des mariages précoces/forcés;
2013-02-09: Globalizing Torture: 54 Countries Helped CIA to Kidnap, Detain and Torture;
2013-02-10: Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage;
2013-02-11: Deep Democratization in Egypt: How Women are Driving the Changes;
2013-02-12: How the Ego and Narcissism of Washington Preserve a Broken Status Quo;
2013-02-13: A Life Touched by Art, Magic and Scandal, part 1;
2013-02-14: In search of compromise;
2013-02-15: Prosecuting the Messenger: Chief Greek Statistician Threatened with Jail;
2013-02-16: Women’s Rights, savety and self determination;
2013-02-17: Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party debate;
2013-02-18: The View From The Ground;
2013-02-19: Disclosures at the National Security Archive NSA;
2013-02-20: UNIONS and PROGRESS;
2013-02-21: The health care crisis in the US prison system;
2013-02-22: The Rich See a Different Internet Than the Poor;
2013-02-23: Civil Society in Perilous Muslim Democracies;
2013-02-23: Concert en faveur de Graines de Paix;
2013-02-24: Bradley Manning supporters stage UK events;
2013-02-25: Yes, we can: Non-European thinkers and philosophers;
2013-02-26: Music and Danses in Russia;
2013-02-26: Les 20 propositions d’Attac pour une véritable réforme bancaire;
2013-02-27: 50 unseen Rudyard Kipling poems discovered;
2013-02-28: The rise of Europe’s far-right voices.

The rise of Europe’s far-right voices

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Assessing key nationalist political parties across the continent, including Italy, which is voting for a new parliament – Published on AlJazeera, by Mohammed Haddad and Ben Piven, Feb 24, 2013.

Core ideology:

In the face of continued economic uncertainty, many European voters have increasingly rallied behind far-right nationalist ideas.

Much of the ideological foundation rests on proud re-assertion of Western and Christian values that prioritise tradition and peoplehood.   Continue Reading…

50 unseen Rudyard Kipling poems discovered

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Scholar unearths trove of unpublished work by poet voted Britain’s favourite – Published on The Guardian/Culture, by Alison Flood, Feb 25, 2013.

Kipling scholars are celebrating the publication of lost poems by the author whose exhortations in “If” to “keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you” are regularly voted the nation’s favourite poem. Discovered by the American scholar Thomas Pinney in an array of hiding places including family papers, the archive of a former head of the Cunard Line and during renovations at a Manhattan house, more than 50 previously unpublished poems by Rudyard Kipling will be released for the first time next month.   Continue Reading…

Les 20 propositions d’Attac pour une véritable réforme bancaire

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lien pour télécharger les 30 pages pdf en bas de la page – Publié dans ATTAC France, le 14 février 2013.

Une par une, les promesses de s’attaquer à la finance, responsable de la crise, aux banques, actrices de la spéculation et bénéficiaires des rentes versées par les États, et aux gros actionnaires, avides de dividendes toujours accrus, s’envolent et vont allonger la liste des promesses non tenues …  (le texte en entier).
Ressources sur ce thème.

Liens/links sur le site web:   Continue Reading…

Music and Danses in Russia

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Yes, we can: Non-European thinkers and philosophers

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Walter D. Mignolo weighs in on the debate on the relative strength’s of Eurocentric and non-Eurocentric philosophy – Published on AlJazeera, Feb 19, 2013.

While Zizek may be the most important European philosopher today, his work is less relevant for many people than the work of other philosophers like Lewis R Gordon, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Wang Hui and Enrique Dussel.  Continue Reading…

Bradley Manning supporters stage UK events

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Published on BBCnews.uk, 23 February 2013.

Events are to be held across the UK, and the rest of the world, to mark the 1,000th day spent in prison by alleged Wikileaks source Bradley Manning … //

… Tragic hero:

  • Events are planned across the UK on Saturday, including a solidarity vigil in Birmingham and a picket at the US embassy in London, to mark 1,000 days of Pte Manning’s imprisonment.
  • Continue Reading…

Concert en faveur de Graines de Paix

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mercredi 20 mars 2013 – au Victoria Hall (Rue du Général-Dufour 14, 1204 Genève, T. +41(0)22 418 35 00, e-mail, website, Victoria Hall on Google Map) – Reçu par e-mail, De: Graines de Paix, Date: le 19 février 2013

  • Chers amis de Graines de Paix, Le 20 mars prochain, Graines de Paix sera l’heureuse bénéficiaire du Concert de Printemps donné par l’Orchestre des Nations Unies au Victoria Hall.
  • Au programme: deux des plus grands chefs-d’œuvre de Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski, avec en soliste la jeune violoniste française Solenne Païdassi, l’une des virtuoses les plus prometteuses de sa génération, 1er Prix du Concours International Long-Thibaud.  Continue Reading…

Civil Society in Perilous Muslim Democracies

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Published on The Platform.org.uk, by Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, February 18, 2013.

Unrest in the Middle East and South Asia highlights the essential role of a robust civil society in securing peace, and the turbulence that follows when the latter is less than adequate.

The recent murder of a prominent human rights campaigner and opposition leader in Tunisia has rocked the country and opened up a serious crack in its fledgling democratic process.  Continue Reading…

The Rich See a Different Internet Than the Poor

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Published on ZNet (first on Scientific American), by Michael Fertik, February 20, 2013.

Imagine an Internet where unseen hands curate your entire experience. Where third parties predetermine the news, products and prices you see—even the people you meet. A world where you think you are making choices, but in reality, your options are narrowed and refined until you are left with merely the illusion of control.   Continue Reading…

The health care crisis in the US prison system

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Published on WSWS, by Gary Joad, Feb 20, 2013.

The United States’ prison population has exploded in the last three decades, quadrupling in the last 25 years alone, in large measure because of the growth in private, for-profit prison operators. The prison industry’s lobbying arm has underwritten much state and federal legislation that eases the admission to prison.   Continue Reading…

UNIONS and PROGRESS

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Privatization and unions, 3.46 min, uploaded by gsmartremarks, Feb 7, 2013: Gil Smart says modernizing liquor laws in Pennsylvania is a good idea – but not in order to punish unions;

What should Progressives Do Next? 7.53 min, also on YouTube’s Channel, uploaded by TheRealNews, Feb 17, 2013: Norman Solomon on developing an independent Progressive movement and influencing the Democratic Party;   Continue Reading…

Disclosures at the National Security Archive NSA

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George Washington University:

Guatemalan Genocide on Trial, on NSA, by Kate Doyle, January 31, 2013:
Court case begins today against former dictator Rios Montt, 30-year struggle for justice leads to landmark prosecution … (full text inkluding many hyperlinks).

ALAN GROSS CASE SPOTLIGHTS U.S. DEMOCRACY PROGRAMS IN CUBA: on NSA Electronic Briefing Book No. 411, inkl docs 1 to 6), by Peter Kornbluh, January 18, 2013: Lawsuit filed by family yields documentation on “operational” nature of USAID effort, and Contractor introduces confidential records in court arguments;   Continue Reading…

The View From The Ground

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Interview with John Pilger published on ZNet, by Michael Albert, February 16, 2013.

… 3. Have you felt, over the years, that your efforts have had the effects you sought, and those hoped for? If not, why do you think that is – and what might occur to increase the effects?

  • That’s often impossible to measure and, anyway, the aim of good journalism is or ought to be to give people the power of information – without which they cannot claim certain freedoms. It’s as straightforward as that. Now and then you do see the effects of a particular documentary or series of reports. In Cambodia, more than $50 million were given by the public, entirely unsolicited, following my first film; and my colleagues and I were able to use this to buy medical supplies, food and clothing. Continue Reading…

Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party debate

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Watch these videos, uploaded on YouTube by BH SP:

Women’s Rights, savety and self determination

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An event has been happening for many years on 14th February. this year it is producing a worldwide reaction: the One Billion Women Rising – Published on 1 Billion Rising.org, February 2013 (Website; start/join; Blog; Contact.):

  • Video: One Billion Rising, 3.00 min, uploaded by vdayorg, Sept. 20, 2012: … to End Violence against Women in a global event day;
  • An event has been happening for many years on 14th February. This year it is producing a worldwide reaction: the One Billion Women Rising LIVE Event. Watch the videos of this years LIVE Risings in many countries: videos made during this day by women groups dansing and thus becoming themselves aware of their inner strengt and consciousness;

WHAT I DREAM: After a big debate with my family members about what I dream: Women GOING BEYOND their only female energy to express the full range of all existing energies:   Continue Reading…

Prosecuting the Messenger: Chief Greek Statistician Threatened with Jail

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Georgios Christidis in Athens, February 12, 2013.

He was hired to bring Greece’s debt statistics in line with European norms. Now, chief statistician Andreas Georgiou faces jail time for allegedly producing inflated sovereign debt numbers. He says he was merely being honest, and he has plenty of support in Europe … //

… Simply Overzealous?   Continue Reading…

In search of compromise

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Dina Ezzat, Feb 6, 2013.

President Mohamed Morsi’s meeting on Monday evening with army chiefs brought back to the surface questions over the role of the army should political instability continue.
Informed sources deny rumours that the president asked the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to help quell demonstrations against him. In the words of one source “the request was not made in the first place and therefore it was not declined.”   Continue Reading…

A Life Touched by Art, Magic and Scandal, part 1

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… with French journalist Anne Sinclair – Interview published on Spiegel Online International, February 08, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

Prominent French journalist Anne Sinclair was most recently in the headlines because of her husband, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. In a SPIEGEL interview, she discusses the scandal, her “magical” childhood in New York, and hobnobbing with the famous artists her grandfather represented … //

… SPIEGEL: Did the confrontation with the past become a form of catharsis? Why did you hesitate for so long to tell your family story?   Continue Reading…

How the Ego and Narcissism of Washington Preserve a Broken Status Quo

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Watch these videos: Neil Barofsky tells Jon Stewart, part 1, 6.32 min, part 2, 6.02 min, published on naked capitalism, Feb 9, 2013: Hope you enjoy this chat. I did, despite its predictably depressing conclusion. Stewart and Barofsky do a good job of conveying how DC works and why that guaranteed “a thoroughly broken financial system” would stay intact … (full text and many comments).

Deep Democratization in Egypt: How Women are Driving the Changes

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Published on Informed Comment, by Wanda Krause in a guest column, Feb 7, 2013.

Political analysts writing on Egypt have tended to focus on the missteps of President Mohamed Morsi. Others are engrossed with how (un)well Egyptians are faring in dealing with frustration of what they are sure will amount to dashed hopes. The problem here is that all angles of critique fail to pick out what may be going right or, if not, offer up any tangible solution. Part of this inability is I think a persistent obsession with the State, especially the Islamist kind, and with street activity.   Continue Reading…

Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage

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Published on Global Resear.ca, by Chris Hedges, Feb 3, 2013.

The corporate state has made it clear there will be no more Occupy encampments. The corporate state is seeking through the persistent harassment of activists and the passage of draconian laws such as Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act—and we will be in court next Wednesday to fight the Obama administration’s appeal of the Southern District Court of New York’s ruling declaring Section 1021 unconstitutional—to shut down all legitimate dissent.  Continue Reading…

Globalizing Torture: 54 Countries Helped CIA to Kidnap, Detain and Torture

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Russia Today RT, February 5, 2013.

At least 54 countries including Syria, Iran, Sweden, Iceland, and UK offered CIA “covert support” to detain, transport, interrogate and torture suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, according to a new report.  Continue Reading…

Thunis: killing Shokri Belaid – Reaction & Analysis

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427 communautés célèbrent l’abandon de l’excision et des mariages précoces/forcés

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… lors de la première déclaration publique régionale du Sénégal – Publié dans Tostan Blog, le 31 janvier 2013.

Des rangées de chaises, une estrade pour les officiels, une tribune pour les discours, des banderoles et des tests sonores : tout est prêt pour que 427 communautés déclarent l’abandon de l’excision et des mariages précoces et forcés. Aujourd’hui, le Sénégal célèbre la première déclaration publique régionale de son histoire.    Continue Reading…