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Lincoln and Emancipation

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Historian Howard Zinn on Abraham Lincoln and the eventual abolition of slavery in the US. Which shows that Spielberg’s new film, Lincoln, is far from historically accurate – Published on libcom.org, by Howard Zinn, Jan 30, 2013.

John Brown1 was executed by the state of Virginia with the approval of the national government. It was the national government which, while weakly enforcing the law ending the slave trade, sternly enforced the laws providing for the return of fugitives to slavery. It was the national government that, in Andrew Jackson’s administration, collaborated with the South to keep abolitionist literature out of the mails in the southern states.     Continue Reading…

New challenge to US hegemony: Masters of the Internet

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The US calls loudly for ‘Internet freedom’, but it is Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon that have built up the dotcom services used by people all over the world. Is that now about to change? – Published on Le Monde Diplomatique/english Edition, by Dan Schiller, February 2013.

The geopolitics of the Internet broke open during the first half of December at an international conference in Dubai convened by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN affiliate agency with 193 national members. At these meetings, states (thronged by corporate advisors) forge agreements to enable international communications via cables and satellites.  Continue Reading…

Media regulation in Latin America: Whose free press?

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Latin American presidents have attempted to regulate by law the content of media owned and controlled by a very few private individuals, and to reduce the concentration of that ownership. The task is not an easy one – Published on Le Monde Diplomatique/english Edition, by Renaud Lambert, February 2013.

Brazil’s president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva drafted a media bill a few months before he left office, intended to regulate content and reduce the concentration of media ownership — 14 families own 90% of the Brazilian communications market. Private media companies protested and described the bill as “authoritarian” and likely to lead to “political control” over information.   Continue Reading…

Proposed manifesto for Indian parents

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Pubali Ray Chaudhuri, January 30, 2013.

Challenge to Indian Parents: Do we dare take this vow, or a vow that contains similar tenets? If not, please let us accept that we are misogynists and wish proudly to remain so.   Continue Reading…

Violent dissent and the dream of democracy

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Linda S. Heard, January 30, 2013.

Millions of people in Arab Spring nations are painfully realising that the fruits of revolution are not all they were cracked up to be.

Millions of people in Arab Spring nations are painfully realising that the fruits of revolution are not all they were cracked up to be.   Continue Reading…

The 9/11 Plan: Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Continuity of Government

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Published on Global Research.ca, by Paul Schreyer, January 28, 2013.

… Getting backing:

The prospects in his Chicago home district were unfavorable. He was inexperienced and almost without any voter base, compared to the other candidates. But the dynamic and ambitious Rumsfeld impressed some of Chicago´s business leaders, such as the boss of pharma heavyweight Searle. They paid for his campaign. With this economic power in his back also one of Chicago´s newspapers supported him. Rumsfeld won the election in 1962 and went to Washington as a republican representative.   Continue Reading…

La demeure du chaos DDC

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un combat pour la liberté d’expressionvoire cette video, 15.01 min, uploaded by larsvonkubrik, Jan 25, 2099: Ce film raconte le combat judiciaire mené par la demeure du chaos pour sa survie.

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La Demeure du Chaos, Musée d’Art Contemporaire, son site officiel;

Demeure du Chaos dans fr.wikipedia: … La Demeure du Chaos (parfois abrégé DDC) est un ancien relais de poste du xviie siècle, situé à Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d’Or, entièrement transformé et déstructuré sous l’impulsion de Thierry Ehrmann son actuel propriétaire. La Demeure du Chaos est aussi devenu un musée d’art contemporain, sous le nom de Musée L’Organe1, dont l’entrée est gratuite2 … // … Le 7 juin 2011, la cour européenne des droits de l’homme déclare l’irrecevabilité de la requête de M. Ehrmann13. À ce jour, Thierry Ehrmann est bel et bien condamné à une remise en état de son domaine. Mais, il ne se plie pas aux injonctions de justice … (le texte en entier).

The New Fourth Estate: Anonymous, Wikileaks, and –archy

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Published on ZNet (first on Center for a Stateless Society), by Sebastian A.B., January 28, 2013.

… SUMMARY:

  • As government and industry collude, the interests of the powerful trample the rights of the multitude. Technology has granted invasive new eyes and ears to government agencies, spurning the right to privacy. Felicitously, the individual has also been empowered with two new tools to check the corporate state: hacktivism and leaks. Continue Reading…