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Index April 2013

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2013-04-01: So, Are Brics Sub-Imperialists?
2013-04-02: Where is the Line Between Adoption and Child Buying?
2013-04-03: The Confiscation of Savings in Canada? Cyprus-Style “Bail-Ins” Proposed by Ottawa Government;
2013-04-04: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim;
2013-04-05: UK coddles fat cats, throws poor to dogs;
2013-04-06: New WikiLeaks cable reveals US embassy strategy to destabilize Chavez government;
2013-04-07: Indigenous women and prostitution;
2013-04-07: neu auf meinem Gesundheits-Blog /new posts about health on my special blog;
2013-04-08: Non-Embryonic Stem Cells, Part 1: The Dawning of a New Era of Hope;
2013-04-09: Muslimah Misogyny: Muslim Women Against FEMEN;
2013-04-10: Lastest Disclosures at the National Security Archive NSA;
2013-04-10: Female genital mutilation on the rise in the United States-report;
2013-04-10: The Aspartame APM (E951);
2013-04-11: The Art World Is Rotten, Part 1: Giacometti Forger Tells All;
2013-04-12: Germany’s One-Party System;
2013-04-13: Rust in Peace: East Germany’s Forgotten Factories;
2013-04-14: Aging and Nutrition, Mind, Sleep, Trainings …;
2013-04-15: The Thatcher-introduced settlement is now under pressure as never before;
2013-04-15: Top Info Forum 3 – über geld, geheimbünde, korruption, phänomene;
2013-04-16: Excited about the Death Penalty;
2013-04-17: Right on, sisters;
2013-04-18: WikiLeaks and the 2007 Iran NIE – Part 1;
2013-04-19: Good vs. Evil, Boston and Beyond;
2013-04-20: Latest Disclosures at the National Security Archive NSA;
2013-04-21: Violence on the Home Front;
2013-04-22: You Don’t “Own” Your Own Genes;
2013-04-22: Du bist nicht Besitzer deiner “eigenen” Gene;
2013-04-23: The Privatization of Water: Nestlé Denies that Water is a Fundamental Human Right;
2013-04-24: Theory Talk #53: Ned Lebow on Drivers of War, Cultural Theory, IR of Foxes and Hedgehogs;
2013-04-25: Pink Floyd;
2013-04-26: ‘Sextremist’ Training: Climbing into the Ring with Femen;
2013-04-27: China May Have Helped Pakistan Nuclear Weapons Design;
2013-04-28: Julian Assange on George Bush’s Library and Bradley Manning’s Trial;
2013-04-28: on Gesundheits Blog – health blog;
2013-04-29: Irish music and dance;
2013-04-30: Glyphosate, Part 3: A Trajectory of Human Misery.

Glyphosate, Part 3: A Trajectory of Human Misery

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Published on Activist Post, by Heidi Stevenson, April 28, 2013.

Glyphosate was first introduced in 1974 and has become the world’s most dominant herbicide. It’s now generic, so there are many brands and formulations. As a result, it’s virtually ubiquitous, found nearly everywhere on earth.

Further driving its use are genetically modified (GM) crops, which were first developed for the purpose of creating glyphosate-tolerant plants, usually known as Roundup Ready. These have resulted in ever-more blatant and free use, especially in the wake of glyphosate-resistant superweeds. Estimates put glyphosate-tolerant GM crops at 90% of all transgene crops … // Continue Reading…

Irish music and dance

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on Gesundheits Blog – health blog

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2013-04-28: about health: actually on my dashboard.

Julian Assange on George Bush’s Library and Bradley Manning’s Trial

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Medea Benjamin, April 26, 2013.

I had an opportunity to interview WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been granted political asylum since June 2012. Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex allegations, although he has never been charged. Assange believes that if sent to Sweden, he would be put into prison and then sent to the United States, where he is already being investigated for espionage for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic and military memos on the WikiLeaks website.   Continue Reading…

China May Have Helped Pakistan Nuclear Weapons Design

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… Newly Declassified Intelligence Indicates – Published on The National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 423, by William Burr, April 23, 2013:

  • CIA in 1977 Correctly Estimated South Africa Could Produce Enough Weapons-Grade Uranium “to Make Several Nuclear Devices Per Year”
  • Report on the Libyan Nuclear Program Found that “Serious Deficiencies,” “Poor Leadership” and Lack of “Coherent Planning” Made it “Highly Unlikely to Achieve a Nuclear Weapons Capability “Within the Next 10 years”
  • Intelligence Estimates on Argentina and Brazil Raised Questions About Their Nuclear Programs and Whether they Sought a Weapons Capability

(full text, Documents 1 – 11, Notes 1 – 14).

National Security Agency Tasked with Targeting Adversaries’ Computers for Attack Since Early 1997, according to Declassified Document
Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 424, by Jeffrey T. Richelson, April 26, 2013:   Continue Reading…

‘Sextremist’ Training: Climbing into the Ring with Femen

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Fabian Reinbold, April 24, 2013 (and 18 Photo in the Gallery).

Women’s rights activists with Femen have arrived in Germany, and they have patriarchy in their crosshairs. They’re holding training sessions for young women, teaching them how to evade security at protests — all while bearing their breasts in the name of feminism … //

… Keeping the Cameras Interested:   Continue Reading…

Pink Floyd

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Theory Talk #53: Ned Lebow on Drivers of War, Cultural Theory, IR of Foxes and Hedgehogs

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Published on Theory Talk, March 12, 2013.

rawing on classical political theories, International Relations is dominated by theories that presuppose interests or fear as dominant drivers for foreign policy. Richard Ned Lebow looks further back into the history of ideas to conjure up a more varied set of drives that underpin political action. In this Talk, Lebow, among others, elaborates on the underpinnings of political action, discusses how war drives innovations in IR theorizing in the 20th century, and likens himself to a fox, rather than a hedgehog … //

… You are most famous to most people for your Cultural Theory of International Relations (2008). What does it comprise and can you say something about its classical roots?   Continue Reading…

The Privatization of Water: Nestlé Denies that Water is a Fundamental Human Right

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Published on Global, by Kevin Samson, April 20, 2013.

The current Chairman and former CEO of Nestlé, the largest producer of food products in the world, believes that the answer to global water issues is privatization. This statement is on record from the wonderful company that has peddled junk food in the Amazon, has invested money to thwart the labeling of GMO-filled products, has a disturbing health and ethics record for its infant formula, and has deployed a cyber army to monitor Internet criticism and shape discussions in social media … // Continue Reading…

Du bist nicht Besitzer deiner “eigenen” Gene

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Forscher warnen vor dem Verlust der individuellen “Gendatenbank” aufgrund von Genpatenten, die Einfluss auf die persönliche Medizin haben können – auf der Webseite Die Stunde der Wahrheit, von OCEANE99, 20. April 2013 (am 25.03.2013 auf Medical Education-Research-Patient Care: RESEARCHERS RAISE ALARM ABOUT LOSS OF INDIVIDUAL “GENOMIC LIBERTY” DUE TO GENE PATENTS THAT MAY IMPACT THE ERA OF PERSONALIZED MEDICINE, New York March 25, 2013):

Übersetzung: Peter: Menschen besitzen ihre eigenen Gene nicht, die zellularen Chemikalien, die bestimmen, wer wir sind und welche Krankheitsrisiken wir tragen. Mit mehr als 40.000 auf DNA-Moleküle angemeldeten Patenten haben Unternehmen praktisch das ganze menschliches Genom beansprucht, um Gewinn zu erzielen – laut zwei Forschern, die menschliche DNA Patente analysiert haben. Ihre Studie, am 25. März im Journal „Genome Medicine“ publiziert, schlägt Alarm über den Verlust der individuellen „Gendatenbank“.  Continue Reading…

You Don’t “Own” Your Own Genes

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RESEARCHERS RAISE ALARM ABOUT LOSS OF INDIVIDUAL “GENOMIC LIBERTY” DUE TO GENE PATENTS THAT MAY IMPACT THE ERA OF PERSONALIZED MEDICINE – Published on Weill Cornell Medical College, March 25, 2013 (Contact Info) … same in german/auf deutsch: Du bist nicht Besitzer deiner “eigenen” Gene.

Humans don’t “own” their own genes, the cellular chemicals that define who they are and what diseases they might be at risk for. Through more than 40,000 patents on DNA molecules, companies have essentially claimed the entire human genome for profit, report two researchers who analyzed the patents on human DNA. Their study, published March 25 in the journal Genome Medicine, raises an alarm about the loss of individual “genomic liberty.”   Continue Reading…

Violence on the Home Front

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Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Erika Eichelberger, April 19, 2013.

… Between 2005 and 2010, 60% of all violent injuries:

in this country were inflicted by loved ones or acquaintances. And 60% of the time those victimizations happened in the home. In 2011, 79% of murders reported to the FBI (in which the victim-offender relationship was known) were committed by friends, loved ones, or acquaintances. Of the 3.5 million assaults and murders against family members between 1998 and 2002 (the last time such a study was done), almost half were crimes against spouses. Eleven percent were against children. But the majority of violent deaths are self-imposed. Suicide is the leading cause of violent death in the U.S., and most of those self-killings happen at home.   Continue Reading…

Lastest Disclosures at the National Security Archive NSA

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The Thatcher-Gorbachev Conversations
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 422, by Svetlana Savranskaya and Tom Blanton, April 12, 2013.

  • Agreement against German Unification
  • Encouragement on Economic Reform
  • Argument over Nuclear Abolition;

Reading the North Korean Tea Leaves: The Perpetual Struggle to Fathom Pyongyang’s Motives and Goals Continue Reading…

Good vs. Evil, Boston and Beyond

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Published on Russia Today RT, by Sam Sacks, April 16, 2013.

I don’t personally believe in a dark-force permeating around the universe known as evil. But, I know that when a shrapnel bomb mows down an eight-year-old while he’s standing on the street waiting to hug his dad after the Boston Marathon, then some sort of “evil” is present.

Call it whatever you want, something stalks the planet today. It uses unspeakable violence and a brutal indifference to steal lives, to steal innocence from our kids, and to steal hope from our idealists. What causes it has been written about for much longer than I’ve been writing for, and much, much longer before that.    Continue Reading…

WikiLeaks and the 2007 Iran NIE – Part 1

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Published on ZNet, by Linda Pearson, April 13, 2013.

Former US National Intelligence Council chairperson Thomas Fingar received the 2013 Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence on January 23 for his role overseeing the 2007 US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran.

The NIE finding’s that all 16 US intelligence agencies judged “with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program” removed the immediate threat of a US-Israeli military attack on Iran.   Continue Reading…

Right on, sisters

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No longer remote, unapproachable figures of authority, the nuns I know are now women of advanced degrees and warm wisdom – Published on The Boston Globe, by Thomas Farragher, April 14, 2013.

… During a recent luncheon to celebrate some of the nuns’ anniversaries of their call to the sisterhood, my siblings and I returned to the convent, enjoying lunch and cake with the nuns and some of the priests I had served as an altar boy at Sunday Mass. The talk that afternoon turned to the Vatican’s recent effort to crack down on religious sisters who have had the temerity to question the church over issues like same-sex marriage, birth control, and?—?God forbid?—?the ordination of women as priests.   Continue Reading…

Excited about the Death Penalty

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The Mixed Record on Abolishing Capital Punishment – Published on Dissident Voice, by Binoy Kampmark, April 13, 2013.

Talk about the death penalty as it is employed by states has been bubbling away of late. The battle against life continues in terms of how states wish to punish those who do not comply with their promulgated order. Transgressors, depending on perceived severity of offence, are still up for the chop (or the shot, electric or otherwise). Amnesty International has issued its latest list of bloody reading on the death penalty and which states continue to use it. Disturbing, some countries have decided to renew use in it … // Continue Reading…

Top Info Forum 3 – über geld, geheimbünde, korruption, phänomene

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Datum: 4. Mai 2013 – Veranstaltungsort: BrandBoxx, Adresse: Moosfeldstraße 1, 5101 Bergheim bei Salzburg.

Forum mit Andreas Popp, Rico Albrecht und mehr …

Anmeldung, Anfahrt, oder Google Earth Map von Salzburg Kasern;


The Thatcher-introduced settlement is now under pressure as never before

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Published on Labour List, by Jon Trickett, April 14, 2013.

… The post war settlement introduced by Labour under Attlee was under increasing strain, partly as a consequence of a fiscal crisis brought about by the falling profitability of British capitalism. First Heath and then Wilson and Callaghan sought to maintain the 1945 consensus. By the end of the Callaghan Government Labour’s leaders were exhausted physically and intellectually as brilliantly captured in the play ‘This House’ which is currently showing at the National in London. Britain was trapped in an impasse. Something had to give. Gramsci had described such a moment as an interregnum. In our country, “the past was dying; and the new cannot be born” … // Continue Reading…

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Rust in Peace: East Germany’s Forgotten Factories

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Published on Spiegel Online International (first on, by Fabienne Hurst, April 12, 2013 (18 Photo in the Gallerytranslated from the Germany by Ella Ornstein).

After Germany’s reunification, factories across former East Germany shut down, fracturing communities and falling into disrepair. A new photo book details the abandoned workshops of a planned economy cut loose … //

… Not Exactly Flourishing Landscapes:

From 1909 on, Elsterberg was inextricably linked with the chemical industry. Although the town’s industrial equipment was shipped to the Soviet Union in 1948 as war reparations, the factory recovered quickly and, as a publicly owned enterprise under the East German government, grew to be the region’s most important employer. “Chemistry brings bread, wealth and beauty” — every child in this town of 5,000 was familiar with the slogan of the chemistry program run by the country’s Socialist Unity Party (SED). Continue Reading…

Germany’s One-Party System

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Published on Global (first in Junge Welt, March 21, 2013 – translation by Sam Putinja), by Oscar Lafontaine, April 10, 2013.

On September 22, 2013, Germany will hold general elections. These elections will be observed with special attention given what it will mean for the austerity policies of the Merkel government and the Euro crisis … //

… Years ago the sharp-tongued American author Gore Vidal observed, “Democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.” For Vidal, the USA does not have two, but only one political party, “with two right wings,” which campaigns for the interests of major corporations. He considered the media to be instruments of propaganda for the preservation of social power relations.   Continue Reading…

The Art World Is Rotten, Part 1: Giacometti Forger Tells All

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Michael Sontheimer, April 10, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

Robert Driessen is one of the most successful art forgers in the world. Over his 30 years of work, he came to specialize in creating forgeries of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. Now living in Thailand, out of the reach of European authorities, Driessen wants his story told … //

… The Most Expensive Sculptor:  Continue Reading…

The Aspartame APM (E951)

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on my Gesundheits-Blog, April 10, 2013.