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2013-05-01: What Is Progressivism?
2013-05-02: Amid Hunger Strike, Obama Renews Push to Close Cuba Prison;
2013-05-02: L’ île aux fleurs;
2013-05-03: Pakistan: On Elections, Extremism, and Science;
2013-05-04: Welcome, please don’t come: UK encourages Afghan interpreters not to seek asylum;
2013-05-05: Boston and Beyond;
2013-05-06: The Layman’s Case Against Austerity;
2013-05-06: happening in North America: the Security and Prosperity Partnership SPP;
2013-05-07: Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly;
2013-05-08: Sweden, Russia, NATO, and the military-industrial complex?
2013-05-09: Bonding Through Bars: The health and human rights of incarcerated women;
2013-05-10: NYT Story Just an Excuse to Bash Welfare State;
2013-05-11: Only 6 Percent of Child Trafficking Cases in India Result in Prosecutions;
2013-05-12: Rape and Racism in Indonesia;
2013-05-21: Poll timeline: consistent public support for gay marriage;
2013-05-22: 10 Amazing Charts That Demonstrate The Slow, Agonizing Death Of The American Worker;
2013-05-23: Neoliberalism and the Genocide of 6 Million in Congo;
2013-05-23: KenFM im Gespräch mit Jürgen Elsässer;
2013-05-24: The Case for Hope, Continued;
2013-05-25: Development and the double-sided mirror;
2013-05-26: Paradism;
2013-05-27: Patriot steals pension rights;
2013-05-28: Big Coal faces big opposition in Pacific Northwest;
2013-05-29: Disclosures at the National Security Archive NSA;
2013-05-30: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela: How about an escapade with Good News;
2013-05-31: Disclosures at the National Security Archive NSA.

Disclosures at the National Security Archive NSA

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The 1983 War Scare: “The Last Paroxysm” of the Cold War
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 428, by Nate Jones, Assisted by Lauren Harper, May 22, 2013.

  • Part III: “Rather Stunning Array of Indicators” of the Soviet Reaction to Able Archer 83 had “A Dimension of Genuineness … Often Not Reflected in Intelligence Issuances.”

The 1983 War Scare: “The Last Paroxysm” of the Cold War Continue Reading…

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela: How about an escapade with Good News

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Published on and compiled by Axis of Logic, by the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC, May 22, 2013.

Take a break! – from stories of war, terror, state-sanctioned torture, crime, poverty, government corruption, oppression, racism, media deception, environmental destruction – and all the rest of the bad stuff on the daily news menu. We have gleaned news stories from the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington to provide some really Good News about what’s been happening in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela this spring. These articles not only tell us what is happening now but also what could be happening were other governments to invest their nations’ wealth in the welfare and empowerment of the people rather than the enrichment of corporations and the wealthy few.   Continue Reading…

Disclosures at the National Security Archive NSA

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The Final Battle: Ríos Montt’s Counterinsurgency Campaign
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 425, by Kate Doyle, May 9, 2013.
U.S. and Guatemalan Documents Describe the Strategy Behind Scorched Earth, UPDATED:

  • Ríos Montt Convicted!
  • Former Dictator Sentenced to 80 Years for Crimes Against Humanity
  • Historic Judgment by Guatemalan Court   Continue Reading…

Big Coal faces big opposition in Pacific Northwest

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Published on Waging NonViolence, by Nick Engelfried, May 24, 2013.

Earlier this month, grassroots climate and anti-extraction activists in the Pacific Northwest scored a victory over one of the world’s most powerful industries. Kinder Morgan, an energy company that operates 26,000 miles of pipelines and owns 170 largely energy-related export terminals, announced it is scrapping plans to build a large coal export terminal on the Columbia River. The company has downplayed the role of community opposition to its terminal, claiming logistical considerations led to abandonment of the project. But local activists see more to the story than that.   Continue Reading…

Patriot steals pension rights

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a tough fight for US mine workers – Published on Socialist Unity, by Andy Newman, May 24, 2013;

Watch the video, 14.49 min, (also on YouTube, uploaded by FairnessAt Patriot).

The fight by the United Mine Workers of America UMWA to defend pensions for the former workers of Peabody coal is a battle for basic human dignity against a rapacious and immoral employer. The fact that losing their pension also means that they lose health care, is a further poignant reminder of how much we must fight to retain the British NHS, a state owned system of free universal health care.   Continue Reading…

Paradism

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Video: we don’t need money to get things done, 10.48 min, on Paradism (also on YouTube *), May 22, 2013.

If there is no money to drive the people to work, nobody will want to do the tasks that are necessary for society and that cannot be done by robots.

  • This assumption leads many to believe that the society without money is a very remote reality if not an impossible one as there will always be tasks that require human attendance or input.
  • This assumption is false and Paradism, the society without work or money, is not a remote reality. It is well within the reach of our generation.

First to think that a society needs money to operate smoothly is untrue:   Continue Reading…

Development and the double-sided mirror

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Tunde Jegede, May 22, 2013.

There is a need for a cultural rebirth in Africa as part of the radical economic and social transformation of the continent. A new African consciousness that is free from the chains of ‘colonial’, ‘post-colonial’ and ‘decolonial’ must be located in African reference points … // Continue Reading…

The Case for Hope, Continued

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Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Rebecca Solnit, May 20, 2013.

Ten years ago, my part of the world was full of valiant opposition to the new wars being launched far away and at home — and of despair. And like despairing people everywhere, whether in a personal depression or a political tailspin, these activists believed the future would look more or less like the present. If there was nothing else they were confident about, at least they were confident about that. Ten years ago, as a contrarian and a person who prefers not to see others suffer, I tried to undermine despair with the case for hope … // Continue Reading…

KenFM im Gespräch mit Jürgen Elsässer

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über die Operation NSU:

  • auf YouTube, 62.51 min, von wwwKenFMde am 13. März 2013 hochgeladen: Die Mordserie der NSU ist die größte seit Gründung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – und im Laufe ihrer Aufklärung kommen immer größere Pannen ans Tageslicht. Die Aktenvernichtung beim Verfassungsschutz ist dabei die bekannteste. Die Verfassungsschützer der einzelnen Länder sind tief in die Affäre verstrickt, über das gesamte Ausmaß lässt sich bisher nur spekulieren …;
  • im COMPACT-Magazin vom 18. März 2013.

Neoliberalism and the Genocide of 6 Million in Congo

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Video: Heads of UN and World Bank Visit Congo, Fail to Hold Rwanda and Uganda Accountable, 11.10 min, published on Dissident Voice, by The Real News Network TRNN, May 21, 2013 (also on YouTube). World Bank head Jim Yong Kim and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visit Congo on May 25th, supporting a framework for peace agreement that was engineered by Uganda and Rwanda, Western allies are accused of backing rebel armies committing war crimes in Congo.

related Links on en.wikipedia:   Continue Reading…

10 Amazing Charts That Demonstrate The Slow, Agonizing Death Of The American Worker

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Published on The Economic Collapse, by Michael, May 16, 2013.

The middle class American worker is in danger of becoming an endangered species. The politicians are not telling you the truth, and the mainstream media is certainly not telling you the truth, but the reality is that there is nothing but bad news on the horizon for workers in the United States. In the old days, when the big corporations that dominate our society did well, that also meant good things for American workers since those corporations would need more of us to work for them.   Continue Reading…

Poll timeline: consistent public support for gay marriage

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Published on Left Foot Forward, by James Bloodworth, May 20, 2013.

October 2010:

  • 58 per cent of the 1,001 respondents in Scotland said they were in favour of full marriage equality. Twenty-three per cent said they did not agree or disagree, while just 17 per cent were opposed … // Continue Reading…

Critical Analysis: Drive-thru Theofascism

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Published on Axis of Logic, by Mankh (Walter E. Harris III), May 18, 2013.

An interesting juxtaposition occurred in 2008. “With the enactment of the 2008 Constitution, Ecuador became the first country in the world to codify the Rights of Nature.”1 (Bolivia made a similar law in 2011.) Meanwhile, the United States Empire (USE) — though it was really the People who were affected — saw its housing bubble burst, the economy take a stinking nose-dive, and, while some big bank-institutions went under, some were (by the grace of In God We Trust) bailed out.   Continue Reading…

Living by the Numbers: Big Data Knows What Your Future Holds, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Martin U. Müller, Marcel Rosenbach and Thomas Schulz, May 17, 2013. (Photo Gallery).

Forget Big Brother. Companies and countries are discovering that algorithms programmed to scour vast quantities of data can be much more powerful. They can predict your next purchase, forecast car thefts and maybe even help cure cancer. But there is a down side … // Continue Reading…

100 Days of Guantanamo Hunger Strike

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Special Coverage, 15.45 min, uploaded on YouTube by Russia Today, May 16, 2013:
May 16 marks a dark milestone in the history of the world’s most maligned prison – 100 days of a mass hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay. Out of 166 inmates – 130 are on strike according to prisoners, while the military only admits to 102. At least a third of them are being force fed – a procedure recognized by various medical organizations as painful enough to constitute torture. And by all accounts – there’s no end in sight to the protest.

RT discusses the stand-off with former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, who’s now the Director of the Cageprisoners activist group, Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei, the legal representative of 8 Guantanamo detainees, military attorney Lt. Col Barry Wingard on the line from the detention camp, and Col. Morris Davis, former Chief Prosecutor for the Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay. RT LIVE …;   Continue Reading…

In Search of the Minimum Wage

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Published on Dissident Voice, by David Macaray, May 14, 2013.

If you happen to follow the American and international labor scene, and want to kill a leisurely hour, an entertaining way of doing that is to visit the Department of Labor’s (DOL) official website.  It offers a wide selection of labor tidbits, explanations of bureaucratic procedures, helpful tips, advice for retirees and disabled workers, and summaries of the DOL’s most recent compliance victories.   Continue Reading…

new on Gesundheits Blog – blog santé – health blog

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Vaccinations, Breast Cancer, Conscience – in english & en français, on Gesundheits Blog, May 16, 2013.

Mayan Nohmul Pyramid in Belize destroyed by Bulldozer

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(with PHOTOS) – Published on Huffington Post, by Patrick E. Jones and Mark Stevenson, May 13, 2013.

BELIZE CITY — A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project, authorities announced on Monday.

The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe, said the destruction at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was detected late last week. The ceremonial center dates back at least 2,300 years and is the most important site in northern Belize, near the border with Mexico.   Continue Reading…

US: The National Security Archive, more disclosures

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The Final Battle: Ríos Montt’s Counterinsurgency Campaign, published on the National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 425 (with Documents 1 – 9), by Kate Doyle, May 9, 2013:
UPDATED:

  • Ríos Montt Convicted;
  • Former Dictator Sentenced to 80 Years for Crimes Against Humanity;
  • Historic Judgment by Guatemalan Court.    Continue Reading…

How elites and media minimize dissent and bury truth

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Paul Craig Roberts, May 13, 2013.

Over the last several years I have watched the rise of an important new intellect on the American scene. Ron Unz, publisher of The American Conservative, has demonstrated time and again the extraordinary ability to reexamine settled issues and show that the accepted conclusion was incorrect. One of his early achievements was to dispose of the myth of immigrant crime by demonstrating that “Hispanics have approximately the same crime rates as whites of the same age and gender.” You can imagine the uproar, but Unz won the debate.   Continue Reading…

Social Networking for a Better World

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Published on UTNE, by Sam Ross-Brown, May 10, 2013.

The rise of corporate-owned social media raises many flags about our online security and the future of the digital commons. The solution, says theorist Michael Albert, is a different kind of network altogether … //

… But here’s the good news. It doesn’t have to be like this. There’s no law of nature that social media need to be run by giant corporations or that users need to put up with government spying and manipulative advertising. So, what’s the alternative?   Continue Reading…

Rape and Racism in Indonesia

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where women live in fear – Published on Dissident Voice, by Abdre Vltchek, May 10, 2013.

My good friend, a Chinese Indonesian lady, recently got grabbed and assaulted, in the middle of Jakarta, in broad daylight.

When it happened, I was in Japan and we exchanged several messages, and emails. This was not the first time such a thing had happened to her and she felt humiliated, defeated, and thoroughly vulnerable.

“I wish I would be born as someone else – not as a Chinese. I wish I would look like everyone else”, she wrote.   Continue Reading…

Only 6 Percent of Child Trafficking Cases in India Result in Prosecutions

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Watch this video, 7.03 min, on The Real News Network, by Paul Jay, May 8, 2013. Transcript: In three years a total of 452679 victims of child trafficking cases were reported but number of prosecutions was only 25006 – 6% of the cases being reported.

Links:

more items on en.wikipedia:   Continue Reading…

NYT Story Just an Excuse to Bash Welfare State

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Published on Portside, May 8, 2013.

In the summer of 2011, I travelled to Denmark, where my reporting resulted in a series of articles about the Danish welfare state and political system. Like most American visitors, I was struck by the high level of social solidarity and broad support for the country’s free education and health care systems, robust safety net, and, yes — high taxes. I spoke with business leaders; I spoke with conservative politicians. Nobody seemed to think that it would be a good idea to abandon the Danish model for a U.S.-style system.   Continue Reading…