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Index October 2013

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2013-10-01: The Sexy Lie;
2013-10-01: Le Grand Télésommet;
2013-10-02: US: Critique is Not Enough;
2013-10-03: Iraq: The greatest non-story of the modern era;
2013-10-04: US Army and Intel: Shutdown already damaging national security;
2013-10-05: ITF calls for protection for Honduran union leader following attack;
2013-10-06: A Tree, a Forest, and a Dog Whistle;
2013-10-07: 7 Signs America Has Regressed Back To the Harsh, Cruel 19th Century;
2013-10-08: Syria’s uprising versus the counterrevolutions;
2013-10-09: Participatory Education;
2013-10-10: Interview with Bashar Assad: In the End, a Lie Is a Lie;
2013-10-12: Worse Than Gangs: Rio Police Criticized for Favela Crackdowns;
2013-10-13: Snowden safe but journalists dealing with him at risk;
2013-10-14: Totally different;
2013-10-15: On International Day of the Girl, Proof that Education is Power;
2013-10-16: Water: all dried up;
2013-10-17: 97% Owned;
2013-10-18: More disclosures on the National Security Archive NSA;
2013-10-19: System Failure: US Democracy Is Nearing its Limits;
2013-10-20: Attending Need, Not Profit: Venezuela’s Experiment with Community Medicine;
2013-10-22: Deadly attack outside Cairo church wedding;
2013-10-23: Star Trek and the NSA;
2013-10-23: new links on my health blog;
2013-10-24: Hamburg Unrest: One City, Two Sides, Thousands of Refugees, Part 1;
2013-10-25: The worship of children brings only misery;
2013-10-26: Stop Watching Us: Snowden supports rally … Saturday in Washington DC;
2013-10-27: How America Could Be the Happiest Country on Earth;
2013-10-28: How the US Government Betrayed the Constitution;
2013-10-29: MoMA Retrospective: The Strange Brilliance of Isa Genzken, Part 1;
2013-10-30: Neoliberalizing the Nominal Left;
2013-10-31: USDA report highlights efforts to expand agroforestry practices.

See also:
all articles sorted chronologically;
second page – all articles sorted chronologically – 2012 ff.

USDA report highlights efforts to expand agroforestry practices

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Published on Feedstuffs, Oct 28, 2013.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the first-ever report on the agency’s role advancing agroforestry. Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America details how agroforestry practices are helping farmers, ranchers and woodland owners enhance agricultural productivity, protect the environment and increase profits.

“USDA has invested less than 1% of its budget into tree-based practices. Yet that small investment allows us to help create private goods and public services that reap great rewards, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions and more resilient agricultural lands,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.    Continue Reading…

Neoliberalizing the Nominal Left

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NDP stakes out a spot on the Right of the political continuum – Published on Dissident Voice, by Yves Engler, October 28, 2013.

This past week may come to be seen as a watershed moment in the NDP’s capitulation to neoliberal capitalism. The nominally social democratic party effectively supported a major corporate ‘trade’ accord all the while opposing an International Monetary Fund call for a more progressive tax code.

Last week the NDP basically endorsed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) the Harper Conservatives have negotiated with the European Union. The accord will greatly expand the power of multinational corporations. By extending Canada’s patent protections, CETA will drive up already high pharmaceutical drug costs. Continue Reading…

MoMA Retrospective: The Strange Brilliance of Isa Genzken, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Ulrike Knöfel, Oct 25, 2013 (and 12 Photos in the Gallery).

One of the most important artists of her generation, sculptor Isa Genzken’s works of cryptic, haunting beauty sprang from a life fraught with addiction, mental illness and a grisly family history. Now, the Museum of Modern Art in New York is paying tribute to the Berlin artist with a retrospective … //

… The MoMA show, which will later travel to Chicago and Dallas, is a triumph for Genzken, albeit a distant one. She isn’t nearly as famous in her native Germany, even though she has exhibited at the Documenta contemporary art exhibition three times, represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and received many important awards.  Continue Reading…

How the US Government Betrayed the Constitution

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… and invented an Imaginary Fascist One – Published on Juan Cole, by blog owner, Oct 24, 2013.

The idea of having a strong Federal government was controversial in the early United States, and one of the ways Federalists reassured Americans that it wouldn’t become tyrannical was to append a Bill of Rights to the Constitution.

That attempt to prevent despotism has failed, because the Federal government and its various agencies have set aside the Bill of Rights as a dead letter, substituted for them a bizarre set of interpretations of law, and either avoid having the courts adjudicate their fascist fantasies or managed to have appointed to the bench unethical or authoritarian judges that will uphold virtually anything they do.   Continue Reading…

How America Could Be the Happiest Country on Earth

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Published on truthout, by The Daily Take, Oct 24, 2013.

And the happiest country in the world is….Denmark! That’s according to a 156-nation survey published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The survey ranks countries on aspects like healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, and social support. I witnessed Denmark’s happiness first-hand back in 2008.

In the summer of 2008, I broadcasted my radio show live from Copenhagen for a week. with Peter Mogensen. Mogensen, an economist by training, is the chief political editor of Denmark’s second largest newspaper, Politiken. I asked Mogensen how many Danes experience financial distress, lose their homes, or even declare bankruptcy thanks to health-related issues. Mogensen gave me a puzzled look, and then replied, “Why, of course…none.”  Continue Reading…

Stop Watching Us: Snowden supports rally … Saturday in Washington DC

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Published on Russia Today RT, Oct 25, 2013.

While Americans continue to learn more about the data surveillance program run by the National Security Agency, civil liberties groups are organizing what’s being billed as the largest privacy rally in United States history.

The Rally Against Mass Surveillance – run by a coalition of over 100 public advocacy groups known as Stop Watching Us – will take place Saturday, October 26 in Washington, D.C. Thousands are expected to attend the event, where organizers will deliver a petition to Congress signed by more than 500,000 people opposed to the NSA’s policies.   Continue Reading…

The worship of children brings only misery

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Published on The Guardian, by Suzanne Moore, Oct 23, 2013.

… Children, though? Children, or rather the shops selling extremely expensive stuff for them, the presence of infants in every restaurant, the clogging up of pavement by buggies as big as cars is not something one should object to. Especially not me, as I am guilty of reproduction myself. But I now see that many folk where I live are actually the first people ever to have babies in all of human history! So, no little foldup pushchairs; instead they have buggy cars, and some jog with them. If there is a more annoying sight I have yet to see it. Then it’s on to the baby yoga and baby drumming that every six-month-old needs, before the great boring on about schools. Continue Reading…

Hamburg Unrest: One City, Two Sides, Thousands of Refugees, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Spiegel staff, October 22, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

The city of Hamburg continues to be rocked by protests over the treatment of thousands of asylum seekers. Both sides of the conflict have valid points – but as the argument rages on, the refugees struggle to get by.

Kojo Aboagye, a Ghanaian citizen, lives in a container in an industrial area on the outskirts of Hamburg. The doors of containers on the site have been broken open, and rats sit calmly in the middle of the street. Aboagye (not his real name) is married and has a son he hasn’t seen in two years.   Continue Reading…

new links on my health blog

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Star Trek and the NSA

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Alan James Strachan, Ph.D., and Janet Coster, M.A., October 22, 2013.

… The shadow side of American democracy:

  • It is deeply distressing that Alexander has been allowed to go to such scandalous lengths in pursuit of his collect-it-all policy, and to do so, until recently, in secret. He is, presumably, acting at the behest of other forces, such as the military, the unitary presidency, the banking system and the corporations that increasingly practice unfettered dominance (not democracy) in our society.   Continue Reading…

Deadly attack outside Cairo church wedding

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Listen this video, 1.37 min, published on AlJazeera, Oct 21, 2013.

Eight-year-old girl among three victims of shooting in latest attack apparently targeting Egypt’s Coptic Christians.

Three people including an eight-year-old girl have been killed by armed men who opened fire on a group of people leaving a wedding at a Coptic church in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The group was targeted late on Sunday night as it emerged from the church in north Cairo’s Al-Warak neighbourhood, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said … // Continue Reading…


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British and Irish DNA … and how they look, 30.36 min, uploaded on YouTube by babyboosabz, March 29, 2013: A video charting the interesting origins of British and Irish DNA, which also explains the use of the term ‘the black Irish’. This video was not made to offend anyone in anyway, but rather to show just how interesting and diverse the Irish and British history is;   Continue Reading…

Attending Need, Not Profit: Venezuela’s Experiment with Community Medicine

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Published on venezuelanalysis (also on ZNet), by Ewan Robertson, Oct 14, 2013.

How should the healthcare needs of a society be met? Conspicuously absent from international media coverage and under fire from conservative critics at home, Venezuela is developing a public healthcare system distinct from both U.S. market-driven and European welfare-state models. Perhaps nothing makes this system more unique than the kind of doctors being trained to run it. Continue Reading…

System Failure: US Democracy Is Nearing its Limits

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Sebastian Fischer and Marc Pitzke, October 17, 2013 (10 Photo in the Gallery).

The United States has temporarily avoided federal default. As the Republicans lick their wounds, the Democrats are triumphant. But no one should be happy, because the debacle has exposed just how broken the American political system truly is.

The president kept things short, speaking for only three minutes on Wednesday night to praise the debt compromise reached by Congress. After he finished, a reporter called after him: “Mr. President, will this happen again in a couple of months?” Barack Obama, who was on his way out the door, turned and answered sharply, “No” … // Continue Reading…

disclosures on the National Security Archive NSA

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Every Nuclear-Tipped Missile is an Accident Waiting to Happen
Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 442, by William Burr, October 7, 2013 (with 10 Docs and 5 Notes):

  • New History of Nuclear Weapons Control (and Lack Thereof) Cites National Security Archive Documents on War Plans, Nuclear Accidents, and Command Systems
  • Eric Schlosser’s Command and Control Wins High Praise from Reviewers, Calls Archive “A National Treasure”
  • Link: Book – Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, by Eric Schlosser, ISBN 9781594202278, 640 pages, 17 Sep 2013, The Penguin Press);

“Disreputable if Not Outright Illegal”: The National Security Agency versus Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Art Buchwald, Frank Church, et al
Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 441, by Matthew M. Aid and William Burr, September 25, 2013 (with 6 Docs and 13 Notes – originally posted November 14, 2008):

  • Newly Declassified History Divulges Names of Prominent Americans Targeted by NSA during Vietnam Era
  • Declassification Decision by Interagency Panel Releases New Information on the Berlin Crisis, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Panama Canal Negotiations;

Guatemalan Court Convicts National Police Chief
Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 440, by Kate Doyle, September 24, 2013 (with 8 Docs):

  • Commander of Infamous 1984 Fernando Garcia Disappearance
  • Archive Analyst Testifies on Key U.S. Documentary Evidence;

Underground Facilities: Intelligence and Targeting Issues
Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 439, by Jeffrey T. Richelson, September 23, 2013 (with 62 Docs and manyNotes):

  • U.S. Intelligence: Hiding of Military Assets by “Rogue Nations” and Other States a Major Security Challenge for 21st Century
  • U.S. Documents Describe Monitoring Effort Going Back to Early Cold War Years;

Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 437, by Peter Kornbluh, September 11, 2013 (with 10 Docs):

  • Kissinger pressed Nixon to overthrow the democratically elected Allende government because his “‘model’ effect can be insidious,” documents show
  • On 40th anniversary of coup, Archive posts top ten documents on Kissinger’s role in undermining democracy, supporting military dictatorship in Chile
  • Kissinger overruled aides on military regime’s human rights atrocities; told Pinochet in 1976: “We want to help, not undermine you. You did a great service to the West in overthrowing Allende”;

The Snowden Affair
Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 436, by Jeffrey T. Richelson, September 4, 2013 (with 125 Docs and 5 Notes):

  • Web Resource Documents the Latest Firestorm over the National Security Agency.

(see also: Welcome to our new blog: politics for the 99%).

97% Owned

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Economic Truth documentary, 132.22 min, uploaded by Queue Politely cut (with many good uploads), May 1, 2012.


Greenwald quits Guardian for independent news project, on Russia Today RT, Oct 16, 2013;

Merkel’s Patrons: Donation from BMW Owners Raises Eyebrows, on Spiegel Online International, October 15, 2013: Just weeks after the German election, Angela Merkel’s conservatives received donations totalling 690,000 euros from the family that owns almost half of BMW. The payment coincides with Berlin’s forceful intervention to halt tough new CO2 curbs for carmakers in the EU …;

(see also: Welcome to our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Water: all dried up

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Watch the video, 6.22 min, published on The Economist, Oct 12, 2013.

CHINA endures choking smog, mass destruction of habitats and food poisoned with heavy metals. But ask an environmentalist what is the country’s biggest problem, and the answer is always the same. “Water is the worst,” says Wang Tao, of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre in Beijing, “because of its scarcity, and because of its pollution.” “Water,” agrees Pan Jiahua, of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. “People can’t survive in a desert.” Wang Shucheng, a former water minister, once said: “To fight for every drop of water or die: that is the challenge facing China.”  Continue Reading…

On International Day of the Girl, Proof that Education is Power

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Today, the International Day of the Girl, is an important day as the international community recognizes the rights of girls and the unique challenges girls face around the world – Published on National Geographic/newswatch, by Kakenya Ntaiya, Oct 11, 2013.

This year’s theme is “innovating for girls’ education.” Why education? Education is one of the most powerful tools an individual can have, and for a girl the benefits are enormous. An educated girl will delay marriage, she is more likely to have fewer children, her children are more likely to go to school, and she will contribute to the economy of her country.

Around the world 61 million children are denied the right to a basic education, and of that number 60 percent are girls. Where are these girls?  Continue Reading…

Totally different

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With the Muslim Brotherhood losing again and again, Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi has gained much public ground – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Ahmed Eleiba, Oct 9, 2013.

Two completely different scenes marked this year’s commemoration of the October War victory. One was a huge display of patriotic loyalty in the iconic Tahrir Square, around Al-Ittihadiya palace and other squares around the country. The other was a display of allegiance to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in which members of this group aimed to send a number of messages abroad.   Continue Reading…

Snowden safe but journalists dealing with him at risk

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Interview with Julian Assange, FULL VIDEO (questions incomprehensible – they are double voiced) – Published on Russia Today RT, Oct 11, 2013.

All long Interview Transcript: … (full text).

Links:   Continue Reading…

Worse Than Gangs: Rio Police Criticized for Favela Crackdowns

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Jens Glüsing in Rio de Janeiro, October 08, 2013 (Photo Gallery: The Rough Pacification of Rio’s Favelas).

A new security campaign is helping authorities win back control of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas ahead of next year’s World Cup. Special police units are driving drug gangs out of the slums — but often only to replace them with their own thuggish rule. The operation was peaceful, as had been previously promised. It took just 50 minutes on Sunday for police and soldiers to occupy the Lins favela complex in northern Rio de Janeiro, a collection of 12 slums with an estimated population of 15,000. At the high point of one of the slums, they hoisted the Brazilian flag as an announcement to all that the state had recaptured the site.   Continue Reading…


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uploaded by SGTbukk07, November 2010 … but still valuable:

  • Part 1, 3.59 min,
  • part 2, final warning, 5.48 min;
  • part 3, 11.38 min, MADNESS 3:
  • ADDENDUM – Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned, 9.33 min.

some Links on Corruption:   Continue Reading…

Interview with Bashar Assad: In the End, a Lie Is a Lie

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer, Oct 7, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

In a SPIEGEL interview, Syrian President Bashar Assad discusses his fight for power, his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and the special expectations he has for Germany … //

SPIEGEL: Do you dispute that there’s a strong opposition against you in your country?

  • Assad: That’s normal. If I don’t have opposition, it means all the people support me, and that’s impossible.

SPIEGEL: But we aren’t the only ones who are disputing your legitimacy. “A leader who slaughtered his citizens and gassed children to death cannot regain the legitimacy to lead a badly fractured country,” US President Obama said at the United Nations General Assembly at the end of September.  Continue Reading…

Participatory Education

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Published on ZNet, by Gabriel Camera, October 06, 2013.

The obvious affinity I experience reading Parecon-inspired articles with what we do in some Mexican schools persuades me that ZNet readers could profit by knowing what can be called “participatory education”. It all began several years ago at the margins of the school system, in a few small, single teacher elementary and middle schools, where the touted goals of public education – quality and equity – were least attained, if at all.

There, at the farthest from the central administration and in circumstances that made it difficult, if not impossible, to follow central directives, a group of outsiders were charged to try to do anything that could help alleviate the situation.   Continue Reading…