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How Economic Growth has Become Anti-Life

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Published on ZNet, by Vananda Shiva (first on The Guardian), November 02, 2013.

… Water available as a commons shared freely and protected by all provides for all. However, it does not create growth. But when Coca-Cola sets up a plant, mines the water and fills plastic bottles with it, the economy grows. But this growth is based on creating poverty – both for nature and local communities. Water extracted beyond nature’s capacity to renew and recharge creates a water famine. Women are forced to walk longer distances looking for drinking water. In the village of Plachimada in Kerala, when the walk for water became 10 kms, local tribal woman Mayilamma said enough is enough. We cannot walk further; the Coca-Cola plant must shut down. The movement that the women started eventually led to the closure of the plant.   Continue Reading…

This transatlantic trade deal is a full-frontal assault on democracy

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Brussels has kept quiet about a treaty that would let rapacious companies subvert our laws, rights and national sovereignty – Published on The Guardian, by George Monbiot, Nov 4, 2013.

Remember that referendum about whether we should create a single market with the United States? You know, the one that asked whether corporations should have the power to strike down our laws? No, I don’t either. Mind you, I spent 10 minutes looking for my watch the other day before I realised I was wearing it. Forgetting about the referendum is another sign of ageing. Because there must have been one, mustn’t there? After all that agonising over whether or not we should stay in the European Union, the government wouldn’t cede our sovereignty to some shadowy, undemocratic body without consulting us. Would it? … // Continue Reading…

Sting operation using virtual Filipina girl snags thousands of sexual predators

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Published on Russia Today RT, Nov 4, 2013.

Over 1,000 pedophiles around the world have been caught soliciting online sex with a 10-year-old Filipina girl that they did not know was the computer generated product of an anti-exploitation sting, a Dutch human rights group has said.

The girl, known as ‘Sweetie,’ was created by Terre des Hommes Netherlands as a way for the organization to notify the public about how frequently children in developing countries are victimized. The group said it has turned over the identities of the perpetrators willing to pay for sex with Sweetie over to law enforcement.   Continue Reading…

under the water line

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NSA spying row reveals new tensions between imperialist powers

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Millions routinely spied upon by state agencies – Published on Socialist World.net, by Robert Bechert, CWI, Oct 30, 2013.

… Underlying conflicts of interests between states: The very existence of “Five Eyes” and Britain’s closeness to the US is an illustration of how underlying conflicts of interests, potential or current, between states can continue.

Britain’s closeness, the so-called “special relationship”, with the US stems from the historic decline of British capitalism from its position of once being the “workshop of the world”. Faced, from the mid-Nineteenth century onwards with rising competitors, British capitalism sought to manoeuvre, particularly from the new international powers of the US and newly united Germany.    Continue Reading…

Belgium: Class Trade Unionism Seeks Political Expression

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Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s e-bulletin no 893, by Daniel Tanuro, November 1, 2013.

In the social and political history of Belgium, May 1, 2012, could mark a milestone. On that day the leaders of the Charleroi regional branch of the socialist trade union General Federation of Belgian Labour (Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique / Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond, FGTB/ABVV) – the second biggest in the country, with 102,000 members – publicly broke with the social-democratic party and called for a rallying of the left to the perspective of a new broad, anti-capitalist force to the left of the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Greens. An unprecedented thunderbolt… and not without consequences.  Continue Reading…

WikiLeaks’ Mediastan: The True Fifth Estate

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Nozomi Hayase, October 31, 2013.

Mediastan is a documentary film that follows the journey of a small group of WikiLeaks’ associates in their quest for media outlets to publish secret US diplomatic cables. These young journalists travel through Central Asia and interview editors of local media organizations with the goal of offering cables relevant to their country. In their Press Release, WikiLeaks calls the 94 minute raw film “Operation Cablerun…the world’s first truly global media event”. Julian Assange describes the Central Asia region as “the most fascinating geopolitical region in the world… ; on the top, Russia, on the bottom, China; in the middle, a fight for US influence”. As Assange indicates, the really interesting aspect of the movie is how “what started out as a geopolitical road movie transformed into a tale of comparative censorship” … // Continue Reading…

some links about us

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  • Trial of strength: On the eve of Mohamed Morsi’s trial the scene is set for escalation on all sides, on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Dina Ezzat, Oct 30, 2013;
  • A complex web: unraveling recent security developments, on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Ahmed Eleiba, Oct 29, 2013: Some 10 per cent of the five billion adult people in the world today own 86 per cent of all its household wealth, according to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report and Databook that was issued last week …;
  • If we cared about Sunni-Shia differences, we would never have got married – Syrian refugees, on Russia Today RT, Oct 29, 2013: If you still wish to think that the war raging in Syria is of religious character, you only have to speak to people to revise your opinion, because practically every family’s story defies the theory;   Continue Reading…