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2013-12-01: how wall street has turned housing into a dangerous get-rich-quick scheme … again;
2013-12-02: What Does Latest Dead Afghan 2-Year-Old Have in Common with … ;
2013-12-03: Martin Latulippe rencontre …;
2013-12-04: Disclosures on The National Security Archive;
2013-12-05: Solidarity Saved Me from Hitler: Now it Must Save Palestine;
2013-12-06: Peace is the truth of the Brazilian protests;
2013-12-07: fine songs and music;
2013-12-08: Woman at the Window: Judging Edward Snowden from Next Door, Part 1;
2013-12-09: Former Guantánamo prisoner David Hicks speaks;
2013-12-10: Quarter of Europeans face poverty – Eurostat;
2013-12-11: The Magic Hand;
2013-12-11: It Is All Working Quite Well for the Rich, Powerful;
2013-12-12: The Economist explains: Why is China relaxing its one-child policy?
2013-12-13: Putin: Russia not aspiring to be superpower, nor teach others how to live;
2013-12-14: roof farms and balcony gardens;
2013-12-15: 5 Strategies the United Nations Special Rapporteur Suggests for Public Health;
2013-12-15: Lettre d’information proPhilo décembre 2013;
2013-12-16: vertical farming;
2013-12-17: Video: Lies and War, David Swanson on Reality Asserts Itself;
2013-12-18: Amazon workers battle their bosses in Seattle and Germany;
2013-12-19: A new Blog: Campaigning for a fairer sharing;
2013-12-20: Let’em Starve! Let’em Starve! Let’em starve!;
2013-12-21: Arab World Regards US and Israel as Threat to World;
2013-12-22: some music;
2013-12-23: Egypt: Hopes for the future;
2013-12-24: 100 Years of Financial Terrorism;
2013-12-25: Latest Disclosures on The National Security Archive;
2013-12-26: Theory Talk #61: Pinar Bilgin on Non-Western IR, Hybridity, and the One-Toothed Monster called Civilization;
2013-12-27: What is happening to Egyptians?
2013-12-28: Albert Einstein: A Foolish Faith In Authority Is The Worst Enemy Of The Truth;
2013-12-29: Oligarchs, Demagogues and Mass Revolts … Against Democracy;
2013-12-30: Persuasion;
2013-12-30: Volgograd trolley bus blast – LIVE UPDATES;
2013-12-31: Music in autoplay … and World Time Zone;
2013-12-31: statistics year 2013.


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See 2013-12-31: statistics year 2013.

Music in autoplay … and World Time Zone

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World Time Zone, /Section Maps,/Regional Maps;
Sun Clock (showing the day and night regions at this moment);
4G LTE World Coverage Map;
Images for Time Zone Map, on Google Images-search;
World Time Clock & Map: What Time Is It Around The World Right Now?, on;   Continue Reading…

Volgograd trolley bus blast – LIVE UPDATES

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on Russia Today RT, Dec 30, 2013: At least 14 people have been killed in a trolley bus blast in Volgograd, emergency services report, only a day after a suicide bomb ripped through the city’s railway station, killing 17. All public transport is at a standstill, there is widespread panic. Read our full story of the second Volgograd suicide bombing …;

Consecutive Volgograd suicide bombing kills at least 14 (PHOTOS, GRAPHIC VIDEO), on Russia Today, Dec 30, 2013.


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TV Drama 1971, uploaded by ClassicalFilmLibrary, May 26, 2013:
EPISODE 1, 111.37 min;
EPISODE 2, 114.15 min.

Oligarchs, Demagogues and Mass Revolts … Against Democracy

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Published on Peoples’, by James Petras, Dec 28, 3013 (see also James Petras on the World People’s Blog).

Introduction: … //
… Past and Present Mass Revolts Against Democracy: Guatemala, Iran and Chile: … //
… The Contemporary Use and Abuse of “Mass Revolts”” Egypt, Ukraine, Venezuela , Thailand and Argentina: … //

… Conclusion:   Continue Reading…

Albert Einstein: A Foolish Faith In Authority Is The Worst Enemy Of The Truth

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Published on Global (first on Washington’s Blog, now disappeared), by Washington’s Blog, Dec 25, 2013.

Don’t Be Foolish, Albert Einstein said: A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth. Indeed, scientists have shown that people will go to absurd lengths – and engage in mental gymnastics in order to cling to their belief in what those in authority have said.
Part of the reason so many are so vulnerable to naive belief in authority is that we evolved in small tribes … and we assume that the super-elites are just like us.
In reality, there are millions of psychopaths in the world … and they are largely running D.C. and on Wall Street.   Continue Reading…

What is happening to Egyptians?

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Interview with Shaden Shehab about Egypt’s political, economic and social dilemmas – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Galal Amin, December 17, 2013.

Three years after the revolution Egypt is still in a state of turmoil. Why?

  • Egypt is definitely in a mess, economically, politically, culturally, psychologically and security wise. It is not just a minority that feels this. Everybody does. But before trying to explain this we need to remember how different our feelings were in the immediate aftermath of Mubarak’s ouster. Then we were exceedingly optimistic. We felt we had got rid of a corrupt regime and that Egypt could turn a new page.    Continue Reading…

Theory Talk #61: Pınar Bilgin on Non-Western IR, Hybridity, and the One-Toothed Monster called Civilization

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Interview published on Theory Talks, December 20, 2013 (Print version of this Talk in pdf).

Questions of civilization underpin much of IR scholarship—whether explicitly (in terms of the construction of non-Western ‘others’) or implicitly (in the assumption that provincial institutions from Europe constitute a universal model of how we ought to relate to one another in international politics). While this topic surfaces frequently in debates about postcolonial international politics, few scholars are able to tackle this conundrum with the same sense of acuteness as Pınar Bilgin. In this Talk, she—amongst others—elaborates on not doing Turkish IR, what postsecular IR comprises, and discusses her own position in regards to that one-toothed monster called civilization … // Continue Reading…

Latest Disclosures on The National Security Archive

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Proliferation Watch: U.S. Intelligence Assessments of Potential Nuclear Powers, 1977-2001
Published on National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 451, by William Burr & Jeffrey T. Richelson, December 16, 2013 (incl. Docs 1A-B to 15A-B):

  • First Publication of Recently Declassified Satellite Photographs of South African Nuclear Test Site–1977,
  • New Release of CIA Report on September 1979 South Atlantic Mystery Flash Joins Annals of Dubious Secrets by Exempting Pages of Previously Released Information,
  • Energy Department and Defense Intelligence Agency Reports Illuminate Pre-War Controversy over Iraqi Procurement of Aluminum Tubes for Alleged Gas Centrifuge Program;     Continue Reading…

100 Years of Financial Terrorism

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Published on Steve Lendman Blog, by blog owner, Dec 23, 2013.

December 23, 1913 will live in infamy. Three days before Christmas, House members passed the Federal Reserve Act (FSA).

On December 23, Senate members did so. President Woodrow Wilson was a tool of big money. He was JP Morgan’s man in Washington. He signed FSA into law straightaway. He acted disgracefully.   Continue Reading…

Egypt: Hopes for the future

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In the clash between a past that refuses to be past and a present that has yet fully to come into being, we must all reaffirm the essential values of the Arab Spring – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Galal Nassar, Dec 17, 2013.

When the young Tunisian fruit-seller Mohamed Bou Azizi immolated himself in the town of Sidi Abu Zeid on 17 December 2010, the Arab dream of change seemed to be out of reach. However, Bou Azizi’s desperate act sparked a flame and that flame leapt from village to town to city and across national boundaries. Change was now at hand amidst all the confusing tumult.   Continue Reading…

some music

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uploaded by Protean Soundwaves:

Younger Brother – The Last Days Of Gravity
[Full], 67.39 min, Nov 30, 2013;
Caravan – In The Land Of Grey And Pink [Full], 138.54 min, Dec 7, 2013;
Hypnotizer – Sparkling Forest: 2-Mandragora [Full], 28.49 min, Dec 20, 2013;

Arab World Regards US and Israel as Threat to World

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Interview with Noam Chomsky – Published on radio The Voice of Russia, by  Sean Nevins, Dec 20, 2013.

… Anarchism and anarcho-syndicalism:

I kind of want to start up by asking you to briefly describe what is anarchism and more specifically anarcho-syndicalism?

  • Well, I think the best characterization that I know is given by one of the leading thinkers and activists in the modern anarcho-syndicalist world, Rudolf Rocker, who described anarchism in general as not a specific set of beliefs that provides particular answers to all the questions that can arise, but rather what he called ‘a general tendency in the history of humanity’ which aims to inquire into the nature of social, economic, political structures to detect structures of hierarchy and domination and to challenge them to demonstrate their legitimacy. Continue Reading…

Let’em Starve! Let’em Starve! Let’em starve!

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Bev Conover, Dec 19, 2013.

… Three days after Christmas, some 1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits. How’s that for a Christmas present? It’s fine with the critters in Congress and especially fine with South Carolina state Senator Lee Bright, who is among a handful of Republicans challenging Senator Lindsey Graham.  Continue Reading…

A new Blog: Campaigning for a fairer sharing

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… of wealth, power and resources within and between nations – We are pleased to announce the launch of STWR’s new website, with a new domain name,, by Sharing the World’s Resources STWR, December 2013.

An Introduction: A sustainable global economy fit for the 21st Century must be based on a new ethical framework that reflects and supports humanity’s interdependence. The process of economic sharing can ensure that the world’s essential resources, goods and services are made accessible to all, according to a new brief by Share The World’s Resources. Download the PDF-version, 11 pages.    Continue Reading…

Amazon workers battle their bosses in Seattle and Germany

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Published on People’s World, by John Wojcik, Dec 16, 2013.

SEATTLE – While hundreds of Amazon workers in Germany were out on strike today, German union leaders hooked up here with some 50 protesting workers and U.S. labor leaders at Amazon’s world headquarters. The action here drew the support of a dozen unions representing tens of thousands of workers in the state of Washington.   Continue Reading…

Video: Lies and War, David Swanson on Reality Asserts Itself

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Video: Lies and War – David Swanson on Reality Asserts Itself, uploaded on YouTube by TheRealNews, December 14, 2013: … with Paul Jay, David Swanson, author of “War is a Lie”, talks about becoming a full time activist for peace …:

Part 1/3, 17.12 min; … and 82 other videos in autoplay (first on The Real News Network-Website);
(Part 2/3 and 3/3: to be followed).

Links:   Continue Reading…

vertical farming

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Lettre d’information proPhilo décembre 2013

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Chers Amis de proPhilo, voici les dernières nouvelles concernant la pratique de la philosophie et l’association proPhilo:

1): Pour adultes – Pratiques de Dialogues Philosophiques printemps 2014,  cycles de cinq rencontres à Genève et Lausanne. Les prochaines dates pour la Saison printemps 2014 sont les mercredis de 19 à 22 heures:

  • A Genève : 8 et 22 janvier, 5 et 26 février, 12 mars, au Bd de St-George 71 (école Persiaux, 1er étage);
  • A Lausanne : 15 et 29 janvier, 12 février, 5 et 19 mars, rue de St-Pierre 3 (Gréa, 4e étage).
  • Continue Reading…

5 Strategies the United Nations Special Rapporteur Suggests for Public Health

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Published on nourishing the planet, a’s blog, by Alison Blackmore, December 10, 2013.

With 1.3 billion people now overweight or obese, nearly 1 billion undernourished, and even more suffering from critical micronutrient deficiencies, it is no secret that our food system is broken. Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food released a report in 2011 urging governments to move away from the practice of merely prescribing health warnings and applying band-aids to public health challenges. Instead, he urged governments to address the root causes of the international health crisis.   Continue Reading…

roof farms and balcony gardens

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Putin: Russia not aspiring to be superpower, nor teach others how to live

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Published on Russia Today RT, December 12, 2013.

Russia does not seek the role of a regional or global hegemony, but will defend its core values and interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. All attempts to impose on other nations have failed, he added.

The Russian leader gave an assurance that Russia wants to respect the sovereignty and stability of other countries, as he was addressing the Federal Assembly, the collective of the two houses of the Russian parliament.    Continue Reading…

The Economist explains: Why is China relaxing its one-child policy?

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Published on The Economist, by G.E., Beijing, Dec 10, 2013.

… Most say it is long overdue. Critics have long viewed the one-child policy as an outdated and archaic tool of social control and a legacy of Mao’s disastrous efforts to impose a new order on society. It is a bit of a strange case historically, because the one-child policy actually came into being after Mao died, during China’s era of reform and opening. At a time when the Communist Party was mostly retreating from private lives, it chose to intrude forcefully in this most personal realm of reproductive health. Continue Reading…

It Is All Working Quite Well for the Rich, Powerful

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Interview with Noam Chomsky, on truthout, by CJ Polychroniou and Anastasia Giamali, Dec 8, 2013: … a shorter and slightly revised version of an interview with Noam Chomsky which appeared on Sunday, Dec. 8 in the Syriza-aligned paper Avgi in Greece.

C.J. Polychroniou and Anastasia Giamali: Neoliberal ideology claims that the government is a problem, society does not exist and individuals are responsible for their own fate. Yet, big business and the rich rely, as ever, on state intervention to maintain their hold over the economy and to enjoy a bigger slice of the economic pie. Is neoliberalism a myth, merely an ideological construct?   Continue Reading…