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2014-02-01: Genesis of the crisis in the Central African Republic CAR;
2014-02-02: on Apologetics;
2014-02-02: Virus-Wahn;
2014-02-03: Woodstock 1969;
2014-02-03: The Bush Family Fortunes;
2014-02-04: Kerry vs. Lavrov in Munich;
2014-02-04: Anti-War activists deserve to be heard, not jailed;
2014-02-05: Building New Parties or Building Direct Democracy?
2014-02-06: Assange won’t come: Swedish MPs urge end to whistleblower case;
2014-02-06: les greniers du monde: espoir, générosité, solidarité;
2014-02-07: US intelligence agencies detail global threats;
2014-02-07: first Edward Snowden Interview on german TV;
2014-02-08: again medieval music;
2014-02-08: STOP Faroe Islands’ Calderon Dolphins Slaughter;
2014-02-08: Conférence à l’école Freinet: éducation et autorité;
2014-02-09: Homo Automotivis;
2014-02-10: Understanding European movements from ’68 to 2011;
2014-02-11: Torture, Democracy and Memory in Argentina;
2014-02-12: Europe or Democracy? What German Court Ruling Means for the Euro – part 1;
2014-02-13: The number of women sentenced to death across the Middle East has very little to do with justice;
2014-02-14: US Supreme Court Justice Declares Mass Internment Inevitable;
2014-02-15: recents Disclosures on The National Security Archives NSA;
2014-02-16: Challenges ahead;
2014-02-17: Launching the New Right to Education Project Website;
2014-02-18: Manifestos and Reality;
2014-02-19: Usurious Returns on Phantom Money: The Credit Card Gravy Train;
2014-02-20: Karunesh;
2014-02-21: European Robin Hood Tax;
2014-02-22: Whose Body Is It;
2014-02-23: Slum-free Navi Mumbai will become a reality soon;
2014-02-24: New Paradigm;
2014-02-25: The left needs to resist the forces of reaction in Venezuela and Ukraine;
2014-02-26: The Bleached Bones of the Dead;
2014-02-27: Central African Republic CAR: There Is Still Hope;
2014-02-28: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful.;
2014-02-28: The Delhi Headquarter of AEHRF has got ECOSOC-status.

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

The Delhi Headquarter of AEHRF has got ECOSOC-status

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How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

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Video with Noam Chomsky & Glenn Greenwald, 69.50 min, uploaded by The Film Archives, August 5, 2013:

Read on YouTube, below of the video: The basis for power elite membership is institutional power, namely an influential position within a prominent private or public organization. One study of power elites in the USA under George W. Bush identified 7,314 institutional positions of power encompassing 5,778 individuals.[15] A later study of US society found that the demographics of this elite group broke down as follows:

  • Age Corporate leaders average about 60 years of age. The heads of foundations, law, education, and civic organizations average around 62 years of age. Government-sector members about 56.
  • Gender Women are barely represented among corporate leadership in the institutional elite and women only contribute roughly 20 percent in the political realm. They do appear more among top positions when it comes to cultural affairs, education, and foundations.
  • Ethnicity White Anglo-Saxons dominate in the power elite, with Protestants representing about 80 percent of the top business leaders and about 73 percent of members of Congress.   Continue Reading…

Central African Republic CAR: There Is Still Hope

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Interview with President Samba-Panza, on Spiegel Online International, conducted by Jan Puhl and Petra Truckendanner, Fev 25, 2014 (Photo Gallery).

The Central African Republic has been torn apart by violence, with only the engagement of troops from France and the African Union keeping a modicum of peace. President Catherine Samba-Panza tells SPIEGEL that EU help is crucial.

SPIEGEL: Violence in your country is escalating: Christians are attacking Muslims, well over a thousand people have died so far and human rights organizations are talking of genocide. Is the international community partly responsible, because it has failed to augment the French and African troop presence?   Continue Reading…

The Bleached Bones of the Dead

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Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Greg Grandin, Feb 24, 2014 (also on OpenEdNews OEN: Tomgram – Greg Grandin, The Reparations of History, Paid and Unpaid).

… Voyage of the Blind:

  • Consider, for example, the way the advancement of medical knowledge was paid for with the lives of slaves.
  • The death rate on the trans-Atlantic voyage to the New World was staggeringly high. Slave ships, however, were more than floating tombs. They were floating laboratories, offering researchers a chance to examine the course of diseases in fairly controlled, quarantined environments. Doctors and medical researchers could take advantage of high mortality rates to identify a bewildering number of symptoms, classify them into diseases, and hypothesize about their causes.   Continue Reading…

The left needs to resist the forces of reaction in Venezuela and Ukraine

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Published on Socialist Unity SU, by Editorial Team, Feb 23, 2014.

“VENEZUELA isn’t Ukraine. Right-wing fascists are not going to impose themselves here,” Cilia Flores told a rally of government supporters in Caracas at the weekend.

Flores, the wife of President Nicolas Maduro, was correct to identify imperialism’s hand between the daily street confrontations in the Venezuelan capital, which have mirrored events in Kiev.

She is also right to conclude that Venezuela’s government has been more resolute in responding to far-right provocations than President Viktor Yanukovych was in Ukraine.   Continue Reading…

New Paradigm

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Slum-free Navi Mumbai will become a reality soon

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If the govt approves the scheme, nearly 45,000 slum-dwellers in the satellite city will be benefited – Published on The FREE PRESS journal, by Indra Bhadra, Feb 22, 2014.

Navi Mumbai: The long-standing demand of the residents to make Navi Mumbai a slum-free city is likely to become a reality if Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik’s optimism is anything to go by. He had a fruitful discussion with State Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. “it is in the final stage,” Naik had said during the inaugural ceremony of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s (NMMC) new headquarters at BelapurContinue Reading…

Whose Body Is It

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Kim Petersen … this three-part series examines colloquially the question of whether we have, and should have, dominion over our own bodies:

  • Part 1 of 3, Sex for Sale: Feb 17, 2014: … forms of entrepreneurship when it comes to sexuality and commerce …;
  • Part 2 of 3, The High Ground: Feb 18, 2014: … focuses on the issue of whether the government has the right to determine what citizens may consume, specifically drugs …;
  • Part 3 of 3, To Live or Not to Live, Feb 20, 2014: … on the controversial topic of the right to end one’s life …;   Continue Reading…

European Robin Hood Tax

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Let’s become 1 million strong for a Robin Hood Tax – Published on Robin Hood the petition.

Future News featuring Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Clémence Poésy, Heike Makatsch and Javier Cámara, 3.46 min: with decisions on a European Robin Hood Tax just weeks away, it’s never been more important to be one in a million. Sign our petition and spread the word that a small tax on the banks could make the world of difference to the poor and the planet. Revenue from a Robin Hood Tax could, for example:   Continue Reading…


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Usurious Returns on Phantom Money: The Credit Card Gravy Train

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The credit card business is now the banking industry’s biggest cash cow, and it’s largely due to lucrative hidden fees … – Published on Global (first on Web of Dept), by Ellen Brown, Feb 16, 2014.

Visa and MasterCard charge merchants about 2% of the value of every credit card transaction, and American Express charges even more. That may not sound like much. But consider that for balances that are paid off monthly (meaning most of them), the banks make 2% or more on a loan averaging only about 25 days (depending on when in the month the charge was made and when in the grace period it was paid). Two percent interest for 25 days works out to a 33.5% return annually (1.02^(365/25) – 1), and that figure may be conservative.   Continue Reading…

Manifestos and Reality

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A Presentation to the Cape Town Press Club by NUMSA General Secretary – Published on Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin no 936, by Irvin Jim, Feb 14, 2014.

I speak to you today with a powerful and united mandate from 341,150 metalworkers. They made their views extremely clear in our workers’ parliament in December last year – the parliament we called the NUMSA Special National Congress. In that parliament there was vigorous debate. Every delegate knew that they would have to account to their constituency. We are justifiably proud of our democratic heritage. We know that what we decide has the backing of our members. We don’t have to change decisions after the Congress has spoken, as some do, even though there are those who would urge us to “come to our senses” and take NUMSA in another direction from the decisions of that Congress … // Continue Reading…

Launching the New Right to Education Project Website

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Published on Right To Education Project/Blog, by David Archer, Feb 12, 2014.

Today sees the launch of the third incarnation of the Right to Education website. It has been re-conceived and re-designed based on feedback from users around the world but its core function as the definitive global resource on the right to education remains unchanged. With the right to education violated with impunity or under threat in so many places, it has never been more important to have a resource that is easy to use, clarifying what the right to education entails and sharing how diverse actors can work together to ensure that all dimensions of the right are respected, protected and fulfilled.  Continue Reading…

Challenges ahead

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Hamdeen Sabahi has accepted a tough challenge in announcing his personal decision to run in the upcoming presidential race – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Khaled Dawoud, Feb 13, 2014.

While all eyes remain focused on Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and his expected decision to run for president, Nasserist leader and former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi bowed to mounting pressure from younger members of his movement, the Popular Trend or Al-Tayar Al-Shaabi, and announced his “personal decision” to compete for the top post this week.  Continue Reading…

recents Disclosures on The National Security Archives NSA

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The Rwanda Sitreps
Published on The National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 455, by Emily Willard, Feb 3, 2014, incl. Docs 1-17 and notes:

  • Daily Pleas to New York Detail How International Failure Left Peacekeepers Ill-Equipped to Respond to Rising Violence in January 1994;   Continue Reading…

US Supreme Court Justice Declares Mass Internment Inevitable

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Published on Global (first on World Socialist Web Site WSWS), by Tom Carter, Feb 11, 2014.

Referring to America’s mass internment of people of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War, current Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia declared: “[Y]ou are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.”

Scalia made these comments during a speech to students at the University of Hawaii on February 3. He was asked about the Supreme Court case of Korematsu v. United States (1944), which involved a legal challenge by two Japanese Americans—Fred Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi—to orders to report to mass internment camps during the war. On appeal, the Supreme Court infamously declared the internment camps constitutional on the grounds of “military urgency.”   Continue Reading…

The number of women sentenced to death across the Middle East has very little to do with justice

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These young women should be listed on some roll of martyrdom – Published on The, by Robert Fisk, February 10, 2014.

The execution of women holds a special revulsion for Westerners, especially – let us be honest about this – when the women are decapitated, hanged or shot in the Muslim world. Our revulsion at the act of killing a woman is thus neatly dovetailed into our foundational conviction that Islam treats women not only as second-class citizens, as chattel, property, prizes of “honour” to be slaughtered if that “dignity” is even rumoured to be besmirched, or as sacrificial victims of their menfolk’s crimes. Often male sadism is involved.  Continue Reading…

Europe or Democracy? What German Court Ruling Means for the Euro – part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online Ingernational, by SPIEGEL Staff, February 10, 2014.

Germany’s Constitutional Court ruling last Friday marks a significant escalation in efforts to rein in the European Central Bank. The ruling’s message? Either the European Court of Justice has to stop bond purchases or German justices will. Continue Reading…

Torture, Democracy and Memory in Argentina

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Published on Counterpunch, by Cecilia Gonzalez, Feb 7-9, 2014. (Cecilia González is a foreign correspondent for NOTIMEX based in Argentina. Her book, “Narcosur: la sombra del narcotráfico mexicano en la Argentina was published by Marea in 2013. This prize-winning article first appeared in Spanish under the title, Sin confites de navidad.
Translator Patrick Timmons is a human rights investigator and journalist. He edits the Mexican Journalism Translation Project (MxJTP), a quality selection of Spanish-language journalism about Latin America rendered into English. Follow him on Twitter @patricktimmons).

Carlos Loza didn’t celebrate Christmas in 1976 with a sugarplum … // Continue Reading…

Understanding European movements from ’68 to 2011

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Published on, by Parthena Xanthopoulou-Dimitriadou, Feb 7, 2014.

… The recently published volume – Understanding European Movements – is an endeavor to address questions like these by providing the necessary tools of understanding on where social movements stand in the global context, how are they embedded in local communities, how movement networks are set up, how social activism unfolds, how political identities are constructed and diffused, how contemporary mobilizations interact with historical memories, and so on.   Continue Reading…

Homo Automotivis

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Published on ZMagazine, by Yves Engler and Bianca Muyenyi, February 1, 2014.

… Exercise has been shown to protect against innumerable ailments—from osteoporosis to depression—all the while boosting cognitive functioning and helping to ward off Alzheimer’s. Under the headline, “L’exercice, le champion de la prévention contre le cancer,” Montreal’s La Presse reported that over 50 separate studies found that those who exercised regularly were less likely to get cancer.

Despite its benefits, exercise (particularly walking) has decreased dramatically. Nowhere is this more striking than in the U.S. The typical resident walked three miles a day a century ago, today the average is less than a quarter mile. Only 1 in 4 U.S. adults meets recommended levels of physical activity (defined as 30 minutes of any physical activity for 5 days per week or vigorous activity for 20 minutes 3 days a week). Continue Reading…

Conférence à l’école Freinet: éducation et autorité

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… Samedi 8 février, à 14 h 30, salle Outremer, au centre social de Bellevue (Brest/France). Ouvert à tous. Conférence suivie d’ateliers de réflexion et d’échanges. Entrée libre. – Publié dans Ouest France, le 5 février 2014.

Brest – L’an passé, les parents, enseignants et le personnel de l’école Freinet avaient invité Albert Jacquard à parler de coopération. Cette année, c’est Laurent Ott qui interviendra, samedi, sur le thème : « Éduquer dans le respect. Quelle place pour l’autorité ? » Éducateur, enseignant, docteur en philosophie, animateur, Laurent Ott n’a pas peur de cumuler les fonctions, ce qui lui offre une approche globale de l’éducation et de l’enfance … //

… (le texte en entier).   Continue Reading…

STOP Faroe Islands’ Calderon Dolphins Slaughter

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… tell them to Cancel the Summer Whale Slaughter – Published on Care2-Petition Site, by Suzanne Vine, …running petition.

… Simply because of a pointless and stupid right of passage to manhood. What point is there in killing another living being just to prove you have “evolved”, you have transcended. There is simply no need …;

Links:   Continue Reading…

again medieval music

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Medieval Music – Vox Vulgaris: The Shape Of Medieval Music To Come ( Full Album ), 37.29 min, uploaded by Eduardo Henrique – O Falcão Vermelho, Oct 19, 2013;

David Munrow – Renaissance Dance, 120.05 min, uploaded by DidoneAbbandonata, June 1, 2013;

uploaded by Unai Urigoiti-Irizabalbarrena:   Continue Reading…