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Index March 2014

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2014-03-01: Afghan women: No turning back;
2014-03-02: Just Say No to College! Why It’s the Worst Decision a Young American Can Make;
2014-03-03: West Virginians Raise Alarm as Research Links Coal Mining to Cancer, Birth Defects;
2014-03-04: On Ending War;
2014-03-05: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013 film), 179 min;
2014-03-06: Omar and the checkpoint: The essential story that is rarely told;
2014-03-06: Ateliers de Philosophie pour Enfants;
2014-03-07: Burkina Faso: ClitorAid vs Catholic Church – in english / en français;
2014-03-08: Send In The Clowns;
2014-03-09: Alperovitz and Albert on Economic Visions;
2014-03-10: Computerized Literacy Centre CLC;
2014-03-11: music ancienne;
2014-03-12: US Private Military Contractors in Ukraine?
2014-03-13: How do you like your Feminism?
2014-03-14: How the NSA plans to infect ‘Millions’ of Computers;
2014-03-15: When they come for you: grassroots struggles and NGOs;
2014-03-16: Parallels to 1914? What History Teaches Us About the Ukraine Crisis;
2014-03-17: Disclosures on The National Security Archive;
2014-03-18: Lecture: the challenges of sustainable construction in Burkina Faso;
2014-03-19: Native American Music;
2014-03-20: Is Alien Technology Here?
2014-03-21: Young banker’s suicide becomes twelfth in financial world this year;
2014-03-22: links on my dashboard;
2014-03-23: Women in early Islam;
2014-03-24: NUMSA: New Working Class Leadership;
2014-03-25: The Systemic Crisis of Financialization;
2014-03-26: The Pretext for Privatization of Greek Higher Education;
2014-03-27: No solution for Syria without involvement of Russia and Iran;
2014-03-28: Neoliberalism and the Decline of Democracy;
2014-03-29: Getting what we NEED;
2014-03-30: Beggars, Inc.: Romanians Duped into Panhandling in Germany – Part 1;
2014-03-30: Information request: HRE (human rights-education) and South-South Cooperation;
2014-03-31: Ajad Anand.

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Reiki Music, uploaded on YouTube by Vozdra Veliki;

Information request: HRE (human rights-education) and South-South Cooperation

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Received by e-mail, From: Veerle Devriendt, Date: 25/03/2014

Dear Colleagues, Together with three other LSE-students (MSc Development Management and MSc Anthropology & Development Management) we are writing a report about Human Rights Education (HRE) and South South Cooperation (SSC) for the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights (IIDH). This consultancy project aims to explore the most effective ways to create cooperation in the area of HRE within Latin America (prioritizing South America), and between this region and Africa and their constituent countries, institutions and civil society, including international organizations.   Continue Reading…

Beggars, Inc.: Romanians Duped into Panhandling in Germany – Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Katrin Kuntz, March 28, 2014 (Photo Gallery).

A Romanian family in Hamburg has made a business out of luring compatriots to Germany and promising them jobs and better lives. Instead, they are coerced under highly dubious circumstances into becoming beggars for the “employer”.    Continue Reading…

Getting what we NEED

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Nick Egnatz, March 28, 2014;

What do we want?

  • Decent lives for ourselves, our families, our friends, our neighbors—for all of us.
  • Good jobs that pay a good wage.
  • To take care of those that can’t work, the retired, disabled, mothers with young children and other caregivers, those that provide other services to the community that aren’t represented in a profit and loss statement.   Continue Reading…

Neoliberalism and the Decline of Democracy

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The neoliberal inspired market deregulation over the last thirty years has been the destroyer of freedom. The most obvious mechanism by which this destruction occurs is the weakening of the power of trade unions and other popular organizations – Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin no 958, par John Weeks, March 27, 2014.

In one of his last books Eric Hobsbawm argued that the conflict between capitalism and communism determined the course of the twentieth century (thus the title, The Age of Extremes: the Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991). This confrontation of socioeconomic ideologies without doubt dominated European and global history, especially after 1945.   Continue Reading…

No solution for Syria without involvement of Russia and Iran

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Interview with Chris Bambery, video and transcript on Russia Today RT, 37.35 min, March 26, 2014.

Western policy towards Syria is rather like Western policy toward Crimea and Ukraine at the moment – it’s floundering around, talking big but really not having the will to act, political analyst Chris Bambery told RT:

RT: Is pouring more arms into Syria a realistic way to solve the conflict?   Continue Reading…

The Pretext for Privatization of Greek Higher Education

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From the Bologna Process to the Dismissal of a Dean – Published on transform, by Maria Nicolakaki, March 20, 2014.

Higher education reforms, by using a discourse of quality, competitiveness and “attractiveness” of the university, are of the most important risks going on in many countries, as they are connected not only with issues such as the denigration of university as a public good with the relative reduction of national funds, the promotion of entrepreneurship, marketization processes and commercialization of knowledge, but they are also connected with student-debt and control of the future generations.   Continue Reading…

The Systemic Crisis of Financialization

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The Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture:

published on Socialist,
and also published on YouTube, uploaded there by LeftStreamed,  March 21, 2014:

NUMSA: New Working Class Leadership

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… and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa, uploaded on YouTube by Left Streamed, March 22, 2014:

  • (1/3), 25.09 min;
  • (2/3), 21.48 min;
  • (3/3), 34.49 min;

With Irvin Jim, General Secretary of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa NUMSA.   Continue Reading…

Women in early Islam

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The fact that the marginalisation of women in many Arab societies has no religious background can come as a surprise to many – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Farah El-Akkad, March 20, 2014.

Judge, minister, scholar and scientist were just some of the professions engaged in by women during the early age of Islam.

Yet, today some women are still not aware of the freedom Islam has given them, and for some it comes as a surprise to learn that the contemporary marginalisation of women has no background in religion.

29-year-old pharmacist Hoda Gamal believes Islam has developed through the years and that today’s world is very different from the early days of Islam. It is for this reason that today women should focus on their main roles, she says.   Continue Reading…

links on my dashboard

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uploaded on YouTube by breaking the set:

on good work with children:   Continue Reading…

Young banker’s suicide becomes twelfth in financial world this year

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Published on Russia Today RT, March 19, 2014.

A New York City investment banker is dead after allegedly jumping from his apartment building, continuing an alarming streak of suicides that has descended upon the financial world.

The latest death occurred on March 12, when 28-year-old Kenneth Bellando was found on the sidewalk outside his six-story Manhattan apartment building.   Continue Reading…

Is Alien Technology Here?

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Interview Dr. Steven Greer of the Disclosure Project, 12.01 min, uploaded on YouTube by breakingtheset, Jan 10, 2014: Abby Martin talks to UFOologist Dr. Steven Greer about his work with the Disclosure Project, an organization that has collected testimonies from over one hundred US government officials concerning the existence of extra-terrestrial life;

Websites: Breaking the Set; Disclosure Poject; Steven M. Greer USA on World People’s Blog; The Orion Project; and The Orion Project Update – January 25, 2011; The Tom Bearden Website; FOLLOW Abby MartinContinue Reading…

Native American Music

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Lecture: the challenges of sustainable construction in Burkina Faso

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Disclosures on The National Security Archive

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Half of Federal Agencies Still Use Outdated Freedom of Information Regulations
Published on The National Security Archive NSA, by Tom Blanton/Nate Jones/Lauren Harper, March 14, 2014:

  • National Security Archive FOIA Audit highlights delinquent agencies; praises Congressional and White House plans for updated regulations,
  • Archive warns updating is not enough without including “best practices;”   Continue Reading…

Parallels to 1914? What History Teaches Us About the Ukraine Crisis

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Christopher Clark, March 14, 2014.

On the 100th anniversary of World War I, it is tempting to compare events in Ukraine to 1914. But the current crisis bears little resemblance to the geopolitical situation of the time. The answers history provides are anything but singular and absolute.    Continue Reading…

When they come for you: grassroots struggles and NGOs

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Leila van Rinsum, March 12, 2014.

Civil society in Kenya is under pressure from the increasingly repressive regime of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. But these groups are themselves fragmented, with well-funded elite NGOs disconnected from the concerns of the grassroots. The best way for the groups to find strength is by connecting their struggles … // Continue Reading…

How the NSA plans to infect ‘Millions’ of Computers

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Published on The Intercept,  by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher, March 13, 2014.

Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale by using automated systems that reduce the level of human oversight in the process.

The classified files – provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – contain new details about groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware “implants.” The clandestine initiative enables the NSA to break into targeted computers and to siphon out data from foreign Internet and phone networks.  Continue Reading…

How do you like your Feminism

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Beyonce’s Collaboration with Washington and her Ascendency into the Black Misleadership Class – Published on Dissident Voice, by Danny Haiphong, March 11, 2014.

This month is “Women’s History Month”, but what exactly is the importance of shedding light on the oppression of women under US/Western imperialism? If we understand the oppression of women as a necessary precondition of patriarchy, racism, and class exploitation inherent in the “Western way of life”, than it is untenable to imagine a world free of sexism without a world free of racism and class exploitation as well. In this period, the US corporate media has mass advertised a mainstream “feminism” that promotes collaboration with the US ruling order. In recent years, the American corporate ruling class has anointed Beyonce into the Black misleadership class and assigned her the leading role to spread this dangerous idea. Continue Reading…

US Private Military Contractors in Ukraine?

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Published on Steve Lendman Blog, by Stephen Lendman, March 10, 2014.

Reports suggest their presence in Eastern Ukraine. Perhaps Washington deployed Academi (formerly Xe Services/Blackwater USA) forces. Jeremy Scahill’s book titled “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” described the organization. He called it a “shadowy mercenary company (employing) some of the most feared professional killers in the world accustomed to operating without worry of legal consequences (and) largely off the congressional radar.” It has “remarkable power and protection (within) the US war apparatus.” It’s well funded. It operates extrajudicially. It’s unaccountable. It’s licensed to kill, terrorize, destroy and destabilize. It takes full advantage wherever its forces are deployed.  Continue Reading…

music ancienne

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Kamalpha Computerized Literacy Centre CLC

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(Video in FRENCH: Kamalpha – Discours Honorable députée, 8.17 min, dans, le 12 février 2013 … et plein d’autres videos sur le même site).

Development Plan (Computerized Literacy Centre CLC):

The Executive Committee, concerned about its objectives, makes every efforts to continually improve the services it wants to offer to the African population. With this in mind, it has lately changed its development plans in order to add important services to villages interested by its Computerized Literacy Centre.

The Kamalpha association, can offer the products sold by the “International H2O Foundation”, and can now offer the following services:  Continue Reading… CENTRE D’ALPHABÉTISATION PAR ORDINATEUR CAO

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Video: Kamalpha – Discours Honorable députée, 8.17 min, dans, le 12 février 2013 … (et plein d’autres videos sur le même site).

Notre Plan de développement (Centre d’Alphabétisation par Ordinateur CAO):

Le Comité Exécutif, soucieux de ses objectifs, ne tarit pas d’effort pour améliorer continuellement les services qu’il veut rendre à la population africaine. Et c’est dans ce but qu’il a modifié dernièrement ses plans de développement de façon à ajouter des services importants aux villages intéressés par ses Centres d’Alphabétisation par Ordinateur CAO.   Continue Reading…