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Alperovitz and Albert on Economic Visions

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The following exchange on economic visions and practice occurred via Skype, later transcribed by John Duda, to be jointly published wherever Gar and Michael saw fit – Published on ZNet, by Michael Albert and Gar Alperovitz, March 7, 2014.

What Must Be Done?


  • I don’t claim to have a sophisticated view of how transitions might take place in the specific conditions facing other countries, but I do think a lot about the United States. Here, we need to develop community-wide structures of democratic ownership, we need to work out cooperative development, we need to work out participatory management, we need new ecological strategies developed at the local city, state, regional level. We need to go forward in nationalizing several large corporations: I think that’s possible, we nationalized General Motors, we nationalized several of the big banks, de facto, we nationalized Chrysler, we nationalized AIG. I think there will be more crises, and at some point rather than being bailed out by the government, the public may keep the corporations it has to rescue.   Continue Reading…

Send In The Clowns

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Burkina Faso: ClitorAid vs Catholic Church – in english / en français

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  • Burkina Faso: Clitoraid volunteer doctors perform 13 operations in 2 days for FGM victims while Catholic Church continues defamatory campaign, on ClitorAid, March 5, 2014: With Clitoraid’s volunteer team still awaiting the license it needs to open its new medical center in Burkina Faso, a facility dedicated to providing free clitoral repair surgery for genitally mutilated women, American surgeons who volunteered for Clitoraid’s first campaign there have already operated on 13 women, according to a statement released today by Clitoraid. “A doctor friend offered us use of his own medical facility so we could proceed with helping the 80 women awaiting the free operations we promised,” explained Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, president of Clitoraid and spokesperson for the International Raelian Movement (IRM). “We are deeply grateful to him!” … (full text);
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Ateliers de Philosophie pour Enfants

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  • Radio Suisse Romande RTS/Espace 2, au 4 mars 2014: pendant 10 minutes, Sophie Barathieu explique les principes de son travail avec les enfants;
  • Website de, la philosophie pour enfants – (voir un peu plus bas) Vevey: Les ateliers de philosophie pour enfant sont de retour, les samedis matin 8, 15, 22 et 29 mars, 5 avril, 3, 10 et 17 mai;
  • Voir aussi: Radio à la carte/radio Suisse Romande/par chaine.

Omar and the checkpoint: The essential story that is rarely told

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Ramzy Baroud, March 4, 2014.

Omar is a 7-year-old boy from Gaza. His family managed to obtain the necessary permits that allowed him to cross the Erez checkpoint to Jerusalem, through the West Bank, in order to undergo surgery. He was accompanied by his father. On the way back, the boy and his father were stopped at the Qalanidya checkpoint, separating occupied East Jerusalem from the West Bank. The father needed another permit from the Israeli military to take his son, whose wounds were still fresh hours after the surgery, back to the strip. But the soldiers were in no obliging mood.   Continue Reading…

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013 film), 179 min

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- on en.wikipedia is a 2013 American black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name. It was released on December 25, 2013. The screenplay was written by Terence Winter, and the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, a New York stockbroker who runs a firm that engages in securities fraud and corruption on Wall Street in the 1990s …;  Continue Reading…

On Ending War

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Video with David Swanson, 29.27 min, published on Z Video (first on world beyond, March 2, 2014 (also on YouTube).

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West Virginians Raise Alarm as Research Links Coal Mining to Cancer, Birth Defects

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Published on truthout (first on YES! Magazine), by Erin L. McCoy, March 1, 2014.

In the middle of a sentence, Gary Bone has to stop and gasp. “I lose my breath,” he tells me through the phone.

Bone is 56 and suffers from asbestosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and black lung. These aren’t the only remnants of nearly 20 years working in the coal mines of West Virginia. A scar on his back marks the spot where three discs were removed from his spine after a rock fell on him.  Continue Reading…

Just Say No to College! Why It’s the Worst Decision a Young American Can Make

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For today’s grads, a job is no sure thing, but decades of debt may be. And don’t get me started on the education – Published on AlterNet/Education, by Matthew Saccaro, Feb 24, 2014.

Each autumn, millions of young Americans parade into colleges with cheap plastic furniture in tow, expecting their work over the next four years to result in a career worth going into debt for. Instead, they jeopardize their futures. There’s not a worse decision a young American can make than attending college sans parental money or massive scholarship.    Continue Reading…

Afghan women: No turning back

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The emerging activism of Afghan women will be put to the test in the aftermath of the April election – Published on AlJazeera, by Helena Malikyar, Feb 28, 2014.

“Detour is not an option!” reads the Afghan Women’s Charter, which was presented to the media last week in Kabul in the presence of some of Afghanistan’s leading women of the post-Taliban decade. The Charter enumerates Afghan women’s demands of the 11 presidential candidates competing in the April vote, the third presidential election since the US-led military intervention that ousted the Taliban in 2001.

This charter, unlike most documents of this nature, was initiated by a small group of Afghan women, with no assistance from outsiders. The fact that the authors refused to seek international assistance or funding makes the effort a symbol of breaking the vicious cycle of aid dependency. It is a message that women have consciously decided to convey at a time when international engagement is about to wind down.  Continue Reading…