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Index April 2014

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2014-04-01: éducation aux droits de l’homme;
2014-04-01: human rights-education;
2014-04-01: Trois Nouvelles formations avec proPhilo;
2014-04-02: The United Nations and the Issue of Ukraine’s Sovereignty;
2014-04-03: Banking union time bomb: Eurocrats authorize bailouts and bail-ins;
2014-04-04: Interview with Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor: Sometimes You Have To Do the Unexpected;
2014-04-05: Truth vs. Torture;
2014-04-06: latest of Noam Chomsky;
2014-04-07: disclosures of the National Security Archive NSA;
2014-04-08: The Left and the European Union;
2014-04-09: The conscience and courage of Chelsea (Bradley) Manning;
2014-04-10: Petition: END HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN ASSAM;
2014-04-11: How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All;
2014-04-12: War for Dummies;
2014-04-13: Do We Care Too Much?
2014-04-14: Avoiding the Capitalist Apocalypse;
2014-04-15: Ogun launches 10 hectares cassava pilot farm;
2014-04-16: A Primer on the Antiunion Campaign at Volkswagen;
2014-04-17: The Transformative Potential of the Right to Food;
2014-04-18: Sweet Adelines;
2014-04-19: Free Transit: three Reasons it is an Idea whose Time has come;
2014-04-20: just music;
2014-04-21: Graphene is going to revolutionize the 21st Century;
2014-04-22: Raising Our Expectations;
2014-04-23: INDIA: Cat Out of the Bag;
2014-04-24: What Germany Left Behind: The Slow Collapse of North Afghanistan – part 1;
2014-04-25: Carter Opposes West’s Sanctions That Hurt Russian People;
2014-04-26: LIVE – German and Russian diplomats to build trust at Petersburg Dialogue;
2014-04-27: The Downfall of Rome: Can a New Mayor Stop the City’s Decline? – part 1;
2014-04-28: Venezuelan Government-Opposition Dialogue Produces Results;
2014-04-29: What can the citizen do in the conflict between the “West” and Russia?
2014-04-30: Epic Musics from Fairy Plays and Fantasy.

Epic Musics from Fairy Plays and Fantasy

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Link: medieval and fairy tale musics, on one of my other blogs.

What can the citizen do in the conflict between the “West” and Russia?

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Published on Current Concerns, by Karl Müller, April 19, 2014.

A look at the comments regarding Ukraine, Russia and the “West” in recent weeks has shown once again that there are big differences between the published opinion and the opinion of the citizens. There are many signs that the Western campaign journalism against Russian policy and in particular against the Russian President was too obvious and did not hold any credibility. The comments and reports were all too one-sided and unbalanced and hid too many facts, however, in many cases citizens are aware of them … // Continue Reading…

Venezuelan Government-Opposition Dialogue Produces Results

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Published on ZNet (first on Venezuelanalysis), by Ewan Robertson, April 26, 2014.

The third dialogue talk between the Venezuelan government and opposition has produced more results, while the armed forces have largely “liberated” another city from militant opposition street barricades.

During last night’s peace talk between prominent members of the government and the opposition’s Democratic Unity Table (MUD) coalition, the opposition agreed to designate two representatives to the Truth Commission.   Continue Reading…

The Downfall of Rome: Can a New Mayor Stop the City’s Decline? – part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Walter Mayr in Rome, April 25, 2014 (Photo Gallery).

Pilgrims from around the world are expected in Rome this weekend for the canonization of two former popes. They will find an Italian capital that is increasingly squalid and close to bankruptcy. The city’s new mayor is hoping he can turn it around … // Continue Reading…

LIVE German and Russian diplomats to build trust at Petersburg Dialogue

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Carter Opposes West’s Sanctions That Hurt Russian People

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Published on Countercurrents.org, by staff, April 23, 2014.

Former US president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday the West should not impose sanctions that would hurt the Russian people over their leaders’ actions in Ukraine . And, hours after the US vice-president Joe Biden’s Kiev visit, the Kiev authority has relaunched military assaults against the federationists in the east of Ukraine . The federationists are opposing the authority that has seized parliament and usurped power in Kiev .

Media reports on Ukraine said: Continue Reading…

What Germany Left Behind: The Slow Collapse of North Afghanistan – part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Nicola Abé, April 22, 2014 (Photo Gallery).

Six months ago, Germany’s military withdrew from Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. Since then, regional security has eroded and many of those left behind feel abandoned. Even development work seems to have come to a halt … // Continue Reading…

INDIA: Cat Out of the Bag

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Published on ZNet, by Badri Raina, April 21, 2014.

Finally, the cat is out of the bag. That has been now said in so many words which the weltanshauung of the rightwing Hindutva election campaign has been remorselessly leading upto, namely that those who are inimical to a likely Narendra Modi-led government are anti-national, and “have no place in India and should go to Pakistan.” Thus, what has been a consistently insinuated sub-text of the Modi campaign has found articulation as actually the main plank of the RSS-mentored push for state power.   Continue Reading…

Raising Our Expectations

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Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s e-bulletin no 970, by Sam Gindin, April 20, 2014.

Looking back to the defeat of the labour movement since the early 1980s, three lessons seem especially important. First, any gains made under capitalism are temporary; they can be reversed. Second, the kind of unionism we developed in that earlier period of gains was inherently limited; it left us in a poor position to respond to the subsequent attacks. Third, absent new forms of working-class organization and practices, fatalism takes over and worker expectations fall.   Continue Reading…

Graphene is going to revolutionize the 21st Century

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Graphene: World-leading Research and Development – Published on Manchester 1824 (The University of Manchester).

Graphene is a two dimensional material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb or chicken wire structure. It is the thinnest material known and yet is also one of the strongest. It conducts electricity as efficiently as copper and outperforms all other materials as a conductor of heat. Graphene is almost completely transparent, yet so dense that even the smallest atom helium cannot pass through it.   Continue Reading…

just music

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various uploaders:

uploaded by Dagio, Jan-Feb 2014: Continue Reading…

Free Transit: three Reasons it is an Idea whose Time has come

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Published on Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 969, by Michael Laxer, April 18, 2014.

On January 1, 2013, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, became the largest city in the world to make mass transit free for its residents. While the effects of having done this are, of course, specific to the context of the city itself, it has shown that a major city can do it and that it has been widely popular with its residents. It has also focused attention on a growing international movement of groups, activists and parties who feel that free mass transit in major urban areas is an important social and environmental goal to be worked toward in the near future.   Continue Reading…

Sweet Adelines

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uploaders:   Continue Reading…

The Transformative Potential of the Right to Food

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Published on truthout, by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, April 14, 2014.

Transitioning from an industrial model of agriculture to a system benefiting small-scale producers – a step governments must support – will not only alleviate worldwide hunger and poverty, but will reduce carbon emissions, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food concludes in a new report (see on OHCHR/Annual reports/year 2014, A/HRC/25/57 – click on E = Report to the Human Rights Council “The transformative potential of the right to food”).   Continue Reading…

A Primer on the Antiunion Campaign at Volkswagen

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Published on truthout, by John Logan, April 14, 2014.

Given the dizzying array of antiunion forces that were involved in the campaign to undermine workers’ choice to form a union at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, a who’s who of who did what in the dirty tricks campaign may come in handy.   Continue Reading…

Ogun launches 10 hectares cassava pilot farm

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Published on farmlandgrab.org, April 9, 2014.

(Note: This project with Thai Farms International, a subsidairy of Flour Mills of Nigeria, is part of the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition framework agreement with Nigeria).

The agricultural transformation policy of the Ogun State government will soon get a major boost as the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun launches a 10-hectare cassava pilot farm promoted by Caterina de’ Medici Africa Projects Ltd (CDMA) at Ikenne.   Continue Reading…

Avoiding the Capitalist Apocalypse

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Published on ZNet, by Paul Street, April 12, 2014.

… The Marxist Apocalypse That Wasn’t: … //

… The Capitalist Apocalypse That Is: … //

… The Common Ruin of the Contending Classes:   Continue Reading…

Do We Care Too Much?

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Published on ZNet, by Suren Moodliar, April 11, 2014.

David Graeber answers the provocative title question affirmatively in a recent Guardian op-ed, Caring too much. That’s the curse of the working classes (3/26/2014). The result of this excessive caring is “that the basic logic of austerity has been accepted by almost everyone: Why has the basic logic of austerity been accepted by everyone? Because solidarity has come to be viewed as a scourge” So while others may consider solidarity to be a virtue, Graeber believes that it is “the rope from which [the working] class is currently suspended.”   Continue Reading…

War for Dummies

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Published on ZNet, by DAvid Swanson (first on War Is A Crime), April 10, 2014.

… Check out a recent Washington Post report.

Now there I go misleading you again. While it’s true that the editors of the Washington Post are often dummies and often want wars to be waged, that’s not what I mean right now. I think members of the U.S. government and its obedient media constitute an important but tiny exception to the rule this report points to.

The facts as reported on April 7th are these:   Continue Reading…

How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All

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Published on Yes Magazine,  (appeared first on Color Lines … and later also on truthout), by Imara Jones, April 7, 2014.

By keeping workers healthy, the Affordable Care Act will help the working poor achieve greater financial stability—and will probably boost the economy as well.

As the enrollment date for Obamacare came to an end this week, one overlooked fact is that the law could have a dramatic impact on the job security and earnings of the working poor. More than one out three people who’ve signed up for coverageearn below the poverty threshold qualifying them for Medicaid, with the incomes of millions more eligible for subsidies to help pay insurance premiums.    Continue Reading…

Petition: END HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN ASSAM

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Published on WalkFree.org, the petition is running now:

As the biggest single shareholder, if Tata Global Beverages commits to help improve the working conditions of the employees of Amalgamated Plantations, they could play a much needed leading role in ending slavery in Assam, India.

Tell Tata Global Beverages to help prevent the trafficking of young girls working on their tea plantations by taking these three essential steps: Continue Reading…

The conscience and courage of Chelsea (Bradley) Manning

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Published on ROARMAG, by Nozomi Hayase, April 4, 2014.

Four years after WikiLeaks’ release of the Collateral Murder video, Manning’s contagious courage continues to reveal the dehumanized colonizer within.
Four years have passed since WikiLeaks’ sensational release of the classified US military video titled Collateral Murder. On April 5, 2010, the raw footage was published depicting airstrikes by a US Army helicopter gunship in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad. The soldiers attacked Iraqis, killing about a dozen men wandering down a street, including two Reuters staffers, Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh in the first of three reckless attacks involving civilians.   Continue Reading…

The Left and the European Union

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On the Need for an Anti-Euro and Anti-EU Position – Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-bulletin no. 965, by Panagiotis Sotiris, April 7, 2014.

… Erosion of Sovereignty – Enter the Troika:

The Greek experiment has also been an exercise in the erosion of popular sovereignty. In all aspects Greece is a country of reduced sovereignty. The representatives of the so called ‘Troika’ (European Commission (EU), European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)) actually dictate measures in the name of ‘market liberalization’ and ‘competitiveness’ and no legislative initiative of the Greek government can be initiated without the explicit approval of the Troika representatives. The execution of the Greek budget and the tax collection process are closely monitored by the Troika officials. Without Troika approval Greece cannot receive the next part of the loans agreed with its creditors, thus the Troika actually controls the financial lifeline of a country.    Continue Reading…

disclosures of the National Security Archive NSA

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Brazil Marks 50th Anniversary of Military Coup
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 465, by James G. Hershberg and Peter Kornbluh, April 2, 2014, incl Docs 1 – 16:

  • On 50th anniversary, Archive posts new Kennedy Tape Transcripts on coup plotting against Brazilian President Joao Goulart,
  • Robert Kennedy characterized Goulart as a “wily politician” who “figures he’s got us by the —”,
  • Declassified White House records chart genesis of regime change effort in Brazil;   Continue Reading…