Archive for October, 2011

Slavoj Žižek Speaks to Occupy Wall Street

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Published on NY Observer, by Aaron Gell, October 9, 2011.
(see also OWS/Homepage; and 50 Portraits From the Occupy Wall Street Megamarch, on NY Observer, by Drew Grant, October 6, 2011 (click on START THE SLIDE SHOW).

The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek turned up at Zuccotti Park to address the Occupy Wall Street demonstration on Sunday, offering up a seminar on Radicalism 101 for an appreciative crowd … //  Read the rest of this entry »

Czech leader says more European integration is fatally wrong

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Published on, by October 9, 2011.

Greater European integration is a cause of EU problems and is no solution to the debt crisis, the CTK news agency quoted Czech President Vaclav Klaus as saying. The statement was made in an apparent response to a proposal by European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso that the EU should boost integration process in order to resolve the debt crisis.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Five Macro Crises of Our Times

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

The Financial, Energy, Political, Moral and Demographic Crises. – Linked on our blogs with Rodrigue Tremblay, Canada. Published on Global, by Prof Rodrigue Tremblay, Oct. 7, 2011.

V- The Moral Crisis:

  • Our times mark the triumph of Machiavellism, i.e. of the corrosive ideology that politics and business should not adhere to any moral principles but should only be guided by narrow political interests and by the ruthless pursuit of profits.   Read the rest of this entry »

Occupy This

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Watch this video: Occupy This, published on, by CE39, Oct. 7, 2011.

Are you wondering what these ‘Occupy’ protests that started on Wall Street and spread to cities including Houston are all about? You get varying explanations, but they all point to things in our country stink right now! I sympathize with the fed up!   Read the rest of this entry »

The dead begin to speak up in India

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Kashmir is one of two war zones in India from which no news must come. But those in unmarked graves will not be silenced. – Published on The Guardian, by Arundhati Roy, Sept. 30, 2010:

At about 3am, on 23 September, within hours of his arrival at the Delhi airport, the US radio-journalist David Barsamian
was deported. This dangerous man, who produces independent, free-to-air programmes for public radio, has been visiting India for 40 years, doing such dangerous things as learning Urdu and playing the sitar.   Read the rest of this entry »

1936 anti-fascist London battle has resonance today

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Published on Reuters, by Michael Holden, October 4, 2011.

(Reuters) – Max Levitas recalls the electricity in the air as more than 100,000 Jews, Irish workers, communists and residents battled police to stop fascists marching through a Jewish area of east London in 1936. The protesters threw marbles under the hooves of police horses and residents dumped garbage and chamber pots from their windows in what became known as the “Battle of Cable Street.” Dozens were injured in the violent clashes as baton-wielding officers unsuccessfully tried to break their lines.  Read the rest of this entry »

Occupy Wall Street protests – live coverage … and more

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Published on The Guardian, by Adam Gabbatt, Thursday 6 October 2011 04.03h.

October 5, 2011 /11.00pm: Another big day for the Occupy Wall Street protesters is drawing to a close. Thousands of protesters – with conservative estimates putting the number at around 15,000 – marched through Lower Manhattan, bringing the area to a halt.   Read the rest of this entry »

Class warfare, indeed

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Published on Intrepid Report, by Michael Parenti, October 5, 2011.

… “Class” is used with impunity and approval only when it has that magic neutralizing adjective “middle” attached to it. The middle class is an acceptable mainstream concept because it usually does not sharpen our sense of class struggle; it dilutes and muffles critical consciousness. If everyone in America is middle class (except for a few superrich and a minor stratum of very poor), there is little room for any awareness of class conflict.  Read the rest of this entry »

Hooligans im Schweizer Fussball

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Wieder einmal grosse Aufregung über Hooligans. Jeder sagt, jetzt muss etwas passieren … aber unsere Gesellschaft ist nicht einmal fähig, am TV die Gesichter der gefilmten Kerle offen zu zeigen. Immer noch werden, wie fast immer in der Schweiz, die Täter besser geschützt als die Opfer. Gerade jetzt, in dem Moment sagt ein Verantwortlicher des Fussballs am Schweizer TV /der Rundschau, man werde Gewalt wohl nie aus dem Fussball verbannen können. Ich frage jetzt: was soll dieser Bullshit?

Ich schlage vor, dass wir das Volk diese Leute jetzt filmen, fotografieren und deren Gesichter ins Internet stellen.

Wenn Ihr Verantwortlichen immer nur redet und streitet, statt handelt, müssen wir halt selber tätig werden. Denn auch wir als Volk sind verantwortlich und können nicht immer nur reklamieren. Heidi.

Majority of US college students never get degrees

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Published on WSWS, by Peter Daniels, October 4, 2011.

A report just issued by the non-profit group Complete College America sheds some light on the appalling state of higher education in the United States today. Examining college completion rates, the report shows that the majority of college students never get their degrees, even when they prolong their stay in school while working or raising families. Read the rest of this entry »

Open-ended Wall Street occupation (OWS)

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

See directly: Occupy Wall Street OWS’ live stream on … then Watch this video, 2.42 minutes, published on RTnews, October 4, 2011:

  • The group of protesters on the streets of New York continues to grow, and now war veterans are joining in to show their support.
  • The brutal showdown on Brooklyn Bridge, where over 700 people were arrested, spawned another protest near City Hall.
  • Protesters are planning another demonstration, this time directly outside of City Hall, RT’s Marina Portnaya reported.
  • The purpose of this protest is to call on the city to drop all charges against nearly 800 activists who were arrested on Saturday evening. Those arrests took place when “Occupy Wall Street” protesters marched onto the Brooklyn Bridge, causing it to be shut down in one direction.
  • US soldiers and veterans are expected to join the protest near City Hall. They said they will be coming out to protect protesters from another brutal confrontation with the New York Police Department. Read the rest of this entry »

Sami Aldeeb: Le Coran a été écrit par un rabbin

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Ecoutez cette vidéo, 63.31 minutes, publié dans Enquête et Débat, par Jean, le 3 octobre 2011:

Lors de cet entretien, Sami Aldeeb nous explique notamment que le Coran a été écrit par un rabbin, qu’il convient de lire le Coran dans l’ordre chronologique de la Révélation et non dans l’ordre communément admis (qui n’a rien à voir avec la chronologie de la Révélation), et que le Coran devrait être désacralisé pour que l’islam puisse être réformé. Read the rest of this entry »

What Kind of Education Does our Direct (Swiss) Democracy Require?

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Published on Current Concerns no. 17, by Dr phil Henriette Hanke Güttinger, Switzerland, September 2011.

Today’s children and youth are the future citizens of our direct democratic Switzerland. Our country’s survival, prospering and development will lie in their hands. For this to happen, the necessary foundations have to be laid in family and school education. In the family, kindergarten, elementary school, in vocational schools and colleges individuals are to be brought up and educated who will – as the next generation – act to promote the common good in society and the democratic state.  Read the rest of this entry »

Ritz justice

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Published on, by Jon Robins, September 2011.

A bill going through parliament threatens to make access to justice a right available only to the rich. Jon Robins reports: Access to justice is the hallmark of a civil society, the coalition government tells us in its recent green paper on legal aid. It is an assertion that is rendered immediately meaningless by the subsequent Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, published in June.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Occupy Wall Street Movement

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Report from the Frontlines: Origins of the 99% Movement – Published on Global, by David DeGraw, Sept. 29, 2011. (First published on Amped Status: How Anonymous, AmpedStatus, the NYC General Assembly, US Day of Rage, Adbusters and Thousands of Individual Actions Led to the Occupation of Liberty Park and the Birth of a Movement).

… The road that led to the successful occupation has been a long, hard and winding one. When you go to Liberty Park, into the heart of the occupation, you will see a very diverse group of people with opinions across the entire political spectrum. It is the very essence of a ground-up grassroots decentralized movement.   Read the rest of this entry »