Archive for March, 2012

Index March 2012

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

2012-03-01: A Letter To Other Occupiers;
2012-03-02: Internet pirates! Unite! You’ve nothing to lose;
2012-03-03: Diabetes: An Entirely Preventable & Reversible Condition;
2012-03-04: Five demands the left can unite around?
2012-03-05: snooped on YouTube;
2012-03-06: Veterans for Peace Suppors Occupy Oakland;
2012-03-07: Poverty in England;
2012-03-07: Sami Aldeeb et le coran;
2012-03-08: Ireland and it’s Celtic music on YouTube;
2012-03-09: We are a threatened country;
2012-03-10: On Taxing the Rich, a Top Pol Breaks Ranks;
2012-03-11: German Village Becomes Model for Renewable Energy;
2012-03-12: David Arkenstone on YouTube;
2012-03-13: French Presidential Candidate Hollande – Part 1: They’ll Have to Listen to Me;
2012-03-14: And now what? Greece after its official creditor-led default;
2012-03-15: Lorax 2-minute finale: 99% sing Let it grow, 1% Let it die;
2012-03-16: OCCUPY: Infiltration of Political Movements is the Norm, Not the Exception in the United States – Part II;
2012-03-17: The cooperative principle as the basis of Swiss political culture – past and present;
2012-03-17: inside job;
2012-03-17: Ce rabbin qui dit la vérité – a vidéo que les medias censurent;
2012-03-18: Canada: Drummond report recommendations will be devastating to low income Ontarians;
2012-03-19: Does Labor Have Any Real Friends?
2012-03-20: Asia is world’s top weapons importer;
2012-03-21: SHIP WRECKS on YouTube;
2012-03-22: Monti and the Millionaires: with spring, a new political tenor arrives in Italy;
2012-03-23: One Author Tackles Trayvon Martin and the Deadly Legacy of Vigilantism;
2012-03-24: Occupy: Activist Toolkit weekly roundup;
2012-03-25: MORE CORAL REEFS;
2012-03-26: The Pursuit of Justice in Guatemala;
2012-03-27: Paititi;
2012-03-28: This poll lead is soft – here’s how Labour can harden it;
2012-03-29: Occupy May Day: Not Your Usual General Strike;
2012-03-30: Western policy is ineffective and short-sighted;
2012-03-31: AL QAEDA AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS.

AL QAEDA AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda … An Incessant and Repetitive Public Discourse, Part I – Published on Global Research.ca, by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, March 24, 2012.

There is something disturbing in the nature of post 9/11 public discourse. Incessantly, on a daily basis, Al Qaeda is referred to by the Western media, government officials, members of the US Congress, Wall Street analysts, etc. as an underlying cause of numerous World events. Occurences of a significant political, social or strategic nature – including the US presidential elections campaign – are routinely categorized by referring to Al Qaeda, the alleged architect of the September 11 2001 attacks.  Read the rest of this entry »

Western policy is ineffective and short-sighted

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The BRICS countries’ co-operation is based on the primacy of strategic independence, inviolability of sovereignty and a balance of forces – Published on Current Concerns, by Fyodor Lukyanov, March 26, 2012.

… How should Russia behave in this world?

Above all, Russia should stop looking back at the events of 20 years ago. In his first election article Putin wrote that the post-Soviet era is over and its agenda has been exhausted. This is important because for the entire period leading up to the disintegration of the Soviet Union, with the numerous consequences that came along with it, was as a point of departure for the nation and its ruling class, which was unable to overcome the psychological trauma of it.   Read the rest of this entry »

Occupy May Day: Not Your Usual General Strike

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Based on a talk by Jeremy Brecher to Occupy University, Zuccotti Park – Published on ZNet, by Jeremy Brecher, March 27, 2012.

Last December, Occupy Los Angeles proposed a General Strike on May 1 “for migrant rights, jobs for all, a moratorium on foreclosures, and peace – and to recognize housing, education and health care as human rights.” The idea has spread through the Occupy movement. Occupy Wall Street in New York recently expressed solidarity with the proposal and called for “a day without the 99%, general strike, and more!” with “no work, no school, no housework, no shopping, take the streets!”  Reactions are ranging from enthusiastic support to outraged skepticism. What form might such an action take, and what if anything might it achieve?

General Strikes and Mass Strikes: … //   Read the rest of this entry »

This poll lead is soft – here’s how Labour can harden it

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Published on Labour List, by Mark Ferguson, March 27, 2012.

So after a fairly disastrous budget and a Tory donations scandal, Labour’s poll lead is looking both bigger and more secure. It’s a verifiable budget bounce. And with more bad headlines for Cameron this morning, Tory attack lines on Labour and the unions aren’t cutting through (yet) to the front pages.  Read the rest of this entry »

Paititi

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Published on en.wikipedia:

  • Paititi is a legendary Inca lost city or utopian rich land said to lie east of the Andes, hidden somewhere within the remote rainforests of southeast Peru, northern Bolivia or southwest Brazil. The Paititi legend in Peru revolves around the story of the culture-hero Inkarri, who, after he had founded Q’ero and Cusco, retreated toward the jungles of Pantiacolla to live out the rest of his days in his refuge city of Paititi. Other versions of the legend see Paititi as an Inca refuge in the border area between Bolivia and Brazil …   Read the rest of this entry »

The Pursuit of Justice in Guatemala

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Published on The National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 373, by Kate Doyle, March 23, 2012: about NACLA Report on the Americas; Full Issue, Notes, Updates, Report, Reviews etc. on NACLA.org.

… January 26 marked a watershed in Guatemalan history. That evening, after more than eight hours of arguments from prosecutors and defense lawyers, retired army general Efraín Ríos Montt—the military leader who presided over the most intense and bloody period of state repression in the country’s modern history—was formally charged by Judge Carol Patricia Flores with genocide and crimes against humanity.    Read the rest of this entry »

MORE CORAL REEFS

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Occupy: Activist Toolkit weekly roundup

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

actions, stopping street harassment, trans-positive workshops – Published on rabble.ca/blogs, Steffanie Pinch, March 22, 2012.

Activists soberly observed the day to eliminate racial discrimination yesterday, with protests and events nation-wide. My thoughts are with the family and friends of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old teen who was shot after buying candy by a so-called member of a community watch group, simply because of the colour of his skin. His murder was entirely senseless, preventable and his killer has yet to be brought to justice. When tragedy strikes activists have to strike back: sign the petition to charge Martin’s killer and look to the toolkit this week for fresh tools to take to the streets.  Read the rest of this entry »

One Author Tackles Trayvon Martin and the Deadly Legacy of Vigilantism

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Published on ZNet, Interview by Koritha Mitchell and Jamilah King, March 22, 2012.

The unprovoked killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sparked widespread national outrage, particularly among black Americans. The particulars of the case are, at best, tragic, and at worst, horrifying: Martin was visiting a friend of his father’s in a small gated community outside of Orlando, sporting a gray hoodie and armed with a pack of Skittles and a can of iced tea. Along the way he became a target of nearby resident George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old member of the local Neighborhood Watch, who thought the teen looked “suspicious.” Zimmerman then shot and killed Martin—and, so far, it’s been with legal impunity, protected in part by Florida’s expansive definition of self-defense … //   Read the rest of this entry »

Monti and the Millionaires: with spring, a new political tenor arrives in Italy

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Published on Spiegel Online International, March 20, 2012.

What’s going on in Italy? The administration is popular, despite having not been elected. Elected political elites, on the other hand, have little power. Under recently appointed Prime Minister Mario Monti; the tenor of Italian politics has improved considerably. The question is how long the experiment can last.    Read the rest of this entry »

SHIP WRECKS on YouTube

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Asia is world’s top weapons importer

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Published on Raw Story, by AFP, March 19, 2012.

Asia leads the world when it comes to weapon imports, according to a study released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute SIPRI. Globally the volume of international transfers of majorconventional weapons was 24 percent higher in the period 2007-11 compared to the 2002-06 period, the report said.   Read the rest of this entry »

Does Labor Have Any Real Friends?

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Published on Dissident Voice, by David Macaray, March 16, 2012.

Despite well-meaning attempts at mitigating or sugar-coating it, organized labor has always known, deep-down, that the only true friend it had was labor itself.  Yes, the Democrats have thrown a few crumbs its way, and yes, academics have eloquently given voice to the Movement, and yes, non-union workers have grudgingly recognized organized labor’s historical contributions.  But when it comes to the down-and-dirty battles, working people realize that no one can be relied upon except other working people.    Read the rest of this entry »

Canada: Drummond report recommendations will be devastating to low income Ontarians

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Published on rabble.ca, by John Bonnar, March 17, 2012.

(Hruschka): She lost her job as a bookkeeper in 2009. A victim of workplace bullying.

  • Since then, she’s been looking for another job. But several of her front teeth are missing and she can’t afford to get them fixed.
  • Yet somehow she barely manages to survive on welfare … //

… Like Hruschka, Ursula Samuels lives on welfare with her 16-year-old so:    Read the rest of this entry »

Ce rabbin qui dit la vérité – a vidéo que les medias censurent

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

à propos du judaisme et du zionisme – regardez cette vidéo, 5.09 minutes, dans Dailymotion.com.

inside job

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Watch this Video -  in english, with subtitles in french, 108.31 min, on tagtélé …

et ce link: Olivier Delamarche – Mario Draghi va imprimer des billets qui ne valent rien, 21 février 2012, 7.07 min, dans BFM Business.

The cooperative principle as the basis of Swiss political culture – past and present

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Published on Current Concerns, by Dr phil René Roca, March 12, 2012.

The cooperatives in their various forms provide an essential foundation for the Swiss federal state. As economic self-help organizations cooperatives are based on the personal concept of man. Cooperatives should not merely be considered as a form of organization but in a broader sense as an important form of society. A cooperative is supported by a community that raises the highest ethical demands to respective tasks and that assumes much responsibility as the owner of a common cause.       Read the rest of this entry »

OCCUPY: Infiltration of Political Movements is the Norm, Not the Exception in the United States

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Part II – Published on Global Research.ca, by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, March 13, 2012.

… Infiltration is the Norm, not the Exception, of  U.S. Political Movements:

When the long history of political infiltration is reviewed, the Occupy Movement should be surprised if it is not infiltrated.  Almost every movement in modern history has been infiltrated by police and others using many of the same tactics we are now seeing in Occupy.   Read the rest of this entry »

Lorax 2-minute finale: 99% sing Let it grow, 1% Let it die

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Published on Washington’s Blog, by Carl Herman, March 13, 2012.

… The 99% in The Lorax are aware that something is wrong, but don’t know exactly what it is. They can’t see outside the wall, so they still accept their “leadership.” The 99% do their best to live in good cheer, but are concerned about visible destruction of their health and air quality.   Read the rest of this entry »

And now what? Greece after its official creditor-led default

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Published on openDemocracy, by Vassilis K. Fouskas, 12 March 2012.

Following Greece’s recent mammoth 206-billion-euro bond swap, people wrongly believe that the private bondholders of the Greek debt lost money and that the country is on a path to recovery. The only solution for Greece remains a debtor-led default and exit from the euro-zone under the leadership of a radical democrat political movement … //

… Elements of a programme for a united radical left:     Read the rest of this entry »

French Presidential Candidate Hollande – Part 1: They’ll Have to Listen to Me

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Published on Spiegel Online International, Interview with François Hollande, March 12, 2012. (Interview conducted by Mathieu von Rohr and Romain Leick; translated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

In a SPIEGEL interview, French Socialist Party presidential candidate François Hollande reacts to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refusal to meet with him in the run-up to the election, explains how he would like to renegotiate the European fiscal pact if he is elected and shares why it is unlikely we will soon hear the term “Merlande” if he is elected … //   Read the rest of this entry »

David Arkenstone on YouTube

Monday, March 12th, 2012

His music: Relacionados de YouTube de David Arkenstone, 100 videos in autoplay.

David Arkenstone is an American New Age musician. His music is primarily instrumental, with occasional vocalizations. He was born in Chicago, Illinois … His second wife was Diane Arkenstone, also a musician.[3]

Find him:  Read the rest of this entry »

German Village Becomes Model for Renewable Energy

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Published on Spigel Online International, by Renuka Rayasam, March 9, 2012.

The tiny village of Feldheim, some 60 kilometers southwest of Berlin, was catapulted by chance to the forefront of the renewable energy movement. Now visitors from around the world are flocking to this otherwise unremarkable rural community to see if they can replicate its success … //   Read the rest of this entry »

On Taxing the Rich, a Top Pol Breaks Ranks

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Published on Too Much*, by Sam Pizzigati, March 3, 2012.

A tax-the-rich bombshell has dropped in the presidential race. The French presidential race. But this bombshell’s blast will almost certainly reverberate elsewhere. Maybe even in the United States. Mainstream political leaders in the world’s developed nations have been suffering from political amnesia — on tax policy — for over 30 years now.  In the generation before 1980, the world’s top industrial nations routinely subjected their highest income brackets to tax rates as high as 70 and 80 and even 90 percent.    Read the rest of this entry »

We are a threatened country

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Fragmentary impressions of a journey to Iran – Published on Current Concerns, by ev, March 1, 2012.

Once again war plans are unabashedly considered – this time against Iran, a nation with a rich, ancient culture, with an impressive tradition and history, which – unlike all the Western colonial powers and modern spokesmen of “democracy” and “freedom” – has not yet waged war of aggression. And the people are well aware of their culture, which is well taken care of and estimated.   Read the rest of this entry »

Ireland and it’s Celtic music on YouTube

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

YouTube Mix in autoplay:

Listen also:   Read the rest of this entry »

Sami Aldeeb et le coran

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Voir la vidéo sur YouTube, en français/in french, 63.32 minutes.

Links:

Centre of Arab and Islamic Law, Switzerland;    Read the rest of this entry »

Poverty in England

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

how Experian ranks where you live – Which places are at the biggest risk of poverty across England? See the data from credit reference agency Experian: Get the data; Interactive guide; For smaller areas look at this: the Indices of Multiple Deprivation mapped (click also on the two interactive maps) – Published on The Guardian /datablog, by Simon Rogers, March 6, 2012.

How poor is your area – and how much worse will it get? Credit reference company Experian, besides supplying information to credit cards companies and banks, also provides data for the public sector – and has given us this data.   Read the rest of this entry »

Veterans for Peace Supports Occupy Oakland

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Published on Dissident Voice, by Veterans for Peace /East Bay Chapter 162, March 3, 2012.

… The members of Veterans for Peace, East Bay Chapter 162, have been watching the increasing repression against the Occupy Movement here in Oakland, CA, which has included repeated use of chemical agents, concussion grenades, and other “less lethal” weapons, as well as beatings. Several persons, including military veterans, have been seriously injured by the police.    Read the rest of this entry »