Archive for May, 2012

Hollande stands firm in French presidential debate

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Published on Atlanta Journal-Constitution ajc, by Jamey Keaten/AP, May 2, 2012.

PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy failed to deliver a knockout blow against leftist front-runner Francois Hollande in their only head-to-head debate in France’s presidential campaign, the last major hurdle just four days before Sunday’s election finale.   Read the rest of this entry »

Entscheidendes TV-Duell in Frankreich: Verachtung und Abscheu

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Auf Spiegel Online /Politik, von Mathieu von Rohr /Paris, 3. May 2012:

Es war die aggressivste Debatte, die es in einem französischen Präsidentschaftswahlkampf je gab: Nicolas Sarkozy wollte unbedingt den Befreiungsschlag gegen seinen Herausforderer François Hollande. Er provozierte, agitierte. Und wurde Opfer seiner eigenen Taktik … //   Read the rest of this entry »

The Big Empty: Eating Cheetos with the hungry ghosts of the corporate state

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Published on Intrepid Report, by Phil Rockstroh, May 2, 2012.

Due to the consolidation of wealth and privilege into fewer and fewer hands, thus requiring escalating amounts of officially mandated surveillance and brutality to maintain social order, the natural trajectory of unregulated capitalism tends towards hyper-authoritarian excess, even towards fascism. Moreover, by the standards of capitalist ideology, and exacerbated by the rigged nature of economic and social arrangements—large segments of society are deemed losers, and, resultantly, will grow restive, if scapegoats aren’t invented to mitigate a sense of humiliation and displace rage.    Read the rest of this entry »

The Grand Experiment: German Pirate Party Attempts to Reinvent Politics, Part 1

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Published on Spiegel Online International, by Sven Becker, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Peter Müller, Marcel Rosenbach and Merlind Theile, April 25, 2012.

Germany’s Pirate Party has gone from a tiny group of hackers to a significant force in an astoundingly short amount of time. Its growing pains are obvious to all, but the party could succeed in fundamentally changing German politics. First it must agree on what it stands for.   Read the rest of this entry »

Recession has a devastating impact and many of the working poor fall through the cracks

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

For increasing numbers of Europeans the social safety net is full of holes – Published on Current Concerns, by Liz Alderman, April 23, 2012.

… Europe’s working poor:

  • These people are the extreme edge of Europe’s working poor: a growing slice of the population that is slipping through Europe’s long-vaunted social safety net. Many, particularly the young, are trapped in low-paid or temporary jobs that are replacing permanent ones destroyed in Europe’s economic crunch.    Read the rest of this entry »

Giving Voice to the voiceless

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

listen to the 86th of 200 small videos in autoplay: Tea Party Meets Occupy Richmond … and to all the rest, if you have time …