Archive for February, 2013

Index February 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

2013-02-01: Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?
2013-02-02: Fear of Contagion: Merkel Steps Back from Coalition Partner FDP;
2013-02-03: Suez Canal Where is the truth?
2013-02-04: The Human Brain Project HBP;
2013-02-04: Human Brain Project HBP: Grossforschungsprojekte, ein Klumpenrisiko?
2013-02-05: Global Leadership Vacuum: Europe Incapable, America Unwilling;
2013-02-06: White supremacy and mass incarceration;
2013-02-07: Red Obsessions: Film Business Moves from Hollywood to Asia;
2013-02-08: Big Brother takes over from Uncle Sam;
2013-02-09: Bailout Doubts: Merkel Opponent Sets Conditions for Cyprus Aid;
2013-02-10: 10 Questions to Ask John Brennan at his CIA Confirmation Hearing;
2013-02-11: Living in a Constitution-Free Zone;
2013-02-12: Catalonia: Fight over right to decide political future intensifies;
2013-02-13: A Mere Breeze: Era of Fast Growth Ends for Wind Energy in Europe;
2013-02-14: Public Education and The Common Good;
2013-02-15: The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State;
2013-02-16: Imperialism: The Hegemony of the Military-Industrial Complex;
2013-02-17: The SWP Crisis, Is Leninism Relevant, How Should Radicals Organize? 2013;
2013-02-18: American foreign policy: Have our war lovers learned anything?
2013-02-19: Too Big Not To Fail?
2013-02-20: Forced Out: A Berlin Family’s Eviction Sparks Violent Protest;
2013-02-21: Photographing Tragedy: What Victims Actually Want;
2013-02-22: FaceLeft’s Aims;
2013-02-23: When will his nightmare end?
2013-02-24: Recent rulings in Bradley’s pre-trial hearings–Trial delayed until June;
2013-02-25: Too Fat to Vote;
2013-02-26: Corals, Fishes, Nature’s Wonders;
2013-02-27: US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing;
2013-02-28: Austerity USA Begins March 1st: Bipartisan Project to Impoverish the American People.

Austerity USA Begins March 1st: Bipartisan Project to Impoverish the American People

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Published on Global Research.ca, by Shamus Cooke, Feb 25, 2013.

U.S. politicians have cried wolf over austerity long enough for the public to ignore them. A perfect time, then, for politicians to actually unleash the wolves. Barring an unlikely last minute deal, here’s a short list of some of the massive, national bi-partisan-created austerity cuts, according to the New York Times:

  • 600,000 food stamp recipients will be cut from the program
  • Massive education cuts. According to President Obama: Once these cuts take effect thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off and tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids.  Read the rest of this entry »

US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Published on Russia Today RT, February 25, 2013.

Starting this week, Internet Service Providers will start throttling connection speeds for customers alleged to be pirating copyright-protected materials.

Months after a controversial “six-strike” program was slated to be rolled out by the biggest ISPs in the United States, the Copyright Alert System (CAS) confirmed on Monday that the initiative has gone live.   Read the rest of this entry »

Corals, Fishes, Nature’s Wonders

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Too Fat to Vote

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Published on VICE (first on Greg Palast.com), by Greg Palast, Feb 23, 2013).

You know why black folk in the south don’t vote? According to the New York Times and the experts at the Pew Charitable Trust, they’re just too damn fat!

Normally I wouldn’t care what the Times is passing off as fact, except for that, on February the 27th, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether to gut the Voting Rights Act of 1965.   Read the rest of this entry »

Recent rulings in Bradley’s pre-trial hearings–Trial delayed until June

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Published on FreeBradleyManning.org, by the Bradley Manning Support Network, January 23, 2013.

Bradley Manning, a 25-year-old Army intelligence analyst, is accused of releasing the Collateral Murder video, which shows the killing of unarmed civilians and two Reuters journalists by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. He is also accused of sharing the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and series of embarrassing US diplomatic cables.  Read the rest of this entry »

When will his nightmare end?

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Bradley Manning should be renowned as a hero for his part in exposing U.S. war crimes to the world. Instead … he’s rotting in a military brig – Published on Socialist Worker.org, by Nicole Colson, February 21, 2013.

ONE THOUSAND days in a military prison for the “crime” of alerting the American public to wartime atrocities. That’s the dubious “anniversary” that Pfc. Bradley Manning will mark on February 23.

Manning is the Army information specialist who revealed the horrific crimes inflicted on the people of Iraq by the U.S. military when he turned over classified files and video to the muckraking WikiLeaks website.  Read the rest of this entry »

FaceLeft’s Aims

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Published on ZNet, by Michael Albert, February 20, 2013.

As you may know from prior announcements, ZCommunications has developed software for progressive social networking. It provides Facebook-like – and very soon Twitter-like and potentially much more functionality -  with no commercial or coercive drawbacks. No spying. No ads. No selling user profiles. No limits on length of communications. Instead, substance and mutual aid.   Read the rest of this entry »

Photographing Tragedy: What Victims Actually Want

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Published on Dissident Voice, by Ramzy Baroud, February 19, 2013.

When one looks at scenes of fleeing refugees from Syria via images of their squalid refugee camps and hears their pleas for solidarity, mercy or for God’s help to end their suffering, one finds eerie similarities between their experiences and those of the Palestinians, Lebanese and Iraqis.   Read the rest of this entry »

Forced Out: A Berlin Family’s Eviction Sparks Violent Protest

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Forced Out: A Berlin Family’s Eviction Sparks Violent Protest – Published on Spiegel Online International, February 15, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

Violent protests broke out in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood on Thursday after a Turkish family was forced to leave their apartment for refusing to pay higher rent. Cars were set ablaze and demonstrators scuffled with police. The long simmering conflict reveals continued tension over the city’s rising rents … //

… Rent Hike:   Read the rest of this entry »

Too Big Not To Fail?

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Published on Dissidenet Voice, by John Andrews, February 17, 2013.

I recently started to have an interesting conversation with David Cromwell, author of “Private Planet” and “Why are we the good guys?”, and co-editor of the superb British website Media Lens. I had just finished reading his latest excellent book (good guys) and wanted to congratulate him on his efforts. I also had a couple of points I wanted to discuss with him, one of which concerned a chapter titled “Global Climate Crime” … // Read the rest of this entry »

American foreign policy: Have our war lovers learned anything?

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Published on Intrepid Reports, by William Blum, Feb 14, 2013.

Over the past four decades, of all the reasons people over a certain age have given for their becoming radicalized against US foreign policy, the Vietnam War has easily been the one most often cited. And I myself am the best example of this that you could find.  Read the rest of this entry »

The SWP Crisis, Is Leninism Relevant, How Should Radicals Organize? 2013

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Watch this video, 24.41 min, uploaded by radiofreeutah2013, Feb 7, 2013: Radio Free Utah and thenorthstar.info present a guy in a truck’s perspectives on the Crisis in the British Socialist Workers’ Party, a suggestion that Lenin should be treated as an historical, and not religious figure. Radicals are encouraged to organize themselves on the basis on local and national needs and problems, rather than inherited allegiances and opinions on international political developments. Considerations on Thomas Paine, Jesus, the Russian Revolution and chicken wings.

Imperialism: The Hegemony of the Military-Industrial Complex

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Published on Dissident Voice, by Christopher Helali, February 12, 2013.

… The financial euphoria of the 1990’s culminated with the new millennium, which hailed the capitalist system as one of the crowning achievements of human ingenuity. However, the true nature of capitalism and its inherent contradictions were disclosed again in 2008 when the market collapse caused worldwide recession.  Read the rest of this entry »

The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Published on truthdig, by Chris Hedges, Feb 11, 2013.

On Wednesday a few hundred activists crowded into the courtroom of the Second Circuit, the spillover room with its faulty audio feed and dearth of chairs, and Foley Square outside the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in Manhattan where many huddled in the cold. The fate of the nation, we understood, could be decided by the three judges who will rule on our lawsuit against President Barack Obama for signing into law Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act NDAA.    Read the rest of this entry »

Public Education and The Common Good

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Watch this video, by Noam Chomsky, 47.45 min,  uploaded by Leigha Cohen, Feb 8, 2913: Noam Chomsky addressed more than 800 students at East Stroudsburg University on February 7, 2013. Mr. Chomsky gives to us an eloquent historical, present and future perspectives as to the public educational system in the US how he believes it has been used not for the common good, but rather for the special interests of those who have power and money and want to perpetuate a docile non-critical thinking population. Society, or the common good, as Chomsky called it, encourages people to focus on themselves and their own success. Programs such as public education and Social Security, which are now under attack, are based on a different perception. “They are based on the perception that we should care about other people….That’s a dangerous perception. It means you should be a human being and not a pathological creature.”

A Mere Breeze: Era of Fast Growth Ends for Wind Energy in Europe

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Published on Spiegel Online International, by Joel Stonington in Vienna, February 08, 2013.

The debt crisis is finally catching up with wind energy, once a fast-growing sector in Europe. After more than a decade of double-digit growth, austerity, rapidly changing energy policies and skittish investors are putting a damper on the industry.  Read the rest of this entry »

Catalonia: Fight over right to decide political future intensifies

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Published on LINKS, by Dick Nichols, Feb 6, 2013.

Political tensions within the Spanish state have reached a new pitch following the January 23, 2013, declaration by the Catalan parliament of Catalonia’s sovereign right to decide its own political future. Antagonism is intensifying between the Catalan and national Spanish governments and polarisation continues to increase among and within all main political forces.   Read the rest of this entry »

Living in a Constitution-Free Zone

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Todd Miller, February 08, 2013.

Before September 11, 2001, more than half the border crossings between the United States and Canada were left unguarded at night, with only rubber cones separating the two countries. Since then, that 4,000 mile “point of pride,” as Toronto’s Globe and Mail once dubbed it, has increasingly been replaced by a U.S. homeland security lockdown, although it’s possible that, like Egyptian-American Abdallah Matthews, you haven’t noticed.   Read the rest of this entry »

10 Questions to Ask John Brennan at his CIA Confirmation Hearing

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Published on ZNet, by Medea Benjamin, February 06, 2013.

John Brennan’s confirmation hearing to become head of the CIA will take place at the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, February 7. There is suddenly a flurry of attention around a white paper that lays out the administration’s legal justification for killing Americans with drones overseas, and some of the Senators are vowing to ask Brennan “tough questions,” since Brennan has been the mastermind of the lethal drone attacks.   Read the rest of this entry »

Bailout Doubts: Merkel Opponent Sets Conditions for Cyprus Aid

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Published on Spiegel Online International, February 04, 2013.

… The SPD’s skepticism of a Cyprus bailout from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the euro zone’s permanent rescue fund, is not new. But the concrete list provided by Steinbrück makes the party’s ultimate approval all the more doubtful. And given widespread concerns within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition about providing emergency aid to Cyprus, a Berlin veto is a distinct possibility.   Read the rest of this entry »

Big Brother takes over from Uncle Sam

Friday, February 8th, 2013

A single intelligence network for a New World Order – Published on Intrepid Report, by Wayne Madsen, February 6, 2013.

While budgets are being slashed by governments around the world, national intelligence agencies are not only flush with money but they are increasingly networking their resources against the “threat.” What is the threat? It is whatever national leaders and their governments deem it to be. One day it is “Al Qaeda,” the next day it is Iran, then North Korea, then global narco-terrorists, and so on and so on . . .   Read the rest of this entry »

Red Obsessions: Film Business Moves from Hollywood to Asia

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Published on Spiegel Online International, by Lars-Olav Beier, February 06, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

The movie industry is increasingly shifting toward Asia, especially China, striking fear in the hearts of Hollywood studio executives. The two cultures are about to clash at the Berlin International Film Festival, which opens with the Chinese epic film “The Grandmaster” by Wong Kar-wai … //

… Asian Film Market Gains Financial Weight:   Read the rest of this entry »

White supremacy and mass incarceration

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

(US)-Republicans join the Left in calls for American prison reform but ignore the relevance of racism and social justice – Published on AlJazeera, by Wende Marshall, Jan 22, 2013. l

In a 2011 opinion piece in the Washington Post, Newt Gingrich said, “There is an urgent need to address the astronomical growth in the prison population, with its huge costs in dollars and lost human potential…The criminal justice system is broken, and conservatives must lead the way in fixing it.” An advocacy group called Right on Crime is spearheading Republican efforts to “demand more cost effective approaches that enhance public safety.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Global Leadership Vacuum: Europe Incapable, America Unwilling

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

An Analysis – Published on Spiegel Online International, by Gregor Peter Schmitz in Munich, February 01, 2013:

US Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Germany this week in an effort to strengthen trans-Atlantic ties. Global politics have come to a standstill in recent years, with the United States unwilling to show leadership and Europe and other major powers unable to fill the vacuum.   Read the rest of this entry »

Human Brain Project HBP: Grossforschungsprojekte, ein Klumpenrisiko?

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Audio-Link auf Schweizer Fernsehen SRF.ch, 5.02 min, von Hanna Wick, Gottfried Schatz im Gespräch mit SRF2 Kultur am 28. Jan. 2013: Das Human Brain Project unter Leitung der ETH Lausanne soll in den kommenden Jahren mit einer Milliarde Euro gefördert werden. Read the rest of this entry »

The Human Brain Project HBP – in english

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Videos:

Suez Canal Where is the truth?

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

on the Qatari role in the Suez Canal development – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Ahmed Eleiba, Jan 30, 2013.

The Suez Canal was inaugurated in November 1869. It was an international marvel, and it became a strategic cornerstone of the Egyptian state and a chief motive behind the foreign occupation of Egypt. The canal was dug by some million Egyptian labourers who were conscripted into forced labour. The rights to operate the canal were held by an international firm in accordance with a 99-year concession.   Read the rest of this entry »

Fear of Contagion: Merkel Steps Back from Coalition Partner FDP

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Published on Spiegel Online International, by Spiegel Staff, January 31, 2013.

Following her party’s failure in a major state election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is distancing herself from her junior coalition partner, the business-friendly Free Democrats. It is a risky move, and could indicate that she is aiming at a partnership with the opposition Social Democrats.   Read the rest of this entry »

Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Published on ZNet, by Matt Taibbi, January 27, 2013.

… Nobody goes to jail. This is the mantra of the financial-crisis era, one that saw virtually every major bank and financial company on Wall Street embroiled in obscene criminal scandals that impoverished millions and collectively destroyed hundreds of billions, in fact, trillions of dollars of the world’s wealth — and nobody went to jail. Nobody, that is, except Bernie Madoff, a flamboyant and pathological celebrity con artist, whose victims happened to be other rich and famous people.   Read the rest of this entry »