a bunch of concerns

  • Russian Central Bank hikes key interest rate to 17% to halt ruble roil, on Russia Today RT, Dec 16, 2014;
  • That’s not who we are, on Intrepid Report, By Dave Alpert, Dec 16, 2014 (Dave Alpert has masters degrees in social work, educational administration, and psychology. He spent his career working with troubled inner city adolescents);
  • Oil price slide and rouble plunge shake global markets, on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Nick Beams, Dec 16, 2014;
  • What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA torture - Part one, on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Tom Carter, Dec 16, 2014;
  • Through the Eyes of the Dispossessed, on Dissident Voice, by Kim Petersen, Dec 15, 2014: an Indigenous People’s History of the United States, (author: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, ISBN: 978-080700040-3, Publication Date: 9/16/2014, Pages: 296);  
  • Video: United Nations Peacekeeper Soldiers Open Fire on Protesters in Haiti, 2.39 min, on Activist Post, by Revolution News, Dec 15, 2014: Haitian police and UN peacekeepers have attacked protesters with live ammo and chemical agents as several thousand opposition supporters tried to march on the presidential palace, demanding new leadership. Clearly, UN peacekeepers aren’t used to protecting human rights;
  • Universal Human Rights Day, on Geopolitical Analysis, by K.N. Pandita, Dec 13, 2014;
  • NSA Spying Scandal: SPIEGEL Stands Behind Merkel Cell Phone Spying Report, on Spiegel Online International, by Rüdiger Ditz, Dec 13, 2014: In 2013, SPIEGEL reported on the tapping of chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone by the NSA. Now the case is back in the news following the German federal prosecutor’s efforts to publicly undermine SPIEGEL’s credibility …;
  • Putin-Modi dimensional meet, on Geopolitical Analysis, by K.N. Pandita, Dec 14, 2014;
  • Violence against women, we must end this scourge, on Pambazuka News, by Rediet Yibekal, Dec 11, 2014: In Ethiopia, as in many other countries, violence against women is ingrained in the social fabric. Civil society, governments, and citizens must work together to raise awareness and eradicate sexism and rape culture;
  • Women are saying: Enough! on Pambazuka News, by Amira Ali, Dec 11, 2014: The United Nations says one in three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or abused by a partner in her lifetime. Women are increasing resisting;
  • Surviving scarcities in Bulengo, on Pambazuka News, by Raïs Neza Boneza, Dec 11, 2014: As DR Congo continues to be rattled by one of the worst and longest humanitarian crises of the century, the thousands of Internally Displaced Persons seem to slowly slide into the forgotten portion of international consciousness. A visit to IDPs camps in North Kivu reminds of the very real plight they continue to be in;
  • Why we must support a SYRIZA government in Greece, on Left Unity.org, by Andrew Burgin, Dec 10, 2014: Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras has called a presidential election, which will take place this month. It’s the parliament that elects the president but if the electoral sums don’t add up – which so far they don’t – and no president is elected, then the government must call a general election. In the event of a general election, it is likely that SYRIZA – the party of the radical left – will be the largest party and will form the government. Concerns about a SYRIZA victory are expressed clearly by the stock market: the Athens exchange closed 12.8% down the day the presidential election was announced …;
  • The 390-Euro Man, a Pakistani Slave’s Path to Freedom, on Spiegel Online International, by Hasnain Kazim, Dec 8, 2014 (Photo Gallery): for more than 16 years, Hanif Masih worked as an indentured servant in a brick factory in Pakistan. Then, an aid organization purchased his freedom. Though he remains extremely poor, he is one of the lucky ones …; Photo 1/6: … the Global Slavery Index report* estimates that 35.8 million eople worldwide are still in servitude without any rights, liberty or freedom of movement. They are forced to work for inadequate pay and face the threat of violence if they don’t …; * Global Slavery Index report – see: Global Slavery Index.org; /2014: download the data; /Blogs; on en.wikipedia; … world wide published by the Walk Free Foundation, with it’s Global Freedom Network.org);
  • The U.S. Spent $7 Billion Developing This Helicopter It Never Built, GIZMODO, by Andrew Tarantola, Dec 5, 2014;
  • Remember lessons we taught Hitler: Top 10 quotes from Putin’s State of Nation address, on Russia Today RT, Dec 4, 2014;
  • Hohle Erde, Fiktion oder Realität – Richard Evelyn Byrd, von Terra Herz im März 2010 hochgeladen: Teil 2, 10.18 min … plus die Teile 3-12, 14, 16-24, 26 in autoplay.

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