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Index July 2014

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2014-07-01: The “European Gendarmerie Force” Project: EU Creates Legal Framwork For “Military Use” against its Citizens;
2014-07-02: Worker-owner Cooperatives Taking Root in the US;
2014-07-03: Michael Hudson: EU Association Agreement with Ukraine Is a Gift to Kleptocrats;
2014-07-04: This is why the profit motive has no place in our public;
2014-07-05: Just published: the scientific answer of the ECB to the crisis;
2014-07-06: US-Europe-Russia: Gas, Banks, NSA …;
2014-07-07: Working Class? … what working class?
2014-07-08: Today’s ‘Righteous’ Defenders of Refugees in Germany;
2014-07-09: Mortgage Debt and the Looming Foreclosure Crisis;
2014-07-10: India government must value migrant workers;
2014-07-11: the Commons as a fount of hope;
2014-07-12: The higher morality of reproductive choice;
2014-07-13: Re-thinking the Definition of Public Goods;
2014-07-14: Egypt: Not an easy scenario;
2014-07-15: Snowden files: Manipulating polls, netting from LinkedIn and YouTube in GCHQ’s bag of tricks;
2014-07-16: Child soldiers are the worst, they have no plans and don’t know about death;
2014-07-17: The Real Purpose Of The IMF;
2014-07-18: BRICS give a lead, but … ;
2014-07-19: Stockholm Court Upholds Arrest Warrant for WikiLeaks Founder Assange;
2014-07-20: The Working Class and Left Politics: Back on the American Radar;
2014-07-21: … rich, richer … poor, poorer …;
2014-07-22: More Challenges to “More ‘Free Trade’ is Always Better” Orthodoxy;
2014-07-23: Refusing to share: How the West created BRICS New Development Bank;
2014-07-24: Norway’s quiet revolution;
2014-07-25: The end of Israel;
2014-07-26: Contradictions of the Ruling Class in Ukraine;
2014-07-27: The GMO debate: What to consider;
2014-07-28: Mobilizing Temporary Migrant Workers;
2014-07-29: Eastern Ukraine;
2014-07-30: You can’t taper a Ponzi scheme: Time to reboot;
2014-07-31: think it is war … and nobody is going there ….

See also: All articles sorted chronologically.

think it is war … and nobody is going there …

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Russia Concerned by Reports of Kiev Using Ballistic Missiles in Eastern Ukraine, on, July 30, 2014.

… Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko Tuesday confirmed the country’s readiness to provide access to international experts to the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in Donetsk Region, declaring a unilateral ceasefire within a 20-kilometer (12-mile) radius. “Now, unfortunately, actions suggest the opposite: Donetsk, Luhansk and other villages in these regions are being shelled with Grad rocket launchers, artillery and tanks.”

On Tuesday, citing US officials CNN reported that Ukraine’s government troops used short-range ballistic missiles in the east. The weapons have a range of about 50 miles and pack warheads of up to 1,000 pounds.   Continue Reading…

You can’t taper a Ponzi scheme: Time to reboot

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Ellen Brown, July 28, 2014.

One thing to be said for the women now heading the Federal Reserve and the IMF: compared to some of their predecessors, they are refreshingly honest … //

… Collapse or metamorphosis? … //

… About those derivatives: Continue Reading…

Eastern Ukraine

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Video: Our Troops March and Drive Into Eastern Ukraine Bearing Nazi Insignia and Mass-Death, 82.36 min, on Wasgington’s Blog, by Eric Zuesse, July 28, 2014;
(also on YouTube, uploaded there by FallenUSSoldiers, July 27, 2014): Extensive war crimes in Donbass from July 2 to July 24, 2014 …).

My comment:

  • 1): how long will it take that these criminals – obviously enjoying their acts of destruction – are taken to the European Criminal Court of Justice?
  • 2): how long do our western medias continue with their lies telling Russia/Putin is the aggressor – shall we bring them also to a Criminal Court?
  • 3): you the West-Ukranians, do you really believe that we the European peoples want you among us? – No, with this behavior you’ll NEVER be a part of our world!!
  • 4): how long will it take that we westerners show the same people uprise like in the Vietnam War?
  • 5): Is the Civil War in Gaza made to concentrate all medias away from the geostrategically much more important Ukraine?
  • 6): How long do we support our govs supporting NATO’s actions? – Heidi).

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Mobilizing Temporary Migrant Workers

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a Compendium of Forms and Preliminary Discussion – Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 1014, by Salimah Valiani, July 25, 2014.

… The purpose of this article is to provide a compendium of the varying forms of temporary migrant labour organizing in the early 21st century. Empirical accounts on this question are hard to come by, especially of global scope. Examination and reflection on this evidence can advance theory and praxis around transnational labour organizing in the broadest sense. I stress labour organizing broadly and transnationally because temporary migrant labour is increasingly the primary basis of labour supply growth in several economic sectors and labour markets around the world. Given that current organizing of temporary migrant workers is in nascent stages in world historical terms, the article concludes with a preliminary analysis of the differing forms of migrant worker advocacy and action today … // Continue Reading…

The GMO debate: What to consider

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Mwananyanda Mbikusita Lewanika, July 24, 2014.

The debate around Genetically Modified Organisms has been characterized by lack of information and understanding of the complexities around biotechnology. Any state must undertake careful consideration about potential benefits and risks before deciding to introduce GMOs into the country … // Continue Reading…

Contradictions of the Ruling Class in Ukraine

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Published on New Politics, by Sean Larson, Summer 2014 /Vol XV-1 Whole #: 57.

Ukrainian capitalism today is distinguished by the most fortified oligarchy of the post-Soviet states. Politics in Ukraine have been subject to volatile lurches over the last decade, driven by the direct involvement of masses of Ukrainians. Meanwhile, shaping the economic, political, and ideological aspects of society and daily life in Ukraine is a ubiquitous inter-imperialist competition between Russia on the one side and the United States and the European Union on the other. Indeed, the accumulation of capital in this country is constantly conditioned and threatened both by these imperialisms and internal social upheavals. The actions and positions of the ruling class have been and will continue to be staked out upon the terrain delineated by their contradictions.     Continue Reading…

The end of Israel

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Gilad Atzmon, July 24, 2014.

In his speech to the nation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged yesterday that the war on Gaza is a battle for the existence of the Jewish State. Netanyahu is correct. And Israel cannot win this battle; it cannot even define what a victory might entail. Surely the battle is not about the tunnels or the militants’ underground operation, the tunnels are just weapons of resistance rather than the resistance itself. The Hamas and Gaza militants lured Israel into a battle zone in which it could never succeed and Hamas set the conditions, chose the ground and has written the terms required to conclude this cycle of violence … // Continue Reading…

Norway’s quiet revolution

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Linking human rights and education in a revised Constitution has huge implications for those training teachers – Published on Times Higher Education THE, by Audrey Osler, July 17, 2014.

… The festivities are particularly noteworthy this year for another reason: Norway has revised its Constitution. Yet it’s not just the language of the Constitution that’s been updated. Buried in the document is a new clause addressing education, which may have considerable significance for those working in higher education, particularly those engaged in teachers’ professional education … // Continue Reading…

Refusing to share: How the West created BRICS New Development Bank

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Published on Russia Today RT, by Dr. Roslyn Fuller, July 21, 2014.

… For example, the IMF and World Bank repeatedly loaned to Mobutu Sese Seko, dictator of the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) in order to keep him – and the enormous natural resources within his country – out of the communist camp during the Cold War. Mobutu blew the cash on whatever struck his fancy and the people of the Congo spent decades trying to pay back the money – in fact, by the late 1980s they had paid billions of dollars just in fees related to the nation’s debt, never mind the debt itself. Such irresponsible and short-sighted lending trapped the citizens of the DRC, and many others like them, in a perpetual debt cycle.   Continue Reading…

More Challenges to “More ‘Free Trade’ is Always Better” Orthodoxy

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Published on naked capitalism, by Yves Smith, July 21, 2014.

One way to induce a Pavlovian reflex in mainstream economists is to invoke the expression “free trade”. Conventional wisdom holds that more trade is always better; only Luddites and protectionists are against it. That’s one big reason why the toxic Trans Pacific Partnership TPP and its evil twin, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP, have gotten virtually no critical scrutiny, save from more free-thinking economists like Dean Baker. They have been sold as “free trade” deals and no Serious Economist wants to besmirch his reputation by appearing to be opposed to more liberalized trade.   Continue Reading…

… rich, richer … poor, poorer …

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Video – The Ascent of Money: A Financial History by Niall Ferguson, Epsd. 1-5 FULL, 240.14 min, uploaded by Spirit of Revelation, Nov 7, 2011 (again a chance for those who have still not got it).

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The Working Class and Left Politics: Back on the American Radar

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Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin no. 1011, by Dan La Botz, July 17, 2014.

… Electoral Breakthrough?

In November 2013, the statistics seemed to be confirmed by the stunning victory of socialist Kshama Sawant in Seattle that attracted the attention of both the U.S. left and the major news media. The victory of Socialist Alternative candidate Sawant seemed to suggest that something might be changing politically in America. Now, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who openly calls himself socialist but is not a a member of any political party, says that he is considering a run for President of the United States, though he is not clear about whether he will run as an independent or a Democrat.   Continue Reading…

Stockholm Court Upholds Arrest Warrant for WikiLeaks Founder Assange

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Published on, July 16, 2014.

The Stockholm District Court upheld Wednesday an arrest warrant issued for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on charges of rape and sexual molestation. The press statement, announcing the court’s decision, runs counter to what Assange’s team of lawyers aimed for, when they claimed that an arrest warrant issued in late 2010 has no grounds to remain in force. The legal team indicated that their client would appeal the decision, speaking to the press about the ruling … // Continue Reading…

BRICS give a lead, but …

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Published on, by RS/HJL, July 17, 2014.

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are giving a lead. It should be BRIIICS (the three “I”s are India, Indonesia and Iran). Yet, even that is unfair because many other countries now aspire to the freedom from Western domination and bullying that the BRICS association represents … // Continue Reading…

The Real Purpose Of The IMF

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Luke Eastwood, July 15, 2014.

To much trumpeting the IMF have kindly agreed to help out desperate and war torn Ukraine. How wonderful they are we are all meant to think, but the truth couldn’t be more opposite.

The International Monetary Fund was set up in 1945, describing itself as an “organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.”   Continue Reading…

Child soldiers are the worst, they have no plans and don’t know about death

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Interview with Emmanuel Jal – Published on Russia Today RT, July 14, 2014.

Child soldiers are the worst – they have no idea about the future and they don’t have children, so they can actually scream as they go forward into battle, Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier who is now a world-famous rapper, told RT’s Sophie&Co. Jal has lost his mother during the war in South Sudan and became a child soldier, but then his life changed dramatically.   Continue Reading…

Snowden files: Manipulating polls, netting from LinkedIn and YouTube in GCHQ’s bag of tricks

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Published on Russia Today RT, July 14, 2014.

The UK’s spy agency has developed a number of crafty tools to monitor and comb the web, planting false information when necessary, Glenn Greenwald said while disclosing a fresh batch of Snowden’s files.

The tools were created by the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) within the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), according to the leaked documents havoc can be caused … // Continue Reading…

Egypt: Not an easy scenario

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Ahmed Eleiba, July 10, 2014 (on the effect of the new developments in Iraq on the security situation in Sinai).

Security has been tightened in Sinai, with military operations claiming 18 takfiri militants since the beginning of this month. Additional measures are expected soon, especially in the light of the continuing existence of border tunnels, more of which have been discovered recently.   Continue Reading…

Re-thinking the Definition of Public Goods

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by Editor / from June Sekera, July 9, 2014.

… 4. The Three Types of Public Goods:

  • Category #1: No effective market. In this category are goods and services that market-based suppliers lack incentive to invest in producing either because:
  • a) their benefits are spread so broadly that their value cannot easily be captured in an exchange between an individual buyer and seller so it is impractical or impossible to charge users individually. For such goods and services, collective payment is more practical, or it is the only way they will be produced.   Continue Reading…

The higher morality of reproductive choice

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Dennis Rahkonen, July 10, 2014.

Abortions are often necessary, and only each female, in her own unique circumstance, can determine what constitutes a legitimate abortion need. No one has the defensible authority to second-guess or demonize any woman who arrives at that conclusion. The death of even a single already-born, living, breathing, socially functioning female from medical complications, wire hanger/back alley desperation, or suicide—because safe, legal pregnancy termination was unavailable to her—is a far worse travesty than the “holocaust of murdered babies” in which “of” is the sole, not-wildly-inapplicable word.   Continue Reading…

the Commons as a fount of hope

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Published on The Bullet, Socialist Projects’s E-Bulletin no 1006, by Richard Swift, July 9, 2014.

The commons is not just a battlefield between corporate predators and those who resist them – it is also a source of hope for those willing to imagine a world beyond capitalism. It represents a space between the private market and the political state in which humanity can control and democratically root our common wealth. Both the market and the state have proved inadequate for this purpose. In different ways, they have both led to a centralization of power and decision-making. Both private monopolies and state bureaucracies have proved incapable of maintaining the ecological health of the commons or managing the fair and equitable distribution of its benefits … // Continue Reading…

India government must value migrant workers

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… for more than the billions they send home, says Amnesty – Published on Countercurrents, by Amnesty International, July 7, 2014 (download full report in pdf, 83 pages).

The lack of effective regulation of visa brokers and rogue recruiting agents makes Indian migrant workers vulnerable to serious human rights abuses, said Amnesty International India today in a new report focusing on migrants from the Indian state of Kerala working in Saudi Arabia .

The report, Exploited Dreams: Dispatches from Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia, highlights cases of migrant workers from Kerala who were deceived about their jobs, wages and working conditions by Indian visa brokers and rogue recruiting agents. Many workers went on to face a range of abuses in Saudi Arabia , which at their worst included forced labor … // Continue Reading…

Mortgage Debt and the Looming Foreclosure Crisis

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as the FED runs out of bullets, local governments are stepping in – Published on Global (first on Web of Dept), by Ellen Brown, July 6, 2014.

… The Fed’s massive quantitative easing program was ostensibly designed to lower mortgage interest rates, stimulating the economy. And rates have indeed been lowered – for banks. But the form of QE the Fed has engaged in – creating money on a computer screen and trading it for assets on bank balance sheets – has not delivered money where it needs to go: into the pockets of consumers, who create the demand that drives productivity.   Continue Reading…

Today’s ‘Righteous’ Defenders of Refugees in Germany

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Published on Zcommentary (first on teleSUR English), by Marina Sitrin, July 6, 2014.

It doesn’t often occur to me to identify as a Jew, and when it does it is usually because of outside circumstances. These past few days have provided those circumstances. Here, in the Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin, today’s refugees are yesterday’s Jews.

I currently live in Berlin, in one of the most radical neighborhoods in Germany, and perhaps this part of Europe. There are dozens of buildings that used to be squats that are still collectively run. There is active defense against gentrification and regular occupations of buildings, parks and squares. People fight to maintain public space in a myriad of ways, from protests that take over and keep streets open, to hundreds barbequing in parks when it is declared forbidden.   Continue Reading…