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Index September 2014

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2014-09-01: The U.S. Still Decides the Future of Capitalism, Not the G20, and Not the BRICS Nations;
2014-09-02: Organized Labor in America Today;
2014-09-03: Female fighters of the PKK may be the Islamic State’s worst nightmare;
2014-09-04: Interview with Rosneft President Igor Sechin: Russia Didn’t Initiate the Ukraine Crisis, part 1;
2014-09-05: France and Friends: Merkel Increasingly Isolated on Austerity;
2014-09-06: Real Democracy and the Capture of Institutions;
2014-09-07: Islamic rights;
2014-09-08: The Making of Global Capitalism;
2014-09-09: Global War;
2014-09-10: Finance and Social Justice;
2014-09-11: Kashmir’s epic floods link India and Pakistan in disaster;
2014-09-12: Asylum, Migration and Integration: African passage to Europe, two brothers, two paths, two struggles;
2014-09-13: 6 Innovative Ways We’re Reinventing Birth Control;
2014-09-14: Film: Song From the Forest;
2014-09-15: Moves to contain water fears;
2014-09-16: Q. and A.: Yong Zhao on Education and Authoritarianism in China;
2014-09-17: a mix of items wanting catch us now;
2014-09-18: Brazil Removed From UN World Hunger Map;
2014-09-19: Haiti: A Movement of Solidarity to End the UN’s Illegal Occupation;
2014-09-20: Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution;
2014-09-21: War, Circus and Injustice Down Under;
2014-09-22: money system – système monétaire – geldsystem;
2014-09-23: Turn Left for Earth;
2014-09-24: Europe’s Original Sin: What Asylum Policy Says about the EU;
2014-09-25: The American Withdrawal from Iraq – the Debate;
2014-09-26: Progressive Struggles against Insidious Capitalist Individualism – Interview with Angela Davis;
2014-09-27: Housing, Fair Wages, Water, Food, Schools — Ya’ Gotta Bomb them First;
2014-09-28: RACE IN AMERICA – The Violence of the Status Quo: Michael Brown, Ferguson and Tanks;
2014-09-29: Interview with Ebola Discoverer Peter Piot: It Is What People Call a Perfect Storm;
2014-09-30: Beyond 2015: Is Another Development Possible?
All articles sorted chronologically.

Beyond 2015: Is Another Development Possible?

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Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin no. 1040, by Benjamin Selwyn, Sept 28, 2014.

A we near 2015, the United Nations (UN) will probably set new objectives on behalf of the global community to supersede the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are held largely by the UN, the World Bank and many anti-poverty campaigners, which I label here the anti-poverty consensus, to have been a success. According to the UN, The First MDG – the objective of halving world poverty between 1990 and 2015 – was achieved already in 2010 … // Continue Reading…

Interview with Ebola Discoverer Peter Piot: It Is What People Call a Perfect Storm – part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, Interview Conducted by Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch, Sept 26, 2014 (Photo Gallery).

Almost four decades ago, Peter Piot was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus. In a SPIEGEL interview, he describes how the disease was isolated and explains why the current outbreak is different than any that have come before.

SPIEGEL: Professor Piot, as a young scientist in Antwerp, you were part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976. How did it happen?   Continue Reading…

RACE IN AMERICA – The Violence of the Status Quo: Michael Brown, Ferguson and Tanks

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Published on Antropology News, by Pem Davidson Buck, Sept 15, 2014.

Years ago I thought about writing a paper I would call “The Violence of the Status Quo.” I never wrote that paper. Perhaps now is the time—although it would have been appropriate any time in the last 500 years of US history. Michael Brown, yes, and as of August 19 four other young Black men, all unarmed, perhaps not perfectly behaved, but killed in the last month by White police under circumstances in which Whites are almost never killed by police … // Continue Reading…

Housing, Fair Wages, Water, Food, Schools — Ya’ Gotta Bomb them First

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Looking at the hardware and software of the killers, Murder Inc., really sets out what we are up against – Published on Dissident Voice, by Paul Kirk, September 25, 2014.

You don’t need to be a Georgetown graduate of the diplomatic killing corps or a rocket scientist or some overpaid pig of entertainment journalism or pundit or war hero or black president or a member of the publishing class to understand what bombing Syria and Iraq and any other country means to the military and civilian murder machine. Below, just the facts, ma’am. Clearly laid out as the direct military profiteers engaged in killing people abroad or in their neck of the woods (sic) as in Israel, you know, all those companies that are the GE’s and Boeings of the world. But do not be misled — Americans and Westerners make their livings directly tand indirectly killing people. Continue Reading…

Progressive Struggles against Insidious Capitalist Individualism – Interview with Angela Davis

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Published on Jadaliyya, by Frank Barat, Sept 24, 2014 (also on ZNet).

In this interview, Angela Davis, and activist, teacher, author, and icon of the Black Power movement, talks about the linkages among global struggles. Touching upon black feminism, the importance of the collective, Palestine, the prison-industrial complex, and much more, Professor Davis expounds on the role that the people can and should play.
(A shorter version of this interview was first published in The Nation … // Continue Reading…

The American Withdrawal from Iraq – the Debate

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Published on International Affairs Forum, by Dr. Erik Lindell, Sept 24, 2014.

The “who lost Iraq” blame game has begun in earnest. Conservatives have attacked the Obama Administration for withdrawing all U.S. forces from Iraq at the end of 2011. It was premature, they argue, and contend that the current mess in Iraq, with the terrorist group ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) now taking control of Mosul and other cities in Northern Iraq, is attributable to this disastrous decision by the President.[1] With no American troops left after 2011 the political leverage of the U.S. diminished accordingly, leaving free -for- all sectarian clashes in its wake. Senator John McCain has been the most vocal critic of the President on this point, even claiming that the war had been “won” until the Obama Administration foolishly pulled all the troops out.   Continue Reading…

Europe’s Original Sin: What Asylum Policy Says about the EU

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Published on Spiegel Online International, an Essay by Jürgen Dahlkamp, Sept 22, 2014.

European asylum policy is a messy compromise that has led to vast suffering on the EU’s external borders. But having become used to our prosperity, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

It’s time to talk about asylum, about our European Union with its execrable policy based on deterrence, fortification and deportation. It’s time to talk about the fact that people are starving, drowning and otherwise suffering on their way to our borders. And it’s time to address the question as to why these things happen every day: today, tomorrow and the day after that. Continue Reading…

Turn Left for Earth

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Published on War is a Crime (also on David Sanson’s BLOG – and on ZNet), by David Swanson, Sept 21, 2014.

… I’m in favor of mixed-use protests, not just urban developments. Don’t just let the conservative marchers know about opportunities for more direct protest, but get them involved. Take a safe march to a resistance action, where its size will keep it safe and its members will be energized. Let the crowd demonstrate within sight and sound of the people it is petitioning for a redress of grievances, and let those who are ready join in disruptive protest actions.   Continue Reading…

money system – système monétaire – geldsystem

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War, Circus and Injustice Down Under

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Published on ZNet, by John Pilger, Sept 19, 2014.

There are times when farce and living caricature almost consume the cynicism and mendacity in the daily life of Australia’s rulers. Across the front pages is a photograph of a resolute Tony Abbott with Indigenous children in Arnhem Land, in the remote north. “Domestic policy one day,” says the caption, “focus on war the next.” Continue Reading…

Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution

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Published on the National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 484, Sept 16, 2014 (Source: provided to book author Richard Whittley by Col. (ret) Mark A. Cooter, USAF).

… As detailed in Richard Whittle’s Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution (Henry Holt and Company, September 16, 2014), the Predator’s configuration was derived from drones developed in the 1980s by former Israeli aeronautical engineer Abraham Karem. Documents obtained by Whittle and posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University,, confirm key facts about the Predator’s transformation by the Air Force into the first armed drone used to stalk and kill individual enemies by remote control at intercontinental range.   Continue Reading…

Haiti: A Movement of Solidarity to End the UN’s Illegal Occupation

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Published on Global, by Dr. Ajamu Nangwaya, Sept 17, 2014.

… We are no longer living in the 19th century with the spectre of Haiti’s successful struggle for its freedom haunting the consciousness of slave masters across the Americas. Yet the military occupation of this country since 2004 by way of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is sending a clear message that the Haitians’ tentative step toward exercising control over the destiny in the 1990s and the early years of the new century is still “a source of alarm and terror” to imperial overlords such a Canada, France, and the United States. Continue Reading…

Brazil Removed From UN World Hunger Map

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Published on abc news, Sept 16, 2014.

The Brazilian government Tuesday hailed a new United Nations report that for the first time removed Latin America’s biggest country from the World Hunger Map.

“Leaving the Hunger Map is a historic milestone for Brazil. We are very proud because overcoming hunger was a priority for the Brazilian state,” Social Development Minister Tereza Campello said in a statement. Continue Reading…

a mix of catching concerns

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Q. and A.: Yong Zhao on Education and Authoritarianism in China

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Published on NYT Sinosphere Blog, by DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW, Sept 14, 2014.

Yong Zhao is professor of education, University of Oregon and author of “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World,” being published this week … //

… Following are excerpts from an interview with Mr. Zhao:

Q. You hav said that traditional Chinese education actively “harms” children. How?   Continue Reading…

Moves to contain water fears

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Doaa El-Bey, Sept 11, 2014:

Confidence-building measures are key to resolving the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam. Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazi has been invited by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to visit Addis Ababa and the Renaissance Dam construction site this month.

The fourth tripartite meeting, held in Khartoum last month, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri’s visit to Addis Ababa last week and Moghazi’s trip are part of ongoing confidence-building measures between Addis Ababa and Cairo … // Continue Reading…

Film: Song From the Forest

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reviewed at Intl. Documentary Festival Amsterdam - running time 96 min – Published on Variety, by Peter Debruge, Chief International Film Critic, Nov. 29, 2013 … American ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno’s journey into the Congo (and back) is the subject of this mesmerizing documentary.

Having left his native New Jersey long behind, Louis Sarno has dedicated the better part of his life to documenting one of the rarest and most remote musical traditions on earth — that of the Central African Republic’s Bayaka pygmies. In “Song From the Forest,” German director Michael Obert displays only passing interest in this music, offering instead a mesmerizing glimpse into Sarno’s search for a sub-Saharan Walden and the implications of that choice. Best suited to NPR-listening, New Yorker-skimming culture-philes, this loosely structured but intricately sound-designed docu serves as a fest-friendly follow-up to both Sarno’s little-read autobiography and “Oka!,” the even-less-seen fish-out-of-water dramedy inspired by his story … // Continue Reading…

6 Innovative Ways We’re Reinventing Birth Control

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Published on Mashable, by Matt Petronzio, Sept 11, 2014.

Birth control pills and traditional latex condoms have been among the most popular and effective methods of contraception for decades. But innovators think it’s time for an upgrade — not only to increase protection, but also to establish safe sex as a basic human right.

Health organizations and forward-thinking companies are making breakthroughs in the field of contraception, working to develop new products such as hormone-releasing microchips, radically redesigned condoms and even low-cost male birth control injections that could last up to 15 years.   Continue Reading…

Asylum, Migration and Integration: African passage to Europe, two brothers, two paths, two struggles

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Published on YahooNews, by Zach Campbell, Sara Miller Llana, Sept 7, 2014 - (Recommended: 10 Immigration myths debunked, on Christian Science Monitor, by Amy Taxin, July 12, 2014).

Two brothers from Senegal sought a better life in Europe. Only one of them made it. But their experiences highlight the pressure on European governments to fairly tackle illegal immigration … //

… Today, Yalou is part of Spain’s undocumented migrant class, working as a street seller in Bilbao. Ndiaye also works as a street seller, but in a market on the outskirts of Tangier, Morocco. They haven’t seen each other in years.   Continue Reading…

Kashmir’s epic floods link India and Pakistan in disaster

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Published on The Washington Post, by Ishaan Tharoor, Sept 9, 2014 (beginning with 37 photos).

… In Indian-administered Kashmir, heavy monsoon rains led to surging floodwaters and the deaths of at least 175 people. Across the disputed border in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, the floods have claimed more than 60 lives, in addition to 131 in Punjab province. It is the mountainous region’s worst flooding in six decades, submerging hundreds of villages and prompting a crisis that has led to a brief thaw in ties between two bickering foes. // Continue Reading…

Finance and Social Justice

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.Published on naked capitalism, by Yves Smith, Sept 9, 2014.

… To put it in crude terms, we see a split between readers who are primarily interested in social justice issues, and ones that are more interested in the more technical aspects of finance and economics. For instance, we’ve had members of Occupy Wall Street complain to us about the amount of non-finance discussion in comments, that from their perspective, it made the comments section (which we’ve regarded as one of the strong features of the site) unusable for hard core finance types … // Continue Reading…

Global War

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The Making of Global Capitalism

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Interview with Sam Gindin, 26.59 min, on New Politics, by Lois Weiner, August 31, 2014 (also on YouTube, uploaded there by Stephen Shalom, August 31, 2014).

Sam Grindin:

Islamic rights

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Published on Al-Ahrm weekly online, by Reem Leila, Sept 4, 2014.

A recent court ruling by the Administrative Court refutes the European Court of Human Rights’ take on the niqab. On 1 July, the Kafr Al-Sheikh Administrative Court (AC), headed by Counselor Mohamed Abdel-Wahab Khafagi, issued a ruling that allows working women who wear the niqab (the face veil prescribed by Wahhabi and Salafi strands of Islam) the right to wear it in public and at their place of work. The ruling cancels an earlier decision by former minister of health Maha Al-Rabbat, who had banned the plaintiff, a nurse named Amal Mohamed Ibrahim, from wearing the niqab during work hours. According to the court ruling, the face veil is a matter of personal freedom provided that the employee otherwise abides by the work uniform.   Continue Reading…