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Index December 2015

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2015-12-01: COP21;
2015-12-02: … socialism with an iPad – John McDonnell;
2015-12-03: some concerns;
2015-12-04: Healing the Feminine;
2015-12-05: Bombshell: Russian Military Reveals Details of ISIS-Daesh Funding;
2015-12-06: concerns of the 99% to be solved – part 1;
2015-12-07: America’s “Dirty War on Syria”: Bashar al Assad and Political Reform;
2015-12-08: concerns of the 99% to be solved – part 2;
2015-12-09: The model of all economic models (wonkish);
2015-12-10: The Roots of the Current Situation in Venezuela;
2015-12-11: UFOs, our govs and the 0.000…1%;
2015-12-12: The hourglass society: Middle-income households no longer the majority in the US;
2015-12-13: The Age of Extremes;
2015-12-14: Libya’s nightmare scenario;
2015-12-15: some small and big concerns;
2015-12-16: Liberal Extremism Disguised as Defense of Muslims;
2015-12-17: Jean-Baptiste Maunier;
2015-12-18: Kitaro;
2015-12-19: Dept concerns;
2015-12-20: Universal basic income could arrive in Europe faster than you think;
2015-12-21: what means Socialism for Americans?
2015-12-22: Spain: A Year of Change Postponed?
2015-12-23: Volatility and reforms: The overlooked virtues of economic uncertainty;
2015-12-24: The Potential of Debtors’ Unions;
2015-12-25: Christmas Noel Weihnachten;
2015-12-26: A Call for Proof on Syria-Sarin Attack;
2015-12-27: Who Owns the Federal Reserve Bank;
2015-12-28: The Lost Women;
2015-12-29: Ninety-nine Interrelated Concepts;
2015-12-30: Can Europe survive? Greece, Ukraine and the refugee crisis;
2015-12-31: What Really Caused the Implosion of the Occupy Movement;
2015-12-31: Basic Income BIG – Revenu de Base – Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen BGE – Dezember 1 – 31, 2015.
See also this page: All articles sorted chronologically.

Basic Income BIG – Revenu de Base – Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen BGE, December 1-31, 2015

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related articles published during December 2015: (continuously updated … ) Continue Reading…

What Really Caused the Implosion of the Occupy Movement

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… an Insider’s View – Published on naked capitalism, by Lambert Strether, Dec 28, 2015 (first on AlterNet, by Yotam Marom).

I’m in a warmly lit apartment on the Lower East Side. It’s a cool night in early October of 2011, the height of Occupy Wall Street.

What a fucking whirlwind it’s been. Two months ago I had just moved into my parents’ basement, feeling deflated after the end of Bloombergville (a two-week street occupation outside city hall to try to stop the massive budget cuts of that same year), convinced this country wasn’t ready for movement. Now I’m in this living room with some of the most impressive people I’ve ever met, at the shaky helm of a movement that has become part of the mainstream’s daily consciousness. It’s my first time feeling like the Left is more than a scrawny sideshow, and it’s surreal. Continue Reading…

Can Europe survive? Greece, Ukraine and the refugee crisis

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Published on Herald Scotland, by Trevor Royle, Dec 27, 2015.

WHO says that Germans lack a sense of humour? Certainly not Westphalian entrepreneur Uwe Dahlhoff, who used the year-long Greek economic crisis to launch a new vodka-based cocktail called “Grexit” – the term used to describe a possible Greek withdrawal from the European Union. The bottle’s label said it all – a crude depiction of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and finance minister Yanis Varoufakis drinking a toast below an EU flag with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grim visage surrounded by a wreath of stars. The slogan, “sauer macht lustig”, roughly means “even sour is good fun” and it plays on the bittersweet relationship between Greece and Germany as well as underscoring the use of lemon in the cocktail … // Continue Reading…

Ninety-nine Interrelated Concepts

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… War, Terrorism and the Global Economic Crisis in 2015 … – Published on Global, by Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Dec 25, 2015;

Everything is interrelated: war, terrorism, the police state, the global economy, economic austerity, financial fraud, corrupt governments, poverty and social inequality, police violence, Al Qaeda, ISIS, media disinformation, racism, war propaganda weapons of mass destruction, the derogation of international law, the criminalization of politics, the CIA, the FBI, climate change, nuclear war, Fukushima, nuclear radiation, crimes against humanity, The China-Russia alliance, Syria Ukraine, NATO, false flags, 9/11 Truth … // Continue Reading…

The Lost Women

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Michael Parenti, Dec 26, 2015.

For many poor women, welfare and family assistance was their primary means of escaping abusive mates. Such programs provided support for them and their children. Cutbacks in welfare have now caused a dramatic drop in the number who dare attempt to flee hurtful relationships. Low paying jobs, chronic unemployment, and poverty in general have left many impoverished women with few survival resources.   Continue Reading…

Who Owns the Federal Reserve Bank

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… and Why is It Shrouded in Myths and Mysteries? – Published on Global, by Prof. Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, Dec 19, 2015.

  • It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. (Henry Ford)
  • Give me control of a Nation’s money supply, and I care not who makes its laws. (M. A. Rothschild)

The Federal Reserve Bank (or simply the Fed), is shrouded in a number of myths and mysteries. These include its name, its ownership, its purported independence form external influences, and its presumed commitment to market stability, economic growth and public interest.   Continue Reading…

A Call for Proof on Syria-Sarin Attack

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Published on ZNet, by Ray McGovern, Dec 24, 2015.

One reason why Official Washington continues to insist that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “must go” is that he supposedly “gassed his own people” with sarin on Aug. 21, 2013, but the truth of that allegation has never been established and is in growing doubt, U.S. intelligence veterans point out. [Updated on Dec. 23 with new signers.] Continue Reading…

Christmas Noel Weihnachten

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The Potential of Debtors’ Unions

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Published on, by Dept Collective, by by Laura Hanna, Alessondra Shackleton, Ann Larson, Hannah Appel and Luke Herrine, Dec 23, 2015.

Aiming to build collective power in an age of financial absolutism, the Debt Collective is piloting a new kind of organization: the debtors’ union.

From Ferguson to Greece, debt is about power and subordination as much as it is about repayment at a profit. Continue Reading…

Volatility and reforms: The overlooked virtues of economic uncertainty

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for any change, know better how it works … Published on VOX (CEPR’s political portal), by Alessandra Bonfiglioli and Gino Gancia, Dec 19, 2015.

The Great Recession highlighted the prominent role that economic uncertainty plays in hindering investment and growth. This column provides new evidence that economic uncertainty can actually play a positive role by promoting the implementation of structural reforms with long-run benefits. The effect appears to be strongest for countries with poorly informed voters. These findings suggest that times of uncertainty may present an opportunity to implement reforms that would otherwise not be passed.   Continue Reading…

Spain: A Year of Change Postponed?

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Published on ZNet (first in Jacobin Magazine), by Luke Stobart, Dec 20, 2015.

At the time of writing, Podemos is making an inspiring late comeback in the Spanish general-election campaign, but few expect that 2015 will be the “year of change” that Pablo Iglesias promised when Podemos was leading in the polls last year. Mass participation in the new party and a lightning rise in popular support in its first year gave way to limited grassroots activity and an electoral slide until this October … // Continue Reading…

what means Socialism for Americans?

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Universal Basic Income UBI could arrive in Europe faster than you think

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Published on Business, by Jim Edwards, Dec 14, 2015.

Several European countries are moving to adopt universal basic income schemes in the next few years. If any of them come to fruition we could finally get an answer to one of the most exciting questions in economics: whether basic income is the best way to end poverty and the welfare state:   Continue Reading…

Dept concerns

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about the Greece Dept:

about the US Dept:   Continue Reading…


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Jean-Baptiste Maunier

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dans Les Choristes en Concert a Paris – 2005, 75.45 min, mise en ligne par Maria Luisa – Marilú Magaña Casas;

et dans La suite après les choristes, mise en ligne par Jean-Baptiste MaunierPart 1/4, 9.46 min; Part 2/4, 7.53 min; Part 3/4, 6.40 min; Part 4/4, 7.52 min;

Liberal Extremism Disguised as Defense of Muslims

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Published on Dissident Voice (first on Matt’s Blog), by Matt Peppe, Dec 14, 2015.

After 14 people were killed and 22 more injured in the San Bernardino massacre by a couple whom authorities claim were “radicalized” by Islamist ideology, Islamophobia among the American public has seemingly reached a fever pitch. But while many people are fighting back against hateful discrimination against Muslims, many are doing so with a liberal narrative of American values that rationalizes and perpetuates American state violence, while failing to recognize this violence as its own form of extremism// Continue Reading…

some small and big concerns

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Libya’s nightmare scenario

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Ahmed Eleiba, Dec 10, 2015.

The possibility of Libya taking over from Syria and Iraq as the centre of Islamic State operations is haunting decision-makers in Cairo.

Islamic State (IS) is consolidating its presence in Libya, where post-Gaddafi chaos has provided an ideal climate for the terrorist organisation to flourish. It encountered a setback in Derna, where it faced stiff resistance from the Ansar Al-Sharia militia group which, in April 2014, expelled IS forces from the city, but 18 months later IS has recouped its losses.   Continue Reading…

The Age of Extremes

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Published on ZNet (first on teleSUR english ), by Arun Gupta, Dec 12, 2015.

… The greatest cost is to the countries being bombed and civil society. In November 2001 the global justice movement, which gained prominence after thwarting a free-trade agreement two years earlier, was planning to shut down seven stock exchanges in a worldwide day of protest. That was derailed by 9/11, and the global justice movement fell apart. This time climate-justice activists say the movement is stronger and wiser and the climate crisis is too profound for one episode to end it, but it has been set back.   Continue Reading…

The hourglass society: Middle-income households no longer the majority in the US

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Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Andre Damon, Dec 11, 2015.

For the first time in more than four decades, “middle-income households” no longer constitute the majority of American society, according to a study published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. Instead, the majority of households are either low or higher-income. The study concluded, “Once in the clear majority, adults in middle-income households in 2015 were matched in number by those in lower- and upper-income households combined.” Pew called its findings “a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point” in American society … // Continue Reading…

UFOs, our govs and the 0.000…1%

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… How the Secret Government Works – Dr. Steven Greer HD, 230.09 min, uploaded by SpaceNatives, Nov 23, 2015 … Dr. Greer has been involved in the highest levels of governments and military for over 25 years and will share what he has learned on the who, what, where and why of UFO secrecy and the deep transnational security state and the constellation of illegal projects that are currently operating …;
(my comment: prepare a good drink and a comfortable chair, you’ll stand it better … in fact, it’s about govs facing the 0.000…1% – also today).   Continue Reading…

The Roots of the Current Situation in Venezuela

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Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 1195 (first on teleSUR english), by Gregory Wilpert, Dec 5, 2015.

The current economic, political, and social situation in Venezuela is very complicated, which makes it somewhat difficult for outsiders to make sense of. On the one hand there are many people who defend the Bolivarian revolution, pointing to the successes it has had in reducing poverty and inequality and in increasing citizen participation and self-governance.   Continue Reading…

The model of all economic models (wonkish)

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Published on RWER Blog, by Lars Syll, Dec 6, 2015.

Mainstream economists want to explain social phenomena, structures and patterns, based on the assumption that the agents are acting in an optimizing (rational) way to satisfy given, stable and well-defined goals. The procedure is analytical. The whole is broken down into its constituent parts so as to be able to explain (reduce) the aggregate (macro) as the result of interaction of its parts (micro). Continue Reading…