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Index February 2016

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2016-02-01: 10,000 kids missing in EU as criminals ‘exploit’ migrant flow – Europol chief of staff;
2016-02-02: On Greece, Syriza, Podemos and the Democracy in Europe Movement;
2016-02-03: Working-class History 101;
2016-02-03: Migrationsrealität … noch nicht im Griff;
2016-02-04: Whistleblowers and the banks;
2016-02-05: Basic income for the Swiss?
2016-02-06: Between debt and the devil, in the eye of a new global financial storm;
2016-02-07: CANADA: against Privatization, Health Coalition Demands Funding for Hospitals;
2016-02-08: musics for studying and running;
2016-02-09: Ukraine – An US-Installed Nazi-Infested Failed State;
2016-02-10: We Can’t Afford These Billionaires;
2016-02-11: Democratizing Europe: Varoufakis launches new movement;
2016-02-12: Two, Three … Many Flints;
2016-02-13: Switzerland’s Base Income Vote Turns Finance Reform Into a Democratic Spectacle;
2016-02-14: Greeks will have to become migrants [3 VIDEOS, PHOTOS];
2016-02-15: Propaganda as “News” – Ecuador Sells out Indigenous and the Environment to China;
2016-02-16: Why Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Matters;
2016-02-17: in these mouving times;
2016-02-18: Syrian Endgame, a Lost War is Dangerous – US-NATO, Saudi Arabia, Turkey … losers on the rampage;
2016-02-18: Eugen Drewermann;
2016-02-19: Meanwhile, In Other News …;
2016-02-20: A Response to Chris Hedges Concerning Bernie Sanders;
2016-02-21: The US Economy Has Not Recovered and Will Not Recover;
2016-02-22: The Integration Puzzle – part 1/23 (one to twenty three);
2016-02-23: The Broken Social Contract;
2016-02-24: How Humanitarian Imperialism Led to Europe’s Refugee Crisis;
2016-02-25: Women Can’t Wait, Repeal the 8th;
2016-02-26: Syria/US/NATO – Kurds/Putin/Assad … which kind of peace?
2016-02-27: Offshoring Justice: David Hicks, Australia and the UN Human Rights Committee;
2016-02-28: Malaysia must sue Goldman Sachs & all complicit banks;
2016-02-28: verheimlicht – vertuscht – vergessen;
2016-02-29: on YouTube: Syria’s War resp Refugees;
2016-02-29: Basic Income BIG – Revenu de Base – Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen BGE, FEBRUARY 1-29, 2016.
See also this page: All articles sorted chronologically.

Basic Income BIG – Revenu de Base – Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen BGE, February 1-29, 2016

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related articles published during February 2016: (continuously updated … ) Continue Reading…

on YouTube: Syria’s War resp Refugees

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uploaded by RT:

verheimlicht – vertuscht – vergessen

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die Angst vor einem kritischen Bestseller – Gerhard Wisnewski, 69.34 min, von Querdenken TV vom 20. Feb 2016.

Malaysia must sue Goldman Sachs & all complicit banks

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NAJIB Contagion, all hell set to break loose – Published on Malaysia Chronicle, by Sarawak Report, Feb 25, 2016.

The news today that Goldman Sachs has now formally acknowledged that its South East Asia Chairman, Tim Leissner, has indeed ‘left the bank’, sometime earlier this month, indicates they plan to make him their high level fall guy over the 1MDB imbroglio.

It’s not good enough.   Continue Reading…

Offshoring Justice: David Hicks, Australia and the UN Human Rights Committee

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Binoy Kampmark, Feb 25, 2016 (also on International Police Digest).

He always had a rough deal. He strayed as a young man, a situation that would have been perfectly acceptable if he had picked the approved rogue group or terrorist collective to vent his adolescent angst. Al Qaeda, and their Taliban hosts, were not on that list. Having fallen out of favour with the Oscar equivalent of good terrorist nominees, Australia’s David Hicks found himself in the dark, picked up in Afghanistan in November 2001 and conveyed to that terrestrial nightmare known as Guantánamo Bay soon after.   Continue Reading…

Syria/US/NATO – Kurds/Putin/Assad … which kind of peace?

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  • Syrian Kurds accused of siding with Assad and Russia, 2-07 min, uploaded by Al Jazeera English, Feb 24, 2016;
  • Interview: Michael Gorbatschow über Putin, die Deutschen, Amerika, 3.49 min, von SpiegelTV (spoken in english, subtitled in german);
  • (my comment: there is nothing complicated: US/NATO-elites proclaim enemies being all those who not hate Putin resp Assad, but Putin / Assad will remain, thus US/NATO will never be able/willing for any peace. So, just tell them to leave the region … force them to go home … and make it, this damned peace. Syrians will be gratefull, more and more regret their trip to german’s paradise: for many because of the future underclass workplaces, for all the food-shock, for more than a few the women’s so-called not-so-much-submitted-behavior-shock. And most Germans will be gratefull for no more being overrun – Heidi);

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Women Can’t Wait, Repeal the 8th

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… the Politics of Abortion and the Irish National Election – Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 1225, by Carol-Anne Hudson, Feb 23, 2016.

Abortion is one of the defining issues of the 2016 national Irish election, yet a vast majority of candidates have declined to give their views on the controversial subject. 331 of the 392 candidates have not declared a position, 33 candidates have stated support for keeping the 8th Amendment, and another 28 candidates have stated that they want to repeal the 8th. Labour, Sinn Féin, the Greens, Social Democrats, and a number of Left Independents have pledged to hold a referendum to remove the “right to life” 8th Amendment from the Constitution, which prevents the liberalization of the state’s abortion laws … // Continue Reading…

How Humanitarian Imperialism Led to Europe’s Refugee Crisis

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Published on ZNet, Interview with Jean Bricmont, conducted by Maidhc Ó Cathail, Feb 22, 2016.

Maidhc Ó Cathail: Do you see Cologne, 2015 as a turning point or the beginning of the end for European civilization? Continue Reading…

The Broken Social Contract

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Harvey Lothian, Feb 21, 2016.

The unwritten but very real and clearly understood social contract under which the citizens and workers of the United States and Canada developed the countries has now been broken by the wealthy classes, the owners of major industries and businesses and the politicians, The contract is now invalid. A new social contract is needed.   Continue Reading…

The Integration Puzzle – part 1/23 (one to twenty three)

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The Integration Puzzle – part 1/23 (one to twenty three) … with Slim Boutaieb, 47, who teaches immigrants in Munich the basic principles of German culture: What a Million Refugees Mean for Everyday Life.

Published on Spiegel Online International, by staff, Feb 19, 2016: more than a million refugees are now living in Germany. The next task is to integrate them. SPIEGEL spoke with dozens of experts and people working in the field about the everyday challenges the influx means for the country.    Continue Reading…

The US Economy Has Not Recovered and Will Not Recover

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Published on Counterpunch, by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, Feb 19, 2016.

The US economy died when middle class jobs were offshored and when the financial system was deregulated … // Continue Reading…

A Response to Chris Hedges Concerning Bernie Sanders

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Published on ZNet, by Vincent Emanuele, Feb 18, 2016.

Chris Hedges latest article, Bernie Sanders’ Phantom Movement has caused quite a stir. Over the last couple of days, several friends have sent me the article and I’ve seen it posted on social media outlets by thousands of people … // Continue Reading…

Meanwhile, In Other News …

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Published on ZNet, by Paul Street, Feb 18, 2016.

… Global Investor Right Protection in the Guise of Free Trade:   Continue Reading…

Eugen Drewermann

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Eugen Drewermann:

  • auf de.wikipedia (* 20. Juni 1940 in Bergkamen) ist ein deutscher katholischer Theologe, suspendierter Priester, Psychoanalytiker und Schriftsteller. Er ist ein wichtiger Vertreter der tiefenpsychologischen Exegese und als kirchenkritischer Publizist regelmäßig in den Medien präsent …; /Weblinks;
  • on en.wikipedia: Eugen Drewermann (born 20 June 1940) is a German church critic, theologian, peace activist and former Roman Catholic priest. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages …; /External Links;

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Syrian Endgame, a Lost War is Dangerous – US-NATO, Saudi Arabia, Turkey … losers on the rampage

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Published on Global, by Prof. Tim Anderson, Feb 14, 2016.

… Yet the dangers are very real because the Saudis and Turkey might react unpredictably, faced with the failure of their five year project to carve up Syria. Both countries have threatened to invade Syria, to defend their ‘assets’ from inevitable defeat from the powerful alliance Syria has forged with Russia, Iran, Iraq and the better party of Lebanon.   Continue Reading…

in these mouving times

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Audio: The Speech That Killed Him, JFK, 6.02 min, uploaded by Global Sovereign Alliance, Dec 9, 2015;

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Why Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Matters

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Published on ZNet, by Ron Daniels, Feb 15, 2016.

… Bernie Sanders is articulating a bold vision of what should and can be achieved if millions believe and join the “revolution” by educating, mobilizing and marching on ballot boxes to chasten the billionaire class, the oligarchy, to transform the face of this nation. A parasitical billionaire class, Wall Street, must be compelled to pay the price for a more just and humane America. Millions of people are “sick and tired of being sick and tired” of pedestrian politics and business as usual. Vision matters, and it is Bernie Sanders’ vision and the meaning of the message that is motivating millions to join the “revolution and march on ballot boxes to embrace a truly progressive policy agenda.   Continue Reading…

Propaganda as “News”: Ecuador Sells out Indigenous and the Environment to China

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Stansfield Smith, Feb 13, 2016.

The end of January a news article appeared, “Ecuador To Sell A Third Of Its Amazon Rainforest To Chinese Oil Companies,” and has resurfaced again and again on the internet. Posted on progressive websites such as Reader Supported News, Daily Kos, “The,” “,” the story often comes with maps of the affected area, and include pictures of indigenous peoples living peaceably with nature or protesting against oil drilling.   Continue Reading…

Greeks will have to become migrants [3 VIDEOS, PHOTOS]

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… 10,000 farmers protest EU-imposed reforms in Athens [3 VIDEOS, PHOTOS] – Published on RT, Feb 13, 2016.

Thousands of Greek farmers set up a protest camp in central Athens to speak out against tax and pension reforms required by the EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Earlier, hundreds clashed with police at the Agriculture Ministry.   Continue Reading…

Switzerland’s Base Income Vote Turns Finance Reform Into a Democratic Spectacle

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Published on INVERSE, by Ethan Jacobs, Feb 11, 2016.

Swiss citizens will decide whether they should receive over $2,500 a month for being Swiss.

Americans are so intensely and intimately familiar with the virtues and vices of representative democracy, it’s easy for us to forget that democracy has alternative forms. Switzerland is about to give us a valuable reminder. As U.S. presidential candidates regurgitate stump speeches in the lead up to Super Tuesday, the TK citizens of Europe’s famously neutral, famously TK mountain kingdom will put the idea of basic income to a vote. The Swiss are having a referendum on whether they should be paid for being Swiss.   Continue Reading…

Two, Three … Many Flints

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Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch),
by David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, Feb 11, 2016.

… The price tag for replacing the lead pipes that contaminated its drinking water, thanks to the corrosive toxins found in the Flint River, is now estimated at up to $1.5 billion. No one knows where that money will come from or when it will arrive. In the meantime, the cost to the children of Flint has been and will be incalculable. As little as a few specks of lead in the water children drink or in flakes of paint that come off the walls of old houses and are ingested can change the course of a life. Continue Reading…

Democratizing Europe: Varoufakis launches new movement

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… to save EU from ‘disintegration’ [2 VIDEOS] – Published on RT, Feb 9, 2016.

  • Democracy or disintegration are the EU’s only options, Greece’s ex-finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, said before the official launch of a pan-European political movement he hopes will help tackle the nationalization of policies in the 28-member union.
  • The “spectacular failure of the EU” to implement sound economic and refugee policies has tilted its members towards nationalism, the bike-riding former PM of Greece said on Tuesday, speaking to reporters at the Volksbühne Theater in Berlin.

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We Can’t Afford These Billionaires

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Published on counterpunch, by DANIEL RAVENTÓS and JULIE WARK, Feb 5, 2016

In its 2015 report the World Economic Forum, aka the globe-grabbing business elite, pronounced from its opulent mountain fastness in Davos that, “Inequality is one of the key challenges of our time.” Paying $25,000 to attend this billionaires’ bash, and that’s after shelling out the compulsory $52,000 WEF membership fee, the said elite isn’t pronouncing on inequality out of any empathy for the poor and oppressed. This becomes perfectly clear on page 38 of the Global Risks Report 2016 where the reader is informed that inequality has consequences: … // Continue Reading…

Ukraine – An US-Installed Nazi-Infested Failed State

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Published on The People’s, by Stephen Lendman, Feb 8, 2016.

… Two years after fascists seized power, conditions for ordinary Ukrainians are deplorable. According to Germany’s daily broadsheet Junge Welt, they’re “staggering.”

“Since the end of the Yanukovych era, the average income has decreased by 50%,” it reported – on top of 2015’s 44% inflation, nearly reducing purchasing power by half, making it impossible for most Ukrainians to get by. They’re suffering hugely, deeply impoverished, denied fundamental social services, abolished or greatly reduced en route to eliminating them altogether.   Continue Reading…