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It is a battle. The corporations play out their macabre war dance on the soil of Africa. They are aided by state agents and Western donor agencies pushing fertilizers and pesticides on the people to ‘hurry, hurry, hurry’ to some dubious destination called ‘growth,’ and the ordinary people (the more enlightened among them) urge the rest to pause and reflect on what they are doing and where they thought they were going.
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But in fact, the rich have gotten richer, the poor poorer, and the planet has been thrown into peril. And while international trade does not manifest in lethal bombs, its impact on communities is similar to that of war, as detailed in a new book by Yash Tandon titled “Trade Is War: The West’s War on the World.” Tandon, who has decades of experience as a high-level negotiator at the World Trade Organization (WTO), said in an interview on “Uprising” that he agrees with Warren, and that she is “on the right side” on the TPP. The fact that trade deals are negotiated behind closed doors speaks volumes. The draft of the TPP is so secret that one trade expert, Michael Wessel, who was privy to the details, wrote that “anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents.” He does admit, however, that “[w]e should be very concerned about what’s hidden in this trade deal—and particularly how the Obama administration is keeping information secret even from those of us who are supposed to provide advice.”
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There’s a very long list of countries around the world that offer [free higher education]. Either as an investment in their future or as a social right. And none of them are as affluent as the US. So it’s not a question of whether we can afford it. It’s a question of political priorities.
It would be demoralizing for Syrian people to see an international military intervention to protect ruins, but not to protect the 50,000 people who live around those ruins. It would be a way of saying to the Syrian people: your lives are not important, but these stones are. That would probably reinforce the Islamic Front’s propaganda that the world doesn’t really care about you but we do.To watch the full interview, visit Democracy Now!.
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The path that [Western powers] took ignored the fact that, in attempting to depose the regime, they would destroy the country. So there would be nothing left for those who took over, and those who now threaten to fill the vacuum, should the regime fall, are the most extreme Sunni fundamentalists—who are the ones who ended up taking over in Afghanistan; who are the most ruthless and the best fighters; and who are always the ones most likely to dominate the revolution.
The question is: then why did Israel attack? And the response--one of the responses, the one by Ariel Sharon--because there was a split in the cabinet whether or not--Israeli cabinet--whether to launch the first strike. And Sharon said, if we don't--this was Ariel Sharon. It's the same cast of characters--goes back quite a ways. Ariel Sharon, he says, if we don't attack, it's going to diminish our deterrence capacity. What does that mean? Because Nasser was making all of these noises, Nasser did close the Straits of Tehran, Nasser did move troops into the Sinai, and Nasser--you know the rhetorical flourishes about we're going to defeat Israel and so on and so forth, and so had whipped up a kind of ecstatic hysteria in the Arab world, finally, to challenging Israel.To listen to the full interview, visit The Real News
Now, de facto--de facto--Nasser was a windbag--a congenital problem in the Arab world, leaders who are windbags--and obviously there was nothing backing his claims, but they thought that this was whipping up too much of a hysteria in the Arab world; it's time to remind them who's in charge.
Taken together, these redefine what family is supposed to mean — and challenge us, in the face of all our modern pressures, to create the kind of family we actually want.To read the rest of the review, visit The Indypendent
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Today, @heaven’s collection of human voices trying to articulate their joy and pain as voices brings a thrill of optimism for the future of online life. There’s a wince of sadness, too, though, in knowing how weakly that potential has been borne out in our present. At a time when many people share condolences by giving a thumbs-up to items of tragic news, or tweeting seven-word sympathy, it’s heartbreaking to read the vivid online confidences that carried Mandel to his grave. He was dying, but the promise of the social Web was green, uncharted, and alive.
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“What’s the difference between observation and surveillance?” Hurt began to wonder. “Between safely and benignly observing, and surveillance—a word that holds a deeper, more sinister meaning? When it comes to Facebook, there’s a lot of pictures of my kid on Facebook, of everybody’s kids, and who knows what’s going to happen with those? The children didn’t consent to put those on there. When you use the Guess My Age app, you sign off on letting Microsoft use your pictures for whatever they want, but what does that mean? There’s a comfort in being seen, but the line gets thin really fast.”
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Not understanding history, one can’t know where one is. Not deeply. Thus one is – in a very real sense – lost. Lost to the real. Lost in the superficial understanding, intellectual laziness and blithe regard of dreamstate consumerism chewing cud somewhere between now and a gluey intermediate utopia – nowhere – as a planetary collapse orchestrated, choreographed and enabled by the language of trade policy unfolds before the sleepy wet eyes of herdstock that can no longer see. That’s not hyperbole; its a warning. This is no time to be lost or asleep. If you are, then Yash Tandon’s scrupulous work is the cure. Buy it, read it, hi-lite it and make it an essential part of your personal reference library. And then buy a copy for a friend.
No one is imposing a settlement, and neither side has the strength to defeat the other. We have a war where neither side can win, it means the war will go on and on unless there's some agreement by outside powers, mainly the powers that are supporting the two sides: on the side of the regime you have Russia and Iran, in the case of the opposition you have the United States, Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. If they won't intervene and force their clients to accept a solution, then the fighting will simply go on.To listen the rest of the interview, visit BBC Today.
To see a whole generation losing its education, losing its healthcare, losing their homes, now living in refugee camps. Almost at every level, you see suffering and destruction without much light, without much hope that there will be a better because of all this suffering. In fact, there will probably be a worse outcome.To read the rest of the review, visit
If it’s so easy to imagine deploying dozens of people and spending thousands of dollars surveilling a single drug addict and small-time drug dealer, what are they capable of doing on the scale of a nation?To read the rest of the review, visit The Cryptosphere