|How Much Does It Cost To Buy A Great White Shark|| In the Arab world, Islam and Western democracy means dictatorship |
by Abdenur Prado - posted Friday, February 11, 2011
The West finances dictators in the Middle East and the Arab world for over a century.
pro-democracy demonstrations against dictatorships supported by the West in the Arab world, shows once again the immense hypocrisy of our leaders. Which side Western governments are, with the demonstrators or the dictators? The answer is simple: the side of those who generate millions for the benefit of Western multinational corporations.
But that does not surprise anyone. It is well known that the West has funded more than a century of dictatorships in the Middle East and the Arab world because it is through the autocracies that [the West] were able to control the resources of this region. Even if this leads to the exploitation and misery of people facing decommissioning, orchestrated by the International Monetary Fund, their social services in order to repay foreign debt generated by the millions in arms purchases in the West ... As the aspirations of civil society, increasing poverty, torture and repression, lack of civil liberties and human rights ... No Western leader does not care at all. And all have shown, continuously, without exception, for over a century. Remarks made recently by Henry Kissinger are revealing in this regard: "We've had five presidents who have considered Hosni Mubarak as the best ally of the U.S. objectives in the region. "
Just out of the archives all the statements of Western leaders who praise the Arab tyrants: their economic policies, their continued political stability, their contributions to international security, that they safeguard secularism and prevent the advance of Islamist movements ... In short, for submission to the dictates of Western financial markets and the International Monetary Fund.
This overview does only one variable: whether or not the connivance with the State of Israel. This underscores the critical role of Israel vis-à-vis the maintenance of dictatorships in the Arab world, a fact corroborated by the comments made by Netanyahu in support of Ben Ali and Mubarak as well as decades of collusion with the family Royal Saudi monarchy and other issues of colonialism. No surprise then to learn that Israeli diplomacy has done everything possible to save Mubarak. It is true that Israel has cause for concern, not only for the danger posed by the rise of political Islam, but also because the democratic governments that might arise would maintain not only their country's complicity in the genocide of the Palestinian people. The open border between Gaza and Sinai is crucial for the survival of the Palestinian people. This is a convincing argument in favor of democracy in Egypt and the Middle East! And
"Islamism" in all this? It serves as a bogeyman to justify the support of dictatorships "secularists." However, it obscures the fact that the majority of parties "Islamists" in the Arab world accepted the idea of parliamentary democracy.
An example of this paradigm is that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. In 1944 the founder, Hassan al-Banna, supported the participation in parliamentary elections, saying that the Egyptian constitution was "Islamic" because it recognized that the authority resides in the people, ensured the decision-making through consultation (Shura) and respect for individual freedoms. In some of his writings, he defends parliamentary democracy: "The bases of political organization based on the system of parliamentary representation does not contradict the fundamental principles that Islam has set in organization of power. "Since its founding, the Muslim Brotherhood have repeatedly stated that their intention is not to take power, but to educate society and to influence the system for Islamic ideals in justice being implemented. Despite this, they are portrayed as villains by the media manipulation and by Western governments. (I'm not a fan of the Muslim Brotherhood, but I am against their demonization. For their positions, see their website in English).
There is talk now of returning to Tunisia Rachid al-Ghannouchi, founder and historic leader of the party-Nahda in Tunisia, after 22 years of exile. According Ghannouchi, Islam provides a more fertile than that of the West to carry out democracy. There is a book of Azam Tamimi, where he studied his thought in detail, Rachid Ghannouchi: A Democrat within Islam, published by Oxford University Press. Among his ideals: "an Islamic system based on the will of the majority, free elections, free press, minority protection, equality between laity and religious parties, and achieving complete women's rights in all areas, participation in elections to the freedom to dress as they wish, the right to divorce, and even the right to be head of state. The role of Islam is to provide an ethical system. "
An ethical system that necessarily involves the abolition of usury Financial, which provides a minimum of social services for the entire population and the establishment mechanisms that prevent the accumulation of capital in the hands of a few individuals. An equally valid for Spain than for Egypt.
In Brief: Islamist movements are champions of democracy against tyranny corrupt funded by the West. It is curious to see how the terms were reversed at the point of passing the opposition, which demands democracy, for ... absolutists, and dictators that suppress civil liberties as saviors. The world upside down? The world seen through a mass media manipulation. That is to say, from a perspective of the interests of major Western financial corporations.
Translation: Amy Fetchman
|Avery Table Tents 5305|| Mohamed Hassan: "the causes of the revolution far beyond Tunisia Ben Ali and his party. "|
Tunisians brought down the dictator Ben Ali. Today, they continue to fight against his men to head the transitional government. In this new chapter of our series "Understanding the Muslim world," Mohamed Hassan * ((photo-cons) explains the implications of the revolution of Tunisia and its root causes: how nationalism Liberal advocated by Tunisia under Bourguiba interests Western, plunging people into poverty, how a repressive state has put in place to maintain this system, why dictatorships in the Arab world are caused to fall, and how Islam became the condom imperialism
(Gregory Lalieu Michel Collon)
In December 2010, riots broke out in Tunisia. A month later, President Ben Ali fled the country after twenty-three year reign. What are the causes of this revolution? And why is it popular movement succeeded in bringing down the dictator where other attempts have failed?
For there to be a revolution, it is necessary that people refuse to live as before and that the ruling class is no longer able to govern as before. On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a young seller of fruits and vegetables, has sacrificed out of desperation after police had confiscated his goods himself, and that local authorities have to stop working. The conditions were ripe for a revolution broke out in Tunisia Bouazizi and suicide was the trigger.
Indeed, the Tunisians did not want to live as before: they were not accepting corruption, police repression, lack of freedom, unemployment, etc.. Moreover, the ruling class could no longer govern as before. Corruption under Ben Ali had taken a phenomenal amount while the majority of the population had to face insecurity. To maintain this status, police repression would be higher but it had reached its limits. The ruling elite was completely disconnected from the people for whom there was no interlocutor. Therefore, when popular revolts broke out, the ruling class had no choice but to quell the violence. But with the determination of the people, the repression reached its limit. This is one of the keys to the success of the popular revolution of Tunisia: it managed to reach all segments of society, including members of the army and police who sympathized with the demonstrators. The repressive apparatus could no longer function as before either. If a revolt occurs but is not able to combine different segments society, it can not lead a revolution.
Even after the departure of Ben Ali, the protests continue. The situation that Tunisians refuse is not the result of one man? For
signs "Ben Ali emerges" signs were followed by "CDR releases. Tunisians are attacking the president's political party because they fear that one of his men to take power. But in reality, the root causes that led to revolt Tunisians far outweigh Ben Ali and the RCD. It is not enough to turn the president for the people earns his freedom and improves living conditions.
corruption, unemployment, social inequality ... What are the effects of imperialist domination of the West over Tunisia. For Tunisia, after independence, became a project of the United States.
What do you mean by imperialism?
Imperialism is the process by which capitalist powers politically and economically dominated by foreign countries. Western multinationals plunder the resources of Africa, Latin America and Asia. They find opportunities for capital they will accumulate and exploit cheap labor market. I say that multinationals are not buying as they plunder the resources at their fair value and the local people not benefiting from these riches. And this looting would not be possible if these countries operated, there were no leaders to defend the interests of multinationals. These leaders are getting richer in the process. They constitute the so-called comprador bourgeoisie. They have no political vision for their own country does not produce wealth and do not develop a real economy. But personally enriched by trading resources their countries with multinationals. Obviously, the people are the biggest victim in all this!
When you're a nationalist anti-imperialist cons, you are looking to develop for yourself. You nationalize key sectors of your economy, rather than leaving the management to foreign companies. This will create a national economy in the country and you allow it to grow on the basis of independence. That's what I call a national democratic revolution: national independent because of the imperialist powers, democratic as against feudalism and the elements reactionaries in the country.
However, Bourguiba, Tunisia's first president, was considered a socialist. And during his reign, the state played a very important role in the economy.
Bourguiba's political party was socialist in name only. If the state played an important role, it was only for the benefit of an elite only. This is called state capitalism. In addition, Bourguiba has systematically eliminated all the progressive elements and anti-imperialist in his party. So that this party became the party of one man, completely subject to U.S. imperialism.
Habib Bourguiba , great actor in the struggle for independence, was president of Tunisia from 1957 to 1987
What Was Tunisia important for the United States?
To understand the importance of that country to the U.S. strategy, we must analyze the political context of the Arab world in years 50 and 60. In 1952, officers overthrew the monarchy of King Farouk of Egypt and proclaim a republic. With Nasser at the helm Egypt becomes the basis of Arab nationalism inspired with revolutionary ideas of socialism. As evidenced by the nationalization of the Suez Canal, Nasser's arrival in power is a blow to the West because the Egyptian president's policy is totally at odds with the hegemonic Western powers in the Near and Middle East. Worse still: the anti-imperialist ideas of Nasser are emulated in the region. In Yemen for example, where in 1962 a revolution divided the country, the South becoming a bastion of Arab revolutionary movement. The same year, the independence of Algeria sends a strong signal to Africa and the Third World, the imperialist powers put on alert. Libya also note the Qaddafi coup in 1969. The colonel took power and nationalized major sectors of the economy, to the chagrin of the West. The same year, the Islamic revolution in Iran toppled the Shah, one of the most important pillars of U.S. strategy in the Middle East.
short, at that time, an anti-imperialist movement defies strong strategic interests of the United States in the Arab world. Fortunately for Washington, all countries in the region do not follow the path of Nasser. It the case of Tunisia. In 1957, a year after the independence of Tunisia, Bourguiba was one of the first Arab leaders to send U.S. in the prestigious journal, Foreign Affairs. The title of the article? Nationalism best antidote to communism. For the United States who want to counter the influence of Nasser is a godsend! Bourguiba wrote in his article: "With the regard, Tunisia has chosen to make unequivocal its way into the free world from the West." We are in the Cold War. The Soviets argued that Nasser's influence grows in the region. And the U.S. needs pro-imperialist agents Bourguiba as not to lose strategic control of the Arab world.
Nasser announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956
Can we be both nationalist and pro-imperialist?
Bourguiba was a liberal nationalist with anti-communist ideas which led him to join the imperialist camp in the West. In fact, I feel like George Padmore Bourguiba Arabic. Padmore was a leading Pan-Caribbean origin. In 1956 he wrote a book called Pan-Africanism or Communism: The battle ahead in Africa. Like Bourguiba, he fed anti-communist ideas and even if he declared himself a nationalist, his political vision was largely subservient to the interests of imperialist powers. Nationalism served as a cover, their policy is far from being independent. Padmore had a great influence on the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, one of the instigators of the African Union. Its pro-imperialist ideas were able to spread across the continent with the result that we see today is celebrated around the golden jubilee of independence in Africa, but many Africans know they have never become independent. President Nkrumah himself later regretted having taken the advice of Padmore.
In Tunisia too, the submission to imperialist interests has quickly been felt and it turned out that nationalism advocated by Bourguiba was a facade. In the 70s, for example, the President has passed a series of measures intended to attract foreign investors: tax exemption on company profits for ten years, exemption from all duties and taxes for twenty years, exemption from Tax Income property values, etc.. Tunisia has become a vast workshop of Western multinationals in recent repatriation of profits.
Tunisia did she not still been some good progress under Bourguiba?
Yes, there have been positive developments: education, status of women, etc.. First, because Tunisia were the progressives in his elite players, but they were quickly dismissed. Then, because Tunisia was to be dressed in his finest dress. Indeed, this country played a major role in the strategy of the United States to counter the influence of communism in the Arab world. But what had you on the other side? Progressive revolutionary movements that had toppled backward and monarchies who enjoyed popular support. You could not counteract this movement by advocating a feudal system. Saudi Arabia has done so because it could use its oil money for that. But Tunisia, unable to rely on such resources, should provide some progressive image. In the fight against communism, it was supposed to represent a successful Third World countries have chosen the path of liberal nationalism.
But behind the scenes was less flattering. As I said, Bourguiba has systematically eliminated the progressive elements that do not follow his steps. The anti-imperialists who wanted an independent Tunisia both economically and politically, those who wanted to assert their own position in the Third World and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all were opposed. Tunisia has in fact been used as a laboratory of the imperialist powers. And what was supposed to represent the success of liberal nationalism has become a dictatorship.
When Ben Ali Bourguiba succeeded in 1987, he continues on the same track?
Absolutely. One can even say that the submission to Western interests has grown. Ben Ali was a pure agent of U.S. imperialism. In 1980, as ambassador to Poland, he even served as a liaison between the CIA and Lech Walesa, the union leader who fought against the Soviet Union.
In 1987, when Ben Ali assumed the presidency of Tunisia, the country was deeply in debt by the capitalist crisis of 1973. Moreover, at that time, the ideas of Milton Friedman and his Chicago Boys were very popular. These ultra-liberal economists believed that the market is an entity capable of regulating themselves and that the state should certainly not interfere in the economy. The technical elite Tunisian largely from U.S. schools were highly influenced by theories of Friedman. Ben Ali then left the state capitalism in effect at the beginning of the era Bourguiba. Under the supervision of the IMF and World Bank, he began a privatization program much more massive than what his predecessor had already begun in the 70s.
What were the effects of this new economic policy?
First, privatization of the Tunisian economy has allowed Ben Ali and his wife's family, Trabelsi, personal enrichment. Corruption has reached a very high level, Tunisia has become a country totally subservient to imperialism, headed by a comprador bourgeoisie. Obviously, Ben Ali and his clan did not have many raw materials to selling out to Western multinationals. But they took advantage of the education system established under Bourguiba to develop a service economy. Indeed, the Tunisian workforce is highly educated and inexpensive at a time. It therefore attracts foreign investors.
Tourism has also developed strong as to become the mainstay of the Tunisian economy. Here we see the lack of political vision of the elite. Indeed, no country can develop its economy based on tourism if not first developed a national economic base. The tourism industry consumes a lot but reported very little to the Tunisian people. Imagine: while Western tourists consume hectoliters of water to bask in pools, Jacuzzis or golf course, the poor peasants in the south face of the drying soil.
But it's not just the farmers who have suffered from this policy. Overall, the social conditions of the Tunisian people deteriorated while the president's entourage has amassed a huge fortune. Everyone knew the regime was corrupt. So to maintain this system, the system should prevent any disputes. The repression became even more brutal penny Ben Ali simple criticism or even the desire for modernity and openness were not allowed. Such a situation could lead to popular revolt. Moreover, trying to monopolize his clan the wealth of the country, Ben Ali has also drew the ire of some of the traditional bourgeois Tunisia.
You say that political repression was very strong. Is there anyway today, opposition forces can guide the people's revolution now that Ben Ali has fallen?
Genuine opposition parties were banned under Ben Ali. However, some continued to exist underground. For example, the first Tunisian Communist Party could not live openly and organize like any political party in a democracy. But he continued to operate secretly through associations of civil society (teachers, farmers, doctors, prisoners ...). The PGWPP was able to form a social base and fired a solid experience of this period. It is exceptional in the Arab world.
I think two major challenges now await the opposition parties. First, they must come forward and make themselves known to the general public in Tunisia. Then they must organize a united front of resistance to imperialism. In fact, the imperialist powers seek to maintain the system without Ben Ali Ben Ali. We see now with the Union government National rejected the Tunisians, which is very positive. But the imperialist powers will not stop there. They will certainly seek to impose an International Electoral Commission to support candidates who defend to their best interests. It is therefore necessary to resist interference by creating a united front to build a true democracy.
Opposition parties are they able to overcome their differences to create such a front?
I know that some political parties were reluctant to associate Islamo-nationalist movement Ennahda. This movement emerged in the 80s. He advocated an anti-imperialist line and in fact, has suffered political repression. Why not combine Ennahda in front of resistance to the interference of foreign powers? Tunisia is a Muslim country. It is normal that a political force emerges with an Islamo-nationalist trend. You can not prevent that.
But each of these movements must be studied separately, with its own specificities. This was done by the communist PGWPP. They studied scientifically objective conditions that apply Tunisia. Their conclusion is that the Communists and Islamo-nationalists have been victims of political repression and that even though their programs differ, they share common ground: they want an end to dictatorship and the independence of Tunisia. The Communists have proposed an alliance with the Islamo-nationalists long ago. Of course, the PGWPP does not make Tunisia a Islamic state. Its political agenda is different from that of al-Nahda. But it is the Tunisian people who will judge these differences democratically. Elections should be a contest open to everyone. That is true democracy.
Precisely opposition parties gathered in front of 14 January to fight against the interim government of Mohamed Ghannouchi, a henchman of former President Ben Ali. A hopeful sign?
Absolutely, Tunisia is on the right track: all opposition parties banned so far have created a united front to prevent the system is maintained without Ben Ali Ben Ali. Also underline the role played by the base of the union UGTT. The head of the union authorized under Ben Ali was corrupt and working with the state police. But since the basis of the union put pressure on its leaders and members who UGTT were part of the transitional government have resigned. Although much remains to be done, democracy wins Tunisian institutions under pressure from the people.
Western powers opposed to that. They want to impose democracy in Tunisia where only low-intensity "good" candidates would be allowed to stand for election. If you look at the type of democracy that the United States enjoy, you come across Ethiopia. The U.S. government has provided $ 983 million to countries in the Horn of Africa for the year 2010. That same year, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, in office since 16 years, was reelected with 99.5 percent of the vote! It's even better than Ben Ali! The reality is this: behind their rhetoric in support of the Tunisian people, the Western powers continue to actively support many other Ben Ali in the world.
The United States could not they support other candidates pro-imperialist, but in the eyes of Tunisians, were not associated with the Ben Ali era?
It would be difficult. There is a part of the comprador bourgeoisie which was lésinée by the corrupt system of Ben Ali. But this elite is not strong enough control the popular movement and not enough grounding in the Establishment to win.
The United States had also thought of another strategy: a few months ago, while Ben Ali was still in power, the U.S. ambassador has visited a Communist leader in prison. Officially, a simple observation visit in the framework of respect for human rights. Unofficially, the U.S. anticipated the departure of Ben Ali and wanted to test the waters. Their goal was to get the Communists against the Islamo-nationalists, divide the resistance to imperialism to weaken more. But the Communists Tunisia does not fall into the trap. They are very familiar with the strategy developed by Henry Kissinger in the 80s in the Middle East. They published a very good study on the subject and know they should not take orders from outside or adhere to ideologies manufactured by foreign powers.
Why the U.S. have they abandoned Ben Ali? Had he gone too far in personal enrichment? According to a cable Wikileaks, the U.S. ambassador was very critical of the system of quasi-mafioso Tunisian president, organized corruption are obstacles to investments by foreign companies.
This is not the problem. The United States does not care about corruption. Instead, it is a key element of the system of domination on the U.S. South. In fact, Washington was aware of the internal situation in Tunisia and knew that Ben Ali would not be able to govern. The West must now ensure that the replacement of Ben Ali will continue to defend their interests. The stakes are high. The capitalist crisis is causing serious problems in the West. Besides this, China is getting stronger and now provides more loans than the World Bank and other imperialist powers combined. She even wants to buy a significant portion of the debt of the euro area partly because it has economic interests with European countries, on the other imperialist powers to divide, the EU is historically associated with states USA.
In such a context, the Tunisian people's movement, under the auspices of a revolutionary leadership, could establish an independent government and take advantage of this situation of a multipolar world. The imperialist powers fear that countries that were traditionally under his rule become economically independent, turning also to China. Tunisia could build relationships with the Asian giant to develop its commercial ports. And it would seriously question the concept of the Mediterranean Dialogue, this expansion of NATO to the countries of the Mediterranean that is not a dialogue but a mere instrument of Western domination.
Another country that seems to fear democracy in Tunisia and in the region, Israel. Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said shortly after the fall of Ben Ali that the development of democracy in Arab countries threaten Israel's security. This country often called only democracy in the Middle East, would he be afraid of competition?
Under a democratic facade, Israel is a fascist, apartheid state. In the region, it can not ally with repressive dictatorial states, led by comprador bourgeoisie that weaken the body of the Arab nation. Currently, these Arab states are rich countries inhabited by poor people. But if a democratic government in the full sense of the term emerges, it will increase economically the Arab nation as a whole. And this economic development will lead to an alliance of Arab countries against the state racist oppressing the Palestinians. Israel fears this course.
Moreover, there is a very big gap between the official positions of Arab dictatorships and the popular sentiment about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since Egyptian President Sadat visited Israel in 1977, Egypt's position is "we want peace." But it is a position imposed by force to the population. And the current Egyptian government is not content to maintain peaceful relations with Tel Aviv. It participates actively in the strangulation of Gaza, while the majority of Egyptians in solidarity with Palestinians.
It's the same alignment of Arab dictatorships on Washington politics. Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are allies of the United States while the populations of these countries are anti-imperialists. I was in Egypt when Muntadhar al-Zaidi, a journalist in Iraq, threw his shoes on George W. Bush. The Egyptian population was celebrated as a hero. I heard of fathers wanting to marry their daughter with the reporter. Still, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is one of the most faithful allies of Washington.
Do you think the revolution Tunisia a domino effect could cause the downfall of other dictatorships in the Arab world?
70% of the population in Arab countries is less than thirty years and knows that unemployment, police repression and corruption. But all these young people want to live. And to live, they need change. This is the reality of each country. It is therefore not even need a domino effect, the objective conditions are ripe for further revolutions erupt.
People no longer want to live as before. But for their part, the ruling classes are they unable to govern as before?
course. And we see in Egypt today. There are police everywhere in this country. But it is impossible to control everything. A state police has its limitations and the Arab world have reached.
Furthermore, information plays a very important role today. Tunisians, Egyptians and peoples of the Third World are better informed through Al-Jazeera as part of an Internet and social networks on the other. The evolution of information technology has increased the level of education and consciousness of people. The people no longer a mass of illiterate peasants. You have a lot of very smart young people, with a certain practical sense, able to circumvent censorship and of mobilizing the Internet.
there in these countries the opposition forces can guide the popular revolutions?
Why Punishment is so important if these dictators were not in danger? Why the comprador bourgeoisie, so greedy, she would spend so much money in the repressive apparatus if she was not afraid to be reversed? If there was no opposition, all this would not be necessary.
the side of Western observers, many fear that the collapse of these regimes Arab favors the rise of Islamism. As summarized so finely Christophe Barbier, editor of L'Express, "Ben Ali is better than the bearded." These fears proved on of Islamism are they based?
Islamism became the condom of imperialism. Western powers justify their strategy of domination in the Arab-Muslim world under the guise of fighting against Islam. There are Islamists everywhere today. Soon, we shall find even traces of Al-Qaeda on Mars if it is useful to the imperialists!
In reality, the West has always needed to invent an enemy to justify its hegemonic designs and incredible military spending (financed by taxpayers). After the fall of the Soviet Union and the demise of the communist enemy is Islam and Al Qaeda who have played the roles of villains villains.
But the West has no problem with Islamism. It adapts very well to this trend in countries like Saudi Arabia. Moreover, he himself fostered the rise of Islamist movements to counter the Arab nationalism at a time. The real problem for the West is anti-imperialism. That's why he tries to discredit any popular movement in the Arab world who is opposed to its interests by affixing the label "Islamist."
Finally, it should not be very smart to think that the Arab dictatorships are bulwarks against the rise of religious fanaticism. Instead, these repressive regimes have led some of the population to be radicalized. Who could afford to say that such and such people have no right to democracy? In a truly democratic country, different political forces may emerge. But the bourgeoisie comprador ruling in the Arab dictatorships can not convince people. She can not even face to face. To defend the imperialist interests, you must prevent other political forces to emerge because they are likely to convince the people against a corrupt elite. The West has always sought to maintain dictatorships that served its interests by waving the specter of Islamism. But the Arab peoples need democracy. They claim it today and nobody can not go against these claims.
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Hong Kong, China, 30 jun (Lusa) -- A discriminação racial em Hong Kong foi herdada da era colonial e agravou-se desde a transição para a China, considera a académica Puja Kapai, "desiludida" por o novo governo não refletir a diversidade da sociedade.
"Infelizmente, a discriminação em algumas instâncias, tem sido definitivamente mais pronunciada na era pós-transição", afirmou a professora da Direito da Universidade de Hong Kong, coautora do estudo "Status of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong 1997-2014".
De origem indiana, Puja Kapai observou que foi "um processo gradual", mas as mudanças introduzidas desde o governo do primeiro chefe do Executivo de Hong Kong Tung Chee-hwa nas políticas linguísticas "tornaram bastante mais difícil para as crianças das minorias étnicas entrarem em escolas públicas".
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"Pelo menos, os responsáveis do governo estão a enviar um sinal de que essa já não é uma prática aceitável em Hong Kong. Infelizmente, como estas crianças não conseguem entrar noutras escolas, acabam por ficar nas mesmas", disse.
Nesse aspeto deu o exemplo da discriminação a que são sujeitos os filhos dos não-falantes de chinês no processo de admissão ao ensino pré-primário com financiamento público: "Se fores uma criança de uma minoria que nunca teve a oportunidade de aprender a língua em casa, porque os teus pais não falam chinês, como é que vais conseguir fazer essa entrevista [de admissão]?".
Nos últimos 20 anos, foi positiva a entrada em vigor do Decreto sobre Discriminação Racial, em 2009, porque veio demonstrar que há algo errado e isso passou a "ser reconhecido na lei", apesar das falhas existentes no diploma, que não define claramente o conceito de tratamento desigual relativamente à língua e não inclui o estatuto de imigrante e a nacionalidade entre os motivos pelos quais a discriminação é proibida por lei.
Apesar de notar uma maior pré-disposição da chefe do Executivo eleita, Carrie Lam, "para ouvir" os problemas das minorias étnicas em Hong Kong, Puja Kapai observou que "não é inteiramente claro" se as recomendações deixadas no relatório que elaborou vão ser implementadas pelo próximo Executivo.
"Fiquei desiludida por ver que a composição do governo de Carrie Lam não reflete o tipo de diversidade que eu esperaria (...), em particular, porque uma das recomendações é a da inclusão das minorias étnicas ao mais alto nível", afirmou.
"Pelo menos tens de ter um representante para que as pessoas possam sentir que podem aspirar a juntar-se às fileiras do governo quando chegar a altura", acrescentou.
As minorias étnicas em Hong Kong representam 7,8% da população estimada em 7,33 milhões de pessoas, uma proporção que tem vindo a crescer nos últimos anos, segundo dados do Intercensos de 2016.
Nos Censos de 2011, estes grupos, maioritariamente formados por indonésios e filipinos, mas também por indianos, nepaleses, paquistaneses e tailandeses, entre outro, correspondiam a 6,38% dos 7,07 milhões de residentes.
O estudo de Puja Kapai concluiu que uma percentagem significativa (63%) dos grupos étnicos residentes na antiga colónia britânica há sete ou mais anos identifica-se com o país de origem e com a identidade de Hong Kong, algo que se verifica "sobretudo nas gerações mais jovens".
A académica destacou a necessidade de Hong Kong "dar mais atenção à diversidade de talentos" existentes na sociedade, sublinhando que os jovens das minorias étnicas podem "ser a chave para ajudar a abordar o problema do envelhecimento da população chinesa na cidade".
"Se não apetrecharmos estes jovens com as necessárias habilidades para serem bem-sucedidos e capazes, em termos de integração, corremos o risco de ter mais problemas do que já temos", disse.
"Se eles não formarem um saudável sentido de pertença não vão sentir que esta é uma sociedade para a qual querem contribuir e isso pode ser potencialmente perigoso e uma oportunidade perdida", acrescentou.
O novo governo liderado por Carrie Lam, a "número dois" do Executivo cessante, toma posse no sábado, dia em que se assinala o 20.º aniversário da transição de Hong Kong para a China.
FV // PJA
Jornalistas encurralados entre a autocensura e o ativismo
30 de Junho de 2017, 15:00
Hong Kong, China, 30 jun (Lusa) -- A associação de jornalistas de Hong Kong alertou para a deterioração da liberdade de imprensa, atualmente pior que nunca, com profissionais encurralados entre a autocensura e o ativismo.
Em entrevista à Lusa, Shirley Yam, vice-presidente da associação, faz um diagnóstico negro: "Numa escala de 1 a 10, em 1997 diria que [a liberdade de imprensa] era 7 ou 8 (...). Agora diria que é 2 a 3, porque ainda temos acesso livre à Internet, o nosso direito à liberdade de imprensa e de expressão é protegido pela lei. Nenhum dos nossos jornalistas foi detido ou morto".
Yam diz que para se compreender o momento atual é preciso perceber que há dois "pontos de viragem" em Hong Kong após a transferência para a China: em 2003 e 2014.
Até à primeira data, Pequim deixou a cidade quase "entregue a si própria", mas as coisas mudaram depois do grande protesto que juntou meio milhão de pessoas contra uma lei para punir crimes de traição à pátria, secessão e subversão, o chamado Artigo 23.º.
"Uma analogia seria que antes de 2003 estavam [o Governo central da China] sentados no banco detrás do carro e depois passaram a estar sentados ao lado do condutor", comenta.
Um segundo momento foi o 'Occupy Central', protestos pró-democracia que paralisaram a cidade por 79 dias, em que [Pequim] passou "a ocupar o lugar do condutor".
"A mesma mudança aplica-se aos 'media'. Desde 2003 que se vê um maior controlo sobre os editores e os patrões, que são empresários com muitas ligações na China. [No passado] ninguém proibia que assim fosse, mas seria surpreendente se empresários da China comprassem 'media' em Hong Kong sem que perguntassem: 'Há objeção?', devido às implicações no princípio 'Um país, dois sistemas'", explica.
A vice-presidente da associação, com cerca de 700 membros, aponta vários exemplos de uma liberdade de imprensa diminuída, por uma pressão exercida não através da censura, mas do medo.
Em 2014, a imprensa de Camberra noticiou que o líder do Governo de Hong Kong teria recebido 50 milhões de dólares de Hong Kong (5,7 milhões de euros) de uma empresa australiana, existindo suspeitas de corrupção. "Surpreendentemente não foi a abertura das notícias da noite. No dia seguinte, dos 18 diários publicados em chinês e inglês, apenas quatro tinham a história na primeira página", recorda.
"Quais são os motivos para os editores de 14 jornais decidirem que este escândalo relacionado com dirigentes de topo de Hong Kong não era bom o suficiente para a primeira página? Uma resposta fácil é que se trata de autocensura", afirma.
A jornalista destaca também a agressão policiail do ativista Ken Tsang, durante uma noite do 'Occupy Central', cujas imagens correram mundo depois de serem transmitidas pela televisão local TVB.
Ainda que o guião da peça -- que descrevia a agressão -- tenha sido editado várias vezes, Yam acredita que a peça só foi emitida devido à hora. "O 'censor principal' estava a dormir, por isso conseguiram pôr no ar", comenta.
O caso teve consequências: "O editor (de madrugada) que aprovou a transmissão passou a investigador. Quase toda a gente relacionada com o caso foi castigada. Outro editor que estava lá, mas que não esteve envolvido com a decisão, foi afastado por não ter travado" a emissão.
A colunista do South China Morning Post conta que "o pior" veio depois. "O cargo do editor que virou investigador foi ocupado pelo antigo secretário-geral de um partido Pró-Pequim de Hong Kong. No espaço de poucos meses uma fatia significativa de ações da TVB foi vendida ao antigo vice-secretário-geral do Partido Comunista de Xangai", relata.
Com uma imprensa livre como peça essencial do princípio "Um país, dois sistemas", são as próprias fundações deste regime, que garante a Hong Kong e Macau um conjunto de liberdades acrescidas, que ficam corroídas.
Yam recorda como há cinco anos foi contactada por uma revista de Taiwan que lhe pediu ajuda para encontrar famílias que partilhassem as suas reflexões a propósito do 15.º aniversário da transferência.
"Abordei alguns amigos, de famílias de classe média. Das dez famílias que contactei, apenas uma aceitou. As restantes disseram coisas como: 'Não queremos tanta exposição', ou 'O meu marido trabalha na China', 'Eu trabalho na China'.
"Deviam estar muito infelizes com o que se passa, e têm medo de falar disso. Mas a lei promete-nos liberdade de expressão. E isto foi antes do movimento 'Occupy', antes dos livreiros de Causeway Bay", que publicavam livros sobre a vida privada dos líderes chineses e que desapareceram, reemergindo mais tarde sob custódia da polícia da China.
As divisões que se sentem hoje na sociedade de Hong Kong refletem-se no jornalismo.
"Quando há uma crescente autocensura, os jovens jornalistas tornam-se mais antagonistas, mais hostis contra o sistema. E isso não é bom. Quando te tornas hostil perdes a tua independência, o teu discernimento e isso compromete o teu trabalho e a confiança do público em ti", lamenta Yam.
No contexto da China, Hong Kong é vista como uma cidade com garra, um "David" feroz contra um "Golias" intocável.
Mas Shirley Yam receia que se trate mais de um caso de fama com pouco proveito: "Em Hong Kong, a opinião pública conta, mas não para mudar coisas. É suficiente para travar algo, para impedir o pior de acontecer, como o artigo 23.º, mas não o suficiente para tornar o mau em bom, como a reforma política".
ISG // PJA
Nunca haverá democracia sem questionar base constitucional -- Deputado
30 de Junho de 2017, 15:00
Hong Kong, China, 30 jun (Lusa) -- O deputado "localista" Hong Kong Eddie Chu Hoi-dick considera que o território só vai ter democracia se questionar a fundação constitucional da região administrativa especial, que nunca teve o aval da população.
"Nunca vamos conseguir ter democracia se não questionarmos a fundação constitucional ou a legitimidade do poder de Pequim sobre Hong Kong e da própria Lei Básica", defende, em entrevista à agência Lusa.
"O movimento democrático em Hong Kong nos últimos 20 a 30 anos (...) não questionou a fundação constitucional desta cidade. Aceitámos o [princípio] 'Um país, dois sistemas', aceitámos a Lei Básica, restringimos o conteúdo do movimento democrático ao sufrágio universal do chefe do Executivo. Isso foi um erro", afirma o deputado de 39 anos, que nas eleições de setembro conseguiu o mais elevado número de votos por círculo eleitoral, 84 mil.
O chamado "rei dos votos" sublinha que tal não significa que "a independência seja a única forma de conseguir democracia".
"Estou a dizer que qualquer estrutura constitucional deve ter o aval das pessoas de Hong Kong antes de ser implementada".
Ao invés de se cingirem ao "pequeno objetivo" do sufrágio universal, "a discussão sobre a fundação constitucional desta cidade deve ser renovada, seja uma nova versão do 'Um país, dois sistemas', ou independência", frisa.
Eddie Chu é um dos seis deputados 'localistas' eleitos em setembro para o Conselho Legislativo, que defendem -- uns de forma mais fervorosa que outros -- maior autonomia para a região em relação à China.
Apesar de Hong Kong ser há muito associada à luta pela democracia, Chu acredita que o movimento só começou verdadeiramente em 2014, com o "Occupy Central", protesto que paralisou a cidade por 79 dias. O trabalho feito até lá pelos 27 deputados pró-democracia "era restritivo" e "destinado a falhar".
Chu olha para este movimento social como um esforço conjunto, além-fronteiras, dos povos de países em contextos próximos, unidos pelo desejo de democracia, como Taiwan, Singapura, Tailândia, Malásia e a própria China.
"Quando olhamos para o contexto geral vemos que não é uma luta de uma cidade, mas de muitas cidades e muitos tipos de pessoas", defende.
O deputado, com 19 anos à data da transferência de Hong Kong, admite que há alguma nostalgia em relação ao tempo colonial, mas alerta que a China usa uma estrutura administrativa herdada dos britânicos.
Do ponto de vista da governação, os problemas mantêm-se: elevado fosso entre ricos e pobres, um 'boom' imobiliário que faz recear um colapso dos preços, falta de habitação, especialmente para os mais desfavorecidos.
"Estas questões estavam lá antes de 1997 e ficaram piores. O governo colonial não era muito poderoso, precisava do apoio de magnatas, profissionais, proprietários de terras. Estes tentavam proteger os seus interesses e 'sequestrar' os governadores. Isso continuou depois da transferência. Os intervenientes podem ter mudado, de britânicos para chineses, mas a estrutura está lá", explica.
Ainda que a transferência gerasse receio em muita gente -- principalmente depois da repressão violenta dos protestos de Tiananmen, em 1989 -- havia a ideia que, com o controlo do Partido Comunista, a sociedade se tornasse mais justa. "Mas foi o oposto", garante.
Existia um equilíbrio entre Londres e Pequim, em que o primeiro governava a cidade, mas tinha de ter em conta as preocupações do segundo. "Agora só temos um poder à nossa frente. Os movimentos sociais ou democráticos tornaram-se muito mais difíceis", diz.
Apesar das ideias provocadoras -- quase hereges para o Governo de Hong Kong, que não admite qualquer discussão sobre independência -- o antigo jornalista opõe-se a atos de violência e demonstra até algum desagrado com o termo 'localista', aplicado àqueles que defendem Hong Kong por oposição à China e uma maior autonomia ou até a independência.
Chu, que não conteve as lágrimas ao falar à imprensa após ser eleito, considera que o termo causa desunião e "não é muito útil tentar distinguir as pessoas de Hong Kong das pessoas da China, dentro do contexto de Hong Kong".
"Se realmente quisermos fazer progressos no nosso movimento democrático, temos de ser o mais inclusivos possível. Todos os residentes desta cidade fazem parte deste movimento", afirma.
Como inspiração no Ocidente, Chu olha para o partido espanhol Podemos, apesar de admitir que pode ter limitações.
"Nunca fui a Espanha, mas li artigos sobre o Podemos e achei que podia ser um exemplo de como pensar na organização de um movimento democrático. A mensagem principal do Podemos para Hong Kong é: Será que podemos ter uma organização interna mais aberta ao invés de elites e um modelo hierárquico?"- questiona.
Lutar apenas pela eleição direta do líder de Hong Kong tem sido "um erro", defende o deputado Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, para quem é preciso questionar a própria base constitucional da região que nunca teve o aval da população.
ISG // PJA
Fosso entre ricos e pobres atinge nível histórico em quase meio século
30 de Junho de 2017, 15:00
Hong Kong, China, 30 jun (Lusa) -- Hong Kong assinala os 20 anos de retorno à China com o maior fosso entre ricos e pobres em quase meio século e com perto de um milhão de pessoas na pobreza.
Quem sobrevive com magros subsídios e sem pensão de reforma tem poucos motivos para celebrar.
O coeficiente de Gini -- indicador utilizado para medir o índice de desigualdade -- subiu para o valor mais elevado em 46 anos, fixado em 0.539, numa escala de zero a um, em que o zero representa a igualdade.
Os dados referentes a 2016 - divulgados este mês - indicam que 10% das famílias mais ricas, com uma mediana salarial na ordem dos 112.450 dólares de Hong Kong (12.882 euros), ganhavam 44 vezes mais do que 10% dos mais pobres, com 2.560 dólares de Hong Kong (293 euros).
O governo atribuiu a disparidade crescente ao aumento de pequenos agregados familiares e ao impacto adverso do envelhecimento da população, cujo número de idosos -- fixado em 1,16 milhões -- aumentou 2,6% em cinco anos, correspondendo a 15,9% da população total.
Com 7,3 milhões de habitantes, o centro financeiro que se mantém na liderança das economias mais livres do mundo esconde por detrás dos arranha-céus uma elevada desigualdade, e graves problemas de habitação, cujos preços superam largamente os vencimentos. O salário mínimo na antiga colónia britânica é de 34,5 dólares de Hong Kong (3,88 euros) por hora.
Segundo o mais recente relatório sobre a pobreza (Hong Kong Poverty Rate Report 2015), a metrópole asiática reduziu o número de pobres de 1,34 milhões (ou 570 mil agregados) para cerca de 970 mil pessoas (ou 390 mil famílias).
A taxa de pobreza baixou de 19,7% para 14,3%, mas as carências dos mais necessitados continuam expostas até nas zonas mais ricas da cidade, onde é possível ver idosos a recolher cartão das lojas para reforçarem o magro orçamento mensal e muitos à procura de alimentos nos caixotes do lixo.
O governo tem mais do que um apoio para a terceira idade, mas nenhuma pensão de reforma universal.
A única verba que chega a todos com idade igual ou superior a 70 anos é de 1.325 dólares de Hong Kong (150 euros). Os restantes são calculados com base no património dos candidatos, podendo ir até 3,435 dólares de Hong Kong (389,6 euros) por mês, segundo os aumentos que entraram em vigor este ano.
O Hong Kong Council of Social Service, que "há mais de 20 anos" luta por uma pensão de reforma universal, propôs uma reforma mensal de 3.500 dólares de Hong Kong (392 euros) para os residentes com idade igual ou superior a 65 anos, disse à agência Lusa Anthony Wong, da direção do organismo. Depois de várias discussões e consultas no ano passado, o plano acabou rejeitado.
"Eles citam sempre os exemplos da Europa ocidental para passarem a mensagem de que [o plano de pensões de reforma] é incomportável", disse.
"Mas para nós é realista porque temos uma população a envelhecer e muitas pessoas têm doenças crónicas. Muitos, mesmo na classe média, podem vir a sofrer uma grande doença que os vai fazer gastar todo o dinheiro e bens que acumularam ao longo da vida. E se gastam todo o dinheiro e de repente ficam pobres, o que é que podem fazer?", questionou.
"Com um plano de reforma, mesmo que fiquem muito pobres, pelo menos teriam uma pensão de reforma", justificou.
O Hong Kong Council of Social Service mantém o objetivo em cima da mesa, mas tem dúvidas em relação à concretização do plano de pensões de reforma no próximo mandato.
"Vamos continuar a lutar por isto, mas a questão é que a chefe do Executivo eleita [Carrie Lam] foi quem recusou avançar com a ideia, por isso não sei, mas vamos ver", disse Anthony Wong.
"Temos uma população envelhecida. (...) Atualmente, uma em cada cinco pessoas é idosa, mas daqui a 20 anos será uma em cada três. Por isso, se cerca de 30% [da população] tiver pelo menos 65 anos, é de esperar que nas próximas duas décadas haja muito mais pessoas na pobreza", afirmou.
Em maio, o número de casos de Assistência Integral à Segurança Social (CSSA, na sigla em inglês) era de 236.259, num total de 345.666 pessoas, segundo dados oficiais. Os idosos a receber apoios totalizavam 144.906 casos.
FV // PJA
|Comment on Look 20 years out by RJW||Rob,
The end of the process probably won't be market rules capitalism because the middle class will be impoverished, but a return to feudalism on the Latin American model. The rich will prosper.
Members of the middle class are always easy marks for conservative low tax, small government propaganda, even though they have proportionally, the most to lose.
Let's be optimistic, surely America's institutions will prevent it from following that scenario.|
|Commenti su Agenzia delle Entrate – Riscossione: la verità sul nuovo soggetto di michele||Senza dubbio un bell'articolo, ma rivolto a chi? solo al povero cittadino che è e resterà sempre il TARTASSATO. Bell'articolo. l'ho letto con passione e speranza che qualcosa, almeno, sarebbe cambiato in meglio, invece, non solo il direttore diventa due volte direttore, e gli addetti, senza titolo continuano ad esserlo, secondo la costituzione, ma quale costituzione, cosè questa parola con la quale molti si riempiono la bocca e poi non la rispettano neanche quando vengono emanate le sentenze....Ricordate il Sig. Renzi quando ha deciso di non restituire agli aventi diritto ciò che la consulta ha invece ha sentenziato l'incostituzionalità del provvedimento FORNERO, che ha restituito solo una minima percentuale? lasciando tutto incostituzionale, beffandosene dei giudici e della corte stessa. Ma tutto ciò è normale quando in un paese come l'Italia governa un governo incostituzionale, antidemocratico e menzognero. W. l'Italia, se cambia, altrimenti continueremo ad andare indietro, ad impoverirci per fare arricchire solo poche persone vicino all'attuale governo che ormai "regna" da molti anni. SVEGLIAMOCI, QUSTI CI STANNO SPOLPONDO|
|Driving Sustainability in the Developing World as a Quarterback||This summer I was a part of the founding cohort of Quarterbacks and served as Zambia Business Development Manager for Spark Ventures, a Chicago-based nonprofit with international partnerships that provide children in poverty with nutrition, education and healthcare. I was specifically worked on identifying a new business that a Spark Ventures partner organization could begin […]|
|By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth||
The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.
The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."
Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.
Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.
A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.
Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."
Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.
In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.
"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."
These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.
Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.
It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.
In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.
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Groppada è un piccolo comune di 500 abitanti, vicino a Trieste, alla sua periferia esiste ancora ora un bunker e una foiba che furono l'inizio e la fine di una giovane e bella ragazza Tiestina, Dora Ciok, di appena 20 anni, una splendida ragazza molto corteggiata, soprattutto da un caporione di una banda di partigiani Slavi, Danilo Perot, uno spietato miliziano comunista, giovanissimo, tenente dell'Esercito di liberazione Jugoslavo, dotato di un occhio vitreo fisso.
Egli era un suo lontano cugino e si era morbosamente invaghito di Dora che però lo rifiutava perchè nbe aveva paura. Perot dopo l'ennesimo rifiuto, a inizio maggio del 1945, la fa prelevare dai suoi sgherri, la portò in una fortificazione situata a Groppada e qui le usò violenza, poi la consegna ai suoi uomini che anch'essi ne abusarono per cinque lunghissimi giorni. La ragazza più morta che viva verrà trascinata sino alla foiba di Groppada e gettata nuda nell'orrido come si faceva in quei giorni con gli Italiani. La madre di Dora si reca inutilmente dal capo dei partigiani cercando sua figlie, inutilmente.
Alla fine alcuni giovani coraggiosi raggiungono la foiba e vi ci si calano, trovano una montagnola di cadaveri e riescono a riconoscere Dora da un sandalo, scattano delle foto che verranno mostrate al governatore militare della zona, Bowman il quale si convinse della gravità della cosa e permise solo allora il recupero della povera ragazza. I suoi stupratori e assassini, tutti partigiani Slavi e comunisti, verranno indagati, inquisiti e rinviati a giudizio ma prosciolti dalle amnistie di quel periodo.
Nell'immediato dopoguerra, lo stato Italiano, corrispose ai 32 mila infoibatori Slavi, così definiti dal governo yugoslavo, una pensione di 650 mila lire dell'epoca e la stessa cosa fece nei confronti dei direttori dei campi di sterminio in Slovenia dove si faceva la pulizia etica degli Italiani definiti Fascisti !
|Mario U Balan|
L'assassinio del barista del Bar G.... di Voltri
( Si ringrazia per l'informazione una gentile signora )
Era un giovanotto intelligente e simpatico, un po' fuori dalle righe, faceva il barista in un locale che è tuttora nel centro di Genova Voltri e che per ovvi motivi non posso nominare, si chiamava Mario, e come soprannome era conosciuto come Mario U Balan, era un ottimo dipendente, la sua datrice di lavoro, la signora Chiara, gli voleva bene.
Pochi sapevano dell'orientamento sessuale de ragazzo, ma quei pochi, visti i tempi, non dicevano nulla. I tempi erano crudi e tempestosi. Il Regime Fascista Repubblicano era da poco crollato, e per poco o quasi nulla, si poteva perdere la vita. Qualcuno cominciò a fare circolare la voce che il barista fosse una spia dei Repubblichini , che avesse contribuito con le sue spiate a fare arrestare dei partigiani, poi che frequentasse i repubblichini con cui secondo queste voci fosse in grande confidenza.
Questa era la prassi come nei processi alle streghe , la sua sorte era già segnata, si voleva solo spargere ancora un po di fango, tanto per giustificare quello che stava per accadere al poveretto.
Un giorno il solito gruppo di valorosi partigiani lo andò a prendere, Mario era dietro il banco del bar, gli energumeni lo trascinarono fuori, nessuno degli avventori e neppure la padrona fecero nulla, tutti erano pietrificati dal terrore che potesse capitare anche a loro.
A calci e pugni gli fecero fare la strada sino alla piazza del Municipio, in quel posto, in mezzo alla gente lo ammazzarono come una bestia, senza pietà.
|La decapitazione della Maestra Clerin, Carema, Aosta|
La maestra Clerin
Carema è un piccolo centro della provincia di Torino, all'epoca dei fatti faceva parte della Provincia di Aosta, i suoi abitanti non hanno mai raggiunto il migliaio. Accanto ad esso scorre la Dora Baltea, siamo nel settembre del 1943, Mussolini è stato da poco liberato dai Tedeschi e la notizia è stata divulgata in tutta Italia. Alla periferia del paese, ci sono dei lavatoi usati dalle donne del luogo per lavare e sciacquare i panni, fra le donne, una ex insegnante, di cognome Clerin. La donna, settantenne, è sempre stata di idee fasciste e non lo hai mai nascosto, appena apprende della liberazione di Mussolini, esprime la sua gioia affermando che avrebbe dato la sua testa pur di rivedere Benito Mussolini. Qualcuno ascoltò questa frase e probabilmente la riferì ad alcuni ex prigionieri Slavi, fuggiti da un campo di prigionia, uomini duri e crudeli, i quali la notte fecero irruzione nella casa della famiglia della ex maestra, la prelevarono assieme al marito, Gaudenzio. Dopo averli portati in aperta campagna, uccisero l'uomo con un colpo di pistola alla nuca e bastonarono a morte la povera donna, dopodi chè la decapitarono.
|Miranda, Ippolito e Luigi Granara|
Miranda, Ippolito e Luigi Granara.
Sono passati quasi settanta anni da quando Miranda Crovetto in Granara (46 anni) la madre di Luigi e Ippolito Granara (14 e 8 anni) venivano assassinati presso il cimitero di Pegli con l'unica colpa di essere moglie e figli del gerarca Repubblichino Giovanni Granara tenente Colonnello della G.N.R..
La Procura della Repubblica di Genova nel 2012 f riaprì le indagini sul triplice omicidio avvenuto pochi giorni dopo la Liberazione. Maria Torricella, nipote di Giovanni e unica testimone ancora in vita, ricorda ancora oggi tutti i dettagli di quel terribile fatto.
È passato all’incirca un mese dal 25 aprile e a Genova un vento di follia spazza via tante vite . E chi, come la famiglia Granara, ha un parente ufficiale repubblichino, vive con grande paura ed estrema circospezione tutta la situazione. «Mio zio Giovanni era una persona per bene, nei giorni in cui si è consumata la tragedia si trovava a Salò, dove era andato per obbedienza verso un regime per il quale aveva prestato giuramento». Un grande senso del dovere lo aveva costretto ad abbandonare la sua famiglia in Liguria.
Intanto le esecuzioni sommarie si susseguono nel Genovese, Bruno Crovetto un semplice milite della Guardia Nazionale Repubblicana, viene preso, portato al famigerato Hotel Mediterranee e dopo un processo farsa fucilato. Miranda Granara dopo questa ultima esecuzione che colpisce la sua famiglia, abbandona la casa di Pegli, per rifugiarsi in centro, a casa di amici in via Giordano Bruno.
A cavallo tra maggio e giugno del 1945, la signora Granara viene però riconosciuta nei pressi del mercato di piazza Palermo e seguita fino all’abitazione, poi qualcuno fa la classica spiata alla polizia ausiliaria partigiana che in quei tempi spadroneggiava nel Nord Italia.
Subito una squadra di partigiani arriva e preleva la donna e pure i figli inconsapevoli, i tre vengono rinchiusi per quindici giorni nel comando locale dei partigiani, attuale sede della caserma dei Carabinieri di Pegli. «In quei giorni – prosegue il ricordo della nipote – tutta la famiglia era in pena ed in ansia per quei tre poveretti ingiustamente detenuti in una prigione partigiana. Ma la più empia azione riguardava i due minori che venivano trattati come due prigionieri adulti in spregio alla più elementare umanità, cosa ne sapevano due bimbi del fascismo o della Repubblica Sociale.
Mentre Miranda veniva interrogata a Villa Doria, con la consueta brutalità dalla polizia ausiliaria partigiana insieme ad altre persone arrestate, Caterina Granara, sorella di Giovanni, portava tutti i giorni da mangiare ai due poveri nipotini cercando di alleviare la durezza della detenzione. Dopo due settimane di reclusione vengono tutti e tre rilasciati, obbligati ad essere reperibili per i cinque giorni successivi. Ma non è finita ! Un giovanotto, non ancora diciottenne noto a Pegli per essere il figlio del gelataio della passeggiata, raggiunge Miranda e la invita a ripresentarsi al cospetto della polizia partigiana. La signora Crovetto, che ha ancora ben presenti le sofferenze e le brutalità subite nei precedenti giorni di isolamento, commette l' errore di farsi accompagnare dai figli, nonostante la sua anziana madre l'avesse sconsigliata. E' un errore di valutazione che costerà la vita anche i due giovani figli.
Qui inizia la cronaca annunciata di un triplice omicidio ricostruito attraverso l’autopsia e l'indagine scientifica del medico legale al momento del ritrovamento dei tre corpi in una fossa comune.
La stessa notte del 5 maggio 1945, Miranda e i due figli, Luigi e Ippolito, vengono fatti salire a forza su un’auto con destinazione cimitero di Sestri. Probabilmente una volta all’interno dell’auto, lontano da sguardi indiscreti con il mezzo in movimento , sono stati trucidati: al piccolo Ippolito è stata infilata in bocca la canna di una pistola e quindi qualcuno ha premuto il grilletto, il grande, Luigi e la madre con assassinati con due colpi esplosi alla nuca, quindi i corpi gettati nella stessa fossa e occultati.
«La notizia degli assassinii arrivò alla famiglia soltanto agli inizi di giugno. La polizia partigiana non fornì molti particolari anche perchè su una strage così inutile e fuori tempo massimo, non c'era nulla da dire da parte di un branco di assassini usi ad uccidere senza motivi validi ed apparenti, un unico particolare la dice lunga sulla qualità bestiale degli assassini : era stato ucciso anche Ippolito perché altrimenti sarebbe cresciuto con troppo odio nel cuore. Non si è mai riuscito a capire per quale motivo l’abbiano fatto». In pochi giorni una intera generazione famigliare è stata soppressa.
Neppure gli autori del plurimo omicidio sono mai stati resi noti, come dimostra appunto la riapertura successiva delle indagini.
Né Maria Torricella, la nipote e unica testimone oltre alla sua famiglia hanno mai ricevuto notizie e informazioni precise a riguardo: «L’unico volto noto è quello del giovane figlio del gelataio, di cui non si sa neppure se abbia avuto qualche altro ruolo oltre a quello di convocare MIranda prima dell’assassinio».
Ippolito era solo un bimbo di appena 8 anni, innocente di qualsiasi colpa e così pure Luigi, un simpatico quattordicenne e la madre di entrambi Miranda una mamma nel vero senso della parole, sicuramente non meritavano di morire e in quel modo, oscurati da un odio feroce e crudele .
Giovanni Granara tornò da Salò, nel luglio del 1945, l'ex gerarca fu condotto nella casa circondariale di Marassi, da cui uscì solo dopo l’amnistia. Era all'oscuro dell'eccidio che lo aveva privato dei figli e della moglie.
Ma appena arrivato in carcere gli fu raccontato brutalmente del triplice omicidio e per lui fu una mazzata incredibile da cui non si rialzerà mai più
Uscito dalla prigione, dopo aver visitato diverse case circondariali in giro per il nord Italia, non tornò più a Pegli ma scelse di restare in centro a Genova, a casa di amici, dove il 1° novembre 1950 morì improvvisamente distrutto dal dolore.
Giovanni infatti era un uomo che ormai non aveva più voglia di vivere . Si destava improvvisamente di notte urlando “Dio fammi morire, voglio andare dai miei figli”».
|esposto di Laura Mongolli|
Siamo nel 1950, sono passati cinque anni circa, dall'assassinio di Giuseppina Ghersi, sul cui omicidio le indagini vanno molto a rilento. La povera madre di Giuseppina, Laura Mongolli, coniugata Ghersi, viene nominata in una relazione della Questura , indirizzata al Giudice Istruttore del Tribunale di Savona. In questo rapporto, si parla della povera bambina, di un attentato dinamitardo che fu compiuto con dell'esplosivo applicato alla porta della casa dove abitava il padre di Giuseppina, Antonio. Ma soprattutto l'ultima parte del documento è molto interessante perchè si verbalizzano le accuse dei coniugi Ghersi verso alcuni nominativi di poliziotti partigiani che a vario titolo sono stati coinvolti nella vicenda e soprattutto si fanno due nomi , uno avrebbe rapito Giuseppina Ghersi e l'altro sarebbe, secondo la denuncia l'autore materiale dell'omicidio. In particolare emerge dalla denuncia anche il nome del mandante del rapimento , un soggetto estremamente attivo in numerose vicende oscure che avvennero nel periodo successivo al 25 aprile 1945. Questi documenti provengono dall'Archivio di Stato di Savona.
|I cinque di Quiliano|
I cinque di Quiliano
1° maggio 1945
Questo manoscritto che mi è stato gentilmente concesso dall'archivio della Parrocchia di Quiliano ( Savona ), ripercorre con grande semplicità e con tragica drammaticità, la strage di cinque cittadini innocenti da ogni colpa, di Quiliano – Valleggia, massacrati all'alba del 1° maggio 1945, da un distaccamento di partigiani comunisti.
Il documento che venne redatto dal Parroco di allora, appare breve ma sintetizza e raffigura molto bene quello che avvenne nello spiazzo retrostante il camposanto di Quiliano, l'odio che questi partigiani nutrivano, il loro forte desiderio di spargere sangue, peraltro innocente e soprattutto la loro protervia quando con crudele sadismo negarono ai poveretti la possibilità di avere i conforti religiosi, si può affermare senza tema di smentita che questi partigiani si comportarono peggio dei nazisti verso questi cinque, senza contare il fatto che la guerra era finita.
In genere ad un condannato a morte non si nega l'ultimo desiderio, una sigaretta o un prete, è solo l'ultima cosa, in vita, che potranno fare prima di morire. Ebbene neppure questo fu concesso ai cinque, c'era la fretta bestiale di ammazzare.
Ecco il testo :
“Il 1 maggio del 1945, i partigiani comunisti, alle cinque del mattino, hanno condotto cinque parrocchiani di Quiliano, al cimitero li hanno uccisi con il mitragliatore sotto l'accusa di essere fascisti. Tutti e cinque erano brave persone, testimoni oculari , nascosti dietro alla piante hanno riferito che il Dottor Rossi gridava che volevano il Parroco , che volevano confessarsi , cosa che fu negata, passando il ponte del fiume, detto dottore disse ai compagni, raccomandiamoci a Dio perchè dagli uomini nulla possiamo ottenere”.
Da questa strage, mai ricordata dalle Istituzioni di Quiliano, giganteggia la figura del dottor Rossi che realizza quello che sta per accadere e di fronte alla malvagità di questi partigiani, infonde coraggio ai suoi compagni con le sue parole a fronte di questo tranquillo e sereno eroe gli assassini che hanno compiuto la strage fanno la figura di quello che sono : insetti privi di ogni umanità.
I nomi dei caduti sono :
Rossi Innocenzo, di anni 64, professione medico,
Croce Luigi Costantino di anni 44,
Isetta Giovanni di anni 57,
Scarrone Giovanni di anni 40,
Fossini Vincenzo di anni 59,
tutti avevano una famiglia, ed erano persone per bene, il prete li definisce nel suo scritto : “cinque parrocchiani “.
Le famiglie di questi cinque non hanno mai dimenticato la strage , iniqua e feroce, conoscono i nomi degli autori, per lo più morti, e ogni 1° di maggio, si raccolgono in preghiera durante una messa in suffragio presso la Chiesa di Quiliano.
Purtroppo solo loro non dimenticano, il Comune di Quiliano non ricorda o meglio non vuole ricordare.
Maria Viglietti e i furti che subì dai “patrioti”
Quando i poliziotti ausiliari partigiani, che amavano definirsi “patrioti”, effettuavano quelle che chiamavano 2perquisizioni”, le facevano con scrupolo e in modo approfondito. Lo può dire con sicurezza la Signora Maria Viglietti, residente a Savona in Via XX settebre 11/5, la quale è vedova di uno dei componenti la colonna Repubblichina in ritirata da Savona il 25 aprile 1945 e caduto durante degli scontri a fuoco con forze partigiane a Cadibona.
La povera donna racconta di diverse visite compiute da questi personaggi, sempre armati e molto efficienti nell'appropriarsi di valori, ecco quello che accadde alla povera signora , come si evince da una sua denuncia alla Procura, al Questore e al Comando Alleato in Savona:
Prima perquisizione in data 27 aprile 45, alle 20, arrivano quattro sedicenti patrioti, che dopo averla minacciata di morte , portano via : le fedi nuziali, un anello in oro, un brillante, un anello con madonnina in oro, un paio di orecchini d'oro, un altro paio di orecchini in oro con pietra turchese, pochi spiccioli e visto che c'erano anche tre coperte di lana, un copripiedi, due scampoli di stoffa, calze, scarpe da uomo , stivali in gomma, fazzoletti, asciugamani, saponetta, olio, due bottiglie di amaro, un abito, un cappotto e un soprabito da uomo oltre a camicie, corpetti e mutande. La povera donna non fiata e non oppone resistenza.
A questo punto la voce si sparge: altra visita il 7 maggio, questa volta, di cinque persone, sempre armati che arrivano in assenza della Maria Viglietti e forzano la porta con arnesi da scasso che poi lasciano sul pianerottolo, in questa occasione spariscono : una coperta in lana, scarpe da donna, calze, asciugamani, biancheria personale, addirittura una penna stilo, un soprabito femminile, vestiti vari, e infine un libretto di navigazione.
Forse i briganti sono soddisfatti ?? No ! Il 9 maggio, all'alba, altra vista di un “patriota” con un bel cappello da alpino che anch'egli , tanto per non sbagliarsi forzò la porta e fece il suo ingresso, rimanendo deluso perchè oramai non c'era più nulla da rubare. Già dopo la prima intrusione Maria Viglietti non abita più in quella casa, disperata per i furti, le minacce e per quello che potrebbe accaderle in seguito non fa più ritorno in quella casa e decide di afre denuncia nella speranza di recuperare le sue cose e l'uso della propria abitazione.
|Ernesto e Renato Bernarda 25 aprile 1945|
L'uccisione dei Bernarda
Ernesto e Renato
Santuario di Savona 25 aprile 1945
Ernesto e Renato Bernarda, rispettivamente padre e figlio, il primo classe 1896 e il secondo classe 1927, residenti in Frazione Santuario di Savona, entrambi impegnati nella repubblica Sociale Italiana a vario titolo.
Ernesto, un quarantanovenne in gamba e pieno di voglia di fare, uomo semplice e concreto, ex partecipante alla marcia su Roma ad ottobre del 1922, appartenente alla Brigata Nera Provinciale di Savona, in più era un milite volontario dell'U.N.P.A. L'unione nazione protezione antiaerea , un uomo che aveva fatto una scelta di vita molto precisa e aderiva profondamente a questi ideali in cui credeva senza aver mai compiuto violenza contro chicchessia.
Il figlio Renato di appena 18 anni, un bel giovane, moro con degli occhi scuri profondi, aveva seguito le orme del padre entrando anch'esso nella Brigata Nera di Savona, la Briatore.
I Bernarda sono due elementi molto attivi, mai violenti, che ovviamente erano nel mirino dei partigiani comunisti , a maggior ragione in un piccolo centro abitato come Santuario dove tutti si conoscono.
Era solo questione di tempo, si diceva nel circondario e poi gliela avrebbero fatta pagare, ma i due Bernarda, che comunque non avevano nulla di cui rimproverarsi, fino all'ultimo fecero quello in cui credevano e non cercarono di fuggire anzi al contrario continuarono la loro vita, nonostante il Regime stesse iniziando a perdere i pezzi.
Forse qualcuno li consigliò di allontanarsi, ma non era nel loro carattere fuggire. La moglie di Ernesto, una donna minuta e fragile, sentiva il vento cambiare e tremava ogni volta che i due, padre e figlio uscivano di casa, intanto la follia omicida iniziava a montare e toccò anche ai due Bernarda. Lo stesso 25 aprile 1945 senza alcun indugio, una squadraccia di partigiani armati arriva repentinamente alla umile casa della famigliola, irrompono nella cucina mentre i Bernarda stavano pranzando, prendono con violenza il padre e il figlio, di fronte alla moglie terrorizzata che urla dalla disperazione, implorando i partigiani di lasciare stare i propri cari.
Il padre cerca di salvare il figlio, offrendosi come unico capro espiatorio ma non c'è nulla da fare, i carnefici hanno già le idee molto chiare, vogliono il sangue di entrambi.
Li spingono giù per le scale a calci, arrivati sul selciato mentre i due urlano la loro disperata protesta di innocenza, li abbattono a raffiche di mitra in fretta e furia, poi scappano lasciando i due corpi, uno sull'altro in una pozza di sangue.
La moglie, Paola Boscherini, in lacrime, affranta, scende e si getta sui due corpi ancora caldi urlando tutto il suo dolore, in colpo solo per una mano di assassini criminali ha perso il marito e il figlio. Fu una esecuzione sommaria che non aveva nulla di giusto ma al contrario fu solo un duplice omicidio compiuto nel più completo disprezzo di ogni regola umana da persone che avevano come dottrina l'odio e la prevaricazione.
Paola, distrutta dal dolore, non scorderà mai l'accaduto i volti degli assassini e per anni vestirà il lutto stretto mentre i boia dei cari, continueranno a vivere senza rimorsi di coscienza. La povera vedova morirà nel 1977 dopo anni di inaudita sofferenza.
|Furti e percezione di insicurezza|
Furti e percezione di insicurezza
Non passa giorno che uno o più appartamenti subisca un furto, con effrazione, con chiavi false o bulgare , con cacciaviti o altri attrezzi da scasso, a tutte le ore di giorno o di notte, indifferentemente con casa vuota o in presenza dei residenti, con la mano di velluto o con l'uso di narcotici spray che spesso causano danni irreversibili agli anziani o ai malati in qualche caso con lo stesso prodotto hanno narcotizzato il cane di casa.
La mappa di Savona è costellata di bandierine rosse che stanno a significare la frequenza e la gravità del fenomeno, Via Bresciana, Via Nizza, Via XX settembre, in centro come in periferia, l'altezza degli appartamenti non è un problema per i ladri che si arrampicano lungo i tubi delle condutture, sfruttano ogni asperità per salire, forzano le persiane o le serrande, spaccano i serramenti esterni, anche i portoncini blindati non rappresentano un problema per loro che si applicano sino a violarli.
Una volta entrati non si accontentano dei valori ma prendono anche le chiavi delle auto, le cercano e le rubano lasciandoti a piedi e chissà quando la ritrovi la tua macchina. La polizia e i Carabinieri arrivano con rapidità ma bisogna ammettere che questi criminali hanno una velocità a sparire che ha dell'incredibile.
A parte il danno economico che già di per sé è grande, chi subisce un furto in casa propria, si sente violato nell'intimo, nei propri affetti personali, la casa è come l'anima, una cosa propria che deve essere vissuta solo da chi l'ha costruita, creata, con i mobili disposti in un certo modo, con i quadri di famiglia affissi sulle pareti in un sistema noto solo al nostro cuore, la casa è un pezzo della nostra vita , anche se povera, anche se umile, è noi stessi, i nostri famigliari, i nostri cari anche quelli che non ci sono più, i nostri ricordi e le nostre speranze per il domani.
Chi viola le nostre porte, le nostre finestre viola qualcosa di molto più importante e vitale che dei semplici oggetti.
Ci viene fatta una violenza pesantissima, non è un caso che molte persone anziane, quindi più indifese e fragili dopo un furto in casa propria si siano ammalate. Molti non fanno neppure denuncia affermando che non serve a nulla, personalmente non sono d'accordo, fare denuncia è un atto di vitalità e di fede verso chi opera giornalmente per tutelarci e poi descrivere quello che ci hanno portato via potrebbe anche farci tornare in possesso dei nostri valori, anche se ammetto che non è facile. Oltre ai ladri, esistono anche i ricettatori che spesso sono persone che sono al di sopra di ogni sospetto.
Chi non ha ancora subito un furto in casa, vive con una percezione maniacale di insicurezza altissima, chiude sempre la porta di ingresso con le mandate, anche quando è in casa, sobbalza ad ogni rumore sospetto e inconsueto, scruta spesso dall'occhio magico della porta per vedere chi sale e scende le scale, osserva spesso il traffico nella strada , mura una cassaforte in punti nascosti della casa,nasconde le chiavi dell'auto, si alza ad ore strane la notte per dare una occhiata in strada, installa dei sistemi di allarme o delle videocamere collegate con il cellulare, chi può,compra un'arma e chi non ha il porto d'armi si munisce di un coltello o di un nodoso bastone, alcuni svitano i fischer che tengono i tubi delle grondaie alla facciata del palazzo nella speranza di fare precipitare chi tenta di usarle per arrampicarsi o comprano un cane da guardia.
Certo, questa non è una bella vita ma è esattamente quello che stiamo vivendo, per quanto mi riguarda dormo con un coltello da parà sotto il cuscino, sto in tensione continua e guardo e osservo tutto quello che accade intorno a me, faccio spesso visita ai vicini, soprattutto quelli anziani e soli e impiego un pezzo della mia giornata a vivere il mio quartiere che conosco bene cercando di notare cose che escano dalla normalità.
Peso 75 Kg., sono abbastanza coraggioso e molto, molto incazzato, quindi se sono cosciente e orientato e trovo un ladro in casa mia...o lui ammazza me oppure io ammazzo lui e nessuno lo trova più, neppure i suoi parenti stretti.
|La denuncia di Eugenio Giglio|
Eugenio Giglio è il segretario dell'Ente Comunale di assistenza di Savona, ovviamente come la maggior parte dei funzionari di enti di Stato, è Fascista e in seguito aderisce alla R.S.I. Come tanti, anzi tantissimi, pagherà duramente la propria scelta. Giglio è sposato con Letizia Guerci e ha due figli, Nell'aprile del 1945, è costretto come tanti, a lasciare la sua abitazione in Savona per evitare ritorsioni da parte dei Partigiani comunisti. Con la famiglia si reca ad Alessandria dove si stabilisce temporaneamente, in attesa che la follia omicida finisca. Partendo lascia la casa di proprietà in cui abitava, un appartamento di 4 vani, completamente ammobiliato. Dopo il 25 aprile 1945, Eugenio viene arrestato dai partigiani, trattenuto per nove mesi in un campo di prigionia e poi prosciolto da ogni accusa. Ma, si sa che le spoliazioni di beni di proprietà iniziavano a tamburo battente. Dopo qualche settimana dalla partenza, egli apprende che la sua casa, in Via Pisa al civico 3, di sua proprietà, è stata completamente svuotata dai suoi mobili che sarebbero stati concessi a “famiglie bisognose” non meglio precisate e che nella sua casa, ora, ci abita un agente della polizia ausiliaria partigiana, il quale ha avuto in assegnazione casa di altri dal Comando della 2° Zona Forze Partigiane.
Quindi, alla faccia della cosiddetta liberazione, il povero Eugenio Giglio è senza un lavoro, espropriato della sua casa e derubato dei mobili, deve inoltre provvedere alla moglie ai due figli ed a sé stesso, si prospetta per il poveretto e per la sua famiglia una vita di grande miseria. E' triste e commovente al tempo stesso, la richiesta che egli rivolge al Procuratore di Stato, da lui firmata e dalla moglie, in cui racconta quello che gli è accaduto nella speranza di ritornare in possesso del giusto.
Nell'esposto egli afferma anche di essere grande invalido di guerra e di aver presentato analoga richiesta di avere Giustizia alla questura di Savona ma di non aver ricevuto alcuna risposta, niente di cui stupirsi, in effetti la Questura di Savona era inquinata dalla presenza di decine di partigiani comunisti, la famigerata polizia ausiliaria , gli stessi che requisivano i beni immobili ai fascisti o presunti tali e se li assegnavano tra di loro, il cerchio si chiudeva così, insomma un conflitto di interessi si potrebbe affermare.
|O que se espera de um Papa com esse nome?||O que se espera de um Papa com esse nome?|
por: Andre Trigueiro
Ao homenagear Francisco de Assis na escolha do nome que o acompanhará ao longo do pontificado que se inicia, o cardeal argentino Jorge Mario Bergoglio, agora Papa Francisco, poderia se inspirar no poverello de Assis para promover algumas inovações na forma como a Igreja administra seu patrimônio e seu imenso rebanho. Respeitosamente, compartilharei aqui algumas sugestões sem a pretensão de que elas cheguem ao Vaticano – imerso em inúmeros problemas e desafios mais urgentes – mas a todos aqueles que compreendem a imensa responsabilidade que é tornar-se o primeiro Papa da história a chamar-se Francisco. 1 – Francisco de Assis veio ao mundo há oito séculos para constranger a opulência e poder político de uma igreja que se afastara dos princípios mais elementares do evangelho de Jesus. Como líder espiritual e chefe de estado, o Papa Francisco poderia dar o exemplo de austeridade sem precedentes na forma como a Igreja realiza suas compras, planeja suas obras físicas, organiza eventos e cerimônias, define logísticas de viagem e hospedagem, enfim, tudo o que represente consumo e posse de bens. Usar com parcimônia e moderação. Combater excessos de toda ordem. Ser simples por convicção e princípios éticos. 2 – Francisco de Assis é conhecido como o protetor dos animais, a quem sempre consagrou respeito e veneração. No mundo moderno, animais das mais variadas espécies ainda sofrem toda sorte de violência. Alguns são supliciados por diversão. Outros são alvos da crueldade obstinada de seus donos. As leis de proteção dos animais – presentes em vários países – não conseguem erradicar as muitas atrocidades cometidas contra os bichos. Os que são consumidos como alimentos foram reduzidos à categoria de “proteína animal”, o que credenciaria seus proprietários a tratá-los como se não houvesse ali um ser senciente, capaz de sentir dor. Papa Francisco tem a preciosa chance de denunciar tudo isso e defender protocolos éticos de criação, transporte e abate de animais, bem como a proteção das espécies silvestres. 3 – Francisco de Assis também é conhecido como o padroeiro da ecologia. No “cântico das criaturas”, eternizou a sacralização da natureza em suas múltiplas formas e expressões. O Papa Francisco tem a chance de reeditar o “cântico das criaturas” – versão século XXI – de forma ainda mais contundente em defesa da vida. Pode exercer sua enorme influência em favor dos recursos naturais não renováveis e dos ecossistemas ameaçados de extinção. Sem meio ambiente sadio e protegido não há “vida em abundância”, parafraseando o Cristo. Sem vida, a religião não faz o menor sentido. 4 – A abnegação em favor dos pobres – que o levou inclusive a renunciar a todos os bens e viver como eles – fez de Francisco de Assis um legítimo representante da caridade, do amor ao próximo e da abnegação de si mesmo em favor dos valores espirituais. Hoje sabe-se que as principais vítimas das mudanças climáticas, da escassez de água doce e limpa, da destruição da biodiversidade e de todas as manifestações de desequilíbrio ecológico em diferentes pontos do planeta são justamente os mais pobres. O Papa Francisco tem, portanto, a oportunidade de conjugar em um mesmo movimento apostólico as lutas em favor da inclusão social e do meio ambiente. São ações que se complementam e se misturam. Uma mesma causa. 5 – Que ninguém se iluda com o fato de o Papa Francisco ser o chefe de estado de um país que ocupa uma área de apenas meio quilômetro quadrado com aproximadamente novecentos moradores. Ele é o líder espiritual de 1,2 bilhão de pessoas. O que disser, o que fizer, o que escrever, seus gestos, suas companhias, hábitos e comportamentos, risos e reprovações terão repercussão imediata mundo afora. Usar isso em favor dos valores franciscanos – humildade, simplicidade, fraternidade, abnegação em favor dos pobres, etc – fará toda a diferença. 6 – O Papa Francisco terá vez, voz e voto nos encontros multilaterais da ONU que discutem os rumos do planeta. O novo Papa pode tornar o Vaticano ainda mais ativo e presente nesses debates, qualificando seus negociadores e mobilizando católicos do mundo inteiro a acompanhar os rumos desses acordos (sobre clima, biodiversidade, água, desertificação,etc) e pressionarem pelo sucesso deles. 7 – Mesmo nas miudezas do dia-a-dia em seu novo endereço, o Papa Francisco poderá promover ajustes em favor da ecoeficiência. Consumo inteligente de água e energia, segregação de resíduos, compras públicas sustentáveis, frota de veículos mais econômica (quem sabe uma versão elétrica do papamóvel?) são medidas que podem ser otimizadas no Vaticano e estimuladas pelas paróquias do mundo inteiro. Quem sabe o novo papa interfira desde já nos protocolos do próximo conclave, e substitua por decreto o ritual de carbonização das cédulas (que sinaliza os rumos das votações pela cor das fumaças) por algum outro método que não polua ainda mais os céus de Roma? Seja qual for o rumo que o Papa Francisco decidir tomar, terá pela frente, pelo resto de seus dias (ou de seu pontificado, posto que há o precedente da renúncia) um nome forte, emblemático, pleno de significado que marcará seus passos como o sucessor de Pedro. A simplicidade como guia, a pobreza como referência, a natureza como objeto de veneração e respeito. Que o Papa seja sempre Francisco.
|Married at 8, Rajasthan woman scripts NEET success story 13 Years Later|
She was married off at the young age of eight, however that never deterred Rupa Yadav from pursuing her dream of turning into a doctor. Presently 21, she has secured an all-India rank of 2,612 – scoring 603 marks in the current year’s National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET).
Her husband and brother by marriage, both ranchers, additionally supported her all along, even driving an auto to meet the education costs, disregarding villagers’ disparaging remarks.
Born into a poverty-ridden farmer’s home in Kareri town of Jaipur region, Ms Yadav, then a student of class III, and her senior sister Rukma, were married to Shankarlal, who was then 12, and his elder sibling Babulal, respectively.
After her class X exams, in which she scored 84% marks, her better half and brother -in-law helped her continue her studies.
Ms Yadav continued to excel again scoring 84% in class XII exam, and managed household chores at the same time.
The same year, she enlisted herself for a B Sc course and furthermore showed up for the AIPMT examination, securing an all India rank of 23,000. “Despite the fact that I didn’t qualify for a good government medical college, the AIPMT marks encouraged my better half and brother – in-law to send me to Kota for preparing for MBBS entrance test,” Ms Yadav said.
A year ago she showed up for NEET yet fell short of achieving her goal. The next year, with a scholarship from her coaching institute, she at last cleared the hurdle.
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|Facing Poverty on the Off-Ramp|
Rarely is I-45 a stage for moral quandaries—at least until you exit, stop at the first intersection, and confront an ethical impasse at the underpass. There, at the red light, you face a panhandler.
|Opinion: How Iran Recruited Afghan Refugees to Fight Assad's War|
War and poverty have scattered Afghans across the globe like pieces of shrapnel. Millions of Afghans came of age in refugee camps in Pakistan and Iran or as workers in the Persian Gulf nations.
|Economy still on ‘solid ground’||
According to the Washington-based Institute of International Finance (IIF), the Philippines will benefit from its solid macrofundamentals even as investors have gone on a wait-and-see mode in light of President Duterte's controversial rhetoric.
In a June 22 research note titled "Still on Solid Ground," economist Kevin Sanker and chief economist for Asia-Pacific Bejoy Das Gupta of the IIF noted that "aggressive presidential tactics have ruffled feathers, but [the President] retains popular support."
"The government's ambitious agenda is aimed at raising incomes and reducing poverty by the end of President Duterte's term in mid-2022.
He has also a...|
Keep on reading: Economy still on ‘solid ground’
|Kyoukai no Rinne 3rd Season – 12|
Seeing all this absurdity (and poverty, in Rinne's case) for three seasons seems to have made everyone preposterously jaded.
|Philippines' poverty decreasing according to government report|
Poverty in the Philippines has declined by nearly five percentage points in the last six years, amid improved incomes and higher employment, a government report showed Thursday.
|Vigilante violence backed by supposed enforcers of law: Sonia|| |
New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday hit out at the government, saying it was seeking to create an India completely at odds with the one that saw the light of Independence and added that "a culture of vigilante violence is actively being supported by those who are supposed to enforce the law".
She also said the idea of India had been thrown fundamentally into question by rising intolerance and malevolent forces who tell people "what they cannot eat, who they cannot love, what they cannot say".
Gandhi also said that "domestic misrule was as great a challenge for our country".
Launching the commemorative publication of National Herald, she further attacked the government, saying: "Though their language is modern, they seek to take India backward, to further their narrow sectarian vision."
"It is one of the ironies of our present times that the soaring reach of their (freedom fighters) work is now sought to be either obliterated or in some cases appropriated by individuals and groups who are in direct opposition to their beliefs and principles," she said.
"Those who stood aside when history was painfully made by sacrifice and struggle, those who had little faith in the Constitution adopted by our country, are now seeking to create an India completely at odds with the one that saw the light of Independence. Let us not forget that they made no sacrifices to shape India's destiny," she added.
Gandhi also said: "Their modern jargon conceals pre-modern beliefs, concepts that are at odds with progressive and inclusive thought, with contemporary knowledge and with a vision for the future. It is our duty to pull away the hypocrisy and reveal the reality lurking beneath."
"This is being encouraged by a culture of vigilante violence actively supported by those who are supposed to enforce the law. Such examples assault our consciousness almost daily," she added.
Gandhi also said: "India has reached a crossroads marked by increasing threats of authoritarianism and bigotry. Where we choose to stand today is where our country will head tomorrow.
"We are in a war of ideas. We wage this war to preserve our ideals, which have built India up as a model of democracy, diversity and co-existence. When these ideals are threatened, India itself is in danger. And if we do not raise our voices, if we do not speak up, our silence will be taken as consent," she said.
Gandhi said: "We have daunting enough battles to fight - against injustice, against poverty, against prejudice, against patriarchy, against malnutrition, against illiteracy, against communalism - but we must also prevail in this greater war for the soul of our nation."
"Ours is a mission to preserve the credibility and sanctity of our institutions in their democratic design. The domestic misrule is as great a challenge for our country.
"At a time when the inclusive conception of our nation is under attack, and the press is pressured or in some willing cases to obey and applaud rather than to question, speaking truth to power is the imperative of our age," Gandhi said.
"Let us work together to safeguard an India in which each person's voice can be raised and heard, most of all the voices of those who question and disagree," she added.
|North Dakota's Oil Boom Fuels Economic Growth||By USNews.com|
This isn't your father's Fargo any more.
That a state so sparsely populated and geographically remote stands among the top-five nationally in a broad measure of economic, educational, health and other metrics speaks volumes about an economic boom that North Dakota has experienced during the past decade.
With among the lowest unemployment in the nation and highest labor force participation, North Dakota also ranks highly in the roads, energy infrastructure – and even internet service – that it provides for just over three-quarters of a million residents. Its highly ranked higher education, with among the nation's most affordable tuition, has helped the citizenry reach a high level of attainment of college degrees. All measures considered, the state ranks No. 4 overall.
While 90 percent of North Dakota's land still is devoted to farming – with one-fifth of the population employed in agriculture that produces most of the nation's canola and flaxseed and ranks No. 1 in dry navy and pinto beans – it's what lies beneath the surface of this Canadian border state's wide open land that explains much of the recent growth of a domain that as recently as 2010 counted fewer residents than it had during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
"Energy and ag have always been very strong in our state, and the oil boom has moved us forward, but we've also worked to diversify," says Sandy McMerty, co-deputy commissioner for the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
Recently elected North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum attributes the state's business sense to a long line of governors who came from the business world – in his case, the software industry. And he points to developments that hold promise for the future: A plant manufacturing the blades for 225-foot tall wind turbines employing 1,000 people, unmanned aerial aircraft mapping agriculture lands to amass mammoth data for improvement of crops, Microsoft "tapping in" to the state's well-educated workforce as the state attracts more young people.
"Our infrastructure is in great shape,'' the governor says – indeed, it ranks No. 6 in the Best States analysis. "The economic surpluses that we've had at the state level have allowed us to invest in infrastructure."
The Bakken Formation of oil and natural gas, among the largest contiguous deposits in the U.S., once was deemed infeasible for production. That was before hydraulic fracturing – an injection of water and chemicals into the black shale, siltstone and sandstone holding the oil, a process known as "fracking."
Before the oil boom, as recently as 2004, oil and gas production accounted for just 2 percent of the state's economy. By 2014, it accounted for almost 16 percent. And, while declining world prices for oil in recent years have dampened some of the Bakken boom's luster – and placed pressure on the small state's annual budget, forcing cuts in its esteemed public universities – overall oil production has held up for the most part.
"We've been a little bit down in production based on pricing,'' says McMerty, who is fluent in the daily price per barrel. "But energy companies are not short-term investment companies for the most part. They can ride out the lower prices."
The state's overall economic output more than doubled in 11 years, according to a Bureau of Economic Analysis report. The state's gross domestic product in 2013 reached a record $49.8 billion, up from $24.7 billion in 2002. In 2002, the state had the second smallest economy, ahead of only Vermont's. Still, some question the long-term sustainability of an economy hinging on a volatile industry.
"North Dakota has always been a boom and bust state – there hasn't been a time of expansion that wasn't followed by contraction," says Bill Caraher, associate professor of history at the University of North Dakota. "By and large, in terms of the billions and billions of dollars that have flowed into North Dakota's economy, very little has gone into producing the kinds of things that are sustainable long-term economic engines.''
In the state's bid for economic diversification, Northrop Grumman, John Deere and Bobcat are among the manufacturers that have added facilities and jobs – Northrop hoping to employ 100 people in Grand Forks. Caterpillar Remanufacturing recently chose between South Korea and North Dakota for a facility, and chose Fargo. And Grand Forks, inundated by the devastating Red River Flood of 1997, has rebounded 20 years later bigger and better, Caraher notes.
More than 80,000 jobs were created in North Dakota from 2011 from 2015, the data behind the Best States rankings show. And this state whose population had long hovered at Depression levels saw its populace grow from 674,000 in 2010 to 758,000 in 2016. Among all 50 states small and large, North Dakota ranked No 1 in the Best States ranking of net migration of people into the state. "Last check, we had 12,000 open positions across the state,'' McMerty says. "We're at a place where we really need that out-of-state population to come in."
The state's unemployment rate ranked No. 3 among all states in the Best States analysis, and running at 3 percent in December it remained the sixth-lowest and well below the national average.
All of this contributed to North Dakota's high ranking in the opportunity it offers citizens – ranking No. 7 nationally, with among the nation's lowest poverty rates, higher median household incomes and most affordable housing.
The state's oil development also has created its own issues. These include the challenges of housing oilfield workers in what have become known as "man camps." And a planned Dakota Access pipeline has generated strong public protest, particularly among the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe objecting to its construction near its reservation.
The quality of the state's health care – No. 10 in the rankings – is borne out in some of the measures of public health taken into account in Best States.
This includes low mortality and infant mortality rates, 12th and 14th best respectively. One of the offshoots of this is a figure that's not counted in these rankings but measured by the U.S. Census: The nation's highest ratio of people 100 years old and older – with three centenarians for every 10,000 residents, double the national average.
The governor tells the story of a 100-year-old North Dakotan driver who was stopped running a stop sign on the way to his older sisters' place. "The police officer asked, 'Didn't you see the sign?' The man said, 'Sure I saw the sign. I didn't see you.""
The state's governmental services ranked No. 7 in the Best States assessment.
This included well-balanced state accounts – ranking No. 1 in financial health, No. 3 in its operating ratio of income and expenses, No. 6 in the digitalization of state information and No. 11 in the long-term funding of its pension system.
As a measure of that fiscal responsibility, when the state recently lost a sizable share of projected revenue for a two-year budget cycle amid a slowdown in oil drilling, the governor ordered budget cuts and drew $497 million from reserves to close a $1-billion shortfall in a $14-billion budget. Yet with cuts, come pain.
Assessing the cuts at the University of North Dakota – a system ranking No. 6 nationwide – Caraher notes: "People who keep hoping that the boom-bust economies can be leveraged into sustainable growth, these are the kinds of things that give people pause… Universities are one of the major leaders of innovation."
Yet in a world in which everyone holds a miniature "super-computer'' in their hands in their smart phones, the governor suggests, access to learning transcends the traditional boundaries of school buildings, and this too is a question of technology which the state must explore as it seeks to improve education.
|North Dakota Names in Nation for Fifth Consecutive Year||North Dakota NAMED BEST RUN STATE in nation for Fifth consecutive year|
BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota was credited with being the best run state in the nation for a fifth consecutive year, according to a 24/7 Wall St. study released today. The study looks at data on financial health, standard of living and government services by the state to determine how well each state is managed.
“North Dakota continues to showcase that offers a business-friendly environment by creating growth and enhancing the quality of life for our citizens,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “Being recognized for the fifth consecutive year by 24/7 Wall St. only goes to support that North Dakota is a great place for businesses and career seekers alike.”
The top five best run states were: North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah. The study determines how well states are run by looking at fiscal management, taxes, exports, and GDP growth by sectors, as well as, quality of life components such as poverty, income, unemployment, high school graduation, crime and foreclosure rates.
The study states: “… rich oil resources continue to stimulate the state’s economy. The unemployment rate remains lower than in any other state, and the median home value in North Dakota surged by 40.7% over the past five years, the largest increase of any state.”
The full report is available at: http://247wallst.com/.
|North Dakota Named Best Run State in Nation for Fifth Consecutive Year|| BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota was credited with being the best run state in the nation for a fifth consecutive year, according to a 24/7 Wall St. study released today. The study looks at data on financial health, standard of living and government services by the state to determine how well each state is managed.|
“North Dakota continues to showcase that offers a business-friendly environment by creating growth and enhancing the quality of life for our citizens,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “Being recognized for the fifth consecutive year by 24/7 Wall St. only goes to support that North Dakota is a great place for businesses and career seekers alike.”
The top five best run states were: North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah. The study determines how well states are run by looking at fiscal management, taxes, exports, and GDP growth by sectors, as well as, quality of life components such as poverty, income, unemployment, high school graduation, crime and foreclosure rates.
The study states: “… rich oil resources continue to stimulate the state’s economy. The unemployment rate remains lower than in any other state, and the median home value in North Dakota surged by 40.7% over the past five years, the largest increase of any state.”
The full report is available at: http://247wallst.com/.
|North Dakota Named Best Run State in Nation for Fourth Consecutive Year||By 24/7 Wall St.|
BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota was credited with being the best run state in the nation for a fourth consecutive year, according to a 24/7 Wall St. study released today. The study looks at data on financial health, standard of living and government services by the state to determine how well each state is managed.
“North Dakota continues to build an environment that supports business growth and creates quality of life for our citizens,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “Being recognized for the fourth consecutive year by 24/7 Wall St. only goes to support that North Dakota is a great place for businesses and career seekers alike.”
The top five best run states were: North Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. The study determines how well states are run by looking at fiscal management, taxes, exports, and GDP growth by sectors, as well as, quality of life components such as poverty, income, unemployment, high school graduation, crime and foreclosure rates.
The study states: “with its nation-leading 2.8% unemployment rate, (North Dakota) has attracted large numbers of workers seeking high-paying jobs. Net migration over five years through 2014 accounts for 6.6% of North Dakota’s current population, the largest share of any state. The remarkable population growth is a testament to the state’s economic strength over the past several years.”
The full report is available at: http://247wallst.com/.
|North Dakota Named Best Run State in Nation for Third Consecutive Year||By ND Commerce |
North Dakota was credited with being the best run state in the nation for a third consecutive year, according to a 24/7 Wall St. study released today. The study looks at data on financial health, standard of living and government services by the state to determine how well each state is managed.
“North Dakota has great qualities to offer businesses and workers,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “State and local leaders have worked hard to build an environment that supports business growth and creates a good quality of life for our citizens. It’s great to see this hard work being recognized by 24/7 Wall St for the third consecutive year.”
The top five best run states were: North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. The study determines how well states are run by looking at fiscal management, taxes, exports, and GDP growth by sectors, as well as, quality of life components such as poverty, income, unemployment, high school graduation, crime and foreclosure rates.
The study states: “People have been flocking to North Dakota: more than 5% of the population in 2013 had migrated from another state or country since 2010. Last year, the state’s GDP rose by 9.7%, the most in the nation. Job growth has also been rapid. North Dakota’s 2.9% unemployment rate was the lowest in the nation last year.”
The full report is available at: http://247wallst.com/.
|10 States With the Best Quality of Life||By USA Today|
The United States is one of the world's most prosperous economies, with a gross domestic product that exceeded that of any other country last year. However, a vibrant economy alone does not ensure all residents are well off. In a recent study from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), U.S. states under-performed their regional counterparts in other countries in a number of important metrics that gauge well-being.
The OECD's newly released study, "How's Life in Your Region?: Measuring Regional and Local Well-Being for Policy Making," compares nine important factors that contribute to well-being. Applying an equal weight to each of these factors, 24/7 Wall St. rated New Hampshire as the best state for quality of life.
Monica Brezzi, author of the report and head of regional statistics at the OECD, told 24/7 Wall St. considering different dimensions of well-being at the regional level provides a way to identify "where are the major needs where policies can intervene." Brezzi said that, in some cases, correcting one truly deficient measure can, in turn, lead to better results in others.
In order to review well-being at the regional level, the OECD used only objective data in its report, rather than existing survey data. Brezzi noted that current international studies that ask people for their opinion on important measures of well-being often do not have enough data to be broken down by region.
For example, one of the nine measures, health, is based on the mortality rate and life expectancy in each region, rather than on asking people if they feel well. Similarly, another determinant of well-being, safety, is measured by the homicide rate rather than personal responses as to whether people feel safe where they live.
Based on her analysis, Brezzi identified one area where American states are exceptionally strong. "All the American states rank in the top 20% of OECD regions in income," Brezzi said. Massachusetts — one of 24/7 Wall St.'s highest-rated states — had the second-highest per capita disposable household income in the nation, at $38,620. This also placed the state among the top 4% of regions in all OECD countries.
However, the 50 states are also deficient in a number of key metrics for well-being. "With the exception of Hawaii, none of the American states are in the top 20% for health or for safety across the OECD regions," Brezzi said. Minnesota, for instance, was rated as the third best state for health, with a mortality rate of 7.5 deaths per 1,000 residents and a life expectancy of 81.1 years. However, this only barely placed Minnesota among the top third of all regions in the OECD. Similarly, New Hampshire — which was rated as the safest state in the country, and was 24/7 Wall St.'s top state for quality of life — was outside the top third of all regions for safety.
Across most metrics the 50 states have improved considerably over time. Only one of the nine determinants of well-being, jobs, had worsened in most states between 2000 and 2013. Brezzi added that not only was the national unemployment rate higher in 2013 than in 2000, but "this worsening of unemployment has also come together with an increase in the disparities across states."
Based on the OECD's study, "How's Life in Your Region?: Measuring Regional and Local Well-being for Policy Making," 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 states with the best quality of life. We applied an equal weight to each of the nine determinants of well-being — education, jobs, income, safety, health, environment, civic engagement, accessibility to services and housing. Each determinant is constituted by one or more variables. Additional data on state GDP are from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), and are current as of 2013. Further figures on industry composition, poverty, income inequality and health insurance coverage are from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey. Data on energy production come from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and represent 2012 totals.
These are the 10 states with the best quality of life.
5. North Dakota
1. New Hampshire
10 States With the Best Quality of Life - USA Today
|Dakotas Lead US in Economic Well-Being for Kids||By Rapid City Journal|
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|"Proiettili all'uranio impoverito in Italia già dal '94": la rivelazione shock che imbarazza la Difesa|
Il munizionamento contenente materiale radioattivo sarebbe stato usato anche nel nostro Paese, almeno secondo le rivelazioni dell'ex maresciallo della Guardia di Finanza Giuseppe Carofiglio. I 5 stelle attaccano: "Da accertare le responsabilità di politici e militari che hanno sempre negato tutto". Ma il ministero della Difesa smentisce seccamente: "Le forze armate italiane non hanno mai acquisito [...]
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|Microcredito: nasce Ritmi, la rete italiana dei piccoli prestiti||Nasce “Ritmi”, Rete Italiana di Microfinanza, Associazione senza fini di lucro che opererà a livello nazionale e sarà la voce di tutti gli operatori italiani della microfinanza.|
“Rendere bancabili i non bancabili”: è questo l'obiettivo delle istituzioni di microcredito e microfinanza che operano a livello internazionale. L'esclusione dall'accesso al credito è infatti riconosciuta come uno degli ostacoli principali allo sviluppo umano e alla riduzione della povertà.In Italia, secondo l'ultima stima della Banca Mondiale, il tasso d'esclusione dal credito e da servizi finanziari sostenibili, arriva al 25% della popolazione, una delle quote più elevate dell'Unione Europea.
Il settore italiano della microfinanza è caratterizzato dalla presenza di iniziative ancora piccole e poco conosciute, anche se dinamiche ed in costante crescita. Una delle difficoltà è la mancanza di una regolamentazione che ne favorisca lo sviluppo e la diffusione.La Rete Italiana di Microfinanza, collega istituzioni di microcredito, società di consulenza, centri di ricerca, promotori, investitori. RITMI sarà associata allo European Microfinance Network, la rete europea del settore, ed aperta al dialogo con tutte le istituzioni e organizzazioni impegnate in questo campo.
La rete è impegnata:-a livello politico, dialogando con le istituzioni e le banche, attraverso azioni volte ad incidere sulla legislazione in materia e ad aumentare la flessibilità dei prodotti finanziari offerti;-a livello operativo, mettendo in comune le esperienze acquisite, attraverso la creazione di banche dati comuni e la condivisione di servizi e strumenti.
|Believing, l'incubatore italiano di imprese innovative||ecco l'ultima intervista rilasciata al portale Ufficiarredati|
Innovazione e creatività sono i primi biglietti da visita di Gianfranco Chiarappa: in questa intervista ricca di acuti spunti di analisi, emergono poi passione e intelligenza di un imprenditore che sa guardare oltre i confini.
Gianfranco Chiarappa, lei oltre ad essere parte attiva di Uffici Arredati, è ideatore e proprietario di Believing, un incubatore di imprese. Di che cosa si tratta?
Believing è un’idea molto originale nel campo dell’innovazione di impresa.
Sviluppiamo vari progetti imprenditoriali altamente innovativi mettendo a disposizione per ognuno servizi e capitali iniziali, affidando al management la gestione del progetto.
Realizziamo il processo di start up portando avanti contemporaneamente più imprese, in settori diversi tra loro.
Quindi diverse organizzazioni in un unico contenitore, il Believing.
I progetti su cui stiamo attualmente lavorando vanno dal settore informatico, all’agroalimentare, ai media, ai servizi alle imprese.
Le nostre idee non provengono solo dal nostro centro, ma perlustriamo anche tutto il territorio italiano per cercare nuove idee e nuovi imprenditori.
Quanto dura, indicativamente, un periodo di incubazione?
Dipende. Lavoriamo attraverso uno strumento che si chiama: il “portafoglio dell’innovazione”, ovvero una cartella virtuale all’interno della quale vi sono le idee, i progetti e nuove ventures.
Le idee allo stato “grezzo” vengono inserite dallo staff di Believing o portate dall’esterno.
Quelle meritevoli potranno essere messe alla prova nel mercato.
Realizziamo una prima sperimentazione che può durare 6-12 mesi; possiamo così trarre indicazioni importanti che ci consentono di continuare il progetto, o addirittura di decidere di sospenderlo.
Infatti se il presupposto base viene a mancare si può sospendere il progetto attuando una strategia di uscita soft dal mercato.
I progetti che superano la fase “beta” passano poi a livello di impresa, ovvero allo stato di nuove ventures.
In questa fase si cercano i partner finanziari per aumentare e capitalizzare le risorse e si determinano i premi di partecipazione per il management.
In una sua affermazione leggo:’ Per dare il meglio di sé è necessario che ognuno trovi la propria missione di vita. La mia missione è quella di aiutare individui e organizzazioni a trovare la loro. Guidare le persone verso traguardi impossibili, vivere gli insegnamenti cristiani, creare valore aggiunto per l’umanità, far nascere un mondo al quale gli altri desiderino appartenere..’
Insegnamenti cristiani , uniti alla storia millenaria della sua regione e innovazione; tradizione e innovazione sono concetti coniugabili nel concetto di impresa?
Sicuramente. Le imprese non possono più lavorare solo per il profitto.
C’è sempre una rinnovata attenzione all’etica di impresa, che significa anche rispetto per l’ambiente e sviluppo delle risorse umane della propria organizzazione.
Tuttavia se questi “temi” li si considera come leve di marketing con il solo scopo di un maggior guadagno, i risultati saranno di breve periodo.
L’impresa deve essere pensata come impresa sociale, capace di fare del bene, di migliorare il modo in cui la gente vive, pensa e lavora; accanto al profitto vi deve essere spazio anche per l’uomo.
L’impresa deve avere un’anima.
Il tempo gioca sempre a favore delle persone di grande intelligenza. Infatti a 29 anni lei è imprenditore e consulente a sua volta di imprese; intelligenza e, cos’altro la contraddistingue?
La passione verso l’impresa. La passione è contagiare gli altri. In Believing si respira l’entusiasmo e la passione proprio perché, spesso, sviluppiamo cose che vanno oltre la nostra immaginazione; stiamo costruendo una sorta di rivoluzione silenziosa.
La creatività non è solo fantasia,ma è porsi obiettivi e saperli realizzare; così la sua creatività ha giocato un ruolo fondamentale della creazione di questo business
Mi potrebbe dare una dimostrazione della sua creatività? Per esempio se avesse una bacchetta magica quale servizio o prodotto nuovo sul mercato crerebbe?
Quelli che già stiamo incubando ;-)
Believing Cube è uno di questi. E’ un business center innovativo, che offre ambienti di lavoro pronti per l’uso per mobile workers, microimprese e liberi professionisti.
Nella prima sede in Puglia mettiamo a disposizione Uffici arredati e attrezzati, Sale per riunioni, formazione e conferenze, showroom e servizi di domiciliazione che consentono di essere immediatamente operativi e flessibili nello sviluppare la propria impresa.
Tutto questo mettendo le persone e le idee presenti nel Cube in relazione tra di loro.
Insediarsi nel Believing Cube significa coniugare la flessibilità delle piccole organizzazioni con le economie di scala tipiche delle grandi. Di qui la nostra partnership con ‘Uffici Arredati’.
Della classe imprenditoriali italiana si parla di mancanza di responsabilità sociale, di povertà morale e poca innovazione.Lei che gestisce e sviluppa progetti d’impresa cosa ne pensa dell’attuale classe imprenditoriale?
L’imprenditore italiano in cosa è carente?
Penso che vi siano ‘’eccellenze’’ che sono però nascoste dalla massa; la situazione in Italia è un po’ particolare.
L’Università attuale non forma l’imprenditore tipico italiano, bensì forma manager con un bagaglio tecnico applicabile in contesti di medio-grandi imprese.
L’ Italia invece è fatta di microimprese, piccole aziende con 3/4 dipendenti, i cui imprenditori hanno fatto sul campo il loro “Master in Business Administration”.
L’imprenditore italiano è un imprenditore che si rimbocca le maniche, operativo e pratico, che applica la creatività tutta italiana alla risoluzione dei problemi, ogni giorno.
L’impresa è l’oggettivazione delle capacità intellettuali e morali di chi l’ha creata, di chi la fa fiorire, di chi la governa.
Invece per lei, l’imprenditore è la propria azienda o ha la propria azienda?
E’ la propria azienda; io poi la vivo come estensione dei miei valori.Believing nasce infatti dopo un periodo di profonda riflessione, per questo mi è facile identificarmi in questo progetto.
Infatti è necessario che le persone conoscano il mio spirito,in modo da considerare positivamente poi le iniziative imprenditoriali che partono da Believing.
Personalmente a livello di impresa, mi ispiro a modelli che non sono italiani, come Stelios di Easyjet o Richard Branson di Virgin, che riuniscono al loro interno progetti imprenditoriali diversi fra loro, accomunati da una Brand che li rappresenta.
Ad un professionista come lei, non posso non chiedere se ha dei suggerimenti per il network di ‘Uffici Arredati’..
La grande possibilità con Uffici Arredati è aprire il mercato di coloro che sono mobile workers e delle micro-imprenditorialità che necessitano di spazi.Infatti se si riuscirà a far comprendere i vantaggi economici e relazionali che derivano dall’affidarsi ad un business center, si aprirà un mercato enorme. Quindi vedo come Uffici Arredati come portatore di soluzioni logistiche per le imprese.
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|Curmudgeon’s ten minute fix to all the fiscal problems of the national government, the unjust tax system, and the economy, too….|
OK, before I begin, suspend disbelief.
Let’s make some assumptions…assumptions that you and certainly I don’t take for granted.
The Curmudgeon Cabal doesn’t have silver bullet to immediately kill the serious moral and cultural monsters that haunt our society. Admittedly, those moral and cultural problems are far more important than taxes, spending and the economy. There just isn’t a quick fix--except perhaps outlawing television, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. What’s been destroyed since the 1920s (or since the French Revolution, or the days of William of Occam) will need to be rebuilt over generations, not months or years.
But there IS a quick fix to the temporal, material problem, and the fix might actually be a first step (or a second step, after fervent prayer and mortification) in addressing the moral/cultural problems. The quick fix is what I’ll call the Curmudgeon Reform Act of 2011. There are 5 elements—so far:
Here are the details:
2. Institute a low, simplified tax on ordinary income and long-term capital gains. Reduce taxes on ordinary income and long-term capital gains to a flat 5% or so on all income above the poverty level for each family. No deductions. Simplify the business tax rules so it’s easy to get to a net taxable income, and eliminate things like tax credits, accelerated depreciation, and the like. Tax every individual person and every limited liability entity (corporations, LLCs, LPs and LLPs) that function as a separate legal person. (Yes, this is double taxation, but at 5% / 10%, it’s a reasonable price to pay for the privilege of doing business in a non-recourse entity).
3. Retain or increase high taxes on short term speculation. Keep taxes on short term capital gains at a high level. Let's say 25%. Disallow the write-offs of short term capital losses. Yes, this would be said to “punish” short term investors. Why? Because they’re not really investors; they’re traders. We’ve gone from a society of investors to a society of speculators. Some speculation is necessary to ensure liquidity in our markets and to reward, in some degree, risk taking (that is, taking risks with ones’ own resources). However, high taxes on speculators will hopefully realign our capital markets.
4. Restore revenue generating tariffs on imports and adjust excise taxes to cover certain public goods. Institute modest tariffs on all imported goods. Not 40% or 50%. More like 5% or 10%. The tarriff should be a revenue mechanism, not a protectionist one. We won’t need protectionism if the Curmudgeon reforms are in place. Once again, it will pay to actually make things in the USA. Also, adjust excise taxes on things like motor fuel, as well as fees, to fully recover the cost of providing public goods like highways, so the taxes and the cost of those public goods are balanced and self-supporting.
5. Institute a new Culture, Welfare and Education tax (“CWE”) that will never be collected. Here’s the capstone of the plan: In lieu of all federal welfare, cultural and education programs, the Curmudgeon Cabal will institute a 10% tax on all income above the poverty level for the support of culture, welfare and education (sounds suspiciously like a tithe, doesn’t it?). The beauty of the CWE tax is that if it works, it will never be collected. We will allow a 100% tax credit (not a deduction…a dollar-for-dollar credit) for donations made to qualified charitable organizations. You know….organizations which are now referred to as 501(c)(3)’s. Although we hate bureaucracy and regulation, we acknowledge that we’ll need a few rules about this. Organizations will be subject to some minor regulation, somewhat as they are now, in order to assure legitimacy. They’ll also be classified: the big categories will be (a) physical welfare/poverty, (b) religion, (c) the arts, (d) the environment, and (e) education. Moneys flowing to these organizations will rebuild the societal infrastructure that was in place before the New Deal and the Great Society. The beauty is that the taxpayer--not the government--will decide how to allocate those donations between categories and which organizations within the categories to support. The only substantial restriction on the taxpayer is that no more than half of that 10% tax can go to any one category. Overtime, churches can restore hospitals, private education, and the like. Communities can support the arts (hopefully a restoration of true art, and nothing involving the use of feces). The cost of higher education can come down for those who should pursue it. Private conservation groups can buy and preserve habitats. Yada Yada.
Now, I didn’t say The Curmudgeon Reform Plan wasn’t crazy. It is.
I didn’t say it would cure instantly the cultural malaise. It won’t.
I didn’t say it would bring about the Catholic confessional state. It can’t.
The plan (and the radical cuts in the federal and state government that go along with it) it be vigorously opposed by the greater DC real estate industry--not just the machine of government itself. The housing and office markets in DC, Montgomery County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Virginia will be devastated as out-of-work bureaucrats leave to find private sector jobs in the Heartland. But heck, maybe it will help the real estate market in Detroit?
All and all, the Curmudgeon Reform Plan can’t be worse that what we’re doing now. And, since this is a sorta, kinda Catholic blog (or at least a blog by a Catholic), I point out that it will be good for Holy Mother Church. I eagerly await the USCCB endorsement.
OK, I’ve already thought of one necessary change. Five percent on ordinary income may be a pretty high rate, considering that President Curmudgeon will be eliminating the federal welfare system, reducing the military to its proper role national defense (instead of imperial domination), ending foreign aid, reinstituting modest revenue-producing tarriffs, and otherwise moving to a consumption-based tax system for roads, etc. Let’s make it 3%.
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|Kosovo must be independen by Former Foreign Ministers||Friday, June 15, 2007|
Kosovo is back in the headlines. President George W. Bush says that it should become independent soon. President Vladimir Putin of Russia opposes independence and prefers time for more talks. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has suggested that we move forward, with a six-month delay.
This has a familiar ring to it. Eight years ago, many of us - then foreign ministers - put in place an international process to decide who should govern Kosovo. We believe that the only viable option is for Kosovo to become independent under strict supervision. That is the proposal that is currently before the UN Security Council and is part of the process that the Council, including Russia, agreed upon and has implemented since 1999.
Kosovo is the last substantial territorial issue remaining from the violent collapse of Yugoslavia. In 2005, as called for by decisions of the Security Council, the UN secretary general appointed a special envoy - former President Martti Ahtisaari of Finland - to achieve a political settlement.
After 14 months of negotiations with the leaderships of Serbia and Kosovo, Ahtisaari announced that the irreconcilable positions of the two parties had made consensus unattainable and that no amount of additional talks would overcome the impasse. In lieu of a negotiated agreement by all sides, Ahtisaari proposed that Kosovo receive independence supervised by the international community (primarily the European Union and NATO) and provide strong guarantees for the Serbs who live in Kosovo.
Now is the time to act. Tensions are likely to rise, and they certainly will not cool. Moreover, without a resolution on Kosovo's final status, the future of Serbia and Kosovo will remain uncertain.
Some may say that Russia would prefer this limbo to a situation where Serbia and Kosovo join the European Union and NATO. Serbs and Kosovars should prefer otherwise. They deserve to be in the European Union. And Kosovo cannot develop as things stand. It has been unable to gain access to international financial institutions, fully integrate into the regional economy, or attract the political capital it needs to address its widespread unemployment and poverty.
Russia has complained of not being included in talks. It should participate, but constructively and not just to block it. What may be needed is a formulation that allows Russia to acquiesce without having to break openly with Serbia. Russia can reassure Serbs and emphasize that Kosovo is a unique situation, without precedent for other regions.
The Ahtisaari plan has several advantages. It gives rights to Kosovo's 100,000 Serbs to manage their own affairs within a democratic Kosovo, which will be protected and monitored by the international community. It also requires protection for Orthodox and Serbian cultural and religious sites. Finally, it provides for an international presence that will oversee Kosovo's institutions and monitor the settlement's implementation. It also places Kosovo on the road toward EU integration.
The European Union has agreed to supervise Kosovo during the transition period and deploy a police mission alongside the current NATO peacekeeping force. An indefinite delay caused by continued confusion over Kosovo's status could jeopardize a smooth transition to European oversight.
Kosovo is a unique situation that has required a creative solution. It should not create a precedent for other unresolved conflicts. When the Security Council adopted Resolution 1244 in response to Milosevic's actions in Kosovo, it laid the groundwork for a political process that would ultimately determine Kosovo's future.
We know that all decisions on Kosovo are difficult. Some of us kicked the issue down the road eight years ago. Today, the international community faces the hardest issue of all. But the decision is necessary, and it is the result of eight years of international collaboration.
Serbia must recognize, however, that greater stability in the Balkans promoted by the Ahtisaari plan will allow it to use its location, resources and talent to become a major regional player and a constructive force in European politics. The Serb people deserve a legitimate place in Europe and Serbia could also begin to move towards possible EU membership.
Our goal remains a Europe whole and free, with all the people of the western Balkans participating fully as EU members. The benefits of a concerted EU effort in Kosovo, backed by the UN and NATO, are enormous. As such, Russia and the other UN Security Council members should follow through on the promise that the Council made in 1999 and agree to complete the process of self-governance in Kosovo. This is the best option at this stage of a very difficult history of the whole region. Viable alternatives do not exist.
Madeleine Albright, United States
Lloyd Axworthy, Canada
Jan Eliasson, Sweden
Gareth Evans, Australia
Joschka Fischer, Germany
Bronislaw Geremek, Poland
Niels Helveg Petersen, Denmark
Lydie Polfer, Luxembourg
Jozias van Artsen, Netherlands
Hubert Vedrine, France
|Bush urges independence for Kosovo||By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago|
TIRANA, Albania - President Bush, getting a hero's welcome as the first American president to visit this Balkan nation, said Sunday that there cannot be endless dialogue about achieving independence for neighboring Kosovo.
"Sooner rather than later you've got to say `Enough's enough. Kosovo's independent,'" Bush said during a news conference with the prime minister of this tiny, impoverished country.
Bush's press for statehood was aimed at Russia and others that object to Kosovo's independence. Standing alongside Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Bush said any extension of talks on Kosovo must have "certain independence" as the goal.
In response to Albania's push for NATO membership, Bush said additional political and military reforms were needed before that could be considered — something the country's leaders said they understood.
"We are determined to take any decision, pass any law and undertake any reform to make Albania appropriate to receive the invitation" to join the western military alliance, Berisha said.
When Bush arrived to begin his brief visit, the hills overlooking the capital boomed as military cannons fired a 21-gun salute, and thousands gathered in a downtown square on a brilliantly sunny day to see him and first lady Laura Bush.
Huge banners proclaimed "Proud to be Partners" and billboards said "President Bush in Albania Making History." Red-white-and-blue paper top hats with stars on top were passed out to well-wishers.
"It is a bright day today when in our land there came the greatest and most distinguished friend we have had in all our times, the president of the U.S.A., leader of the free world," Berisha said.
Albania also issued three postage stamps with Bush's picture and the Statue of Liberty, and renamed a street in front of parliament in his honor.
Bush said he was proud to be the first sitting American president to visit. "I love to come to countries that are working hard to establish institutions necessary for democracies to survive," he said.
The issue of independence for the Serbian province of Kosovo is another issue on which the U.S. and Russia disagree.
Russia, an ally of Serbia, contends independence for Kosovo would set a dangerous precedent for the world's other breakaway regions. Serbia also opposes statehood for Kosovo, which it sees as the heart of its historic homeland.
The U.S. and key European countries that support Kosovo independence are trying to narrow differences with Russia over the future of Kosovo, which has been administered by the U.N. since a 1999 war between Serb forces and ethnic Albanian rebels. The U.N. Security Council is divided over the issue.
Last month, the U.S. and European nations introduced a revised U.N. resolution supporting independence for Kosovo under international supervision, but it was immediately rejected by Russia — which hinted it would veto the measure.
The new draft addressed Russia's concern that Kosovo's multiethnic character is preserved, but left out Russia's main proposal for new negotiations between the province's majority ethnic Albanians, who demand independence, and its minority Serbs, who want to remain part of Serbia.
"I happen to believe it's important to push the process along," Bush said. "The time is now. ... Secretary (of State Condoleezza) Rice will be moving hard to see if we can't reach an agreement. If not, we're going to have to move. Independence is the goal."
Russia also opposes NATO's spread into eastern Europe, and is concerned about the prospect that its neighbors Ukraine and Georgia may be brought into the western military alliance.
Berisha said 93 percent of his country's people support NATO membership for Albania.
Bush said he commended Berisha on Albania's progress on reforming its defense forces and meeting performance-based standards required for membership. "I look forward to welcoming you sometime into NATO," he said.
But he said additional political and military reforms were needed, along with more progress in fighting organized crime and corruption. Berisha said he understood and is committed to making the changes.
"I said, 'We're committed to help you,'" Bush said.
In saluting Albania's democracy, Bush praised it as a country that has "cast off the shackles of a very oppressive society and is now showing the world what's possible."
During the visit, Bush met with Albanian President Alfred Moisiu and greeted troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Albania recently decided to triple its deployment in Afghanistan to 140 troops. It also has about 120 troops in Iraq — a presence that Moisiu says will not end as long as Americans are engaged there.
Bush also had lunch with the prime ministers of Albania, Macedonia and Croatia, which hope to join NATO next year.
|Opponents of new Kosovo must be stopped - Joseph Biden||By Joseph Biden|
Published: January 2 2007 19:12 | Last updated: January 2 2007 19:12
Years of hand-wringing and chest-thumping over the future status of Kosovo may finally be drawing to a close. In the next few months, adroit diplomacy to secure Kosovo’s independence could yield a victory for Muslim democracy, a better future for south-east Europe and validation for the judicious use of American power.
But along with the potential for triumph in Kosovo, there is a growing risk that Serbia and Russia will conspire to seize defeat from the jaws of victory. Extremists in Belgrade and Moscow are – for very different reasons – hoping to use Russia’s United Nations Security Council veto to quash Kosovo’s bid for independence. If they succeed, the Balkans will emerge as another source of bad news in a world already crowded with crises.
During the seven years since Nato ended Slobodan Milosevic’s reign of terror in Kosovo, a UN-backed administration has largely succeeded in bringing stability to the province. However, Kosovo’s people are justifiably tired of a status quo marked by uncertainty and economic privation. These two intertwined problems will continue so long as the debate over the province’s future remains unresolved. Its ambiguous status is also leading to stagnation in Serbia.
Nationalist politicians in Belgrade have embraced the fight against Kosovo’s independence to divert public attention from their own failures and Serbia’s stalled bid for European Union membership. The actions of Vojislav Kostunica, Serbia’s prime minister, have been particularly disappointing. In addition to refusing international requests to call for the arrest of war crimes fugitives Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, Mr Kostunica has rejected every attempt at compromise on Kosovo. Serbia’s moral authority on the issue hit a new low in October when the 1.5m ethnic Albanian residents of the province were denied the right to vote in a deeply flawed constitutional referendum that declared Kosovo an integral part of Serbia.
To their great credit, the people of Serbia have proved more realistic about Kosovo than their elected leaders. Opinion polls show that many Serbs foresee that the province will gain independence. Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, meanwhile, overwhelmingly expect to sever ties with Serbia. With citizens on both sides of the issue ready to finish the debate and move on to more constructive challenges, leaders who block a solution will do so at their peril.
Historically, trouble in the Balkans is almost always the result of false expectations. On the whole, the citizens of south-east Europe are mentally prepared for an independent Kosovo.
If Belgrade postpones a settlement it will reopen the issue for many Serbs previously resigned to Kosovo’s independence and further inflame frustrations among the region’s ethnic Albanians. The result could be a return of the mob violence that shook Kosovo in March 2004.
A Russian effort to delay a deal on Kosovo would be in keeping with the Kremlin’s habit of fostering weak, subservient governments in formerly communist states. Moscow has apparently reached the conclusion that impoverished, unstable regimes are easier targets for manipulation than prosperous, independent countries. It has made extensive, public use of oil and gas diplomacy to undermine the budding democracies of eastern Europe. Less attention has focused on the Kremlin’s quiet efforts to exacerbate territorial conflicts in Georgia, Moldova and Azerbaijan. Serbia could become the latest victim of this strategy.
Kosovo is not ready for full sovereignty. Even after independence, Nato and the international community will need to provide security guarantees for Kosovo’s minorities and strengthen its economy and institutions. But it is time to grant the province independence. The longer the status debate continues, the further Kosovo and Serbia will fall behind other rapidly progressing former Yugoslav republics such as Croatia and Slovenia.
Success in Kosovo, if realised, will have implications far beyond the Balkans. A responsible Russian approach to the issue could demonstrate the Kremlin’s commitment to global order at a time when its credibility is in tatters. The people of Kosovo – already the most pro-American in the Islamic world – will provide a much-needed example of a successful US-Muslim partnership. Stability in south-east Europe would be a welcome bit of good news and offer hope in a season of tremendous foreign policy challenges.
The writer is the incoming Democratic chairman of the US Senate foreign relations committee
Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2000
|Profiling in Your Pocket|
Last month, the National Sheriffs’ Association unveiled the latest update to its BlackBox Digital Witness app, which allows users to report suspicious activity to law enforcement: an anti-terrorism feature. The sheriffs’ association developed the feature with the Department of Homeland Security and the National Fusion Center Association after the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. According to the association’s executive director and CEO, Jonathan Thompson, the fight to stop “homegrown extremist[s] ... requires we work with our citizens and provide them with new tools to help in the fight against crime and to protect their families and schools.”
The updated app sends another message as well: that sheriffs are authorizing profiling on an alarming scale.
When BlackBox first launched in 2013, it served primarily as an emergency alert system. Users could record videos of crimes in real time and notify their personal contacts if they were in immediate danger. While neighborhood watch groups used the app to monitor suspicious activity and see where incidents were frequently reported, the program did not alert local police. The version of the app released last month, however, gives users a direct line to law enforcement, allowing them to send participating agencies recordings of possible threats. Police officials can also use the app’s GPS feature to locate suspects and respond to reports of suspicious activity.
BlackBox Digital Witness is not yet a runaway hit. According to Edward Horcasitas, the app’s creator and a technical adviser to the sheriffs’ association, it has approximately 15,000 users who have recorded roughly 18,000 videos. While Horcasitas said users have reported a wide range of crimes, including domestic violence and aggravated robbery, the app’s online reviews mostly lay out hypothetical use cases. “Been watching a young man pick up and throw a beautiful Doberman puppy every day for the past few weeks. Now I can document his abuse and save this dog’s life,” wrote one user.
At least thus far, law enforcement agencies have been more excited than the general public about the app’s potential. After the latest version was released in May, nearly 70 agencies committed to using BlackBox Digital Witness. The sheriff of Florida’s Orange County told the Orlando Sentinel that the app will allow to users to “provide information to law enforcement so that we can mine the data and make a determination of whether or not it’s useful.” An officer using the tool in Muskogee, Oklahoma, told local reporters the app makes police officers safer because they can witness incidents as they happen. He also said it will make prosecution easier by providing video evidence to support a case. (Although he did not provide specifics, Horcasitas says he knows of several cases in California that have been prosecuted based on evidence provided via the app, including an animal abuse case.)
While the app itself represents a potentially dangerous incursion on civil liberties, what’s more disturbing is what it reveals about the priorities of the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Department of Homeland Security. National Sheriffs’ Association President Greg Champagne said in February that the organization agrees with Donald Trump’s approach to enhancing national security, particularly when it comes to clamping down on immigration. “We have to give our president the benefit of the doubt,” he said, pointing out that Trump was the first in “quite a while” to invite the association’s leadership to the White House.
The app’s new terrorism feature comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of Muslim Americans and immigrants, scrutiny that’s been sanctioned by President Trump, the Justice Department, and DHS. In that Orlando Sentinel story, the Orange County sheriff encouraged civilians to report on “individuals who indicate that they’ve been self radicalized by the way they communicate with others either through social media, emails or other communications [and] by their behaviors sometime in their neighborhoods [and] statements that they make.” This is a recipe for rampant profiling.
BlackBox urges its users to surveil anyone they consider a “terrorist,” a dangerously vague concept. Colloquially, government officials and media outlets use the term to describe Muslim extremists as opposed to white supremacists or mass shooters. DHS also now considers some Black Lives Matter protesters terrorists. Even if local agencies choose not to follow up on a report, the data is stored forever and can potentially be used to conduct long-term surveillance on anyone who’s considered a threat, not just people who exhibit dangerous behavior. According to an investigation by the Intercept, people who are mislabeled as terrorists may be added to a no-fly list or end up in jail. Family members and acquaintances are sometimes identified as possible terrorists by proxy. Even with such high stakes, Horcasitas says the app includes no built-in features to handle false reporting or abuse.
The BlackBox app is the latest iteration of the post-9/11 “See Something, Say Something” campaign, which started in New York City and has since been adopted by DHS and the Transportation Security Agency. Ten years after its adoption by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, there was no indication that the campaign successfully derailed a terror threat. What we do know is that apps and websites for reporting crime and suspicious activity to law enforcement have consistently led to the profiling of marginalized communities.
Locals have used the French Quarter Task Force app in New Orleans to report suspicious people to law enforcement, which has sometimes devolved into criminalizing homeless people and people of color. In Washington, D.C.’s affluent, predominantly white Georgetown neighborhood, a local shoplifting prevention app became a mechanism for monitoring black shoppers. According to the Washington Post, around 70 percent of people flagged through the app were black, even though black residents make up less than 4 percent of Georgetown’s population. Research by Rutgers University professor Jerome Williams indicates black people are no more likely than whites to shoplift but are more likely to be reported to the authorities. Earlier this year, Wired also reported on a web portal called the Thin Blue Line Project, which was supposed to use GPS to track Muslim “threats.” According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, it actually monitored harmless civilians, including mosque worshippers and Muslim student organizations.
Although the French Quarter app is still operational, the Thin Blue Line Project and the Georgetown app are both now defunct. While there is very little evidence that crowdsourced crime-fighting apps are effective, many police departments remain optimistic about their power to prevent criminal acts. If the growing support for BlackBox in the law enforcement community is any indication, anti-terrorism apps won’t be going away. In an era of heightened racism and surveillance, these tools seem more likely to ruin lives than to save them.
|"THE COST OF LIVING FOR CHRIST" BY ANDREW WOMMACK - @david-a-mcmillen||
Luke 9:58 "And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."
MATTHEW 8:18-22; LUKE 9:51-62
This verse has often been used to support the misconception that Jesus and His disciples lived in poverty. However, in this instance, the fact that Jesus had nowhere to lay His head was because of persecution. The Samaritans, because of a religious prejudice, had just refused Him hospitality and a place to stay as He journeyed to Jerusalem. Persecution is part of the cost of living a Christian life. Jesus was communicating to this man that not having a place to stay at times was part of that cost.
There are many forms of persecution. Having your life threatened because of your faith in Jesus is one way you can be persecuted, but it is not the most damaging. History shows that the Church has always flourished under persecution with increased numbers and zeal. During intense, life-threatening persecution, people's priorities get straightened out and the Lord assumes His rightful place. This always works for our good, regardless of what our outward circumstances might be.
A far more deadly form of persecution is men simply speaking evil of you or separating you from their company. It's more deadly because it's more subtle.
Many who would never directly deny the Lord will fall into self-pity or strife because of someone's criticism. This will render one just as ineffective as a negative reaction to having one's life threatened would.
It helps to recognize that it is not you that they are persecuting, but rather Christ in you. You are actually becoming a partaker of His sufferings and will share His rewards. With this in mind, we can actually shout and leap for joy in persecution!
|Recycling Lives serves hundreds of thousands of meals to help tackle food poverty||AN organisation working to tackle food poverty served more than half a million meals across Lancashire in its first year.|
|Combined Locks volunteer takes it one neighborhood at a time||Jenni Eickelberg works through Habitat, other organizations to combat poverty housing.|
|La ricompensa dell'amare|| |
La ricompensa dell’amare è… amare sempre di più.
Seguirti è cercare l’amore. Seguirti è amare senza mettere confini a questa scelta di vita. Seguirti è amare, sempre.
Tu, Gesù, proprio tu sei questo amare che non ha confini, che non può essere chiuso, che vuole e deve essere scelto di nuovo ogni volta.
L’amare che vince e opera oltre la propria vittoria e resta vincente anche in ciascuna sconfitta che subisce.
Per questo il tuo messaggio, la parola che tu sei e dici perché è “parola di D**”, cioè “la bella notizia”, per questo il tuo messaggio è una parola così dura. Ma allo stesso momento, insieme, anche così splendente di mitezza e di luce aurorale.
Ascoltarti è, allora, addestrarsi a vivere amando mentre si vive e si ama e si è amati. Ascoltarti davvero è donarsi, oppure non è ascolto.
«Chi ama padre o madre più di me non è degno di me; chi ama figlio o figlia più di me non è degno di me; chi non prende la propria croce e non mi segue, non è degno di me.
Chi avrà tenuto per sé la propria vita, la perderà, e chi avrà perduto la propria vita per causa mia, la troverà.
Chi accoglie voi accoglie me, e chi accoglie me accoglie colui che mi ha mandato.
Chi accoglie un profeta perché è un profeta, avrà la ricompensa del profeta, e chi accoglie un giusto perché è un giusto, avrà la ricompensa del giusto.
Chi avrà dato da bere anche un solo bicchiere d’acqua fresca a uno di questi piccoli perché è un discepolo, in verità io vi dico: non perderà la sua ricompensa».
«Chi avrà tenuto per sé la propria vita, la perderà, e chi avrà perduto la propria vita per causa mia, la troverà»
Per causa tua? Che cosa significa perdere o trovare la vita “per causa tua”? In che senso tu sei una causa di perdita e di trovamento? Cosa di perde e si trova “in te”, Gesù?
La capacità, costante, di amare. Amare sempre, in ogni caso e comunque.
Amare, perché l’unica cosa che possiamo fare è amare. Oppure uccidere.
Allora amarti, Gesù, significa essere capaci di amare, oltre e avanti tutti i confini e i ruoli tradizionali. Se ami, ami, e non ti chiedi se devi amare di più tua madre, tuo padre, tuoi figli o tue figlie, chi fa parte della tua cerchia o D**.
Ami. E ami chi hai davanti, chi occupa la tua vita, e ami senza chiedere contropartite, senza fare concessioni, senza guardare al guadagno.
Questo è amare, agire per fare il bene di chi ho davanti e nella verità e nella libertà. Sceglierti, oltre e avanti di ogni altra scelta del mondo.
Solo così si costruisce il regno dei cieli. Nell’amore come costante e sempre rinnovato riconoscimento che D** è presente e vivo in mezzo a noi e vuol poter agire per far crescere e moltiplicare i nostri cuori di carne e sangue.
Questo è il messaggio.
Dobbiamo accogliere, riconoscendo chi accogliamo.
Se un profeta, un profeta, se un giusto un giusto,se una persona “piccola” anch’essa. Perché D** è piccola e con le persone piccole si identifica.
Allora nell’accoglienza, nello scambio fedele, nella reciproca libertà di amare noi diamo sempre più valore e onore all’Amore che D** ci dona e, insieme, scopriamo che ogni gesto d’amore, per quanto ci appaia minimo e povero, se è sincero e limpido di egoismi, è abitato da D**.
|BIACCHESSI SUI DESAPARECIDOS|
Una generazione da sterminare senza pietà – ilmanifesto.it
|Comment on Two Rules of Warfare – 1) Never March on Moscow and 2) Never March on Moscow by Cosimo||Late post here.
You miss the point of war entirely. If war keeps the elite in power, that's all the elite care about.
France and WW1 is a clear example. The French elite wanted to stop the growing power of the working class. A graph of "working days lost to strikes" per year was on a steady rise from 1900 through 1913. Going to war was a conscious decision. It was discussed in print that France needed a war "to purify the nation" - a coded phrase for "to crush the working class". France suffered 4 million casualties. Northeast France was cratered and looked like the moon. France was in an economic and psychological depression from 1918 to 1939. But ... after the war, the wealthy were more firmly in power than ever, and easily rode out the waves of working-class discontent in the 1930's. The elites were stronger for at least two reasons, and this is noteworthy especially in the 21st Century. 1. The "Socialist Party" was morally smashed because it had supported France's participation in WW1. This treason to France went unchallenged, and enabled the rise of far worse "Socialist" politicians than before WW1. 2. The working class were relatively far more disadvantaged in the labor market due to increased poverty, even though there were 4 million fewer laborers than before WW1.
An important side note is that the left wing of the French "Socialist Party" tried to prevent WW1 because they understood the purpose of the war was to defeat France's own working people. The "Socialist Party" leader, Jean Jaurès, was strongly anti-militarist. In late July, the German, Dutch and French Socialist Parties had a conference to try to prevent the war. Returning to Paris on July 31, 1914, Jean Jaurès was shot in the back and killed. General mobilization was declared the next day, and on the third day, France was at war. The murderer was arrested immediately but he wasn't put on trial until 1919. He was acquitted even though his guilt was never in question. The widow of Jean Jaurès was required to pay the court costs for the trial ! The elite must have had a hand in all this.
This history shows that some elites have absolutely no conscience whatsoever and no limits on their power. Elites are normally very intelligent and quite dangerous. Would an elite destroy a nation to preserve their power ? Yes, it has been done before. Wake up and think harder.|
|PORCOPAPPA SILURA MULLER|
|The Olympics are Coming: Let's Just Try to Have a Good Time||Current Mood: This exhaustion doesn't seem to be lifting.|
Current Song: The Scientist by Coldplay
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably realized that the Olympics are coming to beautiful British Columbia (specifically, Vancouver). I'm excited. Why shouldn't I be?
I know, I know. There is a lot wrong with the Olympics. For one, the major deficit my province is now running due to having to accommodate half the world. Our transit systems will be overloaded (we've spent a ton of money to upgrade everything, including the skytrain). There is that whole issue of poverty, social housing, the mismanagement of funds.
But then, do we know of any large event that didn't have issues? I think not.
It's part and parcel with planning a large event. And there was never a point in history where everyone was happy with everything. It's inherent in human nature to find something to complain about.
I read a really good piece about the Olympics in the Burnaby Now. Basically the writer said, they're coming. Let's just get over ourselves, get excited to cheer on our athletes and have some fun. It's getting down to crunch time (2 weeks?) until opening ceremonies. It doesn't feel very Olympicky at all.
Moreover, I have reason to be excited. My cousin is going to be a torchbearer this time around. I'm excited to put on my red and white and go and cheer him on and take pictures with him and my family. It's a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people who will probably not be able to go to another olympic event.
My sister is volunteering with our community. She'll be right in the hub of downtown pointing confused tourists to the olympic venues.
I want to attend the cultural events, I want to go and watch the Canadian Hockey Team play and cheer with fellow barfly Canadians when they score. I want to be excited. I am excited. I think you should be too.
So, they're coming in 2 weeks. That's all we have. It's time to turn Vancouver into a sea of red, as we welcome our fellow Canadians, and others from around the world and just have a good time.
|Georgetown Study: Black Girls Are Viewed as Less Innocent Than White Girls||Black girls need less nurturing, comfort, they know more about sex and adult topics, and need less protection than their white counterparts, according to a study released last week by the Georgetown University Law Center on Poverty and Inequality. The... Continue Reading →|
|7/1/2017: YOUR MOVIE PLANNER: When The Boat Comes In|
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Being a mom is one of the most important jobs around, yet also one of the toughest and often most thankless. With job requirements of 24x7 availability, master multi-tasking, first aid skills, culinary abilities to make healthy meals with whatever ingredients are in the pantry, unlimited driving potential and the ability to drop everything at a moment’s notice to fix a broken toy, clogged toilet or tween’s emotional breakdown, it’s amazing how many women excel at this true labor of love.
Being a mom is one of the most important jobs around, yet also one of the toughest and often most thankless. With job requirements of 24x7 availability, master multi-tasking, first aid skills, culinary abilities to make healthy meals with whatever ingredients are in the pantry, unlimited driving potential and the ability to drop everything at a moment’s notice to fix a broken toy, clogged toilet or tween’s emotional breakdown, it’s amazing how many women excel at this true labor of love.
|The In Between|
Sometimes life moves from one phase to another so seamlessly that you don’t even notice the change. You go from the being the house with babies and toddlers to the house with school age kids before you even know it. Then suddenly you look around and realize that Little Tykes, Lego, and Playskool have been replaced by Apple, textbooks, and stinky sneakers.
So often you only notice the passage of stages once they’re gone. The firsts are always noted; first tooth, first day of school, first sleepover, first time driving a car, first date… You don’t, however, notice the lasts. Eventually you start to think, when was the last time you cut up someone’s meat? Picked up one of your children? Gave them a bath? Washed their laundry? These lasts were not marked. They were not properly mourned. One day you picked up that last child, that last baby of the family, for the last time. Seems like that should have been noteworthy. But it was not. It slipped by unnoticed.
Then there are times the delineation from one phase to another is so stark that it’s jarring. How is it that that child who just yesterday was lining up his matchbox cars all in a row is now a husband? How can it be that that child who used to stick his pencils in the flame of the candle every time you left the room is now a firefighter? The kid you were afraid to let drive your car is now paid a lot of money by a city municipality to drive their million dollar firetrucks? How is it that the baby who would give you pouty lip and watery eyes every time you left her in the church nursery is now off to college without a backward glance, taking care of her own business and handling her own life? How is it that the baby of the family, the one you watched like a hawk to keep safe, that child you spent hours in the ER with over the span of her life praying as she fought off yet another anaphylactic reaction, is now applying to nursing school because she wants to be the nurse in the ER instead of the patient? These things are startling.
In 26 years my children have gone from helpless little cherubs to competent adults. I, however, remain the same; a little wiser hopefully, and a littler rounder to be sure, but overall the same. The passage of these 26 years did not have such a stark a change on me. I am still the same mom who worries when they’re not home. I’m still the mom who becomes enraged when someone slights one of her babies. I don’t even care if they’re all technically adults now. I will fight you. I’m the same mom who wants to make sure they’re taking their vitamins, eating a healthy diet, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, not working too hard, and going to church. The difference now is that those things are no longer my job.
So what is my job now? I’m not really sure. My kids used to jokingly call me Motherboard after the character in the show CyberChase who is described as ‘the relaxed and benevolent ruler of Cyberspace who lives in Cyberspace Control Central’ That was me. I was the (mostly, I hope) benevolent ruler of my control central. The center of the house. The knower of what’s for dinner, all the phone numbers, dates on the calendar, whose turn it is to feed the dogs, and when they last had a tetanus shot.
I know the next phase of life will be fun. Different, but fun. Empty nesters. Dave and I will have the ability to flit about from here to there without an act of congress to set it all up. I won’t have to hold everyone’s schedules in my brain, just mine and Dave’s. I assume at some point there will be grandchildren. I can’t wait for this. I’m going to ROCK the grandma thing. I had to teach and train and discipline my own kids. It’ll be my kid’s and their spouse’s job to do the hard bits of parenting. Grandma just gets to play and read the books and make the cookies. I’m going to love that.
But we’re not there yet. Now we’re in the In Between. Not quite at the foot loose and fancy free daysof the empty nesters. Not at the eat ice cream and read books with the grandbabies phase. I’m not sure I like the In Between phase. It’s incongruent. Happy but sad. Exciting but scary. You don’t really have any say anymore. You have zero control. The stakes are much higher when they make mistakes, but you can’t do it for them. You want them to go and make their way in the world, but also not leave the nest. You want them to go serve the Lord, but not too far away please and thank you. The job in this In Between phase seems to be that of a cheerleader. You cheer and encourage when your team is winning, and you cheer and encourage and silently beseech God on behalf of your team, when they’re losing. Either way, your job is only to cheer.
|Comment on Extended Discussion – Group 2 by Hannah Postel||As we've been reading the many articles about the environment and globalization, I've noticed the multiple (very different) data! Some authors use certain statistics completely contradictory to those in other articles. I can understand of course having different views about the same data, e.g. interpreting the information in different ways. It is of course difficult to compile data about the number of starving people, the number of people under the poverty level, etc, but I think this makes analysis dangerous. In order to be able to suggest any useful steps for the future, we must have correct information about the present. It is important to be able to attempt to figure out what has gone well in the past and what has not. While of course looking for a solution (or a compilation of multiple strategies) takes first priority, I think more progress could be accomplished if we could build up a database of generally accepted, scientifically proven data. Just as in a scientific experiment, results can not be accepted unless they are proven by multiple people multiple times. In order to be able to take further action, we should know where we stand now.|
|Karl Marx (1818-1883)|
Houve ao menos três importantes tentativas de reunir as obras de Marx e Engels numa edição crítica.
A primeira foi a preparação da MEGA - Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabenos anos 1920, sob os cuidados de David Borisovich Riazanov. Prevista para quarenta volumes, esta edição permaneceu incompleta.
A segunda tentativa de peso foi a edição da MEW, ou Marx-Engels Werke na Alemanha Oriental, a partir dos anos 1950. Mesmo não sendo uma edição rigorosamente completa das obras de Marx e Engels, é geralmente empregada pelos eruditos como referência.
Finamente, a partir dos anos 1970 houve a tentativa de editar uma novaGesamtausgabe(a MEGA-2), que deveria atingir 170 volumes! Com as mudanças no Leste Europeu, a edição patrocinada inicialmente pelos Institutos de Marxismo-Leninismo da URSS e da Alemanha Oriental foi interrompida e, posteriormente, retomada em novo formato, mas sua conclusão não está garantida.
Uma parte considerável dos textos econômicos de Marx (inclusive os três volumes d' O Capital) está disponível na internet na língua original em que foram compostos, o alemão:
Em inglês, a edição das Marx-Engels Collected Works incorpora boa parte do aparato crítico da MEGA. Composta por 50 volumes, esta edição está se transformando numa referência-padrão naquela língua porque traz traduções bastante confiáveis (ainda que algumas interpretações dos editores apresentadas nas introduções de cada volume sejam discutíveis).
Boa parte destas obras está disponível na internet (mas sem o aparato crítico da edição impressa e nem sempre com as mesmas traduções). Elas foram reunidas no site da Marx/Engels Collected Works. Entre outros textos econômicos, estão disponíveis:
. Grundrisse [manuscritos de 1857-58]
Em português, há pelo menos duas edições completas d' O Capital: a tradução coordenada pelo professor Paul Singer, nos anos 1980, para coleção Os Economistas e a versão anterior, de Reginaldo Sant'anna, lançada pela Civilização Brasileira nos anos 1960 e reeditada sucessivamente.
bibliografia sobre Marx
Seria temerário arriscar uma listagem da bibliografia relevante sobre Marx, o que requereria no mínimo um longo ensaio. Limitamo-nos a indicar dois textos de referência sobre seu pensamento econômico que, felizmente, estão traduzidos para o português:
O capítulo 30 do livro de Rosdolski - sobre a polêmica em torno dos esquemas de reprodução - foi republicado na revista Novos Rumos e está disponível em formato pdf. Quanto ao livro de Rubin, também está parcialmente disponível on-line em tradução inglesa.
Uma bibliografia de trabalhos recentes em economia marxista pode ser encontrada em EconoMarx. Outros estudos recentes podem ser obtidos fazendo-se uma consulta sobre Karl Marx no EconPapers (muitos textos ali listados podem ser baixados gratuitamente).
Entre os trabalhos de pesquisadores brasileiros, uma boa apresentação e discussão das teorias do valor e do capital de Marx podem ser encontradas em:
Indico também alguns trabalhos de pesquisadores brasileiros que estão disponíveis gratuitamente na internet:
Uma opção interessante é acompanhar o curso de leitura d'O Capitalministrado por David Harvey, que está disponível on-line em seu site.
Entre as primeiras biografias de Marx, estão as escritas por Franz Mehring, em 1918, e por D. Riazanov, em 1927. Ambas estão disponíveis on-line:
Em português, há uma tradução da biografia extensa e minuciosa escrita por McLellan e publicada pela Vozes:
Uma coleção de fotos (e caricaturas) de Marx pode ser encontrada naMarx/Engels Image Library.
|Karl Heinrich Marx|
Karl Heinrich Marx
Filósofo, economista e militante revolucionário alemão de origem judaica nascido em Trier, na Renânia, então província da Prússia,cujo pensamento de coletivizar as riquezas e distribuir justiça social, mudou radicalmente a história política da humanidade, gerando as revoluções socialistas. De uma família de vida nos padrões de classe média, sua juventude foi dedicada aos estudos e a uma vida tranqüila dentro da cultura burguesa européia. Filho de um advogado judeu, Hirschel Marx, depois de estudar em sua cidade natal, ingressou na Universidade de Bonn (1835), onde estudou direito, história, filosofia, arte e literatura e participou da luta política estudantil. Transferindo-se para a Universidade de Berlim (1836), começou a estudar a filosofia de Hegel, juntou-se ao grupo dos jovens hegelianos e tornou-se membro de uma sociedade formada em torno do professor de teologia Bruno Bauer, que considerava os Evangelhos narrativas fantásticas suscitadas por necessidades psicológicas. Apresentou sua tese de doutorado, em que analisava, na perspectiva hegeliana, as diferenças entre os sistemas filosóficos de Demócrito e de Epicuro (1841). Mesmo critico das teses de Hegel, o admirava muito e, por isso, sentiu-se prejudicado pelo governo alemão, poisFrederico IV começava a perseguir todos os simpatizantes de Hegel. Como professor foi proibido de pôr os pés na universidade (1842) e, desempregado, para sobreviver tornou-se jornalista em Colônia, colaborando com o jornal Rheinische Zeitung (1842), no qual, devido à sua competência, chegou a assumir sua direção ainda naquele ano. Como diretor do jornal patrocinou um estudo sobre a vida de camponeses que roubavam madeira pertencente ao Estado. Esse estudo provou que os camponeses recebiam um salário tão baixo, que passavam fome, e por conseqüência roubavam a madeira para vendê-la. Para resolver esse problema de criminalidade, propôs que se aumentassem os salários dos camponeses em vez de prendê-los. O governo alemão não gostou da sugestão e, por isso, fechou o jornal e ele foi levado a se exilar em Paris (1843). Em Paris, organizou uma revista que denuncia a repressão do governo alemão contra a cultura e contra os trabalhadores. Em virtude disto o governo alemão pressionou o francês, que resolveu expulsá-lo da França. E assim, novamente por motivos políticos, mudou-se para Bruxelas (1845). A essa altura da vida já se encontrava extremamente interessado pelo movimento dos trabalhadores e, diante de tanta exploração e miséria, percebeu que a única saída era a união dos mesmos para lutar pelos seus direitos. Passa,então, a se dedicar integralmente a escrever artigos e livros contra a sociedade capitalista e a sua substituição por uma sociedade socialista. Ali conheceu Friedrich Engels, com quem manteria estreita colaboração até o fim da vida. Escreveram a a quatro mãos Die heilige Familie (1845) e Die deutsche Ideologie (1845-1846, publicada em 1926) e juntos reorganizaram a Liga Comunista (1847). O movimento operário internacional preparou um congresso em Londres (1848) e o convidou para expor suas idéias sobre como deve ser uma sociedade sem exploração. Foi nessa oportunidade que ele apresentou ao público seu artigo Manifesto Comunista a famosa publicação Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei, em que com Engels afirmava, num estudo em dois volumes, que a solidariedade internacional dos trabalhadores em busca de sua emancipação superaria o poder dos Estados nacionais. Junto com Engels pregou uma revolução internacional que derrubasse a burguesia e implantasse o comunismo, nova sociedade sem classes. Era o início de revoluções na França e na Alemanha e, em por causa desta publicação, foi expulso pelo governo da Bélgica, tendo de permanecer em Londres. Depois de participar do movimento revolucionário (1848) na Alemanha, regressou definitivamente a Londres, onde durante o resto da vida contou com a generosa ajuda econômica de Engels para manter a família. Morreu no dia 14 de março (1883) e foi enterrado no Highgate Cemetery, norte de Londres. Nesse exílio escreveu e publicou Der 18 Brumaire des Louis Bonaparte (1852), Zur Kritik der politischen Ökonomie (1859) e o primeiro volume de o primeiro volume de sua obra mais importante, Das Kapital (1867). Os volumes seguintes dessa obra, para a qual reuniu vasta documentação, seriam publicados somente depois de sua morte (1884 /1894). Voltou à atividade política quando participou da fundação da Associação Internacional de Trabalhadores (1864). Como líder e principal inspirador dessa Primeira Internacional, sua presença se reafirmou por ocasião da segunda Comuna de Paris (1871), movimento revolucionário de que a associação participou ativamente e em que pereceram mais de vinte mil revoltosos. Suas divergências iniciadas (1872) com o anarquista Mikhail Bakunin, provocaram a derrocada da Internacional. Ainda participou da fundação do Partido Social Democrata Alemão (1875) e em seguida retirou-se da atividade política para concluir Das Kapital. Para ele, o capitalismo era a última forma de organização social baseada na exploração do homem pelo homem. Incansável escritor de suas idéias, muitos de seus escritos só foram publicados postumamente em virtude de seu estado de pobreza, a repressão policial ao movimento dos trabalhadores e até por ser pouco conhecido em sua época, a não ser pelos trabalhadores. Durante a vida, não pôde ver as conseqüências do que tinha escrito, no entanto, com o passar dos anos, seus livros tornaram-se mundialmente famosos, inspirando os mais diversos movimentos de libertação de povos oprimidos. Além das obras já citadas, em inglês ainda são consideradas obras importantes The Difference Between the Democritean and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature (1841, publicada em 1902), Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (1843), Introduction to a Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right(1844), Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts (1844), Comments on James Mill's Elements of Political Economy (1844, publcada em 1932), The Holy Family or a Critique of Critical Critique (1844), Theses on Feuerbach (1845, publcada em 1886),The Poverty of Philosophy (1847), Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Germany (1851, publcada em 1896), Pre-Capitalist Economic Formations (1857, publcada em 1939), Outlines for a Critique of Political Economy (1859), Theories of Surplus Value, em três volumes (1861-1863), The Process of Production of Capital , em três volumes (1867/1885/1894), The Civil War in France (1871) e Critique of the Gotha Program (1875), entre outros. Com F. Engels também destacaram-se A Critique of the German Ideology (1846), Heroes of the Exile (1852, publcada em 1930) e Fictitious Splits in the (First) International (1872). Com Jules Guesde escreveu The Programme of the Parti Ouvrier (1880).
Figura copiada do THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT WEBSITE:
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A difícil vida "militante" de Marx
(Trecho transcrito do site ECONOMIABR.NET
( . . .). Na cidade natal, quando ainda era jovem, Marx ficou amigo de um barão, o qual lhe falara sobre o Socialismo Utópico. É a primeira vez que Marx ouve falar na possibilidade de uma futura sociedade sem classes e sem exploração. Conhece a filha desse barão, Jenny; namoram por mais de sete anos. Casando-se com Jenny, Marx terá vários filhos. Começou seus estudos universitários em Bonn. ( . . . ) Uma carta que Marx escreveu a seu amigo Engels, em 8 de setembro de 1852, dá uma idéia da pobreza em que se encontrava: "(...) minha mulher está doente. Minha filha, Jenny, está doente. Heleninha está com uma espécie de febre nervosa. Não pude e nem posso chamar o médico por falta de dinheiro para os remédios. Há oito dias que alimento minha família unicamente com pão e batatas. E não sei se ainda vou poder comprar pão e batatas para hoje" (in Leonardo Konder, Marx — vida e obra, p. 96). Karl Marx veio a falecer no dia 14 de março de 1883, devido a uma infecção na garganta e muito abalado com a morte de sua mulher e de sua filha mais velha. (. . .)
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|Ordinary Days & Things I Have Learned (And Re-learn Sometimes Too) & A Great Book||February is almost over, and we are heading into spring! We've had a few very warm days and they have been heavenly-a reminder that we won't be stuck in cold dark gray depressing days for long. The little bursts of warmth and sunshine really helped me escape from a February rut. I have my Lenten resolutions all ready to go and a new cleaning routine (I am doing 30 mins of general house cleaning, and 30 minutes of deep cleaning one room every day for spring and it is working lovely-if I skip days-and I do-I know eventually it will be finished).|
We bought a new computer-a Mac-and that has taken some getting used to but I do love it. I was so nervous about it-my oldest kids were laughing at me-but I was just really nervous. I fear two things-making a mistake and losing all our family pics, and making a mistake and spending four hours talking to someone I can't understand halfway around the world. The latter has really happened long ago, the first one never (as I type that my heart flutters, knock on wood.)
The change forced me to through my entire photo library which was ridiculously full of meaningless photos. I more than halved the entire library and it is so nice and organized and I am thrilled.
The change also has me thinking of new ways to scrapbook-I think I might use chatbooks instead of printing photo collages and just stick a little book in the big scrapbook every year or so, along with a few old-fashioned paper pages. I've been looking for a way to cut down the time AND to stay on top of each event as it happens-adding captions as I remember them in my old mind-not when I am rushing to catch up and forgetting everything, and I think this is my answer for the three youngest kids. It had been feeling like a duty and now I feel happy about it.
She found her old carrier that she spent days and days in and it sure brought back memories.
(We also have a new smile for photos as you can see.:)
Abbey visited and we both couldn't get Valentines chocolate hearts off our mind, and so we sat in the car outside of Rite Aid after our purchase and split each chocolate.
Janey was so so happy. She misses Abbey so much.
As a side note, I love rides back and forth to college. It's the best time to talk and we sure do about everything under the sun. I've said it before but the drop off never ever gets easier.
On one of the nice warmer days, Patrick was able to go fishing with his BF and this is second only to basketball on things that make Patrick happy.
On one of my "escape from my rut" contemplations I decided that I needed to find some really good books. My friend loaned me this one and OH BOY did I love it. It is very much like "The Glass Castle". I highly highly recommend it. Know that there is some language but this is a true story and it is part of the story. I will never forget it and have been telling everyone I know to run out and buy it. There is so much to think about-so much to talk about-I really feel like this book just has to bring about some great conversations from politics (not nasty politics, but thoughtful politics), to poverty, to parenting and more. If you have a Marine in your life, I think they would enjoy this especially.
I also started writing down little things I have learned on this parenting journey. I am sure I have written about all these things before but as they come to mind I want to jot them down. Some things come to mind as I hear or read terrible advice given to younger moms (pretty much everything in those parenting magazines), or I relearn a lesson that I've learned several times before, or I talk with friends that I admire so much as mothers.
-If you constantly feel overwhelmed and stressed when you are a mom (unless you just had a baby and even then this can still apply) you need to eliminate things from your life until you feel calmer and life runs more smoothly. There are things you can't and shouldn't eliminate-kids :), and church, and maybe kid's school (unless it's preschool, which isn't at all necessary.) Children rebel against crabbiness, and stress and rushing in the home. They also rebel against lack of attention and lack of consistency. There are things that maybe are hard to let go of, unless you think of it as a temporary letting go for a season of life. With each child added to the family, things need to become more centered on home life and house running and child raising. This is BIG work-enough that it deserves most of our attention. This is not mainstream thought by the way. The underlying mainstream message today is "don't change your life for your family" at the same time mainstream talk is saying "family comes first". Those two trains of thought are completely incompatible. We only have ONE husband to pay attention to, we are ONE mother to each of our children, it is enough to be that ONE well, if we are anything at all. These roles reap the most reward when they are our priority and some of that reward is our deep satisfaction and joy in family life.
-If you are wondering how someone seems to do it all-I'd say, "stop comparing" but also "no way" while still being present to their family. There are no miracle workers out there and no one who has more hours in the day than anyone else. I doubt very much anyone has such an arsenal of time management and skill that a life spread with many big things does not magically cause considerable stress on a family of young ones. I think sometimes the culture we live in today is a giant spreader of delusion. I called it lies, but my daughter corrected me and said that sounds too purposeful and maybe delusion is a better word. She is right. I try to teach my kids that what they see online or on the TV or on social media, must be taken with a grain of salt and some real sensibility and discernment. We moms need to do this also. Usually the behind the scenes perfection takes a big personal toll or the toll often times gets handed off to the kids. We all know what reality looks like-it's what is right in front of us and has nothing to do with a screen at all. We need to pay way way more attention to our reality. Even when it comes to advice or information, if we take the time for thought and connection-real connection with our own families, we will get the answer-the answer is rarely "out there" from some "expert", but what's in our hearts and our minds when we are calm and connected enough to our families to listen to our heart and mind. (See first paragraph.)
-If there is something running very true and similar among close happy families, it is a culture of family togetherness but at the heart of it all, it is a strong marriage. A marriage where the husbands builds up the wife and the wife builds up the husband. A marriage where the wife is pointing out to the children her husband's strengths, and not his weaknesses and vice versa. The best book I've ever read on this subject is called "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands". It is excellent.
-If there seems to be not enough time in the day step away from the tech-phones, laptops, etc. It is a time sucker like no other and little distracting minutes add up so quickly to hours out of a day and the cost is way way too great, not only for us but for our families too.
That's all for February!
I found this old book while looking up some Depression era books on Amazon. I ordered if from the library after reading a few reviews, even though it looked quite old and out of date.
I LOVE this book. I am ordering a copy of my own. I am sending one to my parents.
It is chock full of wisdom and common sense, things I sometimes feel haven't seen the light of day now. (Funny though, this book was published in the 1950's, and he writes about how then, wisdom and common sense seem long gone, compared to when he was being raised.)
A little background-Sam Levenson grew up in a cramped NY tenement, a poor boy, the youngest of ten (two boys died very young so he grew up with seven siblings). He spent many years teaching, and became a radio show personality. He has a great wit about him, and a wonderful way of mixing that wit with profound truths, and tales from his childhood.
I couldn't help but thinking, "This is the BEST parenting book I've ever read" throughout the whole book. And it is NOT a parenting book at all, but it should be today. It is that full of wisdom. It should be number one on the best seller list, and forget all the rest of the advice.
"I was a most fortunate child. Ours was a home rich enough in family harmony and love to immunize eight kids against the potentially toxic effects of the environment beyond our door. Since the social scientists do not, as far as I know, have a clinical name for the fortunate possessors of this kind of emotional security, I might suggest they label them "the privileged poor". Poverty never succeeded in degrading our family. We were independently poor."
(I listened to this late one night after I finished reading the book-it is a little background about him.)
Here are my favorite quotes (it is difficult to pick my favorites, I'd be writing all day if I didn't-this book is so worth reading all the way through.)
"Our parents set the moral tone of the family. Each of us was responsible not only to himself but to his brother, and all were responsible to our parents, who were prepared to answer to the world for all of us."
"Honor brought to parents by their children was the acceppted standard for measuring success. It also became the incentive for us. Our personal success was to a great extent predicated up on the happiness we could bring to our parents. It would not be long before this idea would completely reverse. TO make our children happy was to become the 'summum bonum' of family life."
"They (his immigrant parents) defined freedom as the opportunity to change the circumstances of your life through your own effort, to force the hand of history rather than to remain forever enslaved by it."
On his mother's quest to teach him the importance of cleanliness and her ability to doctor them herself:
"Mama practiced medicine without a license but not without a philosophy. The preservation of life was a religious commandment based up on the doctrine of the sanctity of the human body as the dwelling place of the spirit. If the body housed the spirit, that house (the the apartment we lived in) had to be kept in decent repair or the spirit might become ill."
On the father as the leader of the household and someone to be honored and revered:
"Friday night's dinner was a testimonial banquet to Papa. For that hour, at least, he was no longer the oppressed victim of the sweatshops, the harassed, frightened and unsuccessful breadwinner, but the master to whom all heads bowed and upon whom all honor was bestowed. He was our father, our teacher, our wise man, our elder statement, our tribal leader."
The neighborhood of like-minded families with the same values:
"The woman minded everything and anything, without charge "Please mind my fish, my soup, my husband, my purse.": For me there was an emotional affinity between being minded and being loved. While I did not like to be watched, I felt that I was being protected one hundred times over by one hundred watchful mothers."
"Although there were eight of us children, we were out numbered by two parents. Ours was a decidedly parent-centered home. Since respect for age was a cornerstone of our tradition, it followed that Mama and Papa had a right to lead, and we the right to be led by them. We had very few other rights. We had lots of wrongs which were going to be corrected by any methods our parents saw fit. The last thought that would have entered my parents' minds was to ask their children what was good or bad for the children. We were not their contemporaries, not their equals, and they were not concerned without ideas on how to raise a family. "When I need your opinion I'll give it to you."
"One thing was sure. In our home we knew the House Rules. They were:
1. Respect was to be shown all elders.
2. There was not such things as petty crime. Little offenses can lead to big ones Practice makes perfect.
3. The management reserved the right to screen your friends.
4. When the sun set you came home.
5. You had to earn good marks in school or money, or both. Loafing was out and unearned money was suspect.
6. You could be a hero in your own home. Try it. (Papa was, Mama was, and so was any one who brought honor to the family.)"
As a middle-class parent reflecting on his childhood and the changes he saw in the culture:
(Remember this was published in 1949!)
"There are about four hundred books on child care published each year. Unfortunately the latest book very often contradicts the next to the latest by the same author who is in the interim has also read a book. The bewildered mother loses faith in her maternal instincts. She becomes "out-directed." The fear of doctrinal error paralyzes her. She has gone from economic insecurity in her mother's home to emotional insecurity in her own. "Am I adequate?" "Am I giving too much, expecting too much, to little?" Am I mothering or smothering, overprotecting or underprotecting, over-concerned or under concerned, obsessive, repressive?" The natural joy of caring her babies is destroyed by the dread of making the wrong decision. Love must be sterilized and defined before it can be used."
"Many young mothers, driven by fear of not doing enough for their children, are imposing upon them the kind of frenetic care that converts the home into a hospital and childhood into a critical condition."
On the quest to give children the material goods we didn't have, or to abide by expert philosophy:
"One of the side effects of "Operation More" is often "Separation More".
On quality and quantity time:
"I was raised in an atmosphere of unscheduled love. Like punishment, it appeared wherever and whenever the situation called for it-during, between, after, or before. It was woven into the favorite of our daily life. It was never announced; it was felt. It was certainly not the amount of time our fathers spent with us that made us feel loved. Most of them worked so hard and long we did not get to see very much of them. We regarded their hard work in the sweatshops, however as ample proof of their devotion."
"Now we are the era of love by appointment."
On too much:
"The fear of "depriving" our children has produced the most "gifted" generation of children in our history. We shower them with gifts to prove our love, with the inevitable results that the gift to love has degenerated into the love of gifts."
"Are we giving things because we are reluctant to give time, or self, or heart? Are we offering presents in place of presence?"
"The more toys he has the less he plays. He spends more time choosing than playing. He is suffering from the boredom of opulence. For the mother this abundance ultimately creates a housing problem."
"We wondered, along with many other middle-class parents, whether we were doing the right thing in removing tall the discomforts we had experienced, whether making it unnecessary for the middle-class child to walk, wait, worry, work, perspire, or cry was good for him.
A disadvantage may turn out to have been an advantage, a denial an incentive, a deprivation an inspiration. Running interference for the child so that he will never get hurt may main him for life. Unearned satisfaction of one's needs may leave a young person with a feeling of great emptiness. Discontenment is a springboard for achievement."
"Minding one's own business has become a virtue. If you see a kid behaving like a hoodlum you say to yourself, "It's not my kid, so it's not my problme." Personally, I'm for snitching. Delinquency is OUR problem. When it is for the common good snitching is good. My mother was a snitcher, as were all the other mothers in our neighborhood. If I ever did anything wrong, by the time I got home my mother knew it via the maternal grapevine."
"Snitching should be reinstated as a form of collective discipline. We might also revive Mama's type of Mother's Club, who platform was :Parents of America, unite. Join, the UPA-Unafraid Parents of America."
"My parents weren't always right, but they were clear. They figured that if they didn't teach us someone else would. In a moment of choice between right and wrong, I could hear the echoes of their oft-repeated admonitions in my inner ear-nagging is what they would call it today."
These are only little tidbits throughout the book!!! It is an absolute gem.
|La otra «milla de los museos» de Nueva York está en el campo||Dia:Beacon- ABC
Pocas experiencias más liberadoras para un neoyorquino que perder la mirada en la constelaciones que adornan el techo verde del vestíbulo principal de la estación Grand Central una mañana de sábado, sin el ajetreo continuo de viajeros de los días laborales. Y montarse después en un tren hacia al norte que bordea el río Hudson, un espejo ancho en el que se vuelca la explosión de color de los bosques en primavera y otoño, camino del pueblo de Beacon, para dar un paseo hasta el museo Dia y encontrarse con una impresionante colección de arte contemporáneo estadounidense en una antigua fábrica de galletas. Andy Warhol, Walter de Maria, Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Naumann, Richard Serra, Sol Lewitt o Dan Flavin, entre muchos otros, están presentes.
Storm King Art Center- ABC
Al otro lado del río, la arboleda abigarrada de esta zona se abre para el Storm King Art Center, un museo al aire libre de doscientas hectáreas en el que se desperdigan esculturas monumentales de Mark di Suvero, Zhang Huan, Isamu Noguchi o el propio Serra. Tampoco está lejos de Dia:Beacon el museo del Center for Curatorial Studies de Bard College, que incluye en su colección a nombres fundamentales contemporáneos como Sherrie Levine, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Cindy Sherman o Robert Mapplethorpe.
El último fichaje de esta «milla de museos» bucólica es Magazzino, un espacio de arte dedicado al arte povera en Cold Spring, a once kilómetros de Beacon y también a la orilla del río que remontó hace cinco siglos el explorador Henry Hudson. Magazzino es el hijo artístico de los coleccionistas Nancy Olnick y Giorgio Spanu, una pareja italoamericana que entró en contacto a principios de los 90 con el arte povera. «Nos enamoramos de ese arte. Pero sabíamos muy poco de él; conocíamos a Pistoletto y poco más», explica Spanu por teléfono desde su casa en Garrison. «Entonces empezamos a coleccionar, a estudiar el movimiento, a leer mucho sobre ello. Las obras que compramos eran cada vez más y más grandes, hasta que vimos que tener un espacio expositivo era más que una necesidad».
Así nació Magazzino (almacén, en italiano), el recipiente de una de las mejores colecciones de arte italiano contemporáneo en EE.UU., con obras, entre otros, del propio Pistoletto, Giovanni Anselmo, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Janis Kounellis o Mario Merz. La primera exposición está dedicada a Margharita Stein, la galerista que desde su espacio en Turín fue una de las grandes impulsoras del arte contemporáneo italiano. «Ella amaba vivir con las obras de arte y es algo que hemos intentado replicar», dice Oilnick.
El tráfico de amantes del arte que ya tienen Dia:Beacon o Storm King beneficiará a Magazzino, cuyos fundadores han establecido las horas y días de apertura de su vecino de Beacon. «Hemos apoyado todas las instituciones culturales del valle del Hudson desde que nos mudamos aquí hace dos décadas, y ahora estamos encantados de colaborar con ellas», asegura Spanu.
Miguel Quismondo- ABC
La ejecución de Magazzino ha corrido a cargo de Miguel Quismondo, primer arquitecto español que firma un espacio de arte en Nueva York. Su relación con los fundadores de Magazzino, Nancy Oilnick y Giorgio Spanu, viene de lejos. Quismondo trabajaba en el estudio del arquitecto español Alberto Campo Baeza cuando este diseñó y construyó su residencia en Garrison, a pocos minutos de donde se ha inaugurado el nuevo espacio de arte.
Al igual que Dia:Beacon, el proyecto de Magazzino se asienta sobre un antiguo edificio industrial levantado en 1964 –muestra del reciente pasado industrial del valle del Hudson– que tuvo muchas vidas: fábrica de procesamiento cárnico, elaboración de equipamiento informático y almacén de productos lácteos. «Tiramos tabiques, techos y nos quedamos con los huesos, que estaban en buen estado. Nos gustó mucho y quisimos enfatizar el aspecto industrial del edificio», explica Quismondo, que añadió una extensión al edificio, con forma de L, para crear un patio central que se ha convertido «en el corazón del espacio». La colección de arte povera de Oilnick y Spanu está muy relacionada con el diseño del edificio, que mantiene la idea «de los materiales necesarios, simples y fácilmente disponibles: el hormigón, el metal, el vidrio y poco más».
La intención es que la arquitectura también fuera «povera», «un fondo para esas obras que sea silencioso y discreto, que no destaque, para ayudar a disfrutar ese arte». Lo que sí es muy elaborado en el diseño es la luz, una de las grandes protagonistas del edificio, que Quismondo ha tratado que fuera «muy controlada, tamizada», para realzar la colección, basada sobre todo en obras tridimensionales. Para ello encontró inspiración en el diseño de Dia:Beacon, una institución con la que Quismondo espera que haya «simbiosis» y con la que Magazzino contribuya a fortalecer el vigor artístico del Hudson.|
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|Comment on The Real Gap Between The Rich and The Poor Is Not The Money by Jeroen Hellingman||Let me respond, not just to the surface message of this post, but to a deeper level that I think is misleading, not by what it says, but by what it doesn't say. Indeed, one half of the story is changing the mind-set of the people to take their fortunes into their own hands, but that only goes that far. The other half should really come from societal change, which nobody can do alone. Too often I hear people ignore the plight of the poor with the simple argument, well, it is their own fault. They should just work harder or smarter -- and basically deny them even a chance to get out. Although I am Dutch and live a confortable live in a rich country, I've also lived in India and been in the Philippines many times, so third world society and conditions are not strange to me.
The difference between middle class and rich is that the rich are net possessors of capital (in the economic sense of income generating assets, as opposed to consumption goods). Control of these assets is what makes a different mind-set possible. It is wishful thinking that you can turn that upside down, especially in a world where the rules are bent significantly to the benefit of asset-holders instead of providers of labor.
This article is fairly ambivalent in its idea. It jumps from one interpretation of 'rich' to another, but having the mindset will NOT automatically get you the finances. That is a harmful neo-liberal idea that needs to be rejected. Much is established by heritage and luck. I would therefor like to suggest not to mingle the two concepts. Poverty means having not enough resources to achieve your potential in life. You cannot pay for (your children's) schooling, you cannot pay for essential goods, such as healthcare or healthy food, and therefor suffer and actually undermine your earning capability. This is also harmful for society at large, and hence we need to collectively take action to prevent it. Curiously, having too much money also prevents you from achieving your potential. Never having to work for your luxurious escapades is NOT a blessing, and leads to wasteful, destructive behavior. As a society, we should also prevent excessive wealth, as that also undermines our democratic society. For that reason I am very much in favor of progressive income taxes to pay for services that benefit the general good (such as schooling, necessary infrastructure, etc.), and ultimately inheritance taxes that prevent that generations of 'upper class' people can live on the income of assets alone, without ever doing any meaningful work. I think a healthy society should have a ratio between the lowest and highest income earners of about 5, and should actively prevent that ratio to go above 20. Also, an inheritance should never be so large as to enable somebody to do nothing all his life, and still have money left at the end of that life. This would limit inheritances (in European context) to about 2 million euros. Taxing away the excesses of the rich will provide the means of providing for the poor, and also taking care of those who can never care for themselves (handicapped, sick, and old people).
Now please don't tell me that progressively taxing high incomes will take away the incentive to work hard. That is another neo-liberal thought that doesn't withstand scrutiny. First, most very high incomes are not labor based, but asset based (incomes from rent). Second: social studies have shown that increases in incomes above about 60.000 euros (again, European standards) are not matched by an increase in well-being. You do not gain more happiness from having more. It is a waste. The incentive for people to work hard who already have a sufficient income will always come from other reasons (yes, one of it is status, expressed by ostensibly displaying wealth -- we simply have to laugh that away as foolish and crude.) -- reasons such as self-expression, building a better society, or just enjoying what you do.
In my opinion, everybody needs to think and plan ahead financially. Set aside at least 10 percent of your monthly income to provide for buffers, educate your children and set aside assets to care for you in your old age. People need to realize that borrowing is costly (even at today's low interest rates).
Just to end with an example. Donald Trump is a very good example of being a rich man who displays poor behavior, and shows how bad our legal and economic systems are skewed to the benefit of living on assets instead of labor, and how permissive our legal system is of abuse. He lives by creating debts and then defaulting on them; his behavior is destructive, his esthetic tastes abysmal, wasteful and bombastic, his attitude towards other human beings horrendous, he just doesn't care about natural beauty, and his performance as a 'business man' is far below par (if he had just invested his entire inheritance in a fund with a low risk profile, he would have been much richer than he is today).|
|The Sustainable MBA||Karen Losee at GreenBiz.com writes about "The Sustainable MBA".|
She says that the climate change and sustainability issues facing us will require new leaders.
The future calls for leaders that can develop and lead profitable,
Traditionally, the business schools teach that "there is no higher purpose than to make money". This is true for most of the MBAs.
There are signs that this is changing. She cites a recent Net Impact survey among MBA schools in 110 schools.
In my MBA in Australia, there are very few people I have met who think in those terms. Business people generally do not talk about anything but money.
The UniSA MBA curriculum is struggling to teach the traditional MBA topics well, and are nowhere near talking about 'corporate social responsibility' or 'sustainability'.
For somebody like me who was interested in these topics it was very hard to pick topics that were near to this topic. I picked one elective from another Uni on "Enviornmental and Resource Economics" which has provided me a grounding in economics and the environment and a second elective designed as a small research topic on using Environmental Accounting principles in office buildings concentrating on Computers.
However, I believe that the tools taught in the traditional MBAs are still relevant. It just needs a different orientation and direction.
One book which I am reading now which combines the business world and sustainability is "Capitalism at the Crossroads" from Stuart Hart.
The first chapter of the book is titled "From Obligation to Opportunity". This is the theme which people need to understand.
For a country like Australia however, it is tough. There is a growing understanding of the environmental issues here but then it is dismissed because "we are too small and insignificant" to make a difference. In terms of poverty and other issues - Australia it too far away from these problems.
Firstly, you do not see poverty in the cities or elsewhere. Australians do not relate to poverty well. And poverty in other countries, this is more connected with aid and charity.
To be able to see that it can be a opportunity may be a leap too big conceptually.
Atleast in Australia, Green MBA may be possible but a Sustainable MBA is a tough ask.
|Love for High-Tech||I have been thinking of lately a lot on High-tech. |
I have been in love for technology for many years now. I did try my hand at doing an engineering degree from the premier schools in India, the famed IITs, however failed to get it. Statistically it is just tough!
Anyways, I then did not want to go for a lesser engineering college (hubris or plain simple teenage wisdom stopped me). I shifted from science and maths to business and commerce in my undergrads coming out with a Bachelors of Commerce (hons). The one thing I learned was business is interesting, but you can only learn from working not from studying atleast not what I was taught and the way I was taught in my undergrad.
And now after 6 yrs of working I am doing my MBA and can genuinely say that I am learning something. Six months into the MBA program made me realize how much stuff that I need to understand and it has opened up new nodes in my brain which did not exist but the best thing which is happening to me is the connection of the various nodes. This is happening at such a rapid pace that I just cannot fathom.
Sometimes I just get up with just 4 hrs of sleep and start working on my lovely iBook G4. The love for the Mac does play a role, but there is a bigger reason. I just cannot wait to understand the world better.
As I went about this exercises I started to see what electives that I need to take. This made me think about myself. What is that I want to do? Where do I want to go?
Peter Drucker in his "The Effective Executive" suggested that the best way to contribute is to understand your strengths. The way to understand is to find patterns in what you do over years and see where you have been doing good, doing bad, you are happy, comes naturally, etc.
For me two things stood out.
MBA for a large part deals with "managing wealth". I want to deal with "creating wealth". That is what start-ups all about.
My reading is predicated with slashdot, emergic.org, blogs on technology, the info wars, google stuff, software, etc. I have been consistently interested in the tech stuff and one thing is sure I have always been able to understand technology and related to geeks.
I think that is a skill that I find in myself and think it is a unique advantage.
The think with geeks is that they love their technology and always would love to talk about it. However, not every geek is good at markets and business. My role as I see it slowly is to fill that gap or what you can call commercializing innovations.
I have been trying to get this together and I see that the best job for me is in "business development" in high-tech stuff.
The more I started to understand this the better it seemed. Technology is changing the world. There is greater than ever need for technology to reach the masses. The only way technology can be reached is when it "the technical domain" makes value for the "social domain".
The gap is something which can be clearly filled by what can be called "business model innovation". The value of a technology is only which can be realised by the society. It is useless if the social aspect is not realized. The greatest idea in the lab is useless compared to a insignificant idea in the use of average people. That is what innovation all about. And the vehicle for that is "business model innovation".
I now see a clear way I can be part of high-tech without being a techie and still contribute as much the techies who develop a particular technology or product. In fact, a business model innovation is more like a " social innovation". Drucker has argued that innovation is in the technological, economic and social realms. And all the three types of innovation is important for making change happen.
A large part of innovation is concentrated on the "technological aspect". The social concept sometimes comes in marketing (Moore stuff) but it is far more important. The "business model" encompasses the "social and economic aspect" and hence the place where future innovation battles going to take place.
This fits in very well with my love for "green stuff". The bottom of the pyramid or rural development is one part of the green stuff for me. Green here would signify prosperity and growth. This is where I see that much change can be made. Deeshaa Ventures provided me a chance to work on that aspect.
The other Green stuff is "environmental" stuff. The ones which we are generally familiar with and associate with green. This is my job currently. I am an "Environmental Project Officer" working in the Govt. of South Australia to implement their Greening program in one of the agencies.
The unique thing is this - all of the above aspect; high-tech (IT, bio-tech, nanotech), BoP, Green technology have much in common. They all are dependent on "innovation".
Innovation in the sense of technology, economic and social. Depending on the situation one more than the other. Take the "bottom of the pyramid" ideas. It is a technological and a greatly economic innovation to make products and services available to the 4 billion people living in poverty or just above it in the world.
The same goes for "Green Technologies". The need for commercializing the Toyota Prius or the solar car, organic food. Or social innovation in terms of "stopping the use of plastic bags".
Somehow in all these I have had a chance to work in or relate to it.
My goal now is to concentrate on learning the stuff in the MBA and in the future related to "business model innovation".
|Comment on Hinduism Is Different by S Kr||Don't shift the topic from 'violence as persecution' to 'kings fighting wars'. Obviously Hindus fought wars amongst themselves, but on open plains between armies. They didn't devastate civilian populations and cities and rape women and children and treat all women as sex slaves after defeating the enemy king. And yes, please, please go and ask Buddhists. One 9/11 attack and the racial ugliness and big brother deep state of US was exposed. One attack in France and the country has been in the state of emergency for more than a year !!! And you expect India not to have been affected from its pristine cultural values after 500+ years of Islamic brutality and 200 years of Christian rules. Typical of christians -> destroy a country, burn down its every single institution, make people lose their age old values, and then act like 'drain inspectors' ... Look that country is so horrible. You must have all seen Afghanistan/Syria etc before and after images ... women free and women in burka ... That is one of the christian legacies (with the help of its fellow Abrahamic Islam). Whatever "cultural" problem you talk about is a poverty problem not a doctrinal one ... Well-off/Educated Hindus will surpass in every field (from women PMs and Presidents to bankers to scientists to spiritual sages...).|
|Truffe e lavoro|
Allora...non ricordo se ne avevo già parlato o se avevo lasciato il blog a se stesso. Comunque dopo la mia laurea, nel 2009, e dopo un master fatto per avere più punti per trovare lavoro..... ho subito iniziato a leggere annunci su internet. Siti vari di cui non voglio far nomi ma che tutti conoscono e agenzie interinali. Prima di trovare il mio primo lavoro, dopo aver fatto l'hostess per qualche giorno, sono incappata in una serie di sòle allucinanti. Però almeno qualcuno chiamava. Nel 2008 è iniziata la crisi che attualmente (e chissà per quanto) sta letteralmente attanagliando l'Italia che dall'essere in ginocchio è passata all'essere a... 90. E chi vuole capire capisca. Un paio di annunci tanto simpatici e fatti con lo stampino hanno attirato la mia attenzione... Cercavano 2 segretarie, 8 magazzinieri e non so cosa altro. Chiamo e prendo appuntamento. Arrivo su Via Appia, fatico per capire DOVE cavolo era sto fantomatico luogo di lavoro e poi entro. Lascio il curriculum a una bambina segretaria e aspetto. C'erano almeno sette persone. Solo una porta a soffietto separava gli ambienti, per cui qualcosa si sentiva. Ok tocca a me, primo colloquio, ansia a mille. Un tizio mi fa accomodare e inizia a lodare le mie qualità dicendo che ero una risorsa importante non come gli altri che erano andati a fare colloqui prima di me. Ma in sostanza... cosa c'entra il fotovoltaico e la telefonia con un lavoro da segretaria? Vieni domani, mi fa, facciamo 8 ore di prova. Alla faccia della prova. Dopo un primo entusiasmo, con tanto di telefonate a destra e a manca, torno a casa con dei dubbi. Cerco su internet e scopro che sta società aveva cambiato nome non so quante volte e che fanno fare (a tua insaputa) porta a porta. Ti portano fuori città e ti mollano là finchè non finisci. E se vuoi tornare non puoi. O lo fai da solo o devi lavorare per loro (gratis). Alcuni dicono di lavorarci e sembrano una massa di lobotomizzati che venerano la loro azienda che li sfrutta e coglionano i poveri sfortunati che rifiutano il lavoro e sono disoccupati, quando potrebbero guadagnare migliaia di euro. -Mi sa che poi scriverò un secondo post perchè sennò è troppo lungo.-
|2017 Scholar-Athletes: Chris Stieler, Britton Deerfield||If there is one thing Britton Deerfield graduating senior Chris Stieler knows, it is how to make an impact. Whether it be on the baseball field, the golf course or in the lives of countless others, Stieler has certainly left his mark on Britton Deerfield, Lenawee County and even a small impoverished county in Kentucky."I went down to Kentucky on a mission trip my sophomore year," Stieler said. "We went to the most impoverished county in America to run a youth sports camp for the [...]|
|If Pope Francis Despises Poverty, He Must Learn To Love Profits||Profit isn’t what drives poverty, profit is what overcomes poverty.|
I think I've figured out the Covfefe thing. It's his Twitter account password.
As I mentioned last week, I've been reading a very interesting couple of books; Sapiens and Homo Deus, by Noah Yuval Harari.
Consider the following:
Artificial Intelligence is progressing at such a pace with billions being invested it it,, with that it could easily replace many areas of work within a decade or two - even areas we've always considered safe from computers, such as lawyers and doctors. Anything we can do, with only a few exceptions, probably around values, ethics and morals, can be performed by AI algorithms. Anything that involves pushing buttons, pulling levers, analysing vast amounts of data, can all be performed more efficiently by algorithms. This could lead to mass unemployment on a truly industrial scale. Costly training of professionals would disappear too, leading to huge savings. True, new jobs would appear, but nowhere near as many as those lost, and they would only be for the well educated in engineering and research.
Now, universal suffrage was itself a direct consequence of fears following on from the French Revolution, which showed that the proletariat could become a serious threat to the established order if they massed - and the Industrial Revolution itself massed them in towns. Agricultural workers on farms were not much of a threat, as they were usually fully occupied and dispersed, whereas poverty and unemployment in cities could politicise the new hives of industrial workers. Giving the new proletariat workers a say in the running of the country, on a gradually increasing basis, stopped the revolution spreading to the UK.
The voter is seen by the elite as a unit of production. The elite will therefore go some way to ensuring the unit of production remains productive through political bribes. If mass unemployment results from AI taking over from humans in various jobs, the human unit of production is no longer of value, and his or her vote is of no value either, leading to disenfranchisement.
The only way of stemming a potential revolution on the part of the disenfranchised is to give them free money - a universal wage - paid for out of the vast profits generated by the use of AI to replace humans. The mass unemployed have to have money in order to provide fees to the AI machine, or else the whole system collapses anyway, as there are fewer people with money to buy the newly developed and massively efficient AI services and products. However, it would be a minimum necessary to keep the system working.
A Doomsday scenario? Finland is already trialling it, and for the above reasons.
|Poverty||Group Reading “There is no Them. There are only facets of Us.” ~ John Green One: My neighbor and I have the same origins; All: We share a common destiny; One: We are the obverse and reverse sides of one entity; We are unchanging equals; All: We are the faces which see themselves in each […]|
|சென்னையின் மனிதர்கள் #19 - முத்துஸ்வாமி (சுமார் 50)|
சென்னையின் மனிதர்கள் # 20 - முத்துஸ்வாமி (சுமார் 50)
இடம் - கும்பகோணம் / தொழில் - விவசாயம்
" கின்னஸ் ரெகார்டுக்காக மீசை வளர்க்கிறேன். இப்ப ஒன்னேமுக்கால் அடி இருக்கு.. இரண்டு அடி வளக்கணும். ....."
ps: I met this guy during my brief stopover at Kumbakonam recently. He was hanging around outside a sweet shop when I spotted him. Though he looked intimidating, he was very friendly when I approached him for photos. He started to 'unwind' his mustache but held back as I was talking to him but held back. What all people do for these so called records... :-)
A short discussion with Muthuswami
More Photos here
|Environmental Disasters in Your Body|
Our intensive industrial agricultural practices - narrow spectrum fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, large scale monoculture planting, tilling and more - the opposite of bio-dynamic farming - lead to decreasing mineralization, lowering of humus levels. Top soil is being washed away by rain and irrigation and blown away by wind. Produce grown on these soils still looks normal, but is hollow - the mineral content has been steadily declining. In 1936, the US Senate was presented with the results of a scientific study it had commissioned on minerals in our food by a Mr. Fletcher. The nutritional pioneers and geniuses of nutrition in this era demonstrated that countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil in America no longer provided plant foods with the mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health! What follows are pertinent excerpts from this report.
|Andrew J. Bacevich on How to Dismantle the American Empire||The question demands to be asked: Who is more deserving of contempt? The commander-in-chief who sends young Americans to die for a cause, however misguided, in which he sincerely believes? Or the commander-in-chief who sends young Americans to die for a cause in which he manifestly does not believe and yet refuses to forsake?
The Afghanistan decision was his [Obama's] opportunity to begin to chart a new course on national security policy, to begin to break away from this pattern of behavior that we’ve adhered to for the past sixty or so years. And he blew it. I can’t pretend to look into his heart and understand what factors caused him to make the decision he did. I suspect that a political calculation may have weighed more heavily than a strategic calculation or a moral calculation. And I find that deeply upsetting, because I, and I think many of us, felt that here, finally, was a public figure who—whose decisions would not be influenced primarily by political calculations... My guess is the President probably right now has a case of buyer’s remorse and is wishing that he hadn’t actually made the decision that he did, but it has become Obama’s war. I mean, he finds himself in a circumstance now where, having bought the war, it’s going worse now than it was last year. And he’s basically facing a reelection campaign right around the corner. Unless David Petraeus, our new commander, truly pulls a rabbit out of the hat, then President Obama will run for reelection in 2012 with this war still very much ongoing and, in all likelihood, with no end in sight.
But you asked the question, where does the pressure come from? And the pressure comes from what President Eisenhower called the military-industrial complex. The pressure comes from the national security apparatus. There are people in institutions who are deeply invested in maintaining the status quo. There are budgets, there are prerogatives, there are ambitions, that ostensibly get satisfied by maintaining this drive for American globalism, again, backed by an emphasis on military power. So I don’t discount for a second that the President would have had to, you know, shove aside some fairly stubborn resistance to make that course change on Afghanistan, and he chose not to do it. - Andrew J. Bacevich from a DemocracyNow! interview.
There exists an alternative tradition to which Americans today could repair, should they choose to do so. This tradition harks back to the nearly forgotten anti-imperial origins of the Republic. Succinctly captured in the motto “Don’t Tread on Me,” this tradition is one that does not seek trouble but insists that others will accord the United States respect. Updated for our own time, it might translate into the following substitute for the existing sacred trinity.
First, the purpose of the U.S. military is not to combat evil or remake the world, but to defend the United States and its most vital interests. However necessary, military power itself is neither good nor inherently desirable. Any nation defining itself in terms of military might is well down the road to perdition, as earlier generations of Americans instinctively understood. As for military supremacy, the lessons of the past are quite clear. It is an illusion and its pursuit an invitation to mischief, if not disaster. Therefore, the United States should maintain only those forces required to accomplish the defense establishment’s core mission.
Second, the primary duty station of the American soldier is in America. Just as the U.S. military should not be a global police force, so too it should not be a global occupation force. Specific circumstances may from time to time require the United States on a temporary basis to establish a military presence abroad. Yet rather than defining the norm, Americans should view this prospect as a sharp departure, entailing public debate and prior congressional authorization. Dismantling the Pentagon’s sprawling network of existing bases promises to be a lengthy process. Priority should be given to those regions where the American presence costs the most while accomplishing the least. According to those criteria, U.S. troops should withdraw from the Persian Gulf and Central Asia forthwith.
Third, consistent with the Just War tradition, the United States should employ force only as a last resort and only in self-defense. The Bush Doctrine of preventive war -- the United States bestowing on itself the exclusive prerogative of employing force against ostensible threats even before they materialize—is a moral and strategic abomination, the very inverse of prudent and enlightened statecraft. Concocted by George W. Bush to justify his needless and misguided 2003 invasion of Iraq, this doctrine still awaits explicit abrogation by authorities in Washington. Never again should the United States undertake “a war of choice” informed by fantasies that violence provides a shortcut to resolving history’s complexities.
Were this alternative triad to become the basis for policy, dramatic changes in the U.S. national security posture would ensue. Military spending would decrease appreciably. The Pentagon’s global footprint would shrink. Weapons manufacturers would see their profits plummet. Beltway Bandits would close up shop. The ranks of defense- oriented think tanks would thin. These changes, in turn, would narrow the range of options available for employing force, obliging policy makers to exhibit greater restraint in intervening abroad. With resources currently devoted to rehabilitating Baghdad or Kabul freed up, the cause of rehabilitating Cleveland and Detroit might finally attract a following.
President Lyndon Johnson had hoped that an ambitious domestic reform program known as the Great Society might define his legacy. Instead, he bequeathed to his successor a nation that was bitterly divided, deeply troubled, and increasingly cynical.
To follow a different course would have required Johnson to depart from the Washington rules. This he -- although not he alone -- lacked the courage to do.
Here lies the real significance -- and perhaps the tragedy -- of Barack Obama’s decision, during the first year of his presidency, to escalate the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan. By retaining Robert Gates as defense secretary and by appointing retired four-star officers as his national security adviser and intelligence director, Obama had already offered Washington assurances that he was not contemplating a radical departure from the existing pattern of national security policy. Whether wittingly or not, the president now proffered his full-fledged allegiance to the Washington consensus, removing any lingering doubts about its durability.
In his speech of December 1, 2009, while explaining to the cadets at West Point why he felt it necessary to widen a war already in its ninth year, Obama justified his decision by appending it to a much larger narrative. “More than any other nation,” he declared, “the United States of America has underwritten global security for over six decades -- a time that, for all its problems, has seen walls come down, and markets open, and billions lifted from poverty, unparalleled scientific progress and advancing frontiers of human liberty.” Obama wanted it known that by sending tens of thousands of additional U.S. troops to fight in Afghanistan his own administration was carrying on the work his predecessors had begun. Their policies were his policies.
The six decades to which the president referred in his artfully sanitized rendering of contemporary history were the years during which the American credo and the sacred trinity had ascended to a position of uncontested supremacy. Thus did the president who came into office vowing to change the way Washington works make known his intention to leave this crucially important element of his inheritance all but untouched. Like Johnson, the president whose bold agenda for domestic reform presaged his own, Obama too was choosing to conform - an excerpt from WASHINGTON RULES: America's Path To Permanent War by Andrew J. Bacevich.
|Soil Depletion | Alternative Health | Life Enthusiast Podcast - Podcast #164|
Our intensive industrial agricultural practices - narrow spectrum fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, large scale monoculture planting, tilling and more - the opposite of bio-dynamic farming - lead to decreasing mineralization, lowering of humus levels. Top soil is being washed away by rain and irrigation and blown away by wind. Produce grown on these soils still looks normal, but is hollow - the mineral content has been steadily declining. In 1936, the US Senate was presented with the results of a scientific study it had commissioned on minerals in our food by a Mr. Fletcher. The nutritional pioneers and geniuses of nutrition in this era demonstrated that countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil in America no longer provided plant foods with the mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health! What follows are pertinent excerpts from this report. Reda more: http://life-enthusiast.com/index/Concerns/Causes/Soil_Depletion Each week Martin Pytela and Scott Paton discuss Holistic principles for healthy living. Life Enthusiast Co-op is built on over 25 years in study, health consultations and market research in the field of holistic and alternative medicine. We deliver solid time tested expertise. We are in this business not for the money, but for the passion, we have for sharing with others what we had to learn the hard way, through experience. We focus on high quality, innovative holistic solutions. Length: 30:27 Go to iTunes and review our podcast: iTunes Life Enthusiast Reviews and 5 star ratings <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
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|7 Days on the Mekong: How the Saddest River in Asia Made Me Smile||
The Mekong River, for those of a certain generation, flows with melancholy. The mental images it conjures are as clear today as when they were broadcast over Walter Cronkite’s shoulder on the Evening News 50 years ago.
But I was curious about Vietnam and Cambodia. I had heard from other travelers that they were fascinating and welcoming destinations. So, I decided to take a cruise on the Mekong. The itinerary would take us from the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam to Kampong Cham, Cambodia, some 328 serpentine miles north. As I suspected, the trip would prove to be an eye-opener.
Day One: Setting Sail
My initial glimpse of the Scenic Spirit occurred on the dock at My Tho, Vietnam, where I was initially put off by the ship’s elegance, its vast picture windows, its bright shiny whiteness. Launched in 2016, the Scenic Spirit is arguably the most luxurious ship on the Mekong. The swimming pool—a rarity on river cruises—was deep and long enough to swim laps. Considering that the ship has five decks, the central elevator (another rarity in river cruising) was a blessing. All the rooms are suites with balconies. The windows in my quarters went from floor-to-ceiling in both the bedroom and sitting room. The dressing room was far too large for a single traveler, and probably for two. Oh, and did I forget to mention the personal butler? Any reservations I might have harbored about a first-class ship in a third-world country dissipated as we sailed at sunset.
Day Two: Cai Be – Tan Chau, Vietna
In Vietnamese waters, the Scenic Spirit was obliged by regulation to anchor in mid-river, so guests were tendered by sampans to their shore excursions. That’s how I arrived in Cai Be, our first stop, a busy village dominated by the graceful steeple of its Catholic church. As I roamed the streets, I saw girls hand-rolling candy, men making popped-rice snacks, factory workers separating coconut meat from the husks. The industriousness of the people was impressive.
I met a man in Cai Be selling snake wine from two five-gallon glass jars. The wine-seller, a guy with a mustache and a leer, pulled a dead cobra out of the jar and held it in front of the faces of aghast tourists, challenging them to drink. Always ready to test myself (and usually to my regret), I asked for some. The slinky sommelier smiled, waggled the cobra in my face, and then decanted a thimble-size serving. Glass in hand, I held my breath and poured the liquid down my throat. Moments passed. When at last I could breathe again, I realized the wine tasted a little like Japanese sake. “They believe it improves men’s, er … ability,” said my guide. “Men drink, women happy.”
That afternoon we anchored just offshore of Sa Dec, a town farther upriver, known as the setting for the romantic novel (and later film) The Lover [L’Amant], written by Marguerite Duras. Many of the passengers were eager to see the 19th–century house where much of that tale of forbidden love takes place. But I was far more interested in visiting the lively street market. The sounds of the market were rife with songs that resembled the schoolyard taunt, “Nya nya nya-nya nya,” but in fact were sellers announcing their wares—prawns, tiny bananas, tripe, catfish, mice (meant to be marinated and grilled), snakehead fish, frogs, and live free-range chickens. (The chickens sell for $4 a kilo; for an additional 50 cents they’ll dispatch your chicken and pluck it for you.)
In was in the Sa Dec market that I met a woman selling betel nuts, which, when chewed, are a mild stimulant that leaves users’ teeth red. I saw no redness on her teeth and asked if she liked to chew her product. She made a face of disgust, then giggled. She never chews them, she said; she doesn’t like the taste. She seemed quite amused at the thought of selling a product she didn’t even like. Yet she earns about $10 a day selling the nuts to her customers, she said. Considering the average Vietnamese worker earns $150 a month, no wonder she smiled so much.
Day Three: Tan Chau, Vietnam – Cambodian Frontier
Some days were spent mostly on the river, and this was one of them. But first I opted for an excursion to a farming village on Evergreen Island near the town of Tan Chau. The village, on first look, struck me as impoverished, but then I noticed that corrugated metal roofs outnumbered those of palm fronds. Though the houses, raised on pilings, were rickety, they were neat and organized. Next to the entrance of each home was a large ceramic jar of water for entrants to wash their feet before walking inside. Traditional music wafted out a window, and our guide, Tuan, gently swayed to the tune.
We passed a chili farm with hot but not-too-hot chilies (I know because I plucked and tasted one). The chilies are sold mainly to China, where they are in high demand. The farmers earn between $4,000 and $5,000 a year by growing chilies for the Chinese market, Tuan said. Besides chilies, the farmers here grow bananas and mangoes. “They’re a very happy people,” said Tuan. “Life is getting better since the government allowed the market economy. The life is improving.”
Boys and girls followed us as we walked along the dirt lanes. When we pointed our iPhones at them, they laughed, punched one another in the arms, mugged for the cameras, and waved as they rode away on their bikes—just like kids anywhere in the world.
Day Four: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Almost immediately after crossing into Cambodia, one could notice a difference in the surroundings. The fishing villages seemed to be made of poorer materials. Fewer cars and trucks plied the riverside roads. Gone were the cement company dredgers scouring the river bottom for sand, as in Vietnam. Palm-frond roofs outnumbered those of clay tile and corrugated steel. Unlike Vietnam, Cambodia seemed like a land stuck in the past.
Those who recall the Vietnam War will likely remember Cambodia’s most hellish period, the brutal Khmer Rouge regime of 1975-79. As a result, shore excursions in Cambodia assumed a poignancy.
While some passengers chose to spend that first day in Cambodia touring Phnom Penh’s French-colonial architecture or taking a cooking class, many of us decided to see a more disturbing part of the country’s heritage. Our first stop, just a few miles outside the capital, was the notorious Killing Fields. There and elsewhere, some 2 million everyday citizens were murdered by the Khmer Rouge, who sought out so-called intellectuals—often anyone with an education, or even who just wore glasses—for fear that they opposed the regime.
Returning to the city, we paid a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a Khmer Rouge prison in a former high school they renamed S-21. I was surprised at the crowds waiting in line to buy tickets for such an unlikely attraction. We walked among tiny jerry-rigged cells where prisoners had been grilled and beaten. Chains still dangled from bare metal bedsteads where torture victims were once shackled. Barbed wire still screened the jail’s upper floors, placed there to prevent despondent prisoners from taking suicide leaps. Bolts on the cell floors showed how the victims were fettered in place, awaiting their fate.
One whose fate was not sealed at S-21 is 86-year-old Chum Mey. I met him that morning in the yard of the prison where he was once incarcerated. “I was tortured and my wife was killed by the Khmer Rouge,” Chum Mey told me through an interpreter. He survived “re-education” and was sent to work as a laborer. Thirty years later, he wrote a book about his experience. Now he comes to the former prison every day to sell copies of his book and to meet the tourists. “I’m very happy to see all the people coming here,” he said. “I hope you will go back home and share my story with your friends.”
Day Five: Phnom Penh – Koh Chen, Cambodia
The next morning I joined a tour of the Royal Palace and National Museum. Their elaborate traditional architecture, lush landscaping, and peaceful settings helped take the edge off the previous day’s unsettling excursion.
At noon, we pulled away from the dock at Phnom Penh and made our way north to Koh Chen, a silversmith village where some 150 families operate out of homemade factories, often little more than a covered patio attached to a house. My fellow passengers were intensely curious about the trade, asking for demonstrations of the silver-plating process and browsing the shelves for souvenir bracelets, necklaces, and rings.
The streets of Koh Chen, like in so many Cambodian villages, are hard-packed dirt. As we followed one of those roads, we passed a group of boys playing soccer on the grounds of a multi-colored temple. Some in my group didn’t realize they were interrupting the boys’ game to take pictures of the temple, but the kids just smiled and waved when any of us made eye contact. The boys seemed to take it in stride, but I regret that I didn’t know the Khmer language for, “Sorry we messed up your game, guys!”
Just around the corner from the temple, we met Oum Son Thon, 83, a former teacher who survived the Khmer Rouge by impersonating a laborer. He now has the finest house in the village, thanks to his successful offspring. Next to his home is an open-air classroom where he teaches math to the local kids. He takes much more pride in his 30 students than in his handsome villa.
Day Six: Koh Chen – Kampong Cham, Cambodia
The average age of the passengers on the Scenic Spirit was somewhere in their sixties, but that didn’t stop most of them from rising early for an unusual trip: a 20-minute ox-cart journey on washboard roads to a small temple. The phrase “bone jarring” comes to mind. All the travelers were good sports about the rough ride, but clearly grateful to then board modern motor coaches for our main destination, Oudong Temple.
Sometimes it’s useful to research everything in advance; other times, it’s more rewarding to embrace the mystery. That’s what happened to me in the Oudong pagoda, where we sat on the floor in the shadow of a massive Buddha statue while two monks chanted for 15 minutes. “We invite the gods to remove sin and return prosperity to the earth,” one of them said, through a translator. Then, unexpectedly, they began to throw lotus buds at us. They were pretty hard, too—hard enough to make me close my eyes and duck my chin. And then, like my fellow passengers, I laughed quietly, marveling at the strangeness of it all.
Day Seven: Wat Hanchey – Kampong Cham, Cambodia
I met a 13-year-old novice monk on my last full day on the Mekong. The place was called Wat Hanchey, some of whose temples are older than their more famous cousins at Angkor Wat. The boy’s family name was Chea; his given name was Chek, which means banana. “My family comes to visit me once a month,” he said, with a shy smile. His favorite subject in class was literature. When asked about his future, he said he didn’t know how long he would remain at the temple, but he likely would be a novice until age 15, at which time he could go on to high school and, possibly, university. His ultimate goal? “I would like to be a doctor,” he said.
Day Eight: Kampong Cham – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Most river cruises on the lower Mekong end near Kampong Cham, and passengers are taken by motor coach from there to Siem Reap and its international airport. Some guests stay on to visit the temple complex at Angkor Wat, while others fly directly home. The four-hour coach ride, which at one point passed over a centuries-old stone bridge, is a perfect time to reflect on the past week’s experiences. The visits ashore had their stark moments, to be sure. But to cruise the Mekong, whether on the Scenic Spirit or any of the competitive ships, is mostly an upbeat, often heartwarming journey through one of the most remote, colorful, enchanting corners of the world, full of music, full of smiles, full of mysteries unraveling before you.
And do I worry that the luxurious, cosseting confines of the Scenic Spirit were at odds with what I was seeing? It’s a specious premise. People were talking across borders, contributing to the local economies, making contacts, friends even, at a time when the world is roiled by fear. Our little river haven may not have been indicative of society at large, but it had a hell of a lot going for it.
|Stomping Grounds: Ryan Graveface on Why Savannah Is More Than Just a Sleepy Southern Town||
Editor’s note: Stomping Grounds is an ongoing interview series with artists, musicians, authors, directors, and more on why they love the cities they love, all across the world.
In 2012, still living in Chicago at the time, Ryan Graceface was on tour with his previous band, Pittsburgh psych-rock outfit Black Moth Super Rainbow (BMSR), when they stopped in Savannah, Georgia. In less than an hour, he’d fallen in love with the city. Driving through the southern town he came across his would-be residence: a late 1800s mansion called “The Witch House.” The rent was cheap, even compared to his cramped Chicago apartment. Despite the holes in the floor, he moved in, only to discover that ghosts roamed freely in his house at night.
With an affinity for the macabre permeating everything he does (“I’m just prone to boredom and I think all that dark stuff, it’s like a distraction”), it’s no wonder Ryan felt at home in the haunted city of Savannah, where he decided to set up shop and showcase his collection of, well, really weird stuff.
More than Paula Deen and a Sleepy Southern Town
“[Savannah] is totally undiscovered, and the majority of people just think of it as this sleepy southern tourist town … Paula Deen ... I don’t know what other preconceived notions people have, but those would be my guesses. There’s this underbelly of awesomeness. Assuming you’re a hardworking decent human being, who likes to work and has cool, creative ideas, you can do anything in this town, and people will support it, as long you’re not a shithead.”
Skulls and serial killer art: What you’ll find at Graveface Records
“I just collect all that crap [that stocks the Graveface store]: serial killer artwork and stupid stuff that I don’t recommend other people buying. I just needed an outlet for it. At a certain point, if you’re a collector, there becomes this fine line where you’re like, ‘Holy shit, I’m not a collector, I’m a fucking hoarder.’ Why do I have stacks of John Wayne Gacy letters that he sent to his nephew? I have 100 of them, why? But if you have a store, [it’s] suddenly something that someone can buy, or you can just kind of show off, [laughs] even if you don’t really want to sell it, and now it’s part of a display.”
The serial killer journal that jump-started the collection
“I went what to what they were calling a ‘black market auction’ in a forest preserve in the suburbs of Chicago when I was still living up there. It was late, midnight, or it could have been later. I thought I was going to walk into a furry orgy or something. And what I saw was people that were just like me, and they were all really nicely dressed and there was a very organized auction for all this crazy shit, and people were selling things that I guess they weren’t supposed to, stuff that would technically be crime scene evidence, or dirt from a certain serial killer’s house or this or that, and the only thing that I could afford was this journal, and it was not [from] a very well-known serial killer. It provided me with so much fodder. [It inspired a] Dreamend record in 2010, and there was so much material that I wrote a follow-up record that I put out in 2012. It’s all anonymous. I don’t even want to say who the serial killer is because I own his journal that talks about what he did to people ... but it also talks about his mom and small thoughts about life that everyone has. It’s disturbingly relatable.”
The Graveface Crowd
“[Savannah] is a weird town because it’s so transient. It seems like there’s a new batch of faces that will last a year, two years maximum, and then they just vanish, and there’s a new crop of people. Oddly enough, it’s the same with the homeless culture because those are the people I see every day just sitting around, hanging out waiting until they can grab food from the shelter or what have you, and you’ll make friends with them and then they vanish, and you’re like, ‘I hope that means they got on their feet and not [that they] went to jail or something,’ so it’s weird. There’s really not much long-term consistency at all. You just know that everything is temporary, which is kind of just life in general.”
Swamper Jack and other Local Savannah Celebrities
“There used to be this guy—Swamper Jack, or something like that. When I first opened the store he would bring me these boxes of really stinky bones and skulls. Eventually, I was like, ‘Where are you getting this shit?’ And he told me a specific locale, and then he just vanished one day, and I found out he passed away. He essentially gave me this gift; the location of where he was getting these things.”
Savannah’s “Hidden Oasis”: The Starland District
“If you’re ordering food delivery, generally speaking, Victory Drive is the end of it, anything coming from downtown. And I’m two blocks from Victory Drive, so I’m at the furthest end of what some people perceive to be downtown. It’s really mid-town; it’s called the Starland District. It’s just this really nice creative hub. Some really sheltered people consider it ‘the ghetto.’ I’ve never had an issue here. There’s a homeless shelter, you have a lot of meandering homeless folks who are actually really friendly, and awesome. It’s nice hidden oasis.”
Art & Shopping in the Starland District
“Sulphur Studios, which is across the parking lot from my shop is a cool multi-use art space, [with] permanent vendors [and rotating] exhibitions. Starlandia is where we get most of our supplies for more artistic projects, [the] label side of things. It’s a used art supply store. There are a couple of cool vintage clothing stores like Gypsy World.”
Dining in the Starland District
“One of the biggest draws [to the Starland District] is Back in the Day, which is literally right next to my store. They have tour buses that drop people off to get their baked goods. It’s very popular with the older crowd. They’re open from 9-2, but they’re also closed whenever the hell they want to be closed. When you catch it, it’s tremendous. It’s like hunting for Bigfoot. I dig The Florence [Italian restaurant owned by chef Hugh Acheson] quite a bit. It’s a block and a half south of my shop. It’s one of the few places in town I can get a flight of Amaro [liqueur].There’s a new restaurant called Atlantic two blocks away which is really good.”
Ghosts in our midsts: the ethos behind Marshmallow Ghosts, Monster Movies, Casket Girls
I feel lame, because it’s all very predictable [laughs.] I’m not trying to be a parody of myself, it all happened so naturally. When I was a little kid, I just started to get really obsessed with aliens, when I was really young. To this day I’m convinced I was abducted. But I’m certain I’m just a lunatic. When I was a child I probably had a pretty sweet dream and convinced myself that it [was] fact. Even though the intellectual side of me is like, ‘You weren’t fucking abducted, Ryan, it’s cool.’ I can't explain it, I’m just prone to boredom and I think all that dark stuff, it’s like a distraction, and it’s nice; it makes me feel comfortable.
For a sampling of some of Savannah’s best music, save the date for the next Savannah Stopover festival, which takes over venues across the city during the weekend from March 8-10 right before SXSW.
|Top 10 Ways ObamaCare Sticks It to Young Adults|
Top Ten Ways ObamaCare Sticks It to Young Adults
By Dean Clancy
[Note: a .pdf version of this post can be found at the bottom of this page]
ObamaCare should really be called the Unaffordable Care Act, especially when it comes to adults in their twenties and thirties. ObamaCare’s “individual mandate,” which takes full effect on January 1, 2014, requires all Americans to purchase expensive government-controlled health insurance, even if they don’t want or need it. (1) The defenders of this mandate, and especially the health insurance lobby, claim a mandate on all of us is necessary to “help the uninsured.”
In fact, the mandate’s real purpose is to prevent the system’s new government-run “health exchanges” from collapsing. Young adults are being singled out as the group who will have to bear the brunt of preventing this collapse. They’re being asked to sacrifice their dollars and their freedom.
Eighty percent of 20-somethings who earn more than about $18,500 a year will see their health insurance costs go up as a result of ObamaCare. In California, the cost of a basic plan for a 25-year-old male will jump as much as 92 percent, in Ohio as much as 700 percent! Meanwhile, the Administration is enforcing ObamaCare selectively, having granted more than 1,200 waivers to politically connected labor unions and corporations over the past three years, and more recently exempting all large businesses.
In short, ObamaCare is unfair, unnecessary, and harmful to our health. No wonder it’s so unpopular, even before it has been fully implemented. We call on all Americans, and especially millennials, to “burn their ObamaCare card,” join the “health care draft resistance” movement, and help us hasten the replacement of government-centered care with patient-centered care.
ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by driving up their health insurance costs. On purpose. That’s right, the law is designed to drive up costs for people in their twenties and thirties, in order to keep the new ObamaCare exchanges from collapsing.
The uninsured (two out of three of whom are under 40) have average annual health care expenditures of around $800 to $1,200. Since health insurance will cost a good deal more than that, they have an incentive to be uninsured. They need low-cost, economical coverage. ObamaCare gives them the opposite. (6)
2. Reduces access to workplace health insurance
ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by incentivizing many employers to stop offering health benefits. When an employer stops offering health benefits, workers must either: a) rely on a relative’s health insurance; b) go into the ObamaCare “health exchange,” b) enroll in Medicaid or other government program for which they may be eligible, or c) join the ranks of the uninsured. Younger workers will often find themselves in the last category: uninsured.
Wait. Would employers really do that? Would they really drop coverage? Yes, it seems, they would:
4. Reduces work-hours
8. Is unfair
This robust agenda would benefit young adults and indeed all Americans by promoting patient power in the health care marketplace. It would help lower the excessive cost of health care, which is the real problem, by reducing meddlesome government mandates, which are the real culprit.
The individual mandate, ObamaCare’s linchpin, will hit young adults the hardest. Eighty percent of 20-somethings who earn more than about $18,500 a year will see their health insurance costs go up as a result of ObamaCare. In California, the cost of a basic plan for a 25-year-old male will jump as much as 92 percent, in Ohio as much as 700 percent! The individual mandate, ObamaCare’s linchpin, is unjust, unnecessary and harmful to our health.
Millennials would be better off “burning their ObamaCare card” and resisting the “health care draft.” We call on Americans who can do so to “opt out” of the ObamaCare mandate and instead pay the small penalty tax “user fee” for being uninsured (or for not having ObamaCare-compliant coverage). (23) If enough Americans join the resistance movement, we can hasten the collapse of the exchanges, reverse the Washington takeover, and pave the way for a health care system that works for, rather than against, patients. (24)
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|What To Do This Week, Feb. 25-28|| |
Monday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.
A Taste Of India Benefit Dinner
Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party
One of the coolest outreach projects we've seen in a while, the Learning Tea gives Atlantans a chance to help out halfway around the world—specifically, to lend a hand to the children of Darjeeling living in poverty. This dinner of Indian cuisine at the wondrously whimsical Dr. Bombay's will benefit the Atlanta-based project with your purchase of tickets ($20). As if we needed another excuse to hang out at our favorite Candler Park curious find.
Nearby deal: The Spotted Trotter
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Carapace Raconteurs: Mean Lies & Dirty Tricks
Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. (Poncey-Highland)
The monthly storytelling meet-up is upon us again, this time with mean lies, dirty tricks and general deviance as the theme upon which the tales will revolve. As always, head to Manuel's a little early to snag a good seat—these guys have gone and gotten all popular on us.
Nearby deal: Cafe 640
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m.
Charlotte's Web: Cancer Touches Us All
Sweetwater Brewery, 195 Ottley Dr.
The local food community is coming together to honor fellow chef Charlotte Nelson, who recently passed away after a battle with breast cancer. In support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 16 of the South's best chefs will rally for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, live music and a silent auction.
Wednesday, Feb. 27 & Thursday, Feb. 28
Coffee 101 for Team Hidi
Batdorf & Bronson, 1530 Carroll Dr. (Westside)
From burlap sack of beans to cast-iron drum roasting (and, yes, tasting the final product), you'll get the full coffee experience from B&B's coffee connoisseurs. You'll also benefit a noble cause, Team Hidi. Hot coffee, warm-fuzzies.
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|Comment on No, Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Is Not Hurting Workers by Russell Haney||Your comments are really without merit or logic. Having grown up in the 50's, 60's and 70's I have a real life look at how it was then. From poverty, welfare, and a poor family atmosphere I have seen the effects of this period and it has nothing to do with "lopsided, miniscule level minimum wage". It has all to do with a country that was going through a rapid build up of industry and technology and the workers who had the skills to do these jobs, and the ones who didn't starting at the bottom and through hard personal choices they achieved the American Dream. Now not everyone became millionaires, that was never the American Dream. But millions became able to own a car, house, and raise a family. Was there a disparity? Of coarse. That was part of the American Dream to have something better to strive for.
To come up with an arbitrary figure of $20 for a current minimum wage does not take into account that people lived simpler lives in the 50's and 60's and didn't have all the "toys" we all seem to think are necessities these days. We ate out maybe once or twice a month. We didn't have to pay for entertainment since playing ball, hiking, and other outdoor activities were the norm. Even in "those years" there was poverty and kids that had holes in their shoes eating a lunch of two peanut butter sandwiches. That will never change.
The issues with the "stupid" Americans has nothing to do with minimum wage, but minimum social values and too much government intervention. The easiest way for getting block votes is not by asking people what they can do for their country, but what the government can give to them for free. The Great Society has been a total failure and that has been the single government intervention that began the Great Decline.
Minimum wage has nothing to do with "poor health, substance abuse, homelessness, etc" Even the wealthiest around us can become any of these through poor choices.
But unlike you I don't believe the "damage is done" the American Dream is still there for people who want it and are willing to work for it. I see it everyday, maybe if you stopped to look for it and occasionally helped someone achieve their dream a flower will bloom in the blight.|
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