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The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win 

“I’ve never been so happy doing dishes,” Ivy Longie says, and then she starts laughing. Then crying. And then there is hugging. Then more hugging.
https://www.thenation.com/article/the-lesson-from-standing-rock-organizing-and-resistance-can-win/

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2016 in North America

 

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Angela Merkel’s burqa ban is sexist, racist and wrong

In these febrile times, women’s freedom and autonomy has become a bargaining chip in the poker game of public propaganda — and that goes double for brown, Muslim and migrant women. Angela Merkel should know as well as any other female politician how demeaning it is to be treated as if what you wear is more important than what you say and what you do. With the far-right on the rise across Europe, however, the German chancellor has become the latest lawmaker to call for a partial ban on the burqa and niqab.
http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2016/12/angela-merkels-burqa-ban-sexist-racist-and-wrong

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2016 in European Union

 

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Unstable at home, no friends abroad

‘Africa is shaped like a revolver, and the Congo is the trigger.’ More than half a century after the former Belgian Congo gained independence in 1960, these words attributed to Frantz Fanon still ring true. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is Central Africa’s economic giant, with the world’s largest reserves of coltan and fourth largest of copper, making it strategically important for global industries.
http://mondediplo.com/2016/12/07drc

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2016 in Africa

 

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Trump, the know-nothing victor

At least there’s one country where elections produce swift results. Since Donald Trump’s victory, the Mexican peso has collapsed, the cost of mortgages has risen in France, the European Commission has eased its demand for budget austerity, Japan feels encouraged to re-arm, Israel is hoping that the US embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, opinion pollsters and proponents of campaign micro-targeting have kept their heads down, what little remained of journalistic credibility is all but gone — and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead.

http://mondediplo.com/2016/12/01trump

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2016 in North America

 

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Come essere nomadi con i bambini e rispettare le loro esigenze 

Quando ho letto Riabitare la realtà della filosofa ecologista Freya Mathews sono rimasta colpita da un passaggio in cui lei spiega che non bisognerebbe mai cambiare casa, ma trovare “una dimora per la vita”, imparare dagli indigeni e abitarla con dedizione popolandola il più possibile di persone e animali. Eppure esistono “persone nate in una patria che non è la loro e che soffrono di nostalgia per una terra che non hanno conosciuto” (Huxley). O come direbbe Chatwin, c’è gente “posseduta dal desiderio di cambiare letto”.

Il nomadismo è cambiato dai tempi dello scrittore britannico: viaggiare in quest’epoca significa inquinare, contribuire allo sfruttamento e all’impoverimento di paesi del terzo mondo. Ci culliamo con l’illusione di un turismo responsabile che “aiuti le popolazioni locali”, quando a volte sarebbe meglio aiutare i vicini di casa invece che volare low cost dall’altra parte del mondo.

Http:// www.internazionale.it/reportage/valentina-pigmei/2016/12/08/viaggiare-con-i-bambini

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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For the ‘new yellow journalists,’ opportunity comes in clicks and bucks

Fewer than 2,000 readers are on his website when Paris Wade, 26, awakens from a nap, reaches for his laptop and thinks he needs to, as he puts it, “feed” his audience. “Man, no one is covering this TPP thing,” he says after seeing an article suggesting that President Obama wants to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership before he leaves office. Wade, a modern-day digital opportunist, sees an opportunity. He begins typing a story.

“CAN’T TRUST OBAMA,” he writes as the headline, then pauses. His audience hates Obama and loves President-elect Donald Trump, and he wants to capture that disgust and cast it as a drama between good and evil. He resumes typing: “Look At Sick Thing He Just Did To STAB Trump In The Back… .”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/for-the-new-yellow-journalists-opportunity-comes-in-clicks-and-bucks/2016/11/20/d58d036c-adbf-11e6-8b45-f8e493f06fcd_story.html

 
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‘None of the old rules apply’: Dave Eggers travels through post-election America 

The word surreal is overused and often wrongly used, but in the case of the Washington Post Election Night Live party, the word was apt. First of all, it was a disco. There was a DJ playing a frenetic mix of contemporary Top 40 and pointedly apropos songs such as Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (“You’re a real tough cookie with a long history … ” ). Behind the DJ there were dozens of screens showing various television networks’ coverage of the election. The screens were so bright and so huge, and the colours so primary and vivid, that the experience was like being trapped inside an enormous jar of jelly beans.
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/18/none-of-the-old-rules-apply-dave-eggers-travels-through-post-election-america

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in North America

 

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MI6 chief is right about the savagery blighting Aleppo but changing the situation will be difficult

Alex Younger used the description of the cynicism and savagery of war by the Roman historian Tacitus to describe the campaign of Russia and the Assad regime in Syria – “they make a desert, then call it peace”. He wanted to stress the appalling suffering of civilians from relentless bombing. “The human tragedy is heartbreaking,” he said.

There is also a security price to pay for this, Mr Younger said in his first public speech since becoming head of MI6. The anger sparked by such punitive military action would create a recruiting pool of jihadis to target the international community, including Britain. Russia, which has experienced its own share of terrorism, would not be immune.

Source: MI6 chief is right about the savagery blighting Aleppo but changing the situation will be difficult

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Middle East

 

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Donald Trump may be filling his team with military generals, but that doesn’t mean they’ll encourage his hawkish ways

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet”. This is the advice General James Mattis used to give to the US Marines going on a mission. They thought the commander, who they had affectionately nicknamed “Mad Dog”, was just great.

Gen Mattis has been made Defence Secretary by Donald Trump, who has also appointed Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as his National Security Advisor. Two other generals, David Petraeus and John Kelly, have been seen by the President-elect for possible jobs in his administration.

This infuses a distinct military hue to the people the President-elect is gathering around him. It may be that reality TV star Trump, who dodged the Vietnam draft, has a fascination for men of action. But it has given rise to the thought that his presidency may be intrinsically hawkish on a number of policies. This may not necessarily be the case: the presence of the commanders may actually moderate the stance of the coming Presidency on a number of important issues.

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Source: Donald Trump may be filling his team with military generals, but that doesn’t mean they’ll encourage his hawkish ways

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in North America

 

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We shouldn’t be so hard on Nigel Farage – he has saved Austria from the grips of the far right

There is a surprising new asset in the struggle against the far right in Europe – Nigel Farage. The inability of the garrulous pub landlord of British politics to keep quiet cost the Freedom Party victory in the Austrian election on Sunday.

That is certainly the view of the Austrian right wingers. Farage had taken it upon himself to declare that Norbert Hofer, the Freedom Party leader, would hold a referendum on leaving the European Union after he had won. “That did not help us, it hindered us,” was the angry complaint by Anton Mahdalik, a senior party member. “We were very aware that a majority of Austrians support EU membership.”
Hofer had described Farage’s unsolicited intervention as a “crass misjudgement”. He was so worried by the pronouncements of the Ukip man that he put out a statement on the eve of the poll saying, “I would ask him not to interfere in Austria’s internal affairs. It doesn’t fill me with joy when someone meddles from outside.” His country, he pointed out, had no desire to emulate Brexit. “It is not something I want. We need to build a stronger union,” he said.

Source: We shouldn’t be so hard on Nigel Farage – he has saved Austria from the grips of the far right

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in European Union

 

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