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16 Mar 2017 - The chief of the US African Command, General Thomas Waldhauser, warned last week in an annual report to Congress that resource constraints on his forces are threatening to undermine Washington’s influence over Africa… For the African masses, already ravaged by war, poverty, and disease—intolerable social ills that are themselves the malodorous by-product of capitalism—the plans of US imperialism to escalate military intervention on the continent pose a grave new threat.
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19 Mar 2017 - Below is the text of a report co-authored by Virginia Tilley and myself, commissioned by the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) that examines the argument for regarding Israel as an ‘apartheid state’ with respect to the whole of the Palestinian people, that is, not only those Palestinians living under occupation, but also those living as residents of Jerusalem, those living as a minority in Israel, and those enduring refugee camps and involuntary exile.
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17 Mar 2017 - United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, announced her resignation at a news conference in Beirut after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked for the report to be taken off the ESCWA website.
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16 Mar 2017 - The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is responding by slamming the door on refugees and cutting aid funding while proposing a massive expansion of the U.S. military.
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The history of Operation Gladio, including the failure of Western institutions to publicize and prosecute its murderous activities, unmasks our elites as capable of “doing literally anything” in their quest for power and domination. However, we are ourselves complicit.
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Brazilian President Michel Temer has hiked the country's military budget by 36 percent, local media reported Monday [13 Mar], just months after he pushed the approval of a controversial constitutional amendment to freeze public spending in the country for the next two decades. The move will hike military spending back up above education funding after Dilma Rousseff's government pared back the defense budget.
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15 Mar 2017 - UN Under-Secretary-General Rima Khalaf noted that Israel, encouraged by the international community’s disregard for its continual violations of international law, has succeeded over the past decades in imposing and maintaining an apartheid regime that works on two levels. First, the political and geographic fragmentation of the Palestinian people...
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Wikipedia ha molto da offrire alla voce “invecchiamento”. Si raccomandano molto i 10 punti dell’uomo più vecchio al mondo, al momento del decesso avvenuto nel 2011, il 114enne Walter Breuning . Comunque i più anziani, come me che ho 86 anni, conoscono al meglio il proprio processo d’invecchiamento. Regola n. 1: Mantieni attivi mente e corpo; conserva una buona alimentazione.
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Adelantamos la tesis de que hay una oportunidad prometedora y desafiante que tenemos los profesores para cambiar en sentido positivo el rumbo de la historia. Es una oportunidad también peligrosa. Cuando usamos la frase “rumbo de la historia” tenemos en mente la diferencia entre, por una parte, los innumerables sucesos que pasan; y, por otra, aquellos sucesos, o constelaciones de sucesos, que cambian de una manera fundamental la forma de vida de un pueblo, o de unos pueblos.
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15 Mar 2017 - A new UN report accuses Israel of having established "an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole". It urged governments to "support boycott, divestment and sanctions [BDS] activities and respond positively to calls for such initiatives". It was authored by Virginia Tilley, professor of political science at Southern Illinois University, and Richard Falk, former UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, and professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University.

Why Do Some Men Rape?

Monday, 20 March 2017 12:01 pm
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Given the overwhelming evidence that violence is rampant in our world and that the violence of the legal system simply contributes to and reinforces this cycle of violence, it seems patently obvious that we would be better off identifying the cause of violence and then designing approaches to address this cause and its many symptoms effectively. And reallocating resources away from the legal and prison systems in support of approaches that actually work.
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Pela primeira vez desde a fundação da ONU a maioria da comunidade internacional parece estar pronta a dar um passo ousado e fundamental para a abolição do armamento nuclear. A Conferência negociadora se realizará em Nova York de 27 a 31 de março e de 15 de junho a 7 de julho de 2017, e estará aberta a todos os Estados, organizações internacionais e representantes da sociedade civil.

Honoring Rachel Corrie

Monday, 20 March 2017 12:01 pm
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Today, March 16, 2017, marks 14 years since the day that Rachel Corrie had her life taken by an Israeli Caterpillar bulldozer in Gaza. And though her life ended early, her courageous heart and defiant spirit will be carried onward, and continue to inspire many activists now and into the future.
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“TMS Weekly Digest and its tireless and devoted editor, Antonio C.S. Rosa, deserve our gratitude and support for the absolutely essential work that they do to correct the distorted picture of the world presented to us by corporate-controlled mass media.”

-- John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – Chairman, Danish National Group, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1995), Foreign Member, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Sciences
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John Avery is not just an academician and scientist. He is also an active peace activist who campaigns vigorously against nuclear proliferation. Since 1990 he has been the Contact Person in Denmark for Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, which received the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the Member of the Danish Peace Commission of 1998 and Chairman of the Danish Peace Academy.

Being Anti-Russia Will Take the West Nowhere

Monday, 20 March 2017 12:00 pm
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The truth is the West would be enjoying the same benign relationship with Russia if under presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the US hadn’t, step by step, put Russia under the hammer by expanding NATO and breaking its solemn promise not to. (Neither Ronald Reagan nor George H.W. Bush, who understood Russia, saw fit to expand NATO. Richard Nixon, a Russophile, would never have.)
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Rosa Luxemburgo foi uma grande oradora, uma célebre e temida polemista, foi economista e uma das grandes intelectuais do marxismo. Intervinha com discursos e discussões nas campanhas políticas do movimento social-democrata e foi uma jornalista tão famosa quanto formidável. A alternativa de Rosa Luxemburgo: Socialismo democrático e democracia econômica.
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I want to end this statement by emphasizing that I have absolutely no reason whatsoever to present a biased, one-sided report. However, I have every reason to present the situation to reflect the reality, even if some may not like what I have to say. I believe this Council expects me to do exactly that by entrusting me with this mandate.

Could Robots Be More Deadly Than Humans?

Monday, 20 March 2017 12:00 pm
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The possible wider use of drones or other robotic military material such as autonomous tanks and trucks are being worked on by governments, often with the cooperation of private industry. The possibility of an "arms race" among technologically-advanced States such as the USA, Russia, China, South Korea and Israel is real, especially at a time when mutual trust is in short supply.

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