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Clark.pdf (application/pdf Object) Chile neoliberal criticism. Chile: When Triumphant Neoliberalism Begins to Crack. Reflections on the awakening of social movements and the "Chilean May" Source: International Viewpoint On September 22, 2011, wearing a dark suit, a purple tie and a light blue shirt, president Sebastián Piñera went up to the rostrum of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Chile: When Triumphant Neoliberalism Begins to Crack

The head of the Chilean government - and nevertheless a successful multi-millionaire businessman – had a wide smile on his face. In these times of a world-wide crisis of capitalism, he could claim to have a flourishing economy, judged by a growth rate of more than 6 per cent of GDP (at the beginning of 2011). In the course of his short speech before the main leaders of the world’s states, he also made a point of referring to the social conflict for education which has traversed his country for several months: “We must win the race for development and the battle for the future in the classrooms” he insisted.

A social movement for education of historical scope Why are these students protesting? A critical assessment of the impact of Neoliberalism on the Chilean State during the Pinochet regime (1973-1989) Salvador Allende roused much of Chile’s populace with his radical reforms The principle aim of this essay is to assess the impact neoliberalism had on the Chilean state during the Pinochet regime.

A critical assessment of the impact of Neoliberalism on the Chilean State during the Pinochet regime (1973-1989)

The main intentions are to do two things, firstly analyse and understand what is meant by neoliberalism and secondly relate this to a specific regime and period. The essay is not aiming to produce pure abstract economic details of neoliberalism but rather present it as a political and theoretical concept of how a state and society is organised. Assessing this will deal with the impact of neoliberalism on the Chilean state and society. This is due to the belief that to understand a concept and its impact one cannot simply deal with GDP levels and inflation rates but rather analyse it with regards to the everyday life of the state’s inhabitants.

The essay will now turn to the government of Salvador Allende and its brief period of power. US starts landmark Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam. DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — Vo Duoc fights back tears while sharing the news that broke his heart: A few days ago he received test results confirming he and 11 family members have elevated levels of dioxin lingering in their blood.

US starts landmark Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam

The family lives in a two-story house near a former U.S. military base in Danang where the defoliant Agent Orange was stored during the Vietnam War, which ended nearly four decades ago. Duoc, 58, sells steel for a living and has diabetes, while his wife battles breast cancer and their daughter has remained childless after suffering repeated miscarriages. For years, Duoc thought the ailments were unrelated, but after seeing the blood tests he now suspects his family unwittingly ingested dioxin from Agent Orange-contaminated fish, vegetables and well water.

“It’s better late than never that the U.S. government is cleaning up the environment for our children,” Duoc said in Danang, surrounded by family members sitting on plastic stools. How Latin America is reinventing the war on drugs. By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer, and Sara Shahriari, Correspondent / July 30, 2012 Mexico City; and Cochabamba, Bolivia Like thousands of other Bolivians, Marcela Lopez Vasquez's parents migrated to the Chapare region, in the Andean tropics, desperate to make a living after waves of economic and environmental upheaval hit farming and mining communities in the 1970s and '80s.

How Latin America is reinventing the war on drugs

Skip to next paragraph Graphic Bolivia (Rich Clabaugh/Staff) Subscribe Today to the Monitor Click Here for your FREE 30 DAYS ofThe Christian Science MonitorWeekly Digital Edition The new migrants, who spread across the undulating green hills here, planted bananas. The coca leaf has been sacred in Andean society for 4,000 years and is a mainstay of Bolivian culture. Coca is also used to make cocaine. For decades the coca growers here, Lopez Vasquez among them, resisted US-backed forced eradication in a long simmering protest that defined US-Bolivian relations and often turned violent. Bright, But Lesser Lights. Chomsky.info : The Noam Chomsky Website.

The Bush Administration Homicides. The Justice Department may not be prosecuting the torture-memo writers, but John Sifton asks, what about those who killed an estimated 100 detainees during interrogations?

The Bush Administration Homicides

For five years as a researcher for Human Rights Watch and reporter, John Sifton helped investigate homicides resulting from the Bush administration's torture policy. His findings include: • An estimated 100 detainees have died during interrogations, some who were clearly tortured to death. • The Bush Justice Department failed to investigate and prosecute alleged murders even when the CIA inspector general referred a case. • Sifton’s request for specific information on cases was rebuffed by the Bush Justice Department, though it was “familiar with the cases.” • Attorney General Eric Holder must now decide whether to investigate and prosecute homicides, not just cases of torture.

A simple fact is being overlooked in the Bush-era torture scandal: the number of cases in which detainees have been tortured to death. 'NAFTA on Steroids': New Round of Secret Trade Negotiations Begins. Trade negotiators from the US and eight other Pacific Rim countries met outside of Washington, DC Wednesday, commencing a new round of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement negotiations, also known as 'Nafta on steroids.'

'NAFTA on Steroids': New Round of Secret Trade Negotiations Begins

The TPP negotiations began in 2007 and have been carried through by the Obama administration and several Pacific nations under conditions of 'extreme secrecy' without press, public or policymaker oversight. Although most of the content involved in the discussions have been kept in secret, document leaks have revealed that negotiators are working out deals which could hamper free speech on the Internet, reduce access to affordable medicines, deregulate environmental laws, and harm labor rights around the world.

However, such hopes have not been secured in they eyes of many rights groups around the world. Critics fear that the agreements will broadly strip rights from ordinary citizens in favor of global financial players to an unprecedented degree. John Ralston Saul: The Collapse of Globalism.

Syria

ArabRevolts_csj.pdf (application/pdf Object) Neoliberalism & the Syrian Economy « Qifa Nabki. There’s an interesting debate going on in the previous post about Dr.

Neoliberalism & the Syrian Economy « Qifa Nabki

Charbel Nahas, and whether or not he’s likely to spearhead an FPM-sponsored assault on Haririan neoliberalism. If that’s just a tad too much “inside baseball” for you, then check out the following couple of links, which shed light on the future of Syria’s economy. Financial superstar analyst and former chief global strategist for Morgan Stanley, Barton Biggs, argues in Newsweek that Syria represents “the next hot market“. Meanwhile, over at Syria Comment, my good friend Ehsani does battle with Dr.

Omar Dahi over the issue of whether Syria needs to aggressively liberalize its economy. Finally, here’s Syrian ambassador to the U.S. Like this: Like Loading... Revolts in Syria: Tracking the Convergence Between Authoritarianism and Neoliberalism at Sanhati. October 16, 2011 By Omar S.

Revolts in Syria: Tracking the Convergence Between Authoritarianism and Neoliberalism at Sanhati

Dahi and Yasser Munif. Omar S. Dahi is assistant professor of economics at Hampshire College. Yasser Munif is an activist and scholar-in-residence at Emerson College. With the popular revolt in Syria entering its sixth month, it is looking more evident that the current regime in Damascus is in its final stages. Authoritarianism and Economic Liberalisation [2] Syria’s political leadership has placed a premium on autonomy from oppositional forces within and outside the country.

Since the Ba’ath coup in 1963, the emergent Pan-Arab party developed a brand of socialism inspired by Gamal Abdel Nasser’s economic planning and wealth distribution. Once in power, Asad initiated a liberal program to undo or halt the progressive measures that the ‘radical’ faction of the Baath, led by Salah Jadid, had implemented in the previous few years in particular on land reform and curbs on the private merchant sector.

Asad faced the first serious challenge to his rule in 1976. From a Syrian anarchist. I am Mazen ******, a Syrian anarchist . I want to inform you about the difficult humanitarian situation in my country, Syria ; due to the brutal oppression of the regime against the revolting masses. A group of young Syrian anarchists and anti – authoritarians from Aleppo – Syria, contacted me asking for urgent help. Their community is in urgent need for everything : medical drugs , tents , children milk , etc; almost everything. We hope that you can help them to alleviate the sufferings of Syrians in these difficult days. About the actual situation in Syria, it is deteriorating rapidly.

In fact , the Syrian revolution is caught now in an open armed fighting. Just recently an influential Saudi journalist described the Arab spring ( this term is used to describe the sequence of Arab revolutions) as a Sunni spring that threatened shiia Iran. Another thing, brothers, I am going back to Syria this august in order to join the struggle of our comrades and masses. 'Londoner against Londoner': UK fighters held journalist captive in Syria. Photojournalist John Cantlie tells Krishnan Guru-Murthy of the UK's Channel 4 News about the terrifying week he was held captive in Syria by radical Islamist militants, some of them British.

'Londoner against Londoner': UK fighters held journalist captive in Syria

By Daniel Strieff, NBC News LONDON -- A British photojournalist has described the terrifying week he was held captive by radical Islamist militants in Syria, where he and another photographer constantly feared for their lives at the hands of "disenchanted" young Britons. Writing in The Sunday Times newspaper (site operates behind a pay wall), seasoned conflict photographer John Cantlie said he and Dutch photographer Jeroen Oerlemans were repeatedly told to prepare to die and at one point "we heard the worst noise we will hear in our lives: the sharpening of knives for a beheading. " It was not supposed to be that way. Syria premier defects to opposition, spokesman says The British Foreign Office has said it was investigating reports of Britons taking part in the fighting in Syria.

Stringer / Reuters. Child Psychologist Jerome Kagan on Overprescibing Drugs to Children. Jerome Kagan can look back on a brilliant career as a researcher in psychology.

Child Psychologist Jerome Kagan on Overprescibing Drugs to Children

Still, when he contemplates his field today, he is overcome with melancholy and unease. He compares it with a wonderful antique wooden chest: Once, as a student, he had taken it upon himself to restore the chest with his colleagues. He took one of its drawers home himself and spent his entire professional life whittling, shaping and sanding it. Finally, he wanted to return the drawer to the chest, only to realize that the piece of furniture had rotted in the meantime.

If anyone has the professional expertise and moral authority to compare psychology to a rotten piece of furniture, it is Kagan. Kagan has been studying developmental psychology at Harvard University for his entire professional career. In his research, Kagan has determined that how we are shaped in our early childhood is not as irreversible as has long been assumed. Kagan: Let's say it has changed. SPIEGEL: … you could also say skyrocketed. Libor, Naked and Exposed. Politics, Emergency Preparedness, Economic Issues, War & Foreign Policy, DIY Projects, Liberty, Anti-GMO, Alternative Energy & Architecture, Geopolitics, the Federal Reserve & International Bankers, Survival. WikiLeaks: The Latin America Files. As Ecuador grants asylum to Julian Assange, here is a closer look at Cablegate in Latin America. Editor's Note: On August 16, Ecuador announced that it would grant asylum to Julian Assange, citing the danger of political persecution by the United States if he is sent to Sweden.

The decision followed the announcement that Assange has hired a renowned international human rights jurist, the Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, to lead his defense against extradition to Sweden. Garzón, who spent more than a year in the late 1990s attempting to get Gen. Augusto Pinochet extradited from England to Spain for crimes against humanity, issued a statement calling the Swedish sexual misconduct allegations against Assange “arbitrary and baseless,” and declared: “There is clear political intentionality behind this affair, which explains his current situation.” Peter Kornbluh, guest editor of this issue of The Nation, thanks Andrew Kragie for energetic research assistance. About the Author Peter Kornbluh. Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A “Vision” of the Future.

The U.S. Army’s Operating Concept 2016-2028 was issued in August 2010 with three goals. First, it aims to portray how future Army forces will conduct operations as part of a joint force to deter conflict, prevail in war, and succeed in a range of contingencies, at home and abroad. Second, the concept describes the employment of Army forces at the tactical and operational levels of war between 2016 and 2028. Third, in broad terms the concept describes how Army headquarters, from theater army to division, organize and use their forces. The concept goes on to describe the major categories of Army operations, identify the capabilities required of Army forces, and guide how force development should be prioritized. A key and understudied aspect of full spectrum operations is how to conduct these operations within American borders.

The Scenario (2016) The Great Recession of the early twenty-first century lasts far longer than anyone anticipated. “Fix Darlington, but don’t destroy it!” Strong Teeth or Strong Grades? Fluoride Could Lower IQ in Kids. July 25, 2012 (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Harvard University researchers conducted a review of fluoride/brain studies and concluded that there is a possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposure on children´s neurodevelopment.

Children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQs than those who lived in low fluoride areas, and the EPA says that there is substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity. Fluoride, or fluosilicic acid, is added to US water supplies at approximately 1 part per million in attempts to reduce tooth decay. The studies only reviewed water as the primary fluoride source based on high water fluoride levels, though they point out research by Ding (2011) that suggests low water fluoride levels has significant negative associations with children´s intelligence. Researchers recommend more brain and fluoride research on children at individual-level doses because little is known about its effects on children´s neurodevelopment. However, not everyone agrees.

U.S. To Start Carving Up Afghanistan's Vast Resources. In yet another move that could be seen coming from a mile away by even the most casual observer, a recently released statement from the Department of Defense is announcing that U.S. agencies are now “aiding” Afghanistan to locate and pinpoint the nation’s mineral wealth. This “treasure mapping” of Afghanistan is being conducted in anticipation of the opening of the bidding process for private companies who are no doubt salivating as they wait in the wings for their opportunity to gobble up the natural wealth of the impoverished and war-torn nation and, subsequently, turn it into massive profits.

As part of the DOD’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operation (TFBSO), the DOD and USGS (United States Geological Survey) are working together to “map more than 70 percent of the country’s surface and identify potential high-value deposits of copper, gold, iron, and other minerals.” Obviously, the initiative also includes the Afghan Ministry of Mines and the Afghan Geological Survey.

Mr. Drone attacks in Pakistan mapped. What Would Jesus Do with Bankers? John Stockwell page. Talking Stick TV - Wednesday 8:00 p.m. Seattle Channel 77. Noam Chomsky, The Great Charter, Its Fate, and Ours. US, Pakistan Officials Trade Accusations at Tense Conference. New York Times openly admits mainstream media stories are scripted by the White House. Horror Hospital: The Most Shocking Photos And Testimony From The Dawood Military Hospital Scandal.

Saudi forces 'open fire' on protesters - Middle East. US silent on Myanmar Muslims, Palestinians' plights: Analyst. Julian Assange defence to be led by Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzón. Ron Paul Answers Questions on Audit the Fed & More. RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf (application/pdf Object) WikiLeaks Cables Show US Strategy for Regime Change in Syria as Protesters are Massacred. William Pfaff: The Danger of Meddling in Syria’s Turmoil. Report: US Helping Syrian Rebels Arm, Fight. US selling arms to Syrian rebels? Baghdad condemns 'US Syria raid' The Mysterious Deaths of Nine Gulf Oil Spill Whistleblowers « Wake-up Call. EXCLUSIVE: Iran in "open war" with Israel. Occupy the Dam: Brazil's Indigenous Uprising by John Perkins. My Recent Find. Information Library (2.0/1) - Hosted by Stylee32.net. Thomas Jefferson on Big Government.

Government Documents. Report Cites US as Example of World's Failing Democracies.