RSU Press Conference on Police Violence at the New School

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The following is the last part of the RSU press conference held on Wednesday APril 15th at 2pm outside the 66 W. 12th St. building. The entire press release is available on the New School In Exile web site at www.newschoolinexile.com

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Goldman Sachs tries to shut down financial blogger by Mike Whitney (interview; Mike Morgan)

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by Mike Whitney
Global Research, April 15, 2009

Interview of financial analyst Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan is a registered investment adviser and a scrappy shoot-from-the-hip guy who doesn’t mince his words. Recently Morgan has come under fire from investment giant Goldman Sachs for his hard-hitting web site “Facts about Goldman Sachs”. According to the U.K. Telegraph:

“Goldman Sachs is attempting to shut down a dissident blogger who is extremely critical of the investment bank, its board members and its practices. The bank has instructed Wall Street law firm Chadbourne & Parke to pursue blogger Mike Morgan, warning him in a recent cease-and-desist letter that he may face legal action if he does not close down his website.

According to Chadbourne & Parke’s letter, dated April 8, the bank is rattled because the site “violates several of Goldman Sachs’ intellectual property rights” and also “implies a relationship” with the bank itself.

Unsurprisingly for a man who has conjoined the bank’s name with the Number of the Beast – although he jokingly points out that 666 was also the S&P500’s bear-market bottom – Mr Morgan is unlikely to go down without a fight. He claims he has followed all legal requirements to own and operate the website – and that the header of the site clearly states that the content has not been approved by the bank.

On a special section of his blog entitled “Goldman Sachs vs Mike Morgan” he predicts that the fight will probably end up in court.

“It’s just another example of how a bully like Goldman Sachs tries to throw their weight around,” he writes.” (UK Telegraph)

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21st Century Socialism on the Move – Reflections on ‘The Path for Human Development’

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By Ivan Drury
Socialist Voice
April 12, 2009

Within an otherwise bleak reality of capitalist crisis, Mike Lebowitz has provided us with an eloquent restatement of the case for socialism – The Path for Human Development: Capitalism or Socialism? This short text is now circulating widely in Venezuela, in Spanish, as a pocket-sized pamphlet, has been published in Monthly Review, and is about to be published in Canada in pamphlet format by Socialist Project.

This is not the first text Lebowitz has published on the need to argue, fight for, and build socialism. The Path was written on the foundation of Lebowitz’s 2004 book Build It Now! Both works were written with the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela in mind. This is no accident. Lebowitz, a professor from Canada, has been living in Venezuela for years and has been an active participant in the Bolivarian revolution. The imprint of that revolutionary process is strongly stamped on this short work.

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Monsanto Uprooted: Germany Bans Cultivation of GM Corn

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http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany

Germany has banned the cultivation of GM corn, claiming that MON 810 is dangerous for the environment. But that argument might not stand up in court and Berlin could face fines totalling millions of euros if American multinational Monsanto decides to challenge the prohibition on its seed.

The sowing season may be just around the corner, but this year German farmers will not be planting gentically modified crops: German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner announced Tuesday she was banning the cultivation of GM corn in Germany.

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via Monsanto Uprooted: Germany Bans Cultivation of GM Corn – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International.

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Vandana Shiva: The Future of Food and Seed

A Farm for the Future (must-see)

The World According to Monsanto – A documentary that Americans won’t ever see (video)

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (must-see)

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Bailouts and Manipulations: Save Wall Street, at the Expense of Main Street by Larry Chin

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by Larry Chin
Global Research, April 14, 2009
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Wall Street is in the midst of a huge rally, primarily sparked by two recent occurrences.

The first was the “surprising” announcement that Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America — major “zombie” banks laden with “toxic assets,” on the verge of collapse, and the recipients of billions in government (US taxpayer) bailout money — mysteriously posted profits this year. Wells Fargo, regarded as one of the healthier big banks, and a recipient of $25 billion, also reported a profit last week, rallying the stock markets again before the Easter holiday.

We now know, based on insider reports from securities traders, that a massive fraud and manipulation by AIG funneled “bailout” funds (US taxpayer money) to AIG’s counterparties, the very same big “toxic” banks that are now posting profits: Exclusive: Big Banks’ Recent Profitability Due to AIG Scam?

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GITMO Detainee Calls Al Jazeera From Inside Prison! + ‘Toxic waste’ behind Somali piracy

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April 14, 2009 MSNBC Rachel Maddow

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‘Toxic waste’ behind Somali piracy

By Najad Abdullahi
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April 15, 2009 “Al Jazeera”

Somali pirates have accused European firms of dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast and are demanding an $8m ransom for the return of a Ukranian ship they captured, saying the money will go towards cleaning up the waste.

The ransom demand is a means of “reacting to the toxic waste that has been continually dumped on the shores of our country for nearly 20 years”, Januna Ali Jama, a spokesman for the pirates, based in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, said.

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Guantanamo detainee claims abuse

Al Jazeera English
April 15, 2009

An inmate in the US prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has told Al Jazeera that he has been beaten while in custody and had tear gas used on him after refusing to leave his cell.

Mohammad al-Qurani, a Chadian national, said in a phone call to Al Jazeera that the alleged ill-treatment “started about 20 days” before Barack Obama became US president and “since then I’ve been subjected to it almost every day”.

“Since Obama took charge he has not shown us that anything will change,” he said.

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via Al Jazeera English – Americas – Guantanamo detainee claims abuse.

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Farce at Guantánamo, as cleared prisoner’s habeas petition is denied by Andy Worthington

The Story of Ayman Batarfi, a Doctor in Guantánamo by Andy Worthington

Obama Takes Bush Position On Habeas Corpus

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You Are Being Lied to About Pirates By Johann Hari

Mosaic News – 4/14/09: World News From The Middle East

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Headlines coming soon. Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

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Salbuchi: Obama: Things Are Not Always What They Seem

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Many things in this world are not what they seem.. Obama is one of them.
He is as unlikely an American president as can be imagined.
Why did the powers that be, allow him to come this far?
What is his special mission?

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The Story of Ayman Batarfi, a Doctor in Guantánamo by Andy Worthington

by Andy Worthington
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Originally posted at the Future of Freedom Foundation
15 April 2009

Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files, tells the strange story of Ayman Batarfi, a Yemeni doctor held as an “enemy combatant” for over seven years, whose release from Guantánamo was approved by the Obama administration’s Guantánamo review board on March 30.

No one in the U.S. military ever doubted that Ayman Batarfi, a slim and articulate Yemeni, who was seized in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora mountains after a U.S. bombing raid in December 2001, was a doctor — and, moreover, an orthopedic surgeon with the dedication and the frontline skills required to help out those less fortunate than himself in the humanitarian disaster area that was Afghanistan in 2001. However, for seven years the 38-year old was regarded as a threat to the United States because he had worked for a charity that the U.S. authorities regarded as being aligned with al-Qaeda and also because, through a series of accidents, he had met Osama bin Laden and had found himself in Tora Bora, when remnants of al-Qaeda and the Taliban were fighting the U.S. and their Afghan allies and the U.S. military had allowed bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and numerous other senior figures in al-Qaeda and the Taliban to escape across the unguarded Pakistani border.

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Pepe Escobar: There will be class war and blood

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The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (must-see)

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Hope you are paying attention.  We can learn a lot from what the Cubans have gone through.  DS

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When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call “The Special Period.” The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.

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