Over 9,000 people sign petition to expel Soros from US

A Journal of People report

Over 9,000 people signed an online petition asking US president Donald Trump to expel US-Hungarian billionaire George Soros from the US, and ban him and members of his family from influencing US politicians.
Billionaire Soros has long been known for sponsoring “color revolutions” in countries across the world. Soros is the founder of the philanthropic organization Open Society Foundations. The organization “supports democracy and human rights in more than 100 countries.” It is a network of more than 100 foundations, and has offices in many countries including one in Afghanistan. It is no secret that Soros’ Open Society Foundation and its numerous affiliates were involved in numerous “color revolutions” and disturbances in the post-Soviet space, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. It is claimed that in Serbia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, the method has been tested. Many find a similar pattern now taking shape in the US. Opponents of Soros accuse him of interfering in countries and inciting political troubles there.Read More »

World crises are driving arms trade

US, Russia largest arms exporters in 2012-2016, says SIPRI study

A Journal of People report

Source: Internet

The biggest arms exporter in the world is the US, well ahead of Russia, and the main customers are in Asia and the Middle East, says SIPRI, the leading peace research institute. The institute has provided new data on the international arms trade. The SIPRI report focuses only on heavy weapons.
Data show 14 percent more arms were exported worldwide in the last five years than the five years preceding those, and the majority of worldwide arms exports went to Asia and crisis zones in the Middle East.Read More »

The Mozambican debt crisis: How a sovereign state was sold

by Mary Serumaga

Pambazuka News | 09 February, 2017

Further Africa

It has finally come to pass. An African country has been sold, lock stock and barrel by its leaders to European corporations. Mozambican government officials negotiated a secret loan agreement with Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas and VTB Capital for $2 billion. The loan was executed in the form of government guaranteed bonds bought by the lending banks. The country’s GDP at the time was $16 billion. Ostensibly the loan was for a tuna-fishing project but has now turned out, on the admission of the officials concerned, to be a loan mostly for military equipment.

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Science Isn’t Just for Scientists—We Can All Take Part

by Madeline Ostrander

YES! Magazine | 14 February, 2017


YES! Illustration by Eleanor Shakespeare

After he moved to London in his early 20s, Luke Howard became obsessed with the weather. Howard had a day job running a pharmacy business in the 1790s and early 1800s, but he spent a lot of his spare time staring at the sky. He collected a set of makeshift weather instruments—glass thermometers; a hygrometer (to measure moisture in the air) cobbled together from a wire spring and a strip of whalebone; and a barometer attached to an old astronomical clock that he bought secondhand and repaired himself. He and his business partner, William Allen, started a science club of a dozen or so members, all men, who met in each other’s houses to give talks about a range of subjects like chemistry, astronomy, and mineralogy. When he was 30, Howard presented to the group three names he had come up with for different types of clouds—cirrus (from the Latin for “curl of hair”), cumulus (referring to a pile), and stratus (a “horizontal sheet”). The talk was a hit, and he published a version of the lecture a year later in a science magazine. And the names stuck: Howard’s cloud categories are still used by professional meteorologists.


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Stepping Away from Microscopes, Thousands Protest War on Science

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Common Dreams | 19 February, 2017

From the muzzling of scientists and government agencies, to the immigration ban, the deletion of scientific data, and the de-funding of public science, the erosion of our institutions of science is a dangerous direction for our country. (Image: Veronica Carrillo via ScienceMarchDC)
From the muzzling of scientists and government agencies, to the immigration ban, the deletion of scientific data, and the de-funding of public science, the erosion of our institutions of science is a dangerous direction for our country. (Image: Veronica Carrillo via ScienceMarchDC)

Responding to the troubling suppression of science under the Trump administration, thousands of scientists, allies, and frontline communities are holding a rally in Boston’s Copley Square on Sunday.

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Greek Democracy Succumbs To Austerity

by Kevin Ovenden

Morning Star | 20 February, 2017

GRINDING austerity and mounting social crisis. Industrial output falling in the last quarter. A €7 billion euro debt repayment in five months’ time. No money in the government coffers to meet it. European Union institutions holding back promised instalments of a previous bailout until further assaults on working people are rammed through.

If that all seems familiar, it is because that snapshot of Greece today is eerily similar to exactly this time two years ago.Read More »

The Class War’s Ultimate Weapon

Governing From The Skies: A Global History of Aerial Bombing

by Thomas Hippler (Verso, £14.99)

by Gordon Parsons

Morning Star | 20 February, 2017

IN THIS global history of aerial bombing, philosopher and historian Thomas Hippler traces the development of air power in warfare from the “police-bombing,” by which imperialist powers controlled colonial peoples in the early years of the last century, to the present daily use of drones by the US to assert its declining influence.

It is doubtful whether Donald Trump will cancel Barack Obama’s weekly “bloody Thursday” White House briefings approving the list of people to be killed in the next seven days.Read More »