Month: December 2015

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Islam and the birth of Capitalism and Social Responsibility

Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism proposes a strikingly original thesis—that capitalism first emerged in Arabia, not in late medieval Italian city states as is commonly assumed.
Early Islam made a seminal but largely unrecognized contribution to the history of economic thought; it is the only religion founded by an entrepreneur. Descending from an elite dynasty of religious, civil, and commercial leaders, Muhammad was a successful businessman before founding Islam. As such, the new religion had much to say on trade, consumer protection, business ethics,

Anti-Semitic video uploaded by Ukrainian MP branded ‘despicable and heinous’ — RT Op-Edge

The fact that a member of the Ukrainian Radical Party has been filmed singing a song saluting Adolf Hitler is not surprising, considering the rise in anti-Semitism throughout Europe, including in France and Ukraine, Rabbi Ralph Tawil told RT.

Source: Anti-Semitic video uploaded by Ukrainian MP branded ‘despicable and heinous’ — RT Op-Edge

Over 30,000 liters of sulfuric acid leaked in Australian train crash, cargo totaled 819,000 liters — RT News

A freight train that derailed near the northeast Australian town of Julia Creek has reportedly leaked up to 31,500 liters of sulfuric acid, while Queensland Police have sharply revised the amount of toxic substance it was hauling upward.

Source: Over 30,000 liters of sulfuric acid leaked in Australian train crash, cargo totaled 819,000 liters — RT News

Catastrophic California Gas Leak Could Take More Than Three Months To Fix | IFLScience

A natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon, California, has been spewing out 50,000 kilograms (110,000 pounds) of gas every hour for more than two months, and officials say it could take another three to four months to bring the situation under control. The leak first occurred on October 23, when the casing of a gas storage well operated by Southern California (SoCal) Gas failed. Strangely, the cause of this failure is not known, and attempts to stop the flow of gas by pumping liquid directly into the well in order to seal the rupture have been unsuccessful.

Source: Catastrophic California Gas Leak Could Take More Than Three Months To Fix | IFLScience

A refugee’s journey, part 2: After risking everything to reach Europe, what next? | World news | The Guardian

Earlier this year Patrick KIngsley met Syrian refugee Hashem al-Souki and his family in Cairo and learned about their harrowing journey from Syria to Egypt. Patrick followed Hashem as he risked his life travelling from Egypt to Europe to seek asylum for himself and his family in Sweden. Here he discovers what happened next

Source: A refugee’s journey, part 2: After risking everything to reach Europe, what next? | World news | The Guardian

Malcolm Turnbull government prepared to stake election on passage of union laws. TURC was a political stitch up and the Howard plan executed by Abbott remains in place.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has sparked renewed speculation about an early election.

Source: Malcolm Turnbull government prepared to stake election on passage of union laws | afr.com

The ABC is like a victim trapped in an abusive relationship – with the government | Josh Bornstein | Opinion | The Guardian

A relentless stream of attacks on the ABC by crusaders of the hard right has recalibrated the notion of balance and redefined the organisation

Source: The ABC is like a victim trapped in an abusive relationship – with the government | Josh Bornstein | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Badge to Kill’? Two More Police Shootings in Chicago Raise Public Ire | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Tensions are boiling after police in Chicago shot and killed two more people over Christmas weekend. Responding to a domestic disturbance at a West Side residence on Saturday, officers fatally shot Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and Bettie Jones, 55, authorities said.

Source: ‘Badge to Kill’? Two More Police Shootings in Chicago Raise Public Ire | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Malcolm Turnbull loses two ministers but the stench of one could linger | Australia news | The Guardian

The prime minister should look for new talent on the backbench rather than allow Mal Brough to cast a shadow over the government in an election year

Source: Malcolm Turnbull loses two ministers but the stench of one could linger | Australia news | The Guardian

‘US delusional on progress in Syria’ – retired Maj Gen — RT Op-Edge

It seems delusional to praise US Secretary of State John Kerry’s push to end the war in Syria as he has made no progress other than attending meetings in Vienna and other areas, says Paul Vallely, a retired US Army Major General.

Source: ‘US delusional on progress in Syria’ – retired Maj Gen — RT Op-Edge

Relatives of drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi land in Canada to start new life | World news | The Guardian

The uncle and cousins of the three-year-old whose drowning brought worldwide attention to the refugee crisis have arrived in Vancouver

Source: Relatives of drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi land in Canada to start new life | World news | The Guardian

Republican Politics

Like the “Spy Who Loved Me,” America’s “Accuracy in Media” is stuck in 1977 — RT Op-Edge

Our old friend Cliff Kincaid is back, and he’s as mad as hell. The reason? Michael T. Flynn, a retired American three-star general, attended RT’s conference – and subsequent dinner – on December 10th in Moscow, celebrating the channel’s 10th anniversary.

Source: Like the “Spy Who Loved Me,” America’s “Accuracy in Media” is stuck in 1977 — RT Op-Edge

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Bernie does what GOPers won’t: Unlike chicken Republican candidates, Sanders not afraid to hammer Trump – Salon.com

Sanders calls out Trump for having no plans to help working class. The Donald responds in usual way: with lies.

Source: Bernie does what GOPers won’t: Unlike chicken Republican candidates, Sanders not afraid to hammer Trump – Salon.com

Donald Trump: Bill Clinton’s ‘terrible record of women abuse’ an ‘inappropriate’ addition to Hillary Clinton’s campaign – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump unleashes on Hillary Clinton, blasting husband Bill’s terrible record with women.

Source: Donald Trump: Bill Clinton’s ‘terrible record of women abuse’ an ‘inappropriate’ addition to Hillary Clinton’s campaign – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Jamie Briggs quits over late-night bar scandal in Hong Kong, Mal Brough stands aside over Slipper affair – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Jamie Briggs resigns over a late-night incident involving a female public servant, while embattled frontbencher Mal Brough stands aside.

Source: Jamie Briggs quits over late-night bar scandal in Hong Kong, Mal Brough stands aside over Slipper affair – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Washington Post’s world of good and evil — RT Op-Edge

No other country, with the exception of maybe China, gets as much of a look in as Russia does from the Washington Post’s editorial board.

Source: The Washington Post’s world of good and evil — RT Op-Edge

On March 26, 2007, Chris Matthews said on his television program, “Well, The Washington Post is not the liberal newspaper it was, Congressman, let me tell you. I have been reading it for years and it is a neocon newspaper”.[59] It has regularly published an ideological mixture of op-ed columnists, some of them left-leaning (including E.J. Dionne, Greg Sargent, and Eugene Robinson), and many on the right (including George Will, Marc Thiessen, Robert Kagan, Robert Samuelson, Michael Gerson and Charles Krauthammer).

In November 2007, the newspaper was criticized by independent journalist Robert Parry for reporting on anti-Obama chain e-mails without sufficiently emphasizing to its readers the false nature of the anonymous claims.[60] In 2009, Parry criticized the newspaper for its allegedly unfair reporting on liberal politicians, including Vice President Al Gore and President Barack Obama.[61]

Human: The Incredible Documentary That Will Change The Way You Look At Yourself | Collective-Evolution

“To succeed in your professional life isn’t that hard, but to succeed in your personal life is a lot harder. To really be a human is a lot harder. We forget about that.” – Yann Arthus-Bertand, director of the film Human Sometimes there comes along a documentary that is so profound, so moving, that you want to […]

Source: Human: The Incredible Documentary That Will Change The Way You Look At Yourself | Collective-Evolution

More Disturbing (But Amazing) Pictures Expose The Absurdities Of Modern Culture *Warning: Graphic Images* | Collective-Evolution

Pictures like the ones you are about to see have been surfacing more and more lately, as artists around the world feel compelled to respond to some of the ugliness they see in the world. While it may be true that artists who truly have the courage to share their thoughts on important social issues are rare, […]

Source: More Disturbing (But Amazing) Pictures Expose The Absurdities Of Modern Culture *Warning: Graphic Images* | Collective-Evolution

Thanks, Climate Change. Extreme Weather Wreaking Havoc Across Globe | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

‘Biblical’ flooding in the UK has forced hundreds of evacuations, while fatal storms in U.S. have killed at least 43 people

Source: Thanks, Climate Change. Extreme Weather Wreaking Havoc Across Globe | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

2015 – The year Russia exposed Western barbarism — RT Op-Edge

2015 was the year Russia exposed the barbaric nature of Western powers, from their criminal conspiracy for regime change in Syria, to aggression against Yemen, Iran, Russia, China and any country that does not toe the line.

Source: 2015 – The year Russia exposed Western barbarism — RT Op-Edge

Rouhani calls on Muslims to ‘correct image of Islam’ worldwide — RT News

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called upon all Muslims to improve the image of Islam recently tarnished by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), which is associated with “killing, violence, whips, extortion and injustice.”

Source: Rouhani calls on Muslims to ‘correct image of Islam’ worldwide — RT News

Downing of the Russian jet by Turkey, and what that means for the ongoing war in Syria.

John Wight – Episode 26

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This week Eric welcomes to CounterPunch Radio author, political analyst, and regular CounterPunch contributor John Wight to discuss recent developments in Syria, and the regional geopolitics that inform all events in the Middle East. Eric and John go in depth on the downing of the Russian jet by Turkey, and what that means for the ongoing war in Syria. They address a wide range of issues from the interplay between Wahhabi extremism and the Muslim Brotherhood, to the political development, and regional significance, of Egypt. The conversation also touches on the economic motivations of the interested parties, the role of Israel, Obama vs the Neocons, British politics as related to the war on Syria, and much much more. This far-ranging interview is yet another example of the kind of thing you just don’t find outside CounterPunch.

Intro/Outtro: “Freight Train Rollin'” by David Vest
Interlude: “Where Were You” by The Mekons

Al Jazeera has just been exposed for blocking an article criticizing one of its closest allies, Saudi Arabia.

Mainstream Media Bias: Al Jazeera Blocks Article Criticizing Saudi Arabia For Human Rights Violations

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Mainstream Media Bias: Al Jazeera Blocks Article Criticizing Saudi Arabia For Human Rights Violations

December 27th, 2015 | by Amando Flavio

When we talk of Mainstream Media bias, we are not joking. It is real. It is happening. Some of their news contents are filled with government and corporate propaganda. What is even worse is

Freedom USA Planned

Bombshell: United States Planned To Exterminate Civilians Living In East Berlin, Moscow And Beijing During The Cold War

Bombshell: United States Planned To Exterminate Civilians Living In East Berlin, Moscow And Beijing During The Cold War

December 26th, 2015 | by Amando Flavio

It has emerged that the United States of America planned during the Cold War era to systematically destroy civilian’s lives in major Soviet bloc cities such as East Berlin, Leningrad, Moscow and others. The Chinese capital,…

Israel isn’t denying that it uses torture, it’s justifying it | +972 Magazine

Responding to a right-wing campaign accusing it of torturing ‘Jewish terrorism’ suspects, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency basically admits doing so, and insists it is acting within the law. Last week’s episode of “This American Life”…

Source: Israel isn’t denying that it uses torture, it’s justifying it | +972 Magazine

Israel’s extremists aren’t as fringe as you think | +972 Magazine

If a video of religious youth stabbing a photo of a murdered Palestinian infant isn’t enough to convince mainstream Israel that there is a problem, what will? Celebrants at a Jerusalem wedding for a couple…

Source: Israel’s extremists aren’t as fringe as you think | +972 Magazine

List of Palestinians killed from October 1st – December 26th – International Middle East Media Center

The following is a list of names of all Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, including one in the Negev, in the period between Thursday October 1st and the December 26th, as confirmed by the Palestinian Health Ministry. The IMEMC is a media collective. We are independent journalists producing and distributing the authentic voices of the people. We are located in Beit Sahour, in the Occupied West Bank, and we welcome new volunteers and contributors. IMEMC is a media center developed in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide independent media coverage of Israel-Palestine.

Source: List of Palestinians killed from October 1st – December 26th – International Middle East Media Center