Interview with Greek Finance Minister Giannis Varoufakis – SPIEGEL ONLINE

I am arguing on an entirely objective level. I am saying that the austerity measures have done nothing and will do nothing to solve Greece’s problems; in fact, they only make things worse. I would therefore like to see Germany participate in drawing up a kind of Marshall Plan to rebuild Greece and the rest of the periphery. I believe that a Merkel Plan for Europe would be a wonderful development.

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U.N. Describes Forced Disappearances in Mexico as “Generalised” | Inter Press Service

“The information received by the committee shows a context of generalised disappearances in a great part of the country, many of which could qualify as enforced disappearances,” says the report containing the committee’s concluding observations, presented Friday, Feb. 13.

It notes that disappearances were already occurring in December 2010, when the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance went into effect.

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ISIS digs out old grievances to attack Copts

reaching just like Serbian killers did 4 excuse 4 enjoying killing & anything 4 power – AH’s of century!


The Islamic State has released a video of the beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya. The chilling video surfaced following an article published in the group’s magazine Dabiq showing photos of twenty-one Coptic Egyptians kidnapped by militants in Libya. According to the Dabiq article, the kidnapping was “in revenge for Kamilia Shehata, Wafaa Constantine, and other sisters who were tortured and murdered by the Coptic Church in Egypt.” No political reasons were mentioned in the report. Interestingly, that key assertion was overlooked by many reports and analyses of the attacks. In fact, when Jen Psaki, the spokesperson of the U.S. department of State was asked about the status of minorities in the Middle East, her reply was [the kidnapping] “is more about Libya than it is about Egypt.”

Ms. Psaki is wrong in her assessment. Although the logistics of the kidnapping were directly linked to the disintegration of…

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IRIN Middle East | Only five percent of pledged aid reaches Gaza | Israel | OPT | Saudi Arabia | Conflict

Contrasting it with pledging conferences for Syria, one UN staffer said the Egyptians had not been sufficiently pro-active.

“When Kuwait organized the conference on Syria the secretariat followed strict procedures to ensure that the money got paid, including inviting donors to meetings. Egypt has done nothing.”

Egyptian officials did not respond to requests for comment.

In fact it was only in mid-January, ahead of a donors’ meeting in March, that Norway formally requested the World Bank to track down how much money had been delivered.

According to Steen Lau Jorgensen, the World Bank’s Country Director for Gaza and the West Bank, the process will “include a report … that will reflect the pledges of Gaza reconstruction disbursed through all channels and the timing for disbursement. It will also assess to what extent the donors have realized their pledges and will break down the list of pledges into budget support and Gaza reconstruction.”

via IRIN Middle East | Only five percent of pledged aid reaches Gaza | Israel | OPT | Saudi Arabia | Conflict.

Crow and Raven

As tricksters, Crow and Raven were both generous and shamelessly dishonest, cunning and foolish, brave and ridculous, greedy and resourceful. A fire-bringer story from the Lenape people of Pennsylvania, popularized in the children’s book, Rainbow Crow, tells of Crow’s loss of her beautiful plumage and voice when she is burned while bringing fire to the freezing creatures of earth. The people known as the Crow take their identity from the absaroka, an extinct raven-like bird of the western plains.

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Coyote – tricks coyote

In one story, Coyote believes that Creator  is going to change his name in the morning. He goes around bragging to everyone that  he’s going to be renamed Grizzly, chief of the mountain people. To another group, he brags  he’s going to be first at the Creator’s lodge and he’ll be named Salmon, chief of the fish people. On and on he brags. Coyote tries to stay up all night, even puttiing sticks in his eyelids to try and keep his eyes open. Of course, Coyote falls asleep, and when he wakes up, he arrives at Creator’s lodge too late. All the names are gone, but his. But Creator tells him the Coyote is a good name for him, “Soon the human beings, the two-leggeds, will be coming. Coyote, you must make the world ready for them. To do this, I give you two powers. You have the power to create whatever you can imagine . . . and you have the power to come back to life after you die.”

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