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Google censorship, against leftists rather than US Republicans

This 4 August 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Google New Search Protocol Buries Left, Anti-War and Progressive Websites

PopularResistance.org reports Google is picking winners and losers.

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Human Rights

AGE presents European Parliament Manifesto in Barcelona

Marking the International Day of Older Persons, AGE Platform Europe in collaboration with the European Parliament Office and the Representation of the European Commission in Barcelona organised on 5th October 2018 the seminar… 533 more words

Neither Side Gets the Khashoggi Debate Right

Watching the debate over the Trump administration’s response to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been dissatisfying—even depressing. Both the Trump administration and the majority of its detractors make arguments that fall short. 2,297 more words

Middle East

托克維爾美國行的省思之一 19世紀初年的美國民主政治 -----《美國的民主》至今仍有其切實性

18世紀末、19世紀初的美國與歐洲都處於一個急速變化的轉型期中,尤其是美國的獨立戰爭(American War of Independence, 或American Revolutionary War, 4/19/1775-9/3/1783)與法國革命(5/5/1789-11/9/1799)表現的特別顯著。兩者都有其歷史上的意義。接著而來的拿破崙所發動的一系列的戰爭(5/18/1803-11/20/1815)也引起英國與美國1812年的戰爭(War of 1812,6/18/1812-2/18/1815)。這都顯現了美國與歐洲事務的互動與關聯。美國的獨立建國及民主共和的建立引起許多歐洲知識分子的好奇,因為這是當年在歐洲君主政治下的一個嶄新的社會政治實驗。而確實也有一些智識份子到美國考察並為文著書。這其中最有名,而也可能影響最深遠的是一名法國貴族裔的托克維爾(Alexis de Tocqueville, 7/29/1805-4/16/1859)。

托克維爾生於拿破崙自己封冕為皇(12/2/1804)的第二年。他的父母於法國革命中的恐怖統治時期(Reign of Terror,1789年7月到1794年7月)曾經入牢過,而兩人也都差點被送上斷頭台。托克維爾母親的家屬是有一些人被送上了斷頭台。可以想像的是他的父母同許多法國貴族一樣,都認為法國革命是個偶然(accident),也是個錯誤(mistake)。是偶然,因為如果法國貴族政府能善於處理政治,則革命不應該會發生。是個錯誤,因為民主打掉了他們所認為珍貴的事務(De Tocqueville and the French exception. The Economist, 8/9/2018)。但托克維爾有與他父母不同的想法。托克維爾認為民主是一個趨勢,代表了未來。

對政治有興趣的托克維爾有良好的身世教養,也有良好的教育,又是貴族裔而有父母的身家關係,本應是政治前途大好。但在那個動亂的年代,貴族身世固有其優點,但也時而有危險。深信自由與民主的他在一次政治生涯的危機中,感覺到前途可能受挫。於是藉著那個機會向政府申請到美國考察獄政,結果獲准了。1831年4月,托克維爾與他的終身好友柏馬特(Gustave de Beaumont)出發到美國做考察。名義上是考察獄政,但他們兩人的興趣都在於觀察、了解、與分析美國這個新獨立國家的自由民主體制。在1831/1832年的九個月中,他們兩人由東岸到密西根,向南到紐奧爾良。他們搭乘汽船,馬車,也騎馬,也划獨木舟。他們參觀了各級政府,拜訪了200人。包括當時的總統傑克遜(Andrew Jackson),也拜訪了前總統亞當(John Quincy Adams)與最高法院的法官(Joseph Story)。在訪談中,托克維爾的紀錄多達14本冊子。 29 more words

Politics

National/International: Marches for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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On November 25th, as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, activities were held throughout the world as well as in several states of Mexico. 692 more words

Human Rights

Obama Honored With Human Rights Award While Trump Is Dismantling Human Rights

Barack Obama is being honored for his stellar record on human rights, which is a sharp contrast to our current President who has helped to tear the country apart with his anti-Black, anti-labor and anti-immigrant policies. 338 more words

Nation

Post #221: Weaponizing Humanitarian Aid

Long ago, US foreign aid programs honored the principle that humanitarian aid should be treated separately from economic and military assistance to governments. Public Law 480 (popularized as “Food for Peace”), which began under President Eisenhower in the 1960s and expanded under President Kennedy, was mainly intended (in Kennedy’s words) to “narrow the gap between abundance here at home and near starvation abroad” ( 1,356 more words

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