“Last 6 months Independent Pages are declining. It´s a coincidence or not, Facebook implemented a new algorithm, according to the site , would improve the NewsFeed users, meantime some bloggers reported an offensive against “Memes”, the site is penalizing “crap posts”, is what they said, consequently pages that share memes would have post restriction.
Frankly nobody believed in that story, many pages were targeted, these pages used to have a focus on political pictures, and a opposite speech against the Big Media and the relation between Government and corporations. Facebook works to benefit mainstream media and huge pages with big potential to monetize”.
“We are able to reach only 2% of total followers, a small fraction, months ago this fraction used to be 16%. Now Facebook it´s only about money and profits. This site gave us the power of global communication, and it seems Mark Zuckenberg is sorry about what he created.”
The fragments above is part of a interview by Al Rasub News web site from Abu Dhabi
Check it out
A picture taken on 13 June 2010 shows a US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile standing on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan. (Photo: AFP – Massoud Hossaini)
A recent study concluded that the US Drone War stirs fear and panic, and drives anti-American sentiments, in affected countries. The aircraft frequently launch air strikes on public gatherings including weddings and funerals, after apparently mistaking them for militant training grounds.
Figures compiled by the Bureau for Investigative Journalism last year found that US drones killed between 2,562 and 3,325 people in Pakistan alone between June 2004 and September 2012. Among them, between 474 and 881 were civilians, including 176 children. The US military plans to expand its drone program to northwest Africa to bolster surveillance of Islamic militant groups, the New York Times reported.
This most recent study cites figures compiled by the Bureau for Investigative Journalism that finds between 2,562 and 3,325 people were killed in Pakistan between June 2004 and mid-September this year.
The study estimates that the number of “high-level” militants killed in drone attacks stands at just two percent, and that the strikes help facilitate recruitment to anti-US militant groups.
Al Akhbar english.al-akhbar.com
Bureau for Investigative Journalism
Stanford University Law School
Depressed mood: Surely there have been times when you’ve been sad. Perhaps a loved one has abandoned you or a plan has gone horribly awry. Your face falls. Perhaps you cry. You feel worthless. You wonder whether it’s worth going on. Everything you think about seems bleak — the things you’ve done, the things you hope to do, the people around you. You want to lie in bed and keep the lights off. Depressed mood is like that, only it doesn’t come for any reason and it doesn’t go for any either. Go outside and get some fresh air or cuddle with a loved one and you don’t feel any better, only more upset at being unable to feel the joy that everyone else seems to feel. Everything gets colored by the sadness.
At best, you tell yourself that your thinking is irrational, that it is simply a mood disorder, that you should get on with your life. But sometimes that is worse. You feel as if streaks of pain are running through your head, you thrash your body, you search for some escape but find none. And this is one of the more moderate forms. As George Scialabba put it, “acute depression does not feel like falling ill, it feels like being tortured … the pain is not localized; it runs along every nerve, an unconsuming fire. … Even though one knows better, one cannot believe that it will ever end, or that anyone else has ever felt anything like it.”
The economist Richard Layard, after advocating that the goal of public policy should be to maximize happiness, set out to learn what the greatest impediment to happiness was today. His conclusion: depression. Depression causes nearly half of all disability, it affects one in six, and explains more current unhappiness than poverty. And (important for public policy) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has a short-term success rate of 50%. Sadly, depression (like other mental illnesses, especially addiction) is not seen as “real” enough to deserve the investment and awareness of conditions like breast cancer (1 in 8) or AIDS (1 in 150). And there is, of course, the shame.
See full Aaron Swartz´s Raw Thoughts http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/verysick
Workers in many leather tanneries in the Hazaribagh neighborhood of Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, including children as young as 11, become ill because of exposure to hazardous chemicals and are injured in horrific workplace accidents. The tanneries, which export hundreds of millions of dollars in leather for luxury goods throughout the world, spew pollutants into surrounding communities. Human Rights Watch documents an occupational health and safety crisis among tannery workers, both men and women, including skin diseases and respiratory illnesses caused by exposure to tanning chemicals, and limb amputations caused by accidents in dangerous tannery machinery. Residents of Hazaribagh slums complain of illnesses such as fevers, skin diseases, respiratory problems, and diarrhea, caused by the extreme tannery pollution of air, water, and soil. The government has not protected the right to health of the workers and residents, has consistently failed to enforce labor or environmental laws in Hazaribagh, and has ignored High Court orders to clean up these tanneries. Under international law, the government is required to take reasonable steps to protect the right to health of everyone in its territory.
Check full publication via Human Rights Watch:
David Ho creates dark digital art with irony. Pieces expressing grief, despair, isolation and sexual disturbance become highly emotional statements in cold, metallic colours on the artist’s Macintosh easel. And each is forceful. Within the various software he has chosen for his pallet, Mr Ho is a uniquely effective communicator of the grotesque. Randy M Dannenfelser.
Mali, an area rich in uraniun
Mali, the war for uranium, the new background of French military intervention in Africa in the world’s most important reserves of uranium, as well as oil and gas. The Italy has announced it will give its support. Meanwhile, the blitz for the release of the hostages in Algeria (captured by Islamic guerrillas in retaliation against the war) causes a massacre January 18, 2013 Francois Hollande, Secretary of the French Socialist Party, is the current President of the Republic in a nation that counts on nuclear energy and that is obviously dependent on uranium. In France are active in fact 19 nuclear power plants, for a total of 58 reactors. To them must be added the nuclear reactors that propel submarines and aircraft carriers in the fleet. Uranium is also the basis of nuclear warheads that didn’t mean forgoing Hollande
The French Government is involved in these days of a military intervention in Mali, justified by the fight against “Islamic fundamentalism”. The problem for Hollande is that these fundamentalists are going to check an area rich in uranium.
The journalist Ennio Remondino explains that the international military force would “face the qaedisti and avoid their being rooted in the North”. And Mali has considerable deposits of uranium in the North.
This neo-colonial war misses however left-wing opposition, indeed. A survey reveals that is approved by 68 percent of those of the leftist Coalition Front de gauche captained by Melenchon (which merely say that the surgery is “moot”). The 77% of French Socialists argue the military intervention. And in Italy there is support-Government-decided resigning-without any comment entry you stand, at least for now.
The French intervention has already generated a dramatic event that caused the January 17 abduction of yesterday’s mass of hundreds of people–including some 40 foreigners and Westerners–who worked at the site of Algerian gas In Amenas at the hands of a group of Islamic fighters. The action was a clear retaliation against French intervention in Mali. Followed the intervention of the Algerian army for the liberation of the hostages. It was a bloodbath.
The China of Mao Tse Tung, produced one of the greatest catastrophes of humanity. In 1958, by order of Mao, the rural population was incorporated into the People’s Communes controlled by the government. Agricultural production was totally confiscated, being stored, but ended up rotting.
Family life was eliminated. The Chinese policy wished to extinguish the Chinese citizen, converts it into a cell’s state. From cutlery to eat, hoes and other objects were confiscated, preventing peasants to work or eat in their homes. Everyone were forced to eat in canteens provided by the government.
Sell Food was forbidden. Women prostituted themselves in exchange for rice. Tombs were violated so that the newly buried corpses serve as food – canibalism to win the starvation. In 1959, party officials warned Mao Tse Tung on the catastrophe of hunger – his response was that the model should be further deepened.
When government monopolizes the production and livelihood resources, people can not save themselves. Yang writes, he saw his father succumb to China’s Great Hunger.
Source: Book “The great Chinese Famine” – Yang Jim Sheng
Mecca Aljak , 21; Hinda Abdullah, 20; Hawa Jareet, 26; and Radina Babakar, 29; walked for days from a village near Surkum, Blue Nile, with their children, with little water and no food, until they crossed the South Sudan border in late 2011. They live in Doro refugee camp without their husbands. Female-headed households are one of the groups most vulnerable to exploitation at the camp and are in need of more protection and resources. “It’s very difficult for women to carry their rations after food distributions,” said Aljak. “Sometimes they get help, and sometimes the men ask for money to help. If the women can’t find a way, they have to give away a portion of their rations for the help.”
© 2012 Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch
In late 2011, Fatima Al Ghomous, Zainab Atoum and Amna Adam al-Dhaib fled the government bombardments — as many as three attacks a day — near their homes in Surkum. As a consequence of the relentless attacks, these women and others decided to flee the area and walk toward South Sudan. One day, while they rested and prepared food along the way from Surkum to Wadega, in Kormuk locality, their group was hit by what they described as a barrel bomb. The bomb killed three people, including two girls.
© 2012 Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch
Kassar Al Naem, 50, originally from a village around Gebanit, Blue Nile, arrived at the Yusif Batil refugee camp in late October 2012. In June, militia attacked her village, shot at her fellow villagers while they were harvesting, and kidnapped three people, including two women. She and other villagers had wanted to flee before October but they fell captive because militia had blocked the only road out of the mountain.
© 2012 Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch
“Since September 2011, Sudanese government forces have bombed indiscriminately across Blue Nile State, spreading palpable fear among civilians who live there. Government bombardments and ground attacks have killed and maimed scores of civilians, and displaced tens of thousands of women, men and children. Women have been forced from their villages into the bush, where they no longer have access to hospitals or health care providers — even for childbirth”. By Under Siege
The Obama administration should also intensify efforts with China, and friends in the Arab world and among African states to drive home a unified message: when it comes to civilian victims and lives destroyed, enough is enough.
Daniel Williams, senior emergencies researcher
Dan Piraro, Tony Zuvela, Eneko, Izidro, some of the great cartoonists here.