By Thierry Meyssan

At the request of President François Hollande, the French Socialist Party has published a note on the international “conspiracy theorist” movement. His goal: to prepare new legislation prohibiting it to express itself. In the US, the September 11, 2001 coup established a “permanent state of emergency” (Patriot Act), launching a series of imperial wars. Gradually, the European elites have aligned with their counterparts across the Atlantic. Everywhere, people are worried about being abandoned by their States and they question their institutions. Seeking to retain power, the elites are now ready to use force to gag their opposition.

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20 March 2015

CITYWIDE REZONING PLAN WOULD
BENEFIT DEVELOPERS AND
HURT NEIGHBORHOODS –
ESPECIALLY THE VILLAGE & EAST VILLAGE 

Dear friend,

The city’s recently-announced rezoning plan would be a great boon to developers, but would hurt neighborhoods by slashing zoning protections meant to keep new development in-scale with their surroundings. These are protections many communities fought years to secure, and often had to sacrifice and compromise considerably to attain.

The Village and the East Village would be among the hardest-hit by the proposed changes – in our neighborhoods, the allowable height for new developments would in some cases be increased by about 31% — nearly one-third!

The proposed rezoning is starting the public review and approval process next week with a hearing on the scope of the environmental review that will be required.  Eventually the City’s plan will have to be voted upon by local Community Boards, the Borough President, and the City Council.

GVSHP is spreading the word about the impact this plan would have and the need for serious changes before it is approved – read our recent op-eds about the plan in Gotham Gazette and The Villager.

But we need your help NOW to ensure that neighborhood zoning protections are not undermined and destroyed. The result would be a permanent allowance for larg er, taller development in residential neighborhoods throughout New York City.

HOW TO HELP:

Sincerely,


Andrew Berman
Executive Director

 

You Help Make it Happen!
                 

 

 

 

 


By Don Hazen

Danny Schechter, one of America’s best known, most talented, and effective progressive leaders renowned for his activism, and ground-breaking media making, died Thursday, March 19th in New York City, of pancreatic cancer.

Known as the “News Dissector” from his days at Boston radio station WBCN, Schechter was truly a renaissance progressive — with a long list of achievements and creative endeavors. He is probably best known for his passionate relationship with Nelson Mandela, fighting apartheid in South Africa, and the brilliant TV series South Africa Now produced by Globalvision, the New York City-based television and film production company he created with his long time business partner Rory O’Connor. South Africa Nowwas followed by Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television shown on domestic public television and more than sixty other countries during the period from 1992–1996. Schechter was also a producer for ABC’s news magazine 20/20, where he won two Emmys and was part of the start-up team that created CNN.

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By Prof. James F. Tracy

The University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences and Political Science Department held what was likely the world’s first official academic Conference on Conspiracy Theories from March 12th to 14th. The event was attended by 45 social scientists, historians and philosophers, including this author, who was initially uncertain whether he had been invited as a colleague or specimen.

The estrangement and doubt toward the conspiratorial by many attendees was evident in some paper titles, such as, “Anti-Science Conspiracy Theories of the Right and Left,” “Telling the Truth About Believing the Lies,” and “Conspiracy Beliefs and Personal Beliefs: Exploring the Linkage between a Person’s Value System and his/her Conspiratorial Ideas.” One overarching assumption in the social scientific research was evident in three conspiracy bugaboos: “climate change denial,” “vaccination denial,” and questioning President Obama’s genealogy. Other sources of what certain academic vernaculars term “conspiracy ideation” or “conspiracy belief” included 9/11, the JFK assassination, and the crash of TWA 800.

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Across the board, faculty have been skeptical of their college administrators’ enthusiasm to build campuses in illiberal societies, like China and the Gulf states. What agreements have been made to smooth the way? How much money is changing hands as part of the deal? Who will oversee the curriculum design? And, above all, who can guarantee that basic protections for academic freedom will be honored in countries where dissenters are locked up, physically abused, and deported on a regular basis?

The United Arab Emirates has made a strenuous effort to lure universities, along with top-flight cultural brands like the Louvre, the Guggenheim, and the British Museum. At the same time, its human-rights record is deteriorating rapidly, and several critics of the abusive treatment accorded to U.A.E.’s migrant work force have been barred from entry or deported. I joined their number when I was stopped from boarding a flight to Abu Dhabi on March 14. The airline representative checked with the U.A.E. authorities and confirmed that I could not enter the country “for security reasons.”

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Al-Fanar Media – Benjamin Plackett
http://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2015/03/nyu-professor-blocked-from-traveling-to-uae/

Arabian Business.com
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/new-university-professor-banned-from-flying-the-uae-585835.html

Artnet
http://news.artnet.com/in-brief/nyu-professor-banned-from-uae-278586

(The Baffler)
http://www.thebaffler.com/salvos/degrees-danger

Carbonated TV
http://www.carbonated.tv/news/new-york-university-professor-barred-from-united-arab-emirates-because-of-migrant-workers-exploitation-research

Chronicle – Katherine Mangan
http://chronicle.com/article/UAE-Incident-Raises/228565/
http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/nyu-professor-is-barred-from-united-arab-emirates/95657
(http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/03/18/professor-non-grata-andrew-ross-on-collusion-and-delusion/)

Democracy Now
http://www.democracynow.org/2015/3/17/headlines/nyu_professor_barred_from_uae_after_criticism_of_migrant_worker_abuse

E-flux
http://conversations.e-flux.com/t/nyu-professor-andrew-ross-banned-from-united-arab-emirates/1227

Gawker – Tom Scocca
http://gawker.com/abu-dhabi-successfully-exports-academic-repression-to-n-1691998271

Inside Higher Ed – Elizabeth Redden
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/03/18/nyu-professor-denied-entry-uae-where-university-has-campus

Newsweek- Zoe Schlanger
http://www.newsweek.com/andrew-ross-outspoken-nyu-professor-barred-entering-abu-dhabi-314552

NY Magazine – Jessica Roy
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/03/interviewing-the-nyu-prof-banned-from-the-uae.html

NYT- Stephanie Saul
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/17/nyregion/nyu-professor-is-barred-from-the-united-arab-emirates.html

NYU Local – Kelly Weill
http://nyulocal.com/on-campus/2015/03/18/future-pres-andrew-hamilton-discusses-abu-dhabi-labor-and-his-vision-for-nyu/

Quartz – Sonali Kohli
http://qz.com/364107/the-united-arab-emirates-banned-an-nyu-professor-from-the-country-who-badmouthed-poor-labor-practices/

Slate – Ben Mathis-Lilley
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/03/17/united_arab_emirates_bans_nyu_professor_jails_american_mechanic.html

WSN – Valentina Duque Bojanini
http://www.nyunews.com/2015/03/17/professor-barred-entry-into-u-a-e/


by Tom McCarthy

A year ago, in a bureaucratic shift that went unremarked in the somnolent days before Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, the US government admitted a disturbing failure. The top crime-data experts in Washington had determined that they could not properly count how many Americans die each year at the hands of police. So they stopped.

The move did not make headlines. Before Brown was killed, a major government effort to count people killed by police could be mothballed without anybody noticing. The program was never fully funded, and no one involved was accustomed to their technical daily work drawing a spotlight.

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By Mark Weisbrot

Yesterday the White House took a new step toward the theater of the absurd by “declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela,” as President Barack Obama put it in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner.

It remains to be seen whether anyone in the White House press corps will have the courage to ask what in the world the nation’s chief executive could mean by that. Is Venezuela financing a coming terrorist attack on U.S. territory? Planning an invasion? Building a nuclear weapon?

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By Pam Martens

There’s an old adage that goes: “never pick a fight with anyone who buys ink by the barrel.” It’s generally interpreted to mean don’t go to war with the press. That would surely include syndicated reporters working for the Associated Press, which says in a lawsuit filed yesterday that it has “one billion readers, listeners and viewers.”

Despite the sage advice, Hillary Clinton is now in a full blown war with the press over how she became the Decider in Chief over which government emails would be preserved from her time as Secretary of State versus the tens of thousands that she elected to erase, ruling them to be about personal matters.

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By Rachel Olding

Relatives of high-risk terrorism inmates being held in the state’s most notorious prison claim the prisoners are on a hunger strike in protest at a new rule preventing them from speaking Arabic.

Prison officials have strongly denied any strike is taking place and have refuted other claims that Korans and prayer time have been taken away.

On Sunday, NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard announced the policy banning 13 “extreme high-risk” terrorism inmates from speaking any language other than English during family visits, phone calls and in letters.

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