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Cancer hijacks natural cell process to survive

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Fuente: University of Oxford News

Cancer tumours manipulate a natural cell process to promote their survival suggesting that controlling this mechanism could stop progress of the disease, according to new research led by the University of Oxford.
Non-sense mediated decay (NMD) is a natural physiological process that provides cells with the ability to detect DNA errors called nonsense mutations. It also enables these cells to eliminate the mutated message, (decay) ,that comes from these faulty genes, before they can be translated into proteins that can cause disease formation. NMD is known among the medical community for the role it plays in the development of genetic diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis and some hereditary forms of cancers. But not all nonsense mutations can elicit NMD, so until now, it’s wider impact on cancer was largely unknown.

Biomedical researchers and computer scientists from the University of Oxford Medical Sciences Division and the University of Birmingham developed a computer algorithm to mine DNA sequences from cancer to accurately predict whether or not an NMD would eliminate genes that had nonsense mutations. The work originally focused on ovarian cancers, and found that about a fifth of these cancers use NMD, to become stronger. This is because NMD ensures that the message from a gene called TP53, which ordinarily protects cells from developing cancer is almost completely eliminated. In the absence of NMD, a mutated TP53 might still retain some activity but NMD ensures that this is not the case.

This is very exciting news. Professor Ahmed and his team have identified how cancer cells rely on a process called NMD for their survival. This discovery could help clinicians identify and inhibit the process, giving them much better control of a person’s cancer.

Katherine Taylor, CEO of Ovarian Cancer Action

Based on this research, the team predicts that because cancers essentially feed on NMD, they become dependent on it in some cases. If scientists were therefore able to inhibit or control the process, it is possible that they could also control cancer and prevent the progression of the disease.

Dr Ahmed Ahmed, Co-author and Professor of Gynaecology Oncology at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and the head of the Ovarian Cancer Cell Laboratory, at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford, said: ‘Our first observations of evidence of the role of NMD in ovarian cancer were tantalizing. We found that NMD precisely explained why there was almost no expression of TP53 in certain ovarian cancers. We went on to test the role of NMD in other cancer types and the evidence of the role of NMD was compelling. This opens the door for exciting possibilities for customised treatments including individualized immunotherapies for patients in the future.’

Following the ovarian cancer analysis, the team expanded the study to include other cancer types. They analysed about a million different cell mutations in more than 7,000 tumours from the Cancer Genome Atlas covering 24 types of cancer. The team was able to map how each cancer type used NMD revealing the remarkable extent to which NMD helps cancer to survive.

Katherine Taylor, CEO of Ovarian Cancer Action, who part-funded the research, said: ‘This is very exciting news. Professor Ahmed and his team have identified how cancer cells rely on a process called NMD for their survival. This discovery could help clinicians identify and inhibit the process, giving them much better control of a person’s cancer.

‘Ovarian cancer is a very complicated disease and survival rates are low, with only 46% of women living beyond five years after diagnosis. So understanding how we can prevent the disease from thriving is imperative if we are to improve the outcome for more women.
‘It’s fantastic to see how our funding is helping make real progress and we couldn’t do this without the generosity of our supporters. We look forward to seeing where Professor Ahmed takes his research next.’
Moving forward the team will focus on testing their theory and understanding to what degree stopping the NMD process allows them to control tumours.

Co-author, Dr Christopher Yau, a computational scientist at the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham said: ‘As a result of these findings, we now plan to apply the same computer algorithm to determine if NMD affects cancer patients in The 100,000 Genomes Project. These investigations may pave the way to new treatment possibilities for NHS patients in the future.’

From the NFL to MIT: The double life of John Urschel

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A set diagram depicts the places where different groups of objects overlap. Example: in the United States, there are about 1,700 professional football players, and thousands of people pursuing PhDs in math. In 2017, a diagram of those two sets overlaps in exactly one place.

On an overcast day in late winter, that place is the Norbert Wiener Common Room in MIT’s Department of Mathematics, where John Urschel is sitting at a table, chatting. Urschel is an offensive lineman with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, a three-year pro with 40 regular-­season games played and a couple of playoff starts on his football résumé. He is also a doctoral candidate in math at MIT who has passed his qualifying exams and has nine published or accepted research papers on his academic résumé.

Yes, there are plenty of bright people in the NFL, and plenty of athletic math students in America. But no one else has his combination of high-level achievement in professional sports and the seminar room.

As a result, Urschel has been profiled in Sports Illustrated and the Washington Post and featured on HBO’s Real Sports; written columns (featuring math puzzles) for The Players’ Tribune; and even appeared in a nationally broadcast television commercial last season for Bose headphones, along with J.J. Watt, the superstar defensive end of the Houston Texans. Walk down MIT’s Infinite Corridor at the right time of day and you’ll see a 6’3″, 300-pound celebrity athlete striding along with the crowds of students, staff, professors, and tour groups.

But why is a highly paid pro football player grinding through problems in the math study room? The answer becomes evident through the pure enthusiasm Urschel radiates when he talks about his life as a scholar at MIT.
Courtesy of The Players’ Tribune (left); Getty (right)

“I really, really like it here,” he says. “We’ve just got such a great collection of so many brilliant mathematicians in different fields, applied and pure mathematicians, under the same roof. I’m just blessed to be around these brilliant people at the pinnacle of their respective fields.”

That enthusiasm has been brewing for most of Urschel’s life. When he was growing up in Buffalo, his mother gave him puzzles to work on; to this day, he explains math to non-mathematicians by calling it a form of puzzle solving. He did not play football, on the other hand, until high school. Yet he did well enough to play as an undergraduate for Penn State, a school he chose partly to improve his prospects of reaching the NFL.

At Penn State, Urschel also started working with Ludmil Zikatanov, a professor with whom he has coauthored four of his nine papers. Those papers cover areas such as spectral graph theory and feature titles like “Spectral Bisection of Graphs and Connectedness”—which appeared in Linear Algebra and Its Applications in the spring of 2014, around the time the Ravens drafted him. Urschel emerged from Penn State in 2013 with both his undergraduate and master’s degrees in math.

“He is the best master’s student that I have ever had,” says Zikatanov. Despite the extraordinary degree of commitment required to play football at his level, Urschel remains fully committed to pursuing math at the highest level, too, ­Zikatanov says. “He works hard, all the time.”

The 2014 paper Urschel and ­Zikatanov published together updates a theorem from the 1970s about how to divide a network—picture a social network—into equal parts while cutting as few connections as possible and leaving the connections intact within each half. A 2016 paper the two published together in Linear and Multilinear Algebra (“On the Maximal Error of Spectral Approximation of Graph Bisection”) evaluates how precisely such work can be performed.

As a doctoral student, Urschel is now working with Michel Goemans, an expert in combinatorial optimization, which seeks optimal solutions to problems with a large but finite set of solutions. This work can be applied to logistics or operations: determining, say, the shortest itinerary for a trip with many stops in it is a well-known use of combinatorial optimization. But whatever subfield of math Urschel pursues, he is likely to bring his characteristic doggedness. “When he gets into a problem, he doesn’t let go,” ­Zikatanov observes.

If getting ahead in math requires untold hours of deep effort, though, Urschel says that achieving a publishable result is gratifying because of all that labor.

“It’s the sum of just so much work,” he says. “And how often you fail—and how often people collectively fail at a puzzle—increases the implicit toughness of the problem, and how good you feel when you solve a tough problem.” After MIT, and after football, Urschel wants to continue the research he loves as a university professor.

Slideshow: Urschel works to protect Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in a home game against the Redskins in October 2016.
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Slideshow: Urschel runs onto the field for the 2016 preseason opener before the Ravens beat the Carolina Panthers, 22-19.
Slideshow: In a matchup with the Steelers in December 2015, Urschel and teammates prevail, 20-17.
Slideshow: Urschel and Alex Lewis team up to block the Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul in October 2016.

As much as he enjoys discussing math, Urschel can quickly shift to talking about the toughest opponent he has faced on a football field: Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. “Just a freak athlete—his size, athleticism, strength,” he says. “Best defensive lineman I’ve ever gone against.” Among edge rushers, Urschel quickly cites Watt as a tough matchup. “J.J. Watt’s real. The dude is like—I think he weighs 300 pounds, and he is tall, and he is big, and he is fast. And the worst thing is, he’s smart.” And no, Urschel says, he is not just naming Watt because they filmed that Bose commercial together: “I’ve also had to block him.”

Much of the media coverage Urschel receives emphasizes the disparity of his interests. But his two vocations have similarities. After all, both require years of intensive training and a strong competitive drive. In both academia and football, Urschel has advisors and coaches who want him to succeed but are obligated to tell him when he must perform better.

Urschel grants a few parallels between studying at MIT and playing in the NFL, but he says the comparisons go only so far. “In math, you have to be comfortable with failure,” he says. “In football, that should never be a thing.” Working on math problems, he explains, involves trial and error to an extent that would never be tolerated on a football field.

“You have something you want to prove, and you try different ways to get at it,” he says. “You try this way, and it doesn’t work. You try that way—it doesn’t work. Try this way, and it seems to work—then you think about it, and you’re like, ‘No, it doesn’t work.’ You do it again and again and again. And finally, maybe, you get it. And when you get it, it’s an amazing feeling, the best feeling in the world.”

That is certainly a better feeling than the one Urschel experienced two summers ago during Ravens training camp, when he suffered a concussion that kept him out of action for nearly two weeks. And it may seem irrational for a star scholar to expose himself to potential brain damage. But “I accept the risk,” Urschel told the Washington Post last fall, and he confirms that his attitude has not changed. That attitude may also be informed by the fact that his father, a college football player, became a surgeon without evident problems.

Although his mother tries to talk him into quitting at the end of every season, Urschel isn’t ready to give it up. As he wrote in his essay “Why I Still Play Football” in The Players’ Tribune, the allure for him isn’t money or fame. It’s visceral and physical. “There’s a rush you get when you go out on the field, lay everything on the line and physically dominate the player across from you,” he wrote. “This is a feeling I’m (for lack of a better word) addicted to, and I’m hard-pressed to find anywhere else.”

Indeed, it’s the sheer enjoyment he derives from both pursuits that has carried him this far. That pleasure is evident as Urschel pauses, smiles, and circles back to the topic of his MIT studies.

“Did I mention that I really, really like the math department here?”

Uncovering art under MIT

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As you travel through the tunnels beneath MIT, you may spot a few common sights: doors to mysteriously named labs, stray office chairs, lots of students, and some tourists. But these days, there’s something new to discover in the tunnels — 200 feet of student-created art. “Walking through the tunnels I thought, ‘This is basically just a blank canvas,’” says Julia Rue, rising senior and lead on The Borderline mural, a new collaborative art project in the tunnel underneath Vassar Street.

The Borderline mural was unveiled in May, but the idea for it came just months before, prompted by the first meeting of 21M.601 (Drawing for Designers). “Our professor asked everyone why they took the course,” Rue explains. “And I was surprised by how many people said they used to do a lot of art in high school but stopped when they got to MIT.”

This gave Rue the idea for a large art project that could involve students across MIT. First, she received a grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT. Next, she turned to the MIT community to develop the idea further, holding a meeting open to all undergraduates. “I shared the idea and invited anyone who wanted to be a part of it to help — 80 people signed up that day,” she says.

Of the 80 volunteers, 40 were selected to contribute their art to the walls, while others signed on to assist in painting, a role that was essential to completing the mural in a matter of weeks. Tara Lee ’17, who worked on the project during her final semester at MIT, contributed her art. “I thought it would be a really good way to end my time at MIT — on a creative note,” she explains.

There was no set theme for the mural contributions because Rue wanted artists to have ownership over their creations. This resulted in a mural that is a mix of flowers, faces, and typographic art. Artist Iris Fung ’17 decided that her portion of the mural would reflect her studies at MIT. Her work displays the phrase, “You are Human,” in a variety of patterns and textures related to plant and human life. (Look for cilia and mushrooms in the piece.) “I’m a biology major, so this reflects me,” she says.

Though each contribution to the mural may be representative of the individual artist, Fung says there was at least one common theme. “A lot of people said, ‘Oh, I want my piece to be relaxing and soothing,” she says. “So that points to what’s going on in people’s minds from day to day.”

While the project allowed MIT students to tap into their artistic side, it’s not without its technological merits. Six of the paintings in the mural have an augmented reality (AR) component developed by rising junior Jessie Wang and rising sophomore Avery Lamp. Users can download an app to see animations — created by a team of 10 students — while viewing specific art pieces. “We wanted everyone to feel involved in the project, so with the app you can discover little things and people can feel like they are a part of the making of the mural themselves,” Rue says.

The mural is slated to stay on the walls of the tunnel until December 2017; beyond that, the future is uncertain. The Borderline team got special permission to paint the walls, but that permission expires at the end of the year. Rue hopes that the project will not only stick around, but transform in the future. “We’ve gotten a lot of support from many people. We know that we do want to continue and expand it — how, we haven’t decided on just yet,” she says.

The Borderline team welcomes input on the mural.

US Deploys ISIS to Central Asia

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America created and supports ISIS, al-Qaeda and other well-known terrorist groups – using their fighters to advance its imperium.

In December 1991, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was formed, Russia its leading member, along with eight other nations and two associate ones – all former Soviet republics.

According to CIS Anti-Terrorist Center (ATC) head General Andrey Novikov, ISIS is shifting its main focus from Syria and Iraq to Central Asia, including Afghanistan, saying:

The terrorist group “exports a new model of extremist and terrorist activity from (Syria and Iraq) battle zones to the Central Asian states.”

Earlier ISIS announced the creation of a new “province” centered in Afghanistan, including territories of other Central Asian states.

According to Novikov,

“(a)nalysis of military clashes (in Afghanistan shows local) militants adopting not only the strategy, but also tactical military concepts” used by ISIS.

Its fighters are trying to seize areas, intending expansion to surrounding territories.

They “set a goal of expanding (their) influence in the northern regions of Afghanistan and gaining access to the border regions of the Central Asian states as well as to the Chinese Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,” Novikov explained.

They’re battling Taliban fighters in some areas for control, an apparent diabolical US plot to create greater conflict and turmoil in Central Asia than already, ISIS terrorists used as imperial foot soldiers.

According to Novikov, over 7,000 CIS citizens are wanted for terrorist-related activities, more than 2,000 now fighting as mercenaries.

Afghanistan is America’s longest war in modern times (1979-), a forever war supported by neocons infesting Washington.

It’s unrelated to 9/11, a phony pretext used to wage endless wars of aggression against multiple countries.

Trump escalated what his predecessors began, his pledged noninterventionism while campaigning renounced.

ISIS and other terrorist groups are instruments used by Washington to advance its imperium, raping and destroying one nation after another – all sovereign independent countries targeted for regime change, notably Russia and China.

Moscow is focused on preventing ISIS and other terrorist groups from invading its territory, a key reason why it intervened in Syria at Assad’s request – committed to defeating the scourge there rather than face it domestically.

Its growing Central Asian infestation puts its fighters dangerously close to its borders – a likely US plot to destabilize and create turmoil in Russia.

America’s rage for unchallenged global dominance risks unthinkable war between the world’s leading nuclear powers, threatening humanity’s survival.

Trump proved he’s as ruthless and reckless as his predecessors. His deep swamp infested with neocons, generals, and monied interests threatens life on planet earth.

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Syria: Israeli Airstrikes in Support of al Qaeda

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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:00 A.M.) – Israel is likely in direct military talks with jihadist commanders in Quneitra province whom have now established a joint operations room for the ongoing border offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

Preempted by supportive Israeli airstrikes earlier in the day, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions attacked SAA positions around Baath city and overran multiple points, leading to the capture of the Mashtal Al-Zohor area on Saturday afternoon.

In the evening however, the SAA regrouped in Baath city and mobilized all its military capabilities for a swift counter-offensive which saw government troops retake all lost points within a couple hours, thus driving the jihadist militants back to their initial positions.

Amid the skirmishes, at least 20 jihadist militants were left dead on the battlefield while 1 tank and 1 technical were destroyed, a military source told Al-Masdar News.

Throughout the waves of insurgent attacks and following SAA counter-offensive, rearguard Syrian artillery units pounded the hostile jihadist belligerents.

With the tables suddenly turned in favor of the Syrian Government, the SAA is currently encroaching upon long-standing rebel heartland on the border with Israel. In turn, this could prompt Tel Aviv to launch fresh airstrikes against the SAA.

On Saturday afternoon, the Israeli Air Force destroyed two SAA tanks at the Municipal building area on the outskirts of Baath city, rendering it an easy target for rebel forces whom seemed well-prepared for offensive operations ahead of the Israeli sorties, suggesting at least tacit cooperation between the two parties in the face of a common foe.

Statement regarding the newly established Quneitra operations room dubbed ‘Army of (Prophet) Muhammad’, led by HTS commanders that maintain close ties to Al-Qaeda:

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Israel’s Fire Support for Its Al-Qaeda Mercenaries Started Three Years Ago

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Al-Qaeda attacked a Syrian Arab Army position in Madinat al-Baath (map) next to the Israel occupied Golan heights. Al-Qaeda requested Israeli fire-support by launching some mortars towards empty space in the Israel occupied area. The Israeli Defense Force accepted the request and destroyed two Syrian Arab Army tanks. Two Syrian soldiers were killed. The SAA held steady and the al-Qaeda attack on its position failed.

This was very easy to predict. Israel has supported al-Qaeda in the area since at least 2014. The al-Qaeda fire-request-by-mortar scheme has been in place for at least three years. In October 2014 the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which back then still covered the area, reported to the UN Security Council:

On 23 June [2014], Israel targeted nine Syrian army positions with tank fire and air strikes after mortar fire from the Syrian side the previous day killed an Israeli civilian. Israel’s assessment is that most of these incidents are due to errant fire resulting from fighting in Syria. Israel said that armed opposition groups were probably responsible but that its forces fired on Syrian military positions to stress that Syria was responsible for security on its side of the ceasefire line.

The UN observers mentioned the “black flags” the “rebels” were using. The “rebels” in that area are al-Qaeda forces. This “fire support request by mortar” scheme has been repeated again and again. The Israeli argument is an insult to logic: “The Syrian army is responsible for keeping al-Qaeda out of the area so we respond to “errant” al-Qaeda fire by destroying the Syrian army.”

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But “western” and Israeli media did and do not report or analyzed the obvious scheme. This even as this theater act gets repeated over and over again. They lie and simply report the “errant fire” nonsense even when it is clear that this is coordinated military support for al-Qaeda. For years they have hidden Israeli support for al-Qaeda and its deep involvement in the Syrian war. Witness Haaretz which only today(!) headlines: Analysis – Israel’s Slow Creep Into the Syrian Civil War. That “slow creep”, which Haaretz describes and analyzes as a new phenomenon, started at least three years ago and was neither slow nor a creep. It is full fledged support for terrorism and has been such since its beginning.

The Wall Street Journal, also three years late, reported last week that Israel had set up a special IDF unit to advise, train, support and control al-Qaeda in the Golan area: Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels

Israel even pays al-Qaeda’s salaries:

The person familiar with Israel’s assistance confirmed that cash moves across the border but said it goes for humanitarian purposes. However, rebels interviewed said they use the cash to pay fighters’ salaries and to buy weapons and ammunition—something the Israeli military wouldn’t comment on.

Israel wants to steal and occupy even larger parts of Syria than the parts of the Golan heights it illegally holds. It pays al-Qaeda and supports it by fire to achieve that. The main stream reporting on this is at least three years late. Why is it now starting to publish about this? Is there a new media advisory that Haaretz and the WSJ are now allowed (or required) to report on the issue? To what purpose?

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Today’s Plutocrats Seek to Recreate 19th-century Dystopia, Child Labour Rampant in Asia, Serfdom on the Rise Here

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“The disparity in income between the rich and the poor is merely the survival of the fittest. It is the working out of a law of nature and a law of God.” John D. Rockefeller, 1894. 

During the first 70 years that followed this pronouncement by one of the 19th-century’s leading “robber barons,” the worst excesses of unfettered free enterprise were curbed by government regulations, increases in the minimum wage, and the growth of the labour movement. Strong unions and progressive governments combined to have wealth distributed less inequitably. Social safety nets were provided to help those in need. 

Corporate owners, executives, and major shareholders resisted all these moderate reforms. Their operations had to be forcibly humanized. They always resented having even a small fraction of their profits diverted into wages, taxes, and social benefits; but until the mid-1970s and early ‘80s they couldn’t prevent it. Now they can.

Empowered by international trade agreements and the global mobility of capital, they can overcome virtually all political and labour constraints. They are free once more, as they were in the 1800s, to maximize profits and exploit workers, to control or coerce national governments, to re-establish the survival of the fittest as the socioeconomic norm.

This resurgence of corporate power is eroding a century of social progress. We are in danger of reverting to the kind of mass poverty and deprivation that marked the Victorian era. Indeed, this kind of corporate-decreed barbarism and inequality is already rampant in many developing countries, and even in some developed one. Including Canada.

Millions of people in this country have been forced to live in poverty by the outsourcing of good-paying industrial jobs under “free trade” and the erosion of social benefits. For them, a reversion to the bleak era of the 19th-century robber barons is already well underway.

Middle-class Canadians, of course, still cling to good jobs and live in relative comfort, but many are not nearly as secure in their lifestyle as they seem to think. They don’t know how badly their forebears were mistreated in the workplaces of the 1800s, so the prospect of a reversion to Victorian times doesn’t worry them. It should.

A brief history lesson may therefore be in order.

Industrial serfdom 

Working hours in the mines and factories were from sunrise to sunset, about 72 hours a week. Wages, in 1910 currency, averaged less than $3 a day. Workers had to live in shacks or overcrowded tenements. They couldn’t afford carpets on the floor or even dishes for their meals.

Most workplaces were dirty, dimly lit, poorly heated. In many factories there were no guards on saw-blades, pulleys, or other dangerous machinery, because owners were not held responsible for industrial accidents. Workers took jobs at their own risk. If they were killed or injured at work, as many thousands were, they were blamed for their own “carelessness.” Uncounted thousands also died of tuberculosis, pneumonia, and other diseases caused by inadequate heat or sanitation.

Conditions in the mines were especially bad, with most miners dying from accidents or “black-lung” disease before they reached the age of 35. Hundreds of thousands of children, some as young as six, were forced to work 12 hours a day, often being whipped or beaten.

A Canadian Royal Commission on Child Labour in the late 1800s reported that “the employment of children is extensive and on the increase. Boys under 12 work all night in the glass-works in Montreal. In the coal mines of Nova Scotia, it is common for 10-year-old boys to work a 60-hour week down in the pits.

“These children work as many hours as adults, sometimes more. They have to be in the mill or mine by 6:30 a.m., necessitating their being up at 5 for their morning meal, some having to walk several miles to their work.”

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Child labor (Source: Wikispaces)

This Royal Commission found that not only were children fined for tardiness and breakages, but also that in some factories they were beaten with birch rods. Many thousands of them lost fingers, hands, even entire limbs, when caught in unguarded gears or pulleys. Many hundreds were killed. Their average life expectancy was 33.

As late as 1910 in Canada, more than 300,000 children under 12 were still being subjected to brutal working conditions. It wasn’t until the 1920s, in fact, that child labour in this country was completely stamped out.

An enterprising union organizer managed to get into a cigar factory in 1908. He found young girls being whipped if they couldn’t keep up their production quota. Many girls wound up at week’s end owing the boss money because they had more pay docked for defective cigars than they earned.

A visitor to a twine-making factory in 1907 counted nine girls at one bench alone who had lost either a finger or a thumb.

A surgeon who lived in a mill town related in his memoirs that, over a 15-year period, he had amputated over 1,000 fingers of children whose hands had been mangled when forced to oil or clean unprotected mill machines while they were still running.

Child labour defended 

This callous mistreatment of working people was not only condoned, but even extolled – and not just by the business establishment. The daily newspapers of the time also defended the employers. So did the major religions. In 1888, when labour leader Daniel O’Donaghue proposed a resolution at a public meeting in Toronto calling for the abolition of child labour, all 41 clergymen who attended the meeting voted against it.

In Quebec, for many years, the Catholic Church forbade its members to join a union “under pain of grievous sin” – and many bishops and priests went so far as to deny union members a Christian burial when they died.

Blessed by the clergy, the press, and the politicians, employers considered it their God-given right to treat workers as virtual slaves. Said railroad tycoon George F. Baer,

“The interests of the labouring man will be cared for, not by the labour agitators, but by the Christian men to whom God has given control of the property rights of the country.”

In the United States, another robber baron, Frederick Townsend Martin, was even more candid. In an interview he gave to a visiting British journalist, he boasted:

“We are the rich. We own this country. And we intend to keep it by throwing all the tremendous weight of our support, our influence, our money, our purchased politicians, our public-speaking demagogues, into the fight against any legislation, any political party or platform or campaign that threatens our vested interests.”

Back to the future 

Today’s big business executives are not so outspoken, at least not in public, but privately they could make the same boast.  Their basic agenda is not that much different from that of their 19th-century forerunners, whom they envy and seek to emulate. And what’s really scary is that they now have amassed almost as much of the political and economic power they need to recreate the “bad old days” of the industrial robber barons.

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David Rockefeller (Source: The Corbett Report)

A modern descendant of John D. Rockefeller — his great-grandson, banker David Rockefeller — put it plainly in a speech he gave back in the 1990s:

“We who run the transnational corporations are now in the driver’s seat of the global economic engine. We are setting government policies instead of watching from the sidelines.”

A long-time proponent of a corporate New World Order, David Rockefeller has also declared that:

“The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual élite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practised in the past.” He also said: “All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.”

Whether 9/11 or the 2008 financial crash was the major crisis Roosevelt yearned for, they have both resulted in an upsurge of corporate power. Today’s CEOs are unquestionably calling the shots, having harnessed almost all governments to their regressive agenda. The only thing they aren’t sure about is how long it will take them to obliterate the last vestiges of the hated “welfare state” and establish the neo-Victorian New World Order David Rockefeller predicted would be the ultimate corporate triumph.

Already, in many developing nations, they have brought back child labour. Conditions in most factories operated by or for the transnational corporations in Asia and parts of Latin America are not much better today than they were in North America and Europe in the 1800s. Thousands of boys and girls are being compelled to work 12 hours a day in dirty, unsafe workshops, for 40 or 50 cents an hour.

One 15-year-old girl who started working in a maquila sweatshop in Honduras when she was 13, testifying before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on child labour 20 years ago, told how she and 600 other teenaged girls were compelled to sew cotton sweaters from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. They were beaten by their bosses if they make a mistake, forbidden to speak to co-workers, allowed only half an hour a day for lunch, and just two visits a day to the bathroom. She was paid 38 cents an hour to make sweaters that were sold in the U.S. for $90.

This flinthearted exploitation of child labour may never be repeated in Canada, mainly because there are so many children in poorer nations who can more easily be exploited. But don’t rule out the possibility that much of our adult work force will be driven back into a modern-day version of serfdom. With our labour laws impaired and laxly enforced, with workers’ unions and bargaining rights weakened, with well-paid manufacturing jobs being replaced by low-paid part-time or temporary work, the regression of our labour force into 19th-century-style servitude is far from a dystopian fantasy.

Canadians should take a good hard look back at the age of absolute corporate power that doomed millions to dire poverty and serfdom in the late 1800s. If they did, they might be more concerned about having to relive that blighted and benighted past – and become active in the struggle to avert it.

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Increased Military Pressure on All Fronts. The Threat of Global Warfare

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Fuente: Global Research

“…one shouldn’t put one’s trust in speeches like that from the gentlemen, for on such occasions the gentlemen liked to say agreeable things, but they had little or no significance and, once uttered, they were forgotten for all time, but admittedly, on the very next occasion one got caught again in their trap.” (Franz Kafka)

With these words Kafka described the modern condition, each one of us trapped in the sticky web of technology and deceit designed to manipulate us to act and think against our selves, to accept the role of monkeys offered bananas in a cage, surrendering the struggling to escape it.

The most dangerous element of that technology is the constant and increasing flood of images of war, of “terror,” of cities destroyed, cultures erased, entire progressive socio-economic systems torn apart, or threatened with destruction, not by the “terrorists” but by the states that declared their “war on terror,” by the states that in reality created the terror in all its forms; the worst being the constant threat of instant and universal annihilation in a nuclear war.

That threat, the threat of nuclear war is more dangerous with every passing day as we see the NATO build-up along Russia’s western borders echoing the Nazi build-up before their invasion in 1941, the rolling invasion of Syria by American and allied forces, the hysterical rhetoric and military movements against North Korea, and the increasing contempt for Chinese sovereignty. Any of these threats from the United States could lead to nuclear war but the threat that concerns all of us is the one against Russia because a nuclear war with Russia is, as President Putin pointed out recently, not survivable. Yet, it is the threat against Russia that is building, building, building; increased military pressure on all fronts, increased economic warfare, called “sanctions,” increased hybrid warfare ranging from hacking of Russian computer systems, to direct attacks on Russian forces in Syria, from expulsion of diplomats to verbal abuse against and assassination of ambassadors. But the extent of the danger is to be seen not outside the United States but in the internal political turmoil that is taking place inside the United States.

Their propaganda against Russia as the “enemy” trying to destroy America through various forms of subversion is daily fare in all the mass media. The alleged subversion is stated as fact. The fact that the allegations are patently absurd means nothing when those who mould opinion refuse to say so and openly lie to the people with every word they utter. But the level of the threat against Russia is signalled by the willingness among the war faction to sacrifice anyone, no matter who they are or what position, in order to advance this propaganda. We now watch as the US Congress holds hearings in which senior government officials are called to defend themselves against charges of having had Russian connections. The President of the country is himself subject to a barrage of accusations of treason.

This scandal is not just about the bickering between the losing party in the US elections and the winning party with the losers willing to risk the security of the people of the country in a bid to take power denied them at the ballot box. There is an element of that. The war faction does want to have its finger directly on the button. Elections and democracy mean nothing to them so long as they take the power. But they could have used any scandal to try to do that. They have concocted the “Russian threat to democracy” because they want war with Russia and to convince the people of the United States and the world that this war is necessary and just, are willing to destroy even their own leaders, and their country’s democratic system, as weak and non-representative of the needs of the people as it is, in order to achieve their purpose.

The longer this spectacle in the United States goes on the worse it is going to get. But those under attack do not seem to understand what is happening to them, that they are being used to advance this propaganda, that they are being set up as scapegoats and in fact they even play along with the game, with Jeff Sessions, the US Attorney-General, today, the 13 of June, telling the US Senate Intelligence investigative committee that the accusation he “colluded” with Russia was “an appalling and detestable lie” but playing his role in this propaganda show by adding,

“that he was concerned the President did not realise the severity of the threat from Russia interference that can never be tolerated.”

The former FBI Director James Comey, a man with deep state connections, testified to the same committee that he was fired because of his investigation into the Russian allegations even though he provided no proof there was anything to investigate. Again, the facts don’t matter. The only thing that matters is the impression left, that Russia has and is attempting to subvert the United States and has succeeded in infiltrating its agents into the presidency and senior government and military levels.

To further advance this propaganda theme purges are necessary to add to the drama and we have seen Comey leave, General Flynn resign and others forced out of office or threatened with it. But the main objective of these hearings and the mass media coverage of them is to generate peoples hostility towards Russia, and this seems to be succeeding, as polls indicate. The next level of the propaganda war will be to create such an intense situation in the United States that the calls for war by the people will be the natural reaction of their outrage and, in any case, this is what the war faction and media will tell us, that the people demand action.

President Putin can meet with celebrities like Oliver Stone to correct the facts and state the truth. He can successfully dance circles around bubble headed American journalists in interviews, but he cannot control the mass media in the west that rarely allows Russian points of view to be heard. Still the attempt must be made.

The United States is in a crisis. The games being played there are dangerous for its people. The logic of the demands made by those making the allegations means that President Trump must resign or be charged with treason. If he refuses to go there will be attempts to force him. If he is forced out, the people that voted for him and support him will feel rightly cheated and they will react. And who is to replace him? It can only be one of the war faction or a puppet and if that cannot issue be resolved peacefully then the military could step in to “manage” things in a time of “threat” and “urgency.” There have been coup d’états before in the United States. We are witnessing another now.

The United States is in a crisis generated by people who have no idea how to control all the possible consequences of the events they have begun and because of this they are very dangerous to themselves and to the world. While the Russians prepare for the worst and hope for the best we in the west must do what we can to challenge the war propaganda, the propaganda of hostility and hatred that is inflicted on us by the criminals in control of the western governments and western media. Each of us is just one voice, but our voices united become a shout and with our shout we can level the walls of hostility that keep us from the peaceful coexistence that the peoples of world need to continue the struggle for economic and social justice, for real democracy, for progress, against the forces of reaction and fascism that always threaten us. Let’s not get “caught again in their trap.”

Christopher Black is an international criminal lawyer based in Toronto. He is known for a number of high-profile war crimes cases and recently published his novel “Beneath the Clouds. He writes essays on international law, politics and world events, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”

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3 areas that show America’s racial inequality

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Fuente: Stanford University – Futurity

Housing, employment, and health are three domains with “profound racial and ethnic inequalities” in the United States, report researchers.

The continuing disparities in home ownership in the US may best illustrate some of the inequities faced by black and Hispanic families.

Less than half of black families (41 percent) and Hispanic families (45 percent) live in owner-occupied housing, as of 2014. For white families, that figure is 71 percent.

Home ownership helps families accumulate wealth and take advantage of sizable tax savings. By contrast, being forced into the rental market can set off a domino effect of events that then make it more difficult to exit from poverty, according to the annual “State of the Union” report from Stanford University’s Center on Poverty and Inequality.

Roughly 1 in 6 black and Hispanic households spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing, leaving them with fewer resources to devote to their children’s education, health care, and other basic needs.

This fundamental disparity, the report says, can be traced back to the home-mortgage expansion that accompanied President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” which was enacted some 80 years ago. Families of color were, in effect, excluded from receiving these mortgages. While white families took advantage of them and prospered, other families were left behind and are still trying to catch up.

“We typically look to policy as a vehicle for equalizing,” says David Grusky, a professor of sociology and director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality. “But here our policy has fallen short by that standard. The very policies designed to be equalizing, like the commitment to making mortgages widely available, in fact worked to introduce inequalities.”

The persisting earnings gap has made it even more difficult for African Americans and Hispanics to catch up. In 2010, median earnings for black males were 32 percent lower than median earnings for their white counterparts. The earnings gap between white and Hispanic men grew from 29 to 42 percent between 1970 and 2010.

The earnings gap between black and white males has narrowed by only 7 percentage points in four decades.

Two Americas

Since 1980, racial and ethnic disparities in poverty in the US have remained largely unchanged, resulting in what the researchers characterize as “two Americas.”

To gauge inequality, look at lifetime spending

Whereas blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans are more likely to experience the high-poverty America, Asians and whites are more likely to experience the low-poverty America. One in four blacks, one in four Native Americans, and one in five Hispanics are classified as poor. By contrast, only 1 in 10 whites and 1 in 10 Asians are poor. The authors note that whites make up most of the nation’s poor, but that is because there are more whites in the total population.

Three gaps:

This disparity arises in part because of racial and ethnic gaps in employment, health, and wealth:

Jobs: The employment rate for African American men has been 11 to 15 percentage points lower than that for whites in every month since January 2000. During the Great Recession, African-American men’s employment rates fell further and recovered more slowly than did white men’s employment.

Health: There are also profound racial disparities in illness and death. For example, blacks are two to three times more likely than whites to suffer from hypertension and diabetes, leading in turn to higher rates of cardiovascular disease.

Wealth: In 2013, a white family’s median wealth was $141,900. The study states that, “for every dollar of wealth held by the median white family, the median African American family had less than 8 cents in wealth, and the median Hispanic family had less than 10 cents.”

Inequality from birth

The report argues that many fewer disparities would develop later in life by “equalizing starting conditions.”

The deck is stacked against blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans because they are dealt, as the report states, an immediate “one-two punch” at the very moment of birth. They are not just more likely to be born into families with less wealth, education, and income, but they are also more likely to live in poor neighborhoods where high-quality schools are more difficult to find, crime is high, and other amenities are unavailable.

The report states that simply equalizing starting conditions wouldn’t eliminate racial and ethnic inequalities, but would at least help reduce them. It is not enough to equalize starting conditions because blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans are exposed later in their life to “educational, labor market, and criminal justice institutions riddled with discriminatory practices.”

Is violent upheaval the only cure for inequality?

“It is nonetheless especially attractive to cut off at the source those processes of cumulative advantage and disadvantage that convert smaller differences early in life to larger ones in adulthood,” the report states.

“A distinctly American commitment,” says Grusky, “is that, when the race begins, everyone should be lined up at the same starting place. This commitment is not being honored. We don’t even come close to living up to what we claim matters to us.”

Some good news

For all these problems, the report also stressed that there are some encouraging signs.

Academic performance for all students improved between 1990 and 2015, and black and Hispanic students experienced the fastest improvement. The researchers attribute this result to early-education initiatives that equalized opportunities in early childhood, but they also cautioned that such success is still only partial, noting that “Hispanic students lag almost two grade levels, and black students lag roughly two to two-and-a-half grade levels behind whites.”

The report also found a declining gap in social mobility. Although “the persistence of affluence is stronger for whites, while the persistence of poverty is stronger for blacks,” the black-white gap in the persistence of poverty has “closed significantly.”

For white children born into the 20th percentile of household income, the probability of moving upward is about 75 percent—a figure that hasn’t changed much since 1945.

Black children in that same 20th percentile now have about a 70 percent probability of moving up. In 1945, this probability was less than 50 percent. The study attributes policies such as Head Start, school desegregation, and school finance reform as contributors to this change.

Additional authors of the report are from Stanford, Brandeis University, Cardiff University, Duke University, Harvard University, New York University, University of Texas, UC Berkeley, and UC Irvine.

Source: Stanford University

The Brexit Trick

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Fuente: Global Research

This will not take long. I am able to give this guarantee because I am writing about the British Government’s “Plans”. This is a subject matter that is almost bereft of content: in all essential substantive particulars, Conservative Planning is a nullity.

On Monday, 20th March, on a visit to Wales Theresa May informed an expectant British public that “We have a Plan for Britain”. Since then keyboards have melted and forests have died in the search for the specific, real terms of this “Plan”. Nobody has found it, or uncovered any content at all. Nothing has “leaked” into the public domain either; typically a sign that there is nothing there to leak (for all Government is deliberately constructed as a sieve).

We have already been given a ‘dry-run’ of Conservative planning capacities, from the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote; when the Brutus and Cassius of Conservative Leave, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson, faced with the prospect of leading the Referendum victors, and presenting Britain with the substance of their vision, their “Plan”: immediately and abjectly fled the field. The Conservative Party, subject to its own long history of bad judgements about people; immediately appointed Theresa May Prime Minister, in order to put the Conservative Party firmly ahead of the National Interest, and lead us into this risible Coalition of Chaos. Since Theresa May’s disastrous appointment to an office she does not have the capacities to fill, what passes for the actual management of Brexit in the Conservative Government effectively handed the problematic functional process to David Davies and – far more importantly – the Whitehall Civil Service.

There rests an even more intractable problem for Britain than the crude, maladroit nature of Conservatism. The Civil Service does not possess the resources, the capacities, the knowledge or the experience to negotiate the Brexit process; of course nobody can admit this, but there it is. The Civil Service does not possess these resources now; nor does the Civil Service have the capacity, or the time, to repair the abyss between where they are now, and where they need to be. Currently the Civil Service are hiring people by the hundred to close an impossible gap; but not from a pool of applicants that already have the professional expertise or the accumulated detailed experience required to cope with the scale of the operation. This kind of international knowledge, the deep, longstanding culture and skilled resources required to consider undertaking such a process and expect viable outcomes, can only be found in very few, very large civil international operations. On the scale required for Brexit, and across so many complex areas, these skills are typically to be found only in the US or EU. The EU has been negotiating on Britain’s behalf in international trade for forty years. The EU therefore possesses not just all the EU’s knowledge, but effectively, ours. In this specific world they know more about us than we do. The EU, and the EU alone already has all the necessary expertise and resources because that is what it is designed to do; for us. It follows that it possesses the culture and the knowledge we need: and we do not.

Deep down the meaning of “no deal is better than a bad deal” reflects more critically than ‘choice’ or (laughably) Britain’s ‘freedom’, the fact that Britain has entered a world in which it is “over its head” and far out of its depth. “No deal”, cruelly but realistically, represents an important indication not of our negotiating ‘stance’, but of our real capacity to do any deal in the time, and on the scale required.

“Deep down the meaning of “no deal is better than a bad deal” reflects more critically than ‘choice’ or (laughably) Britain’s ‘freedom’, the fact that Britain has entered a world in which it is “over its head” and far out of its depth. “No deal”, cruelly but realistically, represents an important indication not of our negotiating ‘stance’, but of our real capacity to do any deal in the time, and on the scale required.”

More important than “no deal is better than a bad deal”, as a measure of Britain’s idea of a “Plan” is Theresa May’s other great contribution to the lexicon of the utterly meaningless: “Make no mistake, the central challenge we face is negotiating the best deal for Britain in Europe.” (19th May). The words “the best deal for Britain” have been repeated more often by Conservative politicians than any other statement on Brexit. The Conservatives have already turned it into a form of devout conviction. Let the buyer beware. What does it mean? Nobody knows. Nobody knows because nobody knows what is in the “Plan”. The Conservative solution to the ensuing problem; how do you persuade a gradually more anxious and suspicious electorate that they do not need to know the “Plan” to believe in the “best deal”; but can trust in the Conservatives to deliver it? Tell them that the Plan is a secret because we cannot give away our ‘negotiating hand’ to the “other side”: the EU. This is what we are asked to believe. It misrepresents the nature of these negotiations and the priorities of the EU, but that line of argument – after all – was always a ‘red herring’.

The Conservative insistence in telling the British people nothing about the British negotiating position is not based on wise negotiating strategy, but is rather a simple function of the chaos at the heart of Conservatism. The Conservatives do not understand enough about the complexities and consequences of adopting any final position on anything specific at all in the negotiations for reasons of simple ignorance of the facts, because in twelve months they have still learned virtually nothing. The Conservatives are terrified of discovering, soon after negotiating any specific issue, that they may have alighted on a ‘hostage to fortune’ (their whole 2017 election strategy is a recent example of this outcome). The “best deal for Britain” is not a secret because of what the EU would then know, but has a much simpler purpose. The “best deal” is a secret because the British Government requires to keep it a secret from the British people, not the EU; revealing the (largely illusory) “Plan” to the British people is not an option for a Conservative Government and Party intent on remaining in power, no matter what.

Neither Theresa May nor the Conservative Party can afford to negotiate any deal at all in the EU, and return to the British people with a negotiated settlement of any kind that is not the “best deal”. Which means a deal that nobody in Britain could then unpick, undermine or politically exploit (from any or all sides). How do you achieve this? By defining whatever deal the Conservative Government negotiates as the “best deal”; and then using the Party, the resources of its donors, and its obedient media and press to sell the deal negotiated as the “best deal”, in a total propaganda tsunami. This can only be done if the Government refuses to tell the public anything at all about its “Plan” beforehand, or the content of the best deal. The Conservatives have no idea what the “best deal” will look like; because the ‘best deal’ has to be whatever they say it is, and whatever they have chosen, or are able to negotiate. Think about it.

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