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From the begining of the Ukraine issue when EU institutions pulled hard on the then government and its people's to decide on being orientated towards Europe this was bound to exert pressure on a country which is a fault line between European and Russian ethnic groups.

We in the west have to take some responsibility for what has occurred. Ukraine has never existed in a vacumn historically or geographically. The government in the country has been an uneasy tug of war where arguably democracy has taken second place and the lack of resolution of the East versus west situation. Russia's access for its navy to the Mediteranean via the Crimea is seen as so vital to Russia's interests that the threat to place this under 'other' as yet undefined influence was bound to be acted upon. This is not to say that Russia is right in its actions, its covert support for a democratically fragile and arguably corrupt regime is also a major part of this, however where do we go from here.
 
The institutions within world bodies have failed the people's of the Ukraine and we now seek a firm role for disinterested parties such as the UN and it seems Germany as a direct conduit, to do the boring but steady work to heal this.
 
Russia's hold and pressure on the governments of Ukraine through the dependence of gas and oil through Russian pipelines has to be scrutinised but also the EU's understanding that the country should never ever be finally decided on fixed identities which suit the ideas of certain traditions and allegiances from east and west but fataly fail a complex society
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From the begining of the Ukraine issue when EU institutions pulled hard on the then government and its people's to decide on being orientated towards Europe this was bound to exert pressure on a country which is a fault line between European and Russian ethnic groups.

We in the west have to take some responsibility for what has occurred. Ukraine has never existed in a vacumn historically or geographically. The government in the country has been an uneasy tug of war where arguably democracy has taken second place and the lack of resolution of the East versus west situation. Russia's access for its navy to the Mediteranean via the Crimea is seen as so vital to Russia's interests that the threat to place this under 'other' as yet undefined influence was bound to be acted upon. This is not to say that Russia is right in its actions, its covert support for a democratically fragile and arguably corrupt regime is also a major part of this, however where do we go from here.
 
The institutions within world bodies have failed the people's of the Ukraine and we now seek a firm role for disinterested parties such as the UN and it seems Germany as a direct conduit, to do the boring but steady work to heal this.
 
Russia's hold and pressure on the governments of Ukraine through the dependence of gas and oil through Russian pipelines has to be scrutinised but also the EU's understanding that the country should never ever be finally decided on fixed identities which suit the ideas of certain traditions and allegiances from east and west but fataly fail a complex society
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Most of the manipulations are done behind closed doors, there is a reasonable enough assumption here that much is to be gained by Saudi, US and other aligned interests in the weakening and targeting of Shia/Hezbollah forces and interests. The biggest question here today is how far will this proxy war in Lebanon go and what will be the fall out. Anyone who remembers the early 80s and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon will know that a lot is at stake here and there is a civilian population in the middle of this.

#Beirut   #syria   #Shia   #hezbollah   #USforiegninterests  
 
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▶ Obama & White House  - 
 
I am from the UK and in my feeling although we should be grateful that we have a democratic president in power this is not a sufficient test to the health of the US democracy; there remains the lack of expression of some crucial human rights issues with Guantanamo, with the use of drones with civilian casualties and deaths and the data trawling of the NSA and the Prism program. 

Surely we should remember that it is the values we hold allegiance to and not just a flag and in the issues I have identified there is a clear deficit of civilized and human values. We have a choice in these things and our votes provide consent.
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Never one to use this medium for reccomending TV programmes but the one I saw last night on BBC channel 4 which can be found on iPlayer here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03fvc2j/Mini_A_Life_Revisited/ is not to be missed.
 
It is a touching, disturbing and very revealing documentary of the life of a young boy taken into care for his 'behaviour' issues and it follows his being interviewed by psychologists etc. You may as I was be astonished at how attitudes have changed in the intervening 40 years but what is very clear from its viewing now is that we knew little then about how the dynamics of the family had a direct effect of what this child expressed and in actual fact needed; the need for attachment, secure attachment which his parents through there own family conditioning and dilemas lacked themselves.
 
We would or should have a different conversation with that very vulnerable young child now and we would now hopefully so have provided him with that unique experience of being listened to fully and unconditionally and he might then have listened in return.

#attachment_theory   #70s   #BBC  
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From the begining of the Ukraine issue when EU institutions pulled hard on the then government and its people's to decide on being orientated towards Europe this was bound to exert pressure on a country which is a fault line between European and Russian ethnic groups.

We in the west have to take some responsibility for what has occurred. Ukraine has never existed in a vacumn historically or geographically. The government in the country has been an uneasy tug of war where arguably democracy has taken second place and the lack of resolution of the East versus west situation. Russia's access for its navy to the Mediteranean via the Crimea is seen as so vital to Russia's interests that the threat to place this under 'other' as yet undefined influence was bound to be acted upon. This is not to say that Russia is right in its actions, its covert support for a democratically fragile and arguably corrupt regime is also a major part of this, however where do we go from here.
 
The institutions within world bodies have failed the people's of the Ukraine and we now seek a firm role for disinterested parties such as the UN and it seems Germany as a direct conduit, to do the boring but steady work to heal this.
 
Russia's hold and pressure on the governments of Ukraine through the dependence of gas and oil through Russian pipelines has to be scrutinised but also the EU's understanding that the country should never ever be finally decided on fixed identities which suit the ideas of certain traditions and allegiances from east and west but fataly fail a complex society
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Andrew Baker originally shared:
 
Most of the manipulations are done behind closed doors, there is a reasonable enough assumption here that much is to be gained by Saudi, US and other aligned interests in the weakening and targeting of Shia/Hezbollah forces and interests. The biggest question here today is how far will this proxy war in Lebanon go and what will be the fall out. Anyone who remembers the early 80s and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon will know that a lot is at stake here and there is a civilian population in the middle of this.

#Beirut   #syria   #Shia   #hezbollah   #USforiegninterests  
 
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This is no laughing matter as punters, or you have been called customers have been hysterically herded to boost growth by the fueling of even more private debt and yet the shadow of interest rate rises have not as yet figured in people's calculations. Sorry to be the skeleton at the feast but there are shocks ahead and many will struggle in the new year causing a draw back from so called national growth, fueled as it is by consumer spending. We were told that we would never go back to an economy based on the never never, credit boom and yet deceitfully that is what we have at present.

#creditboom   #interestraterise   #ukpolitics   #xmasdebt  
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Here in the UK we share the global dilema of news being imparted by a relatively small number of individuals and corporate groups. In the UK these tend to be centre right and right with one notable exception of the Guardian newspaper group one of the only here to be owned by a trust and maybe because of this prepared and free to be adventurous with its reporting and scope of comment not hindered one may argue from the over the shoulder look at vested interest.

The current UK report into press wrongdoing and intrusions into privacy  under Lord Leveson has created all sorts of comment and keen debate. On the one hand there is a heated opposition from any taint of political, or political institutional protections into the conduct of the press and on the other there are those who deem that all opportunites for self stewardship have been thwarted by cynical chasing of circulations at all costs as an a priori and that the time is nigh for appropriate measures to ensure that the media are brought to book for any transgressions.

Its a detailed argument on both sides which does present real problems and gets us thinking about how we match aims and practical measures. 

Even the Guardian which has much to say about the vested interest and media bias sees the transition to any new system as problematic. Yes to prevent the slide into cultural bullying by media power and the trivialisation of debate let alone the travesty of phone hacking but as the Guardian has intimated would any new accomodation hinder the most recent expose of the misdoings by the state as in the Greenwald and Snowden leaks. I am stopped in my tracks by this argument and cease salivating over the vision over the taming of Murdoch and the like.

The arguments and details are illustrated here.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/27/leveson-press-regulation-steve-coogan-david-mitchell

#UK   #leveson   #Snowden  
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Coogan should have asked Iannuci to edit him.
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Uk Citizen living in south downs area of west sussex. Interested in politics, the arts, psychology and the realm of human life and thought.
 
I run my own company Time Aside which specialises in meeting needs groups and individuals through 'Non-Directive' exploration and play using sensory art. THrough this work we have tenders for projects to meet the needs of
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Had a Sunday brunch and it was superb in every way. This is high end food with a real unique quality of atmostphere and of service. This is the place to sit with others in a social atmostphere where you all get to share the moment when quality arrives on a plate leaving you relaxed. John the chef/cook does this becuae he loves it and this shows in the ambience as well as the food. DO VISIT THIS.
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Excelent in every way. Their is a particular atmostphere which has respect for the locale and yet has such individual taste. I have lived around here for some time but this is the best drinking and eating environment around.
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One of the most charming of places to go to any where in the South East of England. Its a place for that special occassion with friends. Organic food of this quality does come with a price tag but its worth it.
Food: Very goodDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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