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Katarina Tomaševski – Croatia

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Education is still not globally recognized as a right, despite endless solemn affirmations of the universality of human rights, according to a new report Education Denied: Costs and Remedies, written by Katarina Tomasevski, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education.

Katarina Tomaševski – Croatia

Education Denied: Costs and Remedies, published on 8 April 2003, is written by Katarina Tomasevski, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education.

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Anita Chaaban & Doris Vetsch – Switzerland

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In February 2004 the Swiss people voted an initiative for lifelong imprisonment for sentencing of dangerous recidivist criminals. The people’s initiative was launched by a group of crime victims and families of victims. They collected over 194,000 signatures, almost double the number required to submit an initiative.

Anita Chaaban & Doris Vetsch – Switzerland

Those behind the initiative, like Anita Chaaban and Doris Vetsch, which had the backing of the rightwing People’s Party, wanted offenders found guilty of sexual and violent crimes to be handed lifelong sentences if they failed a one-off psychological assessment at the time of conviction.

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Jean Ziegler – Switzerland

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Updated September 7, 2010 with the following links: with the websites Right to Food and Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights ADH, with Training on ESC Rights, with Global cereal supply and demand update. Also with en.wikipedia /last modified on 6 September 2010.

Updated April 22, 2008: linked with Biofuels under attack as world food prices soar, with Conspiration Mondialisation, with the op-icescr – situation on April 2006, with op-icescr – again in Geneva, with HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CONCLUDES INTERACTIVE DEBATE … , with Suffering Hunger, with The UNHRC concludes … , with IDP’s food concern in Chechnya and Azerbaijan, and with Menschenrechte auch in der Wirtschaft.

Jean Ziegler – Switzerland

Jean Ziegler (born April 19, 1934) is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and a senior professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris. He was a Member of Parliament for the Social Democrats in the Swiss federal parliament from 1981 to 1999, now he is one of the biggest protagonists of the alter-globalization movement.   Continue Reading…

Bader Zaman – Pakistan

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Found in AfterDowningStreet.org: Written by the french journalist Sara Daniel, Le Nouvel Observateur, Translation by French language correspondent Leslie Thatcher, An Innocent Man in the Hell of Guantánamo – He’s forgotten nothing of the pain, the humiliation, the solitude. American investigators took a year to clear him. And another year to free him. Beyond the revolting injustice to which he was victim, former journalist Bader Zaman denounces the arbitrariness of American detention centers.

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Sorry, I could not find any photo of Bader Zaman – Pakistan.

He suffers from hypermnesia. It’s twelve months since Bader Zaman was released from Guantánamo prison, but he remembers every detail of his detention.

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Keiko Sugi – Japan

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General Direktor Keiko Sugi, a 64 years young energic little woman, is responsible of an astonishing experience she created with the social establishment Kotoen in Edogawa, in the suburb of Tokyo. A hundreds of youngest kids share their daily life with some 60 old residents in this establishment.

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Sorry, I could not find any photo of Keiko Sugi.

Every category of age has a waiting list with more than 100 persons wanting to joint this experience. Question: how long will it take that this experience is imitated? Here a description by Jacqueline Dix, reported in December 2004 on her first-hand experiences of intergenerational work in Japan.

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Stéphane Koch – Switzerland

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Stéphane Koch carries out advice and training missions in economic intelligence, strategic scanning, information confidentiality and informational risk. Holder of a degree in Telecommunication and Public Relations, he is also a Executive Master in Economic Crime Investigations .

Stéphane Koch – Switzerland

Stéphane Koch also intervenes in cases related to reputation management, informational assets protection of companies, business marks protection on the Internet, and in other problematic cases related with cybercriminality.

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Shigeru Ban – Japan

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Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is one of the most innovative architects working today. His consistent design philosophy is to create uniquely free and open space with concrete rationality of structure and construction method.

Shigeru Ban – Japan

It seeks to challenge the existing construction method by using easily obtainable off-the-shelf materials in innovative and unprecedented structural/construction systems. To achieve this goal, SBA dares to go through an empirical trial (-and error) process to consistently incorporate newly discovered technology throughout the design process into its design.

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Tatiana Shaumian – Russia

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Dr Tatiana Shaumian, Director of the Centre for Indian Studies in Moscow, publishes in The Pioneer on 23-11-2005 the following article: Azerbaijan under scanner, by Tatiana Shaumian – Has the wave of ‘orange revolutions’ abated?

The answer of some experts appears to be ‘yes’, following a fizzled attempt by Azerbaijan’s fractured opposition to challenge the results of a fraudulent election in the streets of Baku last week: There seems little doubt that Azerbaijan’s November 6 parliamentary polls were heavily rigged. Over 600 foreign observers, most of them professionals sent from Europe, found massive official manipulation of the process – before, during and after the voting. The New Azerbaijan Party, which supports President Ilham Aliyev, duly declared victory, claiming for themselves and their allies the vast majority of parliamentary seats. Aliyev himself, playing the role of ‘wise leader’, went on TV to admit a few ‘technical violations’ but insisted the elections were valid.

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Sorry, I can not find any photo of Tatiana Shaumian, Russia (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

All this has happened before. In Georgia two years ago, in Ukraine one year ago, and in Kyrgyzstan last Spring. In each of those upheavals, the opposition refused to accept defeat and took to the streets. After a few weeks of demonstrations, the governments of those three countries fell, leading to new elections that were massively won by opposition forces.   Continue Reading…

Firdous Tabasum – Kashmir

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Linked with India and Central Asia: Vanishing distances.

Towards strategic partnership, by Dr.Tabasum Firdous – The biggest irritant in regional peace and stability in South Asia has been the question of final disposal of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. As a bone of contention between India and Pakistan, the issue has immensely strained relations between the two countries.

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Sorry, I can not find any photo of Firdous Tabasum, Kashmir (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

Three wars have been fought and the proxy war is still going on. Therefore the question of regional peace strategy has to focus on this issue. India’s complaint is that the US has not come out with outright endorsement of her position on Kashmir.

At the same time, the US could not be too forthright on Pakistan’s claim. Washington has been trying to equate the two powerful South Asian countries in the scale of its policy planning in the region.

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Rikke Frank Jørgensen – Denmark

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Linked with Centrality of Human Rights.

Rikke Frank Joergensen is a senior advisor at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen. She is a civil society representative in the Danish government delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society.

Rikke Frank Jørgensen

She is a co-founder of Digital Rights Denmark and of the European Digital Rights Initiative (EDRi) and is coordinating the human rights caucus of international civil society for the summit. Rikke holds a Master in Information Science and a European Master in Human Rights and Democratization, specializing in Internet and freedom of expression.

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Weyma Lübbe – Germany

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Ethics of goods in times of starvation: Weyma Lübbe studies the ethics of distribution of live saving goods, when ones have to decide who may survive by getting access to this life saving goods.

Weyma Lübbe

Examples: food in times of starvation, medical goods (not enough Tamiflu for a whole population) during a pandemic disease, access to transport in times of danger (transports out of New Orleans), and so on.

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Vinod Raina – India

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A physicist by profession, Vinod is one of the pioneers of the People’s Science Movement in India, having helped set up the All-India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) and the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (BGVS).

Vinod Raina

He is a founding member of Eklavya, an organization advocating alternative education for more than two decades, and the only NGO whose curriculum was adopted in the state school educational system.

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Shari Eppel – Zimbabwe

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Shari Eppel, the Executive Director of Amani Trust, was born in Zimbabwe and has lived there her entire life. Amani Trust, based in Bulawayo Zimbabwe, was established in 1997 to deal with the many thousands of survivors of institutionalised violence around Zimbabwe, in particular, the civilian survivors of both the liberation war and, in the case of Matabeleland, the survivors of the 1980s atrocities in which over 20,000 people were killed.

Shari Eppel – Zimbabwe

Eppel has been involved with human rights work in the anti-apartheid movement since the late seventies and early eighties during her university days in South Africa. She belonged to the Detainees Parent Support Committee through the Psychology Department, where she used to offer psychological support to the parents of people in detention.

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Robert Fisk – Great Britain

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About Bagdad he said on october 10: Out in the streets where few of us go is hell on Earth. I managed to get, a couple of weeks ago, to the mortuary in the city of Baghdad. As I often go in the past, counting the bodies of midday and midsummer out in the heat.

Robert Fisk – Great Britain

There were 26 by midday. Nine had arrived by nine in the morning. I managed to get the official figures for July for the total number of violent deaths in Baghdad alone. The figure was 1,100 violent deaths, men, women and children. Shot, butchered, knifed, executed, death squad killings. A figure which, of course is not given out by the Iraqi Health Ministry and certainly not by the occupational authorities.

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Harry Wu – China & USA

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Human rights activist Harry Wu is one of the world’s leading human-rights dissidents out of China. When had been expelled from China after being convicted of spying and sentenced him to 15 years in jail, said he would have starved himself to death if Chinese authorities had made him serve a jail sentence.

Harry Wu – China & USA

He had decided to go on hunger strike if Chinese authorities made him serve any of the jail term rather than deporting him. I decided if they put me in the jail even one month or two months or three months (and were) not going to deport me, I decided to have a hunger strike unto the death, Wu said. That’s the only choice: freedom or death, Wu told a news conference when coming back to the USA.

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Thelton Henderson – USA

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From the inhumane treatment of inmates at California’s Pelican Bay prison to the annihilation of dolphins by tuna harvesters, Judge Thelton Henderson has heard countless abuses of power and has consistently ruled on the side of justice.

Thelton Henderson – USA

A quietly eloquent man of unsurpassed character, Henderson was the first black attorney recruited for the Civil Rights Division of Robert F. Kennedy’s Department of Justice, and was appointed to the federal bench in 1980.

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Wei Jingsheng – China

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Born on 20 May 1950 in Beijing, into a family of loyal Communist Party members with connections to many of the top party leaders. His father holds a high-ranking job in the Foreign Ministry. Wei is the eldest of four children. He is educated in elite Communist Party schools and grows up to be a committed Maoist.

Wei Jingsheng – China

1968 – The militant phase of the Cultural Revolution comes to an end towards the middle of the year when Mao reassesses the usefulness of revolutionary violence.

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Hernan Reyes M.D. – Chile, New York and Geneva

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Dr. Hernan M. Reyes, M.D., General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Medical Coordinator for Detention-Related Activities, ICRC.

Hernan Reyes M.D. – Chile, New York and Geneva

Hernan Reyes, MD is a trained obstetrician/gynaecologist from Geneva University, the author subsequently specialized in the medical aspects of detention. He has been a medical coordinator for the ICRC’s detention-related activities since 1984.

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Albie Sachs – South Africa

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Albie Sachs is a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was appointed in 1994 by President Mandela in the wake of South Africa’s first democratic elections. He had been living in exile in Mozambique and had been targeted by South African agents for being an activist South African lawyer and a leading member of the African National Congress (ANC) at the time of the incident.

Albie Sachs – South Africa

Author of many books on human rights, Albie (Albert Louis) Sachs, obtained his BA and LL.B degrees at the University of Cape Town where he was arrested for taking part in Passive Resistance Campaigns. He started practicing as an Advocate at the Cape Town Bar in 1957 working mainly in the civil rights sphere until his detentions without trial by the Security Police.

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Wole Soyinka – Nigeria

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Wole Soyinka was born on 13 July 1934 at Abeokuta, near Ibadan in western Nigeria. After preparatory university studies in 1954 at Government College in Ibadan, he continued at the University of Leeds, where, later, in 1973, he took his doctorate.

Wole Soyinka – Nigeria, Arts and political activism in Nigeria and worldwide

During the six years spent in England, he was a dramaturgist at the Royal Court Theatre in London 1958-1959. In 1960, he was awarded a Rockefeller bursary and returned to Nigeria to study African drama. At the same time, he taught drama and literature at various universities in Ibadan, Lagos, and Ife, where, since 1975, he has been professor of comparative literature.

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Akbar Ganji – Iran

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Post Scriptum October 10, 2006: Iranian Journalist Akbar Ganji will receive the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, by the Martin Ennals Foundation, on Wednesday October 11, 2006, together with Arnold Tsunga from Zimbabwe. They will receive the award from Mrs. Louise Arbor, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Ceremony will take place at the ‘Batiment des Forces Motrices’ in Geneva/Switzerland, within the International North South Media Festival. A reception will follow immediately after the ceremony from 18.30-20.30h.

This site has been linked later (April 02, 2006) with the text IRANIAN PERSONALITIES ON THE ATOMIC CRISIS.

Post Scriptum March 18, 2006: Iranian Journalist Akbar Ganji Released! Human Rights First welcomes the release on March 18 of jailed Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji. Mr. Ganji served a six-year prison sentence in reprisal for publishing numerous articles and a book that implicate government officials in the murder of Iranian intellectuals and writers in the 1990s.

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Akbar Ganji’s long-time hunger strike has nearly cost the Iranian dissident his life. He was sentenced in January 2001 to ten years imprisonment for his investigative articles and speeches, announced his hunger strike on 20 May with the words: “No one should be imprisoned – not even for a second – for expressing an opinion”.

Akbar Ganji – Iran

He and other Iranian dissident intellectuals are fighting for free speech against an extreme religious ideology based on violence, dictatorship, fanaticism and terrorism.

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Ellen R. Reese – USA

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Ellen R. Reese had a BA in Sociology 1991, Reed College; MA Sociology 1993, University of California, Los Angeles; PhD Sociology 1998, University of California, Los Angeles; Today Ellen Reese is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside.

Ellen R. Reese – USA

Awards: Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women’s Studies, 1997; Jean Stone Dissertation Fellowship Award, sponsored by UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women.

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Kritaya Archavanitkul – Thailand

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Kritaya Archavanitkul, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor, demographer with the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) at Mahidol University in Thailand.

Kritaya Archavanitkul

The Institute, with more than 20 years of reseach experience, has completed 75 research projects. Since its first project, the “Attitude Behavioral Survey of the Family Planning Program in an Urban Community” conducted in Bangkhen in 1968, the Institute has continuously conducted research and project evaluation at both local and national levels.

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Alice Karekezi – Rwanda

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Goes with ‘Assuming Authority‘.

Alice Karekezi, Lead Researcher and Project Coordinator, Justice, Human Rights and Governance Programme, Center for Conflict Management, National University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda. Research Project: Building on Community Strengths: Rethinking the Implementation of Gacaca Jurisdictions.

Alice Karekezi – Rwanda

Alice Karekezi, who has worked directly with witnesses at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

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Paul Farmer – USA / Haiti

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Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is a founding director of Partners In Health, an international charity organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.

Paul Farmer

Dr. Farmer’s work draws primarily on active clinical practice (he is an attending physician in infectious diseases and chief of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, and medical director of a charity hospital, the Clinique Bon Sauveur, in rural Haiti) and focuses on diseases that disproportionately afflict the poor.

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Firouzeh Nahavandi – Iran and Paris

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Dr.Firouzeh Nahavandi is a sociologist professor in ULB in Brussels. She is lecturing about Iran Central Asia and….Recently she has become director of institute of Sociology. She says that there is no real democratic opposition in Iran or outside Iran.

Firouzeh Nahavandi – Iran and Paris

She believes iranian are very romantic when it comes to politics. “When Khatami became president, people fell into romantism again. They thought Khatami will change everything but nothing happened”. When I asked her can federalism work in Iran? She answered without democracy NO.

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Jared Diamond – USA

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Dr. Jared Diamond, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of Health, and Professor of Geography, UCLA. Diamond’s formal training is in physiology and membrane biophysics. He has also pursued a parallel career in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Jared Diamond – USA

A recent outgrowth of Diamond’s evolutionary studies has been in the area of human history. In 1988, his book Guns, Germs, and Steel won both the Pulitzer prize for general non-fiction and Britain’s Science Book Prize. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1999.

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Corinne Gobin – Belgium

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Corinne Gobin is director of the Group of research on the international actors and their speeches (GRAID), Free University of Bruxelles. She conducts research projects like ‘Reforms of the retirements and right of the workers’, and ‘Resources of the Workers, Employment and Social Rights in Europe’ (RESORE), or policies of education of the European Commission: analyze lexicon and statistics on education.

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Comparison with other international organizations’, and also ‘the social movement of the anti- alter-mondialisation in French-speaking Belgium. Analyze of the actors and their social-political representations’.

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Steven Clift – USA

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Steven Clift writes in his last newsletter: “Try to imagine a government interested in encouraging local online citizen activism … … over the years, I’ve scanned the e-advocacy scene.

Steven Clift

To be honest NIMBY (”not in my backyard”) campaigns led by a particularly upset citizens dominate the local scene with virtual pitch forks.

What if you democratize e-activism by making easy to use online tools more accessible to a diverse range of community campaigns? I am keeping my on projects like the BBC’s Action Network and the open source CivicSpace platform in the U.S. along with this new UK project … … look further on DoWire.org.

Steven Clift’s normal work has to do with democracy online. See also his actual 10 blog favorites. See also e-democracy political news. Interesting also Steven Clift’s link to a solar-powered Wi-Fi Network.

More links:

transmediale.01;

OMIDYAR;

CIO;

Development Gateway;

Buzz Webster;

Global Learning Group, WSIS.

John Kenneth Galbraight – USA

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John Kenneth Galbraith (1908- ), educated at the University of Toronto, the University of California (Ph.D., 1934), and Cambridge University, is one of the leading economists of our century.

Also linked to our presentation of John Kenneth Galbraight – USA – a text on November 1, 2005.

John Kenneth Galbraith – USA

Among his many books the most influential are The Affluent Society (1958) and The New Industrial State (1967), in both of which he attacks the “conventional wisdom” that our economy is driven by the free choice of consumers. Instead, he argues, modern business “uses its political influence to persuade the government to maintain full employment and total demand for all output of all firms.”

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