June 19, 2013 Leave a comment
STATS OF THE WEEK
The number of New York Times articles that mention inequality, notes University of California at Berkeley sociologist Claude Fischer, has increased from an average about 90 a year in the 1990s to 840 a year in the 2000s to about 2,700 a year since the start of 2010.
Since 1980 in the USA, as analyst David Cay Johnston noted last week, “corporate pre-tax profits have grown at almost twice the rate of pre-tax wages.”
America’s most typical income-earners, analysts at Sentier Research are now estimating, took home this past January 7.3 percent less, after inflation, than they earned in January 2000 — and 4.5 percent less than they earned in June 2009, the year the Great Recession officially ended.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“A country that cannot force wealthy and corporate taxpayers to pay their share of the tax burden is a country that will fail.” Linda Beale, The Boom and Bust Cycle of Tax Shelters and Intimidation of the IRS, June 7, 2013
“Our economy is currently experiencing a ‘members only’ recovery. Ninety-nine percenters needn’t apply.” Timothy Noah, Fairness Doctrine, Democracy, Summer 2013
The Government Endangered us with Foreign Quagmires; it’s the Bradley Mannings that might keep us safe (Madar)
A Modern-Day Stasi State – Thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden, we now know that an army of private contractors can monitor anyone’s phone calls and e-mails.
Lest We Forget – The Art of Lying – Video – "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me"
Share this inspiring 2 minute video of celebrities calling for zero nuclear weapons worldwide
Conflict in the Middle East is about more than just religion
The Making of a Global Security State – The Five Uncontrollable Urges of a Secrecy-Surveillance World By Tom Engelhardt
Edward Snowden’s worst fear has not been realised – thankfully – The NSA whistleblower’s only concern was that his disclosures would be met with apathy. Instead, they’re leading to real reform
Edward Snowden: how the spy story of the age leaked out – The full story behind the scoop and why the whistleblower approached the Guardian
NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others
WHY EDWARD SNOWDEN IS A HERO
The resurgence of the Kurds By Christopher de Bellaigue, New York Review of Books
The New Scramble for Africa and the War On Terror
Retreat from Iraq and Afghanistan, allies toppled in Egypt and Libya, recession at home and China on the rise. In this video from Dangerous Ideas for Dangerous Times Tariq Ali asks if US power is on the decline
Dr. Noam Chomsky Breaks the Set on War, Imperialism, and Propaganda
Glenn Greenwald on US Intervention in Muslim Countries – Video – Bill Maher is taken apart by Glenn Greenwald for trying to absolve the US from any responsibility for the mass slaughter and destruction in Muslim countries.
The Terror Diaspora – The U.S. Military and the Unraveling of Africa
Latin America: Evo Morales and Nicolas Maduro defend the region’s union
Latin America’s progressive governments: origins, nature and challenges
WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS
Income inequality is surging, and there are few countries where it is rising faster than the United States. The distance between rich and poor is greater in America than nearly all other developed countries, making the US a leader in a trend that economists warn has dire consequences. GlobalPost sets out on a reporting journey to get at the ‘ground truth’ of inequality through the lenses of education, race, immigration, health care, government, labor and natural resources. The hope is to hold a mirror up to the US to see how it compares to countries around the world.
ROBIN BLACKBURN: FINANCE FOR ANARCHISTS
Sympathy for the Luddites By PAUL KRUGMAN
Apple shop in London targeted by Mark Thomas and tax protesters
A New Guide for Understanding Our Inequality
LAND, LABOUR & THE ENVIRONMENT
Mark Bittman, Welfare for the Wealthy, New York Times, June 4, 2013. The mega millionaires of agriculture continue to prosper off the tax dollars of ordinary Americans.
Facing Off: The Integration of Capital vs. the Integration of Peoples in the Americas- This is excerpted from a speech by João Pedro Stédile, Co-coordinator of the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil. Edited by Beverly Bell.
David Harvey, speaking at Dangerous Ideas for Dangerous Times, about his latest book, explaining how cities have been, and will continue to be, the main arena of struggle against capitalism and its affects
The shale revolution and its unintended climate side effects
Secret Trade Agreements Threaten to Undo Our Last Shreds of Food Safety
The left needs an ecosocialist vision: Socialists must go beyond talking about the ecological crisis, and fully integrate it into our analysis of capitalism and the potential for revolution.
Marx and Engels, radical environmentalists
On the road to change we need music like this – Magnificent music from the struggle in Istanbul …
Zombie Love: Chewing on the Entrails of Genre – Contemporary Zombie Narrative Meets Horror by Mark Williams
A major critic says we’ve forgotten how to read. Does it matter?
Movies We Love about Workers, Work, and the Workplace
Iain Banks: tributes pour in for ‘one of Scotland’s literary greats’
Iain Banks, 1954-2013: an interview with Ken Livingstone
"The Purge": A Horror Flick About…Income Inequality?!
The Guillotine by The Coup – A revolutionary anthem for our times
Game of Thrones as Theory
Mark Schmitt, George Packer’s U.S.A., American Prospect, June 11, 2013. The most insightful commentary yet on an important new book that tracks a generation of growing inequality.
Australian Government increases repressive measures against refugees
Refugee rights convergence to Yongah Hill detention centre – See more at:
Privatisation agenda locks Australia into failure – The state of immigration detention tells us this neoliberal consensus is damaging the country. We must challenge it
Mass World Cup Protests Rock Brazil
Michel De Souza’s video of events on the ground:
Professor Wolff on Garment Workers’ Strikes in Cambodia
415 Cambodian Nike workers sacked for striking
The woes of Canada’s political right are deepening
At least 119 workers confirmed dead in Jilin factory fire
Wages in China rise but ordinary workers yet to reap the benefit
Cuban Five’s Rene Gonzalez Home In Cuba
Rene Gonzales (centre) with Tom Hayden (right)
Labrador’s flag flying in Communist Cuba
Sea levels creeping up on low-lying Cuba; government acts
The Cuban revolution and ‘democracy’: the case of Yoani Sanchez
Egyptian trade union leader facing jail
Authoritarianism behind the mask of austerity as media savagely attacked in Greece
Greece, the IMF and debt default
The Crisis and Socialist Strategy: Lessons from the Greek Left. Michalis Spourdalakis is a founding member of Syriza and currently serves on its policy planning committee. Professor of Political Science at Athens University and current chair of the Hellenic Political Science Association, he is also on the Secretariat of Nicos Poulantzas Institute, and a corresponding editor of the Socialist Register. He is the author of many books including The Rise of the Greek Socialist Party and Party of European Socialists: Prospects and Challenges. He is a frequent contributor on Greek politics for The Bullet, and his essay “Left Strategy in the Greek Cauldron: Explaining Syriza’s Success” appears in The Socialist Register 2013.
State broadcaster run under workers’ control as its closure sparks calls for gov’t sacking – See more at:
G8 summit: Irish trade unions call in human rights monitors
Iran’s Presidential Elections: The Live Embers of a Democratic Opposition Glow
Khamenei suffers major blow as the masses raise their heads again
Rising poverty, declining labour rights
Reading Marx in Tehran
UK expresses regret over abuse as Mau Mau promised payout
Left bloc gets 59% in municipal elections
Army chief quits after militia kills dozens in Benghazi
The new battle for the Pacific
Alleged mass killings in West Papua
The Filthy Rich Election by Tariq Ali
Iranian Threat Is "Western Obsession" Noam Chomsky – Obama Escalates Israel-Palestine Conflict: More Extreme than Reagan – Video And Transcript
“In occupied Palestine, there’s no distorting the facts on the ground” – UN Special Rapporteur
One Palestinian child has been killed by Israel every 3 days for the past 13 years
Up to Six Mass Graves Discovered in Jaffa, with Hundreds of Victims from 1948
Origins of Israel Palestinian Conflict
100-Year-Old Israeli General: We Razed Arab Villages, So What?
Dole Bananas and military harassment of unions in the Philippines
Economic war in South Africa
Despite Horrific Repression, the US Should Stay Out of Syria
Syria: proxy theatre of war – The Syrian people’s uprising began as a struggle over social and economic conditions, a fight for democracy in place of repression. Now it has been hijacked by regional and global conflicts.
As U.S. Deploys Patriot Missiles and F-16s to Jordan, Could Syrian Conflict Engulf the Middle East?
Why does the left find it so difficult to take a position on Syria?
Sarin Gas Use Doubted Experts Don’t See Evidence
Patrick Cockburn on U.S. Plans to Arm Syrian Rebels: Where is the Skepticism About Chemical Weapons?
Why There Is No Military Solution to the Syrian Conflict
Turkish Unions Hold National Strike as Protesters Face Worst Crackdown to Date
Gezi Park Evacuated, Istanbul and Turkey Explode by Sungur Savran
Chapuling in Turkey: The Turkish Uprising of May 27, 2013 by T. Sabri Öncü
Turkish Unions Strike, Joining Mass Protests
‘Occupy Gezi’ — Istanbul’s red-green uprising; Right to the City movement and the Turkish summer
Turkey: from Tahrir to Taksim – What caused the uprising in Turkey, and what are its chances of survival? by Kerem Oktem
Turkey: a Second 1848 … or 1905?
Recession prompted ‘unprecedented’ fall in wages
Selling off RBS would defraud the public and damage economic recovery – Stephen Hester has been forced to leave the bank by George Osborne in his determination to accelerate privatisation
GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians’ communications at G20 summits
Fifty Years: Remembering Medgar Evers
Is Edward Snowden a Hero? A Debate with Journalist Chris Hedges & Law Scholar Geoffrey Stone
More Intrusive Than Eavesdropping? NSA Collection of Metadata Hands Gov’t Sweeping Personal Info
"A Massive Surveillance State": Glenn Greenwald Exposes Covert NSA Program Collecting Calls, Emails
"You’re Being Watched": Edward Snowden Emerges as Source Behind Explosive Revelations of NSA Spying
The Student Loan Debt Crisis in 9 Charts
NSA Whistleblowers: "All U.S. Citizens" Targeted by Surveillance Program, Not Just Verizon Customers
Striking Workers Bring Bangladesh Safety Demand to Walmart Headquarters
Victoria Brittain, Miscarriages of Justice – Sometimes, when you watch the strange, repetitive political dance that swirls around the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — the president announcing yet again that he plans to “close” it and the Republicans in Congress swearing that they won’t let him — it’s hard not to wonder what alternative universe we live in.
Guantanamo guard converts to Islam, demands release of detainees
ILO: U.S. Inequality Now Literally Off the Chart
Union workers in California stage rally against low wages
Reform Rekindled in US union movement by Mark Brenner
U.S. and Colombian Auto Workers Keep GM in the Spotlight – See more at:
Breast Cancer Patients Declare Victory as Supreme Court Bars Patenting of Human Genes
MIKE DAVIS: THE LAST WHITE ELECTION?
Domestic dissent can change US foreign policy for the better – From the Vietnam era to the Iraq war, it’s clear that the moral authority of protest has altered US government behaviour
Living on Minimum Wage
A Medical Ethics-free Zone? Guantánamo Doctors Urged to Stop Force-Feeding Hunger-Striking Prisoners