GPJA #429: Part 2. International news & Analysis – 8/6/12


“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” – John Lennon

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

“We must not repeat the pattern of the last decade when a few gathered enormous wealth, while the vast majority of New York families were left behind or saw very modest gains.” John Liu, New York City comptroller, on new data placing the top 1 percent share of local income at 32.5 percent, Times Ledger, May 24, 2012

“Forgive me for noting that conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less.” E. J. Dionne Jr., Can this campaign be constructive? Washington Post, June 4, 2012


How much has speculative trading cost JPMorgan Chase, America’s biggest bank, in this spring’s biggest financial scandal? The estimates now run up to $7 billion. How much has the scandal cost Ina Drew, the JPMorgan Chase exec who ran the errant trading office — and is now taking the fall for JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon? Analysts are putting the ultimate value of Drew’s total severance package at somewhere near $32 million. JPMorgan insiders are now claiming that the bank’s trading troubles started when Drew caught Lyme disease and had to miss long months of work. Fortunately for Drew, JPMorgan has one whale of a sick leave policy. Despite her long absences from work, Drew pulled in compensation worth $15.5 million last year . . .


Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy

John Pilger: Latest twist in unjust legal saga

Set aside an hour to watch this: Tariq Ali: The rotten heart of Europe (video)

LGBTI activists respond to John Pilger: ‘Equal marriage rights and Bradley Manning are both big issues’

The Arab uprisings, democratic demands and the Saudi payroll

White Slavery: The Irish Slaves That Time Forgot


Auckland’s new ‘riot folk’ outfit Myth of Democracy is about love and rage – An interview with Matt Billington aka Myth of Democracy, whose album Humans Piss Me Off is out now on Bandcamp.

Home Brew – The Avondale Dialectic: Home Brew’s self-titled, debut, double album is political and personal in equal measures. In the 21 tracks listeners are treated to a description of the unity of opposites that Marx and Engels called dialectics; the world as, ‘a complex of processes, in which the things apparently stable no less than their mind images in our heads, the concepts, go through an uninterrupted change of coming into being and passing away’. Grappling with dialectics forces us to see the world as a constantly morphing place where everything is slowly turning into something else – its opposite. Happiness is alienation. Wealth is poverty. Love is loss.

A Red Robin? Paul Buhle, with illustrations by Chris Hutchinson, Gary Dunn, and Sharon Rudahl, Robin Hood: People’s Outlaw and Forest Hero; A Graphic Guide (Oakland: PM Press, 2011), 106 pages, $15.00, paperback.


Meet the Global Financial Elites Controlling $46 Trillion In Wealth$46_trillion_in_wealth?page=entire


As emissions soar, only radical action can stop catastrophic heat rise

Harmony and ecological civilisation: Beyond the capitalist alienation of nature by Fred Magdoff


Amnesty International lauds war and occupation as ‘progress’ for women


David Hicks speaks out for Julian Assange & WikiLeaks

We need an Abbott-proof fence

Qantas cuts 500 more jobs: Qantas said on May 21 it would axe more than 500 engineering jobs from Tullamarine and Avalon in Victoria. Qantas said: “Further changes to Avalon are expected as the business continues to modernise.” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the company had to cut maintenance costs to match its competitors, and that newer aircraft “require less maintenance, less often”. The latest cuts bring Qantas’s job losses since August to 2000. The Wall Street Journal said Joyce has “slashed jobs as he attempts to make the business … maintain [Qantas’s] coveted investment-grade credit rating”


Mallku Khota: A Briefing on South American Silver’s Actions in Bolivia – Prepared by Celia Garces in conjunction with CEDIB, Cochabamba


Arrested at protest, Quebec political leader says he is ‘Proud to stand with my people’

They created a monster that will haunt them

Thousands march in solidarity with Quebec students as province readies for a summer of protest

Student-government talks collapse in Quebec; protesters take to the streets

Quebec: Up to 400,000 defy anti-protest law; protests spread

The Threat of Quebec’s Good Example by Peter Hallward, June 1, 2012: The following is the full version of an article that appears on today’s Guardian UK online. The Guardian online version is reduced in length by the editors for reasons of space.

Canada is seeking a deal with Singapore to establish a military staging post there

Canada’s 1 per cent: How to know if you’re one of them–canada-s-1-per-cent-how-to-know-if-you-re-one-of-them


In China, Fear at the Top

‘A decade of change: The workers’ movement in China 2000-2010’


2,000 Cuban doctors working in Africa

Mariela Castro to Amanpour: “Alan Gross has been granted everything that he’s asked for…”

The Sun, New Oil Of Cuba? Cuba turned resolutely towards alternative energy, solar, wind, hydro, biogas … The country has a factory of solar panels and its own technology. OR

The renovation of Old Havana


Red-Green Alliance congress grapples with increased influence


No Plan B: Hollande, the Left and the movement in France


Germany’s Left Party Survives a Cliffhanger by Victor Grossman

Die Linke’s program in English (adopted October 2011)


SYRIZA’s 40-point program

SYRIZA’s Proposals: The Exit From the Crisis Is On the Left

Greece at a Crossroads: Crisis and Radicalization in the Southern European Semi-periphery by Christos Papatheodorou, Spyros Sakellaropoulos, and Paris Yeros


Haiti, The Call Of The Queen Conch


US participation in massacre of Moskito people!

Honduras: Which Side Is the US On? By Dana Frank


“No Matter What the Result, We Will Continue to Resist,” Says Mexican Electrical Workers Union Leader


How mining companies rip off PNG — Antony Loewenstein interview

Samoa: 200 Chiefs of Satapuala Call for Land Justice on 50th Independence


The lies about the 1967 war are still more powerful than the truth

Israel detention ends Gaza soccer player’s dream


Russia since the elections: the calm before the storm?


Somalia: Pirates and Fishermen


Spain’s Government and European Authorities Bent on Dismantling Welfare State By Mark Weisbrot


Crimes against humanity with the West’s complicity


Far right and Republicans attempt roll back of constitutional equal rights

Assassin-in-Chief in the Oval Office

Young, Privileged, and Applying for Food Stamps

The Bipartisan Assault on Higher Education BY Barry Finger

This is What Plutocracy Looks Like: Wisconsin Lessons

Letter from the US: Recovery for the rich, depression for the poor


New labor law empowers workers in Venezuela

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