GPJA #430: Part 2. International news & Analysis – 15/6/12


“I suppose I arrived at my charitable commitment largely through guilt. I recognized early on that my good fortune was not due to superior personal character or initiative so much as it was to dumb luck.” George Kaiser, billionaire American businessman, World’s Top Givers, Gulf Business, June 6, 2012


The annual report (, which the IRS typically releases with a two-year delay, covers the 400 tax returns reporting the highest incomes in 2009. These families reported an average income of $202.4 million, down for the second year as the Great Recession slashed their capital gains. In addition to the six who paid no tax, another 110 families paid 15 percent or less in federal income taxes. That’s the same federal tax rate as a single worker who made $61,500 in 2009. Overall, the top 400 paid an average income tax rate of 19.9 percent, the same rate paid by a single worker who made $110,000 in 2009. The top 400 earned five times that much every day.

The six heirs to the Wal-Mart empire possess a combined wealth of some $90 billion, the equivalent to the wealth of the entire bottom 30 percent of U.S. society, about 95 million people.


Political Crisis, the Left and the Possibility of a New Historical Bloc by Panagiotis Sotiris

Protest is Coming to the London Olympics – This Nation article describes the International Olympics Committee (IOC) as the 1% of the 1%, and refers to the 2012 Olympics as a corporate cornucopia.

The Militarization of Poverty in Africa: African nations stretching from Guinea-Bissau to Somalia are subject to war, coups, and large-scale demonstrations.

George Monbiot: People haven’t turned to the right. They just don’t vote

Dead Civilians in Libya, Afghanistan

What’s the Matter With Creationism?


Book Review: Hamid Dabashi, The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism. London and New York: Zed Books, 2012.

Poetry: Words of Defiance by Chanz Mikaere

Song: Solidarity Forever (Pete Seeger)

Book Review: The Palestine Nakba: Decolonising History, Narrating the Subaltern, Reclaiming Memory


Greek Election Signals New Stage in Social and Economic Crisis

IMF Chief Praises Latvian "Success Story" – A Scary Speech for the Eurozone

Austerity has never worked – It’s not just about the current economic environment. History shows that slashing budgets always leads to recession

Banned TED Talk: Nick Hanauer "Rich people don’t create jobs"

Joseph Stiglitz: Spain Bank Bailout ‘Not Going To Work’

Reports from the Economic Front by Martin Hart-Landsberg: The Shrinking Government

The International Misery Fund – Following IMF chief Christine Lagarde’s controversial attacks on the Greek people, Tony McKenna explains why the IMF causes damage worldwide

Learning the wrong lessons from Latvia – Using the Baltic state’s austerity programmes as an example for the rest of Europe is wrongheaded, says author.


The people of the world confront the advance of capitalism: Rio +20 and beyond – La Via Campesina Position Paper

Capitalism and Indigenous Peoples


Australian Aboriginals call money-management policy racist–australian-aboriginals-call-money-management-policy-racist?bn=1

US bases in Australia a setback for peace

Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Yolŋu Nations Assembly) Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni represents the people of 8 Aboriginal nations in the Western, Central

and East Arnhem Land areas of the Northern Territory: Miwatj, Laynha, Raminy, Marthakal, Garriny, Gumurr‐Rawarraŋ, Gaṯtjirrik and

Miḏiyirrk. Their statement can be read here:

Huge Victorian strike shows teachers determined to win


Brazil workers exploited as modern-day Amazon slaves,0,6915794.story


Poor villagers shot, arrested in land evictions


Quebec Students Spark Mass Protests Against Austerity

Where Next for the Quebec Mobilizations? Debate Opens on Strategic Perspectives by Richard Fidler

Montreal police raid home of MNA Amir Khadir, arrest his daughter

Public Health Care in Ontario Under Attack – Ontario Health Coalition Town Hall

Quebec: Making War on Our Children by J. F. Conway


Chile protesters rally against Pinochet film


Dozens arrested after riot at Foxconn plant in Chengdu

Why are iPhone workers rioting? An open letter to Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO


Analysis: The Patriotic March

The appalling record of human rights abuses, particularly those against union activists, continues to make Colombia the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist, writes Bryan Nott.


Teófilo Stevenson: the amateur boxer who chose Cuba over a million dollars


Egypt’s supreme court dissolves parliament and outrages Islamists


French politics after the fall of Sarkozy


Greece and the European Crisis

Massive Anti Fascist protests across Greece See ALSO

Save us from the saviours – Slavoj Žižek on Europe and the Greeks

Slavoj Žižek’s speach in SYRIZA’s event

The making of SYRIZA

The Economic Program of SYRIZA-EKM by G. Dragasakis

Greece and Our Illusions – Challenging the Tyranny of Corporate Rule by Samir Sonti


Soccer, Imperialism, and Resistance in Honduras by Tyler Shipley


India exports food while millions starve


Is Libya Cracking Up? Nicolas Pelham

After Gaddafi, Libya splits into disparate militia zones – The rebel strongholds of Benghazi, Misrata and Zintan have become increasingly independent of Tripoli’s new regime

Libyan Cement Company strike: an in-depth report

Convulsions in Libya by Vijay Prashad

If there were global justice, Nato would be in the dock over Libya


In Protests and Online, a Youth Movement Seeks to Sway Mexico’s Election

Student Protests in Mexico Help Escalate Popularity of Leftist Presidential candidate

The ‘Mexican spring:’ A new student movement stirs in Mexico


The Looting of Nigeria – This Counterpunch article discusses how western companies are looting Nigeria’s oil while the majority of the country is living in poverty.


Kanak solidarity group condemns ‘organised genocide’ in West Papua

Kontras challenges Indonesian military, spy roles in wake of Papuan killings

Secret Australian plan to invade Fiji revelation may deepen rift


Malaysian team heads to Gaza with international partners

Eleven Israeli air strikes on Gaza in past week, three dead

Think of Others: In Gaza’s darkness, Mahmoud Darwish’s words provide inspiration

How hunger strikers "tied the hands of the occupation": a view from Israeli prison

Africans fear more violence as Knesset members incite racism in Tel Aviv

Israel’s West Bank wall annexes Palestinian land the size of Chicago: Help bring it down

Palestinian labor expresses solidarity with European trade unions resisting austerity, supporting BDS measures

Israeli and Palestinian women breach the wall


Protests hit Philippines-Australia military deal


Spain: A Spiral of Crisis, Cuts and Indignacion by Luke Stobart and Joel Sans

Striking Spanish miners battle police: RAW VIDEO: Spanish miners use homemade rocket launchers as they cut off a highway duting a nationwide strike by unions opposed to government cuts.

Spanish miners battle to defend jobs + VIDEOS

Striking miners battle austerity cuts in Spain – Spanish miners have been on strike over recent cuts for more than two weeks, clashing almost every day with the Spanish police and Civil Guard.


Syria: The Citadel & the War BY Charles Glass

In Syria, Foreign Intervention Will Only Shed More Blood – The US and its Gulf allies are already fuelling sectarian conflict in their proxy war with Iran. The fallout could be disastrous by Seumas Milne

Houla massacre work of anti-Assad militants, says Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Propaganda Is the Name of the Game in Media Reports of Atrocities in Syria by Jeremy R. Hammond


ITF backs ‘debt bondage’ petition: The ITF is joining UNI Global Union in supporting a petition demanding that the retail giant Walmart investigates allegations of grave abuses taking place in some of its suppliers’ factories in Thailand. The petition, which has so far attracted nearly 98,000 supporters, was drawn up after a reported revolt in a shrimp processing factory in Thailand, where foreign workers alleged that their passports had been seized and their wages slashed – leaving them in debt to the factory and with the status of indentured labourers.

Liz Blackshaw, programme leader of the joint ITF/IUF From Catcher to Counter programme, commented: “These are deeply disturbing allegations and they need an urgent response. Walmart must now act to ensure that these factories are promptly and independently checked.” The petition can be seen at For more about the Catcher to Counter programme see


Tory vilification campaign against the poor is so clever by Polly Toynbee


Obama’s Kill List: Silence Is Not an Option

Walker’s victory, un-sugar-coated

Wisconsin: game over?

It’s One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One Vote

Family Net Worth Drops to Level of Early ’90s, Fed Says

Why We Should All Root for the Miami Heat Dave Zirin

Deploying Informants, the FBI Stings Muslims

Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

Breaking ’08 Pledge, Leaked Trade Doc Shows Obama Wants to Help Corporations Avoid Regulations


Venezuela Happiest Country in South America

Venezuela: how democracy and social progress are transforming a nation. FREE TO DOWNLOAD.


Vietnam’s dilemma


Garbage workers and the struggle for workers rights in Yemen

Starving and Broke: Yemen’s Renewed ‘War on Terror’: This Middle East Online article discusses the root causes of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The country’s natural resources and its strategic port of Aden have, throughout history, been subject to foreign influences which have often fuelled violent conflicts

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