GPJA #446 (Part 3/3): International news & Analysis – 29/11/12

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

STATS OF THE WEEK

 

FEATURES

General Strike Sweeps Europe as Millions Reject Austerity as Solution to Economic Crisis http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/14/general_strike_sweeps_europe_as_millions

The War On Women Is a Class War http://www.alternet.org/economy/war-women-class-war

Dronestagram – The Website Exposing the US’s Secret Drone War http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/shortcuts/2012/nov/12/dronestagram-website-us-drone-war

14 November – Day of Action and Solidarity against austerity http://www.industriall-union.org/14-november-day-of-action-and-solidarity-against-austerity

The Strike in Southern Europe by Sahra Wagenknecht http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/728.php

The Left in Time of Revolution by Fawwaz Traboulsi – The Arab revolutions are presenting the Left with a mixture of existential challenges and historical opportunities. http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/727.php

LAND, LABOUR AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Naomi Klein: Sandy’s Devastation Opens Space for Action on Climate Change and Progressive Reform http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/15/naomi_klein_sandys_devastation_opens_space

New Scientist: Climate change: It’s even worse than we thought http://www.newscientist.com/special/worse-climate

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS

Obama’s Re-election and the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Fraud http://critiqueofcrisistheory.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/obamas-re-election-and-the-fiscal-cliff-fraud/

Global growth and the vampire squid http://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/global-growth-and-the-vampire-squid/

Occupy protesters were right, says Bank of England official http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9641806/Occupy-protesters-were-right-says-Bank-of-England-official.html

CULTURAL DISSENT

Music | Review – The Coup: Sorry to Bother You http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/coup-bother/

David Rovics: What Do You Call It -Inspired by Israel’s most recent war on Gaza (November, 2012)

Woody Guthrie at 100: Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg, Will Kaufman Honor the “Dust Bowl Troubadour” http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/23/woody_guthrie_at_100_pete_seeger

A Tribute to Blacklisted Lyricist Yip Harburg: The Man Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/22/a_tribute_to_blacklisted_lyricist_yip

Review: Anna Karenina http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/book-reviews/16115-review-anna-karenina

Books: The Revenge of History by Seumas Milne – review http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/oct/26/revenge-history-seumas-milne-review

Books: What went wrong with ‘real socialism’? Michael Lebowitz. The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted Monthly Review Press, 2012 reviewed by Roy Wilkes http://climateandcapitalism.com/2012/11/20/what-went-wrong-with-real-socialism/

AFGHANISTAN

Executions in Afghanistan a step backwards for human rights http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00349/executions-in-afghanistan-a-step-backwards-for-human-rights.htm

BANGLADESH

Massive Fire Kills At Least 118 Factory Workers in Bangladesh at Wal-Mart Supplier http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/26/massive_fire_kills_at_least_112

BOLIVIA

Leftist coca farmer presides over economic upswing in Bolivia http://boliviarising.blogspot.co.nz/2012/11/leftist-coca-farmer-presides-over.html

CANADA

Mandatory detention for refugee claimants has already proved to be a failure, critics say http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Mandatory+detention+refugee+claimants+already+proved+failure+critics/7563279/story.html

Toronto conference lays basis for tar sands pipeline challenge http://johnriddell.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/toronto-conference-lays-basis-for-tar-sands-pipeline-challenge/

Indigenous opposition and class divide over gas fracking and pipelines in northern BC http://www.rogerannis.com/indigenous-opposition-and-class-divide-over-gas-fracking-and-pipelines-in-northern-bc/

Progressive Canada shows through in poll http://www.rogerannis.com/progressive-canada-shows-through-in-poll/

Ottawa faces $250-million suit over Quebec environmental stance http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1288637–ottawa-faces-250-million-suit-over-quebec-environmental-stance

Solidarity or Exclusion? British Columbia Unions and Chinese Mineworkers by David Camfield http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/735.php

CHILE

Hunger Strike Calls Attention to Mapuche Plight in Chile http://www.thenation.com/blog/171140/hunger-strike-calls-attention-mapuche-plight-chile

CHINA

Tackling employment discrimination in China http://www.clb.org.hk/en/node/110168

The Tremor in the Communist Party of China by http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/725.php Ahmet Devrim

CUBA

International community unequivocally rejects the blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba. http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/nuevazelanda/EN/Home/tabid/21832/ctl/Details/mid/33379/ItemID/22213/Default.aspx

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Goma Falls to Rwanda by Justin Podur http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/734.php

ECUADOR

Correa launches re-election campaign, socialists give critical support http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52846

EGYPT

After Brokering Gaza Ceasefire, Egypt’s Morsi Re-Ignites Protests With Decree Expanding Powers http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/26/after_brokering_gaza_ceasefire_egypts_morsi

Tens of Thousands of Egyptians Protest Morsi’s Power Grab

Protests erupt across Egypt after presidential decree http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/23/protests-egypt-presidential-decree

GREECE

Greece in the eye of the storm (the Greek left, SYRIZA and the limits of the concept of ‘left reformism’) http://links.org.au/node/3109

The Greek Left and the Rise of the Neo-Fascist Golden Dawn http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/731.php

HAITI

The UN Caused Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic, Now it Must End It http://www.cepr.net/index.php/op-eds-&-columns/op-eds-&-columns/un-and-international-community-must-get-rid-of-cholera-epidemic-that-they-brought-to-haiti

INDONESIA

Significant victory of Indonesian unions in the campaign against outsourcing and low wages. http://www.industriall-union.org/industriall-inspired-by-indonesian-trade-union-victory

Popular new Jakarta governor raises hopes of the poor http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52849

IRELAND

When “pro-life” kills http://www.thenation.com/blog/171275/when-pro-life-kills

I am ashamed that Ireland’s medieval abortion law still stands http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/15/ireland-medieval-abortion-law-savita

Dublin Council of Trade Unions march against austerity, Dublin 24th November 2012

JORDAN

Protesters tell Jordan’s king to ‘get out’, violence erupts http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/protesters-tell-jordans-king-to-get-out-fire-state-offices/

Jordan’s huge Friday protest demands ‘downfall’ of king http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/jordans-huge-friday-protest-demands-downfall-of-king/

NICARAGUA

New Nicaraguan law challenges violence against women http://johnriddell.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/new-nicaraguan-law-challenges-violence-against-women/

PALESTINE

 

Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Gaza’s “Severe Damage” and Why Truce Won’t Stop the Violence of Occupation http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/26/sharif_abdel_kouddous_on_gazas_severe

Comparison of military strength of Israel and the Palestinians http://imeu.net/news/article0015300.shtml

‘This time Israel felt the heat of the Arab Spring’ http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/this-time-israel-felt-the-heat-of-the-arab-spring/

Israel’s Gaza adventure backfires http://www.redressonline.com/2012/11/israels-gaza-adventure-backfires/

Gaza ceasefire an event of ‘significance’: US scholar http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/gaza-ceasefire-an-event-of-significance-us-scholar/

Why Israel Didn’t Win by Adam Shatz http://www.lrb.co.uk/2012/11/24/adam-shatz/why-israel-didnt-win

Gaza: BBC re-writing history as it happens http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/159-stop-the-war/16148-gaza-bbc-re-writing-history-as-it-happens

Comment | ‘Mama, why didn’t we die last time?’ Fear and Dignity in Gaza – In a highly moving piece, acclaimed Palestinian writer and director Ahmed Masoud reflects on the ongoing brutal Western-backed Israeli assault on Gaza. Palestinians are breaking out of their fears, he writes, and would rather live in dignity or not at all. http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/mama-didnt-die-time/

Analysis | The Four Big Lies of Palestine-Israel Media Coverage http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/big-lies-told-israels-war-palestinians/

“Flatten” Gaza like Hiroshima and “mow” the population, Israeli public figures urge http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/flatten-gaza-hiroshima-and-mow-population-israeli-public-figures-urge

Egyptians in Tahrir Square damn Israel’s war on Gaza http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/egyptians-in-tahrir-square-damn-israels-war-on-gaza/

“Nowhere to Run”: Israel Fires Over 500 Strikes in Gaza, Civilian Toll Grows in Humanitarian Crisis http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/16/nowhere_to_run_israel_fires_over

“We brought a Nakba upon you”: Dur­ing protests against Is­rael’s cur­rent ag­gres­sion in Gaza held in Tel Aviv on the 15th No­vem­ber, there was a counter protest which shows vile racism against Mus­lims and ha­tred to­wards Pales­tini­ans. http://antonyloewenstein.com/2012/11/16/we-brought-a-nakba-upon-you/

A Kiwi in Cairo captures the mood of a people http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/a-kiwi-in-cairo-captures-the-mood-of-a-people/

Linguists including Noam Chomsky condemn “reprehensible” Gaza coverage http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/linguists-including-noam-chomsky-condemn-reprehensible-gaza-coverage

Stop a New Israeli Massacre in Gaza: Boycott Israel Now! http://www.bdsmovement.net/2012/stop-a-new-israeli-massacre-in-gaza-boycott-israel-now-10030

TIMELINE: Israel’s Latest Escalation in Gaza http://imeu.net/news/article0023227.shtml

Breaking Truce, Israeli Strikes Kill “Moderate” Hamas Military Chief, Palestinian Civilians in Gaza http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/15/breaking_truce_israeli_strikes_kill_moderate

AlanHart.net: Excuse me while I vomit http://www.alanhart.net/excuse-while-i-vomit/

Gaza, The World’s Largest Open-Air Prison http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/14148/gaza_the_worlds_largest_open_air_prison

The unequal “war” between Israel and Palestine http://anticapitalists.org/2012/11/18/the-unequal-war-between-israel-and-palestine/

Gaza’s Health Crisis and Israel’s Crimes Against Humanity http://www.juancole.com/2012/11/gazas-health-crisis-and-israels-crimes-against-humanity.html

Israel’s war to kill hope: The targeting of Palestinian sports facilities–and Palestinian athletes–is no accident. http://socialistworker.org/2012/11/20/israels-war-to-kill-hope

Gaza left activist, ‘Israel has declared war’, solidarity needed now! Ali Abunimah on Israel’s goal http://links.org.au/node/3104

Conscientious objector Natan Blanc sentenced to 10 days’ in prison http://www.wri-irg.org/node/20654

Counting bodies in Gaza: this is what Israeli “self-defense” looks like http://www.filmsforaction.org/news/counting_bodies_in_gaza_this_is_what_israeli_selfdefense_looks_like/

For Israel, Imperialism Isn’t Enough by Dan Freeman-Maloy http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/730.php

A policy of displacement http://visualizingpalestine.org/infograhic/a-policy-of-displacement

PHILIPPINES

PALEA workers still fighting http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7581%3Apalea-workers-still-fighting&Itemid=389

PORTUGAL

Left Bloc debates call for a left government http://links.org.au/node/3112

RUSSIA

Despite growing repression, a new left is on the rise in Russia, says Alastair Stephens http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/international/16151-russian-movement-in-need-of-solidarity

SOUTH AFRICA

Terry Bell: Marikana, farms and forestry http://terrybellwrites.com/2012/11/24/marikana-farms-and-forestry/

SA unrest: explosions waiting to happen… http://terrybellwrites.com/2012/11/16/sa-unrest-explosions-waiting-to-happen/

South Africa: Farmworkers strike, inspired by ongoing fights of miners http://www.themilitant.com/2012/7643/764305.html

SPAIN

Desperation in Spain, and the country’s faultline in Catalonia http://www.rogerannis.com/desperation-in-spain-and-the-countrys-faultline-in-catalonia/

Catalan elections: Left poised to make strong gains http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52915

SRI LANKA

The UN’s ‘grave failure’ in Sri Lanka demands an answer http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/the-uns-grave-failure-in-sri-lanka-demands-an-answer/article5382064/

Risking all to escape http://www.timescolonist.com/life/Risking+escape+woman+story/7566788/story.html

UK

Child abuse and cover ups http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/opinion/16135-child-abuse-and-cover-ups

Sexual abuse: it’s not accidental http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/opinion/16134-sexual-abuse-its-not-accidental

Thousands in London occupy outside Israeli Embassy against war on Gaza http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/11/17/272954/thousands-in-london-occupy-outside-israeli-embassy-against-war-on-gaza/

As Israel assaults Gaza, BBC reporting assaults the truth http://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-assaults-gaza-bbc-reporting-assaults-truth/11894

Why does Jeremy Hunt want to turn the clock back on the abortion debate? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/07/catherine-bennett-jeremy-hunt-abortion

Riots, Culture and Iain Duncan Smith’s Poverty of Analysis http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/article_comments/riots_culture_and_iain_duncan_smiths_poverty_of_analysis

USA

Wal-Mart Worker Uprising: Protests Held At 1,000 Stores on Black Friday http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/26/wal_mart_worker_uprising_protests_held

Oliver Stone on the Untold U.S. History from the Atomic Age to Vietnam to Obama’s Drone Wars http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/16/oliver_stone_on_the_untold_us

US battles Iraq and Afghanistan over detention without charges http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/20/iraq-afghanistan-daqduq-indefinite-detention?CMP=twt_gu

A Show of Determination on Black Friday by Alan Maass, Elizabeth Clinton and Natalie Johnson http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/732.php

Anonymous hacker behind Stratfor attack faces life in prison http://rt.com/usa/news/anonymous-stratfor-hammond-judge-440/

The Deficit Crisis Mongers Go Off the Deep End http://www.cepr.net/index.php/op-eds-&-columns/op-eds-&-columns/the-deficit-crisis-mongers-go-off-the-deep-end

Americans want to raise the minimum wage http://www.thenation.com/blog/171284/americans-want-raise-minimum-wage

VENEZUELA

Venezuela accelerates land reform http://climateandcapitalism.com/2012/11/21/venezuela-accelerates-land-reform/

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