GPJA #447 (Part 3/3): International news & Analysis – 6/12/12

Plus item missed from “What’s On” below.

UN FAILURE IN SRI LANKA DURING THE WAR (2008/2009) – UN SG’S PANEL REPORT

We have decided to hold a seminar on the above report with a view to pressuring the SG to move straightaway into a full fledged inquiry into the causes and how it could now be compensated for and how such a Himalayan neglect could be totally avoided in the future.

We shall be grateful if you will please participate in the Seminar being organized for Saturday, 9 December 2012 commencing 5.30 PM at the Fickling Centre, Three Kings, Hillsborough Room. This is being organized under the name of PEOPLES FORUM, NZ to coincide with the UN Human Rights Day that falls on Monday, a working day. Let us all try to make our Int’l mechanisms work properly to save humanity and inherent human dignity of all mankind. A.Theva Rajan, QSM Convenor, On behalf of Peoples Forum, NZ. Email: rajatheva

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

 

FEATURES

This Is Not a Revolution by Hussein Agha and Robert Malley http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/nov/08/not-revolution/

Noam Chomsky: Europe’s Policies make Sense only on one Assumption: That the Goal is to unravel the Welfare State http://www.social-europe.eu/2012/12/europes-policies-make-sense-only-on-one-assumption-that-the-goal-is-to-unravel-the-welfare-state/

EXCLUSIVE: Julian Assange on WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, Cypherpunks, Surveillance State http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/29/exclusive_julian_assange_on_wikileaks_bradley

Keynote address by Michael A. Lebowitz: The Concept of “Fairness”: Possibilities, Limits, Possibilities. The talk draws on Lebowitz’s latest book, The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”. http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls152.php

Einstein’s Promised Land http://kindlemag.in/srorys_details.php?id=NTM1&&displayid=MQ

LAND, LABOUR AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Patrick Bond: Doha climate talks another ‘conference of polluters’ http://links.org.au/node/3123

Fracking Our Food Supply http://www.thenation.com/article/171504/fracking-our-food-supply

Greenland and Antarctica ‘have lost four trillion tonnes of ice’ in 20 years http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/29/greenland-antarctica-4-trillion-tonnes-ice

Bolivia defends Mother Earth from the threat of carbon markets http://boliviarising.blogspot.co.nz/2012/12/bolivia-defends-mother-earth-from.html

World Bank should take its own advice on climate change http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52933

Rich nations renege on climate finance http://climateandcapitalism.com/2012/11/26/rich-nations-renege-on-climate-finance/

Study: Wealthy Nations’ Fossil Fuel Subsidies 5 Times Greater Than Climate Aid to Countries in Need http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/4/study_wealthy_nations_fossil_fuel_subsidies

Free Transit and Beyond by Stefan Kipfer http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/738.php

CULTURAL DISSENT

Book Review: Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/book-reviews/16176-paramilitarism-and-the-assault-on-democracy-in-haiti

Book Review:

Flight Behavior: Climate change, poverty, and butterflies – Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel is a beautifully written and compelling account of working people responding to the local effects of a global crisis http://climateandcapitalism.com/2012/12/03/flight-behavior/

ARGENTINA

Anti-Mining Activists Assaulted in Argentina http://weeklynewsupdate.blogspot.co.nz/2012/12/wnu-1154-anti-mining-activists.html

BOLIVIA

Bolivia Defends Mother Earth From The Threat Of Carbon Markets http://bsnorrell.blogspot.co.nz/2012/12/bolivia-defends-mother-earth-from.html

CANADA

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois: On capitalism, Quebec politics and the student movement http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/ethan-cox/2012/11/gabriel-nadeau-dubois-capitalism-quebec-politics-and-student-moveme

B.C. Federation of Labour forum discusses opposition to temporary foreign worker program http://rabble.ca/news/2012/11/bc-federation-labour-forum-discusses-union-opposition-canada%E2%80%99s-temporary-foreign-worker

How concentrated corporate power is shaping income inequality in Canada – New study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

http://tinyurl.com/c2xaxt8

The human cost of Kenney’s cuts http://socialistworkercanada.com/2012/12/02/the-human-cost-of-kenneys-cuts/

COLOMBIA

Colombian Peace Talks Begin in Havana: Inclusive Participation for Lasting Peace? http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/the-americas-blog/colombian-peace-talks-begin-in-havana-inclusive-participation-for-lasting-peace

EGYPT

Independent workers’ federation rejects president’s power grab http://links.org.au/node/3121

Morsi decrees spark protests for, against from right and left http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52968

IRAQ

The new Iraqi labour law, a law for a new slavery http://amodernmanifesto.tumblr.com/post/37245993106/the-new-iraqi-labour-law-a-law-for-a-new-slavery

JAMAICA

Jamaica’s Unnatural Disaster http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/the-americas-blog/jamaicas-unnatural-disaster

MEXICO

Mexican Senate Passes Labor Reform Bill, Weakening Worker Rights http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/the-americas-blog/mexican-senate-passes-labor-reform-bill-weakening-worker-rights

PACIFIC

http://www.freewestpapua.org/index.php/news/2060-guyana-trip-by-west-papuan-could-spark-agitational-efforts Guyana trip by West Papuan could spark agitational efforts

PALESTINE

Self-defense or provocation: Israel’s history of breaking ceasefires http://imeu.net/news/article0022250.shtml

The case for UN recognition of Palestine http://electronicintifada.net/content/case-un-recognition-palestine/10079

Tomorrow (Wed. Dec.5) Supreme Court hearing Gush Shalom’s appeal against “Boycott Law” http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/press_releases/1354640289

Are Israel’s Jews, some of them, on their way to becoming Nazis? http://www.alanhart.net/are-israels-jews-some-of-them-on-their-way-to-becoming-nazis/

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa after Marikana massacre: Strike wave and new workers’ organisations challenge old compromises http://links.org.au/node/3120

SPAIN

Catalan elections: A stride forward for national and social justice http://links.org.au/node/3124

Spanish workers protest

SYRIA

Aleppo: How Syria Is Being Destroyed by Charles Glass http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/dec/20/aleppo-how-syria-being-destroyed/

UK

Campaign launched for a radical vision of Scottish independence http://lifeonleft.blogspot.ca/2012/11/campaign-launched-for-radical-vision-of.html

Comment & analysis: Polly Toynbee on why tax avoiders should be named and shamed – Should tax-avoiding companies be named and shamed? IN a two-minute video, Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee explains why companies paying little or no corporation tax should be named and shamed. “These big, international companies have been undermining peoples’ trust and faith in the (taxation) system.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/video/2012/dec/03/should-tax-avoiding-companies-be-named-and-shamed-video?intcmp=239

Miners’ strike: ‘All I want is for someone to say: I’m sorry.’ – The tumult of the 1984 dispute may be retreating in the memory, but for those arrested and charged, the events of that angry summer have been life-changing. Now a campaign seeks a review of what it claims is wide-scale malfeasance by the police http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/dec/02/miners-strike-orgreave-special-report

Miners’ strike: how the bloodiest battle became the ‘biggest frame-up’ – Many miners suspect the South Yorkshire police operation at Orgreave in June 1984 was a trap, pre-planned for confrontation, co-ordinated for the courts. Now the IPCC is to probe claims of assault, perjury, perverting the course of justice and misconduct http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/nov/22/miners-strike-orgreave-bloodiest-battle

The Leveson Inquiry uncovered systematic corruption at the highest levels of the press, police and politics – evidence to support radical change to our media and political systems says Des Freedman http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/analysis/16178-leveson-does-the-sentence-fit-the-crime

USA

Reports from the Economic Front by Martin Hart-Landsberg – The Tax Burden http://blogs.lclark.edu/hart-landsberg/2012/12/01/the-tax-burden/

Behind the strikes at Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, ports http://money.cnn.com/2012/12/05/news/economy/strikes-walmart-ports-mcdonalds/?source=cnn_bin

Hundreds of Fast-Food Workers Strike for Living Wage, Inspired by Wal-Mart Strike http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/30/hundreds_of_fast_food_workers_strike

The US Military Approves Bombing Children http://www.thenation.com/blog/171582/us-military-approves-bombing-children

US Nissan workers seek fair union election http://www.industriall-union.org/us-nissan-workers-seek-fair-union-election

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