GPJA #455 (Part 2): International News & analysis


Incomes rose more than 11 percent for the top 1 percent of earners during the economic recovery, but not at all for everybody else, according to new data.

Facebook is getting a multi-billion-dollar tax cut for paying co-founders like Eduardo Saverin, who renounced his U.S. citizenship to avoid paying income taxes on his capital gains…income he made from stock options and dividends.


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade

“The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service.” – Albert Einstein

“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.” – Ernest Hemmingway

“When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons.” – Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947



Economic democracy – the left’s big new idea: Peter Tatchell says the democratisation of the economy is the key to a fairer, more just society

All the region is boiling – interview with Gilbert Achcar about the Arab uprising

Think There’s No Alternative? Latin America Has A Few By Seumas Milne

The Secret Rise of 21st Century Democracy: New economies based on greater democratic control, real representation and citizen participation are on the rise. There is much to be learned from countries like Venezuela that break from the Washington Consensus.

The educational charities that do PR for the rightwing ultra-rich: Billionaires control the political conversation by staying hidden and paying others to promote their brutal agendas

John Pilger: WikiLeaks is a Rare Truth-teller. Smearing Julian Assange is Shameful

The rise of Europe’s far-right voices


Political Economy at the the online university of the left

Inequality for All – another Inconvenient Truth? The powerful documentary Inequality for All was an unexpected hit at the recent Sundance film festival, arguing that US capitalism has fatally abandoned the middle classes while making the super-rich richer. Can its star, economist Robert Reich, do for economics what Al Gore did for the environment?


Chris Williams: What must be done to stop climate change?

You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects – Life and Death in the Frack Zone

Gas has worse climate footprint than coal

Naomi Klein on the ‘ethical oil’ hoax


Paul Robeson sings for the workers at Sydney Opera House

EXCLUSIVE: Rarely Seen Film “King: A Filmed Record” Traces MLK’s Struggle from Montgomery to Memphis

From Activism to War: 41 Outstanding Documentaries for 41 Social Change Themes

Leading writers rise to challenge in new collection “Seeking Palestine”


Bahrain’s Agony Continues 2 Years Later


Quebec education summit – a public relations operation


Canada: Abusive Policing, Neglect Along ‘Highway of Tears’ – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in northern British Columbia has failed to protect indigenous women and girls from violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The NDP, poised for power but to what effect?

Canadian miners wading into Africa – Africa is home to the latest mineral rush, with potential for great riches–and catastrophe.


Cuba creates four anti-cancer vaccines, media ignores it


Why Ecuador loves Rafael Correa – It’s not luck but good financial judgment that has set the president on the path to victory in forthcoming elections

Venezuela says Correa’s win ‘a victory for socialist forces’


Port Said strikes enter eighth day


General strike brings India to a standstill

Millions strike in India over high prices

Strike by Indian unions over prices hits transport, banking

In India, 100 Million Workers Strike Against Privatization and Anti-Labor Laws


Critics slam new Indonesian security rule as open to abuse by ‘rogue’ politicians

Translating a landmark Indonesian novel cost Max Lane his diplomatic career


Iran Leader: Having Nukes is ‘Crime Against Humanity’ – US Sanctions Actually Target Fuel Enrichment


The hawks were wrong: Iraq is worse off now: Saddam is gone – but at what cost?


North Korea Nuclear Test Sends Message to Washington One Week After U.S.-South Korean War Games

Hysteria Over Kim’s Nukes

Why North Korea Needs Nuclear Weapons

Condemning North Korea’s Latest Nuclear Test Is Meaningless


No peace or reconciliation in France-controlled Mali


Zapatistas break silence to slam Mexico elite – New statements from the indigenous movement put rebels seeking “land, liberty, work and peace” back in the public eye.


From Catcher to Counter – Fisheries organising project

Fiji: New workers’ party formed

CTU: More Disturbing News from Fiji

The dirty secret of thje Pacific – Leader-in-exile of the West Papua freedom movement Benny Wenda yesterday issued a desperate plea for solidarity from New Zealanders and the government.


‘We Grow, They Bulldoze, We Re-Plant’


A Ghost is Haunting Slovenia, the Ghost of Revolution! By Gal Kirn


South Africa: Inauspicious start to the ANC’s year; COSATU needs to get back to first principles

Housing rights win as Popular Party buckles

Coal miners on strike in Spain


Veteran Sri Lankan leftist Lionel Bopage on the national question, class and revolution


Activist leader assassinated as left re-unites to provide alternative


Another Kurdish Initiative in Turkey: Is Peace Finally Achievable? (Tezcür)


Poundland Free Labour Work Scheme Ruled ‘Unlawful’, Cait Reilly And Jamieson Wilson Win Appeal

When did being lowly paid become a criminal offence? Increasingly, corporations and politicians treat the poor with distrust. That’s why this week’s ruling on workfare was important

People’s Assembly Against Austerity

The People v Tony Blair: The Second Superpower

Margaret Hodge: tax avoidance costs the Treasury £5bn a year

Britain’s colonial shame: Slave-owners given huge payouts after abolition


On February 23, international protests of Bradley Manning’s 1,000th day in jail without trial

Aggressive Employers Challenge Longshore Workers on Both Coasts

Targeted killings: OK if Obama does it? Salon exclusive: Study finds “liberals” more likely to favor targeted killings once they know it’s Obama’s policy

A mighty voice for freedom – Zach Zill tells the story of the great Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

US: A nation of inmates? We examine the impact of America’s high incarceration rate on its penal system and on poor and minority communities.

Racism, Torture and Impunity in Chicago

Incarceration Rate For African-Americans Now Six Times The National Average By RT – The incarceration rate for American-Americans is so high that young black men without a high school diploma are more likely to go to jail than to find a job.

Minimum Wage – Obama Going Backward Into The Future By Ralph Nader – Thirty million US workers make less today than what workers made 45 years ago in 1968, inflation adjusted?

Denying Minimum-Wage Workers A Raise Is Craven and Grotesque

Minimum Wage: Beggaring Workers does not Help Employment (Infographics)

Charles Lane Doesn’t Like the Minimum Wage (see addendum)

The Minimum Wage and Economic Growth

Thousands rally against US oil pipeline – Protesters in Washington, DC call on Obama to reject controversial pipeline and honour pledge to act on global warming.

Tens of Thousands Rally to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline & Urge Obama to Move “Forward on Climate”

“We Must Unleash Radical Thought”: Harry Belafonte’s Stirring Speech Accepting NAACP Spingarn Medal

Why there Were no CIA Torture Black Sites in Latin America (Grandin)

Charter schools and disaster capitalism – Friedmanites have created a market-based system of charter schools in Chicago, forcing many public schools to close

Why are Unionization Rates at Historic Low?


Working-Class Response to Devaluation Measures in Venezuela

WikiLeaks reveals imperialist plots against Venezuela

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