GPJA #466 (2 of 2): International news & analysis

STATS OF THE WEEK

 

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

 

“Try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering. Perhaps as an old man I will accept suffering with insouciance. But not now; men in their prime, if they have convictions are tasked to act on them.” – Julian Assange, 2007

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

“The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.” – Herbert Agar

 

FEATURES

Helen Keller: Saint, socialist, subversive http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=11186

Its kicking off everywhere but wheres it going? http://usilive.org/its-kicking-off-everywhere-but-wheres-it-going/

Noam Chomsky: American Government and Corporations Are at War With the American People http://www.alternet.org/chomsky-nsa

David Bromwich: In Praise of Edward Snowden http://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n13/david-bromwich/diary

Latin America is ready to defy the US over Snowden and other issues http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/25/edward-snowden-ecuador-defy-united-states

How mass protests around the globe have become the ‘new social network’ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10892468

John Pilger: Control and Dominance – Having nurtured old-fashioned fascists around the world – from Latin America to Africa and Indonesia – the genie has risen at home. http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/06/understanding-prism-leaks-understanding-rise-new-fascism

‘Limited But Persuasive’ Evidence – Syria, Sarin, Libya, Lies http://medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/alerts-2013/735-limited-but-persuasive-evidence-syria-sarin-libya-lies.html

Noam Chomsky: Obama Is ‘Running Biggest Terrorist Operation That Exists’ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35374.htm

The Edward Snowden Case Monitor http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/the-americas-blog/the-edward-snowden-case-monitor

Edward Snowden seeks asylum in Ecuador amid diplomatic storm – Whistleblower escapes from Hong Kong to Moscow on a commercial flight despite a formal US extradition request http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/23/edward-snowden-escape-moscow-ecuador

Workers’ Greatest Power Over Owners and Bosses? The Ability to Stop Work and Walk Out http://www.alternet.org/labor/joe-burns-fast-food-strike?page=0%2C0&paging=off

Capitalism, Democracy, and Elections By Richard D. Wolff http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35405.htm

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS

World Bank Insider Blows Whistle on Corruption, Federal Reserve http://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/economics/item/15473-world-bank-insider-blows-whistle-on-corruption-federal-reserve

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an Assault on Democracy That Will Undermine the Economy http://www.nationofchange.org/trans-pacific-partnership-assault-democracy-will-undermine-economy-1371821606

David Harvey – Spaces of Global Capitalism http://resolutereader.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/david-harvey-spaces-of-global-capitalism.html

Profits Without Production By PAUL KRUGMAN http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/opinion/krugman-profits-without-production.html

‘You F–ked Up, You Trusted Us’: Talking Ratings Agencies With Chris Hayes By Matt Taibbi http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35406.htm

The Continuing Unsatisfactory Economic Expansion http://blogs.lclark.edu/hart-landsberg/2013/06/26/the-continuing-unsatisfactory-economic-expansion/

Are we having fun yet? John Lanchester on the banks’ barely believable behaviour http://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n13/john-lanchester/are-we-having-fun-yet

Sweatshops Don’t Just Happen – They’re a Policy http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/17183-sweatshops-dont-just-happen-theyre-a-policy

LAND, LABOUR & THE ENVIRONMENT

More of the same won’t solve the food crisis http://aworldtowin.net/blog/more-of-same-wont-solve-food-crisis.html

Pricing carbon: A failed strategy that won’t save the climate http://climateandcapitalism.com/2013/06/23/pricing-carbon-a-failed-strategy-that-wont-save-the-climate/

Naomi Klein on the Links Between Capitalism and Climate Change http://vimeo.com/53656908

CULTURAL DISSENT

Frank Sinatra, the Left and the US Popular Front A 25 page article from Science & Society, 2002, by Gerald Meyer, exploring the little-known history of the poplar singer and his contributions to the left as a young man. Sinatra played an active role in a score of Popular Front http://ouleft.org/wp-content/uploads/popfront-sinatra.pdf

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock and Roll This one-hour documentary re-examines a piece of U.S. culture, highlighting the intersection of sex, race, and several trends in music. http://tinyurl.com/ajvbl92

INVENTING THE WORKING CLASS by Marc Mulholland Review of “Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life”, by Jonathan Sperber. http://www.drb.ie/essays/inventing-the-working-class#sthash.llwX7RG3.dpuf

AFGHANISTAN

Waiting for 2014 in Afghanistan http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls178.php

AUSTRALIA

Five hundred lashes and double irons: the origins of Australian capitalism http://tinyurl.com/or5ktpu

Salvos Worried About Nauru Chaos http://newmatilda.com/2013/06/25/salvos-worried-about-nauru-chaos

BANGLADESH

‘Contaminated water’ makes Dhaka workers sick http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/06/201361774534770612.html

BOLIVIA

Social movements in Bolivia: from strength to power http://boliviarising.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/social-movements-in-bolivia-from.html

Álvaro García Linera: ‘There is no exclusive model’ http://boliviarising.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/alvaro-garcia-linera-there-is-no.html

BRAZIL

Massive protests fuelled by majority’s lost expectations http://links.org.au/node/3406

Open letter to President Dilma Rousseff from Brazil’s social movements; A succinct report from the MST http://links.org.au/node/3403

First reflections on the mass movement that has shaken Brazil http://links.org.au/node/3402

Brazil protests: president to hold emergency meeting – Night of protests draws vast crowds in cities across Brazil, with a total turnout estimated at 2 million http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/21/brazil-protests-president-emergency-meeting

Protester killed, dozens injured as Brazil police face off with a million in 100 cities http://rt.com/news/brazil-unrest-million-protester-killed-033/

Brazil in 90 seconds: From price rises to protests http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22980751

Brazil protesters win U-turn on fare rises http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/20/brazil-protesters-u-turn-fare-rises

Brazil protests catch authorities on the back foot http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/18/brazil-protests-authorities-back-foot

Brazilian Revolution – The writing’s on the wall http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/brazilian-revolution-writings-on-wall.html

Crowd of 30,000 overruns police cordon ahead of Brazil football match (VIDEO) http://rt.com/news/brazil-football-stadium-fortaleza-clashes-962/

I was Brazil woman pepper-sprayed in face, says protester http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/i-was-brazil-woman-peppersprayed-in-face-says-protester-8667257.html

Brazil Burning: The Story of an Illusion Gone Sour By Pepe Escobar http://rt.com/op-edge/brazil-protests-world-cup-014/

Largest demonstration in Salvador’s history marred by police violence http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10346

João Pedro Stédile of the MST: ‘We are in the midst of an ideological battle’ http://links.org.au/node/3411

CAMBODIA

NagaWorld strike ends with force http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013061966368/National/nagaworld-strike-ends-with-force.html

CANADA

Idle No More: Canada Escalates War on First Nations Read more at https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/06/26/idle-no-more-canada-escalates-war-first-nations-150125

CHILE

Chilean protesters in street battles with police http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/chilean-protesters-street-battles-police

Video of protest http://m.aljazeera.com/story/201362710120373612

Chilean police evict student protesters from schools http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/chile-student-protesters-evicted-schools

CHINA

Faltering Economy in China Dims Job Prospects for Graduates http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/business/global/faltering-economy-in-china-dims-job-prospects-for-graduates.html?ref=keithbradsher

Beijing workers take US boss hostage http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-factory-boss-held-hostage-workers-beijing

COLOMBIA

Colombian Armed Forces Attack Unarmed Peasant Protests

Trouble brewing in South America: NATO sets its sights on Colombia http://www.spectrezine.org/trouble-brewing-south-america-nato-sets-its-sights-colombia

CUBA

Interview with Mariela Castro – Socialism can not be homophobic http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs3816.html

ECUADOR

Assembly passes law democratising media http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54362

EGYPT

Egypt Rebellion 30 06 2013 Rebellion Campaign Tamarod

GREECE

Immense mobilizations against the coup d’etat in public radio and television http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article3015

Political Lessons From Greece: Summits, Refugees and Protest by Sofiane Ait Chalalet and Chris Jones http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/840.php

Struggle over public broadcaster unites left http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54383

INDONESIA

Battlefield Indonesia: resistance to corporate destruction http://roarmag.org/2013/06/battlefield-indonesia-resistance-to-corporate-destruction/

IRAQ

Iraq’s Long War Refusing To End http://palestinechronicle.com/iraqs-long-war-refusing-to-end/

IRELAND

‘Another day, another billion,’ laughs Drumm http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/anglo/another-day-another-billion-laughs-drumm-29372488.html

IRAN

Illusions and Realities Surrounding Iran’s Presidential Elections by Saeed Rahnema http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/839.php

JAMAICA

The Multilateral Debt Trap in Jamaica http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/the-multilateral-debt-trap-in-jamaica

JAPAN
Politics and struggle after the tsunami http://tinyurl.com/q5xjwex

KOREA

Samsung accused of using illegally “disguised subcontractors” http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_business/592266.html

LIBYA

Remember Libya? http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/remember-libya/

PACIFIC

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono: Free West Papua Political Prisoners – A Plea from the Daughter of Filep Karma http://tinyurl.com/kpk4x7k

Joy and disappointment after MSG’s West Papua decision http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2013/06/joy-and-disappointment-after-msgs-west-papua-decision/

PALESTINE

UN: Palestinian Children Tortured, Used as Human Shields by Israel http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35353.htm

How Israeli Apartheid is Coming Unstuck By Jonathan Cook – An editorial in Haaretz this month observed that Israel was really “two separate states, one Arab and one Jewish. … This is the gap between the Jewish state of Israel, which is a developed Western nation, and the Arab state of Israel, which is no more than a Third World country.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35371.htm

Report on The Fourth National BDS Conference, 8 June 2013, Bethlehem – See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2013/report-fourth-national-bds-conference-11080#sthash.zrSPqMFM.dpuf

Gaza Blockade Zainab Al Jamal Death – Press TV Report http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=hgEvTqTxcn0

The Palestinians’ Last Option: A Struggle For Equal Rights – Palestinians must shed the illusion of the current peace process and at least push for equitable rights. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35414.htm

Lieberman: Israel needs to conquer and thoroughly cleanse Gaza Strip http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/lieberman-israel-needs-to-conquer-and-thoroughly-cleanse-gaza-strip-8671919.html

SAHARAWI

‘We will never give up our struggle’ ― a voice from the Saharawi refugee camps – See more at: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54363#sthash.ue7bTcdq.dpuf

SOUTH AFRICA

How the ANC’s Faustian pact sold out South Africa’s poorest http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/24/anc-faustian-pact-mandela-fatal-error

SPAIN

Rising United Left tackles new challenges http://links.org.au/node/3404

SYRIA

‘The fate of Syria must not be decided by foreign powers or forces’ http://links.org.au/node/3410

Special Report – Syria’s Islamists seize control as moderates dither http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/06/19/uk-syria-rebels-islamists-specialreport-idUKBRE95I0BJ20130619

Exclusive: U.S. secretly providing training for Syrian rebels Read more: http://q13fox.com/2013/06/21/exclusive-u-s-secretly-providing-training-for-syrian-rebels/#ixzz2Wtr3jVCN

Sectarianism: A Tool of Counterrevolution in Syria

Is it the end of Sykes-Picot? Patrick Cockburn on the war in Syria and the threat to the Middle East http://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n11/patrick-cockburn/is-it-the-end-of-sykes-picot

Stay Out of Syria! By David Bromwich http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/jun/20/stay-out-syria/

TURKEY

 

Uprising fuelled by inequality http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54288

The west still doesn’t get what the Turkish uprisings are about http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/12/turkish-protest-what-it-is-not

Neil Faulkner looks at the historical significance of the Taksim protest movement http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/analysis/16514-learning-from-taksim-square

Defiant Turkish Demonstrators “Finding New Ways to Protest” in Face of Relentless State Crackdown http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/19/defiant_turkish_demonstrators_finding_new_ways

In Ankara by Tariq Ali http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2013/06/19/tariq-ali/in-ankara/

Turkey divided more than ever by Erdoğan’s Gezi Park crackdown: Authoritarian response to mass protests has left the once all-powerful prime minister weakened at home and abroad http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/20/turkey-divided-erdogan-protests-crackdown

Scores detained in Turkey police swoop http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/06/20136187192113371.html

Gezi Park Evacuated, Istanbul and Turkey Explode http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article3016

Turkey’s crowds return, armed only with flowers http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkeys-crowds-return-armed-only-with-flowers-8669864.html

UK

Stephen Lawrence family and friends targeted by police ‘smear’ campaign http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/23/stephen-lawrence-undercover-police-smears

People’s Assembly hears union leaders promise anti-cuts action http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23016076

Shafting the taxpayer second time round http://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/shafting-the-taxpayer-second-time-round/

George Monbiot: How can we invest our trust in a government that spies on us? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/24/how-trust-state-spies-citizens

How I fought to survive Guantánamo http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/21/i-fought-to-survive-guantanamo

USA

Yahoo CEO and Walmart director shuns fired workers – Actions at Yahoo HQ and shareholders’ meeting by OUR Walmart http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/yahoo-ceo-and-walmart.html

U.S. Standard of Living Has Fallen More Than 50%: Opinion http://www.thestreet.com/story/11480568/1/us-standard-of-living-has-fallen-more-than-50-opinion.html

US Drone Operator says, ‘I became a sociopath’, regrets 1626 Killings (Lest we forget) http://www.juancole.com/2013/06/operator-sociopath-killings.html

I am Bradley Manning (celebrity video protesting treason charge) http://www.juancole.com/2013/06/bradley-celebrity-protesting.html?

US Gulag: Inside Guantánamo’s Force-Feeding Regime By Abby Haglage – A close examination of the actual practice itself reveals that the writhing, miserable reality of it is virtually undeniable. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35376.htm

Prisons Full of Innocents By David Swanson – Do police feeding a false confession to their victim mean well? When they falsely report on that procedure to a court do they mean well?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35369.htm

In Case You Missed It – Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons – Video Documentary – It’s terrible to watch some of the video and realise that you’re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8451.htm

Michael Hastings Dies at 33; Fearless Journalist Challenged Power & Exposed Myths of Afghan War http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/19/michael_hastings_dies_at_33_fearless

Obama Backs First-Strike Nuclear War as U.S. Policy By Francis A. Boyle http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35410.htm

Fast Food Strikes: What’s Cooking? http://www.labornotes.org/2013/06/fast-food-strikes-whats-cooking

McDonald’s Worker Says She Was Required to Receive Pay on Fee-Laden Debit Card http://abcnews.go.com/Business/mcdonalds-worker-sues-franchise-paying-wages-debit-card/story?id=19420181#.Uco8Nfk3B8F

A Catholic case for raising the minimum wage http://www.uscatholic.org/blog/201306/catholic-case-raising-minimum-wage-27483

Texas Showdown: Anti-Abortion Bill Fails After Protesters Fill Capitol to Cheer Marathon Filibuster http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/26/texas_showdown_anti_abortion_bill_fails

Supreme court strikes down Doma on historic day for gay rights in America http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/26/supreme-court-doma-prop-8-rulings

VENEZUELA

Historic popular assembly discusses revolutionary alliance – See more at: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54309#sthash.zUBMHF0T.GR3kQyM0.dpuf

Revolution winning battle against shortages http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54377

The War on the Venezuelan Economy http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/9763

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2 Responses to GPJA #466 (2 of 2): International news & analysis

  1. lowellmanning says:

    I think I already wrote to you about this …

    It’s a fantastic compendium of current affairs … thank you.

    There is always a core of material I have not received from other sources.

    I know it takes time and application to do this. Rest assured that the more you do it, the wider the reach.

    Best

    Lowell Manning

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