GPJA #486 (Part 2 of 2): International news and analysis


Only 5.2 percent of the world’s 2,170 billionaires have so far signed the “giving pledge,” the commitment to give away at least half their wealth that Bill Gates and Warren Buffett three years ago started asking their fellow ultra rich to make. The pledge carries no legal or contractual obligation.


Nelson Mandela Quotes You Probably Won’t See In The U.S. Media: The former South African president, who died Thursday, was a revolutionary and a deep skeptic of American power.

7. On the U.S. war with Iraq:

“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via

6. On Israel:

“Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via

5. On the U.S. war with Iraq:

“All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via

4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution:

“From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of the vicious imperialist-orquestrated campaign to destroy the impressive gain made in the Cuban Revolution. … Long live the Cuban Revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro.” Via

3. Mandela on Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, his longtime supporter:

“It is our duty to give support to the brother leader … especially in regards to the sanctions which are not hitting just him, they are hitting the ordinary masses of the people … our African brothers and sisters.” Via

2. On the U.S. preparing to invade Iraq in a 2002 interview with Newsweek:

“If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace.” Via

1. On a Palestinian state:

“The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” Via


Glenn Greenwald: What I’ve Learned

Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA By Greg Weston, Glenn Greenwald, Ryan Gallagher – CSEC conducted espionage activities for U.S. in 20 countries, according to top-secret briefing note.

Robert Fisk: How the West lost respect for international law – One Norwegian officer left Lebanon with a typed report on torture taped to his chest

George Monbiot: Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out – Buying more stuff is associated with depression, anxiety and broken relationships. It is socially destructive and self-destructive

One Rolex Short of Contentment

The Pathology of the Rich – Chris Hedges – Video: Chris Hedges discusses the psychology of the super rich; their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms.

Chomsky: It Is All Working Quite Well for the Rich, Powerful


A Marxist take on economic meltdown

The UK’s great Autumn recovery


Climate Change: ‘The Greatest Challenge of Our Time’ by Carlo Fanelli

Interview | Asad Rehman: “Only a challenge to corporate power can save the planet”


David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’ – The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. This is an edited extract

Arts & Culture | Wake On The Wild Side: Lou Reed memorial held in London

World’s leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft – 500 signatories include five Nobel prize winners – Writers demand ‘digital bill of rights’ to curb abuses

Beverly Gologorsky, My Neighbor, War

Books | A Fight Far From Over: Patrice Lumumba’s Legacy

Books | Review | ‘Class and Contemporary British Culture’ by Anita Biressi and Heather Nunn

Shag another – Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police by Katrina Forrester – London Review of Books


The Phony Pullout From Afghanistan


Last week was a big week in fossil fuel politics in British Columbia

Canada’s international spying agency, CSEC, under growing scrutiny


Interview | Alberto Mayol on Chile’s 2013 Presidential elections: “It is more useful to vote, despite everything.”


Cuba’s Raúl Castro Praises Nelson Mandela’s “Unwavering Dedication to the Revolutionary Struggle”

The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa


Repression Deepens in Egypt: At first it was the Muslim Brotherhood. Now dozens of journalists, non-Islamist activists and students have been detained and beaten.


UN, EU Subsidize French Crimes in Africa


North American Observer Delegation Issues Critical Report of Honduran Elections


Can war with Iran be prevented?


The Ghosts of Jeju – Video: A shocking documentary about the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, S. Korea. The film reveals horrible atrocities at the hands of the U.S. Military Government of Korea.


WHO concerned over humanitarian health crisis in Gaza

IDF seized West Bank house despite court ruling for Palestinian owners: The house, which was separated from its village by a bypass road built near the settlement of Ofra, is currently used as a yeshiva by settlers.


Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis: Everyone knows where al-Qa’ida gets its money, but while the violence is sectarian, the West does nothing By Patrick Cockburn



Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 1918-2013

The Right Wing’s Campaign To Discredit And Undermine Mandela, In One Timeline

John Pilger: Apartheid Did Not Die

Victims of the Marikana massacre speak out

Nelson Mandela page on Democracy Now


Seymour Hersh: Obama “Cherry-Picked” Intelligence on Syrian Chemical Attack to Justify U.S. Strike

Nearly a century after the Armenian genocide, these people are still being slaughtered in Syria

To Syria’s Revolutionaries, Assad Isn’t Looking So Bad After All

Syria’s Many Battlefields: Islamist Rebels Wage War Against the Kurds


Round one to Yingluck government


University of strife: John Harris on the latest wave of student protests – A new wave of college occupations has brought suspensions, arrests and allegations of police violence. Three years on from the tuition fee protests, why are students still angry?

William Hague letter brings hope to Shaker Aamer in Guantánamo: Fears over health of last British resident in US camp have been raised as he takes part in a new hunger strike

London’s biggest university bans student protests

Panic on the streets of London


Will Uruguay Trigger a Global Marijuana Revolution? Uruguay is poised to legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday, an experiment that will force the United States to reevaluate its own international drug policies.


US prison population jumps 27% in a decade over harsh drug sentencing: The number of Americans incarcerated in federal prisons throughout the country has increased by nearly 30 percent over the past ten years, according to a new report by an investigative arm of Congress.

A Record Number of Americans Can’t Afford Their Rent: Paying more than 30 percent of your income on rent is what experts call unaffordable. Yet the number of people who fall into that group has reached record numbers, according to a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

30 Percent Of Americans Skip Out On Medical Care Because It’s Too Expensive: About three in ten of all Americans forgo getting medical treatment due to the high costs of U.S. health care, according to a new survey by Gallup

How Inequality Became as American as Apple Pie

Apartheid Amnesia – How the GOP conveniently forgot about its role in propping up a white supremacist regime.

US government considered Nelson Mandela a terrorist until 2008: Until five years ago, the U.S. officially considered Mandela a terrorist. During the Cold War, both the State and Defense departments dubbed Mandela’s political party, the African National Congress, a terrorist group, and Mandela’s name remained on the U.S. terrorism watch list till 2008.


US fast-food workers strike over low wages in nationwide protests – Thousands due to strike across 100 cities through the day in a signal of the growing clamour for action on income equality

‘From Bean to Cup,’ Starbucks Labor Action Heats Up

Increase The Minimum Wage

Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses the minimum wage and extending long-term unemployment benefits with MSNBC’s Ed Schultz.

McDonald’s And Starbucks’ CEOs Make More Than $9,200 An Hour


Jon Stewart: NSA Totally Doing all those Things Obama Admin denied they were Doing–they-re-totally-doing


Chavistas Celebrate Victory in the Venezuelan Municipal Elections

Venezuelanalysis: 10 years reporting on the Bolivarian Revolution

Venezuela Leads Region in Poverty Reduction in 2012, ECLAC Says


The US Killed my Brother with a Drone. I Want to Know Why

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