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international / anti-war / other press Sunday January 20, 2013 14:33 by Elric
Larry Everest shows that Sanctions are War by other means. Sanctions are Weapons of Mass Destruction. Full text at link.

The U.S. claims that its sanctions are only aimed at Iran 's government—the Islamic Republic—and its top leaders. But because the U.S. and its big power allies (Germany, France, Britain and other European countries) are sanctioning and embargoing Iranian banks, they have crippled Iran's ability to pay for urgently needed imports—including medicines—and halted many shipments. In addition, many drugs and needed chemicals aren't getting into Iran thanks to the banning under the sanctions of "dual-use" chemicals with possible military applications.

"Hundreds of thousands of Iranians with serious illnesses have been put at imminent risk by the unintended consequences of international sanctions, which have led to dire shortages of life-saving medicines such as chemotherapy drugs for cancer and bloodclotting agents for haemophiliacs," Guardian UK . read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / other press Friday January 18, 2013 22:02 by lefty
In case you missed them, here are two provocative videos featuring Max Keiser and others. One from Kilkennomics festival where Bill black and Max tell it as it is to a squirming Pat Rabbitte, and a post mortem on Max's own show with Stacy Herbert, where the lies and deceptions of Michael Noonan are laid bare. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Thursday January 17, 2013 22:58 by John Cornford   image 1 image
SWP crisis: Opposition emboldened as demand for recall grows
The leadership can no longer lead - but a positive outcome to the crisis requires more than the removal of the entire CC, argues Paul Demarty

The Socialist Workers Party has been waiting a long time for a revolutionary situation. On some occasions, as with the fatuous ‘All out, stay out’ slogan it advanced to striking public sector workers last winter, it has tried, with dismal results, to force one - or delude itself into thinking there is one. Now, it has got one. But there is only one catch - it is not Britain that has been plunged into such a crisis, but the SWP itself.

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Letters
Rebellion; Shocking; Victim; Quantity left; Conflict site?; Coining it; Crippled; ‘Anti-Germans’; Erfurt required?;

http://www.cpgb.org.uk/home/weekly-worker/945 read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / other press Wednesday January 16, 2013 23:45 by lefty   text 2 comments (last - wednesday january 30, 2013 13:23)   image 1 image
This story was published in the Irish Times with quite a bit of a spin on it. But as an indictment of 2013 Ireland and it's austerity measures and lack of concern for the weaker members of society I personally think it needs a little more highlighting. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / other press Wednesday January 16, 2013 23:00 by fred   text 1 comment (last - thursday january 17, 2013 23:10)
An article in the examiner states that 42% of Europe’s banking crisis is being paid by Ireland. Thats from a tiny population of 4 million. This is a completely ridiculous state of affairs. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / other press Monday January 14, 2013 12:56 by Atash
Iran is rapidly running out of vital medical supplies due to sanctions and an unavailability of foreign currency to buy supplies. The sanctions levied against Iranian banks, which are effectively cut off from the global financial system, have made it nigh impossible for Iranian companies to finance imports of whole drugs or raw ingredients, analysts say.

"There is not a proper channel through which they can pay, unless they send somebody to Pfizer with a suitcase full of cash," says Muhammad Sahimi, an Iranian political analyst and engineering professor at the University of Southern California.

Sanctions against Iran's oil industry have left the country short on foreign currency reserves. This week a prominent Iranian parliamentarian said oil revenues had declined 45% in the last nine months. Iran's currency, the Rial, is also believed to have lost 80% of its value against the dollar since the beginning of 2012, making imports prohibitively expensive. read full story / add a comment
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national / crime and justice / other press Sunday January 13, 2013 18:39 by SM   text 2 comments (last - wednesday january 16, 2013 14:47)   image 1 image
The continuing opposition by loyalists to the decision by Belfast city council to limit the flying of the Union Jack (bringing it into line with other council chambers) is a product of a deeply sectarian colonial settlement that smothers the importance of class. read full story / add a comment
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international / miscellaneous / other press Friday January 11, 2013 16:04 by lefty   image 1 image
Interesting article in the guardian about the use of games as a tool to propagate information / analysis on news items. read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / other press Thursday January 10, 2013 00:50 by Elric   text 1 comment (last - thursday january 10, 2013 11:48)
Lobster Issue 64 Winter 2012 now available online.

Nobody told us we could do this (PDF)
by Simon Matthews

Chemtrails: the proof and the purpose (PDF)
by T. J. Coles

The view from the bridge (PDF)
by Robin Ramsay read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Sunday January 06, 2013 12:49 by Elric   text 2 comments (last - monday january 07, 2013 13:43)
US involvement in destabilising progressive regimes in Latin America has continued under Obama with coups in Paraguay and Honduras. Full text at link.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has said the CIA may try to kill him prior to upcoming elections. Citing reports of a plot to “destabilize the region,” Correa said the threats were “credible,” given the history of US involvement in Latin America. Correa alluded to reports by Chilean journalist Patricio Mery Bell, who allegedly passed on information to the Ecuadorian government that President Correa’s life was “under threat” by a CIA plot.

“There are many cases of [the CIA] interfering” in Latin American affairs, Correa said during a campaign tour in the coastal province of Guayas. “These are credible [reports] because this has happened before in Latin America.” read full story / add a comment
An image grab taken from the state-run Syrian TV shows Syria's embattled President Bashar al-Assad making a public address on the latest developments in the country and the region on January 6, 2013 (AFP Photo)
international / anti-war / other press Sunday January 06, 2013 12:31 by Elric   text 2 comments (last - monday january 07, 2013 22:08)   image 1 image
Full text at link.

Syria’s president has outlined a plan to end the country's conflict, starting with a halt to international support to “al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups.” The solution proposes a new constitution and government, as well as national reconciliation. President Bashar Assad said that his government had never refused a political solution, but would not negotiate with terrorists. He then stressed that the only solution was a Syrian proposal to end the crisis.

“The political solution entails regional and international powers halting their support for armed groups, which will be followed by a halt in our security forces' crackdown against them,” Assad said in his first public address to the people of Syria since June read full story / add a comment
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national / arts and media / other press Thursday January 03, 2013 20:44 by anon   text 2 comments (last - friday january 11, 2013 21:22)   image 1 image
There is a currently a very interesting and frightening case being fought by a Solicitor firm in Dublin against agents for the Irish newspaper industry. Basically the newspaper industry is trying to charge for websites and blogs and all the rest for posting links to any of their articles in their newspapers. They have already done the groundwork in their submission to the Copyright Review Committee in July 2012 those 15 newspapers asserted baldly

“It is the view of NNI that a link to copyright material does constitute infringement of copyright”. (Section 7 National Newspapers of Ireland Further Submission to the Copyright Review Committee) read full story / add a comment
Expelled, but not from heaven
international / rights and freedoms / other press Thursday January 03, 2013 13:08 by Peter Manson   text 27 comments (last - saturday january 19, 2013 18:07)   image 3 images
How the SWP Junta treat their members with contempt. Peter Manson writes on how dissidents are treated.

Commenting on the contributions from a minority of Socialist Workers Party comrades in the second of this year’s Pre-conference Bulletins, I wrote: “It is most encouraging that these … comrades … are clear-sighted and courageous enough to make such far-reaching proposals - proposals aimed at transforming the SWP into a genuinely democratic-centralist force, capable of playing a leading role in the struggle for the mass party we so desperately need”. I concluded: “It remains to be seen for how long they would be tolerated if their ideas began to make headway” (‘An anatomical investigation’, November 8).

Unfortunately, however, even before those ideas have had a chance to make such headway, the central committee has responded in the only way it knows: by summarily expelling two of the comrades who had written such powerful criticisms, together with two others who are alleged to be involved in “secret factionalism” alongside them. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / other press Thursday January 03, 2013 11:37 by Elric
Yassamine Mather writes on the resolutions which have emerged from the Imperialist backed Tribunal on Iran, on how sections of the Iranian Left have damaged themselves through association with it. Some let themselves be fooled but some were scoundrels. Genuine Democracy will not come to Iran through Neo-Cons or CIA Fronts. Full text at link.

In the good old days of the Moscow trials it was customary for fallen members of the Soviet leadership to disappear from group photographs, their image wiped out of history, as they fell out of favour with Stalin. How ironic that the 21st century unholy alliance between Iran’s soft left and neo-conservatives in what is known as the Iran Tribunal seems to have adopted the same method in dealing with the embarrassing outcome of its second phase.

The Farsi version of the long-awaited final resolution never made it to the IT website and the English version1 has been either removed or hidden away somewhere where it is difficult to find.2 As the embarrassing clauses were translated into Farsi, the organisers were confronted with a barrage of criticism. The soft left has attempted to justify the disappearance of the final statement with the claim that the ‘findings’ were temporary resolutions - although the ‘prosecutor’, Payam Akhavan, and his allies consider the job done and deny the ‘temporary’ nature of the findings. read full story / add a comment
Protesters call for a ban on hare coursing
international / environment / other press Tuesday December 25, 2012 20:48 by Ban Cruel Sports   text 1 comment (last - tuesday december 25, 2012 23:45)   image 8 images
Sad to hear that a dedicated campaigner against blood sports in Ireland has passed away. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / other press Friday December 21, 2012 20:59 by Elric   text 1 comment (last - saturday december 22, 2012 12:15)
Chris Marsden writes on how the UN have finally accepted that Syria is in the throes of a Civil War. Also on the build up of US equipment and troops in Jordan and false reporting about Alawite on Alawite violence. Full text at link.

A United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry has finally admitted that a sectarian civil war is raging in Syria. Its findings are based upon extensive investigations and interviews between September 28 to December 16, 2012.

They detail massacres and gross violations of human rights that have polarised Syria between the supporters of a Sunni insurgency and those Sunnis and various minority groups that have aligned themselves with the Alawite-led Ba’athist regime out of fear that its downfall will produce a yet more brutal Sunni chauvinist alternative. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / other press Friday December 21, 2012 03:22 by Solidarity to Autonomic Spaces
SQUAT / STATE REPRESSION 20 December 2012

You wont get Villa Amalias. Not even...in your dreams only

THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT AN EVICTION: IT IS ABOUT A COMMON ACTION OF AUTONOMY & SELF-ORGANIZATION SOLIDARITY & SUPPORT
VILLA AMALIAS GIVES A SERIOUS BATTLE ; NOT FOR SUPPORTING SOME WALLS & BRICKS,
BUT FOR THE DESIRES & DREAMS & HOPES FOR A LIFE MORE FOR EVERYONE read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Wednesday December 19, 2012 20:36 by T   image 1 image
Slovenia is being shaken by the first massive revolt in two decades and the first that is predominantly oriented against political establishment, austerity measures and is in some cities already gaining anti-capitalist character.

In less than three weeks there have been 35 protests in 18 cities, where more then 70.000 people participated altogether. Protests often turn into clashes with police that is violently breaking up the demonstrations. 284 people were arrested, some released, some not. Many people have been injured. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / other press Tuesday December 18, 2012 16:23 by maolcholann   text 6 comments (last - thursday december 27, 2012 19:36)   image 3 images
A response to the latest in a series of provocative, offensive, and frankly fratboyish Facebook posts coming from Israel’s embassy in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Monday December 17, 2012 23:57 by fred   image 1 image
The complexities of the Arab Spring and the struggle for political freedom throughout the Arab world should not obscure what has now become an absolutely essential understanding for all anti-imperialists: the Muslim Brotherhood is one of the most powerful weapons of the Western ruling class in the Muslim world. While that may be a difficult pill for some to swallow for emotional or psychological reasons, one need look no further than the insidious role the organization is playing in Syria and the abuses of power and human rights of the government of Egypt. read full story / add a comment
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