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offsite link Reviews of Scott Humor?s book The Enemy of the State Sat Jul 30, 2016 15:33 | Scott
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offsite link Ukraine: blood poured at Kiev protest for a writer Oles Buzina murder suspects? release Sat Jul 30, 2016 02:22 | Scott
    Oles Buzina murder suspects With Ukraine’s law enforcement and courts gradually locking up the Nazis, members of death squads, political assassins, fake “pro-Russian separatists,” Maidan organizers and other

offsite link Syrian War Report ? July 29, 2016: Humanitarian Operation in Aleppo City Sat Jul 30, 2016 01:07 | The Saker
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offsite link Something symbolic, but very important is happening in the China-Russia partnership Sat Jul 30, 2016 00:17 | The Saker
Moscow-Beijing Express By Jeff J. Brown Cross-linked with China Rising: http://chinarising.puntopress.com/201... Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/44-days/someth... Starting today, this map takes on a whole new geopolitical meaning. (Image by baidu.com) Up till now,

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international / environment / other press Sunday April 28, 2013 14:05 by Turing.
Fracking is so very safe. Full text at url.

A truck carrying drill cuttings from a fracking site set off a radiation alarm at a landfill in Pennsylvania. Emitting gamma radiation ten times higher than the permitted level, the waste was rejected by the landfill.

After the alarm went off, the MAX Environmental Technologies truck was immediately quarantined and sent back to the Marcellus Shale fracking site it had come from in Greene County, Va. The 159-acre Pennsylvania landfill site accepts residual and hazardous waste, but the cuttings were too radioactive for the site to safely dispose.
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Saturday April 20, 2013 12:48 by fred   text 1 comment (last - wednesday april 24, 2013 23:45)   image 1 image
REINHART AND ROGOFF: " 'Full Stop,' We Made A Microsoft Excel Blunder In Our Debt Study, And It Makes A Difference." The oft quoted rationale for austerity measures by such people as Ollie Rehn and Tim Geitner turns out to be the result of an excel blunder by the authors read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / other press Friday April 19, 2013 16:11 by Joe Mc   text 2 comments (last - saturday april 20, 2013 12:13)
A couple sent to prison in connection with the 1989 murder of alleged IRA informer, Joe Fenton , have asked that the contents of a "secret dossier" seen by prosecutors be made public. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday April 16, 2013 14:56 by Latin America Solidarity Centre
LASC, in partnership with the Colombian lawyers collective Equipo Juridico de los Pueblos, are launching a solidarity campaign with the internally displaced campesino community of Pitalito in Cesar, Colombia. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday April 13, 2013 11:10 by fred   text 87 comments (last - sunday august 04, 2013 14:38)   image 7 images   video 1 video file
For those of you following events in Syria, WSWS has an interesting analysis of how the "petty bourgeois" left has given it's support to a CIA backed coup by right wing religious fundamentalists in Syria. Worth a read. read full story / add a comment
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international / elections / politics / other press Thursday April 11, 2013 16:50 by Turing   text 2 comments (last - monday april 15, 2013 13:17)   image 2 images
Maduro leads in the polls but the Right-wing Opposition Candidate Capriles has attacked the National Electoral Council & refuses tosSign CNE document re respecting the Results. Another coup attempt. may be in the works. More at link and on the site.

Nicolas Maduro goes into Sunday’s elections with a huge lead in the polls, according to the final survey of the polls carried out by the VSC.

This shows:

• The average lead for Nicolas Maduro is 16%
• Nicolas Maduro scored an average 53% compared to 37% for his main rival Henrique Capriles. (See chart 1)
• Only 10% of voters have yet to make up their mind about who they are supporting or will not vote. This is not enough to overturn Maduro’s lead.
• When the figures are adjusted just to look at those who have decided how they will vote, Maduro’s lead extends to 18%. (See chart 2) read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Friday April 05, 2013 14:14 by John Cornford
Weekly Worker issue 956 - April 04 2013

Welfare cuts: Housing should be a basic human right
The cuts to housing benefit are cruel and irrational, says Michael Copestake

Anti-cuts movement: Frontism produces no lasting gains
What can we expect from the People’s Assembly? Dave Isaacson looks at the June 22 build-up

South African left: Attempt to go round already existing mass organisations
Wasp might be able to sting the SACP/Cosatu bureaucracy. But, asks Peter Manson, can it become a mass party capable of leading a socialist revolution? read full story / add a comment
Kim Jung-un: rising to provocation
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday April 05, 2013 13:55 by Turing Test   image 1 image
Eddie Ford doesn't like Kim or the bizarre North Korean regime but he looks behind the headlines to examine how the US is stirring things up. Full story at url.

Over the last week there has been a considerable escalation of tensions between North and South Korea. To some degree, of course, this is ‘business as usual’ rhetoric, eg, Pyongyang on March 31 declared that it was in a “state of war” with Seoul (actually that has been the case since the 1953 armistice). But there is more going on than heightened rhetoric - though so far, thankfully, not a single missile has been fired.

Now, I am no admirer of the North Korean regime. It is a brutal and very odd Stalinist dictatorship, which quite literally deifies its leaders - whether the current tyrant, the Great Successor, Kim Jong-un, or his grandfather and Great Leader, Kim Il-sung, the “eternal president” who died in 1994 and presumably still guides the nation, albeit in his new, other-worldly form. To think that such a repressive system could be a workers’ state of any kind, deformed or otherwise, is a grotesque abnegation of genuine socialist politics. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / other press Friday April 05, 2013 13:47 by Joe Mc   text 1 comment (last - friday april 05, 2013 14:13)
Link to a wsws review by Joanne Laurie of a new Israelii documentary: The Gatekeepers, directed by Dror Moreh.

The newly released film –directed by Dror Moreh., a former election ad maker for Ariel Sharon - largely consists of interviews with former heads of Shin Bet , the notorious Israeli intelligence service . According to Laurier , The Gatekeepers “ provides a glimpse into the crisis wracking Israeli society and the failing Zionist project.”
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday April 05, 2013 04:14 by fred   text 7 comments (last - tuesday april 16, 2013 08:34)   image 1 image
A lot of hype in the MSM lately about North Korea. These two clips from the RT show "breaking the set" with commentators from answercoalition.org give some much needed context and background from which to interpret the current media spin. Instead of a seemingly irrational belligerent nihilism, the North Korean statements in context, become more like a rational defensive response to a systematic aggressor bent on harming and undermining their country and it's tendency to socialism. You may find some of the facts that emerge about North Korea rather surprising. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday March 31, 2013 04:00 by NineCoronas   text 8 comments (last - tuesday may 14, 2013 15:50)   image 2 images
RT have been running stories following developments regarding the discovery of a new SARS like coronavirus which has a mortality rate of 50% and is transmissable between humans. Is this the one that kills off most of the great unwashed and lets the elites roam free to spend their ill gotten loot in a fascist marshal law paradise? read full story / add a comment
Acting President Nicolas Maduro.
international / anti-capitalism / other press Thursday March 28, 2013 01:13 by Turing Test   image 1 image
The US and the far right of thee opposition are trying to undermine and discredit the Venezuelan electoral system. Jimmy Carter described that system as the best in the World. Full Text at link.

The presidential candidate of the Bolivarian Revolution, Nicolas Maduro, yesterday counter-attacked the opposition’s campaign to discredit Venezuela’s electoral system ahead of the 14 April presidential election.

In recent days the Venezuelan opposition and allied media have been criticising the 14 April presidential election as not being held in “fair and transparent” conditions, in an apparent effort to discredit the Venezuelan electoral system ahead of the vote. This campaign appears to have intensified following comments made on Friday 15 March by the US’s Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, who said that it would be “a little difficult” for “open, fair, and transparent elections” to be held on 14 April. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / other press Wednesday March 27, 2013 13:52 by Turing Test
Revisionists given a hammering by John Borgonovo . They are searching for an ouija board to contact Peter Hart for advice. Full text at link.

UCC historian John Borgonovo casts doubt on some claims made in the TV3 series ‘In The Name Of The Republic’
TV3’s TWO-PART documentary series, In the Name of the Republic has created a stir among historians, though perhaps not in the way the filmmakers intended. The programme illustrates the danger of accepting local folklore as historical fact, especially during this much-heralded “decade of centenaries”.

In the first episode, viewers met an aged Co Laois man who related his boyhood encounter with a neighbouring farmer, who claimed he had dug up a body while ploughing his field, one of three corpses supposedly buried there by the IRA. Series host Prof Eunan O’Halpin (of Trinity College Dublin) told the audience hisresearch had uncovered two civilians abducted by the Tipperary IRA and “never seen again”. The rest of the episode attempted to prove his theory that they were interred in this Laois field. The episode concluded with O’Halpin opening the sealed files, only to learn that both had survived the conflict. They were never killed by the IRA, much less secretly buried in Laois. The obvious lesson here is: Finish your research before you rent the JCB.

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international / consumer issues / other press Tuesday March 26, 2013 18:52 by fred   image 2 images   1 attached file
The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week - including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday March 21, 2013 17:24 by fred   text 11 comments (last - tuesday april 16, 2013 21:55)   image 1 image   video 2 video files
The top US commander in Europe told a Senate hearing Tuesday that the US military and NATO are drawing up plans for direct military intervention in Syria.

Adm. James Stavridis, head of the Pentagon’s European Command, speaking at a hearing by the Senate Armed Service Committee, said that the US military is “looking at a variety of options” and is “prepared if called upon to be engaged.” read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Thursday March 21, 2013 14:49 by John Cornford   image 1 image
Weekly Worker issue 954 - March 21 2013

Far from being a new broom or ‘reformer’, writes Eddie Ford, the new pope is a reactionary to his marrow

Unless you possess a very strong stomach, mainstream media coverage of the new pope (aka Jorge Mario Bergoglio) has been truly revolting. A tidal wave of idiotic, euphoric banality. Then again, what else do you expect from the likes of the BBC, which always genuflects before anything that appears strong, powerful and ancient?

Letters
Safe space; Rape sanity; Aunty Tom; Dinosaur; Ad feminem; Alpha-males; Full frontal; Unsanctioned; Playing politics; read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday March 20, 2013 11:58 by Audio   text 3 comments (last - tuesday march 26, 2013 09:35)
10 years after the start of one of the most contested wars in modern history, dissident island radio (London) assembled a panel of seasoned anti-war activists who have been active in opposing the Iraq war.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday March 20, 2013 00:14 by T   text 4 comments (last - thursday march 21, 2013 07:28)   image 2 images
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. Ten years ago, the world watched the “shock and awe” bombing campaign light up the nighttime sky of Baghdad with billowing clouds of flame and smoke.

This campaign and the bloody ten years of occupation that followed had a devastating impact on what was once among the most advanced societies in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed and millions were made homeless.

The American military’s conduct of the war produced crimes of staggering dimensions. This included the turning of Fallujah, a city of 350,000 people, into a free-fire zone, the bombarding of its occupants with white phosphorus shells, banned by international law, and the summary execution of wounded prisoners. Ten years later, the rates of child cancer and birth defects in Fallujah are similar to those in Hiroshima following the US atomic bombing. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Sunday March 17, 2013 22:01 by Elric   text 1 comment (last - wednesday march 27, 2013 23:59)   image 1 image
An appreciation of the work and legacy of Commandante Chavez by James Petras . Full text at link.

President Hugo Chavez was unique in multiple areas of political, social and economic life. He made significant contributions to the advancement of humanity. The depth, scope and popularity of his accomplishments mark President Chavez as the ‘Renaissance President of the 21st Century’.

Many writers have noted one or another of his historic contributions highlighting his anti-poverty legislation, his success in winning popular elections with resounding majorities and his promotion of universal free public education and health coverage for all Venezuelans.

In this essay we will highlight the unique world-historic contributions that President Chavez made in the spheres of political economy, ethics and international law and in redefining relations between political leaders and citizens. We shall start with his enduring contribution to the development of civic culture in Venezuela and beyond.


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international / anti-capitalism / other press Friday March 15, 2013 11:48 by Elric   image 1 image
Weekly Worker issue 953 - March 14 2013

The latest edition of the Weekly Worker is now available on the CPGB
website at http://www.cpgb.org.uk/home/weekly-worker/953

In this week's issue:

SWP SPECIAL CONFERENCE: APPARATUS USES FAIR MEANS AND FOUL
Peter Manson asks what can still be saved from the SWP

LETTERS
Into the void; Nonsense; Not worth it; Alpha-rule; Off the cuff;
Special offer; Unreloaded; Mixed bag; Praise indeed; Reinstate Lee read full story / add a comment
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