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NEWSLETTER No. 334, June 13, 2010

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Hammer the Pokies
GPJA is still on the quest for 200 people willing to take part in a civil disobedience exercise whereby they register their hammers for a “hammer the pokies” protest. We have around 40 people registered so far but to be successful we need a lot more. There are over 20,000 pokie machines in local communities (non-casino pokies) which are sucking the lifeblood from low-income areas (over half the machines are in the poorest third of communities). Families coping with pokie addicts in the recession just adds to the misery of whole communities left behind by growing inequality. We’d like GPJA members to help spread the word. You can get a copy of the campaign flyer, register your hammer or for more information email johnminto or phone John at 8463173.

Wanted For Corporate Greed! Every Saturday, 1pm, JbHifi, Queen St, Auckland
Richard Euchtritz, CEO of JB Hi Fi, gets paid $4 million per year. His company, JB HiFi, is set to make $150 million profit this year alone. Profits up 29% New store opening in Palmerston North. But he hasn’t given his workers a pay rise in three years, and has dismissed their demand for a pay rise as "Absurd". This Saturday, saddle up and join the Posse for a how down outside JB Hi Fi store. Yer all Deputies of the Unite Union now, neighbours. Expose this Corporate Cowboy! YouTube video Link

Exposing right wing lies – a Q & A on the crisis by Mike Treen
https://gpjanz.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/exposing-right-wing-lies.pdf

WHAT’S ON IN AUCKLAND

Monday, June 14, 7pm, Religious Society of Friends Meeting House, 115 Mt. Eden Road, Mount Eden, Auckland
Prison Reform: Best practice or blind belief? Tony Taylor Emeritus Professor: School of Psychology, Victoria University. Warren Brookbanks Professor of Law: University of Auckland. Tony and Warren will be addressing prison reform and the Government’s Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill (Three Strikes). Contact Jennie Searle Ph: 09 828 4577

Tuesday, June 15, 5.30-7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn
Economics for Everyone: An Introduction To How The Economy Really Works (And Doesn’t Work) by Jim Stanford, Economist and Author. Jim Stanford is economist for the Canadian Auto Workers union, and an economics columnist for the Globe and Mail newspaper. He is also the author of Economics for Everyone (Pluto Books, 2008), a critical-thinking primer on economics for union members, social activists, and others concerned with challenging the phony mystique and underlying biases of conventional economics. Join Jim for a special two-night introduction to the economics of everyday life. You’ll equip yourself with the knowledge and the confidence to reject the belt-tightening prescriptions of our current government. After all, as Jim says, “economics is too important to be left to the economists!” All welcome.

Part I: Understanding the Logic of Capitalism.

Tuesday, June 22, 5.30-7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey LynnEconomics for Everyone: An Introduction To How The Economy Really Works (And Doesn’t Work) by Jim Stanford, Economist and Author. Jim Stanford is economist for the Canadian Auto Workers union, and an economics columnist for the Globe and Mail newspaper. He is also the author of Economics for Everyone (Pluto Books, 2008), a critical-thinking primer on economics for union members, social activists, and others concerned with challenging the phony mystique and underlying biases of conventional economics. Join Jim for a special two-night introduction to the economics of everyday life. You’ll equip yourself with the knowledge and the confidence to reject the belt-tightening prescriptions of our current government. After all, as Jim says, “economics is too important to be left to the economists!” All welcome.

Part II: What Went Wrong? The Failure of Neoliberalism, and the Alternatives

Thursday, June 24, 4pm, Case Room 2, 260-057, University of Auckland Business School
Beware the “Insurance” Model for Unemployment Benefits: Cautionary Evidence from the Canadian Experience. Dr Jim Stanford will review the structure and recent experience of Canada’s Employment Insurance program, considering the advantages and weaknesses of its conception as an “insurance” scheme. This experience is relevant in light of proposals to restructure New Zealand’s unemployment benefit system. Stanford will also answer questions regarding recent developments in Canadian pension and social policy. Dr Stanford is economist for Canada’s largest private-sector union (sister union to the EPMU here), the Canadian Auto Workers union in Toronto, Canada. He received his PhD in economics in 1995 from the New School for Social Research in New York, specializing in international trade, macroeconomics, and the economic impact of labour and social institutions. Stanford’s research on a wide range of economic topics has been published in numerous academic and popular outlets. He is the author of Paper Boom, 1999, published by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives & James Lorimer & Company. Stanford also writes regular columns for CBC News Magazine, and is a regular economics columnist for the Globe and Mail newspaper. See: t.menezes

Wednesday, September 1, 8pm, St Kevins Arcade, K road
David Rovics returns to Auckland on Sept 1st 2010. Come check him out, along with special guests, at the Wine Cellar. Tickets on the door for $20. DavidRovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, andbecame a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90’s he was a full-timebusker in the Boston subways and by the mid-90’s he was traveling the world asa professional flat-picking rabble-rouser. These days David lives with hisfamily in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing foraudiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union hallsand protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable of who’s who ofthe left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on DemocracyNow!, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks. His essays are published regularly onCounterPunch, and the 200+ songs he makes available for free on the web havebeen downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he’s really good.He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolutionirresistible. http://www.davidrovics.com/

September 29-30, Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre, ManukauCity
JUST ACTION CONFERENCE: Just Action is for all those with a heart for TheSalvation Army’s mission to fight suffering in all its forms, to speakout and act against injustice, and to be a force for justice, faith and mercyin the world. Here’s some information to bring you up-to-date on plansfor next year’s Just Action Conference, ‘The Power toChange’, which is being held as part of Mission 2010, a combined congressof The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory. Full Conferencedetails and registration information will be available next year. For moreinformation, contact Major Ian Kilgour, The Salvation Army Social Policy andParliamentary Unit. p: (09) 261 0883 or e: ian_kilgour@nzf.salvationarmy.orgPlan to join us and explore how the Gospel can bring international, national,community and neighbourhood change. Plan to join us and explore how the Gospelcan bring international, national, community and neighbourhood change.SPEAKERS: Jim Wallis is a best-selling author, publictheologian, speaker, preacher and international commentator on religion andpublic life, faith and politics. He is President and Chief Executive Officer ofSojourners, where he is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine. DaveAndrews, Coordinator for training with the Community InitiativesResource Association, and educator-atlarge for TEAR Australia. Dave, his wifeAnge, and their family, have lived and worked in intentional communities withmarginalised groups of people in Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India andNepal for more than 30 years.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FOREIGN CONTROL WATCHDOG 123 – MAY 2010 http://www.converge.org.nz/watchdog/23/index23.htm
“HolyGrail” Is A Poisoned Chalice: US Free Trade Deal Recipe For Disasterby Murray Horton
Chinese Buy Up OfDairy Farms: Get Used To It. This Is What A “Free” Trade AgreementLooks Like by Murray Horton
Sticking Our Head InThe Lion’s Mouth: Trans-Pacific Partnership by Warren Brewer
Robber Bank Wins 2009Roger Award by Murray Horton
Telecom: BastardOffspring Of The Market by John Minto
The Rocky Road ToPopulism by Liz Gordon
Look Ma, No Hands!Overseas Investment: Myopic Deregulation by Bill Rosenberg
Monkeys With RubberStamps: The Overseas Investment Office by Quentin Findlay
Waste Management:Another “Good Character” Case From the CAFCA Archives by MurrayHorton
Tommy Suharto: OneWho Was Never Put To “Good Character” Test by Murray Horton
Shania Twain BuysAnother High Country Station: Where Is the “Substantial &Identifiable Benefit To NZ”? by Murray Horton
NZ’s People AreOur Greatest Asset: Invest In Them As Top Priority by Murray Horton
Beyond The Sea: NewZealand’s Ports At Risk? by Victor Billot
Reviews, by JeremyAgar and Murray Horton; “Battle In Seattle” A Film By StuartTownsend; “Capitalism: A Love Story” A Film By Michael Moore;“Balibo” A Film By Robert Connolly; “The Informant!” AFilm By Steven Soderbergh; “Rats In The Grain: The Dirty Tricks AndTrials Of Archer Daniels; Midland The ‘Supermarket To TheWorld’” by James B Lieber.
Obituary: HughPrice
Historical WatchdogsNow Online by Murray Horton
Classic VanguardFilms Now On CAFCA Website

BRUCE JESSON JOURNALISM AWARDS 2010: CALL FORNOMINATIONS
The Bruce Jesson Foundation was established in 1999 to commemorate one of NewZealand’s greatest political journalists, the late Bruce Jesson, bypromoting vigorous political, social and economic investigation, debate,analysis and reporting in New Zealand. To this end, the Foundation holds anannual lecture and sponsors two annual Bruce Jesson Journalism Prizes for‘Senior’ and ‘Emerging’ journalists respectively. TheSenior Journalism Prize offers an emolument of up to NZ$3,000 to assist writersaiming to produce the kind of critical and analytical journalism exemplified byJesson’s work as a columnist in Metro magazine, as editor of TheRepublican and as the author of several influential pieces of book journalism.The prize is a self-nominated award dedicated to in-depth journalism projectson public issues that might not be undertaken, completed, or published withoutnon-commercial subsidy. The Emerging Journalism Prize recognises“outstanding recent work by New Zealand print journalism students.”It shares the senior award’s broad aim of seeking "critical, informed,analytical and creative journalism or writing which will contribute to publicdebate in New Zealand on an important issue or issues," but it differs in threeimportant respects: •It is focused more narrowly on the already publishedwork of print journalism students (though, exceptional unpublished work mayoccasionally be considered). •It seeks nominations from heads of NewZealand Journalism Schools or journalism programme leaders rather than from thestudent journalists themselves. •It offers a fixed emolument of NZ$500,together with certificates of commendation for one or more runners-up.Nominations for the 2010 Bruce Jesson Journalism Prizes are hereby sought fromeither the writers themselves in the case of the senior journalism award, orfrom heads of New Zealand journalism schools or journalism programme leaders inthe case of the emerging journalism award. Nominees’ work will beassessed by members of the Jesson Foundation’s Journalism Subcommittee:Jon Stephenson (convener), Joe Atkinson, Simon Collins and David Robie.Nominations together with appropriate supporting documentation including, forthe emerging journalism award, copies of the nominated articles, should beforwarded by Monday, June 30, 2010 to Dr Joe Atkinson, Secretary of the BruceJesson Foundation by email j.atkinson@auckland.ac.nz, or inhard copy c/- Political Studies Department, University of Auckland, PB 92019,AUCKLAND. Further inquiries to Dr Atkinson by mail or email as above or byphone (09) 373 7599 ext. 88094, or to Associate Professor David Robie by emaildavid.robie, or phone (09)921 9999 extn 7834

PETITION AGAINST DANGEROUS DEEP WATER OIL DRILLING IN NZWATERS
New Zealand’s striking coastline is too valuable to risk a catastrophe like theBP oil spill currently devastating the Gulf of Mexico. Yet the Ne w ZealandGovernment has just permitted dangerous deep sea oil exploration directly offthe East Coast of the North Island, and tagged many other areas in NewZealand’s waters for further oil exploration. Like the proposal to open ourbest conservation land for mining, this too is a move in the wrong directionfor New Zealand. Expansion of oil and coal extraction threatens our uniqueenvironment and the clean and green reputation that underpins New Zealand’seconomy. Our Government is struggling to understand the urgent need for a neweconomic vision. Instead it is unveiling a new era of coal mining and oildrilling that does not take account of the climate crisis. Can you sign thepetition asking for no new oil and gas expansion in New Zealand? http://action.greenpeace.org.nz/no-new-offshore-drilling-in-nz

AFGHAN WAR FOR CHRISTCHURCH STAGE JULY 16—AUG 14.
329BC, Alexander the Great conquers Bagram, crossroads of Asia.
1839, the British army takes Kabul.
1970, a kiwi hippie gets stoned on quality hash beneath the Hindu Kush.
1980, the Socialist Action League organises a meeting in the Wellington TradesHall to explain Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
2010, a New Zealand army unit sets out on a mission to the Chagai hills,southern Afghanistan….
All of this in “The Perfumed Garden,” a New Zealand play aboutAfghanistan, opening at The Forge / The Court in Christchurch, July16—Aug 14. http://www.courttheatre.org.nz/index.cfm/0,26,231,html?previewid=241

JOIN THE 2010 NATIONAL ELECTIONS BRIGADE TO VENEZUELA SEPTEMBER 17 -28, 2010
The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s brigades to Venezuela are aonce-in-a-lifetime experience – the opportunity to see first-hand an unfoldingrevolution that is not only radically transforming the lives of Venezuelans,but challenging the greed, exploitation and destructiveness of globalcapitalism by showing that a better world is possible. A special feature of theSeptember 2010 brigade will be observing Venezuela’s vigorous democracyin action. The brigade will coincide with Venezuela’s next NationalAssembly elections, on September 26th, enabling brigadistas to observe the lastweek of campaigning – including the traditionally huge election ralliesheld on the weekend before – and polling day itself. As well as observingthe national elections, brigade participants will experience Venezuela’sparticipatory democracy at work, with visits to communal councils and communes.They will also visit worker-run factories and cooperatives; free, high-qualitypublic health and education services; Indigenous-run sustainable developmentprograms; and community controlled media stations. During the 10 days,brigadistas will have the opportunity to speak to a wide range of grassrootsorganisations, community activists, trade unions and government representativesabout the radical changes being implemented by the Venezuelan people. The 2010national elections brigade is the 11th solidarity tour to Venezuela organisedby the AVSN. Reports and photos from previous AVSN brigades are posted athttp://www.venezuelasolidarity.org. We are also happy to put you in touch withpeople who have participated in AVSN brigades, if you would like to find outmore.
Brigade registration and costs
The deadline for registering for the 2010 National Elections brigadeis July 1, 2010. To express interest in participating and obtain a registrationform, please contact brigades@venezuelasolidarity.orgParticipants will need to book their own international airfares, but the AVSNcan help with advice. Accommodation, transport and English-Spanish translationwithin Venezuela will be organised for all brigade participants. You will needto budget for a total cost of approximately $4000. This will cover:international return airfares and taxes (approximately $2500 from Sydney);accommodation (twin-share basis); transport and basic food while you are inVenezuela; and the brigade registration fee ($500 for workers, $300 forstudents or pensioners). For more information, email brigades@venezuelasolidarity.orgor phone Lisa Macdonald +61 413 031 108, Jim McIlroy +61 423 741 734 or RobertoJorquera +61 425 182 994.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"It’s not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what isperceived to be true." —Henry Kissinger

"Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have comethrough people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, wasfalse." – Bertrand Russell

An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life.He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me…It is a terrible fight, andit is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow,regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,pride and superiority. The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope,sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy,generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside ofyou and every other person too." They thought about it for a minute and thenone child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The old Cherokee simplyreplied…"The one I feed."

BEST ONTHE WEB

NEW ZEALAND

Pro-Palestinian activists want Auckland transport company dropped http://www.tewahanui.info/wordpress2/?p=3471

Shoes hurled in disgust at deadly Israeli attack – TV interview with JoeCarolan http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/shoes-hurled-in-disgust-deadly-israeli-attack-3580000/video?vid=3580284

BFM interview on boycott campaign http://www.95bfm.com/assets/sm/195929/3/JoeCarolan-SocialistAotearoa-04June2010.mp3

Maria McMillan: Send Hide’s water bill down plughole – Maria McMillanpredicts rising costs and a decline in service under privatisation. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10619819

Sylvie Works in a Shop – a simple illustration of how the new leaveproposals would seriously disadvantage workers. http://www.youtube.com/NZCTU

CTU: Disappointment at OCR rise http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1006/S00264.htm

Unjustified dismissal – ‘Japanese way’ costs $190,000 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/education/news/article.cfm?c_id=35&objectid=10648373

The Week in Nonsense: State Pwned Enterprises – Satire by Lyndon Hood http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1006/S00038.htm

No Environment No Economy – AGM Speech Russel Norman http://www.greens.org.nz/speeches/no-environment-no-economy-agm-speech-russel-norman

Greenpeace’s vision for the future here: http://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/news/energy-revolution-2010

Beneficiaries are not the problem http://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/beneficiaries-are-not-problem

Reports show child health suffering http://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/reports-show-child-health-suffering

Inequality in Aotearoa: inequality and social mobility http://blog.greens.org.nz/?p=12156

CTU: Child labour not just a third world problem http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1006/S00127.htm

NZEI: Budget 2010: The Biggest Cuts to the Smallest People http://www.nzei.org.nz/Early+Childhood+Education.html

CTU: Aussies steal another march on Kiwis http://union.org.nz/news/2010/aussies-steal-another-march-on-kiwis-11610

The land of 15% GST http://unityaotearoa.blogspot.com/2010/06/land-of-15-gst.html#more

CTU: NZ needs to press for basic union rights in international tradingpartners http://union.org.nz/news/2010/nz-needs-to-press-for-basic-union-rights-in-international-trading-partners-10610

Canterbury University: Noisy backing for staff http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/3793379/Noisy-backing-for-staff

Massey Students Win Inaugural Bruce Jesson Emerging Journalism Award http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1005/S00156.htm

McCully brings axe down on aid NGOs http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1006/S00149.htm

FEATURES

Obama’s Right-Wing School Reform http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2010/jun/10/obamas-right-wing-school-reform/

Michael Lebowitz: `We must choose socialism over capitalist barbarism’ http://links.org.au/node/1729

The ITUC’s Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights has documented adramatic increase in the number of trade unionists murdered in 2009, with 101killings – an increase of 30% over the previous year. The Survey,released today, also reveals growing pressure on fundamental workers’rights around the world as the impact of the global economic crisis onemployment deepened. http://www.ituc-csi.org/ituc-annual-survey.html

A final document without finality: The NPT review outcome – The 5-yearreview conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended with more of awhimper than a bang. http://www.tni.org/pressrelease/final-document-without-finality-npt-review-outcome

The Kurdish Conflict: Aspirations for Statehood within the Spirals ofInternational Relations in the 21st Century http://www.kurdishaspect.com/doc060910SK.html

A Warning From Noam Chomsky on the Threat Posed By Elites http://tinyurl.com/33xoma6

"This World Cup Is Not For The Poor": The Ugly Truth Behind TheCelebrations

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS

Time to plan for post-Keynesian era By Jeffrey Sachs http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e7909286-726b-11df-9f82-00144feabdc0.html

Video: David Harvey — `The crises of capitalism’ – On April 26, 2010,Marxist sociologist professor David Harvey spoke to the the Royal Society forthe encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) to explain howcapitalism came to dominate the world and why it resulted in the currentfinancial crisis. He asks: is it time to look beyond capitalism towards a newsocial order? http://links.org.au/node/1735

Skewed Wealth Distribution and the Roots of the Economic Crisis By DavidBarber http://www.hnn.us/articles/127085.html

FOOD, FARMING AND THE ENVIRONMENT

The battle for the world food system: an interview with Raj Patel http://links.org.au/node/1728

FEDS Knew of Gulf Oil Spill Risks in 2000, Document Shows http://tinyurl.com/2683rz4

Dissecting those ‘Overpopulation’ Numbers: Part One –Population Where? Is global warming caused by too many people? This begins aseries of articles in which Climate & Capitalism editor Ian Angus showsthat population numbers can conceal far more than they reveal. http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=2270

Fracking, Oil Sands, and Deep-Water DrillingThe dangerous new era of"extreme energy." http://www.slate.com/id/2255906/

The Inside Story of How Obama Let the World’s Most Dangerous OilCompany Spiral out of Control http://tinyurl.com/26bqmwy

REVIEWS

The soaring beats of Flying Lotus http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=11312

Interview with Gary Younge: the contradictions of identity – Identitypolitics have increasingly come to shape political dialogue. Gary Younge,Guardian columnist and author of a new book on the subject, spoke to EsmeChoonara about immigration, racism and class. http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=11297

Video: Talking About a Revolution – "Poor people gonna rise up and takewhat’s theirs … Finally the tables are starting to turn …"Tracey Chapman

Like Glenn Beck, Ayn Rand Peddled Garbage As Truth — Why Did America BuyIt? Rand was mediocre. But she had a preternatural ability to translate hersense of self into reality. http://tinyurl.com/39sxhvc

AFGHANISTAN

The News Is Bad http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51792

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal confronts the spectre of a collapse of U.S.political support for the war in Afghanistan in coming months comparable to theone that occurred in the Iraq War in late 2006. http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51804

ANGOLA

Angola: From liberation to `capitalismo selvagen’ http://links.org.au/node/1733

AUSTRALIA

The new Mining Tax – we’ve heard it all before

Australia, Cuba look at aid co-operation http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/australia-cuba-look-at-aid-cooperation-20100608-xtc5.html

Promised land needs home truth PETER SLEZAK http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/promised-land-needs-home-truth-20100607-xqra.html

BURMA

Burma in 2010: A Critical Year in Ethnic Politics http://www.tni.org/briefing/burma-2010-critical-year-ethnic-politics

Burma’s 2010 Elections: Challenges and Opportunities http://www.tni.org/briefing/burma%E2%80%99s-2010-elections-challenges-and-opportunities-0

CHINA

Strikes, suicides and labour activism in China http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article17677

Power Grows for Striking Chinese Workers http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/09/business/global/09labor.html?hp

CUBA

Justice in Wonderland: The untold story of the Cuban Five By RicardoAlarcn, president of Cuba’s National Assembyhttp://links.org.au/node/1722>

May 29, 2010 — The case of Elian Gonzlez, a six-year-old boy abducted byhis unknown-to-him great-uncles and against the will of his father, in cleardefiance of US law and decency, was widely reported by the media around theworld. Everybody followed that story… But practically nobody knew that, atthe very same time, in exactly the same city, Miami, five other young Cubanswere arbitrary deprived from their freedom and subjected to a gross miscarriageof justice.

GERMANY

Merkel cuts spark protest call http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3f640924-7335-11df-ae73-00144feabdc0.html

GREECE

Class Struggles Heat Up in Greece http://www.socialistvoice.ca/?p=1240

HAITI

A country ‘forgotten’: Missoula professor shares experienceafter visiting area still reeling from disaster http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_53238992-71ed-11df-b3ab-001cc4c002e0.html

Haitian Farmers Say ‘Burn Monsanto’s Seeds’ – “Withfriends like Monsanto and its governmental allies, who needs enemies?”Canadian activists call for action in support of Haitian farmer http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=2582

INDIA

Bhopal: Justice Buried By Devinder Sharma http://www.countercurrents.org/dsharma110610.htm

Al Jazeera special report: Inside India’s Maoist heartland

IRAN

UN Security Council Tightens Sanctions On Iran By Patrick Martin http://www.countercurrents.org/martin100610.htm

Obama’s Charade On Iran Sanctions By Flynt Leverett & Hillary MannLeverett http://www.countercurrents.org/leverett100610.htm

KOREA

Did a North Korean Torpedo Really Sink That South Korean Military Vesselt?http://tinyurl.com/26tzwrz

MEXICO

San Juan Copala – Mexico’s Gaza http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1006/S00050.htm

In Jurez, Years of Seeking Justice for Murdered Women http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51796

US border guard kills Mexican teen: The Mexican foreign ministry said onTuesday that the 14-year-old boy died after a US border patrol officer openedfire from the US side of the border on a group who "threw stones" http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/06/20106923648705384.html

Witnesses say killed Mexican teen wasn’t throwing rocks at Border Patrolagent: Two witnesses to the incident told the Wall Street Journal’s NicholasCasey that Hernandez was standing on the Mexican side of the border with hishands up and had not thrown rocks at the agent. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100609/ts_ynews/ynews_ts2490

Mexicans angry over second death of countryman at hands of U.S. BorderPatrol agents: "Damn them! Damn them!" sobbed Rosario Hernandez, sister of thedead teenager, at a wake in the family’s two-room adobe house on the outskirtsof Ciudad Juarez. http://tinyurl.com/235w7f4

NEPAL

Nepal’s Crisis: Resistance and the Lies of the Rulers http://thefirecollective.org/Nepal/nepals-people-fight.html

NETHERLANDS

After the longest strike since 1933, cleaners, most of them from migrantbackgrounds, won, writes Willem Dekker. http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=11291

PAKISTAN

CIA Drone Operators Oppose Strikes as Helping al Qaeda http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51706

Growing Hunger Pushes Pakistan Deeper Into Cisis By Devinder Sharma http://www.countercurrents.org/dsharma070610.htm

PALESTINE

The Real Threat Aboard the Freedom Flotilla By Noam Chomsky – For decades,Israel has been hijacking boats between Cyprus and Lebanon and killing orkidnapping passengers, sometimes holding them hostage in Israeli prisons. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25666.htm

Jewish Boat to Gaza http://jfjfp.com/?p=14120

Amira Hass / Lexicon of most misleading terms in Israeli-Palestinianconflict http://tinyurl.com/26doazf

Hundreds mark ’43 years of occupation’ near Route 443 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3899069,00.html

The Real Threat Aboard the Freedom Flotilla By Noam Chomsky http://inthesetimes.com/article/6064/the_real_threat_aboard_the_freedom_flotilla/

Israel slams ‘cultural terrorism’ as Pixies cancel gig http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jnuiLTovjxjwSwo415F9qITUTsZA

Ken O’Keefe: ‘We, the defenders of the Mavi Marmara, are themodern example of Gandhi’s essence’ http://pulsemedia.org/2010/06/06/ken-okeefe-we-the-defenders-of-the-mavi-marmara/

Israel Navy reserves officers: Allow external Gaza flotilla probe – Officersdenounce operation as ‘military and diplomatic failure’, slam government forplacing blame on the activists. http://tinyurl.com/35vp3dk

New Footage Depicts Attack on Mavi Marmara http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51791

Sports fallout from the Gaza flotilla – The idea that sports should be"apolitical" shouldn’t stand in the face of Israel’s brutality. http://socialistworker.org/2010/06/07/sports-fallout-from-the-flotilla

7 Questions for Defenders of Israel’s Inhumane Siege of Gaza http://tinyurl.com/28ugnd8

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa’s Bubble Meets Boiling Urban Social Protest by PatrickBond http://monthlyreview.org/100601bond.php

2010 World Cup: Africa’s turn or turning on Africa? A political economy ofFIFA’s African adventure http://links.org.au/node/1738

"This World Cup Is Not For The Poor": The Ugly Truth Behind The Celebrationshttp://tinyurl.com/25qq69q

USA

Labor for Palestine Condemns Gaza Freedom Flotilla Massacre, Supports WorkerAction to Boycott Israel http://www.laborforpalestine.net/wp/2010/06/07/gaza-flotilla-massacre/

Woman Sees Her Home Confiscated Over a Water Bill http://tinyurl.com/2a9vbra

VENEZUELA

FACTBOX-Venezuela’s state takeovers under Chavez http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1125836420100611

YEMEN

US used cluster bombs on Yemen civilians: Amnesty: A US cruise missilecarrying cluster bombs was behind a December attack in Yemen that killed 55people, most of them civilians, Amnesty International (AI) said on Monday. http://rawstory.com/news/afp/US_used_cluster_bombs_on_Yemen_civi_06062010.html


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