GPJA #448 (Part 3/3): International news & Analysis – 13/12/12


More Blacks under criminal supervision in the US now than slaves on the eve of the Civil War

Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found.


“They said Marat is dead. No. Marat is not dead. Put him in the Pantheon or throw him in the sewer; it doesn’t matter—he’s back the next day. He’s reborn in the man who has no job, in the woman who has no bread, in the girl who has to sell her body, in the child who hasn’t learned to read; he’s reborn in the garrets of Rouen; he’s reborn in the basements of Lille; he’s reborn in the unheated tenement, in the wretched mattress without blankets, in the unemployed, in the proletariat, in the brothel, in the jailhouse, in your laws that show no pity, in your schools that give no future… Oh, beware, human society: you cannot kill Marat until you have killed the misery of poverty.” – Victor Hugo

"We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools." – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Economic inequality begets political inequality and vice versa. Then the very vision that makes America special — upward mobility and opportunity for all — is undermined. One person, one vote becomes one dollar, one vote. That is not democracy. That is political decay.”

Joseph Stiglitz, The price of inequality, Christian Science Monitor, October 17, 2012


The Left in Government – A Strategic Project – Latin America and Europe Compared by Asbjørn Wahl – To Be in Office, But Not in Power

Noam Chomsky: Europe is pretty much following US Policy, no matter what

The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State: In an age of government imposed austerity, and after 30 years of neoliberal restructuring, the future of the welfare state looks increasingly uncertain. Asbjørn Wahl offers an accessible analysis of the situation across Europe, identifies the most important challenges and presents practical proposals for combating the assault on welfare.

UNITE THE UNION, About Trade Unions by Jamie-Max Caldwell

Ban calls for end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people


Banks versus the People: The Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 1) – 2007-2012: Six years that shook the banking world

How Could Greece and Argentina – The New ‘Debt Colonies’ – Be Set Free? By Ha-Joon Chang

Protesters wear chains in a protest against Greece’s austerity measures. The burden of debt falls mostly on the weaker members of society

Apples, robots and robber barons – A discussion has broken out among mainstream economists about the long-term future of US capitalism – namely is there any future for manufacturing in the US?


"Incredibly Disappointed": Civil Groups Decry Weak COP18 Deal amid Deadly Proof of Climate Change

John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark: The planetary emergency, capitalism’s ultimate crisis

Bolivian delegation to UNCCC – Analysis of the State of Climate Change Negotiations in 2012: Challenges and Tasks for the Coming Years

"The Most Obdurate Bully in the Room": U.S. Widely Criticized for Role at Climate Talks

Small farmers, Indigenous peoples condemn Doha climate talks: ‘Governments produce blank pages for planet’s future’

The economic cost of U.S. food monopolies


Robin Fior and Graphic Design of the Left – Richard Hollis looks at the influential work of revolutionary graphic designer Robin Fior, who passed away in October.

For England, James? Joe Macaré looks at how the James Bond franchise manages to stagger on even as the agent’s empire disintegrates around him.

Book Review: The Global Offensive – The Difference the PLO Made


Taliban popular where US fought biggest battle


Prof Jake Lynch’s exchange with The Australian’s journalist Christian Kerr re his article on the academic boycott of Israel

Just a cartoonist with a moral duty to speak

The War of the Sexes: blaming biology


Bahrain regime strips citizenship from opponents as repression continues


Bolivia’s address to UN climate talks: Our climate is not for sale

Bolivian delegation in Doha: “this is a COP of climate change not a COP of carbon trade”

First were forests, now they want the oceans and agriculture in the carbon market


Cuba Recalls Niemeyer as a Revolutionary


Pipeline politics — Can popular protest stop the tar sands leviathan?

Pickton inquiry accused of failing marginalized women

Kill Bill 115: Where is the Ontario Labour Movement Going? By Doug Nesbitt

Hundreds rally against Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline – First Nation, opponents shut down main street in Prince Rupert, B.C.

Attawapiskat chief begins first day of hunger strike with sacred fire, sweetgrass, tobacco


Protecting workers’ representatives: A key issue in the development of collective bargaining in China


Why is Cuba’s health-care system the best model for poor countries?


In Cairo, Egyptian Protesters Continue Revolution’s Legacy in Challenging Morsi’s Referendum

Street Fights Rock Cairo as Supporters and Foes of Morsi Clash over Constitution

After Deadly Clashes in Cairo, Egypt Faces One of Its Largest Political Crises Since Revolution Began

Supporters and opponents of President Morsi clash

Protesters in Egyptian industrial capital eject city boss, announce independence – reports

"Protest Here is Vigorous": Unrest, Polarization Before Egypt’s Referendum


Refugees turn up the political heat as Berlin drops below zero

End Haiti’s Killer Cholera Epidemic — UN Action Now! Sign the petition

More pressure needed to get clean water


Sanctions Are Destroying Iranian Society By Mehrnaz Shahabi


Austerity Italian Style


UK’s Observer adds “kill Jews” to Hamas leader Khaled Meshal’s Gaza speech when he did not say it

The Month in Pictures: November 2012

A Different War in Gaza, and the War Ahead

Israeli occupation forces ransack offices of Addameer, other Palestinian rights groups in heart of PA’s Ramallah


New Zealander recounts ‘Pablo’ experience ComVal


Robert Fisk on Syria’s Chemical Weapons – Despite political rhetoric warning Syria against using its chemical weapons stockpile, veteran journalist Robert Fisk says the threat is overrated.

Former Powell adviser ‘skeptical’ of ‘politicized’ US intelligence on Syria

Wider Chaos Feared as Syrian Rebels Clash With Kurds

Charles Glass on Syria’s Mutual Destruction and the Unconvincing Fears of Assad’s Chemical Weapons


Tunisia: Armed forces clash with striking workers and youth


‘This is as bad as a world war’: Bank of England boss’s grim view of financial crisis which has left a debt ‘that will be paid by our grandchildren’

A Living Wage: The price of hearing ‘have a nice day’ – and believing it–and-believing-it-8351924.html


WE’RE NOT BROKE tells the story of U.S. corporations dodging billions of dollars in income tax, and how seven fed-up Americans take their frustration to the streets…and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share.

BDS Flash Mob: Boycott Israeli Apartheid in Palestine!

The Recession’s Toll: How Middle Class Wealth Collapsed to a 40-Year Low

Limits on Unions Pass in Michigan, Once a Mainstay

Thousands Protest Michigan’s Anti-Union Law, But Deep Pockets of Right-Wing Backers Prevail


Venezuela’s Chavez’s Cancer Returns, Leaves Vice-President in Charge

Campaigns for hard-fought regional polls heating up

Profiting From Pollution: Top Venezuelan Negotiator on the Economic Motives Behind the Climate Talks

Venezuelan Opposition Fails to Make Counterproposal by Javier Biardeau

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