GPJA #459 (Part 3/3): International news and views


Gun deaths in the U.S. in 2011: more than 11,000; in Japan that year, seven. From foreign terrorism in the U.S. that year: 0.

“What should shock and outrage us is that as the top 1 percent has grown extremely rich, the effective tax rates they pay have markedly decreased. ” Joseph Stiglitz, A Tax System Stacked Against the 99 Percent, New York Times, April 14, 2013



“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts”: Abraham Lincoln

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives: James Madison

“When even one American-who has done nothing wrong-is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth-then all Americans are in peril”. Harry S. Truman



Bombs from Boston to Baghdad: What Is the Value of a Human Life?:

The Boston Bombing Produces Familiar and Revealing Reactions

The Boston Marathon: All My Tears, All My Love

Sportswriter Dave Zirin: Prayers For the People in Boston, Baghdad and Mogadishu

Scramble, resistance and a new Brics non-alignment strategySam Moyo and Paris Yeros

In this nuclear standoff, it’s the US that’s the rogue state

An Inconvenient Truth: Finally, proof that the United States has lied in the drone wars.

Fortunes of a formula: From ‘DEMOCRATIC centralism’ to ‘democratic CENTRALISM’


Working America’s 40-year Decline (Garson)

Serious as a Heart Attack: Sometimes, even I have trouble believing how stupid, venal, vicious, brutal, ignorant, miserable, petty, incompetent the bourgeoisie really are. Not often, but sometimes I have to shake my head and say “You cannot be serious.” or “You’re putting me on.” or “Are you out of your minds?” or “You must be kidding me.” or “You cannot make this stuff up.” or simply “Wow.”

The Economic Story of the Year: The Stock Market vs. the Labor Market

Dean Baker: India Strikes Blow Against Big Pharma

Protests against TPP go global as Malaysian, Japanese groups oppose deal

The truth about extreme global inequality: Global inequality is growing in part because of the neoliberal economic policies imposed on developing countries.

Roger Baker : It’s Official: Karl Marx Was Right!

Mainstream media thinks studying the history of capitalism is a good thing

Politics In Command: If you were one of those people who were not persuaded that the U.S. debt level was reaching growth-threatening levels, pat yourself on the back.


Gorge Monbiot: Let’s stop hiding behind recycling and be honest about consumption We have offshored the problem of escalating consumption, and our perceptions of it, by considering only territorial emissions

A Return to Marx’s Ecological Critique

Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists

Watching the ice melt By Gareth Renowden – What’s going on in the Arctic is rapid climate change, and it’s happening now. It’s changing the weather that most of the world experiences. It’s the most important and most visible of the multitude of climate impacts we’re forcing on the planet, and it’s worth watching every day.


The War You Don’t See – Video Documentary By John Pilger. A powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq.


US bomb kills 30 at Afghan wedding


Sydney uni SRC endorses academic boycott of Israel

Worker-owner sustainable industry one step closer

Tony Abbott’s hidden agenda

Grocon wall collapse — lives sacrificed for profit


Toronto pipeline fight links local and global issues

No Tar Sands in Toronto! Stop Line 9

Canada’s temporary foreign worker program once again under fire

The NDP Convention: The Decline and Fall of an Old Preamble (or A Social Democratic Party Becalmed)[1] by


BHP sacks striking workers


Hong Kong Dockworkers Strike Attracts Huge Solidarity

Support with Hong Kong dockers grows in third week of dispute whilst negotiations end without agreement


More than One Million Colombians March in Support of the Peace Process—Alliance for Global Justice Eye-Witness Report


‘Blood of Cuba nourished tree of African freedom’

Washington’s war on Cuba and Venezuela: From the Kissinger files to ‘Cablegate’, America’s counter-productive campaign only served to inflame public opinion.

Cuba, Blacks and the New York Times – The Zurbano Controversy


Richard Wolf A Peoples Revolt in Cyprus

Cyprus: Sold

Parti de Gauche vows to build ‘citizens’ revolution’ for ecosocialism

Hollande’s support drops further as tax scandal poses need for radical change


“This is our battleground”: How a new refugee movement is challenging Germany’s racist asylum laws


SYRIZA activist: Capitalism is a nightmare for Greece


Teachers boycott Israeli academics


New Report Is Critical Of US Sanctions On Iran: Urges White House to Rethink Policy


In This Nuclear Standoff, It’s The US That’s The Rogue State: The use of threats and isolation against Iran and North Korea is a bizarre, perilous way to conduct foreign relations By Jonathan Steele

All you need to know about the Korean crisis in 12 minutes: Tim Beal, author of two Pluto titles on Korean Politics was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on the national New Zealand Radio show Nine to Noon about the escalating crisis between North Korea, South Korea and the US. Listen here.

What’s Annoying the North Koreans?

“We learned the lesson in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan: be strong.” What North Koreans Think

The U.S. chokehold on North Korea – North Korea’s escalating threats are a response to new shows of force by the U.S.


Last of Warsaw Ghetto Survivors Calls for Rebellion Against Israeli Occupation

Oscar winner Emma Thompson calls for Israeli theater’s ban

Israel’s ‘Water-Apartheid’ in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank (McCauley)

Israeli Journalist Amira Hass Sparks Furor at Home for Defending Palestinian Right to Resist

Palestine PM Fayyad Resigns, a Victim of Israeli and US funding cut-off and backlash against Austerity

A Hundred Deir Yassin and Counting: Beit Daras and the Buried History of Massacres


Fast relief, rehab for calamity victims


70 Years After Warsaw by Dan Freeman-Maloy


Chris Hani would be angry at ANC ‘adopting our class opponents’ policies’


Robert Fisk: Beware wishful thinking. Assad isn’t going soon

Robert Fisk: The war has reached Damascus, but for now it is not a warzone


Death of Margaret Thatcher reopens the debate over her cruel legacy

Dispelling the Thatcher myths

An Obituary from Below

Margaret Thatcher dead: Street parties held across the UK to mark passing of PM

Mock the Week – Thatcher’s Funeral

The best musical meditation on the excuse to party:Hefner —

the day that Thatcher dies

Anti Margaret Thatcher party in Trafalgar square – video

Banners, chants and even a conga: Liverpool fans dance on the grave of Baroness Thatcher at Reading as Hillsborough victims are remembered Read more:

Underemployment can be as corrosive as unemployment – and it’s on the rise


The Boston bombing produces familiar and revealing reactions – As usual, the limits of selective empathy, the rush to blame Muslims, and the exploitation of fear all instantly emerge

After Obama Shuns Probe, Bipartisan Panel Finds “Indisputable” Evidence U.S. Tortured Under Bush

How America’s fast food industry makes a quick buck – The gulf between CEO pay and staff McWages is shockingly wide: a strike serves this system of super-exploitation right

Striking Guest Workers Will Take McDonald’s Fight Global



Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Plotting Coup After Deadly Post-Election Protests

Understanding the Venezuelan Presidential Election Outcome

Under my presidency, Chávez’s revolution will continue

The New Yorker Corrects Two Errors on Venezuela, Refuses a Third

Haters Gonna Hate: Rory Carroll’s Venezuela on NPR

Nicolás Maduro is Venezuela’s vote for Chávism: Hugo Chávez’s economic policies were successful but a close vote means the new president cannot become complacent

Will Chávez Revolution Continue in Venezuela? A Debate After Maduro’s Close Election Victory

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