GPJA #497 (3 of 3): International news and analysis – 7/4/14



"When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility." – Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

"All that is left of America is banality and self-delusion." – Noam Chomsky

"He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers." – Charles Péguy

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle." – George Orwell

"I will not sleep until the whole world is awake." Anonymous

"No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." Martin Luther King Jr.


Secret Ops Revealed: The U.S. Military Averages More Than a Mission a Day in Africa

Neoliberalism and the Decline of Democracy John Weeks

Video: No Glory – the real history of World War One – See more


How the right sold austerity as the only economic solution: More than 30 years of neoliberalism and six years of austerity have floored us, yet the left is incapable of mounting a serious challenge to this economic orthodoxy. Why?

Global empire or imperialism? Review by Ashley Smith

Do They Owe Us a Living? 7 Reasons the Universal Basic Income is Worth Fighting For.

The big myth about income inequality that just won’t die

Why we’ve got it so wrong on inequality: The economic world is changing rapidly and we need to shift our focus from income to assets

New York Times Debate: Was Marx Right? While Marx’s prediction of our political future was finally discredited with the fall of communism, is his view of our economic future being validated?

Piketty’s Triumph- Three expert takes on Capital in the Twenty-First Century, French economist Thomas Piketty’s data-driven magnum opus on inequality.


Academics warn human survival on the line

Loss Adjustment – When people say we should adapt to climate change, do they have any idea what that means? By George Monbiot

In World’s Best-Run Economy, House Prices Keep Falling — Because That’s What House Prices Are Supposed To Do

What did that ‘NASA-funded collapse study’ really say?

Less Food, More War: CO2 Driving Certain Global Warming, Rising Insecurity

James Robb: Human Beings And Animal Extinction

U.N. Climate Panel Issues Dire Warning of Threat to Global Food Supply, Calls for Action & Adaption


Arundhati Roy talks about writing, politics and her latest book: ‘Capitalism: A Ghost Story.’

Film: Fidel Castro by Zolani Mkiva

Books: FORCES OF DIVERGENCE – Is surging inequality endemic to capitalism? BY JOHN CASSIDY

Why everyone is talking about Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Five Awesome Union Songs That We Love

High Culture and Hard Labour

For the Sake of Revolution: Revolutionary writer Faiz Ahmed Faiz was specific in his merging of art with revolutionary ideals.

Woodstock 40 years ago: Country Joe McDonald’s and Jimi Hendrix’s antiwar classics

FILM: ‘The Act of Killing’ doesn’t end

21 Daring Women Proving Street Art Isn’t Just a Man’s Game

Errol Morris turns the lens on Donald Rumsfeld in his newest documentary, The Unknown Known. Review by Peter Stäuber


The typical new unionist: not a hard hat in sight, and most are women. Read more:

Historic move against strikers

John Pilger: Australia stealing Indigenous children once more

Creating poverty


With Government and NGO "Aid" Like This, Who Needs Exploitation and Repression? Canadian Development Aid No Longer Tied – Just Shackled to Corporate Mining Interests by Jen Moore

Montreal student protest against austerity ends in 6 arrests

Students flood downtown Montreal to protest austerity measures


Students set to win free higher education


Taiwan: Half a million on the streets against Ma

Workers at Samsung supplier in China win pay increase after strike

Striking behaviour: Chinese workers discover a weapon against labour-market turmoil


Roses and Rifles: Women from the FARC-EP, Colombia


Cuban Five Win People’s Choice Award

Cuba’s Urban Farming Revolution: How to Create Self-Sufficient Cities


Where is Egypt’s Revolutionary Movement? – Interview with Abdullah al-Arian

Egypt news, late March, 2014

Exclusive: Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah on Prison & Regime’s "War on a Whole Generation"


‘Eat pork or go hungry’: France’s National Front leader tells school canteens to stop offering religious alternatives to Muslim children


Narendra Modi and the Indian election: Why the corporates love a fascist


Indonesia’s Militarized Democracy: Candidates bring proven records of violating human rights


Iraq Nation Destroyed, Oil Riches Confiscated. Surviving Population Impoverished


Dutch town halls demand powers to decriminalise cannabis production


From Bullet to Ballot?

Two Australian academics paid $500,000 for Bougainville mine work


Boycott of Israel Moving to Next Level?

EU parliament members call for boycott against Israel

The danger of peace has receded. The danger of peace has receded.

Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide – Book Review

George Galloway asked ‘ARE YOU RACIST?’ at Oxford Union!

Israel jails Druze conscientious objector for the sixth time


How Vladimir Putin became evil – The US and UK condemn him for Crimea but supported him over the war in Chechnya. Why? Because now he refuses to play ball


The Rwandan genocide: from imperialism to barbarism


Founding congress of the Initiative for Democratic Socialism


The Red Line and the Rat Line – Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels


Mark Haddon helps launch online petition against prisoner’s book ban

Labour’s lost leader – Leo Panitch assesses the legacy of Tony Benn

Ken Loach: Labour is part of the problem, not the solution

There’s no financial, ethical or clinical justification for NHS charges

Guardian letter: end UK silence on Egyptian human rights abuses

A fifth of UK big businesses pay no corporation tax

Not guilty: the Greenpeace activists who used climate change as a legal defence · Protesters cleared of damaging power station · Rare defence may boost other environment groups

Student loan privatisation must be resisted

Yes: the radical case for Scottish independence

Labour must watch its left flank in months to come – new party Left Unity is on the move

Tony Blair ‘Knew All About CIA Secret Kidnap Programme’


Ukraine parliament passes austerity bill required by IMF

IMF lifeline brings Ukraine closer to the West

Heading Toward a Greece-like Depression? Ukraine’s IMF Deal

Ukraine’s Inconvenient Neo-Nazis by Robert Parry

Fears of neo-fascist uprising in Ukraine as far-right group storms Kiev parliament and ex-president calls for independence vote


New York Schools: The Roar of the Charters by Diane Ravitch

Charter Schools: A Marketplace for Profits or Ideas?

Naomi Wolf: Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy

United States Is Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading to Poor, UN Report Charges

Overwhelming Evidence that Half of America is In or Near Poverty – And it’s much worse for black families.

When You Give Homeless People a Place to Live, Taxpayers Save Millions

We’re not Envious, we’re Disappointed: US Firms Stash $2 Trillion in Foreign Tax Havens, Costing us Billions GOP Presidential Hopefuls now Trek to Las Vegas seeking Adelson Blessing

Why Taxpayers Will Bail Out the Rich When the Next Storm Hits

The Imaginary Epidemic of Envy in America


Hollywood Producer Explains The ‘Inhumane,’ 17-Hour Work Day Schedules On Film And TV Sets

10 Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage (with Charts)

Nearly 90% of fast-food workers allege wage theft, survey finds

What McDonald’s Asked These Managers To Do Isn’t Just Horrible. It’s Illegal.

Domino’s pizza outlets in New York agree payout for ‘wage theft’


Edward Snowden and ACLU at SXSW: Edward Snowden speaks about privacy and technology with the ACLU’s Ben Wizner and Christopher Soghoian at SXSW Interactive.

Dragnet Nation: Do Google, Facebook Know More Private Info Than NSA and Soviet-Era Secret Police?


The Deceptive Use of the Phrase – “Peaceful Protests” in Venezuela

Racism and the counter-revolution

Nicolas Maduro: A vCall for Peace

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