GPJA #442 (Part 2): International news & Analysis – 28/9/12


“… the spirit of the market steals life from the vulnerable” Sir Paul Reeves quoted in Anne Salmond: Shifting New Zealand’s Mindset

“The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil. We see before us a huge community of producers the members of which are unceasingly striving to deprive each other of the fruits of their collective labor – not by force, but on the whole in faithful compliance with legally established rules. I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals.” Albert Einstein

“Since the late 1970s, economic policy has increasingly served the interests of those with the most wealth, income, and political power and effectively shifted economic returns from typical American families to the already well-off.” Lawrence Mishel, Josh Bivens, Elise Gould, and Heidi Shierholz, The State of Working America, 12th edition, Economic Policy Institute, September 12, 2012.


In 2011, new Census data show, the share of U.S. income going to the statistical middle class — the nation’s middle 60 percent of households — fell to 45.7 percent, the lowest share since the Census Bureau started tracking this stat in 1967.


Culture of Concessions Has Gutted Organized Labour by Sam Gindin

Ignorance on Parade – Islamophobia, Left and Right

Deadly Denim: Workers Burned Alive Making Jeans for Export

US preparing for long siege of Arab unrest

The failed war on drugs

What if there are no unions anymore

Vygotsky versus Gove: The recent furore over GCSE grades has once again thrown into sharp relief the clash between two philosophies of education that underpins most controversies in the sector, explains Sean Ledwith

The problem with unions is they’re not strong enough: Trade unions are subject to hysterical abuse, but they are essential to democracy, equality and economic recovery by Seumas Milne

The Black Bloc Doth Protest Too Much

Mark Weisbrot on AEI Panel about Julian Assange’s Asylum to Ecuador

Social Democracy After the Cold War: Edited by Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt, published by AU Press. Guest speaker: Leo Panitch.

Offering a comparative look at social democratic experience since the Cold War, the volume examines countries where social democracy has long been an influential political force – Sweden, Germany, Britain, and Australia – while also considering the history of Canada’s NDP, the social democratic tradition in the United States, and the emergence of New Left parties in Germany and the province of Québec. Once marked by redistributive and egalitarian policy perspectives, social democracy has, the book argues, assumed a new role – that of a modernizing force advancing the neoliberal cause.

Marta Harnecker: Conquering a new popular hegemony


Green is also the colour of money: EU carbon trading failure as a model for the ‘green economy’

Keystone XL pipeline raises tribal concerns

Fracking: Boom or Doom – America’s hydraulic fracturing gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation

Speculating Banks Profit as World’s Poorest Go Hungry

Global carbon trade collapses into hot air


South America shows different way from Euro crisis

How to End Hard Times? Reduce Inequality

What Krugman & Stiglitz Can Tell Us

Why Inequality Matters, a pamphlet produced by members of My Fair London in association with the Equality Trust, with funding support from Centre for Labour and Social Studies, September 2012, 32 pp.

Reports from the Economic Front by Martin Hart-Landsberg – Taxes And The Wealthy


Who’s Afraid of Pussy Riot?

A Man of No Mind by Colm Tóibín: review of The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa, translated by Edith Grossman.

New Novel of Harlem Renaissance Is Found

Red hot opposition to Chilli Peppers over Israel gig

Pricing exploitation: A new book delves into the lives of the women migrants who toil 15 hours a day in garment factories on the Thai-Myanmar border

Which side are you on? Ken Loach’s documentary about the 1984 UK Miners Strike and the Tory government’s vicious campaign of violence which finally subdued it. The film features the miners and their families experiences told through songs, poems and other art.

The Flint Sit-Down Strike in Comics

Joss Whedon’s Monster Riot – Adam Turl reviews Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s Cabin the Woods

Jasper Bernes and Joshua Clover on The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings by Alain Badiou

Thieves of Bay Street Review by Roger Annis: The title of this new book by Bruce Livesey pretty much sums it up. And in case there should be any misunderstanding, the title is not referring to “rogue traders” or “bad apples” in the bank towers and stock trading rooms of Canada’s financial strip. No, it’s the whole financial edifice that is examined.

Come Back Woody Guthrie


Drone warfare’s deadly civilian toll: a very personal view – “I was minutes from ordering a drone strike on a Taliban insurgent – until I realised I was watching an Afghan child at play”


Eyewitness account of police riot against peaceful Muslim protest in Australia

Don’t Say “West Papua” in Australia?

Gina Rinehart’s moral universe is twisted

Cuba educator: Yes we can eradicate illiteracy

We must reject the anti-Muslim hysteria

Five reasons to build big solar power in Port Augusta


Major victory for Quebec students, environmental activists

PQ acts on pledge to tax the wealthy

Together, we can block Harper: Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and CLASSE to tour Canada By Ethan Cox,

Funeral for Collective Bargaining Rights – First We Mourn, Then We Fight

Canada’s pipeline wars of the 1950s: a memoir

PQ confirms it’ll close Gentilly nuclear power plant

Another NHL Lockout: An Alternative View by Julian Ammirante and Tyler Shipley

Quebec nationalist leader critiques PQ’s anti-immigrant ‘charter of exclusion’

Taking Liberties: Canada’s Growing Torture Infrastructure by Matthew Behrens


China’s Inequality Gini Out of the Bottle

Apple’s new products increase pressure on Foxconn workers


Colombian Prison Strikes Continue-Inhumane Conditions “Made in the USA”

Colombian GM Workers Back on Hunger Strike After Negotiations Break Down


Report to the UN: Cuba and the world versus the US blockade, 2012


After The Revolution In Egypt, What Has Changed For The Workers?

In Egypt, anti-US and union protests challenge president

Egyptian workers go on strike over pay and policies


Egypt’s left launches ‘Democratic Revolutionary Coalition’


Over 150 Thousand Haitians Benefited with Cuban Literacy Program

UN human rights official visits Haiti, deplores lack of progress on housing, justice system and prison conditions

UN official: Despite progress, Haiti facing challenges on justice reform and poverty

Anti-Martelly uprisings sweep Haiti By Yves Pierre-Louis & Kim Ives, published in the weekly Haiti Liberté, Sept 19, 2012

UN human rights official visits Haiti, deplores lack of progress on housing, justice system and prison condition


Optimism and Hope in Nicaragua


Indonesian Police’s Pot of Gold in Papua


Pakistan Factory Fires Tied to Criminal Negligence by Government and Employers

Drone attacks in Pakistan are counterproductive, says report – US academics’ report says drones kill large numbers of civilians and increase recruitment by militant groups


‘Liberation’ needed from Oslo Accords: West Bank leaders

Anti-Austerity Protests Sweep West Bank

Calls for justice 30 years after Israeli-led atrocity in Lebanon

Video: Ilan Pappe on ‘The forgotten Palestinians’

Imagining a Post Two-State Solution for Israel and Palestine


Portugal: the spell is broken – Portugal has seen the biggest protests since the 1974 revolution – the people have unequivocally said no to the troika and no to austerity


Terry Bell: Marikana — and SA’s frayed social fabric

Terry Bell: Cosatu congress to paper over cracks before Mangaung

Mine Strike Spreads to Chrome Sector


Thousands Surround Spanish Parliament in Bid to “Occupy Congress” and Stop Austerity

Farewell Spain? Catalan independence march sends huge shockwave

Anti-Austerity Protests Hit Spain, Portugal As Government Tries To Implement Cuts

Spanish unions lead workers in protest against austerity

¡BASTA! Revolution becomes reality in Spain


New history book details Tamil struggle


Among the Alawites – Nir Rosen reports from Syria

For background on the history of the Assad family dynsasty in Syria, watch a new, one hour braodcast, in two parts, on PBS’ Frontline program:

The Kurdish question in Syria: a litmus test


How We Happened to Sell Off Our Electricity by James Meek

Hillsborough: we got truth, now we want justice


The Meaning of the Chicago Teachers’ Strike – What Really Happened in Chicago

“Empowerment” Against Democracy: Tinseltown and the Teachers’ Unions

7 Days that Shook Chicago: The 2012 Chicago Teachers Strike by Peter Brogan

Chicago teachers beat off attack, show way forward

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis: Deal Ending Strike a Victory for Education

‘Class’ Warfare: A Primer on the Chicago Teachers Strike by Justin Panos

Chicago teachers’ strike defies onslaught on education

From Guantánamo to NDAA: Obama Admin Bids to Preserve Indefinite Detention at Home and Abroad

Voting’s Outcasts: Why One in Five Blacks in Kentucky Can’t Cast a Ballot

US census figures show more than one in five children are living in poverty

The 47% (sorry 46%) – an addendum

America’s Refusal to Extradite Bolivia’s Ex-President to Face Genocide Charges

The Uprising of ’34: How could such a pivotal moment in American history be kept a secret for 60 years? Textile workers recall with pride the long-supressed story of the General Textile Strike of 1934 when 500,000 Southern mill laborers walked off their jobs. George Stoney, Judith Helfand and Susanne Rostock’s probing film explores how the strike still impacts labor, power and economics in the South today.

“Harvest of Empire”: New Film Recounts How U.S. Intervention Caused Mass Latin American Migrations


High stakes in Venezuelan election: A rightwing victory for Capriles over Chávez next month would kill Venezuela’s political culture and hopes of a new world order

Former US President Carter: Venezuelan Electoral System “Best in the World”

President Chávez, “Deepening the Revolution” with Housing Mission

Chavez campaign points to gains of revolution, youth mobilise for socialism

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