GPJA #432: Part 2. International news & Analysis – 29/6/12


The Violent Visions of Slavoj Žižek


“This is the world’s biggest banks stealing money that would otherwise have gone toward textbooks and medicine and housing for ordinary Americans, and turning the cash into sports cars and bonuses for the already rich. It’s the equivalent of robbing a charity or a church fund to pay for lap dances.” Matt Taibbi, on the little-publicized recent municipal bond bid-rigging convictions that involved nearly all America’s top banks, Rolling Stone, June 21, 2012


Billionaire Sheldon Adelson is planning on dumping $100 million into this year’s elections. But that sum equals just 0.4 percent of Adelson’s total net worth. That’s the equivalent of a typical American family — net worth $77,300 — making a $310 political contribution.


Open University of the Left, Dr. William Pelz, Austerity and Democracy: North American and European Comparisons.

John Pilger: History is the enemy as “brilliant” psy-ops become the news – From Agent Orange in South Vietnam to Obama’s drone attacks in Afghanistan and war in Syria, Washington spins its assaults on the world as it cynically lives up to a reputation for casual slaughter.

Zionism versus the Jewish labour movement

Who fought anti-Semitism? Socialism vs. Zionism in the 1930s

Julian Assange, Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali


NYT graphic on growing inequality in USA

The Chart That Scares The “1%” The Most: Capitalists have been gripped by ‘systemic fear’ making them worry not about the day-to-day movements of growth, employment, and profit, but about ‘losing their grip’. An interesting recent article by the Real-World Economics Review on the Asymptotes of Power focuses on the fact that the capitalists are forced to realize that their system may not be eternal, and that it may not survive in its current form.

Introducing the Robin Hood Tax: Chris Martin (Coldplay), Mark Ruffalo (Avengers, The Kids Are Alright), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and economist Jeffrey Sachs star alongside ordinary Americans in calling for a Robin Hoo

The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia

Reports from the Economic Front by Martin Hart-Landsberg – The Production Behind The Consumption: Apple products continue to enjoy high praise for their performance and appearance. Largely ignored are the oppressive conditions experienced by those workers that produce them.

A Diamond standard by Michael Roberts: Bob Diamond is chief executive officer of the giant UK bank, Barclays. This American executive is paid more than any other banker in the UK.


The RIO+20 U.N. Conference: An Ecosocialist Assessment

Credo of a Passionate Skeptic: Essay & Poems in Remembrance of Adrienne Rich by Adrienne Rich


Refugee Action Collective (Vic) – Government to blame for asylum seeker lives lost at sea

FOREIGN INVESTORS SUING GOVERNMENTS: Australian National radio interview on ISDS and leaked TPP investment chapter

Gina Rinehart stalks crisis-hit media

Rescue was too slow in asylum boat tragedy

Greens leader reflects on way forward on asylum policy


Evo Morales rules out troops, warns his supporters will defend the government “to the last” as police rebel

Social organisations reject attempts at coup and announce mobilizations in defence of democracy

Bolivia, fearing coup from police mutiny, deploys troops

Despite pay deal, police recommit to mutiny


We want nature not concrete: Anti-privatisation protests continue in Bulgaria


Summer of organizing ahead: The challenges facing Quebec’s student movement

Québec solidaire agrees to talks on electoral agreement with other pro-sovereignty parties

Paraguay’s Parliamentary Coup and Ottawa’s Imperial Response

Quebec’s inquiry into corruption in construction industry/government

“You know society is sick when education is regarded as a commodity and the Grand Prix is seen as a social project”


Translation: How to view the glass?


Ecuador’s support for media freedom — the real story


Cheers greet Morsi’s win amid fears of Egypt’s military junta

Morsi in office but not in power


‘Our struggle resumes’, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras’ election night speech

Greek Election Result: An Assessment

Greece’s far right rears its head

Greece: The aftermath – Following the Greek elections, James Meadway argues that a mass movement needs to be built against austerity as the European crisis worsens

The Challenges of the Greek Left After the Election – An Assessment and Report-Back: Leo Panitch – Editor, Socialist Register, Professor of Political Economy, York University. After two years of anti-austerity street battles, Greece is in the midst of a highly polarized electoral battle, with voting set for Sunday June 17th. Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, gained 10% over their previous election result. But the direction and programme of Syriza is far from settled, and containing many contradictions and tensions. The crisis in Greece and Europe is far from settled, and will enter a new phase. Leo Panitch having just returned from a week in Greece where he met many senior officials in Syriza, and also of the radical left coalition Antarsya, speaking at one of their congresses.


hree Years After Coup in Honduras, Legacy is One of Murders, Impunity, and Coups and Attempted Coups Elsewhere in the Region, CEPR Co-Director Says

Honduras police roadblock


A crisis continues in Iceland


Indonesian anti-corruption fighter Sely Martini works to help the disadvantaged


Iranian unionists jailed while regime steals nation’s assets


Libya’s former PM Mahmoudi ‘tortured’ on forced return to Tripoli


A Left-Wing Comeback in Mexico’s Presidential Elections?


Poverty or a roof and cheap beans? Why Nicaragua chose Ortega


Pacific Buzz: Voting in PNG | Rio wrap | Tongan democracy | Media concerns…and more

KIRIBATI: RSF concerned over delay, ‘harassment’ over newspaper licence


Free Baba Jan – sign the open letter*Watch the new GLTV video

Video a short message of solidarity to Baba Jan* and his four comrades jailed with him and post it to the Free Baba Jan Facebook page:

Join Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali and many others* around the world in signing the open letter in support of Labour Party Pakistan activist Baba



Gaza: where every moment counts by Julie Webb-Pullman

Children in military custody: In September 2011 a UK delegation of 9 lawyers travelled to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to assess the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law…

Outrage as Israel breaks prisoner agreement

The Ultra Zionists

‘Police state!’ chant Israelis after protest leader arrested

Palestinian child victim of Israeli attacks on Gaza

TA protest: Police arrest social justice leader Leef

Segregated Roads: The Infrastructure Of Apartheid

Israeli prime minister vows to escalate attacks on Gaza

Palestinian women overcome hurdles to become footballers


What will Washington do about Fernando Lugo’s ouster in Paraguay? This hasty, trumped-up impeachment of President Lugo amounts to a coup d’etat. The US must back democratic process

Paraguays president, former Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo greeting the crowd after his swearing in ceremony in Asunción in 2008


200,000 South Korean taxi drivers strike for better pay


Seven miners still occupy the Santa Cruz del Pil mine after a month underground in protest of huge government cuts in Spanish mining that will see mass redundancies and the destruction of the industry.

Spain: After austerity, the rescue?

The Spanish Miners’ Strike


Regime digs its own grave in face of popular uprising

Sudanese Anti-government Protests Mushroom


Syria Debate: Brian Becker exposes US effort to re-colonize Middle East – Why US is promoting civil war in Syria

Syrian leftist decries Western leftists who shun the uprising

Syria: Only Diplomacy Can Stop the War

Blair blocked Cabinet from hearing legal advice on Iraq

G4S chief predicts mass police privatisation

How G4S is ‘securing your world’


Obama’s new Latin American policy advisor: grandson of Honduran strong man

USA’s Prison Industrial Complex Moves South of the Border

Healthcare: Give the People What They Want


Defying rumours, Chavez launches campaign, program for socialism

ALBA Expels USAID from Member Countries

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