Information Clearing House 12 December 2013: The BBC Must Declare the Interests of its Contributors, or Lose Our Trust
12 December 2013 – – Information Clearing House
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12 December 2013 – – Information Clearing House
12 December 2013 – VTJP
Israel Drops Prawer Plan, Bedouins Still Face Displacement
IMEMC – Bedouin Communities Still Unrecognized [Thursday, December 12, 2013] The Israeli government has decided to discard a controversial draft law to relocate thousands of Bedouin residents from the Negev desert, the Ma’an News Agency has reported. The decision does not imply official recognition of the dozens of villages in the Negev. …
13 December 2013 — Media Lens
What does it mean when a notoriously profit-driven, warmongering, climate-killing media system mourns, with one impassioned voice, the death of a principled freedom fighter like Nelson Mandela?
13 December 2013 — RT
The paralysis that is British parliamentary democracy took a further excruciating nosedive this week with all three party leaders ‘agreeing’ that MPs should have their real pay levels reduced!
12 December 2013 — The Real News Network
“Just before colonial wars come to an end, their most barbaric extremes are exposed, from US in Viet Nam, France in Algeria, to Israel in Palestine”.
12 December 2013 — The Register
13 December 2013 — WSWS
Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) sanctions are set to put many Britons in “dire financial conditions,” according to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).
13 December 2013 — MRZine
Has the time come when it might be possible to move past the well-deserved praise-song phase of the marking of Nelson Mandela’s death in order to strike a more careful balance sheet on the meaning for present-day South Africa of his storied career?
13 December 2013 – Democracy Now!
Speaking from Johannesburg, leading anti-apartheid activist and former South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils discusses the evolution of the African National Congress’ economic views from its time as a liberation movement to leading South Africa after the fall of apartheid. Kasrils says the ANC was forced to make a “Faustian pact” with neoliberalism in order to bring apartheid to an end and avoid civil war. He also discusses recent reports that Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party. Kasrils was on the National Executive Committee of the ANC for 20 years, serving as minister for intelligence services from 2004 to 2008. Continue reading this...
13 December 2013 — grtv
Press TV talks with Michel Chossudovsky, from the Center for Research on Globalization from Montreal, regarding the figures released by Foreign Policy magazine about the number of foreign militants fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria. Continue reading this...
13 December 2013 – RT and GRTV
Syria has been marred by civil war by over two years. In August, videos emerged which showed alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians outside Damascus.
13 December 2013 – Haïti Liberté
Last week, for the first time in its history, the Fanmi Lavalas (Lavalas Family) party publicly cast out two of its leading members. It hadn’t done this for other prominent members, such as Dany Toussaint in 2003, Leslie Voltaire in 2004, or Mario Dupuy in 2011, all of whom, in one way or another, betrayed the party by allying with right-wing political enemies.
12 December 2013 — Mondoweiss
The “Day of Rage” protests held last month by Bedouin Arabs and their allies to protest the Prawer Plan were met with defiant rhetoric from Israeli officials. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to move forward with the Israeli government’s initiative to demolish Bedouin villages, uproot their inhabitants and build Jewish towns on top of them. Continue reading this...
12 December 2013 — Our NHS
As the Care Bill returns to the Commons next week, the hospital closure clause isn’t the only problem with it. The Care Bill will make access to properly funded social care harder rather than easier for many – even as the government tries to strip away other lifelines. Continue reading this...
11 December 2013 — VTJP
International Middle East Media Center
U.S. University students receive ‘eviction notices’ in satirical action by Palestine supporters
IMEMC – Students in dorms at the University of Michigan were awakened to eviction notices on their doors, which said that they needed to vacate their dorm rooms by December 13th, at which point their dorm rooms would be demolished. …
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11 December 2013 – Information Clearing House
India, Pak Nuclear War Could Put 2 billion People at Risk: Study
By Lalit K Jha
A nuclear war between India and Pakistan would result in a global famine that could kill over two billion people – a quarter of the world’s population – and end human civilisation, a study warned today.
12 December 2013 – WashingtonsBlog
11 December 2013 — Basics
For those many who identify with a progressive or liberatory politics, 2013 will be remembered as a year where two recognized leaders of the Left passed away.
12 December 2013 — Counterpunch
South Africa’s young people today are known as the Born Free generation. They enjoy the dignity of being born into a democratic society with the right to vote and choose who will govern. But modern South Africa is not a perfect society. Full equality – social and economic – does not exist, and control of the country’s wealth remains in the hands of a few, so new challenges and frustrations arise. Veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle like myself are frequently asked whether, in the light of such disappointment, the sacrifice was worth it. While my answer is yes, I must confess to grave misgivings: I believe we should be doing far better.
11 December 2013 — Mondoweiss
The U.S. and Israeli governments love to hype how both countries share the same “values.” AIPAC has a whole webpage dedicated to the “progressive values [Israel] shares with America.” Continue reading this...