The Anti-Empire Report #139 By William Blum – Published May 23rd, 2015

23 May 2015 — The Anti-Empire Report

Their precious young minds and our precious young minds

She was a redheaded rebel, the singer in the family, a trash-talking, tattooed 21-year-old wrapped up in a hip-hop dream of becoming Holland’s Eminem. Then Betsy found Allah. After her sudden conversion to Islam last summer, Betsy began dressing in full Muslim robes. By January, the once-agnostic Dutch woman, raised in a home where the only sign of religion was a dusty Bible on a shelf, began defending homegrown terrorists. … Denis Cuspert, a German hip-hop artist known as Deso Dogg who converted in 2010 and later joined The Islamic State [ISIS], delivers a rap-like chant portraying the path to jihad as a chance for empowerment, spiritual fulfillment, vengeance and adventure. … ‘The door to jihad is standing there waiting for you,’ says a Swedish convert to Islam in a video. ‘It is the fastest way to paradise.’

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 17-23 May 2015

23 May 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

America is on a Banking Delayed-action Mine
23.05.2015 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

Since 2009, it has been compulsory for all major US banks to pass an exam called a stress test. The test checks the banks’ ability to withstand sudden changes in economic and financial conditions. Put simply, it assesses the banks’ ability to survive should America experience a financial crisis similar to the one in 2007-2009. In all the years of testing, the majority of US banks have received a rating of ‘satisfactory’, and even then with a stretch of the imagination. Some banks have had to retake the exam… The results of the stress testing shows that America is living on a delayed-action mine called the US banking system, and sooner or later this mine is going to explode…

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Statewatch News Online, 21 May 2015 (10/15)

21 May 2015 — • e-mail:


1.   Council of the European Union: Eurojust: Confiscation, Bosnia: Mandate & Revised civilian tasks: CSDP
2.   Big Brother is watching EU – as US moves towards privacy reform, Europe enacts sweeping new spying powers
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Statewatch News Online, 21 May 2015 (11/15): News: Med crisis and EU response

21 May 2015 — • e-mail:

Statewatch coverage of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean

Key Analysis and Documents

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Thinking Beyond Capitalism with André Gorz BY Christophe Fourel & Olivier Corpet

21 May 2015 — – Green European Journal

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While we ‘miserably await a future, which restores the past’, we should ‘break with this dying society never to be reborn’. Such was the certitude of philosopher André Gorz, who passed away just five years ago, recall both Christophe Fourel, author of André Gorz: Un penseur pour le XXIème siècle, and Olivier Corpet.

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Drone warfare news stacking up

20 May 2015 — Drone Warfare

Thanks to a Moseley reader for sending this link to a May 11th article:

One paragraph:

British aircraft and unmanned drones have attacked Islamic State targets in Iraq with more than 200 bombs and missiles in military operations that have been largely ignored, a Guardian analysis has shown. The air strikes, which began in the autumn, have been undertaken by the RAF’s oldest bombers – Tornado GR4s and its newest weapon – the remotely piloted Reaper. – The Guardian, 11 May 2015

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Live: Lambert, Hendricks and Ross with the Count Basie Orchestra – Avenue C

17 June 2015 — Youtube

What can I say? The fantastic Lambert, Hendricks and Ross perform ‘Avenue C’ in an extremely rare video clip. Jon Hendricks’ lyrics, always built around an instrumental solo are incredible. A totally underrated group who deserve greater recognition for their work.

Written by Buck Clayton, Jon Hendricks, and Dave Lambert
Performed by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross with the Count Basie Orchestra
unknown program, circa 1959

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 9-16 May 2015

16 May 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Saudi Option of Yemen War to Blow Iran P5+1 Deal

16.05.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

The Obama White House pulled out all the stops this week to indulge the «insecure» Persian Gulf Arab oil sheikhdoms. The assurances lavished by President Obama on his guests – with meetings in the Oval Office and later at the presidential retreat Camp David – may assuage Arab feelings of insecurity in the short-term… But there seems little doubt that the bitter relations that have been festering between the Saudi-led GCC and its main Western patron in Washington will continue to deepen and corrode the «extraordinary relationship» that Obama tried to talk up…

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COLDTYPE ISSUE 98 is now on line

13 May 2015 — Coldtype

COLDTYPE ISSUE 98 is now on line

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ANOTHER MID-MONTH BONUS EDITION with 64 pages of great writing and photography. 

Cover story is Laurent Scheinfeld’s superb Photo Essay from Paris, France, while other international features include stories about Protests in Baltimore; the Election in Britain; Child Coldier Omar Khadr’s release from prison in Canada; Racism in Australia; the strange antics of US Soldiers in Africa; Migrant Slave Drivers in the Mediterranean; Unlearned Lessons from Vietnam; the Dogman of California; Hacking the White House; and more.

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7 Reasons to demonstrate on Saturday 20 June:

13 May 2015 — The Peoples Assembly

7 Reasons to demonstrate on Saturday 20 June:

End Austerity Now National Demonstration
Assemble 12pm, Sat 20 June, Bank of England (more details to follow)

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Defend the Human Rights Act!

13 May 2015 — 38 Degrees

David Cameron wants us to think that everyone agrees with his plan to scrap the Human Rights Act. [1] But only 24% of us actually voted for his government. [2]

Unbelievably, he’s trying to abolish the law which gives us the right not to be tortured, the right to a fair trial and the right to an education. [3] It allows any of us to hold public institutions like the police, prisons, and councils, to account. [4] Scrapping this law isn’t what most of us signed up for.

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Media Lens: Unfree Elections – The Corporate Media, UK General Election And Predictable Outcomes

12 May 2015 — Media Lens

The famous physicist Albert Einstein was fond of Gedankenexperimenten – thought experiments – which tested his understanding of physics problems and stimulated solutions to them. For example, when he was a teenager, Einstein asked himself, ‘What would the world look like if I rode on a beam of light?’ Pursuing this question, he eventually came up with the Special Theory of Relativity and the most famous equation in science, E=mc2.

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Jozi dusty, Jozi blue By William Bowles

9 August 2001 —

Ridges and valleys
Africa breaks through
The cracks in the city
Hillsides and rooftops
Copters tear the air above
Below them, we stew

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Anglo-American Money Owners Organized World War II (II) By Valentin KATASONOV

5 May 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Part I

The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) played an important role during the Second World War. It was created as an outpost of American interests in Europe and a link between Anglo-American and German businesses, a kind of offshore zone for cosmopolitan capital providing a shelter from political processes, wars, sanctions and other things. The Bank was created as a public commercial entity, it’s immunity from government interference and such things as taxes collection was guaranteed by international agreement signed in the Hague in 1930.

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