Columbia’s Quest for Peace & Justice: The International & National Contexts By Professor James Petras

29 February 2012Boiling Frogs

A Step toward Greater Independence

Introduction: Between April 21-23, thousands of activists from most of the major urban and rural social movements and trade unions, human rights groups and indigenous, afro-Colombian movements will meet to unify forces and launch, what promises to be the most significant new political movement in recent history.

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Wikileaks Newslinks 29 February 2012

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Wikileaks publishes claim about Pakistani knowledge of Bin Laden

Los Angeles Times

REPORTING FROM ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — The whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has published an international affairs think tank email that alleges mid-ranking Pakistani intelligence and military officials were aware of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s …

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/02/wikileaks-publishes-pakistan-osama-bin-laden.html

 

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 29 February 2012

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WikiLeaks suspect in frame for peace prize

Independent Online

Bill Clinton, Helmut Kohl, the European Union and US soldier and WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning are on the list. With 188 individuals and 43 organisations, the number of candidates comes close to last year’s record of 241, when the award went to …

http://www.iol.co.za/news/wikileaks-suspect-in-frame-for-peace-prize-1.1245267

 

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Assad in Western eyes: From riches to rags By Dmitry Babich

29 February, 2012Voice of Russia

The recent pronouncements by Western leaders and the monarchs of the Persian Gulf  Emirates on the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his regime make one want to rub one’s eyes. Are we hearing them from the same people we have just seen shaking hands with Assad and hinting at lucrative contracts with his “regime”? Didn’t the French president Nicolas Sarkozy consider it an honor to meet Assad at his Elysee Palace just one year before? Now Sarkozy calls him a “mass killer.” And wasn’t Sarkozy’s glamorous wife Carla Bruni entertained by the company of Assad’s British-raised wife, Asma? And can a person indeed change from a welcome guest to a mass killer in the short period between December 2010, when al-Assad’s last visit to France took place, and now?

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EVENT: Venezuela 2012: How Social Progress & Democracy are Transforming a Nation

25 February 2012 – Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

Monday March 5, 7-9pm, at the Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Parliament, SW1A 2LW (Westminster Tube.)

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Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 8

29 February 2012 – www.boilingfrogspost.com

“Black History in the United States: Slavery, Segregation, and Social Control”

In a highly critical black history of the United States, this episode examines the social construction of race (and racism) starting in the late 1600s as a means of social control, devised through the colonial legal system to separate white and black labour, prison labour, black education system, the developments of ghettos as a means of segregating the black population, the civil rights organizations in an attempt to steer the movement away from its natural and potentially revolutionary course to confront the entire social- economic- political system of racism, and the “war on drugs” and laws disproportionately targeting the black community.

Understanding the history of those who have been most oppressed within it, is vital to understanding the true nature of the society we live in; thus, the black history of the United States is indivisible from the total history of the United States, and the subject bears relevance to the future of poverty and class struggle in a world of enormous inequality.

Listen to the podcast show here @ Boiling Frogs Post: http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2012/02/29/empire-power-and-people-with-andrew-gavin-marshall-episode-8/

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EMERGENCY – ESCAPING METHANE GAS IN THE ARCTIC OCEAN

29 February 2012

December 2011

Dear World Leader
Emergency intervention to stabilize Arctic sea ice and thereby Arctic methane is today a matter of our survival.

Ameg map

I write to you on behalf of the Arctic Methane Emergency Group, which includes among its founding members Peter Wadhams, Professor of Ocean Physics, Cambridge; Stephen Salter, Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, Edinburgh; and Brian Orr, former Principal Science Officer at the UK DoE (as was). The Group has received support and advice from many pre-eminent climate science colleagues around the world. The purpose of this letter is to respectfully bring to your attention new evidence of the rapidly deepening climate change crisis in the Arctic. We appeal to you to support our call to put the imminent loss of Arctic summer sea ice and escalation of Arctic methane emissions at the top of the climate change agenda and to support emergency measures to cool the Arctic.

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Impotence in the face of impunity? By William Bowles

29 February 2012 — williambowles.info

A fellow writer tells me that she feels overwhelmed by class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>events and I feel the same way. An awful sense of deja vu that we have as much chance of stopping the march to total war as they had in the 1930s. Except that this time it will not be us citizens of Empire who are on the receiving end of Western industrial-scale murder and pillage. The world’s first colonial world war, with the haves pitted against the have-nots. As I have remarked before, without a non-capitalist alternative to not only reign in some of the ‘excesses’ of capitalism but also curtail its relentless expansion, the world is essentially defenceless.

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Video: United States vs. Manning & Assange

29 February, 2012 — The Real News Network

 

Michael Ratner: Army is trying to pressure Manning into implicating Julian Assange so that he too can be charged and extradited to US

 

Bio

Michael Ratner is President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. He is currently a legal adviser to Wikileaks and Julian Assange. He and CCR brought the first case challenging the Guantanamo detentions and continue in their efforts to close Guantanamo. He taught at Yale Law School, and Columbia Law School, and was President of the National Lawyers Guild. His current books include “Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in the Twenty-First Century America,” and   Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away With Murder. NOTE: Mr. Ratner speaks on his own behalf and not for any organization with which he is affiliated.

 

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American Unipolar Moment Has Ended, Global Multipolarity Emerges BY M Zarrar Haider

28 February 2012 — Pakistan Observer

Emerging multipolar world

The last two decades witnessed the expression of unipolarity in terms of unilateralism with invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and the endemic Global War on Terror (GWOT). We are now in a new, fast-evolving multipolar world in which some developing countries are emerging as economic powers; others are moving towards becoming additional poles of growth; and some are struggling to attain their potential within this new system where North and South, East and West, are now points on a compass, not economic destinies. A new global order is rapidly emerging where the United States will no doubt remain a very important player.

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Syria Newslinks 28-29 February 2012

29 February 2012 09:57:56 — williambowles.info

Maybe updated as the day wears on…

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THE ROVING EYE : Jihadi democrats ready for their close-up
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
Qatar and the House of Saud have been weaponizing the Free Syrian Army for months now, while Washington sticks with the “lead from behind” plot twist. Try arguing that arming Shi’ites in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province or pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain is also a “very good idea” and you’ll be visited by a Hellfire missile in less time than it took Angelina Jolie to flash her leg. – Pepe Escobar (Feb 29, ’12)

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Stop NATO News: February 29, 2012: “Nightmare For Invader”: Georgia Is NATO States’ Window To Caucasus

29 February 2012 – Stop NATO

  • Attacks On Syria, Iran Would Overwhelm Armenia With Refugees
  • Russian Expert: Azerbaijan’s Territory May Be Used To Strike Iran
  • “Nightmare For Invader”: Georgia Is NATO States’ Window To Caucasus
  • Georgian Foreign Minister In Israel To Discuss “Regional Security Issues”
  • Saakashvili: NATO Afghan Operation Provides Training For Local Conflicts
  • Labor Party Calls On Opposition To Demand Georgia’s Afghan Withdrawal

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