This week’s resignation of Ghassan Hitto, the so-called “Prime Minister in waiting” of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, coupled with the July 6th election of Ahmed Assi al-Jarba to head the umbrella coalition of US-supported proxy groups attempting to topple the Assad government, has revealed further cracks in the edifice of the imperialist assault on Syria.
5 July 2013 — Voltaire Network
The swift action by Egypt’s military to arrest Mohamed Morsi and key leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood organization on July 3 marks a major setback for Washington’s “Arab Spring strategy of using political Islam to spread chaos from China through Russia across the energy-rich Middle East. Continue reading this...
3 July 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation
Egypt is on the brink, and, paradoxically, it is probably going to continue to remain that way in the near term.
The narrative we hear is far too simplistic. It goes something like this: an elected government turned out to be not only inept but arrogant and crudely insensitive toward the imperative need of inclusive democracy; a stagnant economy; rising prices; fuel shortages; power cuts – discontent is boiling over.
2 July 2013 — williambowles.info
WikiLeaks: Edward Snowden makes expanded asylum requests
WASHINGTON — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, believed to be in legal limbo in the Moscow airport, is expanding his requests for asylum to another 19 countries, including China, according to WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy …
22 June 2013 — Washingtonsblog
The Government’s Hypocrisy Is the Core Problem
Congress has exempted itself from the prohibition against trading on inside information … the law that got Martha Stewart and many other people thrown in jail.
15 June 2013 — VTJP
PA official: Settlers burn 300 olive trees near Nablus
6/15/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A group of settlers set fire to over 300 olive trees on Saturday in a Nablus village, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activities, told Ma’an that settlers from the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad set fire to olive trees in the Nablus village of Imatin. The blaze destroyed over 300 trees….
9 May 2013 — New Left Project
When the racism and bigotry fuelling the EDL-backed UK Independence Party were finally revealed to public view, the results were never going to be pretty. So it proved last week, as the threat to the Tories prompted a huge dirt-digging operation, exposing a party bringing far-right extremism into the mainstream. Continue reading this...
15 April 2013 — Organizing Upgrade
Just before the historic 2012 US presidential election, Rishi Awatramani interviewed long-time labor activist and scholar Sam Gindin to find out what his new book, The Making of Global Capitalism, has to say to social movement activists about this current political moment, the nature of global capitalism, and the possibility for a future beyond capitalism. This is part one of a two part interview with Sam Gindin. Stay tuned for part two next month!
Deadly Opposition Violence in Venezuela: The First Major Destabilization Attempt Since 2002-03 By Dan Beeton
17 April 2013 — MRZine
Opposition protests turned deadly yesterday, with at least seven people having been reported killed and over 61 others injured as opposition groups reportedly burned the homes of PSUV leaders, community hospitals, andmercales (subsidized grocery stores), attacked Cuban doctors, attacked state and community media stations, and threatened CNE president Tibisay Lucena and other officials. Violence is likely to continue today, as both Capriles and Maduro have called for their supporters to demonstrate in the streets. Continue reading this...
15 April 2013 — Venezuela Analysis
Things are chaotic here, as we recover from the surprise, disappointment, and a bit of hurt from the election results, but also go out in the street to express our support for those results, and to defend the national electoral system, one of the best and most secure voting systems in the world in a country which just loves to vote. We move quickly from sad last night to concerned and determined today, as the caceroles sound around the neighbourhoods and the opposition hangs outside the National Electoral Council (CNE) here in Merida, hundreds of them walking around with rocks and glass bottles in their hands, itching to have something to react to.