Video: GazaFriends – Getting ready to go

17 June, 2009

This week’s update is lighter in tone than last week’s update. It gives you an idea of what we are doing to get the Free Gaza ready. We are hoping this time to entertain you a bit (our first mate would do well at open-mike night) and to let you know that we have enjoyed fixing the boat. We leave next Thursday, so the update for next week will be interviews of some of the people asking them why they want to go back.

Greta Berlin
Free Gaza Movement
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Marx, the first real globalist By William Bowles

17 June 2009

If nothing else, the wholesale plunder of the planet’s natural resources has brought into sharp focus the necessity for some kind of global (and globally enforceable) regulation of what’s left of the planet’s precious cargo of life. But can capitalism undertake such a task? Not only that, is it willing to do so and is even some kind of ‘reformed’ capitalism capable of doing so given that the basic drive of capitalism is expand or die.

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Gilad Atzmon – Yearning for a Minyan

16 June, 2009 – Palestine Think Tank

atzmon-us.jpgAmerica is a very interesting place at the moment, especially for Palestinian solidarity activists. The emerging conflict between the current Administration and the Israeli government is not exactly a secret anymore. The images of Israeli youngsters calling Obama ‘F**k Head’, ‘S**t Head’ and ‘Ni**er’ are rather effective PR materials at the hands of the friends of Palestine and it seems as if the Israelis are aware of it. Haaretz reported the other day that Netanyahu is convinced that “Obama seeks a clash with Israel to appease Arabs”. Palestinian activists in America know also that AIPAC and the Jewish lobby is in a state of confusion. The Lobby is not really used to being pushed to the corner, at the end of the day, after spending so much money on American politicians (Obama included) they really expected to run the show.

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Introducing Reading from the Left: New Website Provides Free Downloads of Current Socialist Books and Pamphlets

16 June, 2009


Introducing Reading from the Left

READING FROM THE LEFT is a new website, created to promote and distribute contemporary socialist books and pamphlets.

It will feature free PDF downloads of pamphlets, reviews and announcements of socialist books, free PDF downloads of book chapters, and in some cases entire books.

This is a non-commercial project: the website links to places where titles can be purchased, but it does not sell pamphlets or books directly.

The initial response from publishers has been excellent. The site already includes free downloads from:

* Climate and Capitalism
* Monthly Review
* Resistance Books (Australia)
* Resistance Books (UK)
* Socialist Voice
* Socialist Project

More titles are in preparation.

Please take a look –

Comments and suggestions are very welcome.

Larger Context of the Iranian Elections By Reza Fiyouzat

16 June, 2009 – Revolutionary Flowerpot Society

Much fury is being expressed by all sides, foreign and domestic, regarding the outcome of the 2009 Iranian presidential elections held on June 12. The rapid announcement of the total results, in a mere few hours after the closing of the polls, came as a shock to the supporters of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the main ‘reformist’ challenger to Ahmadinejad. Since then, there have been massive spontaneous demonstrations in Tehran as well as in other major cities, such as Shiraz, Tabriz and Rasht. At least seven people have been killed in the clashes between the security forces and Mousavi supporters.

So, let’s put things in some context.

The presidential elections of June 12 were held within a theocratic system. In this system, in order to run for a political office, candidates must swear allegiance to the theocratic setup. From its inception, therefore, the theocracy has divided the entire population into two major political groups: khodi (literally meaning, ‘of us’; those who support the theocracy), and the gheyre-khodi (the others). This is the exact language used, and participation in the elections are reserved purely for the benefit of the khodi’s (believers in the system), who have been divided into different camps from the beginning of the theocracy. In older days, they were split between the left wing, conservative and the pragmatist camps, and more recently the opposing factions have changed some of their tactics and underlying economic policies, and are organized into the ‘conservative’ and ‘reformist’ camps. Within each camp, there are further divisions.

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Report: Palestinian Child Prisoners – The systematic and institutionalised ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities

17 June, 2009

Defence for Children International – Palestine Section (DCI-Palestine) is a national section of the international non-governmental child rights organisation and movement, Defence for Children International (DCI), established in 1979, with consultative status with ECOSOC. DCI-Palestine was established in 1992, and is dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), as well as other international, regional and local standards. As part of its ongoing work to uphold the rights of Palestinian children, DCI-Palestine provides free legal assistance, collects evidence, researches and drafts reports and conducts general advocacy targeting various duty bearers. For further information please contact a DCI-Palestine advocacy officer.

A. Executive summary

The Israeli military court system in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has operated for over 42 years almost devoid of international scrutiny. Each year an average of 9,000 Palestinians are prosecuted in two Israeli military courts operating in the West Bank, including 700 children.

From the moment of arrest, Palestinian children encounter ill-treatment and in some cases torture, at the hands of Israeli soldiers, policemen and interrogators. Children are commonly arrested from the family home in the hours before dawn by heavily armed soldiers. The child is painfully bound, blindfolded and bundled into the back of a military vehicle without any indication as to why or where the child is being taken. Children are commonly mistreated during the transfer process and arrive at the interrogation and detention centres traumatised, tired and alone.

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