The Myth of Policing By Consent By Kevin Blowe

28 July, 2009 — Random Blowe The full text of an article I’ve written that appears in the current issue of Red Pepper.

In one the bleaker parts of Stepney’s Commercial Road, in London’s East End, is a modern housing association building called Peter House. Just around the corner from it stands another, on Sidney Street, named Painter House. In late September 2008, the Metropolitan Police Federation and the Daily Mail managed to work themselves into a fury at the decision by Tower Hamlets Community Housing to name these properties in commemoration of one of the area’s most celebrated anti-heroes and one of the most notorious incidents in east London’s turbulent working-class history. In January 1911, police hunting a Latvian anarchist gang, who had shot and killed three police officers in a jewellery-shop robbery, cornered three suspects at 100 Sidney Street. The siege that followed, famous locally as the ‘Battle of Stepney’, is remembered for the escape, disappearance and ensuing elevation to popular outlaw status of the gang’s anarchist leader, Peter the Painter, a man who many historians now believe may not even have existed.

But the siege is also remembered for the controversial decision by the then Home Secretary – one Winston Churchill – to take personal charge of the police blockade, call out army reinforcements and then insist that the fire brigade stand by whilst the besieged building burnt to the ground and incinerated those trapped inside. Seldom has any sense of separation between political influence and the supposed ‘operational independence’ of the police been breached more blatantly, or more brutally.

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Obama Continues Bush Policies in Latin America By Mark Weisbrot

There were great hopes in Latin America when President Obama was elected.  U.S. standing in the region had reached a low point under George W. Bush, and all of the hemisphere’s left-leaning governments expressed optimism that Obama would go in a different direction.

These hopes have been dashed.  President Obama has continued the Bush policies and in some cases has done worse.

The military overthrow of democratically elected President Mel Zelaya of Honduras on June 28 has become a clear example of Obama’s failure in the hemisphere.  There were signs that something was amiss in Washington from the beginning, when the first statement from the White House failed to even criticize, much less condemn, the coup.  It was the only such statement from a government to take a neutral position.  The General Assembly of the United Nations and the Organization of American States voted unanimously for “the immediate and unconditional return” of President Zelaya.

Conflicting statements from the White House and State Department emerged over the ensuing days, but last Friday the State Department made clear its “neutrality” as between the dictatorship and the democratically elected president of Honduras.  In a letter to Senator Richard Lugar, the State Department said that “our policy and strategy for engagement is not based on supporting any particular politician or individual,” and appeared to blame President Zelaya for the coup: “President Zelaya’s insistence on undertaking provocative actions contributed to the polarization of Honduran society and led to a confrontation that unleashed the events that led to his removal.”

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The New Great Depression Selected Articles 8-11 August, 2009

11 August, 2009 — Global Research

Award Winning Movie: “SUPERPOWER”:
Interview with Filmmaker on RBN this Thursday!
– by Barbara-Anne Steegmuller – 2009-08-15

Ward Churchill, Robert Prechter, Jane Burgermeister, and Bob Chapman on The Global Research News Hour
Program details, Aug 10-14
– 2009-08-14

9/11 Mind Swell
Scientific evidence refutes the official story
– by Joel S. Hirschhorn – 2009-08-11

The Real Grand Chessboard and the Profiteers of War
– by Prof. Peter Dale Scott – 2009-08-11

GDF Suez unit gets EU approval to take water firms
– 2009-08-11

Fiscal ruin of the Western world beckons
For a glimpse of what awaits Britain, Europe, and America, look at what is happening to Ireland
– by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard – 2009-08-11

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"Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela, Directed by Pablo Navarrete"

12 August, 2009 — MRZine – Monthly Review

February 2009 marked 10 years since Hugo Chavez took office, following a landslide election victory, and launched his revolution to bring radical change to Venezuela. While wildly popular with many in the country, Chavez’s policies and his outspoken criticisms of the U.S. government have made him powerful enemies, both at home and abroad, especially in the media. Filmed in Caracas in November 2008, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Chavez’s controversial presidency, this feature-length documentary takes a journey into the heart of Venezuela’s revolution to listen to the voices of the people driving the process forward.

This is a rare film about Venezuela, a country in extraordinary transition. Watch this film because it is honest and fair and respectful of those who want to be told the truth about an epic attempt, flaws and all, to claim back the humanity of ordinary people.” — John Pilger, journalist and documentary filmmaker

London Premiere of Inside the Revolution: Thursday, 20th August

Time: Thursday, 20th August, 6:30 PM
(Film Starts at 7 PM)
Location: Khalili Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG)
Nearest Tube: Russell Square
Suggested Donation: £4

Screenings and DVD copies available from mid-August 2009

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Please sign the petition to free Ezra Nawi

Dear all,

This coming Sunday Ezra Nawi will appear in court again. And we will be there again, with signatures from concerned people from all over the world.

Last time, we delivered 14,000 signatures of support that were collected through the Jewish Voice for Peace campaign.

As she was handing over the reams of papers with 14,000 signatures, Ezra’s attorney, Leah Tsemel, told the judge: “Ezra Nawi is known throughout the world. The New York Times just did a profile of him and I have 14,000 character witnesses who produced over 100,000 letters in his defense.”

The judge’s answer? “Wow, that many?”

Ezra has personally requested that if you still haven’t added your signature to the petition, please do so before Saturday, and ask your friends and family, also those without Facebook accounts, to sign as well.

Follow this link to sign:;

The Committee Supporting Ezra Nawi

Tim Wise: Socialism as the New Black Bogeyman – Red-Baiting and Racism

11 August, 2009 — Counterpunch

Throughout the first six months of his administration, President Obama–perhaps one of the most politically cautious leaders in contemporary history–has been routinely portrayed as a radical by his opponents on the far-right. In particular, persons who have apparently never actually studied Marxism (or if they did, managed to somehow find therein support for such things as bailing out banks and elite corporations) contend that Obama is indeed a socialist. Reducing all government action other than war-making to part of a larger socialist conspiracy, the right contends that health care reform is socialist, capping greenhouse gas emissions is socialist, even providing incentives for driving fuel efficient cars is socialist. That the right insists upon Obama’s radical-left credentials, even as they push an Obama=Hitler meme (something they apparently think is fair, since, after all the Nazis were National Socialists, albeit the kind who routinely murdered the genuine article) only speaks to the special brand of crazy currently in vogue among the nation’s reactionary forces.

As real socialists laugh at these clumsily made broadsides, and as scholars of actual socialist theory try and explain the absurdity of the analogies being drawn by conservative commentators, a key point seems to have been missed, and it is this point that best explains what the red-baiting is actually about.

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Will Venezuelans be asking the same thing on August 11, 2049?  I trust not! By Roy S. Carson

11 August, 2009 — VHeadline

VHeadline editor & publisher Roy S. Carson writes: It was undoubtedly with a degree of trepidation that I read El Universal’s interview with former US ambassador to Venezuela, Jeffrey Davidow, puzzled as to how the cunning diplomat that he undoubtedly is could have allowed himself to be lured into such a situation in the sure and certain knowledge that he would have every syllable subjected to intense scrutiny and analysis for what it was worth to the anti-Chavez opposition in Venezuela.

Jeff has hitherto been loathe to get involved in Venezuelan politics other than as an extremely knowledgeable adviser to US President Barack Obama in the lead-up to and during the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad earlier this year where he had stage-managed Obama as the anti-thesis to the untold damage that had been done to United States foreign policy in Latin America throughout the George W. Bush fiasco presidency.

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