UK: Sign the petition to bring the troops home from Afghanistan

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to bring the troops home from Afghanistan. Noting the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, and the destabilisation of Pakistan arising from the NATO military intervention in the region, and believing that only the Afghan people themselves can generate a political solution to their country’s problems, we therefore demand that the government commence the withdrawal of all British military forces from Afghanistan.

Submitted by Stewart Halforty of Stop the War Coalition – Deadline to sign up by: 14 November 2009 – Signatures: 2,471

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Phone Morrisons and Waitrose this Wednesday 11 November – National week of supermarket boycott actions

Our boycott week of action is attracting media attention: The Jerusalem Post writes: ‘Activists are targeting two supermarket chains in a weeklong protest starting Monday, in an attempt to stop them stocking any Israeli goods.’

PSC Press Release

National Week of Supermarket Boycott Actions, November 7-15

Call the HQs all day on Wednesday 11 November!!

Please note these numbers:
Morrisons Customer Services – 0845 611 6111
Waitrose Customer Services – 0800 188 884

Actions are planned around the country: for a full list click here

Make the Palestinians’ voice heard – Picket Morrisons Head Office in Bradford on Friday 13th November from 2.30 to 4.30pm outside Morrisons HQ, Gain Land, Bradford, BD3 7DL

A Real Green Deal By Hilary Wainwright and Andy Bowman

9 November, 2009 — The BulletRed Pepper

Thirty-five years ago, workers at the Lucas Aerospace company formulated an “alternative corporate plan” to convert military production to socially useful and environmentally desirable purposes. Hilary Wainwright and Andy Bowman consider what lessons it holds for the greening of the world economy today.


There are moments when a radical idea quickly goes mainstream. A cause for optimism but also caution; an opportunity for a practical challenge. The “Green New Deal,” a proposal for a green way out of recession, is such an idea (see interview with Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, Red Pepper, June/July 2009). It has now been adopted in some form, in theory if not in corresponding action, by governments across the world.

In Britain, the workers’ occupation of the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight – supported by green, trade union and socialist campaigners across the country – has provided a practical challenge to the government. The Vestas workers’ argument, committed as ministers say they are to green investment, is that here is an exemplary case: to intervene and save green jobs, creating a base and a beacon for further action in the same direction.

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ColdType November 2009 Issue

9 November, 2009 — ColdType

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1. The ColdType Reader – Issue 41

Want to know why the world’s most expensive army can’t beat a few angry tribesmen? We have the answer. Plus: Why conservatives fear Big Government; excerpts from new books by Amy Goodman and Ramzy Baroud; did US politicians read the Goldstone Report before rejecting it?; the wars on postal workers and on Twitter; a British torture cover-up; broken capitalism; five hidden facts about cannabis; waging war, winning the Nobel Peace Prize; and much, much more. Contributors this month are Paul Armentano, Joe Bageant, Paul J. Balles, Ramzy Baroud, William Blum, Jo Comerford, Shamus Cooke, Amy Goodman, David Michael Green, Mark Hurwitt, Dave Lindorff, Ray McGovern, George Monbiot, Michael I. Niman, Greg Palast, John Pilger, Fred Reed, Sherwood Ross, Norman Solomon, Stephen Zunes

2. The Reader Extra

The Madoff Moment, an excerpt from Danny Schechter’s new book, The Crime Of Our Time.


3. Sick And Sicker: The US and Canada – Different forms of medical rationing, by Susan Rosenthal
4. War of the Worlds: London 1898, Kabul 2009, by Tom Engelhardt
5. The Construction of the Iran ‘Threat’, by Edward S. Herman & David Peterson
6. Gaza Gad: A new play – stranded in a bus at a Gaza border crossing, by Ahmed Masoud
7. The Goldstone Report: The full report of the UN Fact-finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, by Susan Rosenthal

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Reaction to Fort Hood – Stupidity Beyond Belief by Richard C. Cook

9 November, 2009 — Dandelion

The United States military is engaged in the conquest of the world. This is not a secret. The strategy has been spelled out repeatedly by official Defense Department policy statements (’full-spectrum dominance’), think-tank studies (PNAC), and official government action by the president and Congress (the biggest war budget in human history).

It’s what led to the Reagan Doctrine which was the practice of picking off one small nation at a time. It’s what led George H.W. Bush to invade Panama and Iraq and the Clinton administration to destroy Yugoslavia. 9/11, whoever did it, followed by the Bush Doctrine of preemptive war, was a convenient springboard for the current phase involving Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. Next up: Obama’s impending assault on Iran, whether done with U.S. forces or Israeli proxies. The showdown with Russia and China is clearly on the agenda, subject to intense planning by thousands of uniformed and civilian analysts who earn a lot of taxpayer money.

Ft. Hood, Texas, is a place where men and women in uniform get ready to deploy in order to carry out all these plots and schemes. Some of those deployed are killed and never return. Some come back alive, then kill other people or themselves. Who can blame them for serving? They too need to earn enough for themselves and their families to eat. And jobs now are sparse. It’s what’s assuring the military meets its recruitment quotas.

Last week a psychiatrist who had been ordered to Afghanistan went berserk and shot up the place. So happens he was a Muslim, a loner, deeply conflicted, subject to abuse from other soldiers who had been taught by our politicians and media that ‘Allah’ is a dirty word.

The stupidity beyond belief is that anyone is surprised at this, that it should be viewed by anyone as a brand of ‘terrorism,’ or that hundreds or even thousands of people on the government payroll are now ‘investigating’ or even ‘asking why.’ The hand wringing by the media is particularly odious. Reports indicate that if the shooter is convicted and sentenced to death President Obama himself will sign the death warrant.

America, you have brought it on yourself, and there is more to come, much worse, as far as the eye can see.

‘Live by the sword; die by the sword.’ The Master said it long ago.

Copyright 2009 by Richard C. Cook

Richard C. Cook is a former federal government analyst who writes on public policy issues. His website is His latest book is We Hold These Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform (Tendril Press, 2009).

Meeting London: Israel’s Occupation of Palestine: who profits and who doesn’t

In partnership & support of Oxfam GB, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign & LSE Student Union

London School of Economics

Thursday, November 19th

LSE, Clement House (Aldwych), Room D602


Dr Dalit Baum – Who Profits Project

Salwa Alenat – Kav LaOved organisation

Dr. Dalit Baum teaches Gender and the Global Economy at the Haifa University and Beit Berl college in Israel, and coordinates the ‘Who Profits from the Occupation’ project in the Coalition of Women for Peace. A feminist anti-occupation activist, she has been a co-founder of Black Laundry, the Community School for Women and the Coalition of Women for Peace.

In her talk she would discuss the grassroots research initiative “Who Profits”, present its mapping of corporate involvement in the occupation, and tell the story of specific discoveries and challenges in on-going campaigns.

Salwa Alenat works for Kav LaOved (Worker’s Hotline) a non-profit non governmental organisation committed to protecting the rights of disadvantaged workers employed in Israel and by Israelis in the Occupied Territories, including Palestinians, migrant workers, subcontracted workers and new immigrants. Kav LaOved is committed to principles of democracy, equality and international law concerning human and social rights. (A short 10 minute documentary will be displayed)

Nearest Underground: Holborn and Temple Tube

Anand Naidoo, "Interview with Arundhati Roy"

5 November, 2009 — MRZine – Monthly Review

“It’s beginning to increasingly look as if this urge to the 10% growth rate and democracy are mutually incompatible . . . because this growth has been based on . . . the displacement of millions of people off their land. It’s based on extracting minerals and harnessing rivers in a way that is ecologically utterly destructive. And all of this has been done, keeping to the rituals of democracy but emptying them out. So you have the courts and the press and the police pretending to do their jobs, pretending to act as checks and balances, as the institutions of democracy are meant to, but in fact all of them have stakes in this process. They are acting as a cover for the rich, which dismantles democracy right from the bottom.” — Arundhati Roy

This episode of the Riz Khan Show was broadcast live by Al Jazeera on 2 November 2009. See, also, Karan Thapar, “Indian Democracy in a State of Emergency,” Interview with Arundhati Roy, CNN-IBN.

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Peace Movement Blues By Jack A. Smith

9 November, 2009 – MRZine – Monthly Review

Where is the U.S. peace movement when the White House is preparing to escalate the Afghanistan war for the second time since President Barack Obama took office over 10 months ago?

The Bush era antiwar movement has ebbed and flowed a few times since it abruptly materialized just after 9/11 and then exploded into a massive force in the months leading up to President George W. Bush’s unjust and illegal invasion of Iraq in March 2003.  This was actually the high point of mass activism.  A decline began with the invasion and the bipartisan congressional declaration of support for the new war.  Still, the movement remained huge and mounted many large national and local demonstrations for years.

The Democratic victory in the 2006 Congressional election signaled a further erosion of peace activities because of the erroneous assumption that the new Congress would end or limit the wars.  Antiwar forces were hardly visible during the 2008 campaign, despite the mayhem in Iraq and Afghanistan, because many efforts were focused on electing Sen. Barack Obama, whom many Democrats considered to be a peace candidate.

The low point was reached earlier this year — a remarkable development during two ongoing wars — about the time President Obama reignited the Afghan war by ordering another 21,000 troops to the battlefield.

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Obama and Clinton Use ‘Smart Power’ Against Honduras By Eva Golinger

9 November, 2009 – Postcards from the Revolution

(This article was written before the collapse of the latest deal to restore President Zelaya) Henry Kissinger said that diplomacy is the ‘art of restraining power’. Obviously, the most influential ideologue on US foreign policy of the twenty first century was refering to the necessity to ‘restrain the power’ of other countries and governments in order to maintain the dominant world power of the United States.

Presidents in the style of George W. Bush employed ‘Hard Power’ to achieve this goal: weapons, bombs, threats and military invasions. Others, like Bill Clinton, used ‘Soft Power’: cultural warfare, Hollywood, ideals, diplomacy, moral authority and campaigns to ‘win the hearts and minds’ of those in enemy nations. The Obama administration has opted for a mutation of these two concepts, fusing military power with diplomacy, political and economic influence with cultural penetration and legal maneuvering. They call this ‘Smart Power.’ Its first application is the coup d’etat in Honduras, and as of today, it’s worked to perfection.

During her confirmation hearing before the Senate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remarked that ‘we should use what has been called ‘smart power’, the complete range of tools that are at our disposal – diplomatic, economic, military, political, legal and cultural – choosing the correct tool, or combination of tools, for each situation. With ‘smart power,’ diplomacy will be the vanguard of our foreign policy.’ Clinton later reinforced this concept affirming that the ‘wisest path will be to first use persuasion.’

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