Finance, Class and Politics in the European Economic Crisis: Was the German Election a Turning Point?

13 November, 2009 — Left Streamed

Toronto Facilitator: Leo Panitch.

  • Frederick Peters – Political Science, York,
  • Ingar Solty – Political Science, York,
  • Jan Fichter – Frankfurt University,
  • Roger Keil – York Centre for German and European Studies,
  • Sabah Alnasseri – Political Science, York.



Share of total vote in % 33.8 23.0 14.6 11.9 10.7
Gains and losses of the total vote in % -1.4 -11.2 +4.8 +3.2 +2.6
Seats 239 146 93 76 68

Poll: ‘Transfer’ Tops Solutions to Arab-Israeli Problem

19 November 2009 —

Transfer of Arabs from the Palestinian Authority to actual Arab countries was the most popular solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, according to a poll this week by Israel National News. Of the more than 6,400 people surveyed, 53.2 said ‘Transfer of Palestinians to another Arab country’ when asked, “What’s the best solution for the Arab-Israeli conflict?”

The “two-states for two peoples” solution being pushed by the United States and the international community received 30.8 percent support, while the idea of giving Palestinians Jordanian citizenship was approved by 14.5 percent. Maintaining the status quo received 1.3 percent of the vote.

To take the latest poll and see results of other surveys, go to the Arutz Sheva/ home page and scroll/page down below “More Headlines.”

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See Harry Feldman’s response to the ‘poll’

Heroic Human Rights Lawyer Lynne Stewart is Jailed By Stephen Lendman

20 November, 2009 –

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On November 20, New York Times writer Colin Moynihan broke the news headlining:

‘Radical Lawyer Convicted of Aiding Terrorist Is Jailed,’ then saying:

‘Defiant to the end as she embraced supporters outside the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan, Lynne F. Stewart, the radical lawyer known for defending unpopular clients, surrendered on Thursday to begin serving her 28-month sentence for assisting terrorism.’

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Shlomo Sand: “The Invention of the Jewish People”

20 November, 2009 — MRZine – Monthly Review

Introduction to Shlomo Sand, The Invention of the Jewish People by Bertell Ollman

The Invention of the Jewish People is divided into two parts. The first is a long section on the theory of nationalism, whose main characteristic, according to Sand, is the tendency to invent a past that suits the current needs and goals of the people in question. This is not a new idea (Benedict Anderson and Ernest Gellner have presented versions of it), but this is the best account of it that I have read. Second, there follows a much longer section on Zionism, Judaism, and Israel in light of the earlier discussion of nationalism. Most of this long book is devoted to showing with a great deal of evidence and arguments from several different disciplines that most of Jewish history has been invented. Continue reading

Canada: The Killer H1N1 Vaccine? By Michel Chossudovsky

20 November, 2009 — Global Research

“It is a serious thing [vaccine] that has the potential to kill” according to Dr. Neil Rau, an infectious disease expert, in a CTV interview, but do not worry: “leading experts insist, the benefits of the H1N1 vaccine vastly outweigh the risks” (Swine Flu Support Center, emphasis added)

A new development in the H1N1 Vaccine Saga is unfolding in Canada.

Whereas health officials are pushing for an acceleration of the vaccination program,  there is evidence of  so-called “unusual adverse reactions” including three recently recorded deaths directly resulting from the vaccine.

In the meantime, health authorities have called for the withdrawal of 170,000 (higher risk) doses of the vaccine produced by GlaxoSmithKline. The initiative, of which the importance is being downplayed, is said to have come from the manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, which expressed concern on higher than normal adverse reactions to the vaccine.

“Canada’s H1N1 flu vaccine manufacturer has asked the provinces to temporarily discontinue vaccinating Canadians from a lot of vaccine shipped in October due to a higher risk of adverse reactions, says a Manitoba health official.

Dr. Joel Kettner, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, said Thursday that GlaxoSmithKline has asked that the October batch be taken out of circulation because it produced serious and immediate anaphylactic reactions in one out of 20,000 vaccinations, compared with one out of 100,000 in other shipments.

“We’ve been asked by the manufacturer GSK to not use this vaccine at this time pending further investigation,” he said. (Winnipeg Free Press, 20 November 2009)

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Joe Bageant: Buddy, can you spare me a lek?

21 November, 2009 — Joe

Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

People often comment on the intelligence and insight, the humor and sincerity, of the letters Ken and I receive on And they say that the readers write as if we have known each other all our lives. I respond that yes, we have, but just did not know each other’s names. And that many of us have been pretty much invisible and voiceless except to each other. And that, yes, my friends out there are indeed intelligent and clear eyed citizens. The American populace is often underestimated.

The fact is that America’s finest minds and souls have no voice in this chilling new corporate state that has evolved. And if we are not allowed a voice, if our monolithic system ignores us, pretends we do not exist, then for all practical purposes we do not exist. Therefore it does not have to offer us political candidates representing our views or change laws to reflect them. Nevertheless, we are out there — millions of us.

One of my biggest regrets regarding this site is that the success of Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War increased the volume of email to the point where I cannot answer it all like I used to do. I do however, read every one, and answer as many as is feasible these days.

This morning’s mailbox was the usual wonderful variety of letters, mostly responding to the current post, ‘Shoot the fat guys, hang the smokers.’ Many offered heartfelt smoking cessation advice, all of it from personal experience, honest and eminently more sensible than anything I’ve read elsewhere.

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Zionist Control of Britain’s Government: 1940-2009 By William A. Cook

19 November, 2009 — The Palestine Chronicle

‘After so many years of setting the tone, bribing UK politicians and controlling the BBC they (Zionists) are used to being untouchable.’ (Gilad Atzmon, ‘Britain Must de-Zionist Itself Immediately,’ Nov. 17, 2009, MWC News).

This week the British people listened to the Daily Mail’s Peter Oborne present, on Channel 4, his devastating account of the Jewish lobby’s control of their government. Now we know that virtually all the principal politicians in the UK of both parties, like their brothers across the lake in our House and Senate, take ‘contributions’ from the Israeli lobby machine ensuring that the Anglo-American mid-east policies follow the dictates of the Israeli government. Gilad Atzmon responded to this report in his article ‘Britain must de-Zionise itself immediately,’ noting that this control has been in place for so many years the lobby feels ‘untouchable.’

How many years are ‘many’ one might ask? In 1941, the High Commissioner of Palestine, Harold MacMichael, Senior Palestine Mandate officer for the British Mandate forces in Palestine, sent the following ‘Top Secret’ ‘Memorandum on the Participation of the Jewish National Institutions in Palestine in Acts of Lawlessness and Violence’ to the Secretary of State, dated October 16th, a report prepared by The Palestine Police, Criminal Investigation Department:

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