Housmans Radical Books, London: Events Newsletter June 2010

26 May, 2010 — Housmans Books

1. 10 % discount for Trade Union members
2. Sunday opening over summer months

3. ‘Human rights violations and resistance in China since 1989’ with Shao Jiang
4. ‘Demilitarising global society’ with Diana Francis and friends
5. ‘Reclaiming the F Word’ with Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune
6. ‘Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy’ with Philippa Perry
7. ‘The changing face of journalism’ with Richard Norton-Taylor
8. ‘The Peace Movement and the Military’
9. ‘Migration and the political role of love and sexuality’ with Rutvita Andrijasevic and Nick Mai
10. Future Events

11. Richard Seymour’s top 5

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Coalition of the unwilling? I don’t think so By William Bowles

25 May, 2010

The London Independent (19 May, 2010) carried a positively euphoric front page that compared Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party and now deputy prime minister in the Tory/Lib-Dem ‘coalition’, to the man responsible for the 1832 Electoral Reform Act, Lord Grey.

“Clegg makes his bid for a place in history

“Nick Clegg, prepares to unveil ‘the biggest shake-up of our democracy since the Great Reform Act of 1832”


The act and those that followed, has kept the ruling political class in power ever since, allowed some working men the vote (if you were a property owner or paid rent of at least £50 per year) was followed by three other ‘reforms’ (women were not to get the franchise until 1918, the final ‘reform’) .

The Independent calls Clegg’s demand for reforms ‘the birth of people power’.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 25 May, 2010: Afghans Believe US Funding Taliban

‘US to Send Secret Military Teams to Iran’
U.S. Moves Goalposts On Iran And Changes Uranium Details
Former CIA Officer on Iran: Brazil and Turkey are Vital Checks and Balances
Ruled by Paranoia
U.S. Night Raid In Afghanistan Elicits Outrage
Grayson’s Smart Calculus Makes War Cost Real for Taxpayers
Gulf Oil Disaster:
Interior Probe Finds Fraternizing, Porn and Drugs at MMS Office in La.
Merkel’s Savage Blitz through Euroland
‘Secret Ops’ cause of US deaths in Iraq:
and more…

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Biggest Boycotter of them All?

26 May, 2010 — The Only Democracy?

Everyone is at least a little hypocritical — that’s human nature. But fundamental contradictions are hard to let slide, especially when they are ostensibly made in the name of some moral superiority. And this is exactly what Gideon Levy so eloquently pointed out in his opinion piece in Haaretz, “Boycotting the Boycotters,” from May 16th.

While Israel and its supporters become wildly hysterical over calls by Jews and non-Jews alike to boycott, divest and impose sanctions on Israel for its continued and well-documented human rights abuses, rampant discrimination even within its borders, and alleged commission of war crimes in Gaza and elsewhere — calling these calls anti-Semitic, Israel and its supporters have a long-standing history of boycotting Palestinian and Arab institutions, products, and even individuals (e.g. Gazans, as Levy explains). Meanwhile, while those boycotts include the withholding of humanitarian aid and by doing so harm millions of Palestinians in a very tangible and physical way, the BDS calls against Israel (the boycott of the boycotter) and those who invest in it are purposefully non-violent and hold the potential to harm Israelis and investors in the occupation only economically.

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The Unspoken Alliance: Military and Nuclear Ties between Israel and Apartheid South Africa Sasha Polakow-Suransky Interviewed by Amy Goodman

26 May, 2010 — MRZine-Monthly Review

Amy Goodman: As nuclear nonproliferation talks at the United Nations focus on the Middle East this week, we turn to new revelations about Israel’s nuclear weapons program and its close alliance with apartheid South Africa.

Israeli President Shimon Peres has denied reports that he offered to sell nuclear weapons to apartheid South Africa when he was defense minister in the ’70s.  On Sunday, the Guardian newspaper of London published top-secret South African documents revealing that a secret meeting between then-defense minister Shimon Peres and his South African counterpart, P.W. Botha, ended with an offer by Peres for the sale of warheads, quote, “in three sizes.”  The documents provide the first official written evidence that Israel has nuclear weapons, despite its policy of “ambiguity” in neither confirming nor denying their existence.

But the Israeli president’s office has categorically rejected the accusations in the report and released a statement saying, quote, “Israel has never negotiated the exchange of nuclear weapons with South Africa.  There exists no Israeli document or Israeli signature on a document that such negotiations took place.”

Well, the documents published in the Guardian were first uncovered by senior editor at Foreign Affairs, Sasha Polakow-Suransky.  He went through 7,000 pages of never-before-seen classified South African documents while researching his new book The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa.

For more on this story, we’re joined by Sasha himself.  Sasha Polakow-Suransky joins us here.

Welcome to Democracy Now!

Sasha Polakow-Suransky: Hi.  Thanks for having me.

Amy Goodman: Talk about these documents.

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Freedom flotilla ready to break the Gaza Strip blockade – RT Top Stories

26 May, 2010 — RT Top Stories

free-gaza.jpgNine ships fitted from the UK, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Kuwait and Algeria are gathering in the Mediterranean to put an end to the 3-year Gaza Strip blockade.

They are to bring medications, medical equipment, construction materials and house parts to the 1.5 million Palestinian residents who have been punished collectively for three years – something unprecedented in contemporary history.

Besides, the Palestinians have no capacity to accommodate 1.5 million people, most of whom are already refugees. Neither do they have the army that would be capable of enforcing a military solution to the problem.

Political support

10,000 tons of cargo bound for the Gaza Strip are to be accompanied by 750 American and European parliamentarians, scientists, writers, doctors, lawyers, among them Nobel prize winners. An Israeli Knesset member, Hanin Zoabi, and a number of Jewish volunteers from all over the world, including the USA, are also to join the campaign. Citizens of 60 countries, including Germany, Sweden, Ireland and Greece, contributed to organizing the flotilla. It is sponsored by private donations and is an act of goodwill and charity.

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National Security Archive Update, May 25, 2010: THE DIARY OF ANATOLY CHERNYAEV, 1990

Fifth Installment of Former Top Soviet Adviser’s Journal Available in English for First Time

For more information, contact:
Svetlana Savranskaya – 202/994-7000


Washington, DC, May 25, 2010 – Today the National Security Archive publishes its fifth installment of the diary of Anatoly Chernyaev, the man behind some of the most momentous transformations in Soviet foreign policy at the end of the 1980s in his role as Mikhail Gorbachev’s chief foreign policy aide.

In addition to his contributions to perestroika and new thinking, Anatoly Sergeevich Chernyaev was and remains a strong proponent of openness and transparency, providing his diaries and notes to historians trying to understand the end of the Cold War. This section of the diary, covering 1990—a tragic year, according to Chernyaev—is published today in English for the first time.

Visit the Web site of the National Security Archive for more information about today’s posting.



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