NO2ID Supporters’ Newsletter No. 156 – 26th August 2010: Party Games

26 August, 2010 — NO2ID


As we move into party conference season, it is time for NO2ID to see who in politics has really grasped our message – and to look forward. Have the Coalition’s fine words about rolling back the database state been fulfilled as action? Will the new Labour leader move the party from its authoritarian stance against personal privacy?

Though ContactPoint has now been switched off and the data is being securely deleted, ID cards are not yet dead. There are some encouraging signs – for example, the government has just announced it is scrapping the database being developed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) that was originally intended to be the ‘biographical’ component of the National Identity Register. But the Bill to abolish the ID scheme has not yet passed, despite the Coalition’s undertaking to get rid of ID cards in its first 100 days.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 27 August, 2010 Weekend Edition: Psywar: The Real Battlefield is the Mind

27 August, 2010 — Information Clearing House

The Soul of the ‘Land of the Pure’
By Robert Grenier
Only the flint-hearted could be left unmoved by this. The heart aches for Pakistan.

Hawks Box in Obama on Afghan Occupation
By Ray McGovern
The Obama administration’s reluctance to discipline senior generals for comments bordering on insubordination seems to have encouraged the generals to believe they can speak their mind with impunity about President Obama’s management of the Afghan conflict.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 27 August, 2010: ‘Israel ready to destroy Lebanese Army in four hours’

27 August, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Red Crescent Members Arrested at Weekly Protest, Ni’lin
IMEMC – 27 Aug 2010 – Friday August 27, 2010 – 13:40, Israeli writer and film maker Joseph Dana has reported, via his twitter account, that the Israeli military has conducted a number of arrests in Ni’lin, near Ramallah, including the five member team from the Red Crescent.

Ma’an News

Jerusalem settlers assault 9 year old, parents say
8/27/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A nine-year-old boy said he was beaten by Israelis affiliated with the Atarot Kohanim settler group in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday evening. Anas Sa’ad Ash-Shaloudi said he was on his way to his uncle’s house for the fast-breaking iftar meal at sunset, and was….

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GazaFriends] In celebration…and anticipation

28 August, 2010 — Gaza Friends

When we wrote the text for Happy Birthday, Free Gaza, our wonderful video producer, Paola, asked if she could design a video tribute to Free Gaza. It is here.

Many of you have also sent birthday wishes to us as we get ready to sail again in the fall. To all of you… thank you. None of this could have been done without the support from around the world. Below are just some of the birthday wishes.

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Doug Henwood: Austerity in the face of weakness Pt.2

27 August, 2010 — The Real News Network

The Limits of Stimulus

THE LIMITS OF STIMULUS, posted with vodpod

Part One

Doug Henwood is the founder and editor of the Left Business Review; a contributing editor to the U.S. weekly The Nation; and author of several books, including Wall Street and After the New Economy.


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Strategic culture foundation online magazine latest publications from 22-28 August, 2010

28 August, 2010 — Strategic culture foundation

The Rising Star of Gen. Hamid Gul
“The former General holds that the longer the US forces stay in the region – in Iraq and Afghanistan (or in Pakistan, if they choose to move into the country) – the more they will antagonize the respective populations… Gul’s understanding of the causes of the September 11 tragedy deserve particular attention. He is convinced that it was a covert operation aimed at creating a pretext “for entering Afghanistan and using it as a launch pad to enter Pakistan and dominate the region”…”

Aleksandr SHUSTOV
Fourlateral Summit in Sochi
“On August 18-19, the presidents of Russia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan convened for the second time in Sochi. The summit was mainly necessitated by the recent tensions between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and by the coming pullout of the US forces from Afghanistan. No doubt, the withdrawal will tilt the geopolitical balance in Central Asia and, in particular, will expose Tajikistan – a republic sharing a long and poorly equipped border with Afghanistan – to serious risks…”

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Major Israeli Theaters Embrace The Settlements + Big Update

28 August, 2010 — The Only Democracy?

Some cultural news from Israel:

Several of Israel’s leading theater companies have agreed to perform in the new cultural center in the settlement of Ariel, due to open on November 8. The companies include the Habima National Theater, the Cameri Theater, the Be’er Sheva Theater and Jerusalem’s Khan Theater.

Ariel lies 20km inside the West Bank, deeper than any other sizable settlement. The divided highway leading to it – the best road in the West Bank – is open to Israelis only, *and* lacks any signs naming the numerous Palestinian towns and villages flanking the road. According to Peace Now’s 2006 settlement land report, 35% of Ariel’s area was confiscated from private Palestinian owners by military fiat. The rest is public land. No patch of Ariel’s lands was rightfully purchased. Occupied Palestinians are allowed into Ariel only with special permits.

And to this settlement, on that highway, Israel’s highest-profile theater troupes will now travel.

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