VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 17 October, 2010: Israeli Policies Are Manifestly Evil

17 October, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli inquiry calls on flotilla attack witnesses to testify; despite threatening to arrest them
IMEMC – 18 Oct 2010 – Sunday October 24, 2010 – 20:01, After promising, on multiple occasions, to arrest any participants in the humanitarian aid flotilla to Gaza, Israeli officials have now made an ‘open call’ to those same participants to testify in an inquiry about the Israeli attack on the aid boats that killed 9 aid workers.

Abbas: “Netanyahu Told Me He Cannot Extend Settlement Freeze”
IMEMC – 18 Oct 2010 – Monday October 18, 2010 – 04:23, During a TV Interview with Israel’s Channel 1, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told him that he cannot extend the freeze on settlement activities in the occupied territories.

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Yanis Varoufakis, “First as History, Then as Farce: The Euro Crisis Revisited”

18 October, 2010 — MRZine

When the Crash of 2008 hit Wall Street, European capitalism was thrown into disarray. With the demise of the export-absorbing monster that was the US consumer market, what in 2003 Joseph Halevi and I called ‘The Global Minotaur’ (see Monthly Review, Vol. 55), Europe not only lost a critical source of aggregate demand but also discovered that its own banks were facing meltdown as the American collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) bursting the seams of their vaults turned to ash. Despite the European gloating that this was an Anglo-Celtic crisis, and that its own banks had not been taken over by financialization’s equivalent to a gold fever, the truth soon came out. When it did, the European Central Bank, the European Commission (the European Union’s effective ‘government’), and the EU member states rushed in to do for the European banks what the US administration had done for Wall Street: they pumped them up with quantities of public money the size of the Alps, so as to replace the ‘departed’private money (the troubled derivatives) by fresh public money borrowed by the member states. So far, this seems identical to the US experience. Only there were three profound differences.

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France shows the way

18 October, 2010 — New Left Project


‘Hundreds of thousands of people marched in cities across France on Saturday in the latest protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s flagship pension reform.

Government estimates put the total number of protesters at around 850,000, while unions said between 2.5 million and 3 million had taken to the streets.

The French president is determined to stand firm on his plans to raise the retirement age, but unions have staged weeks of nationwide demonstrations to try to force him to back down. Five-day-old rail and refinery strikes are piling pressure on the government by disrupting travel.

Public and private sector employees and students marched in dozens of cities, with the biggest crowd assembling in Paris. The mood was upbeat, with disco music blaring, horns honking and chants of ‘All Together.”

The above comes via France24

It’s obvious the outcome of the struggles in France hangs in the balance. The current situation is a severe test of leadership for the main trade unions in particular. It will be essential in coming days to sustain the momentum and avoid compromise.

This is a huge issue over which to fight, drawing extraordinary numbers on to the streets, and victory is possible. Such a victory will be decisive for the anti-cuts movement and turn the tide against Sarkozy’s government, something recognised by the latter (hence the stubborn determination to press ahead despite mass opposition).

A number of things stand out in the magnificent example the French people are currently providing. One is the unity between workers and students, including high school students as well as those in the universities; another is the combined action of public and private sector workers. It is crucial, too, that the movement combines industrial action with mass protest. One without the other would be insufficient in confronting such a major national political issue.

In this country the action in France, while so geographically close, appears very distant. It does, however, indicate the possibilities for large-scale resistance to austerity measures.

Although it would be facile to simply assert ‘Turn Britain into France’, without thinking through the precise tactics we need now, it would also be wrong to either assume it can never happen here or think there’s nothing we can learn.

A good first step is to bring together at least the beginnings of the mass, broad-based coalition we need to stop our own version of Sarkozy. See HERE for more on this Wednesday’s Coalition of Resistance protest at Downing Street.

Their multiple crisis and our solutions: an ecosocialist transitional programme : Socialist Resistance: Fourth International in Britain

18 October, 2010 — Socialist Resistance: Fourth International in Britain

Özlem Onaran argues that ‘the social democratic utopia of growing our way out of debt is not consistent with the ecological crisis.

Britain has experienced the deepest crisis among the advanced capitalist countries and it is far from over. The recovery in services and manufacturing has slowed; there are jobs cuts in construction. With the slowdown in the US and Europe, the export miracle hoped for by the Con-Dems is also not happening. In summer 2010 Britain ran its highest trade deficit since the 17th century. Under these conditions private capitalists will not invest. Working people, who are already losing jobs and income, and in debt, will not be able to spend. We are in a major long recession. The International Monetary Fund and the International Labour Organization are warning against premature cuts. Martin Wolf of the Financial Times calls the budget cuts a gamble. If they lose the gamble, that will be it for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats at the next election.

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Announcing the new J7: 7/7 Inquests Blog

18 October, 2010 — The July 7th Truth Campaign

Greetings from J7: The July 7th Truth Campaign


As you might expect, J7: The July 7th Truth Campaign is keeping a close eye on 7/7 Inquests that are taking place at the Royal Courts of Justice under the auspices of Lady Justice Hallett. The Inquests are expected to last at least five months and will see the release of evidence that has previously been kept from public scrutiny.

The J7 submissions to the Inquests announced last week detailed suggested lines of inquiry and questions which we believe should be proposed and considered by the Coroner.  If you haven’t seen them yet, you can read and download the J7: Submissions to the Inquests here: julyseventh.co.uk/J7-Inquest-Submission/

J7’s submissions to the Inquests would appear to have been read and commented on by the solicitor to the Inquests, Hugo Keith QC.  On the first day of the Inquests, during his opening statement, Keith stated:

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The Tide Has Changed: A Musical Essay and a Lesson in Humanity By Ramzy Baroud

18 October, 2010 — Palestine Chronicle

ohe.jpgIf one tried to fit music compositions into an equivalent literary style, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble’s latest release would come across as a most engaging political essay: persuasive, argumentative, rational, original, imaginative and always unfailingly accessible.

But unlike the rigid politicking of politicians and increasingly Machiavellian style of today’s political essayists – so brazen they no longer hide behind illusory moral façades – the band’s latest work is also unapologetically humanistic.

Those familiar with the writings of Gilad Atzmon – the famed ex-Israeli musician and brilliant saxophone player, now based in London – can only imagine that Gaza was the place that occupied his thoughts as he composed The Tide Has Changed.

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38 HIROSHIMAS HIDDEN: How’d The Army Do That? By Bob Nichols

16 October 16, 2010 — URUK Net

16falluja_child.jpgDr. Chris Busby, a world famous UK based physicist, was at the UN last week with the results of his health survey of the city of Fallujah, Iraq.

The results were truly astonishing, even to the jaded eyes of UN representatives, old retired war fighters and politically connected bureaucrats. No armed force had accomplished this level of death and disease in a civilian population before.

What Weapons Can Do That?

There it was in black and white, on paper, from an internationally respected physicist – the utterly unbelievable, but certified results: Fallujah’s leukemia rate was 38 times higher than Hiroshima after the US Atomic Bombing in 1945. The questions were fast and furious.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 16 October, 2010: More Terrorism: US Attack Kills Nine People In Pakistan

16 October, 2010 — Information Clearing House

The War On Terror
By Paul Craig Roberts
The “war on terror” is about creating real terrorists. The US government desperately needs real terrorists in order to justify its expansion of its wars against Muslim countries and to keep the American people sufficiently fearful that they continue to accept the police state that provides “security from terrorists,”

Pretext For War
Clinton Aide’s Idea: Let Iraq Shoot Down U.S. Plane

By Justin Elliott
A new book says a cabinet member proposed letting Saddam kill an American airman as a pretext for war.

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Video: Dershowitz Vs Abulhawa

18 October, 2010 — Gaza Friends

Amazing to watch Alan Dershowitz lose his cool and the plot as the event progresses, pointing his finger at Susan Abulhawa, calling her names (part 2) and finally asking the audience to shutup (part 3).

Dershowitz keeps getting angrier to the point he asks someone from the audience to shutup and points a finger at Susan calling her “this woman…”

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3