Dear Chilean miners, please do not accept Israel's invitation By Robin

19 October, 2010 Global ResearchUnder The Holly Tree Blogspot

Dear Survivors of the Chilean Mine Trap,
You do not know me. I am just an American blogger/peace actvist who has followed your heroic efforts to survive your 69 day ordeal and the heroic efforts to save you. With wonder I watched as you were brought up one by one to freedom from your underground hell, where for so long you did not know if you would live or die. Indeed the whole world watched as you were rescued in thunderous joy that you would be reunited with your loved ones who had sat vigil for you for so long, insisting you were alive, insisting the rescue effort keep on, praying together for your safety. The entire world rejoices in your safe return above ground to your loved ones.

Now it is your time to recover from your ordeal, to readjust to above ground living with all the physical aspects that entails as well as the emotional ones. Yet people who wish to somehow attach themselves to your rescue and what they see as your celebrity status are now issuing public invitations for you to visit them.

Beware the Trojan horse bearing gifts. For their all-expense paid trip invitations are being issued with their own interest and image at heart.

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Dear Chilean miners, please do not accept Israel’s invitation By Robin

19 October, 2010 Global ResearchUnder The Holly Tree Blogspot

Dear Survivors of the Chilean Mine Trap,
You do not know me. I am just an American blogger/peace actvist who has followed your heroic efforts to survive your 69 day ordeal and the heroic efforts to save you. With wonder I watched as you were brought up one by one to freedom from your underground hell, where for so long you did not know if you would live or die. Indeed the whole world watched as you were rescued in thunderous joy that you would be reunited with your loved ones who had sat vigil for you for so long, insisting you were alive, insisting the rescue effort keep on, praying together for your safety. The entire world rejoices in your safe return above ground to your loved ones.

Now it is your time to recover from your ordeal, to readjust to above ground living with all the physical aspects that entails as well as the emotional ones. Yet people who wish to somehow attach themselves to your rescue and what they see as your celebrity status are now issuing public invitations for you to visit them.

Beware the Trojan horse bearing gifts. For their all-expense paid trip invitations are being issued with their own interest and image at heart.

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Budget Austerity in the West: New Food for the Privatization Parasite? By David Kerans

22 October, 2010 — Strategic Culture Foundation

‘This appears to confirm our worst fears. Far from being an exercise in simply managing budgets and increasing efficiency, this shows that the government is planning to fundamentally change the shape of the welfare state. With unemployment expected to rise and billions of pounds being cut from the benefits paid to some of society’s most vulnerable people, it is deeply troubling to consider the implications of loosening the ties that hold our criminal justice system together.’ — Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, responding to a planned 30 percent reduction in the budget of the UK’s Ministry of Justice[1]

To borrow a formulation from Karl Marx, a specter is haunting the world: the specter of the privatization of public assets. At an accelerating rate, the infrastructure that makes civilization possible, such as transport routes, communication lines, hospitals, schools, energy delivery, sanitation, etc. is being privatized, with serious consequences to the welfare of society today and in the future. Privatization comes in various forms, and is often disguised in so-called ‘Public-Private Partnerships’(or ‘PPPs’, or ‘P3s’), which we shall detail below.

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New on Strategic Culture Foundation 16-22 October, 2010

22 October, 2010 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Budget Austerity in the West: New Food for the Privatization Parasite?

22.10.2010 | 10:04 | KERANS David (USA)
To borrow a formulation from Karl Marx, a specter is haunting the world: the specter of the privatization of public assets. At an accelerating rate, the infrastructure that makes civilization possible, such as transport routes, communication lines, hospitals, schools, energy delivery, sanitation, etc. is being privatized, with serious consequences to the welfare of society today and in the future. Privatization comes in various forms, and is often disguised in so-called “Public-Private Partnerships”…
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2010/10/22/budget-austerity-in-the-west-new-food-for-the-privatization-parasite.html

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 22 October, 2010: Settlers attack family picking olives

22 October, 2010 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Moratinos: “I Regret Leaving Without Seeing Peace in Palestine”
IMEMC – 22 Oct 2010 – Friday October 22, 2010 – 11:58, The former Foreign Minister of Spain, Miguel Angel Moratinos, who was replaced on Wednesday by Trinidad Jimenez, told the media that, despite the efforts, he has been unable to achieve peace in Middle East.

Israel Considers Unilateral Moves
IMEMC – 22 Oct 2010 – Friday October 22, 2010 – 10:37, Israeli officials are considering declaring unilateral steps if the Palestinian leadership of Mahmoud Abbas implements its vows to walk out of the negotiations and seek international recognition of a Palestinian State.

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Cuba50 Celebrating Cuban Culture

22 October, 2010

Welcome to the Cuba50 newsletter – for Cuban cultural events in the UK. For many more see www.cuba50.org or contact office@cuba50.org

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NEWS

Don’t miss an amazing gala night this saturday 23 October: celebrating Cuba’s National Day of Culture with London’s Cuban community and friends with live music, dancing, poetry, food and Cuban bar more>>
Latest Cuban TV soap opera ‘We are here for you’ is fuelling debate in Cuba more>>
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EVENTS

Dia de la Cultura Cubana: A gala night to celebrate Cuba’s Day of Culture
23 October 2010, Conway Hall, London 7pm til late
The cream of London’s Cuban musical talent live on stage: Leo Duany y su Tumbao Tivoli bring their hot Santiago de Cuba dance sound of son and guaracha,Yuri Moreno sings boleros and filin’, classical guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas, pianist Eralys Fernandez, Roberto Molina performs AfroCuban poetry, plus special guests, DJ Green Papi Oriente Star Sound spinning the latest Cuban tunes, authentic Cuban food and bar, dancing til late. Don’t miss it! more>>

Creole Choir of Cuba
17-20 November 2010, London
This unique choir sings passionate melodies, harmonies and richly textured arrangements with movement and spirit, telling the stories of their Haitian ancestors who came to Cuba to work in the plantations. more>>

Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers
18 November 2010, London
Cuba’s greatest pianist brings more Cuban flavour to the London Jazz festival, with his 8 piece band. more>>

AfroCubism
21 November 2010, Barbican, London
02 December 2010, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
The legendary ‘lost’ project that became Buena Vista Social Club is finally realised. Featuring Cuban Eliades Ochoa plus Toumani Diabate, Bassekou Kouyate, Djelimady Tounkora, Kasse Mady Diabate from Mali.
more>> Watch videos of the group recording and perfoming more>>

Cuba50 newsletter and website bring you the best of Cuban arts and culture events around the UK plus the latest culture news from Cuba
http://www.cuba50.org/ email office@cuba50.org

Iraq War Logs: Secret Files Show How US Ignored Torture

22 October, 2010 — The Guardian

• Massive leak reveals serial detainee abuse
• 15,000 unknown civilian deaths in war

By Nick Davies, Jonathan Steele and David Leigh

A grim picture of the US and Britain’s legacy in Iraq has been revealed in a massive leak of American military documents that detail torture, summary executions and war crimes.

Almost 400,000 secret US army field reports have been passed to the Guardian and a number of other international media organisations via the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

The electronic archive is believed to emanate from the same dissident US army intelligence analyst who earlier this year is alleged to have leaked a smaller tranche of 90,000 logs chronicling bloody encounters and civilian killings in the Afghan war.

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Thank God for France By Mike Whitney

21 October, 2010 — Information Clearing House

Thank God for France. While American liberals tremble at the idea of sending an angry e mail to congress for fear that their name will appear on the State Department’s list of terrorists, French workers are on the front lines choking on tear gas and fending off billyclubs in hand-to-hand combat with Sarkozy’s Gendarmerie. That’s because the French haven’t forgotten their class roots. When the government gets too big for its britches, people pour out onto to the streets and Paris becomes a warzone replete with overturned Mercedes Benzs, smashed storefront windows, and stacks of smoldering tires issuing pillars of black smoke. This is what democracy looks like when it hasn’t been emasculated by decades of propaganda and consumerism. Here’s a blurp from the trenches:

Headline: ‘French Energy Sector Crippled by Nationwide Strike… French energy facilities are close to total disruption in the wake of nationwide strike against the raise of the retirement age…..France has been hit by numerous protests across the country against a controversial pension reform that would rise the retirement age to 62 from 60….On October 22 morning 80 protesters blockaded Grandpuits oil refinery outside Paris, key supplier for Charles de Gaulle and Orly international airport.’ (The Financial)

They’re shutting ’em down.

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