Jazz at the Philharmonic (sort of)

Classic live session emulating the amazing Jazz at the Philharmonic sessions produced by Norman Granz.

Charlie Parker – Saxophone, Coleman Hawkins – Tenor saxophone, Hank Jones – Piano, Ray Brown – Double bass, Buddy Rich – Drums, Bill Harris – Trombone, Lester Young – Tenor saxophone, Harry Edison – Trumpet, Flip Phillips – Tenor saxophone, Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals, Scatting

Jazz at the Philharmonic
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Housmans Radical Books, London Events Newsletter for December 2010 – January 2011

30 November, 2010 — Housmans

NEWS
1. Loyalty cards and events charging
2. The Spirit Level

IN-STORE EVENTS
3. ‘John Lennon’s Poetry and Politics’ with Tim Biancalana
4. ‘Hobson’s Imperialism’ presented by Jeremy Corbyn MP, Alex Callinicos and Nathaniel Mehr
5. ‘Restless Revolutionaries’ with Clive Bloom
6. ‘Ecology & Anarchism’ with Brian Morris

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Wikileaks and State Department correspondence

28 November, 2010 — Index of Censorship

Index on Censorship has obtained copies of correspondence between whistleblowing website Wikileaks and the US embassy in the United Kingdom, which took place between Friday and Sunday. They reveal Wikileaks editor in chiefs last-minute attempt to seek the cooperation of the United States government in redacting information from the latest controversial release of documents.

Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent, who represents Julian Assange in the UK, is a trustee of Index of Censorship.

26 November

Julian Assange, Editor in Chief, WikiLeaks

to

US Ambassador to London, Louis Susman

Subject to the general objective of ensuring maximum disclosure of information in the public interest, WikiLeaks would be grateful for the United States Government to privately nominate any specific instances (record numbers or names) where it considers the publication of information would put individual persons at significant risk of harm that has not already been addressed. PDF

27 November

Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser, United States Department of State

to

Julian Assange, Editor in Chief, WikiLeaks

We will not engage in a negotiation regarding the further release or dissemination of illegally obtained U.S. Government classified materials. PDF

28 November

Julian Assange, Editor in Chief, WikiLeaks

to

US Ambassador to London, Louis Susman

I understand that the United States government would prefer not to have the information that will be published in the public domain and is not in favour of openness. That said, either there is a risk or there is not. You have chosen to respond in a manner which leads me to conclude that the supposed risks are entirely fanciful and you are instead concerned to suppress evidence of human rights abuse and other criminal behaviour. PDF

Wikileaks News Roundup for 30 November, 2010

30 November, 2010 — creative-i.info

Wikileaks and the New Global Order: America’s Wake-up Call By Jonathan Cook

30 November, 2010 — Global Research

The Wikileaks disclosure this week of confidential cables from United States embassies has been debated chiefly in terms either of the damage to Washington’s reputation or of the questions it raises about national security and freedom of the press.

The headlines aside, most of the information so far revealed from the 250,000 documents is hardly earth-shattering, even if it often runs starkly counter to the official narrative of the US as the benevolent global policeman, trying to maintain order amid an often unruly rabble of underlings.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 30 November, 2010: NATO, World Gendarme

30 November, 2010 — Information Clearing House

US Cable Confirms US Killed Women and Children In Yemen
By Michael Isikoff
The U.S. media paid scant attention in June when Amnesty International released a report charging that U.S. cruise missiles carrying cluster bombs had struck the village of al Majalah in southern Yemen on Dec. 17, 2009, killing 41 civilians, including 14 women and 21 children.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26949.htm

Leaked Cable Reveals US-Israeli Strategy for Regime Change in Iran
By Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane
According to a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, in August 2007 the head of Israel’s intelligence agency urged US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, R. Nicholas Burns, to join with Israel in carrying out a five-part strategy to implement regime change in Iran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26950.htm

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 29 November, 2010: Deceits, Plots, Insults: America Laid Bare

29 November, 2010 — Information Clearing House

Israel’s Mossad Behind Killing of Iranian Nuclear Scientist: Report
By Al Bawaba
An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed on Monday and another university professor and his wife were hurt in two separate car blasts in Tehran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26939.htm

America Considering Military Options Against Iran
By Agence France Presse
“We’ve actually been thinking about military options for a significant period of time,” Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff said in an interview with CNN.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26938.htm

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Will Wikileaks kill the Official Secrets Act? Richard Norton-Taylor

November 29, 2010 — The Guardian

The British government failed to prevent publication of Spycatcher, by former MI5 officer Peter Wright, using the Official Secrets Act. The US embassy cables released by Wikileaks is another nail in the coffin for the Act.

It will still be used to control individuals, but these leaks expose the Act’s weaknesses.

It might be thought the deluge of classified US state department information placed on the worldwide web is yet another – possibly fatal – nail in the coffin of the Official Secrets Act (OSA), as well as that uniquely British institution the Defence Advisory Committee, which operates a system of voluntary self-censorship in cooperation with the media.

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Statewatch News Online, No 2: 30 November 2010 (21/10)

30 November, 2010

Home page: www.statewatch.org/
e-mail: office@statewatch.org

1. EU: Amnesty International: Open Secret: Mounting Evidence of Europe’s complicity in rendition and secret detention
2. EU: European Data Protection Supervisor: Data protection reform strategy
3. EU: European Commission: Taking on the Data Retention Directive – a discussion paper
4. EU: Article 29 Working Party on data protection: Data protection authorities critical on sharing passengers? data
5. UK: Joint Human Rights Committee report: Legislative Scrutiny: Terrorist Asset- Freezing
6. EU: Statewatch Analysis: First thoughts on the EU?s Internal Security Strategy
7. UK: Surveillance Society Network: Information Commissioner?s report to Parliament on the state of surveillance
8. EU: European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS): European Protection Order and the European Investigation Order
9. EU-USA: European Parliament: Hearing Data Protection in a transatlantic perspective
10. EU: European Commission: 6th report on visa requirements
12. EURODAC: Ten EU governments want law enforcement agencies to have access to the EURODAC database
13. POLAND: Data retention and population surveillance
14. FRANCE: Statewatch Analysis: France Collective expulsions of Roma people undermines EU?s founding principles
15. EU: European Court of Justice: A person can be excluded from refugee status
16. EU: European Commission: Report: 2010 progress review of the EU Drugs Action Plan (2009-2012)
17. EU: Council of the European Union: Common European Asylum System – State of Play
18. EU: Quaker Council for European Affairs: Briefing Paper: Security Co-operation between the EU and Israel
19. Italy: Extension of soldiers’ deployment in cities
20. European Commission: A comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union
21. UK-FRANCE: Coalition government signs Declaration on “illegal” immigration
22. EU: European Parliament study: Readmission policy in the EU
23. EU: Council of the European Union: Proposal for a Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings
24. EU: Marie Diop: Unaccompanied Minors? Rights within the European Union

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Statewatch News Online – 30 November 2010 (21/10)

30 November, 2010

Home page: www.statewatch.org/
e-mail: office@statewatch.org

1. EUROPE: Border Monitoring Project Ukraine: Access to Protection Denied
2. ECCHR: Blacklisted: Targeted Sanctions, Pre-emptive Security and Fundamental Rights
3. EU: Commission: Study on the feasilibty of establishing a mechanism for the beneficiaries of international protection
4. EU-USA TRANSFER OF PERSONAL DATA: European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee to Council
5. EU: European Commission: Internal Security Strategy
6. EU: Council of the European Union: EU Action Plan on combating terrorism
7. EU: Council: Draft Council conclusions on the role of the police and civil society in combating violent radicalisation
8. EU: CoE: New recommendation on judges’ independence, efficiency and responsibilities
9. Russell Tribunal on Palestine: European Union R&D subsidises for Israeli security actors
10. EU-USA AGREEMENT: Article 29 Working Party on data protection
11. EU: European Arrest Warrants (EAW): Replies to questionnaire
12. EU-UK: Statewatch Analysis: The UK’s European Union Bill by Professor Steve Peers
13. EU: Final version: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
14. Italy: State offers Aldrovandi family compensation
15. EU: Migreurop annual report: European borders: controls, detention and deportations
16. UK: FITWATCH shut down: Met closes down anti-police blog
17. EU: Commission: list of travel documents entitling the holder to cross the external borders
18. Euro-Drones update: more funding from FP7, FRONTEX and EDA

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The Mysterious "Laptop Documents". Using Fake Intelligence to Justify a Pre-emptive Nuclear War on Iran By Michel Chossudovsky

24 November, 2010 — Global Research

The UN Security Council on June 9 2010 adopted the imposition of a fourth round of sweeping sanctions against The Islamic Republic of Iran. UNSC Resolution 1929 includes an expanded arms embargo as well as “tougher financial controls”:

“[Resolution 1929 (June 9, 2010)] Decides that all States shall prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to Iran, from or through their territories or by their nationals or individuals subject to their jurisdiction, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, and whether or not originating in their territories, of any battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles or missile systems …. , decides further that all States shall prevent the provision to Iran by their nationals or from or through their territories of technical training, financial resources or services, advice, other services or assistance related to the supply, sale, transfer, provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of such arms and related materiel, and, in this context, calls upon all States to exercise vigilance and restraint over the supply, sale, transfer, provision, manufacture and use of all other arms and related materiel;” (Security Council Imposes Additional Sanctions on Iran, Voting 12 in Favour to 2 Against, with 1 Abstention, Includes complete text of UNSC Resolution 1929, UN News, June 9, 2010, emphasis added, )

Both the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China caved in to US pressures and voted in favor of UNSC Resolution 1929. In November, following a decree issued by president Dmitry Medvedev, Moscow announced the cancellation of its military cooperation agreement with Iran pertaining to the S300 air defense system.

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The Mysterious “Laptop Documents”. Using Fake Intelligence to Justify a Pre-emptive Nuclear War on Iran By Michel Chossudovsky

24 November, 2010 — Global Research

The UN Security Council on June 9 2010 adopted the imposition of a fourth round of sweeping sanctions against The Islamic Republic of Iran. UNSC Resolution 1929 includes an expanded arms embargo as well as “tougher financial controls”:

“[Resolution 1929 (June 9, 2010)] Decides that all States shall prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to Iran, from or through their territories or by their nationals or individuals subject to their jurisdiction, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, and whether or not originating in their territories, of any battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles or missile systems …. , decides further that all States shall prevent the provision to Iran by their nationals or from or through their territories of technical training, financial resources or services, advice, other services or assistance related to the supply, sale, transfer, provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of such arms and related materiel, and, in this context, calls upon all States to exercise vigilance and restraint over the supply, sale, transfer, provision, manufacture and use of all other arms and related materiel;” (Security Council Imposes Additional Sanctions on Iran, Voting 12 in Favour to 2 Against, with 1 Abstention, Includes complete text of UNSC Resolution 1929, UN News, June 9, 2010, emphasis added, )

Both the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China caved in to US pressures and voted in favor of UNSC Resolution 1929. In November, following a decree issued by president Dmitry Medvedev, Moscow announced the cancellation of its military cooperation agreement with Iran pertaining to the S300 air defense system.

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