The serious questions raised by the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair By David North and David Walsh

19 May 2011 — The Greanville Post

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The official family face of Strauss-Kahn.

The arrest of French financier and politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York City on sexual assault charges and his continued imprisonment is a disturbing event with far-reaching implications.

Strauss-Kahn is the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), perhaps the most powerful global capitalist financial institution, and a prominent figure in the French Socialist Party, one of that country’s leading big business parties. He was expected to announce soon his candidacy for the presidency in 2012, and polls in France had him leading his rivals, President Nicolas Sarkozy and extreme right-winger Martine Le Pen of the National Front.

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Pirates of the Mediterranean By William Bowles

20 May 2011

skull-tomahawk-2.jpg“The media rush to glorify Obama the ‘warrior president’ is symptomatic of a Western society that has come to view war as entirely normal… It is by now almost impossible to imagine that the West would not always be attacking, or targeting for attack, some defenceless nation or other.” — ‘You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun‘ By Media Lens

All things being equal, which undoubtedly they are not, and surely that’s point, the long overdue arrival of a truly socialized, globalized planet would have been able to tackle the mess capitalism has made of things. After all, our disasters are now planetary in scale and thus can now only be handled by the planet as a whole. That means all of us, not just a privileged few.

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The Middle East Revolution: The Empire Strikes Back: Libya Attacked by the US and NATO By Asad Ismi

18 May 2011 — The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor

No sooner had the popular revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia overthrown corrupt and repressive U.S.-backed dictatorships than Washington and NATO (led by a Canadian general) attacked Libya on March 19 with jet fighters and hundreds of missiles and bombs. The reason given by this coalition of the U.S., Britain, France, Italy and Canada (among others) for the attack was that they were protecting civilians from Libya’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Considering that the U.S. has killed two million civilians in Iraq, 70,000 in Afghanistan, and about 2,000 in Pakistan, it strains credulity to believe that this was the real reason for its intervention in Libya.

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Libya Newslinks 19-20 May 2011

20 May 2011 — williambowles.info

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 19 May, 2011: Obama Not Expected To Make Significant Announcement On Peace Process

19 May, 2011 — VTJP

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Obama To Announce Us Aid Plan For Democratizing Arab States
IMEMC – Thursday May 19, 2011 – 15:30, Rumours continue to circulate regarding the content of US President Obama’s speech on his administration’s foreign policy in the Middle East, later today. Maan news agency has reported that Obama was planning to unveil an extensive framework of aid to democratising Middle Eastern countries in the awaited speech.

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Germany and the Eurozone Sovereign Debt Crisis: the Lessons of History By Hugo Radice

20 May 2011 — The Bullet – Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 504

“The eurozone has decided that the losses of private sector creditors should be socialized and the ultimate burden fall on the taxpayers of deficit countries. The latter will then suffer first a slump and then years of fiscal austerity.” — Martin Wolf, “The eurozone after Strauss-Kahn,” Financial Times, 18 May 2011.

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Regime Change at the IMF: The Frame-Up of Dominique Strauss-Kahn? By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

19 May 2011 — Global Research

The arrest of IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has all the appearances of a frame-up ordered by powerful members of the financial establishment, in liaison with France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, whose presidency has served the interests of the US at the expense of those of France and the European Union. While there is for the moment no proof of a plot, the unusual circumstances of his arrest and imprisonment require careful examination.

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