Empire Games – but who writes the rules? By William Bowles

12 June 2011

The Western left’s abdication, nay abandonment of principles that go to the heart of the socialist liberation project has been long in the making, decades even and made all the more obvious by the left’s take on events in Libya and now Syria. Critiques of the ‘humanitarian, socialist interventionists’ came thick and thin but for the most part the fundamental question of why the left had abandoned its historic mission has not been asked. Continue reading

Anonymous Vs. The Federal Reserve (OpESR June 14th Video Announcement)

11 June 2011 — Source: Amped Status

In this new video release, “as a first step,” Anonymous has called for public protests beginning on June 14th, continuing “until Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke steps down.” To make their case, they have presented a list of recent scandalous Federal Reserve actions.

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Libya Newslinks 11 June 2011

June 2011 — williambowles.info

Qaddafi Forces, Libyan Rebels Battle at Key Oil Port
Fox News
AP AP June 10: A Libyan rebel fighter arrives at a hospital as others receive treatment in Misrata, Libya. MISRATA, Libya — A Libyan rebel spokesman said opposition forces were battling troops loyal to Muammar al-Qaddafi on Saturday in the western …

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NATO Newslinks 11 June 2011

11 June 2011 — williambowles.info

Robert Gates Lays It on the Line with NATO
Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addressed NATO,and delivered a message that the US is getting tired of towing the line for its allies. Americans have been grousing about this for a long time, and it needed to be said. …

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Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 11, 2011: NATO Air Strike Kills Algerian Family In Libya

11 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO’s Air War In Libya: 10,570 Air Missions, 3,999 Strike Sorties
  • NATO Air Strike Kills Algerian Family In Libya
  • Libya Claims To Have Shot Down Three NATO Helicopters
  • Unrest In Arab World Heightens Turkey’s NATO Role
  • Kyrgyzstan: NATO Central Asian Office Ratified
  • NATO Headquarters: Cooperation With Azerbaijan Discussed

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Wikileaks Newslinks 11 June 2011

11 June 2011 — williambowles.info

Will Wikileaks founder Julian Assange win Nobel Peace Prize 2011?
Julian Assange, founder of the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks, is on the long shortlist and gets a 20-1 quote from Victor Chandler to win. This is despite Assange being on a sexual assault charge – presumably for screwing the United States government. …

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Preview of CNN’s WikiLeaks Special Coming This Sunday: ‘Mission’ Implausible By Greg Mitchell

10 June 12011 — The Nation

CNN’s ballyhooed WikiWars: The Mission of Julian Assange special airing this Sunday evening is an odd amalgam, blending quick cuts, pounding music, and a casually dressed host (at left below) with an attempt at a serious overview of WikiLeaks. Yet, like the recent PBS Frontline probe, it is fatally unbalanced.

cnn-wiki.jpgThis is a list of Assange / WikiLeaks critics interviewed (and quoted more than once): David Leigh, Nick Davies, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Adrian Lamo, Brigadier Gen. Mark T. Kimmitt (Ret.). Here is a list of Assange / WikiLeaks supporters interviewed: one unnamed and masked allegedly activist from Anonymous. Other critics who get face time: Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, even Newt Gingrich.

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The NHS Debate by Dan Hind

11 June 2011 — Return of the Public

The Week in Westminster this morning ran a feature on the Coalition’s plans for the National Health Service. The presenter Peter Riddell interviewed the Lords Fowler and Warner, Conservative and Labour respectively. These ‘veteran peers’ shared a good deal of ground in their discussion with Peter Riddell. Indeed an incautious listener might have come away with the impression that concerns about the Coalition’s plans for the health sector were overblown.

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Vladimir Nesterov – US-Chinese Rivalry Over Africa Gaining Momentum

4 June 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

A China-Africa summit convened in Sharm el-Sheikh in November, 2009, the two highlights of the forum being Beijing’s pledge to extend $10b in loans to African countries in return for commodity deals and the signing of a host of impressive contracts in the sphere of infrastructure construction by Chinese companies. As a result, China made a big step towards guaranteeing the supply of natural resources to its rapidly growing economy, not to mention the fact that the creation of new jobs in Africa for millions of Chinese certainly counts as a serious accomplishment against the backdrop of the growing unemployment in China.

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Yemen Newslinks 9-11 June 2011

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Libya Newslinks 10 June 2011: Shaky Libya campaign shows NATO’s weaknesses, Gates says

10 June 2011 — williambowles.info

23 killed as fighting again rages in western Libyan city
CNN International
Misrata, Libya (CNN) — At least 23 people were killed Friday as fighting raged in the western Libyan city of Misrata where forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi attempted to enter from the west and south. Another 78 others were injured, said Dr. Khaled Abu …

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The Lies behind the West's War on Libya By Jean-Paul Pougala

10 June 2011 — Global ResearchPambazuka

Are Those Who Want to Export Democracy Themselves Democrats?

Africans should think about the real reasons why western countries are waging war on Libya, writes Jean-Paul Pougala, in an analysis that traces the country’s role in shaping the African Union and the development of the continent.

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The War on Libya is at a Dangerous Crossroads By Boris Volkhonsky

10 June 2011 — Global ResearchVoice of Russia and Stop NATO

What will NATO find next in UNSC Resolution 1973?

As the war in Libya is intensifying and NATO is still far from achieving its declared aims, the Alliance is looking for new tricks in order to widen the scope of operations and attract new fresh forces.

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Elleni Centime Zeleke, “Libya: The Poverty of Analyses”

11 June 2011 — MRZine

I am confused by the analyses of the Anglophone left with regard to the social revolts in Libya. The only thing folks seem able to muster is a series of bifurcated abstractions. Thus certain metaphors in the analyses of Libya prevail such as, ‘greed and grievance’, ‘patron and client’, ‘rapacious rule vs innocent population ‘, ‘madness vs sanity’ etc. Absent from the discussion are: social forces, social base, achievements and contradictions of Libya’s Green revolution, contradictions of liberal democracy, and the contradictions of market dependency on specific social formations.

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Pilger Film Banned By Lannan Foundation By John Pilger

10 June 2011 — Information Clearing House

An open letter to Noam Chomsky and the general public.

Dear Noam
I am writing to you and a number of other friends mostly in the US to alert you to the extraordinary banning of my film on war and media, ‘The War You Don’t See’, and the abrupt cancellation of a major event at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe in which David Barsamian and I were to discuss free speech, US foreign policy and censorship in the media.

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Stand up for Africa! Stand up for climate justice!

June 10, 2011 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

For Africa and its peoples in particular, governments meeting at this year’s United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Durban must end years of unacceptable vacillation, and meet their moral, historical and legal obligations and commitments for action on climate change, in accordance with the requirements of science and the principles of equity.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 10 June, 2011: Israel closes sole Gaza crossing for goods and aid

10 June, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Army Breaks Into Al Aqsa Mosque Yards, Fires Gas Bombs At Worshipers
IMEMC – Friday June 10, 2011 – 21:32, The Al Aqsa Foundation for Wadf and Heritage stated Friday that Israeli soldiers broke into the yards of the Al Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, attacked dozens of worshipers and fired gas bombs at them.

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 4-11 June 2011

11 June 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

UN – A Peril for World Health

11.06.2011 | 01:20 | Dmitriy SEDOV
The possibility that the UN is used to promote the interests of the drug business cannot be ruled out… The Russian foreign ministry’s calls for an overhaul of the UN acquire a deeper meaning in the context. There is no time to lose as the UN is becoming a peril for the world health…

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