Sabotage of M.V. Saoirse in Turkey ‘an act of international terrorism’

30 June 2011 — IRISH SHIP TO GAZA

The Irish-owned ship, the MV Saoirse, that was meant to take part in Freedom Flotilla 2 has been sabotaged in a dangerous manner in the Turkish coastal town of Göcek, where it had been at berth for the past few weeks. Visual evidence of the undership sabotage, which was carried out by divers, will be presented today at a press conference in Dublin at 11am in Buswell’s Hotel. Photographs and video footage of the damage are available from the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign.

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Slash military budget not pensions – UK union leader — RT

30 June 2011 — RT

British union leader Mark Serwotka says public sector workers, who are going on a nationwide strike on June 30, will not allow the cabinet to go on with the planned cuts of budget spending.

Serwotka is general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), the trade union for British civil servants with some 300,000 members, which is one of the four unions participating in the strike. He said the government had better listen to them now, or the number of protesters will increase by a significant order of magnitude in a matter of months.

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Wikileaks Newslinks for 30 June 2011

30 June 2011 —

Foreign Affairs quick to launch WikiLeaks team
Vancouver Sun
By Jordan Press, Postmedia News June 30, 2011 2:07 AM It took just a day for a WikiLeaks war room to be set up at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. The war room at first included more than 20 work stations, a scanner, shredder, …

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Yemen Newslinks 29-30 June 2011

30 June 2011 —

Yemeni VP unsure about Saleh’s return.
Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) — The Yemeni government has lost control over five provinces, and security in the country is deteriorating, the nation’s acting president told CNN in an exclusive interview Wednesday. In his first interview with a Western TV network …

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Britain accused of collaborating with Israel over Salah arrest

29 June 2011 — The Guardian

Arab Israelis and Palestinians say arrest of Sheikh Raed Salah in London is ‘strange’ and ‘illegitimate’, and call for his release

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Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Arab Israelis and Palestinians have accused the British government of collaborating with Israel in detaining Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel.

Ibrahim Sarsur, a United Arab List member of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, described the arrest of Salah as ‘strange’. He said: ‘Sheikh Salah is one of the leading figures in the Arab Israeli community. He travelled to the UK legitimately, and he had no knowledge of any ban on his entering the UK, so we are surprised and disappointed by this illegitimate procedure.’

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The Ecology of Socialism: John Bellamy Foster Interviewed by Solidair/Solidaire

26 April 2011 — MRZine

Solidair/Solidaire, the weekly journal of the Workers Party of Belgium (PVDA-PTB), interviewed John Bellamy Foster, editor of Monthly Review, 26 April 2010

Solidair/Solidaire: Many green thinkers reject a Marxist analysis because they think that the Marxist approach to the economy is a very productivist one, focused on growth and seeing nature as “a free gift” to mankind.  You contradict that idea.

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‘Public Opinion’: The Phantom Menace By John Brissenden

19 April 2011 — New Left Project

“It remains…an axiom of conventional wisdom that the use of propaganda as a means of social and ideological control is distinctive of totalitarian regimes. Yet the most minimal exercise of common sense would suggest a different view: that propaganda is likely to play at least as important a part in democratic societies (where the existing distribution of power and privilege is vulnerable to quite limited changes in popular opinion) as in authoritarian societies (where it is not). It is arguable that the success of business propaganda in persuading us, for so long, that we are free from propaganda is one of the most significant propaganda achievements of the twentieth century.” – Alex Carey (1997): 21[1]

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Arming Libyan rebels contradicts case for war — RT

30 June 2011 — RT

The UN resolution allowing use of force against Gaddafi is meant to protect civilians. Armed rebels are clearly not civilians; so France’s airlifting of weapons to Libya goes against the whole case for the war, says British journalist John Laughland.

­Laughland, who is now the director of the Paris-based Institute of Democracy and Co-operation, says the UK, France and the US argued for the military intervention in Libya under assumptions which are now obviously wrong.

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Video: The Return of Socialism

29 June, 2011

“One does not need to be a socialist to understand that socialism has been a part of this country’s journey from the start.” — John Nichols

On June 23, John Nichols, author of The “S” Word: : A Short History of an American Tradition … Socialism, joined Phil Gasper, author of The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History’s Most Important Political Document in Madison, WI for an event to discuss the history of socialism in America and its increasing popularity during today’s crisis of capitalism. The event was sponsored by the ISO, Haymarket Books, Verso Books, and WORT 89.9 FM Madison.

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 29 June, 2011: Israel passes draft law requiring Palestinians to pay for their own home demolitions

29 June, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel Remove Structures In Illegal Settlement
IMEMC – Wednesday June 29, 2011 – 14:38, Five structures and two tents were raised in the illegal settlement outpost of Ramat Migro in the Northern West Bank on Wednesday morning. Two teenage girls were arrested for allegedly throwing a paint bottle at police during clashes between the Israeli military and the settlers.

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Statewatch News Online,30 June 2011 (17/11)

30 June 2011 — Statewatch – e-mail:

1. EU: Statewatch Analysis: “Network with errors”: Europe’s emerging web of DNA databases
2. UK: Statewatch Analysis: Review of counter-terrorism powers fails to deliver definitive change
3. ECHR-UK: JUDGMENT: UK would violate human rights of two Somali nationals if it returned them to Mogadishu
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Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 30, 2011

30 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Killing Of Libyan Civilians Weakens NATO’s War Stance
  • Canadian Warship Deploys To Mediterranean For NATO’s Libyan War
  • Quarter Million Displaced: NATO Air Strikes, Raids Fuel Afghan Refugee Crisis
  • U.S. Building Alliance To Effect Regime Change In Syria
  • Serbia Submits Kosovo Organ Trafficking Draft To OSCE
  • China Warns Japan Over Disputed Islands
  • U.S. AFRICOM To Supply Burundi, Uganda With Drones For Somali War

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Arresting Sheikh Raed Salah: An Israeli trap for Britain By Haneen Zoabi

29 June 2011 — Guardian Comment

In arresting Sheikh Raed Salah, the UK authorities support the persecution of Arab citizens of Israel

The decision to ban the Palestinian leader Sheikh Raed Salah from entering Britain, and then to arrest him, was transparently not based on any serious examination of his political activities. It was an ugly kneejerk response to the growing hostility of the Israeli establishment and its supporters abroad towards anyone opposing its racist policies – and a rising tide of Islamophobia in Europe.

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Media Lens: Rape, Mercenaries, And Bloodbaths On The Scale Of Yemen? The Media Blank Amnesty’s Failure To Find Evidence In Libya

29 June, 2011 — Media Lens

In the Independent on June 24, Patrick Cockburn reported a vital development countering official propaganda on Libya:

‘Human rights organisations have cast doubt on claims of mass rape and other abuses perpetrated by forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, which have been widely used to justify Nato’s war in Libya.

‘Nato leaders, opposition groups and the media have produced a stream of stories since the start of the insurrection on 15 February, claiming the Gaddafi regime has ordered mass rapes, used foreign mercenaries and employed helicopters against civilian protesters.’

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