Media Invited to Inspect U.S. Boat to Gaza Before it Sails


Audacity Invites Media to Inspect Boat and Passengers

“We’re Sulfur-Free and Ready to Sail”

Passengers on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, invite Greek and international media to inspect The Audacity of Hope at 3 pm Athens time on Thursday, June 30, in the town of Perama (next to Piraeus), 42 Democratis. Continue reading

Libya Newslinks for 29 June 2011

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29 June 2011

Black Caucus on Libya War: The Good, the Confused, and the Hopeless By Glen Ford

29 June 2011 — Black Agenda Report

At this critical juncture in history, the Congressional Black Caucus is near useless to the cause of peace. The recent congressional vote on Libya shows that, in the CBC, “there are more Confused members than Good, and The Good are outnumbered four to one by The Hopeless.” Much of the Caucus has bought into President Obama’s “humanitarian intervention” scam, notably Minneapolis Rep. Keith Ellis. Ellis has given a blank check to arbitrary global rule by U.S. military fiat – to endless wars that need no declaration, and to the end of international law as it has evolved over the centuries.”

These 24 members of a caucus that claims to be the “conscience of the Congress” will sign any check and authorize any amount of killings.”

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Sally Hunt and Owen Jones on June 30

28 June 2011 — New Left Project

by Sally Hunt, Owen Jones
Sally Hunt, General Secretary of the University and College Union, and Owen Jones, author of Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, analyse the political context of the June 30 strikes and discuss how to make them part of a successful movement against attacks by the government.

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Black Bloc: A Misguided Tactic for June 30 By Maeve McKeown

28 June 2011 — New Left Project

On March 26, a movement that has existed for several decades but has largely been absent from UK politics, known as ‘Black Bloc’, emerged from the shadows and scared the living daylights out of Middle England.  They blitzed central London, smashing the windows of the Ritz and the high street facades of corporate giants, threw paint and smoke bombs, and ran rings around the police.

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EU bailout of Greece – “robbery and swindle” — RT

29 June 2011 — RT

On the streets of Athens the voices of discontent are growing louder. From the next bailout installment the Greek politicians are eager to receive, the people will not get a penny, experts believe.

‘Not a cent of this bailout money actually comes into the Greek economy,’ author and economic analyst Nick Skrekas told RT. ‘It all goes out into interest payments and repayments.’

Whilst the battle is on to save the banks and prevent a large-scale financial crisis, for the Greek people the price is simply too high.

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Video: Austerity in Greece Meant to Break Workers’ Resistance

16 June 2011 — The Real News Network


Leo Panitch is the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and a Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto. Panitch is also the author of ‘Global Capitalism and American Empire’ and his most recent release ‘American Empire and the Political Economy of International Finance’. In addition to his university affiliation he is also a co-editor of the Socialist Register the latest volume of which is The Crisis This Time

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Video: Greeks declare war on austerity cuts — RT

28 June 2011 — RT

At least 46 people have been injured as violent clashes and strikes paralyzed Greece on the eve of the vote for fresh austerity cuts. Over 20,000 people took out on the streets of Athens on Tuesday, beginning a massive general 48-hour strike.

As the protest in Athens turned violent on Tuesday, at least 14 people were arrested. Police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse aggressive youths, reportedly anarchists, who joined in the rally, throwing stones and marble chipped from nearby buildings, as well as Molotov cocktails. Twenty-one police officers have reportedly been injured in the clashes.

Most of the demonstrators have not been involved in violence, but tear gas forced them to leave the square outside the Finance Ministry for some time.

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Video: Debtocracy by Katerina Kitidi and Aris Hatzistefanou

20 June 2011 — MRZine

In March 2011, a group of people from different political backgrounds took the initiative to demand the formation of an Audit Committee in Greece.  Academics, writers, artists, union representatives all over the world supported this initiative.  The Audit Committee will find which parts of the debt are odious or illegitimate and will prove that, as provided by Greek and International Law, the Greek people are not obliged to pay such debt.

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Videos: Organize, Counterattack! by the Communist Party of Greece

29 June 2011 — MRZine

“The Peoples Have the Power and Never Surrender.  Organize, Counterattack!” was the slogan written in Greek and in English on the banner that the All Workers’ Militant Front (PAME) hung from the Acropolis on 27 June, on the eve of the 48-hour strike against the barbaric anti-people measures of the social-democratic government, the EU, and the IMF that starts on Tuesday, 28 June and is expected to embrace every workplace. Continue reading


29 June 2011 — Haiti Solidarity Network

On March 18th, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his family returned home from a 7-year forced exile in South Africa – an exile brought about by the violent U.S.-orchestrated coup in 2004. Up until the last minute, the U.S. government tried to stop the return, with President Obama going so far as to place a last-minute call to President Zuma of South Africa.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 28 June, 2011: Wikimania 2011 Sponsored by Israeli-Government Company that “Develops East Jerusalem”

28 June, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

One of ‘Freedom Flotilla’ ships found sabotaged in Greek port
IMEMC – Tuesday June 28, 2011 – 23:01, A ship known as the ‘Juliano’ (after assassinated activist Juliano Mer-Khamis) was found sabotaged on Monday evening, as it was being prepared for departure on the ‘Freedom Flotilla II’ of ten boats and 500 activists to Gaza this week.

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Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 29, 2011

29 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Afghanistan: NATO Loses Three Drones In As Many Days
  • Two NATO Soldiers Killed In Southern Afghanistan
  • Next U.S./NATO Afghan War Commander: 100,000 Foreign Troops To Stay
  • NATO Chief, North Atlantic Council To Visit Georgia
  • Germany: Fighter Jets Scream Overhead As NATO Rehearses Next War
  • Saudi Troops To Stay In Bahrain
  • Pilots Trained In United States: Morocco Becomes 25th ‘F-16 Ally’

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UK protesters slam campaign in Libya — RT

29 June 2011 — RT

Anti-war activists have taken to the streets of London to demonstrate against NATO’s military intervention in Libya. The demonstrators say it is time NATO was brought to book.

­‘We are now three times as many as we were against the war in Afghanistan a year ago,’ said one the activists. ‘And no reason was brought to account for this; no questions have been raised in the British Parliament or anywhere else. So this goes on. And yet Gaddafi’s crimes, whatever they may or may not be, are treated differently. I think most people around the world do regard it as double standards and do regard it as unacceptable!’

‘Atrocities that Gaddafi is said to have committed pale into insignificance beside those that George Bush and Tony Blair committed in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere,’ another told RT.

The protest comes amid reports of growing civilian casualties, escalating costs and no end in sight to the bloody conflict.

According to officials, the UK has already poured more than $200 million into the campaign and risks doubling that if the operation drags on much longer.

Patrick Cockburn: Don’t believe everything you see and read about Gaddafi

26 June 2011 — The Independent

In the first months of the Arab Spring, foreign journalists got well-merited credit for helping to foment and publicise popular uprisings against the region’s despots. Satellite TV stations such as Al Jazeera Arabic, in particular, struck at the roots of power in Arab police states, by making official censorship irrelevant and by competing successfully against government propaganda.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter June 28, 2011: Making the World Safe for Hypocrisy: Michael Parenti

28 June 2011 — Information Clearing House

Disgusting, Depraved And Illegal: Petraeus Says Torture an Option for US
By Ken Dilanian
David Petraeus, Barack Obama’s choice to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, says the US should consider using special interrogation techniques when a captive is withholding information that is immediately needed to save lives.

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