New China Will Be Red and Expert By Dan Siegel

11 July 2011 — Truthdig

[An interesting and thought-provoking piece on socialist planning with capitalist ownership and the direction China might be taking. Sounds a bit like the post-war Labour govt. WB]

China may be returning to the days when its ideal communist was both ‘Red and expert,’ and The Wall Street Journal is worried. In a recent article, the newspaper profiled one of China’s rising new leaders, Bo Xilai, Communist Party chief of Chongqing and a likely candidate next year for a position on the party’s Politburo Standing Committee. If chosen, Bo may help bring about a new synthesis of the political trends that have shaped China for the past six decades. The Journal is concerned that the ascendancy of new leadership may retard what it describes as the liberal economic policies that have fueled China’s growth since the end of the Cultural Revolution and the ascendancy of Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s.

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Libya Newslinks 11 July 2011

11 July 2011 — williambowles.info

FEATURE-Libya’s ragtag rebels discover discipline in battle
Reuters
By Nick Carey EAST OF ZLITAN, Libya, July 11 (Reuters) – Midway through the morning, as Grad rockets whooshed through the branches of trees overhead, some of the young men of the 1st battalion Al Marsa regiment began to sing. A slow, melodic and gentle …
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/11/libya-misrata-fighters-idUSLDE76904S20110711

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A People's History of the Egyptian Revolution By Rami El-Amine and Mostafa Henaway

11 July 2011 — The Bullet Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 525 – Left Turn

No matter how it unfolds, the Egyptian revolution will go down in the history books as a defining moment in the 21st century. Millions of Egyptians brought down one of the world’s most repressive regimes, that of the U.S.-backed Hosni Mubarak, in just 18 days. Their bravery, perseverance, and tactfulness in the face of the regime’s brutal crackdown not only triggered uprisings across the Arab world but inspired and influenced protests against government austerity in the U.S., Spain, Portugal, and Greece. Despite the fact that it is only a few months old, it’s important to begin piecing together a people’s history of the revolution to convey what happened and how it happened so that the lessons from this critical struggle can be disseminated.

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Multi-Billion-Dollar Terrorists and the Disappearing Middle Class By James Petras

11 July 2011 — Dissident Voice

The US government (White House and Congress) spends $10 billion dollars a month, or $120 billion a year, to fight an estimated ‘50 -75 ‘Al Qaeda types’ in Afghanistan’, according to the CIA and quoted in the Financial Times of London (6/25 -26/11, p. 5).  During the past 30 months of the Obama presidency, Washington has spent $300 billion dollars in Afghanistan, which adds up to $4 billion dollars for each alleged ‘Al Queda type’.  If we multiply this by the two dozen or so sites and countries where the White House claims ‘Al Qaeda’ terrorists have been spotted, we begin to understand why the US budget deficit has grown astronomically to over $1.6 trillion for the current fiscal year.

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Libyan PM urges UN intervention to stop NATO military attack

11 July 2011

TRIPOLI, July 10 (Xinhua) — Libyan Prime Minister al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi has urged UN intervention to stop NATO military attacks against the north African country, local media reported.

Al-Mahmoudi made this appeal when meeting Saturday with Abdel Elah al-Khatib, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy for Libya.

NATO’s intensive airstrikes have caused a great number of civilian casualties, in violation of the UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 on Libya, the official JANA news agency quoted al-Mahmoudi as saying.

According to the Libyan government, three months of NATO airstrikes had killed more than 800 people and injured more than 4,700 in the country.

via Strategic Culture Foundation.

Michael Hudson: Greece a Dress Rehearsal for United States

11 July, 2011 — The Real News Network

Michael Hudson: Cuts to Social Security and Medicare and privatization at the state level mirror strategy imposed on Greece

Bio
Michael Hudson is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET), a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and author of Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire (1968 & 2003), Trade, Development and Foreign Debt (1992 & 2009) and of The Myth of Aid (1971). ISLET engages in research regarding domestic and international finance, national income and balance-sheet accounting with regard to real estate, and the economic history of the ancient Near East. Michael acts as an economic advisor to governments worldwide including Iceland, Latvia and China on finance and tax law.

Syria Newslinks 11 July 2011

11 July 2011 — williambowles.info

Syria Draws Vocal Critics at Talks
Wall Street Journal
Syria’s government on Sunday opened a first meeting for talks with the opposition as most opposition figures boycotted the event and some of those attending unleashed criticisms of the regime unusual in a government-sponsored setting. …
http://india.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304584404576437901903136370.html

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Wikileaks Newslinks 11 July 2011

11 July 2011 — williambowles.info

Visa starts then halts Wikileaks donations acceptance
Inquirer
By Dave Neal PAYMENT FIRM Visa has explained why it briefly accepted donations made to Wikileaks and then promptly stopped. The firm was discovered to have dropped its embargo at the end of last week when Datacell, its Iceland-based hosting company …
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2092704/visa-starts-halts-wikileaks-donations-acceptance

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Palestine’s ‘last village’ faces the bulldozers: Lifta to make way for Jewish vacation homes By Jonathan Cook

8 July, 2011 — Global Research

On a rocky slope dropping steeply away from the busy main road at the entrance to West Jerusalem is to be found a scattering of ancient stone houses, empty and clinging precariously to terraces hewn from the hillside centuries ago.

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