Information Clearing House Newsletter August 12, 2011: Life In An Age Of Looting

12 August 2011 — Information Clearing House

Take The Pledge
“I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza until our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning.”

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Wikileaks Newslinks 12 August 2011

12 August 2011 —

The Sultry Eyes of Julian Assange
The Atlantic Wire
The Wikileaks leader even (maybe) had Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie invited to his birthday party. He fancies himself a decent dinner partner too, as he once sold himself out to the highest bidder. Now, according to a new eBook, he is a master seducer. …

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 10-12 August 2011

12 August 2011 —

10 August 2011

State Department Spent $1.2 Billion On An Asset Monitoring System… That …
So can someone explain why the federal government is coming down so hard on Bradley Manning, rather than taking some of that energy and focusing on securing the State Department’s computers? Honestly, from the sound of things, you have to imagine that …

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A road made by walking: Oscar Reyes reports from Spain on an ‘indignant’ movement that continues to spread and diversify

August 2011 — Red Pepper

A fairy with a broomstick is sweeping the Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s central square. In front of her, a handful of weather-beaten activists are dispensing information from what looks like an upturned ship, a semi-permanent legacy from the occupation that began here on 15 May (M15). Strip away some of the tourists, and this scene could have been plucked from anywhere in the decade-long back catalogue of alter-globalisation movements.

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England riots: Government mulls social media controls

12 August 2011

Updated: More social media abuse arrests

BBC News Yesterday at 17:24

More people are arrested in Wales on suspicion of using social networking sites to incite criminal behaviour after the riots in England.

Re my earlier reference to the insidious nature of the accusations that Twitter, Facebook and BBM “facilitated” the uprisings, lo and behold, we get this:

The government is exploring whether to turn off social networks or stop people texting during times of social unrest.

David Cameron said the intelligence services and the police were exploring whether it was “right and possible” to cut off those plotting violence.

Texting and Blackberry Messenger are said to have been used by some during this week’s riots.

Rights groups said such a measure would be abused and hit the civil liberties of people who have done nothing wrong. — ‘England riots: Government mulls social media controls‘, BBC News, 11 August 2011

Pambazuka News 544: Stealing the commons and looting the streets (Pambazuka Editor)


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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: August 12, 2011

12 August 2011 — Stop NATO

  • South African President Condemns NATO Over Libya
  • Denmark Extends NATO War Mission In Libya
  • U.S. Drone Warfare: Tyranny Of Flying Terror
  • NATO: Over 1.3 Million Reservists In 34 Member, Partner Nations
  • Canadian Military Priority: Boost ‘Operational Capability In The Arctic’
  • Russian Arctic Force Could Include Paratroopers
  • With 1,500 Troops On The Ground In Kosovo, Germany Says ‘Map Of The Balkans Has Been Decided’
  • Israel, Saudi Arabia Bid For U.S. Military Equipment In Iraq, Afghanistan
  • Romania: U.S. Marines Conduct Urban Warfare Training
  • Poll: Chinese See U.S. And Japan As Main Military Threats

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 11 August, 2011: Israel approves 1,600 Jerusalem settler homes

11 August , 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Abbas: “Future State Will Be Under NATO Security Forces Headed By The USA”
IMEMC – Friday August 12, 2011 – 03:12, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Thursday that the future Palestinian state will be under the security responsibility of a third party, NATO forces, led by the United States of America.

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UK: Feral Capitalism Hits The Streets By David Harvey

12 August 2011 — The Bullet • Socialist Project E-Bulletin No. 535

“Nihilistic and feral teenagers” the Daily Mail called them: the crazy youths from all walks of life who raced around the streets mindlessly and desperately hurling bricks, stones and bottles at the cops while looting here and setting bonfires there, leading the authorities on a merry chase of catch-as-catch-can as they tweeted their way from one strategic target to another.

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