Capitalism: what a load of rubbish! By William Bowles

18 October 2011

Something has to be done about a world rapidly filling up with the (often poisonous) rubbish that capitalism produces in vast abundance. Rubbish that will be with us for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Even the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is carpeted with the stuff, mostly plastic waste of all kinds. Even the remotest corners of our once, largely pristine planet are now poisoned with the excreta of capitalism’s insane and so far, unstoppable and largely arbitrary productive capacity.

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War Crime Alert: Sirte destroyed by NTC-NATO offensive in Libya By Chris Marsden

18 October 2011 — WSWS

The Libyan town of Sirte has been all but destroyed and its inhabitants turned into homeless refugees. This situation has gone largely unreported, but those press reports that have emerged paint a picture of a city being reduced to ruins by attacks of the National Transitional Council (NTC) ‘rebels’ and NATO bombing raids against which it has no defense.

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Wikileaks Newslinks 17-18 October 2011

18 October 2011 —

18 October 2011

Assange calls WikiLeaks defection reports false
AP LIMA, Peru — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday described as nonsense reports of defections from his organization and said his group helped inspire the Occupy Wall Street movement. Addressing a meeting of the Inter American Press …

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: October 18, 2011

18 October 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Libya War: Need To Strengthen War Powers Resolution
  • NYT: U.S. Debated Cyberwarfare In Attack Plan On Libya
  • NATO-Iraq Partnership: Italian Military Trains 11,000 Federal And Oil Police
  • Video And Text: NATO Plans Final Solution For Kosovo Serbs
  • Thousands Of Serbs Prepare For NATO Assault
  • U.S. Warship Arrives In Georgia Despite Russian Anger
  • NATO’s Sun King: Saakashvili Says Today’s Louis XIV Visited Georgia
  • Assembly: NATO Plans Drone Attacks In Balochistan
  • New NATO: Estonia Loses Ninth Soldier In Afghanistan
  • Gulf Of Guinea: U.S. Strengthens Military Cooperation With Nigeria

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Media Lens: Britain’s Own Pravda-Style Propaganda: Part 1 Ten Years Of ‘Involvement’ In Afghanistan

18 October 2011 — Media Lens

Imagine Britain had been invaded and occupied by armed forces from another region of the world with China, for example, as a significant ‘partner’ in the ‘coalition’. Imagine tens of thousands of Britons had been killed, and millions had fled as refugees. This is how the Chinese state broadcaster might report the invasion ten years hence: Continue reading

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 17 October, 2011: Barghouti: Prisoners were not consulted over swap deal

17 October 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Toner: “Quartet Envoys Will Separately Meet Palestinian, Israeli Officials”
IMEMC – Tuesday October 18, 2011 – 02:25, Envoys of the Quartet Committee for the Middle East will be holding separate meetings with Palestinian and Israeli officials, in Jerusalem on October 26, in an attempt to revive direct Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, Mark Toner, U.S State Department spokesperson said.

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#OWS, Times Square, and the Global Labor Movement By Mark Nowak

17 October 2011 — MRZine

Worked 1973-2003

“I’m just a soccer mom.  Well, a swimming mom, if you want to be exact.”  This is how the middle-aged women holding up the “Worked 1973-2003” sign at Saturday’s Occupy Wall Street rally at Times Square described herself to me.  She stood next to a young boy leaning against his dad, the son holding up his father’s IBEW Local 827 sign and urging his father to go up and tell his story.  His father didn’t, but another father who was standing nearby did step up to mic that is the human microphone at #OWS.  Dressed in jeans and a faded grey shirt, his voice was repeated across the Times Square crowd:

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America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases: Its Full Extent Revealed for the First Time By Nick Turse

17 October 2011 — Greanville PostAlterNet and TomDispatch

us-drone.jpgTHEY INCREASINGLY DOT THE PLANET. There’s a facility outside Las Vegas where ‘pilots’ work in climate-controlled trailers, another at a dusty camp in Africa formerly used by the French Foreign Legion, a third at a big air base in Afghanistan where Air Force personnel sit in front of multiple computer screens, and a fourth that almost no one talks about at an air base in the United Arab Emirates.

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Hundreds of Worldwide Occupy Protests Occupy One Inch of Front Page By Peter Hart

17 October 2011 — FAIR Blog

Squint or you’ll miss it–the Sunday front page of the Washington Post:


In case you’re having trouble finding it, it’s in the lower right-hand corner: a blurb approximately one column inch long, directing people to page A20 to find news about protests in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in ‘more than 900 cities in Europe, Africa and Asia.’

It wasn’t just the Post that was having trouble finding the news in hundreds of protests around the world. NBC’s Meet the Press featured Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty and Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote yesterday (10/16/11), ‘I do hope that the protesters have lofted the issue of inequality onto our national agenda to stay.’ Not if the people who set the national agenda have anything to say about it.