650,000 Americans Joined Credit Unions Last Month More…

4 November 2011 – Truthout

Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress: “One of the tactics the 99 Percenters are using to take back the country from the 1 percent is to move their money from big banks to credit unions, community banks, and other smaller financial unions that aren’t gambling with our nation’s future. Now, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) reports that a whopping 650,000 Americans have joined credit unions since Sept. 29 … To put that in perspective, there were only 600,000 new members for credit unions in all of 2010.”

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The Arab Revolts Against Neoliberalism

1 November 2011 — Socialist Project

Completely unexpected, 2011 has emerged as a year of revolt against neoliberalism and austerity, from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Plaça de Catalunya of the indignados to Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street. The overthrow of long-standing authoritarian regimes in the Arab world re-asserted the moral and organizational capacities of workers and popular movements to transform the world.

As Adam Hanieh writes in his contribution here: “The events of the year are one of those historical moments where the lessons of many decades can be telescoped into a few brief moments and seemingly minor occurrences can take on immense significance. The entry of millions of Egyptians onto the political stage has graphically illuminated the real processes that underlie the politics of the Middle East. It has laid bare the longstanding complicity of the U.S. and other world powers with the worst possible
regimes, revealed the empty and hypocritical rhetoric of United States President Barack Obama and other leaders, exposed the craven capitulation of all the Arab regimes, and demonstrated the real alliances between these regimes, Israel and the USA. These are political lessons that will long be remembered.

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Jailed for Sailing to Gaza, Challenging the Blockade

4 November 2011 — Dissident Voice

Medea Benjamin and Robert Naiman

Two boats full of courageous passengers were on their way to Gaza when they were intercepted on Friday, November 4, by the Israeli military in international waters. We call the passengers courageous because they sailed from Turkey on November 2 with the knowledge that at any moment they might be boarded by Israeli commandos intent on stopping them—perhaps violently, as the Israeli military did in 2010 when they killed nine humanitarian aid workers on the Turkish boat named Mavi Marmara.

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URGENT: ACTION NEEDED NOW! Boats to Gaza Stopped by Israeli Warships

4 November 2011 — USTOGAZA
At 7:43 am (east coast time) ground support crew lost contact with two ships, the Saoirse of Ireland and the Tahrir of Canada, carrying 27 civilian passengers, medical supplies and letters of support for the people of Gaza. On board the Tahrir is one American, Kit Kittredge.
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Libya Newslinks 1-4 November 2011

4 November 2011 — williambowles.info

4 November 2011
THE ROVING EYE : Fear and loathing in the Cannes debt festival
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
After posing as the Great Liberator of Libya, French President Nicolas Sarkozy thought this week’s Cannes Group of 20 summit would crown his Napoleonic ambitions. Instead, the Greeks made the (invisible) God of the Market angrier than Zeus and more psychotic than a German chancellor. All eyes are on China, but the Middle Kingdom’s generosity carries a hefty price tag – European exceptionalism itself. – Pepe Escobar (Nov 4, ’11)

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: November 4, 2011

4 November 2011 — Stop NATO

  • After Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq: NATO To Rebuild Libyan Military
  • After Libya, U.S. And NATO To Target Syria, Iran: Indian Left
  • Canadian Military Chief Demands At Least 65 U.S. Joint Strike Fighters
  • Call For U.S. To Deploy Interceptor Missiles On Guam
  • South Ossetia Opposes Western Forces On Border With Russia
  • U.S. Should Be Paying Bills, Not Funding Global Military
  • Largest Military Ally: U.S.-India Partnership Defining Development In 21st Century
  • Pentagon Cultivates India As Regional, Global Proxy
  • After Vietnam: Afghan, Iraqi…Iranian Syndromes?
  • U.S. To Launch New Predator, Reaper Drone Base

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Wikileaks Newslinks 3-4 November 2011

4 November 2011 — williambowles.info

4 November 2011
Key people in WikiLeaks saga are divided on Assange extradition

A court ruled Wednesday that WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange will be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over accusations of sex crimes made by two women, despite his legal battle to stay in Britain. Some key players in the WikiLeaks saga are …

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