It’s an (English) dog’s life By William Bowles

4 December 2011

”I had to leave my dog in Iran’ – UK ambassador, BBC News, 2 December 2011

If I remember correctly, my mother told me that it was the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 that prompted her to join the British Communist Party. The parallels with Libya today are not lost on me. Spain was the place that Hitler used to perfect aerial bombardment with Guernica as our testament to that particular piece of barbarity, just as today the Empire uses entire countries as target practice and to try out new weapons systems on ‘them’.

Continue reading

Information Clearing House Newsletter 3 December 2011: 85-year-old Woman Strip Searched at JFK Airport

3 December 2011 — Information Clearing House

The Western Plan to Dismantle Syria
Redesigning the region and rewriting its map – that is the Western agenda in the Middle East, insists Galtung, specifying that “above all of that – protection of expansionist Israel.”

Continue reading

Video: Public Dialogue Situations: The Left’s Responses to the Crisis in Europe and North America

1 December 2011 — Left Streamed

Toronto — Moderated by Greg Albo, featuring:

  • Leo Panitch is a political economist and theorist based at York University, Toronto, and is co-editor of Socialist Register. His latest book (with co-author Sam Gindin) is The Making of Global Capitalism will be out in the Spring of 2012.
  • Stephanie Ross teaches in the Department of Labour Studies at York University, Toronto, and is the co-director of the Centre for Research on Work and Society.
  • Albert Scharenberg is a political scientist and historian and is the Head of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. He is a lecturer in politics and American Studies at the Free University of Berlin.
  • Bill Fletcher is a longtime labour and international activist and the former President and chief executive officer of TransAfrica Forum. He is the executive editor of the Black Commentator, and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. He is co-author (along with Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided.
  • Part 5 includes a selection of Q+A responses by all the presenters.

Sponsored by the the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, the Centre for Social Justice, and the Socialist Project.

Syria Newslinks 3-4 December 2011

4 December 2011 —

4 December 2011
‘Sanctions against Syria won’t bear fruit’ Today at 06:47
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for military intervention in Syria to bring down the ruling regime as sanctions continue to be piled on Damascus. But political activist Franklin Lamb has doubts on…

Continue reading

Stop NATO news: December 4, 2011: Pakistan: NATO Lied About Deadly Attacks

4 December 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Western Hemisphere Unites In Bloc, U.S. And Canada Not Invited
  • Syrian Opposition Pushes No-Fly Zone, Shift To GCC, West
  • NATO Delivers New Threat To Kosovo Serbs
  • Texas Lobbying To Host AFRICOM Headquarters
  • AFRICOM, Canadian Expeditionary Force Command Partner In Africa
  • Pakistan: U.S. And NATO Have Licence To Kill
  • Pakistan: NATO Lied About Deadly Attacks
  • NATO Attacks Unite Entire Nation: Pakistani Chief Minister
  • U.S. High-Handedness: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Now Pakistan, Iran
  • British Soldier Jailed For Bayoneting 10-Year-Old Afghan Boy

Continue reading