24 February 2012 — NEWS

1. Housmans Virtual Book Club
2. Competition to win a pair of tickets to Camus’ ‘Caligula’ 

3. Women’s History Month presents: ‘Women’s history: half the future half the past’ with Jessica Metheringham-Owlett
4. Coalition of Resistance presents: ‘Eurozone in crisis: what is to be done?’
5. Bent Bars presents: ‘Gender and the prison industrial complex’ with S. Lamble 
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NYT Lets Unnamed Officials Smear Critics as ‘Terrorists’

24 February 2012FAIR Action Alert: Anonymous attacks violate paper’s policy

In two stories this month, New York Times journalists allowed anonymous government officials to smear critics as terrorists and terrorist sympathizers–a shocking violation of the paper’s explicit rules against allowing anonymity to be a cover for attacks.

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Lenin on Freedom by Roland Boer

21 February 2012 — MRZine

“But see how quickly the slave of yesterday is straightening his back, how the spark of liberty is gleaming even in his half-dimmed eyes” (<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Lenin 1905 [1963]: 541).

<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Lenin and freedom — it is perhaps a jarring juxtaposition for many.  Was not <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Lenin the harbinger of what is occasionally called the most dictatorial and authoritarian ‘regime’ in history?  Is not any discussion of freedom with regard to <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Lenin a bad joke?

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Video: Greeks Look to the Left for Solutions

24 February, 2012 — The Real News Network

Costas Lapavitsas: The left is gaining in popular support but have so far failed to present a coherent program

Bio Costas Lapavitsas is a professor in economics at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. He teaches the political economy of finance, and he’s a regular columnist for The Guardian. Continue reading

'SWIFT Boating' Iran: Economic War a Prelude to Military Attack By Tom Burghardt

20 February 2012 — Global Research – Antifascist Calling…

Despite, though likely because, Iran is ready to restart negotiations with the so-called P5+1 group (the five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) over its civilian nuclear program, belligerent rhetoric and sharply-worded political attacks from Israel and the United States have escalated.

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Wikileaks Newslinks 24 February 2012

24 February 2012williambowles.info

WikiLeaks suspect Manning defers plea, court-martial begins
Military prosecutors say Manning downloaded more than 700000 classified or confidential documents and transferred thousands to WikiLeaks, which promotes leaking government and corporate information. Manning’s plea deferral allows his defense team time …

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 24 February 2012

24 February 2012williambowles.info

Bradley Manning defers plea after being formally charged with aiding the enemy
Media Guardian
Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of being the source of the biggest leak of US state secrets in history, was on Thursday formally charged with aiding the enemy, during the first day of his court martial. If found guilty, he faces a maximum …

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Reports: U.S., NATO Allies Preparing For Ground Assault In Syria

23 February 2012 — Reports: U.S., NATO Allies Preparing For Ground Assault In Syria – RT

US preparing for military intervention in Syria?

The US and other NATO countries could soon launch a ground assault on Syria. The final decision will be made soon, following this week’s Tunis conference where allied countries will meet to discuss possible scenarios of military intervention.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 23 February 2012: Khader Adnan: A selfless Palestinian hero

23 February 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Open letter from North American organizations
IMEMC – Batsheva, Take a strong, unequivocal stance against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians New York, NY, February 21 2012 – More than 20 organizations representing human rights activists and artists around the United States and Canada are calling on the Batsheva Dance Company to cut all ties to the Brand Israel campaign and take a stand against the Israeli government’s violations of Palestinian rights. …

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