Egypt's Morsi: Biting the bullet By Eric Walberg

25 November 2012 Eric Walberg

At last Egyptian politics is moving. President Mohamed Morsi is slowly building on his summer ‘coup’, when he stared down Egypt’s generals and put his men in the top army and defence positions, following terrorist attacks in Sinai which the army, so old and bumbling, so involved in Egyptian internal politics, failed to prevent.

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Books: The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”

25 November 2012 — Monthly Review Press

The Conductor and the Conducted

<div class=”bookinfo”><strong class=”bookinfo”>What was “real <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>socialism”—the term which originated in twentieth-century <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>socialist societies for the purpose of distinguishing them from abstract, theoretical <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>socialism? In this volume, Michael A. Lebowitz considers the nature, tendencies, and contradictions of those societies. Beginning with the constant presence of shortages within “real <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>socialism,” Lebowitz searches for the inner relations which generate these patterns. He finds these, in particular, in what he calls “vanguard relations of production,” a relation which takes the apparent form of a social contract where workers obtain benefits not available to their counterparts in capitalism but lack the power to decide within the workplace and society.
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Gaza Ceasefire: An Early Assessment By Richard Falk

25 November 2012 — Global Research

The Gaza Ceasefire, unlike a similar ceasefire achieved after Operation Cast Lead four years ago, is an event that has a likely significance far beyond ending the violence after eight days of murderous attacks. It is just possible that it will be looked back upon as a turning point in the long struggle between Israel and Palestine. Many have talked about ‘the fog of war,’ but it pales besides the ‘the fog of truce making,’ and in our media-infected air, the outcomes along with conjectures about the future are already being spun in all possible directions Continue reading

Leveling Gaza: Israel airstrikes to cost Gaza over $300 million – report

25 November 2012 — RT 

<img style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" src="http://rt.com/files/news/gaza-israel-economic-damage-508/headquarters-hamas-cabinet-air.n.jpg&quot; alt="Israeli air strikes hit the cabinet headquarters of Gaza's Hamas government. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)” width=”222″ height=”166″ /> Israeli air strikes hit the cabinet headquarters of Gaza’s Hamas government. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)

The eight-day Israeli assault on Gaza has resulted in $300 million in economic damage, a Palestinian Chamber of Commerce report concludes. The document also calls for the Gaza Strip to be recognized as an economic disaster area.

The report covered damages to the agricultural, health and social sectors. The occupied territory’s agrarian segment suffered $120 million in damage. The eight-day halt to economic activities resulted in $40 million lost. The rest of the sum comes from destroyed buildings and infrastructure that was impaired by Israeli airstrikes, Xinhua reported.

To deal with the disastrous economic consequences of the raid, the report calls for a lift of Israeli restrictions on Gaza in accordance with the truce that ended the operation on Wednesday. Continue reading

Drones Create Hatred of the U.S., Which Is Their Real Purpose By John Spritzler

<p class=”title”>24 November, 2012 — New Democracy World
<p class=”general_text”><span class=”dropcap_character”>Pundits are perplexed. Why, they ask, does <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Obama carry out the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>drone attacks on Muslims in <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Pakistan, <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Somalia and <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Yemen when he surely knows that the main thing they accomplish is to make more people hate the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>United States government and lean towards joining groups like <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Al Qaeda? The Washington Post reports, in an article titled, “In <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Yemen, U.S. airstrikes breed anger, and sympathy for al-Qaeda,” that “Across the vast, rugged terrain of southern <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Yemen, an escalating campaign of U.S. <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>drone <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>strikes is stirring increasing sympathy for al-Qaeda-linked <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>militants and driving tribesmen to join a network linked to terrorist plots against the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>United States.” Continue reading

When Propaganda Masquarades as News By Prof. James F. Tracy

24 November, 2012Global Research

The week-long Israeli onslaught against largely defenseless Palestinians in Gaza that began on November 14 provides a basis for assessing how Western corporate media whitewash the war crimes of America’s foremost ally in the Middle East. There are three often intertwined techniques consciously applied to such news coverage—historical context, sourcing, and objectification of the enemy to be targeted. Such practices can readily transform journalism into propaganda that acts to abet such crimes while at the same time allowing journalistic institutions to still claim the mantle of “objectivity.”

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VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 24 November 2012: Gaza children return to rubble-strewn schools

24 November 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Arafat’s Body To Be ExhumedTuesday
IMEMC – Tawfiq Tirawi, head of the Palestinian committee that is investigating the assassination of Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, stated that Arafat’s grave will be opened this coming Tuesday in order to exhume his body for forensic analysis as part of the investigation into his death. …

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