Leveson and Leviathan, or What the Papers Won’t Say By Dan Hind

29 November 2012 — Return of the Public

Journalists and their editors have an unusual privilege. As brokers of public speech they largely determine how the world beyond our immediate experience appears to us. They decide what matters and who to take seriously. This privilege is particularly pronounced when it comes to their own trade, where, after all, they have firsthand knowledge. And they do not like to let outsiders in on the process, if they can help it. The anthropologist Georgina Born describes in her book Uncertain Vision a 1997 conversation with Jim Gray and Jeremy Paxman of Newsnight: Continue reading

Obama's Second Term: Following Angela Merkel in the Oval Office? By Ingo Schmidt

29 November 2012 — The Bullet • A Socialist Project e-bulletin …. No. 737

A debt crisis in Europe, an electoral campaign in the United States, and Canada watching from the sidelines; this is how the trans-Atlantic world was depicted in the media over the past months. Though the votes had not yet been counted, warnings suddenly emerged about a fiscal cliff. In order to keep discussions of budget policy out of the campaign, the Republicans and the Democrats agreed on a pact earlier this year, which increased the debt ceiling of the federal government to the point that drastic spending cuts or tax increases could be postponed until after the election. If, however, the parties in Congress cannot agree on another budget by year’s end, expenditures throughout all departments will be automatically cut and the tax reductions provided by Bush and Obama in previous years will be revoked. Continue reading

VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 28 November 2012: Israel’s repression of Palestinian students reached new level during Gaza attack

28 November 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Seven Palestinians Injured By Army Fire In Central Gaza
IMEMC – The Israeli army continued its violations of the ceasefire that was reached on the evening of Wednesday November 21, shot and injured on Wednesday evening (Nov. 28), seven Palestinians east of the Al-Maghazi and the Al-Bureij refugee camps in central Gaza. … 

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South Africa after Marikana massacre: Strike wave and new workers' organisations challenge old compromises By Leonard Gentle

28 November 2012International Labour Research and Information Group

[Comment: This is a really interesting, well-written, witty, informative as well as an excellent summation of events since the 1990s, and proves once again just how traitorous reformism is for any revolutionary movement. A must read if you want get beyond the cliches and the ideologues. WB] Continue reading

Black Agenda Report November 28, 2012 — Susan Rice to Oversee Congo Genocide? FCC to OK Media Consolidation? Why White folks Get Mad…

28 November 20912 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

A Second Wave of Genocide Looms in Congo, with Susan Rice on Point

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Susan Rice is a woman of ghastly accomplishments: suppressor of the facts on genocide in Congo, and chief U.S. warmonger in Africa. Yet African American politicians rush to her defense, as a role model for young Blacks, especially women.

Video: The Program – William Binney Interview

22nd August 2012 —  NYT Op Docs

The filmmaker Laura Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans’ personal data.

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Israeli Terror: The “Final Solution” to the Palestine Question By Prof. James Petras

28 November, 2012 — Global Research


For the past forty-five years the state of Israel has been dispossessing millions of Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, confiscating their lands, destroying homes, bulldozing orchards and setting-up ‘Jews-only’ colonial settlements serviced by highways, electrical systems and water works for the exclusive use of the settlers and occupying soldiers. Continue reading

VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 27 November 2012: Global Intifada

27 November 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Youth Injured By Army Fire In Rafah
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported, Tuesday evening, that a young Palestinian man was shot by a live round in the chest after Israeli soldiers, stationed across the border, opened fire at him east of Rafah city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

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Introduction: The Needs of Oligarchy by Dan Hind

27 November 2012The Return of the Public

We have been taught not to like things. Finally somebody said it was OK to like things. This was a great relief. — David Byrne

The collapse of Britain’s finance-dominated economic model in 2007-8 and the scandals that followed in quick succession mark the beginning of a constitutional crisis. How this crisis is resolved will determine the future of the country. I believe that republican doctrines and habits of mind provide valuable resources for those who want Britain to become more democratic, more equal and more truly prosperous. What follows is intended to convince you. My argument will not concern itself much with the monarchy but the standard meaning of the word ‘republic’ in English obliges me to say something about the Crown.

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