Setting the Stage for War: US Troops Deployed to Jordan, Preparations to Invade Syria? By Alex Lantier

19 April, 2013 — World Socialist Web Site

In testimony before the US Senate Armed Forces Committee on Wednesday, top US defense officials announced that they are deploying 200 troops of the 1st Armored Division to Jordan. They will establish headquarters near the Syrian-Jordanian border and plan for a rapid build-up, involving 20,000 or more US troops, awaiting orders from the White House to invade Syria.

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Interview: “My Afghanistan – Life in the Forbidden Zone” by Nagieb Khaja, Ian Sinclair

19 April 2013 — New Left Project

Nagieb Khaja, a well-known journalist and filmmaker in Denmark, has travelled extensively in Afghanistan since 2004. In 2008 he was kidnapped by the Taliban. His new documentary ’My Afghanistan – life in the forbidden zone’ provides civilians in Helmand province with camera phones, thus giving a voice to those normally ignored by the Western media. Continue reading

Greece: A new “Marshall Plan” or a new and difficult road to socialism? By Panagiotis Sotiris

16 March 2013 — Lasting Future

In a recent speech in London Alexis Tsipras insisted on the need to put an end to the politics of austerity in the Eurozone. More specifically he suggested that it is necessary to have a new “Marshall Plan” in Europe and he proposed a big debt relief such as the one agreed upon for Germany in the 1953 London Conference.

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Wikileaks Newslinks 19 April 2013

19 April 2013 —


Julian Assange’s secret chat with Google’s chairman


Eric Schmidt met with the WikiLeaks founder for five hours in 2011 for material for a book expected to be released next week. Steven Musil. by Steven Musil. April 18, 2013 10:38 PM PDT Follow @stevenmusil. Julian Assange speaks to the public while …


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The Making of Global Capitalism: an interview with Sam Gindin By Rishi Awatramani

15 April 2013 — Organizing Upgrade

9781844677429 Making of Global CapitalismJust before the historic 2012 US presidential election, Rishi Awatramani interviewed long-time labor activist and scholar Sam Gindin to find out what his new book, The Making of Global Capitalism, has to say to social movement activists about this current political moment, the nature of global capitalism, and the possibility for a future beyond capitalism. This is part one of a two part interview with Sam Gindin. Stay tuned for part two next month!

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 18 April 2013: The quiet population transfer that dares not speak its name

18 April 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

UC Berkeley student senate votes to divest from companies that profit from Israeli Occupation
IMEMC – After a ten hour debate that began Wednesday evening and continued through the night, the Student Senate at the University of California – Berkeley voted to divest University funds from three companies that profit from Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. …

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ICH 18 April 2013: Before the Collapse, A Call to Action

18 April 2013 — Information Clearing House


New Report Is Critical Of US Sanctions On Iran:

Urges White House to Rethink Policy


A panel of former senior American officials, issued a surprisingly critical assessment of American diplomacy toward Iran on Wednesday, urging President Obama to reconsider the likelihood that harsh sanctions will drive Tehran to concessions.


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Photo Essay: Profit and Violence in the Name of Comprehensive Immigration Reform By Todd Miller

17 April 2013 — NACLA Border Wars

On April 16, the U.S. Senate’s so-called “Gang of 8” released their 844-page plan for comprehensive immigration reform entitled the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The border policing aspect of the bill (among many other things) envisions $3 billion for more surveillance systems, including unmanned aerial drones, $1.5 billion for more barriers on the boundary, and the addition of 3,500 more Customs and Border Protection agents (CBP includes the U.S. Border Patrol). This would be on top of the $18 billion (figure from 2012) that the U.S. government already spends on border and immigration enforcement per year, an expense that is more than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.