Israeli government kills plan to uproot Bedouin By Alex Kane

12 December 2013 — Mondoweiss

The “Day of Rage” protests held last month by Bedouin Arabs and their allies to protest the Prawer Plan were met with defiant rhetoric from Israeli officials.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to move forward with the Israeli government’s initiative to demolish Bedouin villages, uproot their inhabitants and build Jewish towns on top of them. Continue reading

Social care in the community – the fight for independent living By Kate Belgrave

12 December 2013 — Our NHS

As the Care Bill returns to the Commons next week, the hospital closure clause isn’t the only problem with it. The Care Bill will make access to properly funded social care harder rather than easier for many – even as the government tries to strip away other lifelines. Continue reading

VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 11 December 2013: To end the occupation, dissolve the Palestinian Authority

11 December 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

U.S. University students receive ‘eviction notices’ in satirical action by Palestine supporters
IMEMC – Students in dorms at the University of Michigan were awakened to eviction notices on their doors, which said that they needed to vacate their dorm rooms by December 13th, at which point their dorm rooms would be demolished. …

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Information Clearing House 11 December 2013: U.S. Lied About Biological, Chemical Weapon Use in the Korean War

11 December 2013 — Information Clearing House

India, Pak Nuclear War Could Put 2 billion People at Risk: Study

By Lalit K Jha

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan would result in a global famine that could kill over two billion people – a quarter of the world’s population – and end human civilisation, a study warned today.


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How the ANC Sold Out South Africa’s Poor By Ronnie Kasrils

12 December 2013 — Counterpunch

A Faustian Pact With Neoliberalism

ANCSouth Africa’s young people today are known as the Born Free generation. They enjoy the dignity of being born into a democratic society with the right to vote and choose who will govern. But modern South Africa is not a perfect society. Full equality – social and economic – does not exist, and control of the country’s wealth remains in the hands of a few, so new challenges and frustrations arise. Veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle like myself are frequently asked whether, in the light of such disappointment, the sacrifice was worth it. While my answer is yes, I must confess to grave misgivings: I believe we should be doing far better.

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Where is Palestine’s Mandela? By Alan Hart

 11 December 2013 — Alan Hart

Marwan-BarghoutiThe answer to my headline question is that he, Marwan Barghouti, is in an Israeli jail where he has been since his arrest in Ramallah by an IDF unit in 2002, after which, in 2004, he was sentenced to five life terms in prison. Some months before his arrest one of Israel’s security agencies tried and failed to assassinate him. A missile was fired at his bodyguard’s car and killed the bodyguard. (If the attempt on Barghouti’s life had succeeded, his killers would not have been brought to justice because as well as bulldozing Palestinian homes and stealing Palestinian land and water, Israel kills, murders, with impunity).

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