European Left selects Tsipras as lead candidate in European elections By Christoph Dreier

19 December 2013 — WSWS

The fourth congress of the European Left (EL) took place in Madrid last weekend. The alliance of parties discussed a joint programme for the European elections in May next year and elected Alexis Tsipras, chairman of the Greek Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), as its leading candidate.

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How the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England are Fueling Massive Global Inequality By Steve Rushton

19 December 2013 —

“Following World War II, the U.S. dollar was adopted as the world’s reserve currency against the wishes of the pre-eminent economist John Maynard Keynes,” Joel Benjamin tells me, “cementing the economic and political power of the U.S. Federal Reserve.” Continue reading

Climate Change and Socialism: An interview with John Bellamy Foster By Steve da Silva

19 December 2013 — MRZine

Steve da Silva (SD): Over the last decade you have emerged as a leading thinker in synthesizing radical ecology with the Marxist tradition.  From Marx’s Ecology (2000) to The Ecological Rift (2010) and everything in between, you’ve carried out the much needed intellectual work of recovering the overlooked ecological content of Marx’s original thought, presenting us with a side of Marx that many Marxists may not have been aware of.   Continue reading

The Post-colonial Imperial Agenda: America and France Join Hands in the Destabilization of the African Continent By Abayomi Azikiwe

19 December 2013 — Global Research

On December 16 a section of the South Sudanese army backed by politicians angry with the policies of President Silva Kiir, attempted to seize power from the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) government in Juba. The Republic of South Sudan is the newest nation recognized by the United Nations and the African Union (AU) which gained its independence after three decades of civil war between the south and north of the central African state in July 2011.

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 18 December 2013: How Israeli diplomats tried to muzzle an Irish journalist

18 December 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Child Wounded By Israeli Gunfire While Harvesting Potatoes In Gaza
IMEMC – Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On Sunday, the 15th of December, a young Palestinian was injured by Israeli gunfire in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. …

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Information Clearing House 18 December 2013: Did Someone Say “Crash”?

18 December 2013 — Information Clearing House

China vs US ‘Sea-to-shining-sea’
By Pepe Escobar
The paper spelt it loudly; “If the American navy and air force always encroach near China’s doorstep, confrontation is bound to take place.”

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Mandela is gone, but apartheid is alive and well in Australia By John Pilger

19 December 2013 — John Pilger

In the late 1960s, I was given an usual assignment by the London Daily Mirror’s editor in chief, Hugh Cudlipp. I was to return to my homeland, Australia, and “discover what lies behind the sunny face”. The Mirror had been an indefatigable campaigner against apartheid in South Africa, where I had reported from behind the “sunny face”. As an Australian, I had been welcomed into this bastion of white supremacy. “We admire you Aussies,” people would say. “You know how to deal with your blacks.”

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