Corporates carve up the African cake By Stanley Ellerby-English

3 April 2014 — New Left Project

This week World Development Movement activists, dressed as representatives of some of the world’s largest food and drink companies, delivered an Africa shaped thank-you cake to the Department for International Development (DfID). This tongue-in-cheek action highlights the support that DfID is giving to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, the stated aim of which is to lift 50 million people out of poverty and improve food security.

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Series of scandals shakes public trust in the police By Ben Gliniecki

3 April 2014 — Socialist Appeal

A recent report by the Inspectorate of the Constabulary (HMIC) announced that public trust in the police has been severely shaken by the long list of scandals that have been revealed in recent months. Clearly someone at HMIC is being paid a large salary to say things that everybody else already knows. The working class has long recognised that the police is a pillar of the bourgeois state which is, in the last analysis, committed to defending the interests of the ruling class. What is remarkable is the frankness with which the establishment admits the loss of public confidence in the police. This reflects the weakness of the ruling class at a time when, more than ever, they require a strong state to attack the working class.

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Germany: Warmongering against Russia by Die Zeit editor Josef Joffe By Johannes Stern

3 April 2014 — WSWS

Buyers of the new issue of the weekly Die Zeit on Thursday will almost certainly read a warmongering comment by its co-editor Josef Joffe. Like no other, Joffe embodies the moral decline of the German media. Together with Stefan Kornelius of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, he is one of the German journalists who have agitated most aggressively against Russia during the Ukraine crisis, demanding tougher action against the Putin regime.

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Why America Needs a Face-Saving Retreat Plan for Ukraine By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

2 April 2014 — Oriental Review

The American foreign policy blunders in Ukraine have been colossal, and as it currently stands, it looks as like they have completely backfired. Ukraine rejected the EU Association Agreement in November, only to have a covert Western-led coup usurp power. At that time, American policy seemed to have prevailed, but the flimsy foundation it was based on, as well as the flirtations with Fascist forces, spelled the long-term doom of the US’ short-term success. America’s repeated policy failures in Ukraine mean that it is time for Washington to make a pragmatic, face-saving exit from this catastrophe, the benefits of which could return Ukraine to its neutral position and reap tremendous advantages for the Euro-Pacific civilization from Vancouver to Vladivostok.

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NATO, Russia, and the View from Mars By Eric Draitser

3 April 2014 — New Eastern Outlook

Robert Heinlein’s classic novel Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of a human, born and raised on Mars, who comes to Earth and struggles to understand the world around him. The protagonist of the novel, having no knowledge of the planet, is susceptible to misunderstanding issues based on a literal interpretation of all he sees and reads. Were he to come to the US or Europe today and pick up a newspaper or turn on the news, what would he think of Russia and its ambitions? Conversely, would he even encounter the word NATO? And would he have any concept of the fact that NATO is by far the most dominant military force in the world?

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Massacre of Christians in Syrian Kasab – the hypocrisy of US and Turkey By Viktor Titov

2 April 2014 — New Eastern Outlook

While the whole world was busy with the Ukrainian issue, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, instigated by Washington, decided to take advantage of the situation and expand their intervention in Syria, where government forces were successfully winning back positions from the rebels. The greatest wickedness was the massacre of the Armenian population in the town of Kasab near the border with Turkey, where units of the radical extremist Islamist group Dzhabgat en-Nusra, financially and politically supported by Riyadh, invaded on March 27, with participation of Turkish officers.

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 2 April 2014: £50 Tickets for an Israeli war criminal

2 April 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

US Secretary of State Kerry rebukes Palestinian leader for seeking statehood
IMEMC – After the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, refused to attend a meeting Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, thus stalling the so-called ‘peace negotiations’ that began last year, Kerry called the Palestinian President in an attempt to continue the talks by phone. …
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Haiti: Thousands Demonstrate Calling for End of UN Occupation and Resignation of President and Prime Minister By Thomas Péralte

3 April 2014 — Haïti Liberté

Fanmi Lavalas Calls for the Resignation of Lamothe, but Not of Martelly

manifestation_29_mars_2014_326747180On Sat., Mar. 29, 2014, the anniversary of the 1987 Haitian Constitution, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and Haiti’s second largest city, Cap-Haïtien, to demand the unconditional departure of President Michel Joseph Martelly, despite a strange reticence from the Lavalas Family party’s Executive Committee.

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Black Agenda Report April 2, 2014: Beware Obama's Imperialism, US Special Forces to Africa

2 April 2014 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

U.S. Deploys More Special Forces in Search of Kony, Africa’s Stand-in for Osama bin Laden

by executive editor Glen Ford

The latest deployment of U.S. Special Forces aircraft to central Africa is an escalation of an effective U.S. occupation of the continent, via AFRICOM and subservient indigenous armies. “AFRICOM’s mission is to lock the continent in a cage of steel, to imprison it in the imperial orbit.” President Obama casts Joseph Kony in the role of Africa’s Osama bin Laden, to justify the military buildup. Continue reading