New at Strategic Culture Foundation 25-31 October 2015: Germany/Refugees / Vietnam / Turkey / Syria / MSM / Russia/Syria / NATO

31 October 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Germany Under Migration: Victims of Wars and Free Trade Challenge the Continent (II)

31.10.2015 | 08:01 | Hannes HOFBAUER more

Vietnam Surrenders Sovereign Future to Trans-Pacific Partnership

31.10.2015 | 00:08 | Sergei SOLODOVNIK

The news about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, signed by 12 countries in October 2015, was largely overshadowed by the latest reports about the fighting in Syria. Vietnam, a country with a population of over 90 million, was one of the signatories to that agreement. Let’s compare two different events. The first took place on May 29, 2015, when Vietnam signed a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The second was Vietnam’s signature on the TPP agreement on Oct. 5, 2015…

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South Africa: Exploding with Rage, Imploding with Self-Doubt—but Exuding Socialist Potential by Patrick Bond

29 October 2015 — Monthly Review

South Africa: Exploding with Rage, Imploding with Self-Doubt—but Exuding Socialist Potential by

Patrick Bond is director of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society and is an advisory board member of Numsa’s Research and Policy Institute. The opinions expressed in this article are his own.

The fast-reviving South African left is urgently coming to grips with the most acute national crises of structure and agency the country has experienced since the historic freeing of Nelson Mandela in February 1990 and the shift of the entire body politic in favor of the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP). At that time, the ANC soon took control of the country’s progressive forces, winning mass social hegemony, vanquishing other liberation tendencies (Pan-Africanism and Black Consciousness), and dissolving the anti-apartheid United Democratic Front (UDF) that civil society activists founded a decade earlier. It then negotiated the first democratic election, which it won handily in April 1994 under Nelson Mandela’s leadership. Afrikaner state managers and corporate titans, as well as multilateral agencies and other forces of imperialism, demanded from the ANC an elite transition that opened both the macro- and microeconomies. Property rights were granted maximum protection, even though whites had acquired the bulk of those through what is widely termed a crime against humanity: apartheid. Read the rest of the article HERE.

South African student protesters win first big victory By Patrick Bond

29 October 2015 — Pambazuka News

South African student protesters win first big victory By Patrick Bond

Decolonization, race and class politics fused in epic battle

What started with rejection of the statue of a Dutch colonialist in Cape Town fast expanded to nationwide student protests against a racist, colonialist and classist education system that denies many South Africans the right to study. President Zuma finally respondend and turned an intended increase in tution into a 6 per cent cut for 2016, but this can only be a beginning.

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Media Lens: I would have refused such an order’ – Former RAF Pilot Gives His View Of US Bombing Of MSF Hospital In Kunduz

27 October 2015 — Media Lens

‘I Would Have Refused Such An Order’ – Former RAF Pilot Gives His View Of US Bombing Of MSF Hospital In Kunduz

In our previous media alert, ‘Sick Sophistry’, we examined media coverage of the deliberate US bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on October 3. In particular, we exposed the BBC’s Pentagon-friendly reporting of the hospital as having been ‘mistakenly’ bombed.

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Video: Shutting Down the Rainbow Nation: #FeesMustFall

25 October 2015 — Youtube

Students shook the South African nation to its very core this week as protests swept across campuses with the so-called born frees at the helm. “Shutting Down the Rainbow Nation” is a ten minute documentary that captures the energy and heart of the student-led movement, which shut down higher education institutions around the country. It speaks to the policing of the black body, state violence, and the fall of the ‘rainbow nation’, sewn together with videos posted by the public on Twitter and Facebook throughout the shutdown. History was re-written this week, as it became clear that even though the revolution may not have been (adequately) televised, it was certainly tweeted.
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New at Black Agenda Report 21 October 2015: No Change at the 2016 Ballot Box, TFA/BlackLivesMatter's Brittney Packnett's Hollow "Defense"

21 October 2015 — Black Agenda Report

Blacks Will Transform America, and Free Themselves, But Not at the Ballot Box in 2016

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

It is paradoxical that African Americans, who politically most resemble the Scandinavian social democrats Bernie Sanders claims to admire, are not supporting Sanders for president. Based on a “calculus of fear,” African Americans “cast their votes in national elections seeking protection from the Greater Evil, rather than voting their line-item policy preferences, or even considering the platforms of parties that challenge the duopoly system.”

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Media Lens: Sick Sophistry – BBC News On The Afghan Hospital ‘Mistakenly’ Bombed By The United States

20 October 2015 — Media Lens

Sick Sophistry – BBC News On The Afghan Hospital ‘Mistakenly’ Bombed By The United States

One of the defining features of the corporate media is that Western crimes are ignored or downplayed. The US bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on the night of October 3, is an archetypal example.

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Black Agenda Radio for Week of October 21, 2015

21 October 2015 — Black Agenda Report 


BlackAgendaRadio_AlbumArt_4Why Not Hundreds of Rise Up October Campaigns?

When the Rise Up October campaign against police violence arrives in New York City for three days of demonstrations, this weekend, the People’s Organization for Progress (POP), based in Newark, New Jersey, will be there in strength. “We’re going to bring family members of victims of police from New Jersey to stand with the family members they are assembling from across the country,” said POP chairman Larry Hamm. Home-based organizing is critical. “We have to build strong movements at the local level, so that we can not only have thousands of people assemble in New York City, but thousands in every city across America,” said Hamm. “What an impact that would have!”

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Statement by English PEN and Index on Censorship on the government’s counter-extremism strategy

19 October 2015 — English PEN

Statement by English PEN and Index on Censorship on the government’s counter-extremism strategy

In its new strategy, the government is proposing measures that may criminalise legitimate speech and shrink the space for open debate throughout society. The UK already has legislation dealing with criminal offences in this category, including the Terrorism Act and the Public Order Act, and there is no need for new laws that may seriously harm everyone’s right to freedom of expression in this country.
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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 11-17 October 2015: Syria / TPP / NATO / Turkey / China / Peru-US / NSA

17 October 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

European Security at Lowest Ebb: Time to Reverse Trend

17.10.2015 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

On October 6, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Talking about the common enemy of «terrorism and the Islamic State» in Syria, Bettel stressed that the actions against extremism should be done in close consultation and through a close collaboration between all stakeholders. «There is a common enemy in terrorism and Islamic state. We need to find common ways to fight them», he said…

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New at Black Agenda Report 14 October 2015: #BlackLivesMatter & Hillary Chat, How to Fight, MMM & Millenials, TFA & Disaster Capitalism

14 October 2015 — Black Agenda Report

#BlackLivesMatter: Chat Partners with Hilllary

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The #BlackLivesMatter organization is now part of the 2016 Democratic Party election machinery, assuming its role as a power broker on behalf of Black people. It’s a familiar historical pattern, except for the speed with which the transition has taken place. “The #BLM philosophy is that therapeutic dialogue with members of the power elite is politically more effective than the presentation of core demands.”

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COLDTYPE Issue 105: MidOctober 2015 – is now on line

13 October 2015 — Coldtype

COLDTYPE Issue 105: Mid-October 2015 – is now on line

ColdType issue 105Download and read it – free of charge at

64 PAGES of great writing and photography. 

We’e got two outstanding photo essays for you this month. The first features Syd Shelton’s images from the days of Rock Against Racism, the music industry’s fight against fascism; while the second is a wonderful set of photos by Ian Betley, showing inventive protests at this month’s British Tory Party conference. In addition, we’ve got a great selection of features on subjects as diverse as the Pope, the Black Panthers, suffragettes, Henry Kissinger, right wing media, Russia’s attack on ISIS, a mother’s fear of the future, cop killings, an excerpt from Mike Palecek’s new novel, and a poem from Philip Kraske.

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Video: Ayanda Mabulu: The Pornography of Power

13 October 2015 — Youtube

Artist Ayanda Mabulu talks about the controversy surrounding his painting after it was removed and then reinstated at the Jo’burg Art Fair.

It is an arresting artwork. The artist, Ayanda Mabulu, is sick and tired. In fact at this juncture, he describes his work as having transcended the artistic sphere and entered the realm of the spiritual. In addition to being sick and tired, Mabulu is agitated and angry. He is not concerned with niceties anymore.

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The NHS Needs Emergency Funding Now!

12 October 2015 — 38 Degrees

It’s official: unless £2bn is urgently given to struggling hospitals, A&E waiting times will go up, cancer treatment will be delayed, and it’ll be impossible for hospitals to provide beds for people in need this winter. [1]

NHS experts say they’ve exhausted their options for saving money in hospitals, and now Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s cuts are putting patients’ lives in danger. [2]
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