English charity sector lobbied Hunt to keep controversial NHS privatisation rules By Andrew Robertson

14 August 2013 — OurNHS

Who benefits if charity leaders lobby for more competition in the NHS?

Charity boss Sir Stephen Bubb lobbied alongside the head of a private healthcare trade group to persuade Jeremy Hunt to not water down highly controversial “Section 75” privatisation regulations, according to new documents revealed today.

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German publisher advocates “less democracy

20 September 2011 — German Foreign Policy

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(Own report) – A recently published book, by one of the most influential German newspaper publishers, is pleading for a transition toward “less democracy.” The “voice of the people” and the “emancipatory Zeitgeist, putting everything into question,” has a too “paralyzing influence” on current governance, writes the publishing house in its blurb for the book. The author therefore demands to “correct the system” for “more efficient policy making.” These “corrections” must include the dismantlement of democratic participation. Continue reading

Australian Immigration – the Snowden Link? By Murray Hunter

1 August 2013 — Dissident Voice

With the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship already under siege over the treatment of refugees in detention camps, deaths in custody, and the abandonment of the principals of the UN Convention on refugees in regards to boat people, another disturbing aspect of the department’s handling of its portfolio is emerging with the recent appointment of VFS Global as the sole processing partner of visa applications for entry into Australia.

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Freedom Rider: The Snowden Litmus Test By Margaret Kimberley

12 June 2013 — Black Agenda Report

Margaret Kimberley is an editor and senior columnist at BAR

Don't look to Democrat Dianne Feinstein for help when it comes to the real issues.  This plutocrat typifies the treachery of Obama's party. Who needs enemies when you have friends like these?

Don’t look to Democrat Dianne Feinstein for help when it comes to the real issues. This plutocrat typifies the shameless treachery of Obama’s party. Who needs enemies with “friends” like these?

No sooner had they learned Edward Snowden’s name, than bipartisan supporters of the National Security State proceeded to vilify him. “The congressional double cross only serves to confirm that once again there is unanimity in Washington about how best to screw the people.”

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Media Lens: ‘The Special One’ – Part 2: Looking Under The Lamppost By David Edwards

26 February 2013 — Media Lens 

There is an emptiness at the core of our being. The ego’s great task is to fill that emptiness with evidence that we are ‘someone’ rather than ‘nobody’, that we are ‘special’. But no matter how hard we try, our achievements continue to fall and vanish into the void.

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Day of the people: Gracchus Babeuf and the communist idea By Doug Enaa Greene

20 February 2013Links International

“We Communists, united in the Third International, consider ourselves the direct continuators of the heroic endeavors and martyrdom of a long line of revolutionary generations from Babeuf – to Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg.”[1]

Gracchus babeuf1

February 20, 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — The above words were spoken by Leon Trotsky during the opening session of the Third International in Moscow in March 1919. While Trotsky was speaking, the young Soviet Republic was fighting desperately for its life against counter-revolutionary White Armies and foreign intervention. The Soviet Republic was also struggling to maintain itself in the midst of economic breakdown and famine.

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The health hurricane: a year of destruction in the NHS By Alex Nunn

 11 February 2013 — Red Pepper

Alex Nunns looks at the gale of privatisation, sell-offs and cuts in services blowing through the health service 

It is almost a year since the controversial Health and Social Care Act was passed in March 2012. At the time, campaigners issued apocalyptic warnings that it would break up the health service, allowing the NHS to be offered up for privatisation bit by bit. A year on that fear is being realised at breathtaking speed.

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Zbigniew Brzezinski as a mirror of American devolution (II) By Dmitry MININ

30 December 2012 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Part I

Is the glory of Gorbachev proving contagious?

We are halfway through the time allotted by Zbigniew Brzezinski in his landmark book «The Grand Chessboard», when he predicted that U.S. dominance in the world would remain unchallenged for a period of thirty years. Now just 15 years on and in his new book «Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power», he states that the devolution of American power is accelerating. Continue reading

European Parliament votes to protect Wikileaks against financial blockade

21 November, 2012The People’s Record

European Parliament votes to protect WikiLeaks. In a landmark decision today the European Parliament initiated the drafting of legislation that would stop the arbitrary banking blockades against WikiLeaks and other organizations facing economic censorship. This is an important signal from the European lawmakers. It is a recognition of the seriousness of the precedents set in December 2010, still in force, when Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union and Bank of America launched a unilateral, extrajudicial banking blockade against donations to WikiLeaks.

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…and Gaddafi was what? Bad, yes. Now open your Citizenship Readers to page 45….

15 November 2011 — Wild Wild Left

I suppose because the average Libyan is now doomed to years of social chaos, misery and poverty, western consensus media have redoubled their efforts to remind us just how heinous Gaddafi was. I know it’s near to useless to try to hold them responsible or awaken any vestigial conscience lurking in a journalist’s tiny head, but I make the effort occasionally. The specific story I emailed the BBC about is below but the overall coverage is the irritant. Continue reading

The NHS Debate by Dan Hind

11 June 2011 — Return of the Public

The Week in Westminster this morning ran a feature on the Coalition’s plans for the National Health Service. The presenter Peter Riddell interviewed the Lords Fowler and Warner, Conservative and Labour respectively. These ‘veteran peers’ shared a good deal of ground in their discussion with Peter Riddell. Indeed an incautious listener might have come away with the impression that concerns about the Coalition’s plans for the health sector were overblown.

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Lowering Workers’ Wages is the Objective

14 December, 2010 — The Real News Network

Leo Panitch: Big Business opposed to government jobs programs, as their objective is to drive wages down through fear and global competition

Bio
Leo Panitch is the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and a Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto. Panitch is also the author of “Global Capitalism and American Empire” and his most recent release “American Empire and the Political Economy of International Finance”. In addition to his university affiliation he is also a co-editor of the Socialist Register the latest volume of which is The Crisis This Time.

Anti-Empire Report, March 29, 2008

Anti-Empire Report, March 29, 2008, Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life
William Blum
www.killinghope.org

Propaganda as an Olympic competition

The latest protests in Tibet and crackdown by Chinese authorities have brought up the usual sermonizing in the West about Chinese government oppression and illegitimate control of the Tibetans. Although I have little love for the Chinese leaders — I think they run a cruel system — some proper historical perspective is called for here.

Many Tibetans regard themselves as autonomous or independent, but the fact remains that the Beijing government has claimed Tibet as part of China for more than two centuries. The United States made its position clear in 1943:

The Government of the United States has borne in mind the fact that the Chinese Government has long claimed suzerainty over Tibet and that the Chinese constitution lists Tibet among areas constituting the territory of the Republic of China. This Government has at no time raised a question regarding either of these claims.[1]

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