Opposition Terrorists Target Hospital: Largest Cancer Treating Hospital in Syria Closed ‘Temporarily’ By Arabi Souri

2 June 2013 — SANA

Al-Biruni University Hospital near Harasta, Damascus countryside, was closed ‘temporarily’ last Wednesday 29 May 2013 due to the security situation near the location, the patients were discharged, 2 only were transferred to Public Muwassat Hospital for monitoring.

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European Trade Unions and the Struggle for Public Services By Christoph Hermann

4 April 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 797

The public sector is a key battleground for a progressive trade union strategy and for an alternative to neoliberalism in Europe. On the one hand the existence of a public sector is a continuing example that a not for profit driven production of goods and services is not only possible in the 21st century – it is also preferable. Continue reading

Hungary: The gallows of capitalism By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

16 February 2012Pravda.ru

Hungary: The gallows of capitalism. 46629.jpegIt will come as no surprise to find out that the Hungarian Government has outlawed homelessness and that people who have lost their jobs and homes, with nowhere to go, now face criminal sanctions. Let us be honest, being born in Hell would be better than being born in Hungary. The actions taken today serve to explain many untold stories in the past.

To call Hungary the gallows of capitalism is as right as calling it the gallows of human decency. Recently, the Hungarian Parliament legislated that homelessness is a criminal activity, meaning that those forced to live on the streets, through no fault of their own, can be thrown into a jail and be locked away. So inhumane is the nature of the new laws that the United Nations Organization has stepped in.

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Robert Samuelson: We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Old

29 July 2011 — Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

When your column is headlined ‘It’s the Elderly, Stupid,’ I guess readers should know what to expect. Robert Samuelson delivers in today’s Washington Post (a column that will appear elsewhere around the country, unfortunately), in a nasty diatribe about the kind of debt debate he thinks the country should be having–one that blames older people:

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Wiki wha? By William Bowles

9 June 2011

The monopolization and digitization of the media has standardized and concentrated  the production process. This has resulted in virtually identical output regardless of its source. Not only the nature of the ‘news’ but also what is considered to be worthy of our attention comes at us in lockstep regardless of where we are or the medium, blanketing out any alternate views on the subject.

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MEDIA LENS ALERT: VICTORY FOR THE OVERLORDS – OBAMA’S HEALTHCARE REFORM

30 March, 2010 — MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

In November 2008, the historic importance of Barack Obama’s presidential victory was a relentless theme across the media spectrum. Even the pretence of a mainstream commitment to balanced reporting vanished from sight in deference to the self-evident Truth. The Guardian led the way, gushing almost exactly as it had over Blair in 1997:

They did it. They really did it. So often crudely caricatured by others, the American people yesterday stood in the eye of history and made an emphatic choice for change for themselves and the world… Today is for celebration, for happiness and for reflected human glory. Savour those words: President Barack Obama, America’s hope and, in no small way, ours too. (www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/06/barackobama-uselections2008)

The former Europe minister and arch-Blairite, Denis MacShane, sounded a rare, unwitting note of caution:

“I shut my eyes when I listen to this guy [Obama] and it could be Tony. He is doing the same thing that we did in 1997.” (Tom Baldwin, Blair team look in mirror of history, The Times, November 8, 2008)

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