Today’s World Environment Reflects Crisis Of Capitalist Civilization By Farooque Chowdhury

4 June, 2013 — Countercurrents

Today’s state of the world environment is the tribune of the crisis of capitalist civilization that carries all the contradictions the global economy creates; and the economy is owned by a handful of owners dispossessing the humanity, billions of the poor and the starved. Continue reading

Cuba, Socialism and Cybernetics By Ivet González

7 Jan 2013InterPress 

Cubans See Internet as Crucial to Future Development

HAVANA, Jan 5 2013 (IPS) – The Cuban government’s economic reforms must consider the myriad opportunities offered by the Internet, a key platform of the dominant economic model on the planet, according to interviews with both experts and average people. 

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LIBYA: The Making of a Ghost Town By Karlos Zurutuza

25 November 2011 — IPS ipsnews.net

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The abandoned Latam district in Tawargha. / Credit:Karlos Zurutuza/IPS.

TAWARGHA, Libya, Nov 25, 2011 (IPS) – Embarka Omar crumbles when she sees the pictures of the Libyan city where she was born and lived until two months ago. ‘We will be back in Tawargha one day,’ the 25-year-old repeats to herself. The images say otherwise.

Tawargha had been Muammar Gaddafi’s headquarters during the terrible two-month siege of the rebel enclave of nearby Misrata,187 km southeast of capital Tripoli. Once a vibrant city of 30,000 inhabitants, the vast majority of them black, Tawargha has turned into a huge ‘supermarket’ where families from nearby Misrata load their vehicles with the spoils of looting, and militias torch the houses, probably to prevent Omar Embarka and others like her from returning some day. Today, Tawargha – ‘green island’ in the Amazigh language – is just a ghost town in the middle of the Libyan desert.

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The IAEA Report on Iran is based on Fake Intelligence. IAEA "Soviet Nuclear Scientist" Never Worked on Weapons BY Gareth Porter

11 November 2011 — Global ResearchIPS – 2011-11-09

The report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published by a Washington think tank Tuesday repeated the sensational claim previously reported by news media all over the world that a former Soviet nuclear weapons scientist had helped Iran construct a detonation system that could be used for a nuclear weapon.

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FBI Account of "Terror Plot" Suggests Sting Operation

18 October 2011 — IPS ipsnews.net

Analysis by Gareth Porter*

WASHINGTON, Oct 13, 2011 (IPS) – While the administration of Barack Obama vows to hold the Iranian government ‘accountable’ for the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, the legal document describing evidence in the case provides multiple indications that it was mainly the result of an FBI ‘sting’ operation.

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What Lies Ahead for Libya By Prof. Johan Galtung

13 September 2011 — Global ResearchIPS

According to NATO, the final chapter of Gaddafi’s Libya is being written now. The scenario is very similar to the final chapter for Yugoslavia -Milosevic- for Afghanistan -Mullah Omar- Iraq -Saddam Hussein- and for the ‘War on Terror’ -bin Laden: eliminate The Bad Guy. In the future chapters of this neo-crusade, orthodox Christians will also be targeted, just as they were in the crusades from 1095-1291.

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French Ship Carries Freedom Flotilla’s “Dignity” to Gaza By Begoña Astigarraga

13 July 2011 — IPS

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Activists on hunger strike in Spanish embassy. Credit:Bego Astigarraga/IPS

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ATHENS, Jul 12, 2011 (IPS) – The French vessel Dignité-Al Karama is the only boat from the Freedom Flotilla II actually sailing for Gaza in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade imposed in 2006. At the same time, six Spanish members of the humanitarian aid mission went on hunger strike in the Greek capital.

The hunger strikers, who have occupied the Spanish embassy in Athens since Jul. 5, were travelling on the Spanish ship Gernika (Guernica) that was part of the flotilla carrying 500 activists from 45 different countries, and 5,000 tonnes of aid, bound for the Gaza Strip.

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Egypt Newslinks 7-8 February, 2011

8 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

News and analysis from the independent media on events in Egypt

8 February, 2011

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Egypt Newslinks 7-8 February, 2011

8 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

News and analysis from the independent media on events in Egypt

8 February, 2011

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Cracking the Donor Discourse on Haiti By Kanya D'Almeida

28 January 2011 — Toward Freedom

(IPS) – In her remarks last week to the president of the U.N. Security Council on the first anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice called for a free and fair election that reflected the views of Haitian voters, applauded the work of the U.N. Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), and declared that the “prospects for rebuilding Haiti depend upon maintaining a secure environment and creating jobs for Haitians”.

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MEDIA LENS ALERT: NUCLEAR DECEIT – THE TIMES AND IRAN

14 January, 2010 MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

On December 14, The Times announced that it had obtained documents about Iran’s nuclear programme that revealed “a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator. This is the component of a nuclear weapon that triggers the explosion”. (Leading article, ‘Explosive Deceit; The exposure of Iran’s programme to test an essential component of a nuclear weapon confirms a pattern of duplicity by a bellicose regime,’ The Times, December 14, 2009)

The Times had no doubts about the authenticity or significance of the document:

“The discovery is an indictment both of Iran’s duplicity and of the West’s complacency… regardless of divisions within the regime, Iran has sought a nuclear capability. Its efforts have been accelerated in the past decade. The prospect of an Iranian bomb is alarming.” (Ibid)

These expression of certainty about the obvious credibility of the document suggested we were here reading, not journalism, but propaganda, as did the use of the future simple tense in the following passage: “a nuclear-armed Iran +will+ feel little constraint in supporting its terrorist proxies, Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, with money and materiel”. (our emphasis)

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Media Lens 18 May, 2009: Beholden To The Big Powers: Israel, Gaza And The UN

18 May, 2009 – MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

On December 27, 2008, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead, a massive assault on Gaza. 22 days later, around 1,400 Palestinians, including over 300 children, and 13 Israelis were dead; about 5,000 Palestinians were wounded. Israeli forces bombed and shelled schools, medical centres, hospitals, ambulances, United Nations buildings (including UN schools), power plants, sewage plants, roads, bridges and civilian homes. This was described in much of the press as hitting “Hamas targets” (e.g. David Gardner, ‘U.S. accused of white phosphorus against Taliban’, Daily Mail, May 11, 2009).

Earlier this month, the UN announced the results of an inquiry into attacks on its buildings and personnel in Gaza. It concluded that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) were:

“involved in varying degrees of negligence or recklessness with regard to United Nations premises and to the safety of United Nations staff and other civilians within those premises, with consequent deaths, injuries, and extensive physical damage and loss of property.” (Donald Macintyre, ‘UN retreats after Israel hits out at Gaza report’, Independent, May 6, 2009)

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ECONOMY-CUBA: Keeping the Wolf from the Door By Patricia Grogg

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HAVANA, Apr 14 (IPS) – The global recession poses new economic threats to Cuba, hitting its principal exports and reducing its chances of obtaining external financing, although officials seem confident that the situation will remain within manageable limits.

Experts consulted by IPS predicted that starting this month or next, the number of tourists visiting this Caribbean island nation will begin to diminish. The leisure industry is an important source of hard currency in Cuba and brought in more than 2.5 billion dollars last year. Remittances from abroad are also expected to shrink.

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