Videos: France: Jean-Luc Mélenchon's speech at the 2013 Fete L´Humanité

11 October 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Front de Gauche leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon addressed the fete of left newspaper L´Humanité in Paris on September 15, 2013. In this six-part video Mélenchon discusses French foreign policy in relation to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, the colossal failures of “Chicago School” [neoliberal] economics, the attacks of the European Union, the Front de Gauche’s program when elected, religion and politics, and the front’s opposition to militarism. Continue reading

Media Lens: Tilting At Easy Targets: Climate Change And The ‘Highly Ideological’ Liberal Mindset By David Cromwell

27 September 2013 — Media Lens

When a senior UN climate official warns that the world is ‘heading for a heart attack’ (The Times, September 23, 2013), there is clearly no time to lose in taking the radical action necessary to avert disaster. But we also have to understand why it is that no matter how many scientific warnings and ‘wake up calls’ are issued, we are still headed for climate chaos.

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Shady PR operatives, pro-Israel ties, anti-Castro money: Inside the Syrian opposition’s DC spin machine By Max Blumenthal

7 September 2013 — Mondoweiss

During the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria on September 3, Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain both cited a Wall Street Journal editorial by Elizabeth O’Bagy to support their assessment of the Syrian rebels as predominately “moderate,” and potentially Western-friendly.

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Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack? By Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh

29 August 2013 — Mintpress News

“We were very curious about these arms. And unfortunately, some of the fighters handled the weapons improperly and set off the explosions,” ‘J’ said.

Rebels and local residents in Ghouta accuse Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan of providing chemical weapons to an al-Qaida linked rebel group. 

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‘Rocking the Foundations’ — the story of Australia’s pioneering red-green trade union

14 August 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

An outstanding historical account of the “Green Bans” first introduced by the communist-led New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation (BLF) in the 1970s in response to community demand to preserve inner-city parkland and historic buildings. One of the first women to be accepted as a builders labourer, filmmaker Pat Fiske in 1985 traced the development of a union whose social and political activities challenged the notion of what a union should be. Continue reading

Paul Le Blanc: Revolutionary elements in London — Marxism 2013 and its context

20 July, 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal 

The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) is an important “far left” organisation in Britain which, among other things, organises an annual educational conference — Marxism — in London. The SWP is undergoing a crisis which is only one aspect of a much larger phenomenon, taking place on a global scale within the revolutionary left. This involves a recomposition of the revolutionary socialist movement as a political force, in tandem with the struggles of the multi-faceted working class struggling against the effects of the present world crisis of capitalism.

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Noam Chomsky is in Denial About 9/11 By Mark H Gaffney

21 July 2013 — Information Clearing House

During a recent interview on Democracy Now, Noam Chomsky stated that he believes Osama bin Laden was probably behind the attacks of September 11, 2001.i The statement was curious because in earlier interviews Chomsky described the evidence against bin Laden as thin to nonexistent,ii which was accurate and, no doubt, explains why the US Department of Justice never indicted bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks.

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Wikileaks Newslinks 10 July 2013

10 July 2013 — williambowles.info

WikiLeaks – a journalism high point: US court-martial witness

Reuters

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – WikiLeaks and its model of decentralised leaking of secrets is a high point in journalism history, a Harvard professor testified on Wednesday at the court-martial of a U.S. soldier charged with passing secret documents …

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/10/us-usa-wikileaks-manning-idUSBRE9690NZ20130710

 

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New Documents Shed Light on NSA’s Dragnet Surveillance

1 July 2013 — Anti-Fascist Calling…

With the Obama administration in full damage control mode over revelations of blanket surveillance of global electronic communications, new documents published by The Guardian, including the draft of a 2009 report by the NSA’s Inspector General marked Top Secret and a Secret 2007 Justice Department memo prepared for then US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, show that “a federal judge sitting on the secret surveillance panel called the Fisa court would approve a bulk collection order for internet metadata ‘every 90 days’.”

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Wikileaks Newslinks 1 July 2013

1 July 2013 — williambowles.info

 

Wikileaks founder says Snowden info will keep getting published

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Sunday that Edward Snowden made sure that the information he took about U.S. surveillance programs will continue to be published regardless of what happens to the former U.S. spy …

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/30/us-usa-security-snowden-idUSBRE95T0CA20130630

 

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Obama in South Africa: Washington tells Pretoria how to ‘play the game’ in Africa By Patrick Bond

1 July, 2013 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

US President Barack Barack Obama’s weekend trip to South Africa may have the desired effect of slowing the geopolitical realignment of Pretoria to the Brazil-India-Russia-China-South Africa (BRICS) axis. That shift to BRICS has not, however, meant deviation from the hosts’ political philosophy, best understood as “talk left, walk right” since it mixes anti-imperialist rhetoric with pro-corporate policies. Continue reading

Obama in South Africa: Washington tells Pretoria how to ‘play the game’ in Africa By Patrick Bond

1 July, 2013 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

US President Barack Barack Obama’s weekend trip to South Africa may have the desired effect of slowing the geopolitical realignment of Pretoria to the Brazil-India-Russia-China-South Africa (BRICS) axis. That shift to BRICS has not, however, meant deviation from the hosts’ political philosophy, best understood as “talk left, walk right” since it mixes anti-imperialist rhetoric with pro-corporate policies. Continue reading

The All-Seeing Eye of Big Brother By Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

30 June 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Europe and the US are being rocked by scandals related to the creation of a system of total surveillance and control over the population of the planet. In the middle of June, human rights defenders from the American Civil Liberties Union sued the US government and US intelligence agencies for wiretapping. Continue reading

NSA Spying: So They Are Listening In, After All By Tom Burghardt

24 June 2013 — Anti-fascist Calling…

Despite a stream of mendacious twaddle from President Obama, congressional grifters and spook agency mouthpieces like Office of the Director of National Intelligence head James Clapper, FBI Director Robert Mueller and NSA chief General Keith Alexander, it turns out our guardians are listening in to America’s, and most of the world’s, telephone conversations after all.

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Clapper misleads Congress By Leroy Pletton

20 June 2013

[The following was submitted to me via email and I thought it worth publishing (with his permission of course). WB]

Why would Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper feel he could get away with misleading Congress? Pretend a program he knew exists, does not exist?  Giving false or misleading information in federal jurisdiction is a felony under federal law 18 USC § 1001 (banning committing both false and misleading [statements]). Continue reading