G4S guard bludgeoned woman to death By Clare Sambrook

30 October 2013 — Our Kingdom

A murder conviction raises fresh doubts about a government outsourcer’s competence and integrity.

Last November a 42 year-old pharmaceutical worker from Thailand took part in a conference about HIV treatment at Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium. Her name was Khanokporn Satjawat. A G4S guard checked Satjawat’s ID. He didn’t like her manner. Later he followed her into the toilets and bludgeoned her to death with a fire extinguisher.

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HOUSMANS RADICAL BOOKS NEWS UPDATE 22 March 2013

22 March 2013Housmans

1. ‘The Revolution of Everyday Life’ with Donald Nicholson Smith this Friday 29th March
2. Housmans new publication
 ‘You Can’t Evict an Idea: What Can We Learn From Occupy?’ by Tim Gee now in stock
3. Appeal from Ken Loach
4. Easter opening hours
5.
 ‘Is green growth possible and do we really need it?’ a debate with Pete Dickenson and Derek Wall 

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF OCCUPY WALL STREET By Ethan Earle

<span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-weight: 400;”>November <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>2012 — Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

In Lower Manhattan, in a small plaza called <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Zuccotti Park, Occupy <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Wall Street was born in September of 2011. While the first Occupiers had originally come to protest <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Wall Street, once the actual <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>occupation began their game plan was not entirely clear. What were their goals and how would they pursue them?

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Target Iran: Drawing Red Lines in the Sand By William J Cox

13 September 2012

At 60 manuscript pages and based on 100 of the latest sources, Target Iran is of the new genre of eBooks on critical political subjects written for the modern on-the-go reader who requires reliable in-depth information to reach an informed opinion, but whose time is too limited to go to the bookstore or to conduct online research.

The book contains a history of Iran and its conflict with the United States and Israel over its uranium enrichment program, a discussion of the likelihood of war between the parties and a peaceful solution that offers a comprehensive nuclear weapons policy for all nations.

Attached is a PDF copy, which can be read on your computer, and the book is available for free downloads in all eBook formats, including PDF and Kindle, at Smashwords.  Click Here

Target Iran is also available at Amazon Kindle.  Click Here

Best,

William John Cox

Demonizing Muslims: America’s Worldwide Witch Hunt By Sherwood Ross

6 July, 2012 — Global Research

Heading into a “World War III Scenario”?

The U.S. has launched a witch hunt “reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition” to “demonize” Muslims. “While President Obama may uphold freedom of religion, the U.S. inquisitorial social order has institutionalized patterns of discrimination, prejudice and xenophobia directed against Muslims,” writes Professor Michel Chossudovsky of the Centre for Research on Globalization, Montreal.

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Demonizing Muslims: America's Worldwide Witch Hunt By Sherwood Ross

6 July, 2012 — Global Research

Heading into a “World War III Scenario”?

The U.S. has launched a witch hunt “reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition” to “demonize” Muslims. “While President Obama may uphold freedom of religion, the U.S. inquisitorial social order has institutionalized patterns of discrimination, prejudice and xenophobia directed against Muslims,” writes Professor Michel Chossudovsky of the Centre for Research on Globalization, Montreal.

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Cuba: ‘Information on results of the Debate on the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines for the Party and the Revolution’

12 November2011 — Links International

[Once more a ‘progressive’ a site is making people who want to download a public document in PDF format, sign up with Scribd in order to get at it. The OWS ‘newspaper’ did the same thing. I don’t get it? Why not just make it available as a straight-up pdf download? WB]

Introduction by Marce Cameron, translator

November 12, 2011 — Cuba’s Socialist Renewal, posted at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal with permission — Here is the complete English translation of the booklet Information on the results of the Debate on the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines for the Party and the Revolution, an explanatory document published together with the final version of the guidelines adopted by the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) Congress in April. As far as I’m aware there is no official translation of this document. Please note that this is an unofficial translation.

You can view or download it as a PDF file here, or read it on screen below.

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Cuba: 'Information on results of the Debate on the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines for the Party and the Revolution'

12 November2011 — Links International

[Once more a ‘progressive’ a site is making people who want to download a public document in PDF format, sign up with Scribd in order to get at it. The OWS ‘newspaper’ did the same thing. I don’t get it? Why not just make it available as a straight-up pdf download? WB]

Introduction by Marce Cameron, translator

November 12, 2011 — Cuba’s Socialist Renewal, posted at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal with permission — Here is the complete English translation of the booklet Information on the results of the Debate on the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines for the Party and the Revolution, an explanatory document published together with the final version of the guidelines adopted by the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) Congress in April. As far as I’m aware there is no official translation of this document. Please note that this is an unofficial translation.

You can view or download it as a PDF file here, or read it on screen below.

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The Arab Revolts Against Neoliberalism

1 November 2011 — Socialist Project

Completely unexpected, 2011 has emerged as a year of revolt against neoliberalism and austerity, from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Plaça de Catalunya of the indignados to Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street. The overthrow of long-standing authoritarian regimes in the Arab world re-asserted the moral and organizational capacities of workers and popular movements to transform the world.

As Adam Hanieh writes in his contribution here: “The events of the year are one of those historical moments where the lessons of many decades can be telescoped into a few brief moments and seemingly minor occurrences can take on immense significance. The entry of millions of Egyptians onto the political stage has graphically illuminated the real processes that underlie the politics of the Middle East. It has laid bare the longstanding complicity of the U.S. and other world powers with the worst possible
regimes, revealed the empty and hypocritical rhetoric of United States President Barack Obama and other leaders, exposed the craven capitulation of all the Arab regimes, and demonstrated the real alliances between these regimes, Israel and the USA. These are political lessons that will long be remembered.

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Welcome to the #OWS 99% Movement “We Will NOT Be Co-Opted” Working Group

7 October 2011 — Amped Status

Welcome to the #OWS 99% Movement “We Will NOT Be Co-Opted” Working Group

This is not an official statement from the #OWS 99% Movement. As a decentralized leaderless movement, in our opinion, there is no one group, organization, website or individual who can speak for the movement as a whole. We, a working group of people currently occupying Liberty Park and many other locations throughout the US, are growing increasingly concerned about divide and conquer attempts being made to co-opt the movement. In the following message, we are issuing our first proposed statement. … Read More >>

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Austerity and Anarchy: Budget Cuts and Social Unrest in Europe, 1919-2009

11 August 2011 — Center for Economic Policy Research

Does fiscal consolidation lead to social unrest? From the end of the Weimar Republic in Germany in the 1930s to anti-government demonstrations in Greece in 2010-11, austerity has tended to go hand in hand with politically motivated violence and social instability. In this paper, we assemble cross-country evidence for the period 1919 to the present, and examine the extent to which societies become unstable after budget cuts. The results show a clear positive correlation between fiscal retrenchment and instability. We test if the relationship simply reflects economic downturns, and conclude that this is not the key factor. We also analyse interactions with various economic and political variables. While autocracies and democracies show a broadly similar responses to budget cuts, countries with more constraints on the executive are less likely to see unrest as a result of austerity measures. Growing media penetration does not lead to a stronger effect of cut-backs on the level of unrest.

No More Waiting: Holmes And Watson Roll Again By the Winter Patriot

28 Oct 2010 — Winter Patriot

[I am familiar with Winter Patriot’s work but not with this, though the idea of writing an online serial is something I did a few years back with a novel I wrote in weekly installments called ‘XX’. You can read the first 21 chapters here, in PDF format. William]

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Holmes and Watson on their way to Wales

I have been away for more than a week, and during that time at least three or four readers have been waiting patiently for Chapter 20 of my factual/fictional work-in-progress, in which Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are investigating the mysterious death of Welsh code-breaker Gareth Williams.

Fortunately for all of us, the wait is over. I am back at my desk on a more regular basis, and the 20th chapter is finished and posted.

I understand that following a serial-in-progress can be frustrating for those who prefer to read the last page of a mystery first. They want to see how it turns out before they read the rest of the book, and in this case it is simply not possible.

On the other hand, there may be some compensation in knowing that the last page of this story is not yet written — and that my readers will find out what happens immediately after I find out myself.

For those who have been waiting, here’s the newest: [Chapter 20: Unthinkable]

For those wishing to start at the beginning, this would be the link: [Sherlock Holmes and the Alderny Street Mystery]

Many thanks to those who have been encouraging me with respect to the “Alderney Street” project. I hope you will enjoy the newest chapter and those to come.

More soonest…

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Marx and the philosophy of time By Peter Osborne

9 May, 2010 — Radical Philosophy

What is Marx’s contribution to the philosophy of time? Or, to put it another way, what has a temporal reading of Marx’s writings to contribute to the understanding of the philosophical aspects of his thought? How, for example, might it reconfigure the relationship between the historical, analytical and political dimensions of his work?

William Blum: Anti-Empire Report, Number 74 Ridding the world of the sickness of pacifism

29 September, 2009 — Anti-Empire Report, Number 74

Picture the scene: Afghanistan, two hijacked tankers filled with highly inflammable fuel, surrounded by a crowd of Afghans eager to syphon off some for free … What’s the last thing you want to do? Right — drop bombs on the tankers. That’s what a German military commander signaled an American drone airplane to do September 4. Kaboom!! At least 100 human beings incinerated. This incident has led to a lot of controversy in Germany, for Article 26 of Germany’s post-war Grundgesetz (Basic Law/Constitution) states: ‘Acts tending to and undertaken with intent to disturb the peaceful relations between nations, especially to prepare for a war of aggression, shall be unconstitutional. They shall be made a criminal offense.’

But NATO (aka the United States) can take satisfaction in the fact that the Germans have put their silly pacifism aside and acted like real men, trained military killers; although prior to this incident the Germans had engaged in some aerial and ground combat, there hadn’t been such a dramatic and publicized taking of civilian lives. Deutschland now has more than 4,000 soldiers in Afghanistan, the third largest contingent in the country after the US and Britain, and at home they’ve just finished building a monument to fallen members of the Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces), founded in 1955; 38 members (so far) have surrendered their young lives in Afghanistan.

In January 2007 I wrote in this report about how the US was pushing Germany in this direction; that circumstances at that time indicated that Washington might be losing patience with the pace of Germany’s submission to the empire’s needs. Germany declined to send troops to Iraq and sent only non-combat forces to Afghanistan, not quite good enough for the Pentagon warriors and their NATO allies. Germany’s leading news magazine, Der Spiegel, reported the following:

At a meeting in Washington, Bush administration officials, speaking in the context of Afghanistan, berated Karsten Voigt, German government representative for German-American relations: ‘You concentrate on rebuilding and peacekeeping, but the unpleasant things you leave to us.’ … ‘The Germans have to learn to kill.’

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Introducing Reading from the Left: New Website Provides Free Downloads of Current Socialist Books and Pamphlets

16 June, 2009

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Introducing Reading from the Left

READING FROM THE LEFT is a new website, created to promote and distribute contemporary socialist books and pamphlets.

It will feature free PDF downloads of pamphlets, reviews and announcements of socialist books, free PDF downloads of book chapters, and in some cases entire books.

This is a non-commercial project: the website links to places where titles can be purchased, but it does not sell pamphlets or books directly.

The initial response from publishers has been excellent. The site already includes free downloads from:

* Climate and Capitalism
* Monthly Review
* Resistance Books (Australia)
* Resistance Books (UK)
* Socialist Voice
* Socialist Project

More titles are in preparation.

Please take a look – http://www.readingfromtheleft.com

Comments and suggestions are very welcome.