30 March 2014 — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor
Mapping Africa By T. Mayheart Dardar
8 March 2014 — Dissident Voice
In February the World Bank announced an ambitious plan to initiate a $1 billion fund to finance an effort to map the mineral resources of the African continent. Their plan is to use advanced satellite and surveillance technology to, in the words of a World Bank senior manager, “identify the areas with more profitability.”1
As War Lingers in Mali, Western Powers Target its Natural Resources By Timothy Alexander Guzman
7 January 2014 — Silent Crow News
France’s intervention in the West African nation of Mali under Operation Serval drove Islamic groups associated with Al-Qaeda out of Northern Mali in February 2013. When the Tuareg rebellion occurred in early 2012, it was against the Malian government led by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) for the independence of Northern Mali also known as Azawad.
Brand new OurNHS guide to NHS campaigning and resources
10 December 2013 — Our NHS
A brand new guide to NHS campaigning and resources from OurNHS’s own archives and across the web.
Resources – Get information on what’s happening to your local NHS
10 December 2013 — Our NHS
What to ask and how to ask it. Part of the OurNHS Resource Guide.
Extractive World Order: Plundering Planet Earth, Seizing Resources and Erasing Cultures By Anonymous
10 December 2013
Plundering the world’s natural resources and setting up proxy points of guaranteed distribution back to the Motherland is the lead stratagem behind an Imperialist-capitalist agenda that for centuries held their own class as chief inhabitants of the planet. Foreign and domestic policy today is almost entirely dictated by the interests of a few, a ruling Imperial class under the influence of lobbyists and front groups from any number of extractive industries, among other powerful corporations and rogue nations— all equally clamoring to shape the course of things.
Mythbuster: Health warning By Jacky Davis
29 October 2013 — Red Pepper
By repackaging privatisation as ‘reform’, the government has tried to sell voters the idea of dismantling the health service. Jacky Davis exposes the main marketing myths behind the NHS giveaway
Even the World Bank Understands Palestine is being disappeared By Jonathan Cook
17 October 2013 — Dissident Voice
Two recent images encapsulate the message behind the dry statistics of last week’s report by the World Bank on the state of the Palestinian economy.
Big Brother IS Watching: Cameron Proposes State Control Over Internet Access
27 July 2013 — RT
[A Snoopers’ Charter: Watch your privacy take yet another step down the tubes if Cameron’s proposal for compulsory monitoring and censorship of your Web access comes to pass. It’s the next step in state spying on your Web habits and all of it allegedly to stop people accessing child pornography (as if it would!). WB]
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has expanded on his recent set of guidelines for an internet filter that would block pornographic content by default. This has aroused further controversy, as other content may now also face the filter.
Internet service providers from the Open Rights Group have confirmed the news, following Cameron’s Monday revelation that by the end of 2013, broadband subscribers will have to make do with a compulsory system installed everywhere to monitor various content the government deems harmful.
These include social media, gambling and pornography as well as other adult-orientated sites.
China – Avoid the West’s Debt Overhead: A Land Tax is needed to hold down Housing Prices By Michael Hudson
22 July, 2013 — Michael Hudson
How can China avoid the “Western financial disease” – a real estate bubble followed by defaults and foreclosures? The U.S. and European economies originally sought to avoid this fate by taxing the location’s site value. A rent tax was the focus of Progressive Era reforms.
Mandela's Democracy by Andrew Nash
April 1999 – Monthly Review Volume 50, Number 11
[I first read this essay back when I was living in South Africa and what with all the fuss over the Old Man, I remembered this essay and how it helped explain the contradictions of Mandela, the ‘peacemaker’ indeed, what made him a peacemaker and its limits.does or did teach Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. WB]
US: One Step Removed From Full-Blown Fascism By Rob Urie
24 June 2013 — Greanville Press
The conspicuously nonsensical efforts by President Barack Obama and NSA spy chief Alexander to assure Americans massive corporate-government spy operations had prevented terrorist attacks were supported by only a few easily disproved lies. More broadly, the history of recent decades has government spy agencies hiring ‘private’ companies to carry out the activities they are legally prohibited from carrying out. This makes government assertions regarding spying on citizens a game of three-card monte—the testimony of government officials is calculated to be irrelevant to actual activities.
HLLN: US to re-write Haiti Constitution, again with change in mining laws | Using cholera pain to stealthy privatized all sources of Haiti water
21 June 2013 — HLLN
Recommended HLLN Links:
(in English) 2009: Ezili Dantò with Chris Scott- CKUT Interview on Haiti Riches http://bit.ly/r6Iei
Monsanto Refuses to Testify on Genetically Modified Crops in Puerto Rico By Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero
19 June 2013 — WHAT’S NEW ON CORPWATCH: Holding Corporations Accountable
Monsanto has refused to testify at a major government hearing in Puerto Rico about local testing and sale of genetically modified seeds. Critics say that crops from these seeds harm the environment and can cause serious human health problems.
Capitalism in Crisis: Our Opportunity for a New System By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese
19 June 2013 — Truthout
[I can’t say I entirely agree with this essay’s approach to dealing with the crisis of capitalism (after all, it’s not the first crisis but the umpteenth) but nevertheless I still think it’s worth reading if only because it’s a refreshing change after the British left’s attempt at addressing the crisis (see for example Richard Seymour’s video, ‘In practical terms today, we are all reformists …’) Though I would argue that the British left has always been reformist, well at least William Morris’s time, and in any case, he speaks not for me. WB]
Google & Facebook Discussed Secret Systems for U.S. to Spy on Users By Pratap Chatterjee
8 July 2013 — CORPWATCH: Holding Corporations Accountable
Google and Facebook have discussed – and possibly built – special portals for the U.S. government to snoop on user data, according to revelations sparked by an investigative series of articles by Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian.
Interview: Pentagon Plans to Penetrate Africa
16 May 2013 — Press TV
Cables: How the U.S. State Department Promotes the Seed Industry’s Global Agenda
14 May 2013 — Food and Water Watch
The article presents a report, done by the organization, that shows how US State Department has launched a strategy to promote agricultural biotechnology for the benefit of agribusiness and seed corporations, lobbying foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology policies and laws.
Christian village breathes easier as Syrian army advances By Sammy Ketz
13 May, 2013 — The Daily Star (Lebanon)
GHASSANIYEH, Syria: The advance of regime troops on the rebel stronghold of Qusair in central Syria has come as a relief for at least one village, mostly Christian, nestled on the shores of Lake Quttina.
New John Pilger film, Utopia, to be broadcast on ITV and released worldwide
29 April 2013 — John Pilger
Eleven miles by ferry from Perth is Western Australia’s “premier tourist destination”. This is Rottnest Island, whose scabrous wild beauty and isolation evoked for me Robben Island in South Africa. Empires are never short of devil’s islands; what makes Rottnest different, indeed what makes Australia different, is a silence and denial on an epic scale.