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

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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.

Extractive World Order: Plundering Planet Earth, Seizing Resources and Erasing Cultures By Anonymous

10 December 2013

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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.

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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]

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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.  

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China – Avoid the West’s Debt Overhead: A Land Tax is needed to hold down Housing Prices By Michael Hudson

22 July, 2013 — 

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.

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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.  Andrew Nash does or did teach Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. WB]

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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.

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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.

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Capitalism in Crisis: Our Opportunity for a New System By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

19 June 2013 — Truthout

Capitalism.(Photo: adam greenfield / Flickr)

[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]

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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.

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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.

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