Remembering Thomas Sankara, the EFF’s muse By Rebecca Davis

5 November 2013 — Daily Maverick 

Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters have invoked the legacy of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara as a model of governance they apparently wish to emulate. And indeed, Sankara remains one of the least-remembered, but most creative and principled, of post-independence African leaders. Malema and his fighters might particularly like to remember Sankara’s commitment to an austere personal lifestyle, and the total emancipation of women. By REBECCA DAVIS.

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Pambazuka-news Digest, Vol 277, Issue 2: Pambazuka News 643: Economies of misery, genetically modified colonialisms and Trayvon

15 August 2013 — Pambazuka News

PAMBAZUKA NEWS 643: ECONOMIES OF MISERY, GENETICALLY MODIFIED COLONIALISMS AND TRAYVON

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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

US-Backed Death Squads Massacre Hundreds of Syrian Kurds By Stephen Lendman

9 August 2013 — Global Research

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Western leaders are silent. The mainstream media ignore what demands headlines. Cold-blooded murder doesn’t matter. It’s too insignificant to report. Managed news misinformation substitutes.

Syria is America’s war. It was planned years ago. Death squads were recruited. Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, and other terrorists are Washington’s shock troops.

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Lord Ramsbotham attacks ‘perverse’ decision not to prosecute G4S over Mubenga death By Clare Sambrook

10 July 2013 — Our Kingdom

JULY 2013: Crown Prosecution Service reconsiders decision not to prosecute G4S.

JULY 2012: Ramsbotham, former chief inspector of prisons, condemns original CPS decision not to prosecute. Peers describe UK Border Agency culture of disbelief, its abuse of torture victims, denial of legal representation, dawn raids on pregnant mothers, the perils of outsourcing, ‘loutish and aggressive’ behaviour, and that’s not all . . .

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