May Day by Noam Chomsky If you’re a serious revolutionary, then you are not looking for an autocratic revolution, but a popular one which will move towards freedom and democracy. That can take place only if a mass of the population are implementing it, carrying it out, and solving problems. They’re not going to undertake that [...]
Archive for April 29th, 2012
Stop the Holocaust of Migrating Birds by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez Lately I have been sitting with the brooding knowledge that at least 7 million migrating songbirds were killed this spring running the gauntlet of 84,000 American communication towers that rise as high as 2,000 feet into the sky, braced by invisible guy wires that garotte the birds [...]
Cardinal accuses David Cameron of ‘immoral’ behaviour and favouring rich Cardinal Keith O’Brien says PM should not protect only his ‘very rich colleagues’ but consider his moral obligation to the poor
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the most senior Roman Catholic in Scotland, called for the introduction of a Robin Hood tax. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images Cardinal accuses David Cameron of ‘immoral’ behaviour and favouring rich Cardinal Keith O’Brien says PM should not protect only his ‘very rich colleagues’ but consider his moral obligation to the poor One of Britain’s most prominent religious [...]
George Galloway: ‘I believe that on judgment day, people have to answer for what they did’ The newly elected MP for Bradford West strongly believes politics should not be secular, so why won’t he say whether or not he is a Muslim? Decca Aitkenhead
George Galloway: ‘Winning Bradford West, with the landslide that we did, was the best day of my life.’ Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian George Galloway: ‘I believe that on judgment day, people have to answer for what they did’ The newly elected MP for Bradford West strongly believes politics should not be secular, so [...]
‘It’s rather surreal’ … residents react to plan for roof rockets during Olympics Inhabitants of gated complex in east London fear presence of high velocity missiles will make them target for terrorism
The Bow Quarter complex has been chosen to host the missiles. Photograph: Sang Tan/AP It would make an arresting addition to any estate agent’s particulars. From next week a gated apartment complex in east London will be able to boast not just landscaped gardens and sparkling fountains but also a battery of rooftop surface-to-air missiles. The Bow [...]
Hans Blix: The Iranian threat The former UN weapons inspector discusses Iran’s nuclear programme and how to prevent another war in the region.
Few men have spent more time at the intersection of nuclear weapons and international politics than Swedish diplomat Hans Blix. As the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and then chief United Nations weapons inspector, Blix was at the centre of events when he publicly contradicted claims from the administration of former US [...]
Israel ex-spy chief slams Netanyahu over Iran Former head of domestic intelligence says PM makes decisions on Tehran’s atomic programme out of “messianic feelings”.
Iran says its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful and has promised wide-ranging reprisals for any attack [AFP] Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, has received a scathing attack from a former head of Israel‘s internal security service over his handling of Iran’s alleged nuclear programme. Yuval Diskin, the former director of the Shin Bet domestic intelligence service, said in a voice clip played [...]
Ex-Libyan oil minister’s body found in Danube Austrian police say Shukri Ghanem was found dead in river near Vienna and showed no external signs of violence.
Ghanem, 69, served under Libya’s late leader Muammar Gaddafi as head of the country’s national oil company [Reuters] Austrian police say former Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem was found dead in the Danube river near Vienna. Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger told Al Jazeera his corpse was found on Sunday morning floating in the river and [...]
News Corporation has sought to undermine elected governments Rupert Murdoch is a man driven not so much by market forces as a deep desire to optimise his empire’s power and influence David Puttnam
Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng are driven away from the High Court after his final day of giving evidence at the Leveson inquiry. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty News Corporation has sought to undermine elected governments Rupert Murdoch is a man driven not so much by market forces as a deep desire to optimise his empire’s power [...]
REUTERS European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has suggested a ‘growth pact.’ Be it austerity queen Angela Merkel or Socialist François Hollande, European politicians are suddenly in agreement with ECB President Mario Draghi’s proposal to round out the European fiscal pact’s austerity measures with a “growth pact.” But many seem to have a different idea about what this means. [...]
Movement, Cadre, and Dual Power by Joel Olson Perspectives 2011 link http://anarchiststudies.org/node/544 Global capital has weak spots. I want to hit them. I do not believe, as Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri assert in Empire, that there is no “center” to global capital and that any strike at the beast is equally effective. [...]
European, US Austerity Drive is Suicidal: Nobel Economist Stiglitz ‘The Occupy movement has been very successful in bringing those ideas to the forefront of political discussion.’ – Common Dreams staff
Austerity is suicidal public policy warns US economist Joseph Stiglitz.Nobel Prize-winning U.S. economist Joseph Stiglitz speaking in Vienna, Austria Thursday night said that it’s a suicidal path for Europe — and that such a policy has never worked in any large country. European, US Austerity Drive is Suicidal: Nobel Economist Stiglitz ‘The Occupy movement has been very [...]
Taliban reject safe passage agreed at trilateral moot * Spokesman says decision of trilateral forum a US tactic to make jihadis surrender By Imdad Hussain
Taliban reject safe passage agreed at trilateral moot * Spokesman says decision of trilateral forum a US tactic to make jihadis surrender By Imdad Hussain link http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C04%5C29%5Cstory_29-4-2012_pg7_3 ISLAMABAD: Afghan Taliban on Saturday rejected the trilateral forum agreement in Islamabad to give a safe passage to terrorists willing to talk [...]
Ex-Israeli spy boss attacks Netanyahu and Barak over Iran PM and defence chief not fit to lead Israel and are misleading the public over Iran, warns former Shin Bet boss
Ex-Israeli spy boss attacks Netanyahu and Barak over Iran PM and defence chief not fit to lead Israel and are misleading the public over Iran, warns former Shin Bet boss Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem guardian.co.uk, Saturday 28 April 2012 12.58 BST Article history Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin criticises Netanyahu and Barak [...]
Roast Chicken by http://agatersan.ru/easy?9 Guess What Drugs and Illegal Substances Are Showing Up in Chicken? By Richard Schiffman link http://www.opednews.com/articles/Guess-What-Drugs-and-Illeg-by-Richard-Schiffman-120428-142.html In 2005, the antibiotic fluoroquinolone was banned by the FDA for use in poultry production. The reason for the ban was an alarming increase in antibiotic-resistant campylobacter bacteria in the meat of chickens and turkeys — “superbugs”, which can lead to [...]
Rape Away The Gay? Radio Personality Tells Father To Get A Man To Rape His Daughter Until She Turns Straight April 28, 2012 By Stephen D. Foster Jr.
The Supposed Legality of Murder By David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/content/supposed-legality-murder War is legal, but pointing out its illegality is not mistaken; it’s irrelevant and un-strategic. That’s the argument I’m hearing from a number of quarters. Chase Madar has a terrific new book on Bradley Manning in which he argues that [...]