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offsite link The Saker blog is now frozen Tue Feb 28, 2023 23:55 | The Saker
Dear friends As I have previously announced, we are now “freezing” the blog.  We are also making archives of the blog available for free download in various formats (see below). 

offsite link What do you make of the Russia and China Partnership? Tue Feb 28, 2023 16:26 | The Saker
by Mr. Allen for the Saker blog Over the last few years, we hear leaders from both Russia and China pronouncing that they have formed a relationship where there are

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2023/02/27 19:00:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link The stage is set for Hybrid World War III Mon Feb 27, 2023 15:50 | The Saker
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Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

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offsite link News Round-Up Thu May 23, 2024 00:58 | Richard Eldred
A summary of the most interesting stories in the past 24 hours that challenge the prevailing orthodoxy about the ?climate emergency?, public health ?crises? and the supposed moral defects of Western civilisation.
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offsite link General Election Announced for July 4th Wed May 22, 2024 19:30 | Will Jones
Rishi Sunak declared "now is the moment for Britain to choose its future" as he announced the General Election will be held on July 4th. Nigel Farage said Sunak has "chosen suicide over total obliteration".
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offsite link My ?Tribe? Abandoned Me in Covid ? But I Gained a New One That Loves Freedom Wed May 22, 2024 17:52 | Dr David Bell
David Bell says his tribe on the 'progressive Left' abandoned him during Covid as it lurched into authoritarianism. But he moved to Texas and found a new community with those who love freedom.
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offsite link Then the Woke Came for the Birds Wed May 22, 2024 15:27 | Steven Tucker
The American Ornithological Society has banned the naming of birds after people and, in true Year Zero style, has set about renaming the 263 species already so tainted by their association with white men.
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offsite link Why Do We Now Think Politicians Can Control the Weather? Wed May 22, 2024 13:28 | James Leary
Nobody thought of asking politicians to alter the weather or blaming humans for the wind and rain, says retired B747 Captain James Leary. Turbulence in a monsoon was just expected.
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international / crime and justice / other press Thursday July 05, 2012 - 13:17 by Tony Greenstein   text 2 comments (last - monday december 10, 2012 - 19:09)
3 years ago I carried the report that Farrouk Khaddoumi, the ex-PLO Foreign Secretary and deputy to Arafat, had alleged that Abu Mazan (Abbas) had co-operated in an Israeli plot to murder Arafat
. http://azvsas.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/arafat-murdered-by....html ... read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday June 26, 2012 - 12:49 by pat c   text 1 comment (last - wednesday june 27, 2012 - 00:23)   image 1 image
Yes, brought to you courtesy of Obama. Paraguays democratically elected President was deposed in a parliamentary coup. Shamus Cooke explains how the Obama Administration are responsible. Full text at link.

It's obvious that the President's real crimes are that he chose to ally himself more closely with Paraguay's left, which in reality means the working and poor masses of the country, who, like other Latin American countries, choose socialism as their form of political expression. ... read full story / add a comment
Free Syrian Army: paid for by Saudi Arabia
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday June 21, 2012 - 13:13 by pat c   text 46 comments (last - friday july 13, 2012 - 10:05)   image 1 image
The counter-revolution is on the march in Syria. It is important that all socialists realise this and do not end up supporting the imperialists who are waging this war through mercenaries and fundamentalists. Full text at link.

Over the last few weeks Socialist Worker has finally admitted what has been obvious for months: the uprising in Syria is not purely and simply a popular revolution. Editor Judith Orr concedes that there are “competing forces” involved and that the imperialists, together with reactionary Arab regimes, are bent on imposing their own ‘solution’. “But at the same time,” she concludes, “we must support the mass popular revolt from below that aims to bring down Assad’s brutal regime” (June 23).

Back in March Socialist Worker published a highly critical article by Sami Ramadani, who commented that, for the Socialist Workers Party, “Wishful thinking has replaced materialist analysis. We have to recognise that the imperialist-backed Arab counterrevolution has, in the short term, regained the initiative and is on the offensive.” While the protests in Syria “began spontaneously and were mostly led by progressives demanding radical political reform”, it is now clear that, “as in Libya, pro-Nato factions have captured the initiative” (March 24).
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday June 19, 2012 - 13:37 by JoeMc   text 1 comment (last - tuesday june 19, 2012 - 17:08)
The Irish Times reported last week that Israel's Deputy Ambassador to Ireland, Nurit Tinari-Modai, is advocating a campaign of intimidation, smears and falsification against Israeli human rights activists who campaign in solidarity with Palestinians . Nurit Tinari-Modai suggests that a good way of undermining opponents of Zionism is to insinuate that "sexual identity problems" motivates those who protest the treatment oif Palestinians .
“Israel’s Channel 10 News reported that Nurit Tinari Modai, who is cultural officer at the embassy and is married to ambassador Boaz Modai, advised that the foreign ministry should adopt a new strategy in which it would “try to hit [the activists’] soft underbellies .” ... read full story / add a comment
People’s Mujahedin: in the pay of imperialism
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday June 14, 2012 - 18:51 by Yassamine Mather   image 1 image
War against Iran has already begun, Sanctions and Malware are the oening acts of war against Iran. Yassamine Mather writes that those who condemn the crimes of the regime should also condemn the crimes of imperialism and its agents, .

As the prospect of failure of the third round of talks between Iran and the 5+1 countries looms, the US-led soft war on Iran has been ratcheted up with the threat of further sanctions and the launching of a powerful computer virus targeting Iran’s nuclear research facilities. The virus has already spread to the commercial sectors, including the oil and banking industries. ... ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday June 13, 2012 - 22:23 by pat c
Carole Lucas MP reveals the role of police agent provocateurs who infiltrated the Animal Liberation Front. Full text and vid at link.

An MP has used parliamentary privilege to name an undercover police officer who allegedly planted a fire bomb at a London department store in 1987.
Green MP Caroline Lucas said a jailed man, Geoff Sheppard, believed police officer Bob Lambert planted a device. Mr Lambert infiltrated the Animal Liberation Front and his evidence helped convict two men of fire-bombing three Debenhams stores. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Thursday June 07, 2012 - 15:13 by LASC
Even the Rain (También la Lluvia) Playing for 1 week exclusively in The Light House Cinema from Friday June 8th

We had a full house in The Light House cinema last Sunday for the premiere of Even the Rain. If you missed it, there's no cause for worry as the film starring Gael Garcia Bernal, is out this Friday exclusively at Light House Cinema. The film will run for one week from Friday 8th June. We hope you can make it down. It is an excellent film and well worth seeing. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Wednesday June 06, 2012 - 00:52 by Gerry Dowling   image 1 image
Articles:

Leitrim woman is honoured by NICRA co-founder as the ‘prisoners’ friend’ IRPSG report.

The framing of Michael McKevitt - Part two By Michael Holden.

The Imperialist infantilisation of Afghan, Asian and African women.

Free Salameh Kaileh and all socialist militants, no support to the Syrian counter-revolution led by the Free Syrian Army and Imperialism. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Thursday May 24, 2012 - 06:08 by lefty   text 2 comments (last - friday june 01, 2012 - 17:46)   image 2 images
Our creeping loss of privacy is the subject of an interesting article in todays Irish Examiner. Activists, now more than ever need to get up to speed on how to protect their digital privacy if engaging in activities deemed "troublesome" by state actors. (i.e. actively exercising your democratic rights to free speech etc. Y'know, stuff like that! ;-) ... read full story / add a comment
Jews are gathered at an assembly point in the Kaunus Ghetto for deportation, Kaunus Lithuania, October 26, 1943.
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Thursday May 17, 2012 - 12:25 by pat c   image 2 images
Friends at any cost: Israel is happy to welcome an Anti-Semite and nazi sympathiser to Israel.Tony Greenstein looks at whats going on here. Full text at link.

That the Lithuanian government should commemorate the memory of its quisling Prime Minister is not surprising. That the same anti-Semites who laud the Lithuanian Waffen SS survivors are also pro-Zionist is also not surprising. But that Israel's Foreign Minister, the arch-racist Avigdor Lieberman, should hosts a ministerial welcome to Lithuania's Foreign Minister, a man who tried to prevent the restoration of stolen property to its Jewish owners, should shock even a few Zionists. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday May 15, 2012 - 23:30 by Yassamine Mather   text 5 comments (last - saturday june 02, 2012 - 12:56)   1 attached file
Another day, another provocation. Yes, the US led GCC is carrying out War Games around disputed Isles in the Persian Gulf, Isles first seized by the Shah in 1971. Funnily enough the US had no objections to that. Yassamine Mather writes on this and May Day demonstrations in Iran. Full text at link.

However, then came news of another conflict in the Persian Gulf - this time between Iran on the one side and Saudi Arabia and Gulf Cooperation Council countries on the other. Arab and US media reported that the Peninsula Shield Force, the military coordinating army of the GCC, had been carrying out military manoeuvres to “test harmony and coordination among ground, air and naval forces and their readiness”. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday April 16, 2012 - 19:59 by pat c   text 2 comments (last - sunday april 22, 2012 - 16:07)
The UN deploy monitors but the US is preparing for a military intervention in Syria. The Fundamentalist opposition have little support within Syria and have publicly boasted of their intent to Ethnically Cleanse Christians and Alawis, this doesn't seem to bother their Western backers. Full text of article by Niall Green at link.

Despite the claims of the United States and its allies that they are seeking a peace deal and humanitarian relief in Syria, the Annan mission and the presence of foreign observers constitute a political fraud. They are a smokescreen behind which the imperialist powers and their regional proxies are advancing their agenda of regime-change in Damascus. ... read full story / add a comment
Israel: ready to attack
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday April 14, 2012 - 22:05 by pat c   text 4 comments (last - friday may 18, 2012 - 13:38)   image 1 image
Its not just a rogue attack from the Israeli Terrorist State thats on the agenda: Obama and his minions are deliberately psyching up the US people with their bellicose statements. Preconditions which cannot be met are being set for negotiations. Israel is being supplied with enhanced missile capability. Yassamine Mather deals with these points in the article below. Full text at link.

On Saturday April 14 Iran will attend talks with six world powers. The US has indicated this is Iran’s “last chance” to avoid military intervention and the Obama administration is taking very specific demands to the talks as preconditions for further negotiations: for example, Iran “must immediately close” a large nuclear facility allegedly built underneath a mountain if it wants to avoid a devastating strike. ... read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Wednesday April 04, 2012 - 19:07 by lefty   text 2 comments (last - monday april 01, 2013 - 20:55)
A greek pensioner and world war II hero, shot himself on front of the greek parliament to die with some dignity rather than waiting until he had to search for food in garbage cans, and becoming a burden to hs children. Apparently Suicide rates have soared in greece. ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / other press Tuesday March 27, 2012 - 22:52 by .
Sharing Ireland is an informal project to connect anyone in Ireland who is interested in non-commercial culture. We want to encourage varied and meaningful forms of direct sharing, cooperation and mutual aid. ... read full story / add a comment
Israel could strike at any moment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday March 05, 2012 - 17:32 by pat c   image 1 image
There is an eerie sense of deja vu as the rhetoric used by the Imperialist leaders echoes that used in 2003 prior to the invasion of Iraq. Ben Lewis reports on debates in Westminster , international developments and the ever present danger of an Israeli attack on Iran. Full text at link.

The debate was initiated by Conservative MP John Baron, perhaps the only Tory MP who opposes an attack on Iran. His motion was simple and straightforward: “This house believes that the use of force against Iran would be wholly counterproductive and would serve only to encourage any development of nuclear weapons; and calls upon the government to rule out the use of force against Iran and reduce tensions by redoubling diplomatic efforts.” Malcolm Rifkind, Tory chairman of the intelligence and security committee, moved an amendment that completely changed its content. The amendment deleted everything except “This house” and replaced the rest of Baron’s motion with: “… supports the government’s efforts to reach a peaceful, negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue through a combination of pressure in the form of robust sanctions, and engagement led by the E3+3 comprising the UK, US, France, Germany, China and Russia; and recognises the value of making clear to Iran that all options for addressing the issue remain on the table”.

The Rifkind amendment, which was passed by an overwhelming majority of 285 to 6. Those who voted against the amendment were Labour MPs John McDonnell, Paul Flynn and Dennis Skinner; Jonathan Edwards of Plaid Cymru; Mark Durkan of the Social Democratic and Labour Party; and Baron himself. ... read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / other press Tuesday February 28, 2012 - 13:26 by JoeMc   text 1 comment (last - tuesday february 28, 2012 - 16:13)
PhiliIMC reports on the slaying of Indymedia Kenya organizer Stephen Nyash last Tuesday . The shooting occurred in the Korogocho ghetto of Nairobi, where Nyash had lived and worked for most of his life. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Tuesday February 14, 2012 - 23:40 by T   text 1 comment (last - thursday february 16, 2012 - 19:59)   image 1 image
Since approximately the early 1980s Capitalism has been on the offensive to attack working conditions and take away the hard won labour rights of the previous century or so.

In those years we have seen manufacturing jobs move offshore and increasing amounts of temporary and part-time jobs which have less rights than full time jobs.

We have seen multi-national and chain stores declare bankruptcy to allow these firms to walk away from their healthcare and pension obligations, only to re-open the following week.

But yet this is not good enough and the capitalists and because of the logic of capitalism itself, as usual never give up and have their sights firmly set on things like decent wages, holiday pay, sick pay, pensions and health-cover.

And leading the latest innovation in exploition is IBM Germany with their new programme called, "liquid" and reported in an article titled 'IBM launches new form of day-wage labour' on the www.wsws.org website. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Saturday February 04, 2012 - 20:42 by Darren C   text 2 comments (last - thursday february 16, 2012 - 13:50)
Yes, it’s kicking off everywhere.

Over the last 18 months we have seen a sea change in resistance and popular consciousness. The Arab Spring has put revolution back on the agenda of global politics.

In Britain, we’ve seen the occupation of Millbank and student revolt, the huge TUC March and now the massive N30 strike.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Monday January 23, 2012 - 22:13 by pat c   text 4 comments (last - tuesday january 24, 2012 - 15:10)
More trouble for the islamist NTC. Full text at link.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Fighters loyal to Libya's overthrown leader Muammar Gaddafi took control of a town south-east of the capital on Monday, flying their green flags in defiance of the country's fragile new government. The fightback by Gaddafi supporters defeated in Libya's civil war, though unlikely to spread elsewhere, added to the problems besetting a government which in the past week has been reeling from one crisis to another. Gaddafi himself was captured and killed in October after weeks on the run.

Accounts from the town of Bani Walid, about 200 km (120 miles) from Tripoli, described armed Gaddafi supporters attacking the barracks of the pro-government militia in the town and then forcing them to fall back. ... read full story / add a comment

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