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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday October 02, 2012 - 23:37 by pat c   text 4 comments (last - sunday october 07, 2012 - 22:01)
Russias Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has fired a warning shot across NATOs bows regarding provocations as a pretext for an open military attack on Syria. Full text at link.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on NATO and Middle East countries not to devise pretexts for military intervention in Syria. Russia has expressed concern that some provocation could occur at the Turkish-Syrian border that may give NATO the green light to intervene in Syria.

"In our contacts with our partners both in NATO and in the region, including on international forums, we have called on them not to look for pretexts in order to carry out a [military] operation," Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told reporters on Tuesday in Moscow. In such a scenario, NATO would be obliged to intervene in the conflict to defend Turkey, a NATO member.
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Maya Nasser R.I.P.
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday September 26, 2012 - 13:26 by pat c   text 2 comments (last - wednesday september 26, 2012 - 23:58)   image 1 image
Where are the condemnations? Where is the outrage at the murder of a journalist? Silence from Washington. Full text at link.

Iran’s Press TV claimed its Damascus correspondent was killed Wednesday by a rebel sniper while reporting on bombings in the Syrian capital. Two car bombs struck the Syrian Army’s command headquarters, setting one of the buildings on fire. Maya Nasser, a 33 -year-old Syrian national, was killed while reporting from the scene, Press TV said. Hussein Murtada – Press TV’s Damascus bureau chief and head of the Arabic-language Al-Alam TV network – was also reportedly injured in the attack. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / opinion/analysis Saturday September 22, 2012 - 01:18 by Amy Hall   text 1 comment (last - sunday september 23, 2012 - 17:59)   image 1 image
Amy Hall meets outspoken Filipino campaigner Lidy Nacpil, who shares her thoughts on floods, solidarity and ramming home the climate-change message.
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#Global FrackDown - Carrick-on-Shannon, Co.Leitrim
international / miscellaneous / news report Tuesday September 18, 2012 - 15:33 by member of NFI   text 2 comments (last - tuesday september 18, 2012 - 17:39)   image 2 images
On Sept 22, 2012, The Global Frackdown Day will unite citizens everywhere for a day of action against fracking and the extraction of onshore unconventional gas. We will be gathering at the Tourist Office, on the Quays, Carrick on shannon at 1pm.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday September 13, 2012 - 01:12 by T   text 4 comments (last - thursday february 21, 2013 - 06:33)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
Things on the global Police State front get more frightening and ominous by the day. This latest announcement serves to underline that. The FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars. It is known as the Next Generation Identification (NGI) program. This report comes from Russia Today (rt.com) and quotes an article in New Scientist magazine. The project itself was announced back in 2005 and was part of a project to upgrade the existing Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) that keeps track of citizens with criminal records across America. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Tuesday September 11, 2012 - 13:37 by Gerry Downing   image 1 image
Page 2: Editorial: “Basic national loyalty and patriotism” and the US proxy war.
Page 4: Rank and file conference ConwayHall 11th August, By Laurence Humphries.
Page 4: London bus drivers Olympics’ bonus: Well done the drivers! - London GRL,On Diversions and ‘Total Victory’ By a London bus driver.
Page 6: Questions from the IRPSG ... read full story / add a comment
Counihan Family
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday September 11, 2012 - 13:24 by Gerry Downing   text 1 comment (last - wednesday october 10, 2012 - 05:00)   image 1 image
The plight of the Counihan-Sanchez family has got extensive coverage in the Irish Post and Irish world. Basically a family of seven is facing eviction onto the streets because Anthony, the father, inherited nine acres in Galway and Brent Council decided in January this year that this "capital asset" rendered then ineligible for Housing Benefit. They were issued with an eviction notice for 13 August, which was halted by court action. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday August 26, 2012 - 16:56 by lefty   video 1 video file
BBC are up to their tricks again, censoring video which shows syrian rebels in a bad light, i.e. guilty of war crimes against geneva convention. This is not the first time they have monkeyed with reality of course. Back in May the BBC used a years-old photo of dead Iraqi children to depict victims of an alleged government assault in the town of Houla. Also in Libya remember the fake photos of a crowd of "Anti Gadaffi protesters", many of whom carried Indian flags. (photo was just an unrelated gathering in india). You can't trust the MSM or al jazeera to give you the truth about Syria period. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday August 25, 2012 - 16:24 by pat c   text 27 comments (last - sunday september 16, 2012 - 12:59)   image 1 image
The US have turned down a Syrian offer of negotiations. Meanwhile France has joined with the US in threats to impose a No Fly Zone within Syria. Full text at link.

Fighting is intensifying in Syria and throughout the Near East, as US and NATO officials escalate threats against Syria after US President Barack Obama’s statement Monday night that Washington is planning for a US invasion of Syria. US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland dismissed Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil’s subsequent offer of talks, even though Jamil offered to discuss Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s resignation.

Jamil said that Assad’s resignation could be discussed during a “national dialogue,” as an external attempt to force a president’s ouster on the Syrian people would set a “very dangerous precedent.” It is hardly clear that the outcome of a “national dialogue” would be favorable to Washington, however, even assuming it could somehow be held in a country torn apart by a US proxy war. A January poll found 55 percent of Syrians support keeping Assad in office. ...

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international / racism & migration related issues / opinion/analysis Saturday August 25, 2012 - 09:44 by Costas Avramidis   image 1 image
Racism is definitely not a "new fruit" in Greek society and not a unique phenomenon to this country. I have witnessed it with my own eyes as it manifested throughout the years I was living there so I can share with you a little knowledge of how it ripens.

In Greece being different is not a good thing, as you will suffer a lot if you are a minority! Your life will be a living hell, if you are a woman or find yourself in a minority like being a lesbian, gay, gypsy, Pakistani, Albanian, Egyptian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Nigerian... In other words it will take a lot of effort to escape being discriminated against and that's without mentioning the people that are prepared to stand up for all these people, the likes of socialists, autonomists, anarchists, people that volunteer in NGO's or anyone that cherishes humanism/altruism. For people to fit in, in a land the locals like to call Hellas (and of the sun) to survive within it is to stay silent and live life in a comatose state. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Saturday August 25, 2012 - 07:20 by Adrian Boutureira   text 2 comments (last - monday august 27, 2012 - 03:37)   image 1 image
The story that needs to be told about the massacre at the Lonmin mine in South Africa, will not come from the capitalist mainstream media, nor be told by the South African government. The story must come from those of us who wont allow for the critical questions behind the death of so many compańeros go unanswered. This is but a humble contribution towards that aim. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday August 17, 2012 - 10:37 by pat c   text 2 comments (last - friday august 17, 2012 - 18:11)   video 2 video files
The Anti-WikiLeaks hackers may be CIA agents, a wholly owned CIA subsidiary or just funded by the CIA. But they certainly advance the cause of US Imperrialism.

They have now set their sights on RT.com and brought it down foe three hours this morning.

RT,com is a vital source of information for activists on many issues from Syria to Iran to the struggles of Julian Assange. Assange presents an interviw show on the RT television station. ... read full story / add a comment
Police Assault Assange Supporters.
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday August 16, 2012 - 11:45 by pat c   text 14 comments (last - tuesday august 21, 2012 - 13:21)   image 1 image
The British are threatening to lift the Diplomatic status of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to facilitate the arrest of Julian Assange. The law the UK has informed Ecuador it could use in the case is the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987. It allows the UK to revoke the diplomatic status of an embassy on UK soil, which in this case would potentially allow police to enter the building to arrest Mr Assange for breaching the terms of his bail. This law was intended to deal with terrorist situations - not where someone was seeking refuge.

A BBC correspondent said he could not recall a precedent in which the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987 had been used in this way. And former government lawyer Carl Gardner told BBC Radio 4's Today programme legal advisers would be "urging the most extreme caution".

Live stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/occupynewsnetwork ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday August 16, 2012 - 00:13 by john throne
Left sectarianism is putting the interests of the left group in front of the interests of the workers movement. It seriously damages the struggle of the working class. The struggle to eradicate this scourge. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday August 08, 2012 - 13:47 by Tony Greenstein   text 1 comment (last - monday august 13, 2012 - 17:23)
Despite Western hypocritical attacks on Political Islam, the true enemies of Zionism and the Israeli state have always been secular and radical Palestinian and Arab nationalism. The Muslim Brotherhood have often provided a cover for imperialism, as in Egypt. In Gaza, where the PFLP is strong, Israel prefers Hamas to a secular regime (unless of the quisling Abbas type).

Ahmad Sa’adat was kidnapped from Jericho Prison, where he was held under guard by British and foreign forces and effectively handed over to Israel. He was imprisoned for being leader of a group which assassinated the leader of the Moledet-Transfer Party, General Rehavam Zvi. Targeted assassinations are regular Israeli activities but the oppressed are not supposed to indulge in similar actions. Ahmad Sa’dat’s statement below on how negotiations only serve as a camouflage for occupation and conquest are a message for all Palestinian groups and those in the West who choose, despite the evidence, to foster such illusions. ... read full story / add a comment
Bahraini policemen arrest protestors during an anti-government demonstration in the village of Bani Jamrah, West of Manama, on August 2, 2012 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Friday August 03, 2012 - 12:54 by pat c   text 5 comments (last - friday october 05, 2012 - 23:41)   image 7 images
Where are the United Nations? Where are the EU sanctions? Why is repression ok in Bahrain? Full text at link.

Bahraini riot police have fired tear gas and stun grenades at hundreds of demonstrators attempting to block a highway. Frequent antigovernment protests have wracked the country since February 2011. Protesters and police clashed in several Shiite villages late Thursday and early Friday, witnesses told AFP. The recent protests are a move by Bahrain’s opposition to spark further street demonstrations in the country.

The ongoing uprising by the country’s Shiite majority, which claims systematic discrimination on the part of Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy, has weakened after multiple mass arrests. At least 50 people have been killed and many more detained since protests began 18 months ago. ... read full story / add a comment
Human Rights - Syria
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday August 03, 2012 - 06:58 by Jose Maria Sison   text 12 comments (last - sunday august 12, 2012 - 12:30)   image 15 images
We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), condermn in the strongest terms the duplicitous scheme of the US and NATO in instigating, funding and arming the so-called Syrian National Council and Free Syrian Army to seek the violent overthrow of the Assad government in Syria and at the same time pushing a “peace plan” and then a “transitional government” under the auspices of the UN in order to politically outmanuever the Assad government and the anti-imperialist and democratic forces. ... read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Thursday August 02, 2012 - 17:48 by Paddy Hackett
Generally in the West individuals, in a quailfied way, are free to express their views independently of how subversive those views may be. They are even, in a sense, free to organise themselves against the government. Marxists even become professors in bourgeois universities. Given that capitalist society is defined by Marx as inherently oppressive it appears as an inexplicable contradiction that it should have this free and just character in the West while still retaining its inherently exploitative and oppressive character ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Wednesday August 01, 2012 - 19:41 by pat c   text 4 comments (last - thursday august 02, 2012 - 20:14)   video 1 video file
Syrian rebels have murdered prisoners. While the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch have condemned it. So far the US haven't mentioned it.

Human Rights Watch has told the BBC the act was potentially a war crime. “What it looks like is execution of detainees and if that is the case, that would be a war crime”: Clive Baldwin, Senior legal adviser for Human Rights Watch. HRW, he added, had been seeing evidence of abuses such as torture and executions by rebel elements "for some time".

The head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which documents violence by all sides in the conflict, condemned the killings by the rebels as "criminal".

The UN mission in Syria reports that the rebels in Aleppo are now armed with some heavy weapons including tanks and says that helicopters, heavy machine guns and artillery are also being used in the fighting. "We are calling on all parties to exercise utmost restraint... to distinguish between civilians and [combatants] in this conflict," said spokeswoman Sausan Ghosheh. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday July 31, 2012 - 12:04 by pat c   text 7 comments (last - saturday august 04, 2012 - 01:26)
Even US media groups like CNN are admitting that foreign jihadists, particularly Libyans, are flocking to Syria. Writing in the New York Times, Vali Nasr, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies, warns that if Assad should fall from power, over 100 different opposition groups inside Syria would continue to fight for power with each other and with members of the Alawite, Shiite, Christian, and Druze religious minorities, threatening to turn Syria into “a larger version of Lebanon in the 1970s … There would be ethnic cleansing, refugee floods, humanitarian disasters and opportunities for Al Qaeda.” Full text at link.

The Gulf sheikhdoms, especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have supplied millions of dollars’ worth of weapons to the Syrian opposition and pledged to pay salaries to “rebel” fighters. While Washington has claimed that it is providing “non-lethal” supplies to the opposition, such as night vision glasses and communications equipment, teams of CIA operatives are acknowledged to be working inside Turkey to coordinate the distribution of money and arms to the various militant groups. ... read full story / add a comment
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