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2013-02-01: Behind the mask;
2013-02-02: Political lessons of the Athens subway strike;
2013-02-03: Can Egypt become an emerging democracy?
2013-02-04: Senators release blueprint for Obama’s immigration reform;
2013-02-05: Syrian town begins a return to civilian life;
2013-02-06: No jobs and no workers? Strange contradictions of capital accumulation in Australia;
2013-02-07: Mariages forcés ou précoces et excision des jeunes filles;
2013-02-07: Boots on the ground in the Sahel: Drugs, the new alternative economy of West Africa;
2013-02-08: Majoring in minors: Turning our schools into totalitarian enclaves;
2013-02-09: Serious political activism is a lifelong endeavor;
2013-02-10: Happy Birthday, Educator: Ten Easy Lessons on How Not to be a Sucker;
2013-02-11: Is The International Student Movement The Future Of Global Organizing?
2013-02-12: How One CA County Clerk Stopped Prop 37′s Oversight Recount;
2013-02-13: Campus Fightbacks in the Age of Austerity;
2013-02-13: UN spécial MGF/FGM;
2013-02-14: CRANS MONTANA FORUM: AFRICA & SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION;
2013-02-14: NON à l’excision;
2013-02-15: End the war on women;
2013-02-15: L’excision menace encore des fillettes en France, surtout pendant les vacances;
2013-02-16: Bank of America Bombshell: Whistleblowers Reveal Orchestrated Coverup and Massive Borrower Harm;
2013-02-16: Comment combattre l’excision;
2013-02-17: Child Brides;
2013-02-17: Mutilations génitales féminines: 13 filles excisées à Watinoma dans la Sissili, cinq personnes aux arrêts;
2013-02-18: Strategizing to Defeat Control Unit Prisons and Solitary Confinement;
2013-02-18: les mutilations génitales féminines en débat;
2013-02-19: Some things that should NEVER be PRIVATIZED in a Democracy;
2013-02-19: Saint-Denis/(France): ici, les chirurgiens réparent l’excision;
2013-02-20: Corporations, investors grabbing land and water overseas;
2013-02-21: Profiting From Human Misery;
2013-02-22: Cooperatives: Egypt’s farmers sowing the seeds of an agricultural revolution;
2013-02-22: L’excision est un crime contre l’humanité;
2013-02-23: Protection of the Citizen;
2013-02-24: Diseases spreading in Syria as WASH systems collapse;
2013-02-25: Wall Street, Banks, Politics;
2013-02-25: proPhilo ouvre ses portes;
2013-02-26: Our Money, Banks, Politics;
2013-02-27: Credo Mutwa;
2013-02-28: Videos about conflict in Mali;
2013-02-28: Today Bradley Manning to take stand to justify WikiLeaks releases.

Today Bradley Manning to take stand to justify WikiLeaks releases

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This Thursday, Feb. 28, from 9:30am in the courtroom at Ft. Meade, MD, Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is expected to publicly explain his reasons for releasing classified information through WikiLeaks – Published on FREE Bradley Manning, by the Bradley Manning Support Network, February 27, 2013.

This will be only the second time that Manning has testified in open court since his arrest in May 2010. Manning first testified in court at a per-trial hearing in December 2012. At that time, military Judge Col. Denise Lind ruled staff at the Quantico Marine Brig in Virginia subjected Manning to unlawful pretrial punishment in violation of Article 13 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).   Continue Reading…

Videos about conflict in Mali

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Watch this videos on The Real News Network TRNN:

  • Mali and the Africa Land Grab, 5.48 min: France wants to secure North Mali’s rice fields as a food supply for Libya; part of land grabs taking place all over Africa, with Sasha Ross, by Paul Jay, February 25, 2013;   Continue Reading…

Credo Mutwa

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The torture of Credo Mutwa and the theft of the Necklace of Mysteries, 20.02 min,  uploaded by AlphaZebra, 22 Aug 2010: David Icke and I (Bill Ryan) recently met with Credo Mutwa, the great Zulu shaman, healer, and keeper of African tradition. He told us a horror story …;

Credo Mutwa: Visions Of The Future, 43.00 min, uploaded by ZeroSixtyFive, 16 Apr 2012: The Voice In The Wilderness;   Continue Reading…

Our Money, Banks, Politics

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videos uploaded by Positive Money:

  • How Money is Made / Created: Ben Dyson Explains the Debt Crisis, 19.46 min, 10 Jan 2012: Ben Dyson gives clear answers to 3 Key Questions: Who creates money? How much money do they create? What do they do with the money they create? He shares some very interesting and profoundly important facts and shows how far the reality of banking is away from the text-book model of banking and which major implications the current system has on our lives …;
  • All About the Money, Part 1 – Problems, 49.45 min, 30 Jun 2011: When the chief economics editor at the Financial Times writes that the essence of the contemporary monetary system is: “the creation of money, out of nothing, by private banks…” then it might be time to pay more attention to where your money comes from …;
  • All About the Money, Part 2 – Solutions, 21.20 min, 30 Jun 2011: … Discover the few simple changes to banking that would reduce debt, poverty and economic instability and that would ensure that the reckless behaviour of banks could never threaten the global economy again. Join the campaign for real reforms to banking at PositiveMoney.org.uk;

uploaded by paagleTV:

  • Money As Debt, part I: Full Length Documentary, 46.57 min;
  • Money As Debt, part II: Promises Unleashed, 76.46 min, Both 15 Feb 2012;
  • Money as Debt III: The Mafia, 62.02 min, 15 Feb 2012:
    Essential viewing on money and the banking system. Money As Debt is a fast-paced and highly entertaining animated feature by artist and videographer Paul Grignon. It explains today’s magically perverse DEBT-MONEY SYSTEM in terms that are easy to understand.

proPhilo ouvre ses portes

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Reçu par e-mail, De: proPhilo, Date: 23/02/2013

A l’occasion de l’inauguration de ses nouveaux locaux, proPhilo a le plaisir de vous convier à découvrir ses activités et faire connaissance avec ses membres, le Vendredi 8 mars 2013, de 13 à 22 heures, à la Maison des Associations, 15, rue des Savoises, 1205 Genève: conférence, apéro, atelier de dialogue philosophique, expo.

Site Web:  Continue Reading…

Wall Street, Banks, Politics

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videos uploaded by The Young Turks:

Diseases spreading in Syria as WASH systems collapse

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Published on IRINnews, by gmk/ha/cb in DUBAI, 21 February 2013.

In Salqin, a small town in Syria’s northeastern governorate of Idlib, three members of the Islamist rebel group Ahrar al Sham are lying sick with a contagious fever characterized by an inflammation of the intestinal tract.

“We are living together, and now we are all suffering from the same disease,” said the commander of the unit, Hamza Abdurrahman, having difficulties speaking because of his sore throat. “The doctor told us we had typhoid because we drank dirty water.”   Continue Reading…

Protection of the Citizen

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Published on ZNet, by Nikos Raptis, February 21, 2013.

To really appreciate this article the reader is entreated to honestly perform an “experiment” in his or her mind. Will the reader apply for a job that includes the following:

  • “The infliction of physical punishment is not every man’s job, and naturally we were only too glad to recruit men who were prepared to show no squeamishness at their task. Unfortunately we knew nothing about the Freudian side of the business, and it was only after a number of instances of unnecessary flogging and meaningless cruelty that I stumbled to the fact that my organization had been attracting all the sadists in Germany and Austria without my knowledge …” [Erik Larson, "In the Garden of the Beasts", Random House, 2011, page 370. The verbatim words belong to Rudolf Diels, the creator of the most "effective" police force in world history; the "Gestapo".]   Continue Reading…

L’excision est un crime contre l’humanité

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Publié dans Aminata, Maurice NGUEPE, Secrétaire Général Pour l’Organisation Jeunesse Africaine,  Feb 7, 2013.

Message à tous les jeunes d’Afrique et d’ailleurs
À l’occasion de la Journée internationale de tolérance zéro face aux mutilations génitales féminines, le 06 février 2013, l’Organisation Jeunesse Africaine interpelle les jeunes de tous les pays afin qu’ils usent de leur tact et de leur détermination pour protéger les filles et les jeunes femmes et mettre un terme au cycle infernal de leur excision … // Continue Reading…

Cooperatives – Egypt’s farmers: Sowing the seeds of an agricultural revolution

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Agriculture will be critical to future economic growth in Egypt, says the ILO – but only if the laws on farmers’ co-ops are reformed – Published on ILOnews, Feb 7, 2013.

While the political reverberations of the 2011 revolution continue to resound throughout Egypt, many of the country’s farmers are hoping positive change will reach the agricultural sector.    Continue Reading…

Profiting From Human Misery

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Published on Global Research.ca (first on TruthDig.com), by Chris Hedges, Feb 17, 2013.

Marela, an undocumented immigrant in her 40s, stood outside the Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, N.J., on a chilly afternoon last week. She was there with a group of protesters who appear at the facility’s gates every year on Ash Wednesday to decry the nation’s immigration policy and conditions inside the center. She was there, she said, because of her friend Evelyn Obey.   Continue Reading…

Corporations, investors grabbing land and water overseas

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There is little international policing of land deals resulting in local farmers being forced off lands and deeper into poverty – Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, by Mother Nature Network MNN, Feb 12, 2013.

  • As a growing population stresses the world’s food and water supplies, corporations and investors in wealthy countries are buying up foreign farmland and the freshwater perks that come with it.
  • From Sudan to Indonesia, most of the land lies in poverty-stricken regions, so experts warn that this widespread purchasing could expand the gap between developed and developing countries.  Continue Reading…

Saint-Denis/(France): ici, les chirurgiens réparent l’excision

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A l’hôpital De la fontaine de Saint-Denis, un service opère les femmes victimes de mutilations sexuelles. C’est le seul du 93 – Publié dans Le Parisien.fr, par Claire Guédon, le 7 février 2013.

Je n’aime pas du tout en parler. C’est comme si je me mettais à nu. Mais je le fais pour aider d’autres femmes, pour qu’elles ne soient pas seules. C’est la bataille de ma génération. » Fatima*, 38 ans, d’origine sénégalaise, a été excisée à l’âge de 12 ans et réparée par la chirurgie il y a trois ans. Cette habitante de Seine-Saint-Denis a choisi de mettre son histoire personnelle douloureuse au service des futures patientes de l’hôpital Delafontaine, à Saint-Denis.   Continue Reading…

Some things that should NEVER be PRIVATIZED in a Democracy

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Published on Democratic Underground, Feb 17, 2013;

  • The Prisons
  • The Courts
  • The Police
  • 1st Responders (Fire, Emergency)
  • Education (Universal FREE through Graduate degrees – Yes. Charter Schools ARE Private Schools)   Continue Reading…

les mutilations génitales féminines en débat

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Conférence MGF – Débat,  mise en ligne par follereauLuxembourg, en Février 2012:

Strategizing to Defeat Control Unit Prisons and Solitary Confinement

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Published on Dissident Voice, an interview with author/activist Nancy Kurshan, by Angola 3 News, February 15, 2013.

… In this interview, Nancy Kurshan discusses her new book and covers a variety of topics, including the growth of solitary confinement and its relation to mass incarceration, the connection between US militarism abroad and domestic prisons, concluding with the lessons that today’s human rights activists can learn from the history of the Committee to End the Marion Lockdown.  Continue Reading…

Mutilations génitales féminines: 13 filles excisées à Watinoma dans la Sissili, cinq personnes aux arrêts

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Publié dans le faso.net, le 5 février 2013.

Malgré les multiples actions de sensibilisations et même de répressions en vue d’éradiquer l’excision, cette pratique demeure une réalité dans notre pays. Ce sont treize personnes dont 10 jeunes filles et trois femmes mariées qui ont été excisées le 17 janvier dernier dans le hameau de culture « Watinoma » du village de Bougnounou dans la province de la Sissili. La Brigade de Gendarmerie de Dalo/Compagnie de Léo a réussi à interpeler cinq personnes impliquées dans cette sale besogne.    Continue Reading…

Child Brides

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by Stephanie Sinclair: Find her pictures:on her website;

More on Child Brides (worldwide):   Continue Reading…

Comment combattre l’excision

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A l’avant veille de la journée internationale de lutte contre les mutilations féminines, les actrices et acteurs de ce combat remportaient une petite victoire – Publié dans TV5 monde/Terriennes, par Sylvie Braibant, le 5 février 2013.

Le dimanche 3 février 2013, la Cour suprême d’Egypte confirmait la criminalisation des mutilations sexuelles féminines, contre la demande  déposée par un juriste et un imam d’abroger l ‘article 242 du Code pénal (voté en 2008), contraire selon eux aux principes de la charia.  Continue Reading…

Bank of America Bombshell: Whistleblowers Reveal Orchestrated Coverup and Massive Borrower Harm

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Published on AlterNet.org, by Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism, not dated.

On January 7, 2013, ten servicers entered into an $8.5 billion settlement with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve, terminating a foreclosure review process which was set forth in consent orders issued in April 2010. Borrowers who had had foreclosures that were pending or had completed foreclosure sales in 2009 and 2010 could request an investigation by independent reviewers, selected and paid for by the servicers but subject to approval by the OCC … //   Continue Reading…

L’excision menace encore des fillettes en France, surtout pendant les vacances

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Publié dans Libération, le 6 février 2013.

La pratique de de l’excision a diminué en France, mais le risque demeure pour les fillettes qui repartent “au pays” pendant les vacances, d’où l’urgence de mettre définitivement fin à cette mutilation dans le monde, alertent les acteurs engagés dans le combat.  Continue Reading…

End the war on women

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Published on AVAAZ.org, February 7, 2013 (in many languages).

It’s the same story all over the world — abusive, violent men are in charge of making the laws that are supposed to protect women. And they use their power to fend off challenges from victims or voters — but now we can change that.   Continue Reading…

CRANS MONTANA FORUM: AFRICA & SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION

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7th Annual Session, Brussels (Belgium), March 6 to 9, 2013 – Received by e-mail, From: Crans Montana Forum, Date: Feb 6, 2013

The Forum will welcome in Brussels, in addition to more than 100 countries
from the South-South belt, the key players of the Arab Finance:

  • The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development
  • The Saudi Fund for Development
  • The Libya Africa Investment Portfolio
  • etc.   Continue Reading…

NON à l’excision

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Video: en Bélgique, dire NON à l’excision, 2.13 min, publié dans 7sur7.

UN spécial MGF/FGM

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Publié dans UN spécial.org, Février 2013.

Et s’il était temps de créer une alliance des ong du nord et du sud? par Elisabeth Wilson. L’ONG Mon Enfant et Amevi Togo sont deux jeunes ONG. 760 km à peine les séparent. C’est la distance entre Genève et Bonn en Allemagne. Elles sont inconnues au bataillon de la grande armada onusienne. Pourtant elles font un travail de titan sur le terrain. Si vous les cherchez sur internet, vous ne les trouverez pas. Pas encore.   Continue Reading…

Campus Fightbacks in the Age of Austerity

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… learning from Quebec students – Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin, No. 771, by Xavier Lafrance and Alan Sears, February 9, 2013.

… A Mobilizing Perspective:

  • In this article, we will try to discuss some of the ways that we imagine applying lessons from the Quebec student strike in coming battles around education, and particularly post-secondary education. At its core, the Quebec student strike modelled a mobilizing perspective grounded in democracy, militancy and audacity.   Continue Reading…

How One CA County Clerk Stopped Prop 37′s Oversight Recount

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Published on Dissident Voice (first on BRAD Blog), by Brad Friedman, February 9, 2013.

What happened last November in California’s Prop 37? Is it really possible that progressive California doesn’t want Genetically Engineered Foods to be labeled as such? According to the reported results of that election, that would seem to be the case. But did Californians really vote against such labeling?   Continue Reading…

Is The International Student Movement The Future Of Global Organizing?

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Published on Waging NONviolence, by Zachary Bell, February 6, 2013.

On Nov. 10, 2012, tens of thousands of students flooded the streets of Montreal to express opposition to the proposed tuition hikes. Iain Brannigan, one of approximately 30,000 participants, often took part in the city’s frequent, massive student protests — but this day was uniquely exciting for him. As the University of Ottawa international-development student marched to the tune of “À qui la rue?” (Whose streets? ) “À nous la rue!” (Our streets!), he knew that the words were being chanted simultaneously — in a dozen different languages — by students around the globe.   Continue Reading…

Happy Birthday, Educator: Ten Easy Lessons on How Not to be a Sucker

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(first, don’t listen to almost Everyone) – Published on Dissident Voice, by Paul Haeder, February 6th, 2013.

… Death of AM-PM Newspaper Warriors:

News – once my lifeblood – is now delivered –  fawning and bizarre folk like Steve Inskeep of NPR. Middle of the road stuff of the milquetoast Judeo-Christian variety. Absolutely insipid, lacking history, depth, guts and the ability to challenge the Powers that Be/Are/Will Be.   Continue Reading…

Serious political activism is a lifelong endeavor

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Larry Pinkney, February 6, 2013.

… The serious political activist understands that she or he is a part of an ongoing, often strenuous conscious process of evolving and struggle. Thus, the serious political activist never retires from the conscious quest of evolving and struggle. To the contrary, she or he consciously seeks to find creative ways to carry on in the process of evolving and struggle.   Continue Reading…

Majoring in minors: Turning our schools into totalitarian enclaves

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Published on Intrepid Report, by John W. Whitehead, February 6, 2013.

Just as the 9/11 terrorist attacks created a watershed between the freedoms we enjoyed and our awareness of America’s vulnerability to attack, so the spate of school shootings over the past 10-plus years from Columbine to Newtown has drastically altered the way young people are perceived and treated, transforming them from innocent bystanders into both victims and culprits.   Continue Reading…

Boots on the ground in the Sahel: Drugs, the new alternative economy of West Africa

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Cocaine politics: West Africa’s perfect global positioning between South America and Europe, and its endemic corruption, poverty and disorganisation, have made it the new drug hub. And drugs money is used to fund politics – Published on Le Monde Diplomatique/english Edition, by Anne Frintz, February 2013.

A Boeing 727 from Venezuela carrying an estimated five to nine tonnes of cocaine landed at Tarkint, near the city of Gao in northeast Mali, in November 2009. It unloaded and made a failed take-off attempt, and then was set alight. The drugs were never recovered. An investigation revealed that a Lebanese family and a Mauritanian businessman who had made a fortune from Angolan diamonds were among the backers of the enterprise.   Continue Reading…

Mariages forcés ou précoces et excision des jeunes filles

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Une 1ère déclaration régionale d’abandon le 20 janvier à Ziguinchor – Publié dans Le Soleil.sn, le 15 Janvier 2013.

Quelque 427 villages de la région vont faire une déclaration le 20 janvier 2013 à Ziguinchor pour dire non aux mariages forcés ou précoces et à l’excision des jeunes filles.
Cette déclaration, la première du genre dans la région, est à l’initiative de l’Ong Tostan/Sénégal … //

… (le texte en entier).

Liens:   Continue Reading…

No jobs and no workers? Strange contradictions of capital accumulation in Australia

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An attempt to grasp what recent reports of both rising unemployment and a skills shortage means tells us about capital accumulation in Australia – Published on libcom.org, Feb 1, 2013.

The core hypothesis that I have proposed, and seek to test, is that Australia is in a condition of ‘precarious prosperity’: that the solid level of economic growth driven by the mining boom faces increasingly unsure conditions due the various impacts of the continuing global crisis of capitalism. In this situation two national barriers to capital accumulation have become especially important: the shortage of labour-power and the difficulties the state faces in funding social reproduction.   Continue Reading…

Syrian town begins a return to civilian life

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Civil society is beginning to take over from rebels’ military life in Azaz, as residents re-establish the rule of law – Published on AlJazeera, by Balint Szlanko and Glen Johnson, Feb 2, 2013.

Azaz, Syria – Asem Halaq sits in a war-damaged, colonial-era building in central Azaz and looks at the pile of dossiers stacked atop his desk. Just down the road in Aleppo, war is raging.  Continue Reading…

Senators release blueprint for Obama’s immigration reform

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Published on Russia Today RT, Jan 28, 2013.

A group of bipartisan senators is on Monday announcing an immigration reform plan that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants while also tightening border security.

Eight lawmakers – four of which are Democrats and four of which are Republicans – worked together on this legislation, which addresses issues they have tried to tackle for years. The plan will be unveiled the day before US President Barack Obama gives a speech on immigration in Nevada on Tuesday.  Continue Reading…

Can Egypt become an emerging democracy?

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Bolstering stability and security and enhancing democracy are the surest means to attracting investment and helping Egypt achieve the world status it should enjoy – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Ibrahim Nawar, Jan 31, 2013.

The second anniversary of the revolution was far from peaceful in clear contrast to the main characteristic of the revolution itself. Egypt was unnecessarily bleeding and violent crowds took to the streets everywhere from the very peaceful city of Luxor in Upper Egypt to the resilient city of Port Said in the far north.   Continue Reading…

Political lessons of the Athens subway strike

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Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Christoph Dreier, January 29, 2013.

The brutal state suppression of the Athens subway workers’ strike is a clear warning to the international working class.

On Thursday, the Greek government placed striking metro workers under martial law, forcing them back to work under pain of imprisonment. Early Friday morning, hundreds of police stormed the central subway depot, arresting at least ten workers and injuring one. Solidarity strikes by other public transport employees were declared illegal on Sunday.   Continue Reading…

Behind the mask

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Ahmed Morsy, Jan 30, 2013.

“The regime will not enjoy a moment of rest till we achieve retribution for the martyrs. Otherwise, we will topple it,” a member of the Black Bloc told Al-Ahram Weekly. Dressed from head to toe in black, face covered with a bandanna, he added: “The revolution has been peaceful for two years to no avail. We are turning it violent now.”   Continue Reading…