What's New: Impérialisme au XXIe siècle, Empires et confrontations
En 1914, l'histoire contemporaine basculait avec la Première Guerre mondiale. Celle-ci lançait le monde entier dans un conflit d'une violence sans précédent. Cette guerre interétatique aux accents de lutte de classes voyait s'affronter différentes puissances impérialistes dans une rivalité qui allait en éliminer plusieurs. C’est à cette époque que le marxisme s’est d’abord intéressé, avec une attention particulière, à la question de l'impérialisme.
What's New: The abuses of the World Social Forum: Towards the end of the process?
The World Social Forum (WSF) was born following the emergence of the anti-globalisation movement in the 1990s, including the Zapatista uprising against NAFTA in 1994, the campaign against the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) in 1998 and the great mobilisation in 1999 in Seattle against the WTO summit, with nearly 50,000 participants from around the world.
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Syriza's Left Platform call not to pay next IMF tranche
Syriza’s Left Platform, spearheaded by Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy, Panagiotis Lafazanis, issued a document during today’s meeting of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, which will come for a vote later in the day. The document calls – once again! – for the rupture with the lenders. Specifically, it asks from the government not to repay the upcoming tranche to the IMF in June, if the ‘institutions’ continue with the ‘same blackmailing tactic.’
greekanalyst.wordpress.com | 26 May 2015, 6:00pm
Pentagon report predicted West's support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS
A declassified secret US government document obtained by the conservative public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad. The document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, and that these “supporting powers” desired the emergence of a “Salafist Principality” in Syria to “isolate the Syrian regime.”
medium.com | 26 May 2015, 5:00pm
Countries around world are revoking freedom of assembly
On March 26, without much fanfare or attention from U.S. media, the Spanish government ended freedom of assembly. In the face of popular opposition (80 percent of Spaniards oppose it), the upper house passed the Citizens’ Security Law. Under the provision, which goes into effect on July 1, police will have the discretionary ability to hand out fines up to $650,000 to unauthorized demonstrators who protest near a transport hub or nuclear power plant.
america.aljazeera.com | 26 May 2015, 4:00pm
Catalonia: Barcelona, epicentre of the change
This “yes we can” that has for months rumbled in the squares and streets after the indignant spring of 2011 has now come as an earthquake to the institutions, something unimaginable then. The victory of Comú in Barcelona, with Ada Colau at the forefront, has overturned the political chessboard.
www.internationalviewpoint.org | 26 May 2015, 3:00pm
Netanyahu thanks US for blocking push for Middle East nuclear arms ban
Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, thanked the US secretary of state, John Kerry, for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear arms ban at a United Nations conference, an Israeli official said on Saturday. It was a rare message of thanks from Netanyahu, who has repeatedly accused President Barack Obama of undermining Israel’s security by attempting to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.
www.theguardian.com | 26 May 2015, 1:30pm
Bill C-51 violates Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Harper government’s controversial anti-terrorism bill violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Canada has ratified, according to legal analysis by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization.
thinkpol.ca | 26 May 2015, 1:00pm
RandF Labour News Update
Halifax Water strike | Winnipeg transit | Ontario teachers | London municipal strike | Toyota union drive | Canada Post | Federal bargaining sick leave | Hydro One privatization | Crown strike | US Steel secret deal | Bill C-377
rankandfile.ca | 26 May 2015, 12:30pm
First we take Barcelona...
Just under a year ago, a group of activists, members of social movements, and progressive political forces in Barcelona presented our plan to take back our city council for the people at the May 24 local elections. We're Barcelona en Comú, and this Sunday we have a good chance of kicking out Mayor Xavier Trias and winning back the city for the people.
opendemocracy.net | 26 May 2015, 12:00pm
The good news and the bad
The good news is that a Greek default will most likely be prevented, a deal will be reached with the country’s creditors and an extension will be granted for negotiations over the next bailout. This is what has been decided by Angela Merkel, following pressure from Washington. The European Commission also played a pivotal role here, led by its president, Jean-Claude Juncker. The hard part will be implementation.
www.ekathimerini.com | 26 May 2015, 11:00am
Why Does Greece Not Simply Default?
History has shown that countries that refuse to pay their debts fall harder but recover faster than those that do not. So why does Greece’s left-led government not simply get it over with? As the Greek debt drama finally comes to a head with the Syriza-led government quietly warning the U.S. Treasury Secretary and the chief of the International Monetary Fund that its last remaining cash reserves are now all but depleted and the government will not be paying the IMF if it does not receive an infusion of new cash before early June, a critical question arises: why do the radical leftists not simply get it over with and declare a default on the outstanding debt? What do they care about their creditors?
www.informationclearinghouse.info | 26 May 2015, 4:00am