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Monday, February 28, 2011

Fwd: CC Issue 27, Feb - Price Of Food Is At The Heart Of This Wave Of Revolutions

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Subject: CC Issue 27, Feb - Price Of Food Is At The Heart Of This Wave Of Revolutions

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Thousands Feared Dead  In Gaddafi's Crackdown On Libyan Uprising
By Anjali Kamat

The United Nations is warning thousands of people may have been killed in Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's assault on the growing popular uprising across Libya. The United Nations is also warning Libya's food supply network is on the brink of collapse. Deadly clashes are ongoing as anti-government forces close in on the capital city of Tripoli. We get a report from Democracy Now!'s Anjali Kamat in Libya

The Price Of Food Is At The Heart Of  This Wave Of Revolutions
By Peter Popham

No one saw the uprisings coming, but their deeper cause isn't hard to fathom

Behind The Arab Revolt Is A Word
We Dare Not Speak
By John Pilger

The people's triumph in Cairo was the first blow against what Benito Mussolini called corporatism, a word that appears in his definition of fascism

Lessons And Signs Of Hope Amidst
The Carnage In Libya
By Stephen Zunes

Gaddafi's violence is backfiring as many of those who work for his regime—from pilots to soldiers to diplomats—are refusing to continue

Middle East Protests Continue For Unmet Demands
By Stephen Lendman

So far, weeks of regional protests achieved nothing. Despite ousting Egypt's Mubarak and Tunisia's Ben Ali, their regimes remain in place, offering nothing but unfulfilled promises

Labor Protests Draw Tens Of Thousands Across US
By Michelle Nichols

Tens of thousands of people protested in Wisconsin on Saturday against a state government push to curb the power of public sector unions, sparking solidarity rallies for labor rights around the United States

'Mad As Hell' In Madison
By Ralph Nader

The large demonstrations at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin are driven by a middle class awakening to the spectre of its destruction by the corporate reactionaries and their toady Governor Scott Walker

Bigger Than Unions, Bigger Than Wisconsin
By Micah Uetricht

How Americans across professions, religions, and states are uniting in opposition to Wisconsin's anti-union bill—and cultivating a movement that reaches far beyond the state border

Hidden Provisions In Wisconsin Bill
By Stephen Lendman

Wisconsin is ground zero. As it goes, so goes America, so it's crucially important to resist, stay resolute, stand fast, and refuse to surrender rights too important to lose. It's their call and our obligation to support them

Why All Workers Should Support Unions
By Shamus Cooke

It's official: Republicans have declared war on organized labor. Unclear to millions of unorganized workers is whether or not they should care

The Genie Is Out Of The Bottle
By Uri Avnery

If Israeli political and intellectual leaders were to stand up today and openly declare their solidarity with the Arab masses in their struggle for freedom, justice and dignity, they could plant a seed that would bear fruit in coming years

In Re Barak, "Bullahs," Blackwater, Bounties
And The Special Tribunal For Lebanon (STL)
By Franklin Lamb

If the STL does decide to hire Blackwater USA to execute any arrest warrants in Lebanon or if Israel decides to hire "seek and kill" Blackwater units during its predicted coming invasion, whatever that does for Xe's Stock prices, its BW's stock of mercenaries that will be eagarly anticipated in Lebanon

Sykes-Picot Regime Is Falling Down
By Zafarul-Islam Khan

The current revolution which started in Tunisia and soon spread to Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, Iraq, Algeria, Bahrain and Mauritania etc., is the second popular attempt to dislodge and break free of the Sykes-Picot shackles

The Godhra Verdict: The Conspiracy Theory
By Ashish Khetan

If there was a "conspiracy" in Godhra, it was not by the Muslims. Ashish Khetan picks apart Judge Patel's verdict and shows how a devious lie was constructed

Interview With Bill McKibben And Gregory Vickrey
By Mickey Z

Interview With Bill McKibben, Winner of Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship and Gregory Vickrey, Winner of International Peanut Butter Subsistence Prize

Sheikhs Not Stirred: Arab Sandstorm
Through The UAE Prism
By Farzana Versey

While the Arab world is experiencing the snowballing effect, people are chucking snow balls at each other in Dubai's malls. Just when the Jasmine Revolution overthrew Ben Ali in Tunisia, pulse points were touched with the fragrance of jasmine in the stores of the United Arab Emirates that have no inclination for any other kind of flower power

Berlusconi: The Man Of Scandals
By Kourosh Ziabari

As the Italian parliament has recently abolished the law of immunity for the Prime Minister, it can be expected that Silvio Berlusconi may stand trial and be held responsible over his countless crimes and wrongdoings

Waterborne Diseases Likely To Erupt
In The Mediterranean
By Perdana Global Peace Foundation

The escalating critical water problem in Gaza can give rise to a major outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera which would inevitably spread to the surrounding areas, the Mediterranean coasts and straight into Europe

America's Total Surveillance Society
By Stephen Lendman

Big Brother now watches everyone, including with growing numbers of digital cameras monitoring streets, commercial areas, airports, highways, public and private transportation, government and office buildings, and shopping malls - virtually everywhere people congregate, work, reside, recreate, or inhabit for any reason

Meet Maulana Binayak Sen
By Mahtab Alam

Binayak isn't only concerned about the tribals but much-more than that. His concern about religious minorities in India can hardly be underestimated. The very idea of growing a beard is an instructive one. Thanks to Minnie Vaid for writing a book on Binayak, that uncovers many other aspects of his life which are either untold or lesser known

Libya Payback: The Price Of Colonialism
By Gaither Stewart

Of all the uprisings in the Maghreb, the case of Libya is perhaps the most opaque. Is the country a locus of true spontaneous insurrection or simply the target of an opportunistic maneuver by the West?

To Call A Spade A Spade
By Silvia Cattori

An interview with Gilad Atzmon

First Egypt, Next Venezuela?
By Kiraz Janicke & Federico Fuentes

As the wave of popular uprisings has spread across the Arab world, a flurry of articles have appeared suggesting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez could be the next "dictator" to be overthrown. Such arguments follow a pattern in the corporate media of slandering the Chavez government and the revolutionary process it leads

Microcredit Critics Say Debt
Doesn't Equal Emancipation
By Kanya D'Almeida

In response to a pelting critique from academics, economists and grassroots organisers worldwide, the 2011 State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report plans to address the controversies surrounding a development scheme that many believe to have failed

Green Revolution: Toxic Flows The tears
By Devinder Sharma

Green Revolution has already played havoc with the intensively farmed regions in India. The use and abuse of chemical inputs have already taken a heavy toll. Soils are poisoned, environment is contaminated, aquifers have gone dry, and the resulting the food chain has become unhealthy. The devastation wrought by the NPK model of agriculture, and the unwanted application of chemical pesticides, have in many ways caused a kind of a Holocaust that remains hidden from public glare

The Dirty Media War: The Fall Of
Corporate Media In India
By Prabhat Sharan

The Sunday Times of London recently carried a story of the sway of pelf in the Indian news world. Inspite of the fact that the sting was done by a Murdoch owned paper, the report raises several questions about the Indian media establishment

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