Countercurrents News Letter 07 August

Heat, Drought, Rising Food Costs, And Global Unrest By Michael T. Klare and more...

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Turkey Attacks Kurds, Threatens Military Action Against Syria
By Chris Marsden

On the eve of an expected major offensive in Aleppo by the Syrian regime, Turkey has threatened to invade Syria, using the pretext of Kurdish groups seizing control of northern border areas. Such a move could pitch Ankara directly into war against Syria, after it has long sought to dictate events through control of the opposition Syrian National Congress and Free Syrian Army

Obama Trumps AIPAC, Romney, Republicans With Yet More Iranian Sanctions
By Franklin Lamb

H.R. 1905 is a catch all frenzied election year gimmick that lumps together legislative initiatives of all sorts in order to corral votes for Romney immediately after his Israel trip which left little doubt that Israeli leaders believe that Israel will have less leverage to squeeze the US to take on yet another big military action if Obama is re-elected than if Romney wins

Iran Sanctions: US War Of Nerves
By Dr. Ismail Salami

In continuation of the US-led illegal sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran, Congress passed on Wednesday night a bill, which imposes more embargoes on the country including those on the parent companies of foreign subsidiaries violating sanctions as well adding penalties for those that help Iran’s petroleum, petrochemical, insurance, shipping and financial sectors

US Gunman Alleged To Have Killed Six At Sikh Temple Was A Neo-Nazi
By Barry Grey

The ample information about Wade Michael Page’s fascist sympathies has been downplayed by the mass media and US officials, and the general theme of media commentary is “the search for a motive.” The evidence, however, strongly indicates that Page’s homicidal rampage against ethnic Indians was driven by a racist and fascist political agenda, defining his crime as an act of right-wing domestic terrorism

The Sikh Temple Shooting: The Question Of Mistaken Identity
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

The Sikh temple shooting is touted as a case of mistaken identity. Really? If the victims were Muslims and not Sikhs, then how would have the media described the incident? Will it justify the killings of Muslims simply because Osama Bin Laden was a Muslim?

The Dark Heart Of The Libor Scandal
By Mark Vorpahl

Though, for most, the London Inter-Bank Offer Rate (Libor) interest rate fixing scandal appears to be distant and far too complex to understand, its potential consequences may be as economically devastating as a world war

Heat, Drought, Rising Food Costs, And Global Unrest
By Michael T. Klare

This is just the beginning of the likely consequences: if history is any guide, rising food prices of this sort will also lead to widespread social unrest and violent conflict

The Science Of Genocide
By Chris Hedges

It was science, industry and technology that made possible the 20th century’s industrial killing. These forces magnified innate human barbarity. They served the immoral. And there are numerous scientists who continue to work in labs across the country on weapons systems that have the capacity to exterminate millions of human beings. Is this a “rational” enterprise? Is it moral? Does it advance the human species? Does it protect life?

Nagasaki And My Father
By Francis A. Boyle

I grew up to believe that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had saved my Father’s life and thus had made my life possible. Curiously, my Father never told me that Hiroshima and Nagasaki had saved his life. Another Deafening Silence. I just bought into this commonly accepted myth while growing up in post-World War II America

Beyond The Two-State Solution
By David Swanson

A review of Yehouda Shenhav's new book, "Beyond the Two State Solution: A Jewish Political Essay"

Thomas Berry Dreamer Of The Earth
By David Sparenberg

Book Review: Thomas Berry Dreamer Of The Earth : The Spiritual Ecology of the Father of Environmentalism, edited by Ervin Laszlo and Alan Combs

August 'Riots' One Year On: A Black Power Perspective
By Sukant Chandan

The Uprising as a Framework for Contemporary Black and Poor Resistance

The Russian Revolution: An Essential Condition Of Success
By Thomas Riggins

In the second chapter of his 1920 work "Left Wing" Communism an Infantile Disorder, Lenin discusses what he considers to have been an essential condition for the victory of the Bolsheviks. My question is: is the Bolshevik model still viable and does it apply across the board to all societies transitioning from capitalism to socialism?

Claiming The Commons That Capital Consumes
By Farooque Chowdhury

Encountering the commons robbers, national and international, is a political fight. A cultural fight also. An informed, aware, organized and politically active people, the owners of the commons, can successfully claim the commons

Meles Goes Missing; Ethiopian Dictator M.I.A.
By Thomas C. Mountain

Long time Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi, missing in action for almost 2 months now, is reported to be in a coma leaving the Obama White House’s Crisis Team for Africa scrambling to find a replacement. Officially, Ethiopian “Prime Minister” Meles Zenawi has taken “sick leave” and “getting better”, end of story

Has Team Anna's Foray Into Politics Served
A Death Warrant For Social Movements?
By Devinder Sharma

It may take some time for the implications to sink in. More than whether the decision by Team Anna to go political is correct or not, what worries me is the dangerous fallout it will have on social movements in future. Is it the beginning of the end of social movements and peoples' struggles? Will it lead the powers that be to exercise the same contempt and rudeness towards citizen protests?

The Politics of Amarnath Yatra And Neglect of Public Transport
By Vidyadhar Date

Impressions of a participant in the Amarnath Yatra

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