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Lenosphere Round Up 8.28-9.04

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hossam (Egypt) blogs on the teachers protest in Egypt and their statements:

The teachers are drawing parallels with other struggles, citing the successes of the Real Estate Tax Collectors, and discussing the need to coordinate with them as well as with the 9th of March Movement for the Independence of the Universities, which campaigns for the rights of Higher Education lecturers and staged the first university professors national strike in decades last March. In conversations with the teachers, also the word “Mahalla” pops up a lot.

Mokawma (Egypt) blogs:

قفي.. قبل التمزق يامدينة
نخبرك اليقين..فاسمعينا
قفي..كفاك القعود
وكفانا صمتا.. ورضا بمآسينا
قفي..وانطقي بكلمة حق
والحق بَيّن..وحسبُه مبينا
يا قاهرة..يا ساحرة

Gaber (Egypt) blogs on the struggles of the residents of Kafr Heights:

لم تكن تلك هي نهاية تحركاتهم انشغلوا بعض الوقت في علاج المصابه و الإهتمام بها و بعد عناء كبير و بمساعدة احد وسائط اهل مريم بنت عمران بإتصاله بوزير الصحه لتوفير العلاج على نفقة الدوله, تمت العمليه بنجاح ليكون اول خروج لأميمه من المستشفى هو التوجه إلى مجلس الوزراء و الإعتصام هناك لمقابلة احد المسؤولين !! .. و في نفس الوقت الذي كان اهالي كفر العلوا يقواموا بهذه التحركات جدير بالذكر ان اذكر الدور العملاق الذي قام به محاموا حقوق السكن في السير في الشكل القانوني للقضيه للحصول على السكن البديل, و الجدير ايضاً بالذكر ان اهالي كفر العلو طوال 9 اشهر لم يبارحوا العشش مر عليهم الشتاء كامل في عششهم ولم يتنازلوا عن حقهم

John Mullen (France) blogs on the setting up a anti-capitalist party as an answer to liberalism:

Je suis révolutionnaire, et si je me suis engagé dans la construction du “Nouveau parti anticapitaliste” c’est parce que je crois qu’actuellement une structure politique regroupant des révolutionnaires et d’autres combattants de la lutte des classes constituerait un énorme pas en avant.

Dave (U.K.) gives us a link to Chris Rock doing stand-up.

Roobin (U.K.) blogs:

The headline from this year will probably be Imperialism Is Back. By that I mean multipolar imperialism. Before 2001 it was difficult for people to name the system we lived under. After 2001 it was clear we were living through imperialism, American imperialism.

Khaled (Egypt) blogs:

من كل قلبي بتمنى للجميع شهر جميل
وفي النهاية قلبي مع أهلنا في غزة.. أتمنى أن يرفع عنهم الحصار، وباسمكم

Paul (U.S.) gives us a video from the final rally for Socialism 2008.

CF (France) blogs on a protest that will be coming up on Sept. 20th protesting the French presence in Afghanistan:

Appel soutenu entre autres par la Coordination nationale des Collectifs unitaires, le PCF, la LCR, Les Verts, Américains contre la guerre, ATTAC, la CGT, Union Syndicale Solidaires, la FSU, Les Alternatifs, Pour Une République Sociale …

Internasjonale Sosialister (Norway) blogs on the current political climate in Thailand:

The two sides are mirror images of each other. Both are firmly in the camp of the Thai capitalist elite. They both are nationalistic and are prepared to abuse human rights. While the Thaksin government and Samak’s Peoples Power Government support extrajudicial killings and a hard-line murderous position on the South, the opposing side cares little about such killings and counts Panlop Binmanee, the Butcher of
Krue Sae, among its leadership. Both factions are associated with people who have a record of corruption. It is common knowledge that all Thai politicians are engaged in corrupt practices, whether legal or illegal.

Lebanese Socialist (Lebanon) blogs and links:

Mona Alami writes a strangely optimistic piece on the economy in Asia Times:

Lebanon, whose status as “Switzerland of the Middle East’ for its advanced banking sector has long been lost amid civil and cross-border war, may be going some way to regaining its standing.

Socialist Students of Cairo University (Egypt) blog:

دعوة عامة لحضور ندوة قديمة في لندن بعنوان : مصر على حافة الثورة
وكان ذلك بتاريخ : 23 ابريل الماضي

Mashahed (Egypt) blogs:

my brother had a book he would hold with pride
a little red cover with a broken spine,
on the back …he hand wrote a quote inside
“when the rich wage war ,its the poor who die”

Lenin (U.K.) links an article which states:

The window through which Salam Amira, 16, filmed the moment when an Israeli soldier shot from close range a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee has a large hole at its centre with cracks running in every direction.

“Since my video was shown, the soldiers shoot at our house all the time,” she said. The shattered and cracked windows at the front of the building confirm her story. “When we leave the windows open, they fire tear gas inside too.”

Sean (Brazil) blogs on Hurricane Gustav:

The “spectacle” of disaster was quite sickening, however. All the television networks sent their anchors to the area to comment on the storm’s progress, etc. and most of the Internet news outlets gladly displayed photos of the destruction and near-destruction of Gustav. One wonders how long this media fascination with disasters will last and just what impact it will have on future storm preparation and the tragic consequences (short- and long-term) of how cities like New Orleans are unjustly organized along class and racial lines.

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