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Lenosphere Round Up 9.04-9.11

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Name (Greece) blogs:

Προστατεύει την πολιτική τιμή του από φτωχές δωροδοκίες των άλλων διατηρώντας και επαυξάνοντας την οικονομική του αυτονομία με μπίζνες χάρη στις γνώσεις του (κοτζάμ διδακτορικό του χάρισαν οι καθηγητές της ΔΑΠοκρατούμενης Νομικής)! Και ξέρουμε από τα λίγα δικά μας οικονομικά ότι όταν προστατεύεις την τιμή σου αυξάνεται η αξία της (χρηματικά) – άρα δε λαδώνεται για πενταροδεκάρες!

Mustafa (Egypt) blogs on Michael Moore and his movie Sicko:

يناقش فيلم سيكو قضية التامين الصحى فى اميركا موضحا ان اكثر من 50 مليون امريكى محرومون من التامين الصحى خاصة وان تكاليف العلاج فى اميركا مرتفعة جدا ، ويكشف الفيلم عن اهتمام ادارة بوش باعتمادات الكونجرس فى حرب الارهاب بينما هناك ملايين الامريكيين الفقراء لا يحصلون على تامين صحى ويتوفى الكثير منهم بامراض ممكن الشفاء منها ، ولكن هل المشكلة فى ال50 مليون فقط المحرومون من التامين الصحى ؟ ماذا عن الباقين المشتركين فعلا فى شركات تامين صحية ؟ يكشف الفيلم عن اقذر الاساليب التى تتخذها تلك الشركات الراسمالية للتهرب من دفع التامين لعملائهم ، وكيف تؤدى بمصير الالاف للموت بسبب الاعيبها فى سعيها الدائم وراء الربح

Dave (U.K.) blogs:

The Democratic Party convention over in the US saw massive antiwar protests t’other week (pictured) as did that of the Republican Party where police repression was also escalated.  The better part of a thousand activists and demonstrators have been arrested in the last couple of weeks, including Amy Goodman and two of her Democracy Now! colleagues.  The demonstration police have been getting a bit more truncheon-happy in this country too of late, and we’ll have to see what happens at the Stop The War Demo at the Labour Party Conference on the 20th – but the demo looks to be an exciting one.  STWC has been hastily arranging NATO-themed meetings, post-Georgia, and getting a tremendous response (350 people to see Tony Benn in Liverpool, for example).

Hossam (Egypt) gives us a link to an article about an Iraqi labor leader being attacked.

Sean (Brazil) blogs:

In commemoration of my upcoming trip to Mexico City in a few weeks and the fact that I recently gave a class on the Mexican Revolution, I thought it would be useful to post the article below by Mike Gonzalez on Frida Kahlo. Mike is also the author of an excellent little book, The Man Who Painted Walls, on Diego Rivera and the Mexican muralists in general. Stay tuned for photos of my visit to Trotsky’s house, Frida’s house and various murals. The painting above by Frida Kahlo is called The Two Fridas.

Khaled (Egypt) blogs:

عرض مسرحي فقير في قاعة الفنون التشكيلية بقصر ثقافة بني سويف، الجميع فقراء، شباب فرقة الفيوم الذين يقدمون العرض في مهرجان نوادي المسرح، أعضاء لجنة التحكيم القاهريون، طلاب الفنون وفنانو الأقاليم القادمون لمتابعة عرض جاد مأخوذ عن نص قصة حديقة الحيوان لادوارد البي، أهالي بني سويف، موظفو القصر.. الجميع يشتركون في سمتين اثنتين: الفقر، ومحبة

Mohamed (Egypt) blogs on the trial of the Mahalla 49:

منظمة العفو الدولية قد دعت مرارا وتكرارا السلطات المصرية لوقف محاكمة الأفراد أمام المحاكم الخاصة في حالات الطوارئ التي تزدري الضمانات الاساسية للمحاكمة العادله.

وفي 5 نيسان / ابريل 2008 ، حظرت الحكومة جميع المظاهرات قبل الاضراب العام المقرر في 6 نيسان / ابريل في دعم إضراب من عمال النسيج في مدينة المحله في شمال القاهرة. بالالاف من افراد الشرطة وقوات الامن المنتشره في المحله والقاهرة ومدن اخرى.

وكان إضراب عمّال المصانع قد الغي بعد مفاوضات مع المسؤولين وتحت ضغط من الحكومة ، ولكن الاحتجاجات العنيفه التي اندلعت في المحله ضد ارتفاع تكاليف المعيشة. ثلاثة اشخاص على الاقل لاقوا حتفهم ، وكان من ضمنهم احمد علي مبروك ، تلميذ ، توفى بعد اطلاق النار عليه من قبل قوات الامن ، وجرح العشرات بسبب الاستخدام المفرط للقوة. حوالى 258 شخص اعتقلوا خلال الاشتباكات في وقت لاحق واطلق سراحهم دون توجيه تهمة.

Snowball (U.K.) blogs on Oliver Cromwell:

When Gandhi visited Britain during the 1930s, he was told by some patronising and pompous Professor of Colonial History at Oxford that the Indian nationalist movement would win in the end if it worked peacefully for democracy and independence from the British Empire. Gandhi replied by asking the professor whether that was how either Britain or America had succeeded in winning their democracy.

The 3rd of September 2008 marked the 350th anniversary of the death of Oliver Cromwell, the leader of the great democratic bourgeois revolution which took place in England during the 1640s. John Rees describes his life here, which serves to also remind us that democracy was not bestowed on Britain by an enlightened British ruling class nor was it the product of a foreign army waging some imperialist ‘civilising mission’. Rather it came from below, through class struggle.

Socialist Aotearoa (New Zealand) posts an article by Simon Assaf:

Over 500 civilians killed by Nato forces this year

Nato is attempting to cover up a series of massacres committed by its forces in a murderous campaign of airstrikes on Afghanistan.

In the latest incident over 70 people are believed to have been killed in a massive bombardment of villages in southern Helmand province.

This comes two weeks after a raid in the western Herat province that left over 90 people dead, among them 60 children. The US and its allies continue to claim that they only killed Taliban fighters in the attack on the village.

But an investigation by the Afghan government and the United Nations (UN) has confirmed that the dead were civilians.

Renegade Eye (U.S.) blogs on the recent Republican National Convention protests:

**The police allowed rightist protesters to get too close for my comfort, to the main demo. They obviously wanted rightist martyrs. The rightists would be the martyrs, by numbers alone.

**Most of the groups fronted for Obama and the Democratic Party. Most of the speakers only attacked Republicans. Another category is the adventurous groups who mistake militant tactics for principled politics. In addition there was supporters of narrow nationalism (insert country here) and even Islamism. This mess can be straightened out with a movement led by revolutionary socialists, armed with theory and practice, so as to create history and react to it. When the RNC is over, and the delegates and protesters go home. The question is what do you do next?

CF (France) blogs:

Aujourd’hui sur le marché de Saint-Denis j’ai croisé un groupe de jeunes qui tenaient un stand pour aider la population de la Palestine (vente de savon, de teeshirts, de badges …). Plus de la moitié étaient des jeunes filles voilées. Pourtant, habillées ainsi elle sont interdites de l’école publique française et de plus en plus montrées du doigt dans la société civile (à la fac, sur le marché du travail …).

On ne le dira jamais assez : une gauche qui peut accepter une telle discrimination n’est pas digne du nom.

John Mullen (France) blogs about anti-Islamic feelings in France and the need to combat them:

Les lecteurs réguliers de ce blog connaîtront l’importance pour moi de la discrimination anti-musulmane de plus en plus présente dans notre pays. (Dans un sondage récent 33% des français considère que les musulmans représentent “une menace”!!)

Depuis la loi anti-foulard de 2004, les organisations de gauche ont généralement gardé le silence sur la question, parfois à cause de profondes divisions internes.

On a vu publier une série de bons livres sur la question, de Pierre Tevanian par exemple. Mais il y a très peu d’articles synthétiques, courts et accessibles.

Alors j’étais très content que le petit journal mensuel Anticapitaliste me demande un article sur l’islamophobie.

Pauly (U.S.) wrote this for Socialist Worker (U.S.):

The administration’s propaganda surge has been successful in disorienting parts of the antiwar movement. If people don’t have an understanding the unimaginable destruction the US-led occupation is still subjecting Iraq to, protesting the war seems a lot less urgent.

Lebanese Socialist (Lebanon) blogs:

A United Nations report reiterated a call for Israel to compensate Lebanon for damage from the 2006 war.

A report published last week by the office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called “Oil Slick on Lebanese Shores,” commended Lebanon for its cleanup efforts along the Mediterranean coastline and urged Israel to help pay for them.

Lenin (U.K.) blogs on the book Savage Mules:

It is quite unlike anything else I’ve read on the Democrats. To take one example, LBJ is described as a “blood-caked jackass” who “made Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy look in comparison like the provincial amateurs they were”. I like this. Every liberal luminary is thoroughly trashed in a similar way, and one gradually gets the impression that the Democratic party is more of an extended crime dynasty than a party of progress. Their most hallowed leaders even helpfully talk like mafiosi below the media radar. (Think of dear old Bubba waxing humanitarian about Somalia: “I can’t believe we’re being pushed around by these two-bit pricks.”) So, I got in touch with the author of Savage Mules and asked for an interview. This is it.

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