By Barry Grey - 20 September 2011
Like a pack of wolves assembling for the kill, the global fraternity of bankers and speculators — whose semi-criminal operations precipitated the economic crisis and whose taxpayer bailouts bankrupted state treasuries — is now preparing to carve up Greece and turn the destruction of an entire society into a financial windfall for themselves.
By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson - September 04, 2011
On first reading George Monbiot's "Left and Libertarian Right Cohabit in the Weird World of the Genocide Belittlers," we drew up a list of his errors, misrepresentations, and regurgitations of party-line lies, so as to better equip ourselves to respond to his commentary. But as the original list kept growing each time we looked at his work, we soon realized that our list might be almost indefinitely expandable, depending on how finely we parsed his errors, and how much time we wanted to devote to the project.
By Peter Schwarz - WSWS
The transition of former liberals and pacifists into the imperialist war camp is so widespread that one cannot treat it as an individual phenomenon. Great social struggles often announce themselves through such political transformations. Political parties are preparing for the role they will play in future class struggles...It is mainly the representatives of well-off layers of the middle class who are bidding adieu to their former pacifist, liberal or “leftist” views.
By James Petras - Dissident Voice
The deepening economic crises in Europe and the United States are provoking contrasting socio-political responses from the working and middle classes...Rather than solidarity, the economic crisis highlights working class fragmentation, disunity and internal polarization.
By JEAN BRICMONT and DIANA JOHNSTONE - August 16, 2011
This little war in Libya is exposing NATO as both criminal and incompetent...It is also exposing the organized left in NATO countries as totally useless. There has perhaps never been a war easier to oppose. But the organized left in Europe is not opposing it...[T]he European left has missed its opportunity to come back to life by opposing one of the most blatantly inexcusable wars in history.
Saturday, August 13, 2011 - Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)
...George Orwell provided a useful general starting point for how anarchists view riots, writing..."I have no particular love for the idealised 'worker' as he appears in the bourgeois Communist's mind, but when I see an actual flesh-and-blood worker in conflict with his natural enemy, the policeman, I do not have to ask myself which side I am on." What happened in London and spread elsewhere was not some idealized glorious proletarian uprising, but the very real explosion of anger that occurs when years of poverty, police repression, and racism finally reach bursting point.
Friday, August 5, 2011 - Common Dream
Canada is worried that proposed European legislation would penalize imports of oil derived from its tar sands and so restrict access to the European market for Canadian oil. This might in turn embolden US legislators to do similar. To prevent this...Ottawa has been conducting an intensive lobbying campaign aimed at preventing the British government and the European commission from watering down the legislation.
By Deena Stryker - August 05, 2011
“We were told that if we refused the international community’s conditions, we would become the Cuba of the North. But if we had accepted, we would have become the Haiti of the North.”
By Robert Stevens - WSWS
It has been established that Breivik was a member of the far-right Progress Party and its youth wing in Norway from 1997 to 2007...It is increasingly clear that Breivik also shared ideological and organisational connections with fascists in Britain. Among the right-wing forces that Breivik was in contact with, he had the closest ties to the English Defence League (EDL) and British National Party (BNP).
Anders Breivik's July 22 Oslo rampage highlighted a problem far greater than him.
By Ilan Pappe - August 03, 2011
The obvious discomfort the three [Israeli] diplomats felt and expressed is not due to any cold shoulder shown to them in local foreign ministries or governments. And therefore while many Europeans can make their lives miserable, their respective governments can still look the other way...This is why we should ensure that not only Israeli ambassadors feel uncomfortable in European capitals, but also all those who support them or are too afraid to confront Israel and hold it to account.
By Hector Mondragon - Znet
...[T]he reduction of the state that the Right trumpets and the neo-fascists try to impose by way of intimidation seems to only affect social programs. It is related, however, to the unbelievable growth of military budgets and of wars, that grow the public debt and fiscal deficit. A greater insanity than that of one lunatic terrorist.
By Stefan Steinberg - WSWS
...[T]here has been a concerted campaign by the bourgeois establishment in Europe to deny that the murderous rampage conducted by Anders Behring Breivik was motivated by anti-Islamist prejudices with deep roots in mainstream politics...[L]eading politicians and media commentators have gone to extraordinary lengths to play down their own role in encouraging the climate of xenophobic hatred which provided the background to Breivik’s attack.
By Palestinian BDS National Committee - July 27, 2011
Occupied Palestine-Palestinian civil society...wishes to express its sincere condolences to and deep solidarity with the people of Norway and to Arbeidernes Ungdomsfylking (AUF), the Norwegian labour youth party...after the massacre of last Friday committed by a far right fanatic...Palestinians stand with the people of Norway as they mourn the victims, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who have died.
By Kumaran Ira - 29 July 2011
Members of far-right parties across Europe have endorsed the mass killing last Friday carried out by a right-wing anti-Islamic extremist in Norway, Anders Breivik...Two prominent members of France’s neo-fascist Front National...published blog posts defending the mass killings carried out by Breivik, a former member of the fascistic Progress Party in Norway.