By Catharina Thörn - May 31, 2013
International media surprise that revolts can emerge in Stockholm, the supposedly prosperous “capital of Scandinavia”, stems from near-total ignorance of what has happened here over the last 30 years. Behind the urban revolts that set Stockholm on fire lies another, less visible revolution: the slow, deliberate, devastating assault on the Swedish welfare state.
Obama's a reliable corporate tool. He serves powerful monied interests. He spurns populist ones. He's done so throughout his tenure. He's unfit to serve.
Its four-day meeting occurs annually. It's a rite of spring. British political economist Will Hutton calls the group the "high priests of globalization." Powerful movers and shakers have their own agenda.
By Deepal Jayasekera - WSWS
Maoist guerrillas ambushed a Congress Party convoy in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh last Saturday evening, dealing a major setback to the Congress-led central government’s anti-Maoist counter-insurgency campaign, Operation Green Hunt...Twenty-seven people, including much of the Congress leadership in Chhattisgarh, were killed in the attack, and another 32 injured.
He mocks legitimate governance. It's the American way. He reflects its dark side. It doesn't matter. He retains popular support.
By Heather Morgan - May 28, 2013
...[T]he Fords are not the working-class everyman. Brother Doug is more akin to Dick Cheney getting the man he shot in the face to issue a public apology...They are the wealthy bullies who put their fist in your face then blamed you for it and demanded that you apologize to them. Then they went a step further and claimed to be poor victims of baseless smears.
By Dylan Lubao - WSWS
Toronto’s big business elite has turned on Rob Ford — the city’s right-wing populist mayor and their designated hatchet man in imposing social spending cuts and concessionary contracts on city workers — and now appears intent on forcing him from office.
By Yves Engler - May 28th, 2013
If the Harper government were honest about its policies, it would proclaim for all to hear: “Our goal is to make the rich richer”...Many Canadians would agree that has been the effect of Conservative domestic policies, but may be surprised to learn the extent to which it is also true in international affairs.
By Deepal Jayasekera - 27 May 2013
A wave of attacks in Afghanistan last Friday and over the weekend followed the Taliban’s announcement last month that it was preparing a “spring offensive.” These bombings have demonstrated the weakness of the Afghan regime, against which Taliban forces can launch attacks at will.
By Louis Girard - WSWS
...Quebec’s unions forced the cancellation of a press conference that was to be held on the sidelines of a demonstration protesting against the federal Conservative government’s cuts to Employment Insurance (EI), because it was intended to draw attention to the parallel cuts to social assistance (welfare) being made by the provincial Parti Québécois (PQ) government.
His doublespeak duplicity reflects the last refuge of a scoundrel. He's the worst in recent memory. Perhaps the worst ever. Forked tongue rhetoric can't disguise it.
By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
...[T]he Left seems powerless...to translate critique into practice, to mobilize against wars, to resist incursions against basic civil liberties, powerless to confront rule by the bondholders and hedge-funders, unable to meaningfully obstruct the cutting edge of a parasitical economic system that glorifies greed while preying on the weakest and most destitute...We have reached a moment of historical failure that would make even Nietzsche shudder.
By Jérôme E. Roos - May 25, 2013
Since May 6, tens of thousands of striking miners, teachers and health workers have been marching through the streets of major Bolivian cities, clashing with riot police, paralyzing traffic, and confronting government officials in front of ministry buildings. A group of miners even set off dynamite in the streets of La Paz during violent clashes last week, while another tried to occupy the national airport to force the state into concessions.
By Alejandro López - 23 May 2013
Last Saturday, the government delegate in Catalonia of Spain’s Popular Party (PP) government...handed a diploma of honour to a representative of the Brotherhood of Combatants of the Blue Division...The Blue Division was a unit of Spanish volunteers that served in the German Army on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. The Brotherhood is composed of veterans of the unit, family members and revisionist historians involved in a project to rehabilitate the fascist regime of General Francisco Franco.
By Chris Brisbane - May 22, 2013
Simply put, the Darrell Dexter [New Democratic Party] government needs to lose in the upcoming provincial election. It has abandoned the progressive and social justice values of the NDP. The Dexter government has placed the interests of the corporate elite and the 1% ahead of the people it claims to represent, making life much more difficult for them.