Egypt | Syria | Iran | Israel/Palestine

David Hearst, Abdel-Rahman Hussein: Egypt’s supreme court dissolves parliament and outrages Islamists (Guardian)

Two days before the second round of presidential elections, Egypt’s highest court on Thursday dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament and ruled that the army-backed candidate could stay in the race, in what was widely seen as a double blow for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Peter Lee: Russia and China Mull Syria … and Saudi Arabia (Asia Times)
AP: US backtracks on claims Russia is arming Syrian regime (Guardian)
Radwan Mortada: Syria Alternatives: Man Cannot Live by Guns Alone / No Homegrown Solutions (al-Akhbar)
Monika Bollinger: Alawiten in Asads Geiselhaft (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)
Martin Janssen: De verschrikkingen van Houla (De redactie)

Chen Aizhu: Sinopec turns down cut-price Iran crude (Reuters)

Sinopec has turned down offers of bargain Iranian crude and will cut imports by up to a fifth this year, insisting ties with the United States were more important than cut-price oil as the West squeezes Tehran over its nuclear program.

Amy Goodman: Norman Finkelstein: Waning Jewish American Support for Israel Boosts Chances for Middle East Peace / Norman Finkelstein on the Role of BDS & Why Obama Doesn’t Believe His Own Words on Israel-Palestine / Norman Finkelstein on What Gandhi Says About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage (Democracy Now)
Reuters: NGOs, UN agencies call on Israel to lift Gaza blockade (Haaretz)

“For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade in violation of international law. More than half of these people are children. We the undersigned say with one voice: ‘end the blockade now,'” the petition said. Amongst the signatories were Amnesty International, Save the Children, the World Health Organization, Oxfam, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and five other UN bodies.

Amira Hass: The warnings we should be hearing / אזהרה בעיניים לא מזרחניות (Haaretz)

Summer is here, and as usual, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians will survive it without running water. We control the water sources and decide that Jews will have unlimited water and the Palestinians will make do with what is left over. In Gaza, this “leftover” water is not fit for drink by either man or beast. About two million people live in the shadow of land that was stolen for colonies, in the shadow of attacks on residents, farmers and shepherds, of arson, shootings and intimidation.
הקיץ פה, ואתו מאות אלפי הפלסטינים שישרדו אותו בלא מים זורמים. אנחנו שולטים במקורות המים ומחליטים שליהודים יהיו מים בלא הגבלה ושהפלסטינים יסתדרו עם השאר. בעזה “השאר” הזה אף לא ראוי לשתייה. כשני מיליוני בני אדם חיים בצל האדמה שנגזלה למען המושבות (קולוניות), בצל התנכלויות תושביהן, הצתות, ירי, הפחדות, פגיעות פיסיות בחקלאים וברועים.

Michael Sfard: Occupation double-speak / הכיבוש, מחדש השפה העברית (Haaretz)

עינויים הם בסך הכל “לחץ פיסי מתון”, ענישה קולקטיבית היא “מינוף אזרחי”, מצור הוא בכלל “כתר”. כך ביצענו סיכול ממוקד לשפה העברית ואילצנו אותה לשרת את הכיבוש

Gideon Levy: The affable face of evil / פני הרוע הישראלי (Haaretz)
Uri Avnery: Anti-African Hysteria Sweeps Israel (CounterPunch)

Syria | Egypt | Greece | Quebec | Israel/Palestine | Iran

Conal Urquhart: Syria clashes kill at least 17 in Deraa, reports say (Guardian)

After the observers’ visit, UN spokeswoman Sausan Ghosheh … said residents’ accounts of the mass killing were “conflicting,” and that the team was still cross checking the names of the missing and dead with those supplied by nearby villagers. Opposition activists and Syrian government officials blamed each other for the killings. … The Channel 4 journalist Alex Thompson claimed on Friday that the FSA tried to get him and his colleagues killed by deliberately directing them into government firing lines. He believed that the rebels considered a dead western journalist would strengthen their cause and look very bad for the Assad regime.

Henry Meyer: Russia, China Get Syrian Request to Investigate Houla Massacre (Bloomberg)
DAPD: Rebellen locken Journalisten in Falle (Handelsblatt)

Gut und Böse lässt sich in Syrien kaum auseinanderdividieren. Nun wirft ein britischer Journalist den Rebellen vor, ihn in einen Hinterhalt gelockt zu haben. Er vermutet dahinter eine tödliche PR-Falle.

Rainer Herrmann: Neue Erkenntnisse zu Getöteten von Hula. Abermals Massaker in Syrien (FAZ)

Nach Angaben der Augenzeugen habe sich das Massaker in dieser Zeit ereignet. Getötet worden seien nahezu ausschließlich Familien der alawitischen und schiitischen Minderheit Hulas, dessen Bevölkerung zu mehr als neunzig Prozent Sunniten sind. So wurden mehrere Dutzend Mitglieder einer Familie abgeschlachtet, die in den vergangenen Jahren vom sunnitischen zum schiitischen Islam übergetreten sei. Getötet wurden ferner Mitglieder der alawitischen Familie Shomaliya und die Familie eines sunnitischen Parlamentsabgeordneten, weil dieser als Kollaborateur galt. Unmittelbar nach dem Massaker hätten die Täter ihre Opfer gefilmt, sie als sunnitische Opfer ausgegeben und die Videos über Internet verbreitet.

Jochen Bittner: Wie riskant wäre eine Intervention in Syrien? (Zeit)
Karl Sharro: Hollow Responses to Houla Massacre (al-Akhbar)

By letting the Shabiha loose, the Syrian regime has created the conditions for atrocities, especially in mixed areas, and it was only a matter of time that sectarian massacres reminiscent of the Lebanese Civil War would happen. The creation of this militia was one of the early decisions that enhanced the sectarian dynamics of the conflict. The regime relinquished any claim to representing state authority and ultimately acted in a way that would undermine its overall control. …
The response of the opposition leadership to the Houla massacre was also far from coherent. The Syrian National Council (SNC) fell back onto its demands for international intervention, despite the fact that such intervention seems to be unlikely for now and that these requests have alienated many Syrians that do not support attacks on their country. …
The presence of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) as a separate entity from the SNC and other opposition groups is itself revealing of a fundamental flaw within the anti-regime forces. An autonomous armed group devoid of clear political leadership not only suffers from the inability to formulate clear strategy and tactics, it also increases the risk of undisciplined outbreaks of violence that are very damaging.

As’ad AbuKhalil: Some Questions on the Houla Massacre…and Beyond (al-Akhbar)

Wilhelm Langthaler: Egypt poised for Tahrir III (Anti-Imperialist Camp)

Pro-revolution forces nearly scored half of the votes but were cut out from the presidential run-off.

Vijay Prashad: Convulsions in Libya (CounterPunch)

Slavoj Žižek: Save us from the saviours. Europe and the Greeks (London Review of Books)

There are two main stories about the Greek crisis in the media: the German-European story (the Greeks are irresponsible, lazy, free-spending, tax-dodging etc, and have to be brought under control and taught financial discipline) and the Greek story (our national sovereignty is threatened by the neoliberal technocracy imposed by Brussels). When it became impossible to ignore the plight of the Greek people, a third story emerged: the Greeks are now presented as humanitarian victims in need of help, as if a war or natural catastrophe had hit the country. While all three stories are false, the third is arguably the most disgusting. The Greeks are not passive victims: they are at war with the European economic establishment, and what they need is solidarity in their struggle, because it is our struggle too.

Costas Lapavitsas: Default and exit from the eurozone? Greece could begin again (Monde diplomatique)

Greece is heading for an exit from the euro, and the rest of the eurozone periphery may follow, precipitating a huge change in the EU. After the crisis, Greece could slowly recover.

Sophia Ignatidou: Golden Dawn MP’s live TV assault shocks Greece (Guardian)
Griechenland: Das Versuchskaninchen übernimmt das Labor (DKP)

Serge Halimi: Radical Solutions (Monde diplomatique)

Last month’s student protests in Quebec have made it clear, yet again, that austerity policies cannot be imposed except by authoritarian methods. More than a third of the students in the province struck after Jean Charest’s liberal (centrist) government decided to increase student fees by 75% in five years; the National Assembly of Quebec, in a special session on 18 May, curtailed the rights of free association and demonstration. Thus, cutting off a democratic achievement (access to higher education) was logically followed by the suspension of a fundamental freedom.

Ismail Haniyeh: We Palestinians are reclaiming our destiny (Guardian)

We as a people want to live in our homeland, the land of our ancestors, in freedom, dignity and democracy, and with a just peace that restores our rights. We do not want to attack anyone and do not accept anyone attacking us. As we have said on more than one occasion, the key to security is the end of occupation.

Tariq Ali, Collin Harris: The Obama Syndrome (CounterPunch)
Aaron David Miller: Barack O’Romney (Foreign Policy)

Ignore what the candidates say they’ll do differently on foreign policy. They’re basically the same man.

Two book reviews:
Owen Bennett-Jones: Terrorists? Us? (London Review of Books)

Formed in the 1960s as an anti-imperialist, Islamist organisation with socialist leanings, dedicated to the overthrow of the shah, the [Mujahedin e Khalq (MEK)] originally stood not only for Islamic revolution but also for such causes as women’s rights … Since the 1970s, the MEK’s rhetoric has changed from Islamist to secular, from socialist to capitalist, from pro-revolution to anti-revolution. And since Saddam’s fall it has portrayed itself as pro-American, peaceful and dedicated to democracy and human rights. … Three dozen former high-ranking American officials regularly speak at MEK-friendly events. They include Rudy Giuliani, Howard Dean, Obama’s former national security adviser General James Jones and the former congressman Lee Hamilton.

Ludwig Watzal: Norman G. Finkelstein: Knowing too much (Between the Lines)

AFP: Israel to lock thousands of Africans in detention camp (al-Akhbar)

Israel’s interior minister said on Friday he hoped to soon start moving tens of thousands of illegal African migrants from Tel Aviv and elsewhere to a detention camp being built, one of the largest in the world.

Mali | Egypt | Assange-Nasrallah | Iran | Britain

Firoze Manji, Amy Goodman: Tuareg Rebels in Mali Declare Independence: Part of an African Awakening for Self-Determination? (Democracy Now)
Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality: U.S. Hands Off Mali! (MRzine)

Harriet Sherwood: Egypt cancels Israeli gas contract (Guardian)
Avi Issacharoff, Amos Harel: Egypt gas chief: Government not involved in decision to cut off supply to Israel / ראש הרשות המצרית לגז ודלק: הממשלה לא ידעה על ביטול ההסכם עם ישראל (Haaretz)

Julian Assange: Nasrallah (RT)

Seymour M. Hersh: Our Men in Iran? (New Yorker)

National Archives (Guardian)

Ian Cobain, Owen Bowcott, Richard Norton-Taylor: Britain destroyed records of colonial crimes Review finds thousands of papers detailing shameful acts were culled, while others were kept secret illegally | Owen Bowcott: Colonial Office files detail ‘eliminations’ to choke Malayan insurgency Documents transferred to National Archives lay bare how communist groups were targeted in long jungle war | Richard Norton-Taylor: Diego Garcia archives shed light on fate of deported Chagos islanders Foreign Office told its officials in 1970 to describe islanders as ‘contract labourers’ engaged to work on coconut plantations | Alan Travis: Thatcher government toyed with evacuating Liverpool after 1981 riots National Archives files reveal ministerial warning to PM not to spend money on deprived city, saying decline was largely self-inflicted | Richard Norton-Taylor: MI5 spied on Charlie Chaplin after FBI asked for help to banish him from US British agency concluded that actor – described by US counterparts as ‘parlour Bolshevik’ – was no security risk

Egypt | Syria | Mali | China | Australia | Israel

Anna-Maria Steiner, Wilhelm Langthaler: Sinful Islamists? (Anti-Imperialist Camp)

Interview with Mohamed Wakid on the current stage of the Tahrir movement, the role of the military as well as the Muslim Brotherhood and the United States’ line.

Rami Khrais: Islamism: The Phobia of Arab Elites (al-Akhbar)

Alain Gresh: Deadlock over Syria / Onde de choc syrienne / Der syrische Knoten (Monde diplomatique)

Philippe Leymarie: The Sahel falls apart / Kiel Sahelo fariĝis eksplodejo / Comment le Sahel est devenu une poudrière / Aufstand der Tuareg (Monde diplomatique)

The military coup which ousted Mali’s president Amadou Toumani Touré in late March has only added to the confusion across the Sahara-Sahel region, caught between Tuareg rebellions and acts of terrorism by North Africa’s al-Qaida franchise.

Heiko Khoo: Finance, private business and the Wenzhou model (China.org)
Tom Bramble: Australian imperialism and the rise of China (International Viewpoint)

Gideon Levy: Israelis can be angry with Günter Grass, but they must listen to him / לכעוס על גראס, ולהקשיב (Haaretz)
AP: Günter Grass: In banning me, Israel’s Interior Minister resembles German Stasi chief (Haaretz)
A short list of Israel’s past unwelcome guests / גראס לא לבד: מסורבי הכניסה הבולטים בשנים האחרונות (Haaretz)
Barak Ravid: Israeli official: 40% of names on Shin Bet fly-in blacklist were not activists / הרשימות השחורות נופחו לפני המטס, וכללו גם אזרחים תמימים ודיפלומטים (Haaretz)

Security service had no evidence that 470 of the 1,200 people whom Israel labeled as ‘pro-Palestinian activists’ intended to do anything illegal, source says; French diplomat and his wife among those whose tickets to Israel were canceled.

Israel should greet pro-Palestinian activists with flowers / קבלו אותם בפרחים (Haaretz)

יש משהו סמלי בסמיכות העתים בין המשא ומתן של שש המדינות עם איראן, שנפתח אתמול באיסטנבול, לבין מבצע גירושם של פעילי שלום שמתכננים להגיע היום לנמל התעופה בן-גוריון, בדרכם לגדה המערבית; איראן מונעת את כניסתם של פקחי הסוכנות הבינלאומית לאנרגיה אטומית (סבב”א) למתקני הגרעין שלה, כדי לדווח על הנעשה בהם. ישראל החליטה למנוע את כניסתם של פעילי זכויות אדם לשטחים הכבושים, כדי לדווח על מצב זכויות האדם באזור. ישראל נוקטת צעדים קיצוניים למניעת הטסתם של הפעילים, עד כדי איומים על חברות תעופה. כוחות הביטחון נערכים לגירוש אלה מהם שיגיעו למסוף הנוסעים.
There’s something symbolic about the fact that the six-nation talks with Iran and the operation to deport peace activists landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport are happening around the same time. Iran has prevented the International Atomic Energy Agency from entering its nuclear facilities to report on what’s going on there, and Israel is preventing human rights activists from entering the occupied territories to check up on human rights.

Syria | Mali | Nigeria | Uganda | Britain | Palestine | Israel-Iran

As‘ad Abukhalil: Opposition to the Syrian Opposition: Against the Syrian National Council (Jadaliyya)

The Syrian people have every right to protest, peacefully and violently, against the brutal regime. But let us be clear; the Syrian regime has no right to stay in power, and this was true even before it began using violence to quell the uprising. And let us be clear; the Syrian regime is incapable of reforming itself.
It is rather foolish to wait for a group to ascend to power before criticizing it. There was no mystery as to the intentions and agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood or the Salafis or even the Khomeini movement, before their taking the reigns of power. Similarly, the adversaries of the Ba’ath Party began opposing it long before the former began conspiring to seize power by force. Today, it is imperative that an opposition to the Syrian National Council (SNC) begins (and to the power behind it and underneath it) before they get a chance to rule Syria. This North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-supported movement does not really differ from the NATO-supported movement that served as a tool of NATO in Libya.

Vijay Prashad: Counterterrorism’s blindness: Mali and the US (Pambazuka)
Teju Cole: The White Savior Industrial Complex (Atlantic)
Max Fisher: The Soft Bigotry of Kony 2012 (Atlantic)

Tariq Ali: Born Again! George Galloway Stuns Labor, Shakes Up Britain (CounterPunch)

Akiva Eldar: Israel Defense Ministry plan earmarks 10 percent of West Bank for settlement expansion / מאות אלפי דונמים בשטחי הגדה המערבית מופו להרחבת התנחלויות (Haaretz)
Christoph Sydow: Israel will Siedlungsbau massiv ausweiten (Spiegel)
Ben White: Plan for Negev mass expulsions moves forward (Electronic Intifada)
Uri Avnery: The New Mandela (CounterPunch)
Mark Perry: Israel’s Secret Staging Ground (Foreign Policy)

U.S. officials believe that the Israelis have gained access to airbases in Azerbaijan. Does this bring them one step closer to a war with Iran?

Israel sucht Kampfbasis in Aserbaidschan (Spiegel)

Alexander Cockburn: You Really Think the Killers of Trayvon Martin and Those 16 Afghan Villagers Will Ever Do Time? (CounterPunch)

Syria | Iran | Gaza

Jon Lee Anderson: The Implosion. On the front lines of a burgeoning civil war (New Yorker)

Little is clear about the rebels. A veteran dissident named Salim Kheirbek told me, “No more than thirty per cent of the people are involved in the resistance. The other seventy per cent, if not actually with the regime, are silent, because it’s not convincing to them, and especially after what has happened in Iraq and Libya. These people want reforms, but not at any price.” Assad’s friend told me that the F.S.A. had only a thousand defectors, and the rest were a fanatical rabble; a businessman from Homs estimated that two-thirds of its members were former soldiers.

Neil MacFarquhar, Alan Cowell: Syrians Said to Approve Charter as Battles Go On (New York Times)

Determined to tightly control political change in Syria in the face of an insurrection, the government announced Monday that nearly 90 percent of voters had approved a new Constitution. … In a news conference broadcast on Syrian state television, Maj. Gen. Muhammad Ibrahim al-Shaar, the interior minister, said that 89.4 percent of voters, or nearly 7.5 million people, backed the new Constitution in the referendum on Sunday, while 735,000, or about 9 percent, voted against it. About 132,000 ballots, or 1.6 percent, were invalid, he said. General Shaar called the 57.4 percent turnout of eligible voters a good showing. … “For its entire existence, this regime has forged elections,” said Haithem el-Maleh, a Syrian lawyer and human rights activist, speaking by telephone from Cairo. “How can they hold a referendum in the shadow of war and tanks?” he said. “Aren’t they embarrassed?”

Tim Arango: Syria’s Sectarian Fears Keep Region on Edge (New York Times)

Abu Ali fled his life as a Shiite cleric and student in Homs, the besieged Syrian city at the center of an increasingly bloody uprising, but it was not the government he feared. … “I can’t be in Homs because I will get killed there,” he said from this religious city in Iraq where he has taken refuge. “Not just me, but all Shiites.”

Rajendra Abhyankar: The dangerous complexity of Syria (Haaretz)

Foreign involvement in Syria has changed this into a Sunni-Shi’ite conflict, relegating the question of bad governance to the background.

Arabs want Syria’s President Assad to go – opinion poll (Doha Debates)

According to the latest opinion poll commissioned by The Doha Debates, Syrians are more supportive of their president with 55% not wanting him to resign. … That level of support is not mirrored elsewhere in the region, with 81 percent of Arabs wanting President Assad to step down.

Jonathan Steele: Most Syrians back President Assad, but you’d never know from western media (Guardian)

When coverage of an unfolding drama ceases to be fair and turns into a propaganda weapon, inconvenient facts get suppressed. So it is with the results of a recent YouGov Siraj poll on Syria commissioned by The Doha Debates, funded by the Qatar Foundation. … The key finding was that while most Arabs outside Syria feel the president should resign, attitudes in the country are different. Some 55% of Syrians want Assad to stay, motivated by fear of civil war – a spectre that is not theoretical as it is for those who live outside Syria’s borders. What is less good news for the Assad regime is that the poll also found that half the Syrians who accept him staying in power believe he must usher in free elections in the near future.

Bruce Ackerman: The legal case against attacking Iran (Los Angeles Times)

In 1981, the United States joined in the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous condemnation ofIsrael’spreemptive assault on an Iraqi nuclear reactor. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher put it bluntly: “Armed attack in such circumstances cannot be justified. It represents a grave breach of international law.” … A departure from this restrictive approach came only recently, during the run-up to the war in Iraq, when the George W. Bush administration pointed to Saddam Hussein’s purported looming nuclear threat to American cities as justification for the U.S.-led invasion. … Today, we are at a crucial legal turning point. If President Obama supports Netanyahu’s preemptive strike, he will transform Bush’s Iraq aberration into the founding precedent of a new era of international law.

Harriet Sherwood: Gaza air strikes kill 18 Palestinians (Guardian)

A 12-year-old boy was among those reported to have been killed in Gaza on Sunday amid a spiralling round of militant rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes over the weekend that left at least 18 Palestinians dead and four people in Israel injured. A further 26 Palestinians were injured, five seriously, in a string of Israeli air strikes … The weekend death and injury toll was the highest since Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s three-week military assault on Gaza just over three years ago. … The cycle began with the targeted assassination by Israel of a Palestinian militant who it says was planning an attack within Israel.

Gideon Levy: Way to go, IDF! / חיסול ללא תועלת (Haaretz)

Syria | Iran | Inequality | Climate | China | USA

Sharmine Narwani: Questioning the Syrian “Casualty List” (al-Akhbar)

Glenn Greenwald: U.S. media takes the lead on Iran (Salon)

Andrew Hacker: We’re More Unequal Than You Think (New York Review of Books)

Throwing Out the Free Market Playbook: An Interview with Naomi Klein (Solutions)

I don’t think climate change necessitates a social revolution. This idea is coming from the right-wing think tanks and not scientific organizations. … You can set up carbon markets, consumer markets, and just pretend, but if you want to get serious about climate change, really serious, in line with the science, and you want to meet targets like 80 percent emissions cuts by midcentury in the developed world, then you need to be intervening strongly in the economy, and you can’t do it all with carbon markets and offsetting. You have to really seriously regulate corporations and invest in the public sector. And we need to build public transport systems and light rail and affordable housing along transit lines to lower emissions. The market is not going to step up to this challenge.

China 2030: Building a Modern, Harmonious, and Creative High-Income Society (World Bank)
杜建国:世界银行,带上你的毒药滚回美国去 (Sina blog of Du Jianguo)
David Barboza: Furor Over Report Hints at a Chinese Policy Debate (New York Times)
John Bellamy Foster, Robert W. McChesney: The Global Stagnation and China (Monthly Review)

In order to avoid looming disaster, the current economic consensus suggests that the Chinese economy needs to rebalance its shares of net exports, investment, and consumption in GDP—moving away from an economy that is dangerously over-reliant on investment and exports, characterized by an extreme deficiency in consumer demand, and increasingly showing signs of a real estate/financial bubble. But the very idea of such a fundamental rebalancing—on the gigantic scale required—raises the question of contradictions that lie at the center of the whole low-wage accumulation model that has come to characterize contemporary Chinese capitalism, along with its roots in the current urban-rural divide.

Martin Hart-Landsberg: China and Neoliberalism (Lewis & Clark)

Michael Klare: America’s maritime power (Monde diplomatique)

Social Media | Syria | Philippines | Myanmar | Mekong

Mark had sent this article:
Julie Lévesque: Social media “tactical intelligence collection”: Spying and Propaganda using Facebook, Twitter (GlobalResearch)

Abdel-Halim Qandil: Foreign intervention destroys revolution: Why the US may prefer a weakened Assad in place (Anti-Imperialist Camp) / عودة إلى سورية (al-Qudsu l-ʿArabī)

والمعنى باختصار أن استدعاء التدخل الأجنبي يفيد النظام، ويزيف قضية الثورة، ويهدد بتفكيك سورية، وليس المطلوب لاقدر الله أن تسقط سورية، بل أن يسقط النظام وحده، وأن تقوم سورية من رمادها، وكما يريدها أهلها وطنا حرا عربيا ديمقراطيا.
Calling for a foreign intervention serves the regime, betrays the revolutionary cause, and threatens Syria with disintegration. What is required is not – god forbid – to destroy Syria, but to destroy the regime and let Syria rise from the ashes, according to the wish of her people, who long for a democratic Arabic homeland.

Martin Chulov, Matthew Weaver: Saudi Arabia backs arming Syrian opposition (Guardian)

Mainstream media have covered Western journalists’ problems in Syria, but not this:
MP/JR: Militiamen seize Press TV reporter, cameramen in west Libya (Press TV)

Herbert Docena: The US base in the Philippines (Inquirer)

John Roberts: US encourages Burma to distance itself from China (World Socialist Web Site)

Ian Storey: Mekong River Patrols in Full Swing but Challenges Remain (Jamestown Foundation)

Syria | Greece | Iran | Palestine/Israel | Korea

GlobalResearch.ca (Centre for Research on Globalization)
DemocracyNow.org (Democracy Now! A Daily Independent Global News Hour)

Pepe Escobar: Exposed: The Arab agenda in Syria (Asia Times)
War on the ground, war in the media space: Who is fighting who in Homs today? (Syria Tribune)
Reuters: Chinese newspaper accuses west of provoking civil war in Syria (Guardian)
Lizzie Phelan: Russia’s support for Syria: It is about ‘defending the whole world from fascism’ (Pambazuka)
“b”: The State Department Lies With Its Satellite Pictures Of Syria – No Artillery “Deployed” (Moon of Alabama)

Ο αγώνας ενάντια στην κατοχή συνεχίζεται / The fight against the new occupation’s regime continues (KOE)

  • Ο αγώνας ενάντια στη χούντα και το καθεστώς κατοχής συνεχίζεται
  • Κάτω το πραξικόπημα της Δανειακής Σύμβασης και η παράνομη κυβέρνηση Παπαδήμου
  • Να φύγουν όλοι – Δημοκρατία, Ανεξαρτησία, παραγωγική ανασυγκρότηση, χειραφέτηση
  • Εμπρός, για τη Μεταπολίτευση του Λαού!
  • Down with the coup of the Bailout Agreement, down with the illegal Papadimos’ government
  • Overthrow the whole rotten political system
  • Democracy, Independence, Productive Reconstruction, Emancipation
  • Forward, to a radical political change led by the people!
  • Martin Hart-Landsberg: Germany: A False Model (Reports from the Economic Front)

    Ami Sedghi: Iran oil exports: where do they go? (Guardian)
    Kevan Harris: 1789, 1979, and all that… (Thirsty Fish)

    Amy Goodman: Palestinian Prisoner Risking Death on 65th Day of Hunger Strike (Democracy Now)

    A Palestinian prisoner being held in Israel without charges or trial has begun his 65th day on hunger strike. Khader Adnan has refused to eat since he was arrested in mid-December. Doctors say he is at immediate risk of death. In a video posted online Sunday, Khader Adnan can be heard yelling from his hospital room, saying, “the strike continues until there’s dignity and freedom.” Adnan is being held under so-called “administrative detention,” which means Israel can detain him indefinitely without trial or charge.

    Omar Rahman: Randa Adnan: ‘I still have hope’ (Aljazeera)
    Associated Press: Palestinian hunger striker appeals to Israel’s Supreme Court / האיחוד האירופי הביע דאגה מהשימוש הנרחב של ישראל במעצר מנהלי (Haaretz)

    Catherine Ashton says EU is following Khader Adnan’s case ‘with great concern’; Adnan has been on hunger strike for 63 days to protest his administrative detention.
    שרת החוץ אשטון הפצירה בישראל לשמור על בריאותו של חאדר עדנאן, שנעצר בחשד לעבירות ביטחוניות ושובת רעב כבר 63 ימים

    Ali Abunimah: Bobby Sands’ spokesman, close friend calls on Israel to immediately release Khader Adnan (Electronic Intifada)

    Bobby Sands died on 5 May 1981, aged 27, after 66 days on hunger strike against British refusal to grant political status to him and other Irish republican prisoners.
    Today, as Khader Adnan is on his 65th day of hunger strike, the Secretary of the Bobby Sands Trust, Danny Morrison, called on the Israeli government to immediately release Adnan, who is close to death.

    Associated Press: North Korea warns South over military drill near sea border (Guardian)

    Syria | Myanmar | Israel–Iran

    Seumas Milne: Intervention in Syria will escalate not stop the killing (Guardian)
    FM Lavrov Explains Russia’s Veto on Syria Resolution in UN (RIA Novosti)
    Reuters: China says Syrian opposition delegation has visited (Guardian)
    John R. Bradley: Be careful who you depose (Spectator)
    Fraser Nelson: Our enemy’s enemy (Spectator)
    Ardeshir Ommani: Syria: another US stepping stone (Asia Times)
    Pepe Escobar: Syria through a glass, darkly (Asia Times)
    Sami Moubaye: A struggle set to run and run (Asia Times)
    Pepe Escobar: Exposed: The Arab agenda in Syria (Asia Times)

    Bertil Lintner: The master plan for Myanmar (Asia Times)

    JoAnne Allen, Jeffrey Heller: Panetta believes Israel may strike Iran this spring (Reuters)

    Glyn Davies: Amano ready for prime time (Wikileaks)