The League of Arab States (Arab League) suspended the membership of Syria in the organization on November 12 as it had with Libya on February 22 of this year. In the case of Libya, whose membership was reinstated after NATO bombed proxy forces into power in late August, reports at the time indicated that member states Algeria and Syria had been opposed to the action but folded under pressure for a consensus from the eight Arab states governed by royal families – Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which to all intents and purposes now are the Arab League, with the other formal members either victims of recent regime change of one sort or another or likely targets for such a fate.
by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer Dandelion Salad
11 November 2011
US ally Bahrain continued its crackdown against popular calls for democratic rights with the illegal arrest and detention this week of prominent journalist and commentator Jaffar Al Alawy.
To date, nearly 100 journalists, poets, bloggers and media figures have been targeted for detention by the Persian Gulf oil kingdom since pro-democracy protests erupted there last February, according to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. Continue reading →
Dr. West has written and co-authored numerous books on philosophy, race and sociology. His Race Matters won a Critics Choice Award and was listed as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1992. Other works included Keeping the Faith: Philosophy and Race in American and Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin, co-authored with Michael Lerner.
By Ryan Sparrow, Riaz Sayani-Mulji
November 10, 2011
On this week’s episode of Progressive Voices, we speak with world-renowned author, political scientist and activist Dr. Michael Parenti. Imperialism from the classical and modern context, as well as its relation to war and poverty, is discussed. Dr. Parenti also speaks to the importance of the Occupy movement in combating imperialism today.
The organizers of the spreading Occupy initiative are taking their awareness and moral indignation right to corporate territory–Wall Street, the corporate lobbies in Washington, D.C. and their likes around the nation. The denizens of corporate territory have taken notice, with varying degrees of alarm, hoping that wintry weather will thin out the encampments.
“Did you really believe, when they told you the cause,
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?
Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame,
The killing and dying it was all done in vain
Oh Willy McBride it all happened again –
And again, and again, and again, and again.” — (The Green Fields of France, William Bogle, 1944 – )*
Across the world the fanfare commemorating the “day the guns fell silent” has been trumpeted (literally, in many places) as having special resonance: 11.11.11: a once in a century event.
When you hear people in America talking about some great import band that only they seem to know anything about, and for which they bought everything they could back then in the 80s, including large posters, bootlegs and obscure EPs, spending a fortune on this but feeling great about it… well that was me 25 years ago, my very own great indie band called The Sisters of Mercy. And they’re not dead, they’re still touring. I just came back tonight from seeing them live in Camden London, and they have a full new album they only play live and that might never see the light of day. The usual story, the nightmare of those record companies.