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  • Defiant Erdogan Risks Turkish Economy, as Unions enter the Fray
    • Poland: Stagnation and Strikes Warn of Stormy Seas Ahead
      Written by Ben Gliniecki
      Thursday, 30 May 2013

      The Polish economy was the only European economy to avoid a technical recession in the wake of the global collapse in 2008. But the whirlpool of capitalist crisis continues to grow and as its pull on the creaking ship of the Polish economy intensifies, the strain is beginning to show. From the capitalist point of view, the Polish ship of state appears to be in good working order – the Polish left is weak and neo-liberalism dominates. But below the waterline social unrest and eye-watering inequality reveal the real state of the rotting capitalist system.

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  • Iran Bazaar Strikes signal Misery, not Sanctions 'Victory'
    • There are many strikes and worker actions going on Iran for the past year because of the economic crisis in the country and worldwide.

      Thanks for pointing out the internal differences and they also have been going on a very long time, wonder who the fringe so called left in the US and Stalinists will support then after the fall of the President who my just fall on his sword before his term is up in 9 months.

      A report saying after the President "Sanctions, Not Us, to Blame" declaration was directly opposite that of a Tuesday statement by Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani, who repeated his assertation that sanctions carried 20% of the responsibility and Government mismanagement the rest.

  • Aljazeera's Leaks Reveal Sham 'Peace Process,' Israeli Stonewalling
    • Looks like Israel has been using all sides of the Palestinian movements besides using Fatah as these papers show so far and we may be suprised at the other actors also.

      In the Middle East the Islamic fundamentalist organisations like the Hizbullah, Hamas and others were set up by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad in the 1960s and '70s . They were created to destabilise the PLO and subvert the left radicalisation within the Palestinian movement.

      Hamas, meaning "zeal" or "fervour" in Arabic, is an acronym for Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya, or Islamic Resistance Movement. The group was founded as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt.

      Richard Sale, a UPI Correspondent, wrote an illuminating article on the origin of Hamas in which he pointed out that, "According to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years."

      Israel "aided Hamas directly ‑ the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization)," said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies.

      Israel's support for Hamas "was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative," said a former senior CIA official.

      According to documents United Press International obtained from the Israel-based Institute for Counter Terrorism, Hamas evolved from cells of the Muslim Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928. Islamic movements in Israel and Palestine were "weak and dormant" until after the 1967 Six Day War and Hamas was legally registered in Israel in 1978 by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the movement's spiritual leader, as an Islamic Association with the name of Al-Mujamma al Islami, which widened its base of supporters and sympathizers through religious propaganda and social work and according to U.S. administration officials, funds for the movement came from the oil-producing states and directly and indirectly from Israel itself.

      "The thinking on the part of some of the right-wing Israeli establishment was that Hamas and the others, if they gained control, would refuse to have any part of the peace process and would torpedo any agreements put in place," said a U.S. government official who asked not to be named. "Israel would still be the only democracy in the region for the United States to deal with," he said.

      They have done exactly this and have held the people of Gaza hostage and the Palestinian movement as a whole for Israel to this day.

      What is required is a social revolution that will sweep away both the reactionary Arab regimes and the monstrous regime of Israeli imperialism.

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