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Coup Attempt in Turkey

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Crisis in a Key U.S. Ally

Revolution Newspaper

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Turkey%20and%20the%20Middle%20East.jpgJuly 18, 2016 | On July 15 and 16, sections of the Turkish military attempted a coup d'état to depose the Islamist government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (pronounced ERR-owan). The Turkish Parliament and the Presidential Palace were bombed and tanks deployed outside major airports. Turkey is a critical U.S. ally in the Middle East, and for 24 hours, who was in charge of ruling the country was up in the air.

At this writing, Erdoğan’s government claims to be back in control of the country—and is moving to tighten its rule. Thousands have been arrested, and 2,700 judges dismissed, as Erdoğan and his party tighten their grip on power. Both sides in the coup attempt are thoroughly reactionary—representing different approaches and forms of enforcing exploitation and oppression.

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'Scrap the labor reforms!' Paris protesters chant under huge police presence.

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  • In a months-long stand-off, neither side wants to cave in and lose face over a reform plan that opinion polls say is opposed by more than two in three French voters.
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Ingrid Melander and Brian Love, Reuters

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https://news-images.vice.com/images/2016/03/31/untitled-article-1459432444-body-image-1459432489.jpg?resize=1220:*&output-quality=75 Students and protesters gather outside the Gare de Lyon, surrounded by the police. (Photo by Etienne Rouillon/VICE News) 

Thu Jun 23, 2016 | Thousands of demonstrators marched under massive police surveillance in Paris on Thursday to try to force the government to drop its labor reforms but President Francois Hollande said he would pursue the plan "to the finishing line".

Protesters - whose numbers were put at 20,000 by police but three times that many by organizers - chanted "Scrap, scrap, the labor reform!" as they marched around the capital's Place de la Bastille square, hemmed in by large numbers of riot police.

Ingrid Melander: Writing about French politics for Reuters

and Brian Love: "Reuters Senior correspondent France. 20+ years reporting and analysing political/economic developments in France, Europe and the wider world." ...

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  • In these unprecedented economic times, the world is experiencing as a whole what most of the non-industrialized world has experienced over the past several decades. For a nuanced examination of the intricacies of the global political-economic landscape and the power players within it, read: The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order ~ Michel Chossudovsky
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Elizabeth Warren Finally Speaks on Israel/Gaza, Sounds Like Netanyahu

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Echoing Benjamin Nentayahu (and Hillary Clinton), Elizabeth Warren’s clear position is that Israel bears none of the blame for any of this. Or, to use her words, “when Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they’re using their civilian population to protect their military assets. And I believe Israel has a right, at that point, to defend itself.” Such carnage is the “last thing Israel wants.” The last thing. That, ladies and gentlemen, is your inspiring left-wing icon of the Democratic Party.

Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

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https://prod01-cdn06.cdn.firstlook.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2014/08/187783454.jpgAug. 28 2014 | The last time Elizabeth Warren was asked about her views on the Israeli attack on Gaza – on July 17 – she, as Rania Khalek put it, “literally ran away” without answering. But last week, the liberal Senator appeared for one of her regularly scheduled “office hours” with her Massachusetts constituents, this one in Hyannis, and, as a local paper reported, she had nowhere to run.

One voter who identified himself as a Warren supporter, John Bangert, stood up and objected to her recent vote, in the middle of the horrific attack on Gaza, to send yet another $225 million of American taxpayer money to Israel for its “Iron Dome” system. Banger told his Senator: “We are disagreeing with Israel using their guns against innocents. It’s true in Ferguson, Missouri, and it’s true in Israel . . .  The vote was wrong, I believe.” To crowd applause, Bangert told Warren that the money “could have been spent on infrastructure or helping immigrants fleeing Central America.”

Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, No Place to Hide, is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. 

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Noam Chomsky | The Doomsday Clock

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Noam Chomsky, Tom Dispatch

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[This essay is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books).] 

In January 2015, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced its famous Doomsday Clock to three minutes before midnight, a threat level that had not been reached for 30 years. The Bulletin’s statement explaining this advance toward catastrophe invoked the two major threats to survival: nuclear weapons and “unchecked climate change.” The call condemned world leaders, who “have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe,” endangering “every person on Earth [by] failing to perform their most important duty -- ensuring and preserving the health and vitality of human civilization.”

Since then, there has been good reason to consider moving the hands even closer to doomsday.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

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