By greydogg, 99GetSmart
* GREEK STEELWORKS STRIKERS STILL HOLDING OUT AFTER 228 DAYS
By Jon Henley, Guardian UK
It’s hot, pushing 40C, so the men are mostly hugging the deep pools of shade that are now all that’s offered them by the factory where they used to work. They’re sitting on cheap plastic garden chairs, drinking iced water and coffee and playing backgammon.
Others wait in front of the gates, banners stretched behind them. “Solidarity with the steelworkers of Greece,” reads one, in unexpected German. “Their struggle is ours.” Taped to the wall are letters from well-wishers, among them France’s Secours Populaire and the RMT transport union.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support, from inside Greece and abroad,” says George Sifonios, 54, the works union organiser and leader of a strike that has come to symbolise the resistance of Greece’s workers to the agonies being inflicted on their country. “Without it, we’d be broken. But people really see that if we lose in this factory, all Greece’s workers will lose.” […]
* SPAIN: HUGE DEMOS AGAINST THE DEMOLITION OF WORKERS RIGHTS AND THE (WEAK) SOCIAL STATE
Only in Madrid the figure is estimated by the unions in 800,000, in Barcelona 400,000… It was surely millions protesting yesterday through the towns of the state of Spain.
Hours earlier the Right, which enjoys a majority that would not be renewed just months after the election, passed the draconian cuts, while the true Left (United Left, Catalan Republican Left, Amaiur and Chunta Aragonesista) left the house in order not to be accomplice of this crime against the People.
A major problem has arisen by the unusual starring role appropriated by police and military associations/unions. This caused the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) to remove their symbols from the front banner, because they disagree with some of the organizations represented, meaning the repressive forces.
Incidentally those repressive forces have charged against the demonstrators, after many of them decided to march to Congress. Six or seven people have been arrested in another evening of fire and rubber bullets in Madrid, one of them a firefighter who attempted, along with colleagues, to prevent police-protester clashes by nonviolent means. […]
* SFPD SHOT AND KILLED A MAN WHILE HANDCUFFED, WITNESSES REPORT
Source: sf99er, youtube
UPDATE: Suspect Victim may have survived and may be in serious condition.
4 witnesses claim a man in handcuffs was shot by police in the San Francisco financial district, near the SF Federal Reserve building. #OccupySF Repressed Media caught part of the incident on camera, including the victim being loaded into an ambulance while in handcuffs.
* POLICE BODY SLAM STUDENT – LRAD SOUND CANNON USED ON WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY IN MACOMB, ILLINOIS
* SCRANTON, PA LOWERS FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE SALARIES TO MINIMUM WAGE. IS YOUR CITY NEXT?
Source: Sam Seder, Majority Report
* THE SHREDDING OF OUR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND THE COMMON GOOD
The Magna Carta — the charter of every self-respecting man — is being dismantled in front of our eyes
By Noam Chomsky, AlterNet
Editor’s note: This column is adapted from an address by Noam Chomsky on June 19 at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, as part of its 600th anniversary celebration.
Recent events trace a threatening trajectory, sufficiently so that it may be worthwhile to look ahead a few generations to the millennium anniversary of one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights: the issuance of Magna Carta, the charter of English liberties imposed on King John in 1215.
What we do right now, or fail to do, will determine what kind of world will greet that anniversary. It is not an attractive prospect – not least because the Great Charter is being shredded before our eyes.
The first scholarly edition of the Magna Carta was published in 1759 by the English jurist William Blackstone, whose work was a source for U.S. constitutional law. It was entitled “The Great Charter and the Charter of the Forest,” following earlier practice. Both charters are highly significant today. […]
* U.S. GOVERNMENT CLAIMS IT HAS PROOF OF BRADLEY MANNING AIDING THE ENEMY
Claim could seal Manning’s fate on most serious charge if proven he knew enemy groups could obtain leaked files
By Ed Pilkington, Guardian UK
[…] Captain Joe Morrow, a member of the five-strong prosecution team assigned to the case, said that the government would show at court martial that Manning had knowingly “aided the enemy” – the most serious of the 22 charges facing the soldier that carries the death penalty. Morrow said the evidence would show that Manning sent the information to a “very definite place” that he knew was used by the enemy.
He did not mention al-Qaida, though the terrorist network has been explicity named by the prosecution in previous hearings.
The insistence by the US government that it can prove Manning had actual knowledge that the WikiLeaks dump would be used by enemy groups was instantly disputed by the lead defence lawyer, David Coombs. He demanded that the government produce the evidence to which it was alluding.
“We haven’t seen any evidence that the government has provided by discovery that supports any knowledge that the information would be obtained by the enemy,” he said.
Manning has been in military jail for more than two years after he was arrested at the Forward Operating Base Hammer outside Baghdad. He is accused of being the source of the massive trove of secrets passed to WikiLeaks, and in turn published by the Guardian and other international newspapers, including Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and thousands of embassy cables. […]