Archive for April 12th, 2013

12/04/2013

Thatcher, Reagan and Their "Revolutions"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

Rome, 12 April — The flood of elegiac articles on former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is in itself a good measure of how we have all become Thatcherites without realising it. Only those who are not graced by a young age can see how the world and politics have changed so deeply since her days that it is correct to call her a “great revolutionary”.

**Thatcher in 1990 | Credit: Jay Galvin http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaygalvin/233397357/ | Wikipedia Commons

**Thatcher in 1990 | Credit: Jay Galvin | Wikipedia Commons

Let us recall something that has been completely forgotten. Immediately after the end of the World War II, two other major events took place.

One was the end of colonies and the creation of the Third World, the other was the creation of a powerful and strong socialist bloc, led by the Soviet Union, but with offshoots in Africa, Latin America and Asia, from Angola to Cuba and China, for example.

Both events had a sobering effect on the political and philosophical sectors based on capitalism, and led to an era of social democracy.

Those two events gave rise to the attempt to create an international order based on cooperation and social justice at national and international level.

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12/04/2013

US-backed Egyptian Regime Inflames Sectarian Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johannes Stern, WSWS*, 12 April 2013 – Over the past week, at least seven people have been killed in sectarian clashes in Egypt. Violence erupted last Friday in the town of Al-Khosous, north of the capital, Cairo, when five Copts (Egypt’s minority Christians) and one Muslim were killed.

**Credit: Gigi Ibrahim from Cairo, Egypt | Wikimedia Commons

**Credit: Gigi Ibrahim from Cairo, Egypt | Wikimedia Commons

Violence continued on Sunday, when assailants attacked Christian mourners at the funeral for the Coptic victims at St Mark’s Cathedral in the Abbasia district of Cairo.

Media reports and eye-witnesses accuse the ruling Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and US-backed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi for being either responsible for the clashes or even for being directly behind the violence.

Mursi and the ruling Islamists are deeply unpopular, and the regime is seeking to channel rising social and political discontent in a reactionary, sectarian direction.

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