- “The intelligence chief of Egypt’s deposed leader Hosni Mubarak formally joined the race for the presidency on Sunday , a last-minute entrance that raises the heat in a contest pitting former regime figures against newly-assertive Islamists.”
- “Registration for candidacy in Egypt’s first post-uprising presidential election has closed, amid last-minute twists and turns that have shaken the political race. About 20 candidates have registered, each hoping to lead the Arab world’s most populous nation through a fragile transition following a movement that toppled Hosni Mubarak from power last year.”
- “Hopes for a peaceful end to the Syrian crisis were fading rapidly on Sunday after President Bashar al-Assad refused to meet Tuesday’s deadline for withdrawing his forces from flashpoints across the country without guarantees from the opposition to stop fighting first.”
- “Syrian government shelling and offensives against rebel-held towns killed at least 74 civilians across the country yesterday, activists said, as the United States posted online satellite images of troop deployments that cast further doubt on whether the regime intends to comply with an internationally sponsored peace plan.”
- “Outside Syria, the story of the uprising has become the bombs and bullets, the armed insurgents against the ruthless regime, the fractious exiled opposition and the endless merry-go-round of dead-end diplomacy.”
- “The US and Europe are to demand that Iran dismantle its fortified underground nuclear facility and halt higher-grade uranium enrichment at a new round of talks this week as a condition for lifting sanctions and the threat of a military attack – demands that Tehran swiftly denounced as ‘irrational’.”
- “Bahrain has rejected a request to transfer to Denmark a jailed Shia activist who has been on hunger strike for two months and also holds Danish nationality, the state-run Bahrain News Agency has reported. ‘The handover of accused and convicted persons to foreign countries takes place under specific conditions … This does not apply in Abdulhadi al-Khawaja’s case,’ a Supreme Judiciary Council official said, quoted by BNA on Sunday.”
- “Mali’s president, who was ousted from power in a military coup last month, has officially resigned, paving the way for a deal that would also see the two-week-old military junta stepping down in return for the end of trade and diplomatic sanctions.”
- “What would a real movement for justice in the wake of Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin look like? How can we actually engage the authorities, and the Obama administration with concrete demands to prevent the next Trayvon Martins? Our friends at the US Human Rights Network have a suggestion worth listening to….”
- “Israeli Economy and the ‘Washington Consensus.’ Bank of Israel submitted 2011 report, arguing economy is strong, despite gross inequalities and unsustainable neoliberal reforms.”
- “Anti-War Conference Against ‘Humanitarian Imperialism’. Glen Ford: Americans should oppose US military interventions everywhere.”
Marx in the Morning.
WBAI-FM New York. Prof Richard Wolff’s weekly Economic Update. Scroll down to Saturday, 7 Apr at 12:00pm.
Tomorrow at noon or thereabouts we’ll begin discussing Prof Richard Wolff’s online course Advanced and Applied Marxian Economics at MyFDL.
The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.