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Thousands of protesters rallied into the night in the Croatian capital Zargreb calling on Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor to quit and hold fresh elections.

Croatia has been hit by several demonstrations in the last few days with many accusing the government of corruption and poor economic stewardship. Although nowhere near as bad as 2009, Croatia’s economy contracted nearly 1.5 percent last year.

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(haaretz.com) Eamon Gilmore reiterates Ireland’s position that Gaza blockade is ‘unjust and counterproductive’ but does not advise Irish nationals to join the flotilla, which includes the Irish boat MV Saoirse.

As the second “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” gets ready to sail this week, Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore urged Israel to avoid any repeat of last year’s actions against the convoy, Irish media reported Sunday.

“Israel must exercise all possible restraint and avoid any use of military force if attempting to uphold their naval blockade,” Gilmore, who also holds the post of trade minister, said after meeting with Israeli Ambassador to Dublin Boaz Moda.

“In particular, I would expect that any interception of ships is conducted in a peaceful manner and does not endanger the safety of our citizens or other participants,” he added, reiterating the country’s position that the Gaza blockade was “unjust and counterproductive” and that the violence that marked last year’s flotilla venture was “completely unacceptable and unjustified.”

Read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/ireland-fm-warns-israel-against-violent-interception-of-gaza-flotilla-1.369721?localLinksEnabled=false

(AlJazeera) South Korea has one of the most advanced IT infrastructures on the planet, offering the world’s cheapest access to the fastest internet connection anywhere. Approximately 95 per cent of its near 50 million citizens surf the web – a statistic virtually unmatched by any other country.

Despite being so technologically advanced, however, the country continues to suffer from ongoing cyberattacks, which authorities say are from North Korea.

Seoul has identified the assaults as part of the North’s plans to strategically nurture its cyberwarfare unit, and responded with pledges to bolster its own cyberdefence programme by doubling its number of hackers. It is also establishing 24-hour cybersecurity centres under the auspices of key government agencies such as the unification ministry and the central bank.

South Korean authorities and experts, alongside defectors from the North say the country’s communist neighbour may be taking its war with the South from the trenches to the cybersphere – seeing it as a more effective way to topple its capitalist enemy.

The two Koreas remain technically at war, since they never signed a formal peace treaty to mark the end of the Korean War, which began on 25 June, 1950.

But critics say the elusive nature of such hacking incidents makes it impossible to know for certain that the North was behind these assaults – especially considering the reclusive country’s perceived lag in technological advances as a result both of its self-isolation and from years of sanctions imposed to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Read more: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/20116206572748130.html

(eagainst.com) Calling all over Greece to join Syntagma Square, in order not to allow the Medium Term austerity program to pass.

It has been one month since we have flooded the squares along our country, claiming to get grip of our lives. On 28-29 of June, our struggle comes to a turning point. This government of zero social acceptance is attempting to vote the Medium Term. This plan must not pass. We cannot allow for the looting of our social wealth, we are not willing to tolerate the degradation of the majority of the people in favour of the profits of the few. The communicative maneuvers, the fake reshuffles and the blackmailing of the government, IMF, EU do not fool us. We now know that the dilemma isn’t whether to choose “Memorandum” or “Default”, as memoranda lead with a mathematical accuracy to social devastation.

During the two days of the discussing and voting process of the Medium Term, Tuesday and Wednesday 28-29/6 within the Parliament, unions have released a call for a general 48hour strike. During these two days, no one should work, consume, nor support even the minor breakage of the strike. From the very first morning of the strike we will gather  in Syntagma square along with the peoples’ assemblies from along the country and throughout all the neighborhoods of Athens.

On Wednesday 29/6, the actual day of the voting, we will surround  the Parliament- sending out the message that it should be rejected by the people. It has been one month now that there are no “one-way streets”, and that we possess the power. Now is the time for us to take the next big step.

Now the time is ours, the time for us to speak!

It is either us or them! Real democracy now!
The people’s Assembly- Syntagma Square , on the June 22nd, 2011

Source: http://eagainst.com/articles/28-29-of-june-48-hours-at-the-streets/