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by Guilherme Wilbert for the Saker Blog While we notice the closest integration among emerging countries, we notice a certain disparity among the richest, first-world countries, because they may not

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offsite link News Round-Up Sun Jul 03, 2022 01:38 | Will Jones
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
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offsite link ?This is Sedition?: Retired U.S. Military Officers Demand Answers on Training Academy Takeover by Wo... Sat Jul 02, 2022 22:40 | Will Jones
Three retired U.S. military officers have signed a letter protesting against mandatory vaccinations, Critical Race Theory classes, progressive political activism and other ?woke actions? in West Point military academy.
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offsite link The Ideological Capture of Nature and Why it Matters Sat Jul 02, 2022 15:30 | Dr John Staddon
Duke Biology Professor John Staddon deplores the capture of Britain's pre-eminent scientific journal by social justice activists and says it is bad news for science.
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offsite link ?There?s No Herd Immunity and Covid is Still Wreaking Havoc,? Says Imperial Professor of Immunology Sat Jul 02, 2022 14:00 | Will Jones
Danny Altmann, Professor of Immunology at Imperial, writes that rather than sliding into a comfortable relationship with Covid, it's "more like being trapped on a rollercoaster in a horror film". But is this true?
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offsite link Did Vaccines Really Save 500,000 Lives in the UK? Sat Jul 02, 2022 08:18 | Noah Carl
A study claims the vaccines saved 500,000 lives in the UK up to 8 December 2021. But this isn't plausible. The number of excess deaths in the first year of the pandemic (before vaccines) was only 76,000.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday April 16, 2012 - 19:59 by pat c   text 2 comments (last - sunday april 22, 2012 - 16:07)
The UN deploy monitors but the US is preparing for a military intervention in Syria. The Fundamentalist opposition have little support within Syria and have publicly boasted of their intent to Ethnically Cleanse Christians and Alawis, this doesn't seem to bother their Western backers. Full text of article by Niall Green at link.

Despite the claims of the United States and its allies that they are seeking a peace deal and humanitarian relief in Syria, the Annan mission and the presence of foreign observers constitute a political fraud. They are a smokescreen behind which the imperialist powers and their regional proxies are advancing their agenda of regime-change in Damascus. ... read full story / add a comment
Israel: ready to attack
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday April 14, 2012 - 22:05 by pat c   text 4 comments (last - friday may 18, 2012 - 13:38)   image 1 image
Its not just a rogue attack from the Israeli Terrorist State thats on the agenda: Obama and his minions are deliberately psyching up the US people with their bellicose statements. Preconditions which cannot be met are being set for negotiations. Israel is being supplied with enhanced missile capability. Yassamine Mather deals with these points in the article below. Full text at link.

On Saturday April 14 Iran will attend talks with six world powers. The US has indicated this is Iran’s “last chance” to avoid military intervention and the Obama administration is taking very specific demands to the talks as preconditions for further negotiations: for example, Iran “must immediately close” a large nuclear facility allegedly built underneath a mountain if it wants to avoid a devastating strike. ... read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Wednesday April 04, 2012 - 19:07 by lefty   text 2 comments (last - monday april 01, 2013 - 20:55)
A greek pensioner and world war II hero, shot himself on front of the greek parliament to die with some dignity rather than waiting until he had to search for food in garbage cans, and becoming a burden to hs children. Apparently Suicide rates have soared in greece. ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / other press Tuesday March 27, 2012 - 22:52 by .
Sharing Ireland is an informal project to connect anyone in Ireland who is interested in non-commercial culture. We want to encourage varied and meaningful forms of direct sharing, cooperation and mutual aid. ... read full story / add a comment
Israel could strike at any moment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday March 05, 2012 - 17:32 by pat c   image 1 image
There is an eerie sense of deja vu as the rhetoric used by the Imperialist leaders echoes that used in 2003 prior to the invasion of Iraq. Ben Lewis reports on debates in Westminster , international developments and the ever present danger of an Israeli attack on Iran. Full text at link.

The debate was initiated by Conservative MP John Baron, perhaps the only Tory MP who opposes an attack on Iran. His motion was simple and straightforward: “This house believes that the use of force against Iran would be wholly counterproductive and would serve only to encourage any development of nuclear weapons; and calls upon the government to rule out the use of force against Iran and reduce tensions by redoubling diplomatic efforts.” Malcolm Rifkind, Tory chairman of the intelligence and security committee, moved an amendment that completely changed its content. The amendment deleted everything except “This house” and replaced the rest of Baron’s motion with: “… supports the government’s efforts to reach a peaceful, negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue through a combination of pressure in the form of robust sanctions, and engagement led by the E3+3 comprising the UK, US, France, Germany, China and Russia; and recognises the value of making clear to Iran that all options for addressing the issue remain on the table”.

The Rifkind amendment, which was passed by an overwhelming majority of 285 to 6. Those who voted against the amendment were Labour MPs John McDonnell, Paul Flynn and Dennis Skinner; Jonathan Edwards of Plaid Cymru; Mark Durkan of the Social Democratic and Labour Party; and Baron himself. ... read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / other press Tuesday February 28, 2012 - 13:26 by JoeMc   text 1 comment (last - tuesday february 28, 2012 - 16:13)
PhiliIMC reports on the slaying of Indymedia Kenya organizer Stephen Nyash last Tuesday . The shooting occurred in the Korogocho ghetto of Nairobi, where Nyash had lived and worked for most of his life. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Tuesday February 14, 2012 - 23:40 by T   text 1 comment (last - thursday february 16, 2012 - 19:59)   image 1 image
Since approximately the early 1980s Capitalism has been on the offensive to attack working conditions and take away the hard won labour rights of the previous century or so.

In those years we have seen manufacturing jobs move offshore and increasing amounts of temporary and part-time jobs which have less rights than full time jobs.

We have seen multi-national and chain stores declare bankruptcy to allow these firms to walk away from their healthcare and pension obligations, only to re-open the following week.

But yet this is not good enough and the capitalists and because of the logic of capitalism itself, as usual never give up and have their sights firmly set on things like decent wages, holiday pay, sick pay, pensions and health-cover.

And leading the latest innovation in exploition is IBM Germany with their new programme called, "liquid" and reported in an article titled 'IBM launches new form of day-wage labour' on the www.wsws.org website. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Saturday February 04, 2012 - 20:42 by Darren C   text 2 comments (last - thursday february 16, 2012 - 13:50)
Yes, it’s kicking off everywhere.

Over the last 18 months we have seen a sea change in resistance and popular consciousness. The Arab Spring has put revolution back on the agenda of global politics.

In Britain, we’ve seen the occupation of Millbank and student revolt, the huge TUC March and now the massive N30 strike.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Monday January 23, 2012 - 22:13 by pat c   text 4 comments (last - tuesday january 24, 2012 - 15:10)
More trouble for the islamist NTC. Full text at link.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Fighters loyal to Libya's overthrown leader Muammar Gaddafi took control of a town south-east of the capital on Monday, flying their green flags in defiance of the country's fragile new government. The fightback by Gaddafi supporters defeated in Libya's civil war, though unlikely to spread elsewhere, added to the problems besetting a government which in the past week has been reeling from one crisis to another. Gaddafi himself was captured and killed in October after weeks on the run.

Accounts from the town of Bani Walid, about 200 km (120 miles) from Tripoli, described armed Gaddafi supporters attacking the barracks of the pro-government militia in the town and then forcing them to fall back. ... read full story / add a comment
international / environment / other press Friday January 20, 2012 - 14:15 by Barry Finnegan
"Bulgarians shut the Frack Up

In good fracking news to the East...
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Friday January 13, 2012 - 23:37 by theDetail.tv
PATRICIA Campbell worked as a nurse in the Belfast Trust for over 10 years, with a career that spanned a quarter of a century. However, ever since a minor accidental misdemeanour resulted in her dismissal, she has been engaged in an uphill battle to hold her employers to account. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday January 03, 2012 - 23:48 by T   text 3 comments (last - sunday september 23, 2012 - 17:33)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on New Year’s Eve. The bill provides a massive $662 billion for the US war machine and makes unprecedented inroads into democratic rights, authorizing the US military to seize individuals anywhere in the world and hold them in a military detention facility indefinitely, without a trial or any other legal recourse. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday December 19, 2011 - 23:53 by pat c
Christopher Hitchens has departed the mortal coil. He used to to be a true anti-imperialist but ended as a supporter of Imperialism. Unlike other ex leftists however Hitch held on to a lot of his radical views and didn't disown his past (like Martin Amis did). But does this balance out his support for the slaughter in Iraq? Sean Fenley pens a critical obituary. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday December 16, 2011 - 17:14 by David Douglas   text 5 comments (last - tuesday december 20, 2011 - 14:04)
David Douglass reports on how some English Anarchists slid down a slippery slope with their support for Islamic rebels in Libya. Full text at link.

On Sunday November 6 I was confronted out of the blue by a political development in anarchism which knocked me off my feet. Surrounded by comrades in a fairly well attended meeting of the Northern Anarchist Network and the North East Anarchists at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle, I listened with jaw dropping to the item on the agenda marked ‘Libyan Solidarity Campaign’.

The ‘Support Nato bombing tendency’ is how I would roughly designate it. I subsequently traced back this disturbing development to Ian Bone’s blog. Ian, a long standing comrade of mine, founder of Class War and many great initiatives, surely could not be the origin of this absurd and reactionary viewpoint? ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / other press Friday December 02, 2011 - 12:38 by Anne McShane
Anne McShane writes about the cutbacks, the DCTU march and the inadequacies of the fughtback campaign to date. On November 26 2,000 demonstrators marched in Dublin against the December 5-6 budget. This budget marks year two of a four-year plan to slash public spending and raise taxes - all part of stringency measures imposed by the International Monetary Fund/European Central Bank 2010 bailout.

The numbers on this year’s demonstration were tiny compared to last November. Then a mass demonstration was organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. An estimated 150,000 braved snow and ice to show their opposition to the strategy of draconian austerity. Militant speeches were given by the president of ICTU, Jack O’Connor, and its secretary, David Begg. Both pledged their active and wholehearted resistance to the IMF/ECB deal and vowed to defeat it. ... read full story / add a comment
international / environment / other press Saturday November 26, 2011 - 16:55 by Emily Chung   text 10 comments (last - saturday december 10, 2011 - 11:20)   image 1 image
The shrinkage continues, the sea level rises. We are all ion peril.

The recent loss of sea ice in the Arctic is greater than any natural variation in the past 1˝ millennia, a Canadian study shows. "The recent sea ice decline … appears to be unprecedented," said Christian Zdanowicz, a glaciologist at Natural Resources Canada, who co-led the study and is a co-author of the paper published Wednesday online in Nature. "We kind of have to conclude that there's a strong chance that there's a human influence embedded in that signal." ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Tuesday November 22, 2011 - 13:25 by pat c   text 10 comments (last - wednesday november 30, 2011 - 14:03)   image 4 images   video 2 video files
Johannes Stern writes on how the US client Military Junta in Egypt has carried out a murderous attack on protesters. Interestingly: State TV cited US police actions against Occupy Wall Street protests to justify the repression of protests on Tahrir Square. Tellingly, many of the tear gas canisters used against Egyptian protesters were made in the US. Full text at link.

The US views the military as the backbone of the Egyptian bourgeois state, defending capitalist rule and the interests of Western imperialism in the Middle East. Ever since the mass uprising that led to the ouster of Mubarak on February 11, the Obama administration has worked closely with SCAF to try to end strikes and protests by Egyptian workers demanding social equality and democratic rights. It has sought at all costs to prevent a second revolution. ... read full story / add a comment
international / environment / other press Monday November 21, 2011 - 22:50 by T
This article by Jan Lundberg of CultureChange.org suggests we should be occupying the land as Jan has pointed out elsewhere that the Occupy movement hasn't really taken on the environmental crisis and sustainability into its core thinking and what will matter in the end is access to land for food when the whole system does eventually crash. ... read full story / add a comment
Remember, remember ... the imperialist slaughter
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday November 11, 2011 - 19:33 by pat c   text 2 comments (last - saturday november 12, 2011 - 10:30)   image 1 image
James Turley writes about the criminalisation of those who have burned poppies and elaborates on the imperialist agenda behind the whole remembrance charade. Those who fell should be remembered but not to glorify imperialism.

It is that time of year, again, when the world is colonised by plastic poppies. No establishment luminary will be seen in a public forum without one of these slightly naff trinkets pinned to his or her lapel; and thousands more people around the country will likewise sport the designated symbol of remembrance for the war dead.... .

More troubling is the fate of three Northern Ireland teenagers, about whom little is known except their ages - two are 17 and one 16 - and that they were pulled up before Coleraine magistrates court, charged with ‘incitement to hatred’. The 16-year-old also faces charges relating to ‘improper use’ of a social networking site, thanks to his publication of damning visual evidence of the ‘crime’ on Facebook....
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Wednesday November 02, 2011 - 00:30 by An Puc ar Buile   text 1 comment (last - monday november 07, 2011 - 13:13)
This article questions why the current crisis has so far failed to bring us together as a people and why, in the face of the prospect of economic meltdown, we're still merrily clinging to the status quo of individualism and conservatism. It also asks what role a progressive nationalism has to play in getting us out of the crisis. ... read full story / add a comment

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