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offsite link Sitrep Britain: The Titanic Hits the Iceberg Wed Jul 06, 2022 22:41 | amarynth
By Batiushka for The Saker Blog Power is like cancer ? it eats you slowly without you realising it. St Nectarius of Egina (+ 1920) Possibly the greatest clown UK

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Russia Sanctions and ASSET GRAB 2022 The Coming Sanctions-Induced Economic Tsunami? July 6, 2022 by Yves Smith. https://www.nakedcapitalism... Today I am risking being too glib, but my excuse is aspiring to meet

offsite link Sitrep Operation Z: A small pause Wed Jul 06, 2022 13:17 | amarynth
By Amarynth for the Saker Blog By popular demand, a SMO Sitrep open thread a few days before I planned for it. After Lisichansk, it looks like a small pause

offsite link The Empire is not done torturing Afghanistan Wed Jul 06, 2022 11:42 | amarynth
Despite its resounding defeat, NATO is not quite done with inflicting misery on the land of the Afghans By Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and cross-posted with The

offsite link Why don?t the African cosmos support the West in its sanctions war against Russia? Wed Jul 06, 2022 11:26 | amarynth
By José Francisco Lumango for the Saker Blog The answer may not be simple. But the memory of European colonisation in Africa, and its harmful effects, are still visible despite

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offsite link Boris?s Tragic Flaw Wed Jul 06, 2022 19:03 | Toby Young
Boris is the most gifted politician of his generation and less than three years ago won an 80-seat majority. Why didn't Hal become Henry V?
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offsite link Sacrificing Children?s Needs for Those of Adults was Devastating and Must Never Happen Again Wed Jul 06, 2022 14:21 | Molly Kingsley and Liz Cole
In crisis, we chose to invert our public health paradigm by requiring the young to sacrifice their own health and wellbeing to safeguard that of adults. In doing so, we shattered our implicit social contract.
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offsite link The New Bill of Rights is Another Example of Boris?s Lack of Backbone Wed Jul 06, 2022 10:30 | James Allan
The new Bill of Rights is a disappointment. It won't rein in the judges, just empower British ones at the expense of European ones. It does little about the undermining of parliamentary sovereignty by the lawyerly caste.
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offsite link What Happened in Lithuania? Wed Jul 06, 2022 08:39 | Noah Carl
By the end of last year, Lithuania's elderly vaccination rate was 37 percentage points higher than Romania's. Yet since the start of the vaccine rollout, the two countries have had similar levels of excess mortality.
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offsite link What?s Behind the Surge of Nearly 8,000 Excess Deaths Since April? Wed Jul 06, 2022 07:00 | Will Jones
As of the most recent week, there have been 7,840 more deaths than usual from causes other than Covid since April, 1,374 of them in just the latest week. What is going on, and is anyone looking into it?
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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
Bodies of persons lie in the garden of the Mahari Hotel in Sirte, immediately after they were put into body bags by local residents. At the time of their killing the hotel was apparently controlled by anti-Gaddafi fighters from Misrata. 53 persons were ap
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday October 24, 2011 - 17:39 by pat c   image 1 image
HRW reveal that Gaddafi supporters were subject to mas execution after surrendering. Ful story at link.

We found 53 decomposing bodies, apparently Gaddafi supporters, at an abandoned hotel in Sirte, and some had their hands bound behind their backs when they were shot. This requires the immediate attention of the Libyan authorities to investigate what happened and hold accountable those responsible.
Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch ... read full story / add a comment
national / politics / elections / other press Sunday October 23, 2011 - 00:53 by An Puc ar Buile   text 10 comments (last - wednesday october 26, 2011 - 02:47)   image 1 image
How can the Irish people vote for a former Fianna Fáil luminary after all that has happened under the watch of the Soldiers of Density? ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Thursday October 20, 2011 - 13:44 by Maryam Namazie
See a wonderful protest of Tunisian for secularism and free speech against the Islamist attempts to silence free speech by attacking the broadcast of the film Persepolis via a TV station: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2011/oct/19/tunis...video ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Thursday October 20, 2011 - 13:17 by pat c
A thought provoking collection of essays from an Anarchist perspective. Issue 1 (2011) of the journal Anarchist developments in Cultural Studies has special edition on 9/11. Full texts at link.

Editorial

Ten Years After 9/11: An Introduction
Michael Truscello

Two New York City Radicals Discuss "9/11 Conspiracy Theories"

9/11 at Nine: The Conspiracy Industry and the Lure of Fascism
Bill Weinberg (93-102)

A New Path to Real Peace: Sander Hicks Responds to Bill Weinberg
Sander Hicks ... read full story / add a comment
international / environment / other press Sunday October 09, 2011 - 18:23 by P. Rampal   text 64 comments (last - tuesday october 18, 2011 - 14:18)   image 7 images
The discussion continues as to why climate modelling may underestimate Arctic sea ice loss.

In recent decades, Arctic sea ice has suffered a dramatic decline that exceeds climate model predictions. The unexpected rate of ice shrinkage has now been explained by researchers at CNRS, Université Joseph Fourier and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They argue that climate models underestimate the rate of ice thinning, which is actually about four times faster than calculations. This model bias is due to the poor representation of the sea ice southward drift out of the Arctic basin through the Fram Strait. When this mechanism was taken into account to correct the discrepancy between simulations and observations, results from the new model suggested that there will be no Arctic sea ice in summer by the end of the century. This work was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research on 29 September 2011.
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international / education / other press Thursday October 06, 2011 - 15:51 by opus diablos
This extract gives an update on the current state of play, and a little background, from the yankee 'backyard' of Latin America. It indicates there are lessons for our predicament that our betters would prefer we didn't learn.
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national / politics / elections / other press Sunday October 02, 2011 - 16:25 by Groucho Marx   text 19 comments (last - sunday october 16, 2011 - 15:37)   audio 1 audio file
Eoghan Harris tried to run the 1997 election through Derek Nally, former head of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors. He tried to destroy the Mary McAleese campaign by using Nally. That is where Harris's description of McAleese as a 'Tribal Time Bomb' came from. The bomb blew up in Harris's face when Nally found out. He ditched Harris and his political playmate, John Cadden, when he found out that he was a patsy. Nally was an unusual policeman who challenged the Garda 'Heavy Gang' in the 1970s.

The info is here:
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/81368

Today, Harris wants to run the election through Gay Mitchell, see:
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dublin / arts and media / other press Tuesday September 27, 2011 - 17:49 by seedot   video 1 video file
The new season of Dole TV starts with this stormer of an episode. Whether its political hip hop, an analysis of Nama or the full series of Dotsy this is the best 20 minutes you can spend this week watching telly. And next week help make the show - doletv@dctv.ie ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Thursday September 22, 2011 - 13:39 by An Draigneán Donn   text 26 comments (last - tuesday september 27, 2011 - 14:11)
Libya is not only a republic. Officially, it does not call itself a ‘Jumhuriya’. Instead, it is described as a ‘Jamahiriya’, meaning a republic with a system of direct democracy. Not too many non-Libyans are aware that this North African country, conquered several times in the past - and which lost thousands of its citizens, including the legendary hero Omar Mukhtar, as martyrs, to colonialism - has been experimenting since the late 1970s with a governmental policy and practice that enables it to credit its own society as being ahead of a number of Western regimes that have habitually claimed to be the cradle of democracy.
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national / miscellaneous / other press Friday September 09, 2011 - 14:45 by MediaMega   text 2 comments (last - sunday september 11, 2011 - 09:30)
IRELAND is in the grip of a "heroin epidemic", while alcohol abuse among the young is leading them towards drug use, two youth support organisations warned yesterday.

The Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children were told by Spunout and the Aislinn Adolescent Addiction Centre that alcohol was both a gateway and relapse drug and that issues such as the availability of alcohol and its below-cost selling needed to be tackled as a matter of urgency. ... read full story / add a comment
international / environment / other press Saturday September 03, 2011 - 14:29 by RB
Bad news for the AGW deniers. Another one of their papers is discredited. Even the editor of the journal that published it is resigning.

The editor of a science journal has resigned after admitting that a recent paper casting doubt on man-made climate change should not have been published.
The paper, by US scientists Roy Spencer and William Braswell, claimed that computer models of climate inflated projections of temperature increase.
It was seized on by "sceptic" bloggers, but attacked by mainstream scientists. ... read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Friday September 02, 2011 - 21:19 by SWPer
Lee Sustar of Socialist Worker, US writes on developments in the Strian revolutionary movement and US sanctions and and attempts to lead the movement astray.

AFTER NEARLY six months of continuous mobilization in the face of savage repression, the Syrian revolutionary movement is debating its future as the U.S. tries to manipulate the opposition to suit its own aims in the Middle East.

Peter Harling and Robert Malley of the pro-imperialist think tank, the International Crisis Group, correctly point out that these economic changes helped set the stage for the revolution:

"For the most part, the regime has been waging war against its original social constituency. When Hafez al-Assad, Bashar's father, came to power, his regime, dominated by members of the Alawite branch of Islam, embodied the neglected countryside, its peasants and exploited underclass. Today's ruling elite has forgotten its roots. Its members inherited power rather than fought for it, grew up in Damascus, mimicked the ways of the urban upper class with which they mingled, and led a process of economic liberalization at the provinces' expense."

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Thursday September 01, 2011 - 19:37 by Richard Brenner   text 2 comments (last - friday september 02, 2011 - 21:03)
How will the revolution in Libya advance now that Gadaffi has fallen? The dangers and opportunities are discussed in this article by Richard Brenner. More material regarding the Libyan revolution is available at the League for the Fifth international website.

In Tripoli in the early days of the uprising, Gaddafi’s forces had already murdered between 200 and 700 unarmed demonstrators. Like all victorious uprisings the Libyan Revolution will have to crush the remaining elements of the old regime including Gaddafi and his sons. They should not be tried but put to swift revolutionary justice. At the same time the revolution needs to discipline itself. The horrifying cases of killings of black people need to be stopped. Gaddafi hired sub-Saharan mercenaries but in Tripoli gangs seem to be treating black people all as Gaddafi mercenaries. Anyone doing this should be tried and punished harshly.
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national / public consultation / irish social forum / other press Tuesday August 30, 2011 - 02:16 by Ruaidhrí O' Conghaile   text 2 comments (last - wednesday september 12, 2012 - 21:25)   video 1 video file
In the current economic climate, the issue of drug policy is all too easily swept under the carpet by our politicians, who instead prefer to focus on budgetary cuts as a means of addressing our massive fiscal deficit. What our politicians apparently fail to recognize however, is the economic idiocy of continuing to pour hundreds of millions of euros of taxpayers money into a failed drug policy. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday August 27, 2011 - 19:00 by T   text 1 comment (last - sunday august 28, 2011 - 16:34)   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
See this breaking news interview with War correspondent Pepe Escobar on Russia Today television.

The hostility persists in Tripoli and the Libyan rebels continue the search for Gaddafi, but who is leading the rebels? Who are the beneficiaries of the fall of Gaddafi? What will the blowback be for those in Libya and across the globe? Pepe Escobar, a correspondent for Asia Times, gives us some answers to these questions. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday August 17, 2011 - 15:45 by Maciej Zurowski
Maciej Zurowski encountered angry locals and grinning cops when he went to Tottenham Police Station. Here are some excerpts from his article and interviews with locals. Full text at link.

On Sunday afternoon, it looked as if the police had been instructed to use a new tactic to contain the public anger: grin. The area around Tottenham police station, which had been subject to severe rioting the previous night, was cordoned off by the boys and girls in blue, each of them sporting an unpersuasive, frozen smile. Gathering in front of the police line were those who have not got much to smile about these days: the overwhelmingly working class denizens of the impoverished north London neighbourhood, which had seen its last major riot during Thatcher’s reign in 1985.

“Murderers! You’ve shot a young father dead,” the woman shouted, following the accusation with assorted expletives. As she walked off, two officers turned to each other and chuckled. You would have thought that homicide is not exactly a laughing matter, especially when you consider that 333 people have died under British police custody since 1998 and not a single police officer has been successfully prosecuted. But then that’s just human defence mechanisms for you.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday August 17, 2011 - 15:33 by T

This report from the WSWS site accurately sums up the situation in Britain today and the outcome of the riots. It confirms most people suspicions that the state has used this to launch a vicious assault on the working class (read ordinary folk) of Britain. It has used the very same press that was embroiled just weeks ago in a huge phone hacking scandal. The state repression and right-wing hysteria unleashed reveal the preparations of the ruling class for police-state forms of rule


It is amazing that despite all the arrests and sentencing that: The riots were triggered by the police execution of Mark Duggan, a black 29-year-old father of four, in Tottenham, north London on August 4, followed by an unprovoked police assault on a peaceful protest over his killing two days later. Almost a fortnight later, no officer has been identified, let alone charged, for these crimes.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday August 17, 2011 - 15:25 by Peter Manson
Peter Manson writes about the London Riots. What was positive about and what was negative. But rioting itself is no answer to the problems facing the Working Class. Full text of the article is at the link below.

A positive and progressive rebellion against deprivation or unashamed and backward criminality? The reaction of the left to the riots in towns and cities across Britain has been polarised between these two extremes.

As readers will know, what started as a peaceful protest outside Tottenham Hale police station on Saturday August 6 was violently transformed after several hours and eventually sparked full-scale rioting and looting, first in London and then in major conurbations the length and breadth of the country. The original demonstration was against the brutal killing by police of Mark Duggan and their subsequent lying excuses and justifications.

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