War in Our Time By Andrey Panevin

1 August 2015 — Slavyangrad

War In Our Time

The Crisis of Distraction

Accepting the absurdity of everything around us is one step, a necessary experience: it should not become a dead end. It arouses a revolt that can become fruitful.” Albert Camus 

In 2015 we are barrelling towards a third world war at breakneck speed and much like the First and Second World Wars, oblivion to this trend is commonplace. From the complete resurgence of fascism in Ukraine to the overt funding and training of terrorism, to the rapid erosion of the planet’s health, crises around the world are converging into situations that affect all of us. In the meantime what used to be real life has devolved into twenty-four-hour-a-day reality television. Most people do not care (or know) about Obama’s legacy as a warmonger and leader of the most war-hungry nation on earth; they do, however, praise his tweets to Caitlyn Jenner, and other shallow products of the western system of distraction. Whereas 2014 was one of the years in the 21st century in which the possibility of a third world war was reinforced as an inevitability, 2015 has become the year in which such a war is a matter of casual promotion by the mainstream press. The year 2016 looms on the horizon and with an American presidential election set to dominate it, the construction of fallout shelters is now an idea less absurd than that of any sort of peace under Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush (or perhaps Donald Trump?). Continue reading this...

New at Strategic Culture Foundation 26 July – 1 August 2015

1 August 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

UN Srebrenica Resolution Vetoed by Russia (Lending Helping Hand to Those in Need)

01.08.2015 | 00:00 | Dmitry BABICH

The Republika Srpska (RS), populated by Orthodox Christians, has recently come under growing pressure from the United States and the European Union frowning on the decision taken by the country’s President Milorad Dodik to hold a referendum on the authority of Bosnia’s national court over ethnic Serbs in September. Now it looks like Dodik has started to look for a middle of the road solution. He said in Belgrade that Republika Srpska is willing to talk about the referendum on the Court and Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina if the reasons for holding it disappear…

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More dead bees? Thank the Barbarians!

31 July 2015 — 38 Degrees

Fresh batches of bee-killing pesticides are on their way to British farms right now. [1] Prime Minister David Cameron could stop these toxic chemicals before they are spread across our fields and wreak havoc on bees. But he’ll only do it if enough of us pile on the pressure.

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National Security Archive 31 July 2015: Los Quemados: Chile’s Pinochet Covered up Human Rights Atrocity

31 July 2015 — National Security Archive

Los Quemados: Chile’s Pinochet Covered up Human Rights Atrocity

Chilean Dictator Rejected Police Report Identifying Army Units which Burned Alive Teenage Protesters in 1986

Declassified Documents Could Provide Evidence in long-awaited Prosecution for Murder of Washington D.C. Resident Rodrigo Rojas, Burning of Carmen Quintana
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Video: Varoufakis Sued for Alleged Treason While Syriza’s Left Platform Is Accused of Conspiracy

29 July 2015 — The Real News Network

Dimitri Lascaris reports on the charges against Varoufakis and critiques the media for engaging in a smear campaign that accuses the former energy minister Lafazanis and the leaders of the Left Platform of being covert plotters (inc. transcript)

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Statewatch News Online, 30 July 2015 (19/15)

30 July 2015 — Statewatch • e-mail: office@statewatch.org

You can also access as a pdf  file here: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2015/jul/e-mail-30-7-15.pdf

NEWS: http://www.statewatch.org/news/

1.   EU: Analysis: EU-USA Justice and Home Affairs cooperation: an honest and equal relationship?
2.   EU: Briefing: Preparing the ground for “smart borders”: EU action on “overstayers 
3.   EU: Smart borders: European Commission and MSs’at odds over digitising passport stamps
4.   EU: European Parliament Study: The General Principles of EU Administrative Procedural Law 
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30 July 2015 — Pambazuka News


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Statewatch: New Analysis & Briefing, 30 July 2015 (17/15): EU-US cooperation & Smart Borders

30 July 2015 — Statewatch — e-mail: office@statewatch.org

1. EU: Statewatch Analysis:  EU-USA Justice and Home Affairs cooperation: an honest and equal relationship? 
2. EU: Statewatch Briefing: Preparing the ground for “smart borders”: EU action on “overstayers” 
3. EU: Smart borders: European Commission and Member States at odds over digitising passport stamps 

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Media Lens: Fantasy Politics – ‘Corbyn’s Morons’ And The ‘Sensible Approach’

29 July 2015 — Media Lens

Fantasy Politics – ‘Corbyn’s Morons’ And The ‘Sensible Approach’

In May, voters grasped Spanish political orthodoxy and shook it like a rag doll:

‘The anti-austerity party Podemos claimed its biggest victory in Barcelona, where activist Ada Colau seized control of the city hall. Podemos and Ciudadanos… made advances across the country that will give them a chance to shape policy for the first time.’

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Housmans Books Newsletter August 2015

28 July 2015 — Housmans



1. Pits and Perverts – T-Shirts/Posters/Badges
2. Political ephemera volunteer request

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SA(S)R Syndrome Moves On By S. Artesian

26 July 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

SA(S)R Syndrome Moves On 

Short-Attention-Span-Radicalism has quickly recovered from its setback in Greece,  finding solace in  its own unique spin on Joe Hill’s supposed last words– “Don’t mourn, Don’t organize; Forget, Ignore, Repeat.” The SARs brigade made up of VIBs; SIPs; near, neo, quasi, democratic, semi, hemi, demi, erratic, mo, po, po-mo socialists is done sitting shiva for Greece and has moved on to its next challenge, its once and future failure, Britain.

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 19-25 July 2015

25 July 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The Tatar Knight of the Lithuanian Knight’s Cross – a Faithful Servant to the West

25.07.2015 | 00:00 | Peotr VOROBIEV

At the beginning of July, an interesting story appeared in the media: the head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Mustafa Dzhemilev, was awarded the Order of the Knight’s Cross «For services to Lithuania» by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait?. The nature of this Tatar’s knightly, which is to say military, services to the Lithuanian state could not but arouse curiosity. And I immediately called to mind that the first of this future knight’s seven previous convictions, at that time a Soviet citizen born in 1943 in German-occupied Crimea, was at the age of 22 for refusing compulsory military service in the army…

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NHS privatisation is destroying our health service

24 July 2015 — 38 Degrees

The truth about NHS privatisation has been exposed. An undercover investigation has found shocking care failures by private health business Care UK. It’s been caught leaving dangerously ill patients waiting for hours, and using work experience students instead of nurses. [1] This is what happens when private companies get their hands on our NHS. 

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Black Agenda Report July 23, 2015: NetRootsNation Confrontation, Obama’s Prison Reform Con Game, Iran Deal, Sandra Bland

23 July 2015 — Black Agenda Report

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

NetRootsNation is a gathering for paid and wannabe paid Democratic party activists, including the ostensibly non-partisan ones. You go there to make connections, learn new stuff and get noticed by the people who hand out grants, jobs, fellowships and careers, cash for “voter education” and GOTV. Confronting minor white male candidates was a great way to get noticed without antagonizing Hillary, the inevitable Democratic nominee.

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