TTIP in Europe

29 May 2015 — 38 Degrees

Yesterday, we had a setback in the fight against TTIP, the dangerous US-EU trade deal. Members of the European Parliament, including five from the UK, failed to scrap one of the worst bits of the deal – the part that would let corporations sue our government in secret courts. [1] But it’s not game over. There’s another, bigger, vote on TTIP less than two weeks away. [2] And we’ve got a plan to help us win.

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Statewatch News Online, 29 May 2015 (13/15): News: Med crisis and EU response

29 May 2015 — Statewatch.org/ • e-mail: office@statewatch.org

Statewatch coverage of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean

New Key Documents

1. European External Action Service (EEAS): Military Advice: RESTRICTED doc no: 8802-15
2. Political and Security Committee: PMG Recommendations on the draft Crisis Management
 3.Draft Crisis Management Concept for a possible CSDP operation to disrupt human smuggling networks in the Southern Central Mediterranean – Approval
4. Proposal for Council Decision
5. WRITTEN PROCEDURE for adoption of: Council Decision 
6. Formal Decision in the Official Journal 

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Statewatch News Online, 29 May 2015 (12/15)

29 May 2015 — Statewatch • e-mail: office@statewatch.org

NEWS
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1.   UN: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
2.   EU: Council of the European Union: EU Action on Migratory Pressures – targeted update on Turkey 
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Ukraine Labor Dares Operation Vulture by Michael Hudson

28 May 2015 — michael-hudson.com

Ukraine’s collapse since the February 2014 coup has become an umbrella for grabitization. Collateral damage in this free-for-all has been labor. Many workers are simply not getting paid, and what they actually is being paid is often illegally low. Employers are taking whatever money is in their business accounts and squirreling it away – preferably abroad, or at least in foreign currency.

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Schools in the UK Are Now Asking Muslim Children to Fill Out “Counter-Extremism” Tests By Ananya Rao-Middleton

27 May 2015 — Media Diversified

Over the past couple of days, this photograph of a questionnaire/survey given to primary school children in East London has been widely circulated on social media.

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America Admittedly Behind ISIS “Surge” By Tony Cartalucci

25 May 2015 — Land Destroyer

Taking advantage of a Syrian military stretched thin to protect everywhere at the same time, high concentrations of well-coordinated Al Qaeda forces, based in NATO-member Turkey as well as in US-allies Jordan and Saudi Arabia, have attacked across several fronts. The tactical and strategic gains are minimal compared to the initial stages of the West’s proxy war against Syria beginning in 2011, but the Western media is intentionally fanning the flames of hysteria specifically to break both support for Syria from abroad, and fracture resistance from within.

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The Anti-Empire Report #139 By William Blum – Published May 23rd, 2015

23 May 2015 — The Anti-Empire Report

Their precious young minds and our precious young minds

She was a redheaded rebel, the singer in the family, a trash-talking, tattooed 21-year-old wrapped up in a hip-hop dream of becoming Holland’s Eminem. Then Betsy found Allah. After her sudden conversion to Islam last summer, Betsy began dressing in full Muslim robes. By January, the once-agnostic Dutch woman, raised in a home where the only sign of religion was a dusty Bible on a shelf, began defending homegrown terrorists. … Denis Cuspert, a German hip-hop artist known as Deso Dogg who converted in 2010 and later joined The Islamic State [ISIS], delivers a rap-like chant portraying the path to jihad as a chance for empowerment, spiritual fulfillment, vengeance and adventure. … ‘The door to jihad is standing there waiting for you,’ says a Swedish convert to Islam in a video. ‘It is the fastest way to paradise.’

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 17-23 May 2015

23 May 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

America is on a Banking Delayed-action Mine
23.05.2015 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

Since 2009, it has been compulsory for all major US banks to pass an exam called a stress test. The test checks the banks’ ability to withstand sudden changes in economic and financial conditions. Put simply, it assesses the banks’ ability to survive should America experience a financial crisis similar to the one in 2007-2009. In all the years of testing, the majority of US banks have received a rating of ‘satisfactory’, and even then with a stretch of the imagination. Some banks have had to retake the exam… The results of the stress testing shows that America is living on a delayed-action mine called the US banking system, and sooner or later this mine is going to explode…

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Statewatch News Online, 21 May 2015 (10/15)

21 May 2015 — Statewatch.org/ • e-mail: office@statewatch.org

NEWS
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1.   Council of the European Union: Eurojust: Confiscation, Bosnia: Mandate & Revised civilian tasks: CSDP
2.   Big Brother is watching EU – as US moves towards privacy reform, Europe enacts sweeping new spying powers
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Statewatch News Online, 21 May 2015 (11/15): News: Med crisis and EU response

21 May 2015 — Statewatch.org/ • e-mail: office@statewatch.org

Statewatch coverage of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean

Key Analysis and Documents

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Thinking Beyond Capitalism with André Gorz BY Christophe Fourel & Olivier Corpet

21 May 2015 — – Green European Journal

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While we ‘miserably await a future, which restores the past’, we should ‘break with this dying society never to be reborn’. Such was the certitude of philosopher André Gorz, who passed away just five years ago, recall both Christophe Fourel, author of André Gorz: Un penseur pour le XXIème siècle, and Olivier Corpet.

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Drone warfare news stacking up

20 May 2015 — Drone Warfare

Thanks to a Moseley reader for sending this link to a May 11th article:

One paragraph:

British aircraft and unmanned drones have attacked Islamic State targets in Iraq with more than 200 bombs and missiles in military operations that have been largely ignored, a Guardian analysis has shown. The air strikes, which began in the autumn, have been undertaken by the RAF’s oldest bombers – Tornado GR4s and its newest weapon – the remotely piloted Reaper. – The Guardian, 11 May 2015

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Live: Lambert, Hendricks and Ross with the Count Basie Orchestra – Avenue C

17 June 2015 — Youtube

What can I say? The fantastic Lambert, Hendricks and Ross perform ‘Avenue C’ in an extremely rare video clip. Jon Hendricks’ lyrics, always built around an instrumental solo are incredible. A totally underrated group who deserve greater recognition for their work.

Written by Buck Clayton, Jon Hendricks, and Dave Lambert
Performed by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross with the Count Basie Orchestra
unknown program, circa 1959

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 9-16 May 2015

16 May 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Saudi Option of Yemen War to Blow Iran P5+1 Deal

16.05.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

The Obama White House pulled out all the stops this week to indulge the «insecure» Persian Gulf Arab oil sheikhdoms. The assurances lavished by President Obama on his guests – with meetings in the Oval Office and later at the presidential retreat Camp David – may assuage Arab feelings of insecurity in the short-term… But there seems little doubt that the bitter relations that have been festering between the Saudi-led GCC and its main Western patron in Washington will continue to deepen and corrode the «extraordinary relationship» that Obama tried to talk up…

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