Everything’s as it should be. Cameron, dancing on the pinheads of the Tory party, exits stage right, with a “consummate performance,” a “valedictory,” in parliament, introducing his successor, Theresa May, not to be confused with Theresa May Not, Mother Theresa, or the children’s game “Mother Theresa May I?” Cameron plans a well-deserved private vacation– just the immediate family, and a pig head or two, with Boris Johnson one of the pigs.
14 July 2016 — Coldtype
THE CHILCOT REPORT: At last, Tony Blair has been called to account for his reckless handling of the build-up that led to the disastrous 2003 war in Iraq. We’ve got 17 pages of insights into the events from George Monbiot, Felicity Arbuthnot, and David Cromwell & David Edwards. Plus a facsimile of the secret “I’m With You” memo Blair wrote to Bush before war was declared. Other stories in this issue include reports on legalised murder in the USA, the disintegration of the Middle East, reasons why new international trade deals should be rejected, outrageous propaganda in British politics, uplifting photographs of Tibetan exiles, and more . . . Continue reading this...
Black Agenda Report July 13, 2016: Why Sanders Didn’t Get Black Votes, We Need Black Anger, Rulers Shocked But Blacks Not By Attacks In Dallas
13 July 2016 — Black Agenda Report
On the issues, Bernie Sanders should have won the black vote. But presidential politics isn’t just about issues, it’s about entrenched alliances and relations of power. Without understanding why the most left wing constituency in the US delivers its vote reliably to the most right wing interests in the Democratic party, Bernie wasn’t even knocking on the door of the black vote. He was knocking on the wall, unable to find the door.
13 July 2016 — FAIR
Chase’s CEO, Jamie Dimon, was given prime space on the New York Times‘ op-ed page today (7/12/16) to declare that his bank was doing something about “wage stagnation” and “income inequality” by “giving thousands of employees a raise”:
Our minimum salary for American employees today is $10.15 an hour…almost $3 above the current national minimum wage. Over the next three years, we will raise the minimum pay for 18,000 employees to between $12 and $16.50 an hour for full-time, part-time and new employees, depending on geographic and market factors.
“A pay increase is the right thing to do,” declares Dimon.
How nice of the Times to give one of our corporate overlords a chance to let us know he’s doing the right thing!
13 July 2016 — Media Lens
Last week, seven years after the Iraq Inquiry was set up, Sir John Chilcot finally delivered his long-awaited report. Although it stopped short of declaring the Iraq war illegal, and although it failed to examine the real motives for war, the report was not quite the whitewash that had been feared by peace campaigners.
11 July 2016 — The Saker
So the much advertised NATO summit in Warsaw finally took place. It was a total success, at least if the criterion is that the outcome matched the expectations:
- Poroshenko and Nadezhda Savchenko were invited and treated like a respected guest
- Russia was condemned for her “aggressions” in Georgia, Crimea and the Ukraine
- The Poles plastered Warsaw with posters saying “ACHTUNG RU??IA”
- The Balts each got one NATO battalion to deter the Russian Bear
- Russia was condemned for not abiding by the Minks2 Agreement
- Enough hot air was released to worsen global warming by at least 10 degrees
Frankly, I don’t feel like commenting on all this idiocy. Besides, all these pseudo-decisions never were the true purpose of this summit. This summit had a totally different objective and that objective too was fully achieved.
11 July 2016 — Liberty
ICRs (Internet Connection Records) are an expensive and unwarranted invasion on all of our privacy. They’re just one part of the controversial Snoopers’ Charter, which will be debated in the House of Lords, starting today. We want to show Peers just how intrusive these ICRs would be – so we’ve sent a mock ICR on a postcard to every member of the House of Lords.
“The Doomsday Forum”: Senior Military, Nuclear Weapons Officials Convene… America’s “$1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Plan”. Take out Russia, Iran and North Korea? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
9 July 2016 — Global Research
On June 21, 250 top military brass, military planners, corporate military-industrial ”defense” contractors, top officials and scientists from the nuclear weapons laboratories as well as prominent academics gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico to discuss, debate and promote the Pentagon’s One Trillion Dollar Nuclear Weapons program.
Russia is allegedly “threatening the Western World”. The objective is to develop the pre-emptive use of nuclear weapons (i.e. nuclear war as a means of self-defense).
7 July 2016 — Open Media
We have just one week to stand against a plan, put forward by giant telecom conglomerates, to put a toll booth on the Internet.
Regulators in the European Union are about to review key Net Neutrality rules that fundamentally impact how the Internet works.
22 June 2016 — Corpwatch
Shoes labeled “Made in Europe” are often assembled in poor East European countries for ‘starvation wages’ according to a new research report from the Change Your Shoes campaign. The companies whose labor practices were examined include Ara, Bata, Deichmann, Geox, Leder & Schuh AG, Lowa and Zara.
8 July 2016 — FAIR
The core orthodoxies of neoliberalism are under attack by populist forces, and commentators are scrambling for a response. Some are suggesting more left-wing red meat. Others, a moment of self-reflection. But a number of pundits are doing that most noxious of political commentary pastimes—equating right and left responses to the failures of globalization and advocating that “elites” should fight back against the forces of inconvenient democracy.
1. Not to file too fine a point onto David Cameron’s head, but he certainly made a right cock-up of that one didn’t he? A regular old Thomas Hardy he conjured, didn’t he? Here he comes home, having stuck his thumb into the EU pie, felt one or more things round and soft– “a plum!” he thinks, “What a good boy am I!”– and pulls out hard, only to discover that the softs and rounds were his own testicles. Oh, the shock, and pain, of recognition. Fecking brilliant.
7 July 2016 — Information Clearing House
The US/NATO are pushing the world toward nuclear war! This is a must watch video.
Putin to the Western Media talking about US/NATO’s aggressive actions on Russia’s borders and the danger of nuclear war:
“It’s only you [Western media] that they tell tales to and you buy it, and spread it to the citizens of your countries…I don’t know how to get through to you anymore…Your people in turn do not feel a sense of impending danger – this is what worries me. How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction?” – Vladimir Putin at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 17 2016