Statewatch News Online, 24 September 2015 (22/15): Council challenges EU Ombudsman secret trilogues Inquiry (22/15)

24 September 2015 — Statewatch

Statewatch News Online, 24 September 2015 (22/15)
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SPECIAL: EU Ombudsman investigating secret “trilogue” decision-making but:
The Council challenges the right of the European Ombudsman to conduct an inquiry into secret “trilogues” (in which most EU legislation is decided)
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New at Black Agenda Report for 23 September 2015: Terri Swell rated “Worst Black Congressperson”, CBC Report Card for 2015

23 September 2015 — Black Agenda Report

CBC Monitor Report Card Ranks Terri Sewell Worst Black Member of Congress

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford, with Patrice Johnson

Black Agenda Report is once again publishing the annual CBC Monitor Report Card. The former all-time worst Black Congressman, David Scott of Georgia, has passed the torch to a new generation of corporate-bought politicians, represented by Alabama’s Terri Sewell – although Scott remains a close second. Overall, the CBC’s drift to the Right continues, with only 12 members scoring 80 or 90 percent. Not one scored 100, due to their deference to Israel. 

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Anthropocene heat, part three: A one way street to climate hell By Ian Angus

23 September 2015 — Climate & Capitalism

Anthropocene heat, part three: A one way street to climate hell

“The effects of climate change are being felt today, and future projections represent a potentially catastrophic risk to human health.”

“Earth is now entering a new geological epoch, sometimes called the Anthropocene, during which the evolution of the planet’s environment will be largely controlled by the effects of human activities, notably emissions of carbon dioxide. Actions taken during this century will determine whether the Anthropocene climate anomaly will be a relatively short-term and minor deviation from the Holocene climate, or an extreme deviation extending over many thousands of years.”[1]

by Ian Angus

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TTIP: Show us the text!

23 September 2015 — Stop the Secrecy!

Trade Ministers from 12 TPP countries are days away from what inside sources are calling a ‘final TPP round’ to lock into place the biggest and most secretive agreement in the history of the world–and it contains a binding, global Internet censorship scheme.

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Israeli leaders delight in Europe’s cruelty toward refugees By Rania Khalek

20 September 2015 — Electronic Intifada

Israeli leaders delight in Europe’s cruelty toward refugees By Rania Khalek

As most of the world looks on in horror at Europe’s atrocious response to refugees escaping war and persecution in the Middle East and Africa, some Israeli officials are quietly reveling in the chaos.

Dore Gold, director general of the Israeli foreign ministry, expressed optimism that the refugee influx will shift Europe to the right, making it more sympathetic to Israel’s “security” justification for its ongoing colonization of Palestine. Continue reading this...

Syriza voted back into office amid mass abstention in Greek election By Bill Van Auken

21 September 2015 — WSWS

With over 93 percent of the vote counted early Monday, Greece’s Syriza had returned to power in Sunday’s snap election called last month by the party’s leader, former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

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Labour values, the NHS and me By Marcus Chown

27 August 2015 — ourNHS

Labour values, the NHS and me By Marcus Chown

One victim of the ‘labour purge’ explains why he wanted to vote in Labour’s leadership election – and why he’d supported the National Health Action Party, despite being a lifelong Labour voter.

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Army plots against British PMs are not new By Jonathan Cook

20 September 2015 — Jonathon Cook

Jeremy Corbyn,Photo by AP Photo

There has been some debate about the significance of a warning issued this weekend through Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times by a British general that the army would “mutiny” and use “whatever means possible, fair or foul” should the new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ever get near 10 Downing Street.

Here is what the general says:

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Here Comes Johnny Yen Again By S. Artesian

19 September 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential Analysis For The Anti-investor

Here Comes Johnny Yen Again

With the liquor and drugs
 …and the Lenin cap. 
Or something like that.
He stands for old Labour against austerity. 
Loves the political flesh machine.
And the Trident submarine.
It’s all the same.
It’s just a game.

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My Dilemma By William Bowles

19 September 2015 —

I ended my last piece with this:

But assuming JC [Jeremy Corbyn] makes all the right calls, could it, a reborn Labour Party lead to a new call for an end to the madness of capitalism and exactly 130 years after Morris made his plea?

Think about it. Transform the Labour Party into a vehicle to promote a new socialist vision? Who is kidding who here?

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 13-19 September 2015

19 September 2015 — — Strategic Culture Foundation

US Plans to Partition Iraq and Syria into “Pipeline States”

19.09.2015 | 08:00 | Alexei BALIEV

The Middle East is going through radical reshaping as a result of “Arab Spring” followed by the operation against the Islamic State. It would not be an exaggeration to say that its oil and gas reserves greatly influence the unfolding events. Iraq and Syria have a special role to play in this geopolitical game of the West…

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Corbyn’s Dilemma By William Bowles

18 September 2015 —

Corbyn’s Dilemma By William Bowles

‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions’

I’m really torn writing this, for on the one hand, Jeremy Corbyn’s (JC) sudden materialisation in the midst of a rampant, Victorian-style imperialist England, like Doctor Who landing in the Tardis, it’s difficult  not to join in the euphoria currently sweeping through what’s left of the left in England  (the current Media Lens has an excellent description of this) and bow down before JC, an almost Christ-like apparition right in the middle of the gangster capitalists in Armani suits who rule us. 

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17 September 2015 — Pambazuka News


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National Security Archive 16 September 2015: President’s Daily Briefs from Kennedy and Johnson Finally Released

16 September 2015 — National Security Archive

President’s Daily Briefs from Kennedy and Johnson Finally Released (Eight Years After Archive, Professor Larry Berman Lawsuit)

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