Unilever’s Toxic Mercury Spill in India: Tweet the CEO

7 August 2015 — 38 Degrees

It’s working! After thousands of 38 Degrees members contacted Unilever about their devastating toxic mercury spill in India, the company’s CEO just tweeted that he is ‘Determined to solve fast.’ [1] We’re making him feel the heat in public.

But he hasn’t yet promised to pay proper compensation to the families affected so they can rebuild their lives. Please can you tweet him directly to pile on the pressure? Continue reading this...

Black Agenda Report for August 6, 2015: #BlackLivesMatter, African America Regains Its Senses, Dead Lions & Dead Black Men

6 August 2015 — Black Agenda Report

Where’s the #BlackLivesMatter Critique of the Black Misleadership Class, or Obama or Hillary?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

If #BlackLivesMatter is a movement, just what does that mean? Obama’s 2008 campaign said it was “the movement” too. If modern movements are indistinguishable from brands, to whom are they responsible besides “creators” and marketers? Are some #BlackLivesMatter leaders angling for spots in what Adolph Reed calls the race management elite? Could this be why #BlackLivesMatter has no critique of the black misleadership class, or of capitalism?

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Down to the Bare Walls, Fixtures Included By S. Artesian

6 August 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Down to the Bare Walls, Fixtures Included

1. Somewhere that guy Marx, collaborating with that guy Engels– a man a bit too taken with the military side of things, wrote that “the history of hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.”  A revolutionary proposition to be sure, back then and there, and here and now; and a revolutionary challenge to the purveyors, hawkers, merchants of natural law, social contracts, rational market, the rights of man, etc. etc. and forever etc. 

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Media Lens: Whitewash – The Guardian Readers’ Editor Responds On Jeremy Corbyn

6 August 2015 — Media Lens

In our previous media alert, we described ‘the panic-driven hysterical hate-fest campaign’ being waged against Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn right across the corporate media ‘spectrum’.

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Cops gun down un-armed journalist’s career

5 August 2015 — Greg Palast

LA Times fires Ted Rall – evidence blows up in newspaper’s face

By Greg Palast  |  Reader Supported News

Ted Rall is a lying, fantasist scumbag.

Or maybe, just maybe, the LA Times, complicit with the Los Angeles police, have slandered and slimed America’s toughest critic of police violence.

The story:  On July 27, the LA Times fired their long-time columnist and cartoonist Ted Rall for fabricating a story of police misconduct.  The LA Times’ evidence?  A tape recording provided by the LAPD.  Problem was, the tape was muffled—possibly tampered with.

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Statewatch News Online, 5 August 2015 (20/15)

5 August 2015 — Statewatch • e-mail: office@statewatch.org

You can access as a pdf file athttp://www.statewatch.org/news/2015/aug/e-mail-med-4-8-15.pdf

Statewatch coverage of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and its effect inside the EU

New key documents and Commentaries

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National Security Archive: The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II

4 August 2015 — National Security Archive

The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II

A Collection of Primary Sources

Updated National Security Archive Posting Marks 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Japan and the End of World War II

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China’s Cyberspying Is ‘on a Scale No One Imagined’–if You Pretend NSA Doesn’t Exist

4 August 2015 — FAIR

NSA headquartersStories about cyberespionage–like the data theft at the US Office of Personal Management believed but not officially stated to have been carried out by China–are weird. For one thing, they include quotes about how “we need to be a bit more public” about our responses to cyberattacks–delivered from White House officials who speak only on condition of anonymity.

That’s from a July 31 piece by the New York Times‘ David Sanger, which, as Marcy Wheeler of the blog Emptywheel (8/1/15) pointed out, had a certain amount of fiction mixed in with its reporting.

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COLDTYPE ISSUE 102 August 2015 – is now on line

2 August 2015 — Coldtype

Download and read it – free of charge at www.coldtype.net

64 PAGES of great writing and photography. 

Two activists take the spotlight this month. Cover story features Canadian Kevin Neish, who has been involved in protests throughout Central America and aboard two of the Boats to Gaza; while we also have an excerpt from a soon-to-be-published book by C.J. Hinke, the last US draft dodger. We’ve also got a photo essay on the Ku Klux Klowns, and stories about rich drivers, Asia’s Big Bang, a Palestinian who was deported for trying to go home, and the British media’s hatred for the Labour Party’s likely new leader. Plus, as always, lots more great reading.

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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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