US exceptionalism surges again: Will it fly?

3 March 2021 — Asia Times – Globetrotter

US’ return to the UNHRC is part and parcel of Biden administration’s plan to put democracy and rights at the center of its foreign policy

The Biden administration is reverting to old-fashioned American exceptionalism in its foreign policy. Image: Flickr/Justinday

In a statement last Wednesday marking the “return” of the United States to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Secretary of State Antony Blinken disclosed that President Joe Biden’s administration is placing democracy and human rights at the center of American foreign policy.

But the cat is out of the bag. The US is in relative decline and there is a resource crunch. There is an absence of a positive vision for humanity, as the country struggles with its own demons.

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GMO Soy, Popular Resistance, and Corporate Power

4 March 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Book Review
Why does GMO soy dominate Argentine agriculture? ‘Seeds of Power’ exposes the forces that have overwhelmed voices of resistance.

December 2013: Demonstrators in Buenos Aires support anti-Monsanto resistance in Cordoba


Amalia Leguizamón
SEEDS OF POWER: Environmental Injustice and Genetically Modified Soybeans in Argentina
Duke University Press, 2020

reviewed by Brian Tokar

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Drone Wars continues to pursue details of secret UK drone operations

5 March 2021 — Drone Wars

Chris Cole

Drone Wars is undertaking legal action in an attempt to gain details of secret British Reaper drone operations that has been taking place since at least 2019.  Appealing against the MoD’s refusal to answer both FoI requests and parliamentary questions about these missions, Drone Wars is seeking answers before an Information Tribunal.

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Germany: Surprise on the left

Berlin Bulletin No. 186 March 2, 2021 — MRonline

Surprise, surprise! Things worked out quite differently than expected at the congress of the LINKE, the left-wing party. The surprise was not that it took place at all, after the pandemic forced postponements from June to October and from October to last weekend, with most of the 580 delegates at home in front of a screen, microphone and camera; only the socially-distanced, masked leaders sat in a sparsely occupied hall in Berlin. But other parties are meeting that way too.

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From the Murder of Berta Cáceres to Dam Disaster in Uttarakhand

5 March 2021 — The New Dark Age

By Don Fitz

Berta Cáceres outside the US military base of Palmerola in Honduras, where she spoke against the US-backed coup regime in Honduras and against the US military presence in her country. July 4, 2011 photo by Roger D. Harris

March 2, 2021 was the five year anniversary of the murder of Berta Cáceres, who opposed the Agua Zarca dam in Honduras. That date was less than one month after the deaths of dozens of people from Tehri Dam disaster in Uttarakhand, India. The two stories together tell us far more about consequences of the insatiable greed of capitalism for more energy than either narrative does by itself.

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UK Gangster Capitalism: They want to silence criticism

4 March 2021 — Good Law Project

The law of libel has been reformed to make it harder for those who say they have been defamed to win in court. But the world the law envisages is not always the real world.

In the real world, the costs of defending libel proceedings are prohibitive for all except the wealthy. And the financial stress of defending a claim can be unbearable. The consequence is that the threat of defamation proceedings can be used to harass those who seek to speak truth to wealth and power. And they can be, and are, used to force the withdrawal – and sometimes the humiliating withdrawal – of statements which are true or at the very least a reasonable opinion.

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The Right to Live in Peace: The Ninth Newsletter (2021)

4 March 2021 — Tricontinental

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Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

On a warm late February day in Santiago, I went to the grave of Victor Jara to pay homage to the man who was brutally killed on 16 September 1973. A theatre director, songwriter, and communist, Jara was arrested after the coup d’état against the socialist government of Salvador Allende. He was tortured and then murdered. At the rear of the Cementerio General in Recoleta, Jara was buried with other victims of the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. In 2009, Jara’s body was exhumed as part of the investigation into this murder and he was reburied a short distance away. On the original tomb in simple paint are the words el derecho de vivir en paz (‘the right to live in peace’).

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The Government failed to end the Rent Debt Crisis

3 March 2021 — Generation Rent

Thank you for supporting our campaign to end the Rent Debt Crisis.

With a heavy heart I have to tell you that this Budget has done nothing to help renters with spiralling rent debt protect their homes.

The Chancellor has ignored the very real rent debt crisis and without government action renters will have no protection from eviction and homelessness.

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Biden set to inflict wounds on Eurasia

2 March 2021 — Indian Punchline

Yet another colour revolution in Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb 26, 2021

Mikhail Gorbachev in a special interview to the Tass news agency on Monday gave a poignant message to the Kremlin by calling for the strengthening of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Collective Security treaty Organization and for mending relations with those former Soviet republics which are “at odds” with Moscow.

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