UK: Biometric ‘permission to travel’ scheme in Borders Bill will affect tens of millions of people

20 September 2021 — Statewatch

The attack on the asylum system proposed by the UK government in the Nationality and Borders Bill has, rightfully, provoked outrage. However, the Bill also includes proposals to introduce an electronic ‘permission to travel’ scheme that would involve gathering biometric and other data from tens of millions of people.

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Ruckus over AUKUS isn’t an edifying sight

20 September 2021 — Indian Punchline

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and US President Joe Biden enjoy a light moment at the G7, Cornwall, UK, June 12, 2021

The diplomatic fallout from the new security agreement between the Australia, United Kingdom and the United States [AUKUS] is just about beginning. The debris will take time to clean up. Might there be some lasting damage?

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Afghanistan News Links 19-20 September 2021

20 September 2021 • 18:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

‘We want justice under US law,’ father of 2yo daughter killed in Kabul drone strike tells RT
https://www.rt.com/news/535310-afghanistan-drone-strike-victims/

John Pilger: The US Military is a Killing Machine
https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2021/09/19/john-pilger-the-us-military-is-a-killing-machine/

Masters of Illusion: Sociopathy from the Very Rich on Down
https://dissidentvoice.org/2021/09/masters-of-illusion-sociopathy-from-the-very-rich-on-down/

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China: Not so Evergrande

19 September 2021 — Michael Roberts Blog 

by michael roberts

China’s Evergrande Group is the second largest property developer in China and it is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.  Evergrande has hired ‘restructuring advisers’ and warned that its liquidity is under “tremendous pressure” from collapsing sales, facing protests by home buyers and retail investors.  Based in Shenzhen in southern China, Evergrande is saddled with almost Rmb2tn of total liabilities or over $300bn.

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Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-20

19 September 2021 — Indian Punchline

Iran’s then-Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) welcoming Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (C), Tehran, Jan. 31, 2021

20. Iran takes good look at Taliban rulers

Some strongly worded statements from Iran deploring the clashes in Panjshir Valley created a perception that Tehran might be distancing itself from the Taliban government. Of course, Tehran is vociferously urging the formation of an ‘inclusive government’ in Kabul.

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Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-19

18 September 2021 — Indian Punchline

Family photo of the 20th summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Dushanbe, September 17, 2021

19. SCO won’t be subaltern to QUAD

As expected, the situation in Afghanistan was the focal point of the discussions at the 20th summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Dushanbe on Friday. Yet, the SCO’s Dushanbe Declaration is scanty on the topic.

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Afghanistan News Links 17-18 September 2021

18 September 2021 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

Taliban Uncovered Dozens Of Anti-Tank, Anti-Aircraft Missiles In Panjshir Valley (Videos, Photos)
https://southfront.org/taliban-uncovered-dozens-of-anti-tank-anti-aircraft-missiles-in-panjshir-valley-videos-photos/

The rise of Taliban and Taliban-ism
https://countercurrents.org/2021/09/the-rise-of-taliban-and-taliban-ism/

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Aukus Pact: An Alliance against China that Excludes Europe

17 September 2021 — Internationalist 360°

Yoselina Guevara

Exactly one month after the fall of Kabul and the disgraceful withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the United States has come into the world limelight with the Aukus Pact, an alliance that takes the initials of the names of the three signatory countries (Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom), with which it intends to “contain” Chinese expansion. The confrontation with the Asian giant is a way for the United States to demonstrate that withdrawal from Afghanistan does not mean a retreat in international affairs. When Kabul fell into the hands of the Taliban, the whole world questioned Washington’s credibility and, above all, its ability to guarantee security.

Likely Assassination of UN Chief by US, British and South African Intelligence Happened 60 Years Ago Today

18 September 2021 — Consortium News

New evidence over the past decade has led to a UN probe into the probable assassination of the second UN chief, but U.S., British and South African intelligence are rebuffing UN demands to declassify files to get at the truth.

Dag Hammarskjöld arrived in Katanga for talks with Katanga authorities and Belgian representatives about withdrawal of Belgian troops and the deployment of the UN Force. At Elisabethville airport prior to his return in Leopoldville. Aug. 14, 1960. (UN Photo)

Former President Harry Truman told reporters two days after Dag Hammarskjöld’s death on Sept. 18, 1961 that the U.N. secretary-general  “was on the point of getting something done when they killed him. Notice that I said ‘when they killed him.’”

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