The Holocaust, the BBC and antisemitism smears

28 January 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Senior BBC news reporter Orla Guerin has found herself in hot water of an increasingly familiar kind. During a report on preparations for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, she made a brief reference to Israel and an even briefer reference to the Palestinians. Her reporting coincided with Israel hosting world leaders last week at Yad Vashem, its Holocaust remembrance centre in Jerusalem.

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Iran News Links 26-27 January 2020

27 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

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

Russia, Iran agree to look at format of parliamentary dialogue of Caspian nations
https://tass.com/world/1113385

Today’s Links 27 January 2020
http://mikewhitneysgraspingatstraws.blogspot.com/2020/01/todays-links_27.html

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The value in GDP

27 January 2020 — Michael Roberts Blog

At the recent ASSA 2020 conference there was a session on whether Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the ubiquitous measure of national output, was adequate as a gauge of “well-being or social welfare”. Various proposals have been put forward for attempting to measure social welfare, including “dashboards” of economic and social indicators as well as approaches that are more explicitly tied to economic theory.  The US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) initiated a discussion at ASSA to consider the pros and cons of alternative approaches.

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Julian Assange and the Inhumanity of the British State: ‘Unofficial’ Solitary Confinement as Torture

26 January 2020 — 21st Century Wire

Up until this week, Assange has been held in solitary confinement in Belmarsh prison. Incredibly, it was the other prisoners along with Assange’s legal team, who have pressured the government officials to respect the law and allow Assange to be removed from solitary confinement, resulting in his transfer to a general wing. This piece looks at how Assange was unofficially segregated in the prison’s healthcare unit,  with no recourse to systems designed for prisoners in official solitary confinement regimes as applied under Prison Rule 45, leaving him out of reach of rules and law.


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Russia stood by Iran in showdown with US

27 January 2020 — Indian Punchline

By M.K. Bhadrakumar

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches Black Sea navy exercise from Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser, Jan. 9, 2020.

The US President Donald Trump first said there were ‘no casualties’ in the Iranian missile attack on the Ain al-Asad military airbase in Iraq on January 8. “We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases,” Trump had said.

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The Musical Matilda on Stage in Amherst Inspires Joyous Rebellion By Edward Curtin

18 January 2020 — Edward Curtin

“Our problem is civil obedience,” said the people’s historian Howard Zinn.

This may sound like an odd way to begin a review of a play, but I think you will agree that it is apropos, since the musical Matilda, based on the book by the impish writer Roald Dahl and produced by Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater, has just opened and will run, most appropriately, through the Sunday of Martin Luther King weekend and continue the following Thursday through Sunday at Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts.  I like to think MLK would approve.

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Bolivia News Links 23-26 January 2020

26 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

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Bolivians Celebrate Fourteen Years of the Plurinational State
https://libya360.wordpress.com/2020/01/24/bolivians-celebrate-fourteen-years-of-the-plurinational-state/

Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva: Obama, Hillary Ordered Me Not to Negotiate with Iran
https://www.mintpressnews.com/brazil-president-lula-da-silva-obama-hillary-ordered-not-negotiate-iran/264315/

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Syria News Links 24-25 January 2020

26 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

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Today’s links 25 January 2020
http://mikewhitneysgraspingatstraws.blogspot.com/2020/01/todays-links_25.html

Pentagon aggravates situation around interaction in Syria – Russian Defense Ministry
https://tass.com/defense/1112963

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Housmans Books Newsletter February 2020

26 January 2020 — Housmans Books

HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2020

NEWS 
1. Our Power Is Real – Saturday 28th March
2. London Bookshop Crawl 2020

INSTORE EVENTS
3. ‘Journey Through Utopia’ with Matthew S. Adams, Rhiannon Firth, and Tim Waterman
4. Poetry Against Homelessness
5. ‘The Clamour of Nationalism: Race and the Nation in Twenty-First Century Britain’
6. Radixal Love Zine V Day Takeover
7. ‘In and Against the State: Lessons from our recent past’ with Rosemary Grennan and Seth Wheeler
8.’So We Live: The Novels of Alexander Baron’ with Susie Thomas, Nadia Valman, and Ken Worpole
9. Autonomy Now presents: ‘Occult Features of Anarchism’ with Erica Lagalisse and Carl Levy
10. ‘Feminism for the 99%’ with Sara Farris and Susan Pashkoff

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Brazil Aims to Criminalize Glenn Greenwald’s Journalism

25 January 2020 — Defend Wikileaks

New York Times: “Federal prosecutors in Brazil have brought charges against US journalist Glenn Greenwald for reporting on leaked cellphone messages showing widespread corruption of Brazilian public officials. Greenwald is accused of being part of a “criminal organization” that hacked into the cellphones of several prosecutors and other officials to obtain the messages.”

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