New Labour Party shadow chancellor seeks to reassure big business at party conference By Chris Marsden

29 September 2015 — WSWS

New Labour Party shadow chancellor seeks to reassure big business at party conference By Chris Marsden 

Newly appointed shadow chancellor John McDonnell outlined his and Jeremy Corbyn’s new economic prescriptions at the Labour Party’s conference yesterday. It was an exercise in appearing as “sensible” and “safe” as possible to Britain’s ruling class, while still making verbal feints towards the anti-austerity sentiment in the working class that catapulted Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party.

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Corbyn’s jobs for the boys By William Bowles

28 September 2015

So socialist Jeremy Corbyn, after pressure from the trade union boys who bankroll him, agreed not to make Trident an issue. After all, making nuclear missiles and the submarines that carry them, are jobs for the boys.

“Earlier Mr McCluskey said [the] Unite [trade union] was sympathetic to the argument that Trident nuclear weapons were expensive but added that not renewing the multi-billion pound system would cost some workers their jobs.

“He told a fringe meeting in Brighton: “We won’t be voting in favour of any anti-Trident resolution.The unions who were opposed to Trident are likely to carry the day and that is the way it is, that is the reality.”” – ‘Jeremy Corbyn loses the battle on Trident after trade unionists side with Labour MPs to block the move‘, the Independent, 27 September 2015

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RISE: Scotland’s Left Alliance By Ken Ferguson

17 September 2015 — MRZine

RISE: Scotland’s Left Alliance By Ken Ferguson

One year on from the historic Scottish independence referendum politics here are utterly changed.

The long dominant Labour Party, which opted to campaign against independence — alongside the Conservatives, loathed by the big majority of Scots voters, and the now virtually demolished Liberal Democrats in the Better Together alliance — reaped the whirlwind at the UK general election in May.

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“The Bride of death?” By William Bowles

13 October 2003

Intro, 26 September 2015: I wrote this thirteen years ago and on rereading it now I think it deserves a fresh airing given as how things have just gone downhill since then with the total demonisation of the Muslim/Arab in the so-called civilised world. And, it must be me that’s changed because I’m even more appalled today by the repellent racism of Kevin Toolis’s muck in the Observer than when I first read it all those years ago.

This is a kind of followup to the piece I wrote the other day “Let the reader be aware” about the way the media repeats lots of small lies to make one Big Lie, predicated on the approach that swallowing a lot of small lies is a lot easier to do than swallowing one Big One.

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 20-26 September 2015

26 September 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

US Upgrades Nuclear Munitions Deployed in Germany

26.09.2015 | 08:00 | Andrei AKULOV

In 1991, U.S. President George H. W. Bush decided to retire almost all the tactical nuclear weapons operated by the US military. He found the short-range weapons militarily useless and burdensome. Twenty-three years have passed since then and here is the news hitting the radar screen – the United States Air Force is going to station 20 new B61-12 nuclear bombs in Germany…

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Reversing The Tide: Cities And Countries Are Rebelling Against Water Privatization, And Winning By Tom Lawson

22 September, 2015 — Occupy.com

Reversing The Tide: Cities And Countries Are Rebelling Against Water Privatization, And Winning By Tom Lawson

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Private companies have been working to make a profit from water since the 1600s, when the first water companies were established in England and Wales. The first wave of water privatization occurred in the 1800s, and by the mid- to late-19th century, privately owned water utilities were common in Europe, the United States and Latin America, and began to appear in Africa and Asia.

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Coldtype October 2015 – is now on line

25 September 2015 — Coldtype

October 2015 – is now on line

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

64 PAGES of great writing and photography. 

Emphasis this issue is on Jeremy Corbyn, newly-elected leader of Britain’s Labour Party, who is taking his party back to its left wing roots in face of indignant and hysterical opposition from the country’s major newspapers.

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Mosaic of Facts by Miguel Francis-Santiago

24 September 2015 — Slavyangrad

Mosaic of Facts by Miguel Francis-Santiago

On September 11, RT Documentary released a new great movie by an American film-maker Miguel Francis-Santiago, also famous for his works “Crimea for Dummies” and “Donetsk: An American Glance”. In his documentary about information wars Miguel goes for real facts and evidences, trying to find out who stands behind the walls of disinformation and benefits from double standard propaganda, what is the role of government and other politicians in managing world’s leading MSM, why some serious events are being completely misrepresented and why so many obvious crimes such as coup d’etat in Kiev, civil war in Ukraine or MH17 case have never been investigated properly. Continue reading

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)
Home page: http://www.statewatch.org/ e-mail: office@statewatch.org

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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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