Statewatch News Online, 30 September 2016 (17/16)

30 September 2016 — Statewatch


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EU-Afghanistan returns plan: Another “dodgy” deal

  • Deal to be signed next week to start immediate refugee “return” flights
  • Is Afghanistan a “safe country”?
  • Quick return of 80,000 refugees planned
  • effectively implement readmission commitments”

by-passing parliamentary scrutiny

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Syria: False Claims In Western “News” By Moon Of Alabama

29 September 2016 — Moon Of Alabama

The White House and State Department are miffed that Syria and Russia are cleaning up their Jihadis in Aleppo city. There is a false claim evolving in western “news” that the current Aleppo operation led to the breakdown of the ceasefire agreement. Two points on this:

1. The ceasefire did not “break down”. It expired after a previously agreed period. Both sides did not agree to a prolongation.

2. The most important ceasefire point was the physical separation of al-Qaida and other U.S. proxy rebels. The U.S. was unable (or unwilling) to fulfill that point.

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Big Food and the Politics of Diabesity By Dan Hind

28 September 2016 — Return of the Public

“What did they live on?” said Alice, who always took a great interest in questions of eating and drinking. “They lived on treacle,” said the Dormouse, after thinking a minute or two.

“They couldn’t have done that, you know,” Alice gently remarked; “they’d have been ill.”

“So they were,” said the Dormouse, “very ill.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

1. The Word of the Day is Diabesity

The UK is in the midst of a public health crisis. According to the NHS’ most recent Health Survey for England 24% of men and 27% of women are obese; 41 percent of men and 31 percent of women are overweight. Obesity has increased markedly over the last twenty years. In 1996 only about 15 percent of the population was classified as obese. The change over fifty years is even more alarming. In the 1960s obesity rates were at 1 and 2 percent for men and women respectively. Since then they have increased by 1150%.

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Black Agenda Report for September 28, 2016: The Great Debate That Never Was, Outside the Debates, Vote Green in 2016

29 September 2016 — Black Agenda Report

The Great Debate That Never Was

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
If the Green Party’s Jill Stein had been allowed in this week’s presidential debate, it would have transformed the discussion and altered the race. That’s why Democrats and Republicans kept it a duopoly-only affair. “The only circumstances in which either Trump or Clinton can muster a minimally compelling argument, is against each other.” Thanks to Democracy Now!, we got a glimpse at what a real debate might be like. Clinton and Trump would lose.

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Last Chance to Stop the Privatisation of the National Discrimination Helpline

28 September 2016

Have a look at this:

When private company G4S take over a public service, headlines of abuse, failure and mismanagement often follow.

Now, the government wants to privatise a national discrimination helpline – and hand it over to G4S. Anti-discrimination groups have launched a legal challenge to stop them. A judge decides tomorrow on whether that challenge can go ahead.

As you read this email, the judge will be weighing up his decision. A huge petition against G4S will give the judge some powerful extra evidence – that this is a matter of public concern and deserves its day in court.

Please can you sign the urgent petition now?


CIA: “Pinochet personally ordered” Letelier bombing

23 September 2016 — National Security Archive

U.S. gives documents to Chilean President Bachelet on 40th anniversary

 National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 560

Washington D.C., September 23, 2016 – A CIA special intelligence assessment in 1987 concluded that Chilean General Augusto Pinochet ordered an “act of state terrorism” on the streets of Washington, D.C., that took the lives of former Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier, and his 25-year-old colleague, Ronni Moffitt, forty years ago this week. 

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A Cop Killed a Black Man–Then Things Got ‘Ugly’

23 September 2016 — FAIR

Protesters set fire to cargo (image: Joe Bruno/WSOC)

“Protesters are burning stuff from the trucks now”; to the New York Times, this is what “ugly” looks like. (image: Joe Bruno/WSOC)

From the New York Times (9/20/16):

About 16 police officers in Charlotte, N.C., were injured when a standoff between law enforcement and demonstrators turned ugly overnight after an officer fatally shot a black man on Tuesday afternoon.

Funny—some might say that the turn toward ugliness occurred in the afternoon, when a police officer fatally shot a black man.

Jim Naureckas is the editor of You can follow him on Twitter at @JNaureckas.

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Black Agenda Report for Sep 21, 2016: No Crime To Rob the Poor, US Rulers Split on Syria, Anti-Russian Hysteria, Murder By Cop in Tulsa

22 September 2016 — Black Agenda Report

The Obama Legacy: It’s No Crime For Corporations To Steal From the Public, or the Poor

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
After 8 years of the first black president, it’s time to take stock of what we’ve won and lost, what’s changed and not. Today we look at the Obama administration’s abysmal record on corporate crime, in which Democrats went far beyond the atrocities of their Republican colleagues to protect and immunize corporate thieves from prosecution or lawsuits from their victims.

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Voices from Syria: Contradictory Reports Regarding Attack on Aid Convoy: Selected Articles

21 September 2016 — Global Research

syria-obama2Syria: Attack on Aid Convoy Kills Twenty, Destroys Aid, And Obliterates US War Crimes in Support of ISIS-Daesh Terror Group?

By Felicity Arbuthnot, September 21 2016

In the words of Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova: “We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending the Islamic State. Now there can be no doubts about that”.

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Obama is Protecting the Terrorists, America to the Rescue of ISIS-ISIL-Daesh: Selected Articles

20 September 2016 — Global Research

Isis financé par les USAObama is Protecting the Terrorists, America to the Rescue of ISIS-ISIL-Daesh. Testimonies of Syrian Soldiers Who Witnessed the US Airstrikes

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, September 19 2016

These testimonies by Syrian soldiers who are fighting the Islamic State rebels (ISIS-Daesh) confirm what we already know. The United States of America is not fighting the terrorists in Syria. The Obama administration, with the support of its allies including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, is supporting the Islamic State (ISIS Daesh). Obama’s counterterrorism campaign in Syria and Iraq is bogus.

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Libya, David Cameron’s “Iraq”? Selected Articles

19 September 2016 — Global Research News

Selected Articles:

Libya, David Cameron’s “Iraq”? Damning Report Shreds Another War Monger.

By Felicity Arbuthnot, September 18 2016

Cameron who said he wanted to be “heir to Blair” seems to have ended up as just that, pivotal cheerleader for the butchery of a sovereign leader, most of his family, government and the destruction of a nation.

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The NHS is ‘Hanging by a Thread’

19 September 2016 — 38 Degrees

Our NHS is hanging on by a thread. And now, Jeremy Hunt’s got secret plans to close NHS services that could push it over the edge. [1]

If things go Jeremy Hunt’s way, he’ll get the ball rolling on his plans next month. [2] But we’ve got a plan to push them into the spotlight. If enough of us chip in, we can make a powerful documentary to expose the real impact of his NHS cuts – and then get everyone in Britain to see our people-powered film.

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David Cameron, Libya And Disaster: The Findings Of The Foreign Affairs Select Committee By Dr Binoy Kampmark

16 September 2016 — CounterCurrents

The UK Foreign Affairs Committee was a long time coming with this judgment, but when it came, it provided a firm reminder about how far the 2011 intervention against the Gaddafi regime was not merely flawed but calamitous in its consequences. There had been no coherent strategy on the part of the Cameron government; the campaign had not been “informed by accurate intelligence.”

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In Solidarity with the People of Syria: The Mercenary Terrorists are Losing By Global Research News

16 September 2016 — Global Research

Flag-map_of_Syria.svgIn Solidarity with the People of Syria: The Mercenary Terrorists are Losing.The Historic Significance of Defeating the West’s Dirty War…

By Mark Taliano, September 16 2016

Many people have wished me well and wished and wished me a safe journey.  Some people have donated money.  I am grateful for the best wishes, and the donations. In many respects, we’re all in this together.  The plight of Syria and Syrians is entwined with us as well. If the West and its proxies successfully destroy Syria as they did to so many other countries, including Iraq, and Libya, and Afghanistan, then the next country on the list will be Iran and so on.

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Bayer and Monsanto: The Merger from Hell!

15 September 2016 — SumOfUs

Breaking news: agrochemical giant Bayer just announced it’s merging with the most hated company on the planet: Monsanto.

These two companies joining into one mega-corporation is truly the stuff of nightmares. Together they would be the biggest seed company AND the biggest pesticide company in the world with control over nearly everything we eat and grow. It means more bee-killing neonics in our fields, more toxic glyphosate on our plates, and more corporate control over our food supply.

But this fight is not over — in fact it’s just beginning.

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Black Agenda Report for Sept. 14, 2016: Clinton's Basket of Deplorables, GA Gov to Close 100 Public Schools, Standing With Syria

15 September 2016 — Black Agenda Report 

Clinton’s Basket of “Deplorables”
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Hillary Clinton should include herself in her basket of “deplorables.” She’s got “racism” and “sexism” covered through her endorsement of mass Black incarceration and welfare “reform.” Killing hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Syria surely qualifies as Islamophobia, and waging war on the world is the highest expression of xenophobia — fear of foreigners.  Put that woman in a basket!

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Cutting the Cords of Empire: The Spectacle of US Elections: Selected Articles

14 September 2016 — Global Research

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By William Hawes, September 14 2016

“The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist.” -Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle It’s almost time for our quadrennial political distraction, masquerading as the US presidential election. As opposed to previous elections, this one feels quite different. Even with Obama/Romney in 2012, important, basic economic issues were discussed, health care reform was questioned, and foreign policy was given its due.

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