Statewatch: New report: Market Forces: the development of the EU security-industrial complex

31 August 2017 — Statewatch

Market Forces: the development of the EU security-industrial complex, a new report from Statewatch and the Transnational Institute. Read the report online here.

Press release: Corporations in the driving seat and winning big from EU’s security research agenda

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Selected Articles: Heightened Tensions Between Iran and the US?

30 August 2017 — Global Research

Trump Seeks Rigged Intelligence to Renege on Iran Nuclear Deal

By Stephen Lendman, August 29, 2017

According to London’s Guardian, “US intelligence officials are under pressure from the White House to produce a justification to declare Iran in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement” – despite no evidence suggesting it. Continue reading

NYT Only the Latest Corporate Media Outlet to Give Free Publicity to Mercenary Profiteer

30 August 2017 — FAIR

NYT: Erik Prince: Contractors, Not Troops, Will Save Afghanistan

In the print edition, the headline was “A Third Way for Afghanistan.”

The New York Times (8/30/17) decided to turn over a large chunk of the most precious opinion space in the English-speaking world to mercenary entrepreneur Erik Prince, so he could promote his plan to privatize and profit from the US occupation of Afghanistan.

Though the Times did disclose in its bio of Prince that he was “the chairman of Frontier Services Group,” and “founded the company formerly known as Blackwater, a security contractor,” it never specified his direct profit motive in the plan. Perhaps it was thought to be implied, since Prince says the strategy is his, but the average reader could understandably miss what, exactly, “Frontier Services Group” does to generate revenue.

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Black Agenda Report 30 August 2017

30 August 2017 — Black Agenda Report

The Missing Black History At Some Civil War Memorials

Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
56,000 white boys died in Civil War prison camps only because Confederates insisted on murdering captured black soldiers or selling them into slavery. There are memorials for the northern and southern prisoners in Chicago and elsewhere. But none mention why they had to die.

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Give Push Doctor the Shove!

30 August 2017 — 38 Degrees

A new private health company called Push Doctor wants to profit by undermining the NHS. They’re on an aggressive expansion drive, pumping out adverts to lure people away from their NHS doctor. Yet they’ve just been found to be “unsafe” and “ineffective” by the official health watchdog. [1]Together we can stop their business taking root.

Push Doctor’s adverts claim “You’ll never go to your doctor’s again”. [2] These adverts aim to attract new customers, without mentioning that their service has been found to be unsafe. If we can get these adverts stopped for being misleading, we can block their growth at the source.

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New FoI figures on UK air and drone strikes in Iraq and Syria By Chris Cole

30 August 2017 — Drone Wars

New figures released to Drone Wars UK in response to Freedom of Information requests shows a dramatic increase in the number of RAF operations in Syria in the first six months of 2017.  According to the figures, UK armed air missions in Syria rose by 480% in the first half of 2017 compared with the previous six months.

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‘Media’s First Instinct Is to Strip Ideology From the Conversation’

29 August 2017 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Adam Johnson about Charlottesville for the August 18, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Fascists march in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally (cc photo: Tony Crider)

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Janine Jackson: The spectre of white supremacists marching with guns and torches, throwing KKK salutes, and screaming about Jews and Commies is a test for Americans, individually and institutionally, and we’re still seeing how various folks are responding. One of the primary institutions that should be asking themselves some questions right now are corporate media. Trouble is, the press being among the most sacred of cows for the press, how likely are we to see serious consideration of their own role? Not just Fox News, which aired a video of cars driving into protestors in January, with instructions to viewers to “study the technique,” but, say, CBS, whose CEO Les Moonves joked that Donald Trump’s candidacy “may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,” a line that has yet to be seriously interrogated by media elites.

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Washington’s Relentless Quest for Neo-colonies

26 August 2017 — Global Research

Venezuelan Collapse? Wishful Thinking? Caracas Oil Deals with Russia and China

By Marwan Salamah, August 26, 2017

From a geopolitical aspect, this means ever closer relations with Russia and China, which together with a couple more anti-western South American countries, could result in a ‘backyard’ full of pickles! Will it be allowed to happen, or are we about to witness another ‘North Korean’ drama, but this time in South America? Continue reading

Trump ‘Presidential’ Again–for Ramping Up War in Afghanistan

24 August 2017 — FAIR

Foreign Policy: Trump's Presidential Afghanistan SpeechForeign Policy‘s Paul Miller (8/22/17) liked the speech in part because “Trump said ‘win’ and ‘victory’ more times in 15 minutes than President Barack Obama did in eight years.”

Donald Trump is finally “presidential” again, pundits insist, now that he is ratcheting up another US war.

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More American Troops to Afghanistan, To Keep the Chinese Out? Lithium and the Battle for Afghanistan’s Mineral Riches By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

24 August 2017 — Global Research

Trump calls for escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Why? Is it part of the “Global War on Terrorism”, going after the bad guys, or is it something else? 

Unknown to the broader public, Afghanistan has significant oil, natural gas and strategic raw material resources, not to mention opium, a multibillion dollar industry which feeds America’s illegal heroin market. 

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Geopolitical Crisis: Afghanistan, Syria, China-US Relations and North Korea

24 August 2017 — Global Research

The Long, Long Story: “Principled Realism”, Trump and Afghanistan

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, August 23, 2017

Addressing the nation from Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia, Trump conceded to weariness – weary, that is, of not achieving victory in Afghanistan. “I share that American people’s frustration.” Continue reading