The Anti-Empire Report #152 By William Blum

21 October 2017 — The Anti-Empire Report

Capturing the wisdom and the beauty of Donald J. Trump in just one statement escaping from his charming mouth:

“Our military has never been stronger. Each day, new equipment is delivered; new and beautiful equipment, the best in the world – the best anywhere in the world, by far.”

Here the man thinks that everyone will be impressed that the American military has never been stronger.

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Socialism, Land and Banking: 2017 compared to 1917 By Michael Hudson

21 October 2017 — Michael Hudson

An article written for the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, to be read in Beijing today.

Socialism a century ago seemed to be the wave of the future. There were various schools of socialism, but the common ideal was to guarantee support for basic needs, and for state ownership to free society from landlords, predatory banking and monopolies. In the West these hopes are now much further away than they seemed in 1917. Land and natural resources, basic infrastructure monopolies, health care and pensions have been increasingly privatized and financialized.

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Sadiq Khan’s ‘T-Charge’ to tackle air pollution is essentially a nonsense. Here’s why

24 October 2017 — The Canary

“100 companies produce 71% of the world’s total greenhouse gases”

On Monday 23 October, the ‘T-Charge’ came into force in London. It is a scheme from Mayor Sadiq Khan to try and tackle air pollution. But analysis of the charge on older vehicles shows that, in fact, it will do very little to tackle the crisis that kills over 9,000 people a year in London.

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