Kiev’s Kerch Strait Gambit Shows Telltale Signs of Western-Backed Provocation to Force Russia’s Hand By Robert Bridge

30 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Ever since Ukraine’s 2014 Maidan revolution, which resulted in a usurpation of power micromanaged directly from Washington, nothing happens in Kiev without the Western powers knowing about it. And that would certainly include playing a reckless game of chicken with Moscow.

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Revolutionaries in the Gorbals – one hundred years on from Red Clydeside By Henry Bell

30 November 2018 — Open Democracy

As the First World War drew to a close, John Maclean – the ‘accuser of capitalism’ – was seen as the most dangerous man in the country – but he was released from jail to a hero’s welcome.

Image: John Maclean, from the cover of Pluto Press’s book “John Maclean, Hero of Red Clydeside”

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NATO’s Largesse: “Nuclear Sharing” By Ann Garrison

30 November 2018 — Global Research

On November 10, a 5,290-ton Norwegian warship sank into one of the country’s inner fiords after colliding with a 62,557-ton tanker carrying almost 100 million liters of oil. CNN reported, “Now all that remains above the waterline is the frigate’s top, antennas and radar, leading local media to speculate how a ship designed for war failed to avoid a slow-moving, 62,557-ton tanker.”

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British Government ‘Pledges’ Cheaper, Unlabelled, Gene-edited Food. “An Agricultural Revolution” Predicated on Genetic Engineering!

30 November 2018 — Global Research – Political Concern

At a time when apprehensions about low-quality food entering the country post Brexit are rising, the Times reports that Michael Gove, the environment secretary has announced that “Britain will lead an agricultural revolution with the use of gene editing”.

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This Guardian Fake News Story Proves That The Media Can’t Be Trusted

30 November 2018 — Moon of Alabama

In 2015 the British Guardian appointed Katherine Viner as editor in chief. Under her lead the paper took a new direction. While it earlier made attempts to balance its shoddier side with some interesting reporting, it is now solidly main stream in the worst sense. It promotes neo-liberalism and a delves into cranky identity grievances stories. It also became an main outlet for manipulative propaganda peddled by the British secret services.

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Why Is The West Keeping Silent About The Chemical Attack In Syria?

30 November 2018 — Oriental Review

Once again, prohibited chemical weapons have been used in Syria, specifically – shells filled with chlorine gas. Despite the significant number of casualties, however, the attack was not met with the usual outcry. World leaders remained tight-lighted with only Macron deciding to break the silence. This is easily explained since the West has good reason to keep schtum.

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Brexit or no Brexit, life-changing medicines already aren’t getting through By Heidi Chow

30 November 2018 — OurNHS

Big Pharma is hurting the NHS at its core – here’s what we need to do, if we’re bold enough.

Warnings of price hikes, supply problems and stockpiling under a no-deal Brexit has pushed medicines into the media spotlight of late – and no wonder. Yet the problems of accessing essential medicines go beyond whether or not a Brexit deal is reached. Many vital medicines are already not getting through.

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Media Lens: Follow Your Bliss – A Follow-Up

30 November 2018 — Media Lens

‘Advice I Wish I’d Had’

Last February, I responded on Twitter to a tweet from The Times urging young journalists to apply for the Anthony Howard Award. Lucky winners could spend a year writing about politics for The Times and Observer newspapers, and also for New Statesman magazine. My comment:

‘Forget it. Don’t write for the “mainstream”. Don’t write for money. Don’t write for prestige. Just “follow your bliss” by writing what you absolutely love to write to inspire and enlighten other people. Write what seems interesting, important and true, and give it away for free.’

These few words generated an imperfect storm of anger and abuse, mostly from corporate journalists and other media workers. In a piece titled, ‘Write for love not money? Journalists appalled,’ former Guardian journalist Jonathan Cook commented: ‘the outpouring of indignation from these journalists at a little bit of advice from Media Lens must be unprecedented’.

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Black Agenda Report 29 November 2018: Paper Ballots Adopted in PA, Bernie Sanders Plan May Split Democrats, Democrats Win Black People Lose

29 November 2018 — Black Agenda Report

Jill Stein Lawsuit Forces Adoption of Paper Ballots and Election Audits in Pennsylvania

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
Faith based electronic voting is an elegant and simple way to steal elections. Thanks to a lawsuit by 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, it may be on the way out…
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Israel’s espionage crimes in Gaza and abroad By Maureen Clare Murphy

28 November 2018 — Electronic Intifada – Maureen Clare Murphy

Yahya Sinwar, head of Hamas in Gaza, displays a pistol with a silencer recovered from a vehicle used by Israeli commandos in Gaza during a memorial service for seven members of the resistance group’s armed wing who were killed during a shoot-out with the military unit, Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, 16 November. Ashraf Amra APA images

Amnesty International is demanding that Israel’s defense ministry revoke the export license from a company whose spyware has been used in “a series of egregious human rights violations.”

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UK’s most vulnerable subjected to welfare decisions by algorithm

29 November 2018 — True Publica

Big Brother Watch wrote to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (before his visit) to raise the alarm about the hidden use of automation and predictive analytics for decisions about benefits entitlements and social care, and the negative human rights impact on the UK’s poorest people. The submission follows them sending of over 1,000 Freedom of Information requests to authorities about their uses of AI, algorithms and big data in decision-making.

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Turkey’s Hour of Reckoning in Syria Melkulangara Bhadrakumar

29 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

During a Pentagon briefing last weekend, Secretary of Defence James Mattis dropped a bombshell by innocuously slipping in that the US military intends to set up a string of observation posts on the Syrian-Turkish border. Mattis implied that Turkey was on board and that the idea was for the two militaries to jointly prevent any terrorist threats to the US’ NATO ally emanating out of Syrian territories.

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Pushback Against Israel Is Beginning By Philip M. Gerald

29 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The Anglophone Israel Lobby benefits from its ability to mold the media narrative while at the same time using financial incentives to corrupt the political class. For those who do not succumb to the corruption, there is always the option of direct pressure, which in the United States and Britain consists of targeted interference in the political system to remove critics either through promotion of scandal or by supporting well-funded alternative candidates in the following election. In the United States, this has led to the removal of a number of congressmen who had dared to criticize the Jewish state, terrifying the remainder into silence. All of this goes on with little or no debate in the media or in congress itself.

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Syria: Alleged Chemical Attack Elicits No Response from West By Tony Cartalucci

28 November 2018 — NEO

On the heels of another alleged chemical attack in Syria – the Western media has responded with skepticism – even silence. This acutely different response to its regular “chemical weapons” hysteria is because unlike previous incidents, it appears this most recent attack was blatantly carried out by Western-backed militants operating in Idlib, Syria.

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