The Untouchable US-Saudi Relation Is a Core Element of US Imperialism By Federico Pieraccini

4 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

In the last few weeks, numerous articles and analyses have been produced relating to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. However, the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States has not been questioned, and the reason for this has not yet been explained.

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The Largest Act of Terrorism in Human History – Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (4/8)

5 November 2018 — TRNN

The British bombing of Hamburg in 1942, and the American firebombing of Japan in March 1945 that killed as many as 120,000 people in one night, created the conditions for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which were considered mere extensions of the firebombing tactics, says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul…(inc. transcript)

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Netanuyahu’s courting of Bolsonaro is the latest of Israel’s alliances with far-right figures By Jonathan Cook

4 November 2018 — Jonathan Cook

The National – 4 November 2018

The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election last week has won Israel a passionate new friend on the international stage. The world’s fifth-most populous nation will now be “coloured in blue and white”, an Israeli official said, referring to the colours of Israel’s flag.

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Plastic Watch: Five Flaws in the EU’s Single-Use Plastics Plan By Jerri-Lynn Scofield

4 November 2018 — Naked Capitalism

Jerri-Lynn Scofield, has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.

The European Parliament late last month overwhelmingly approved a  plan to ban certain types of single-use plastic, recycle others, and make producing companies more accountable for what happens to such waste. The European Council may approve this measure as soon as this month, with the directive becoming law by the end of this year, according to the Guardian, in European parliament approves sweeping ban on single-use plastics.

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Capitalism is killing the world’s wildlife, not ‘humanity’ By Anna Pigott

3 November 2018 — Climate & Capitalism
By failing to name the system responsible, the new Living Planet report undermines its own call for a collective response to the biodiversity crisis. 

Anna Pigott is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Environmental Humanities, Swansea University.

The latest Living Planet report from the WWF makes for grim reading: a 60% decline in wild animal populations since 1970, collapsing ecosystems, and a distinct possibility that the human species will not be far behind. The report repeatedly stresses that humanity’s consumption is to blame for this mass extinction, and journalists have been quick to amplify the message. The Guardian headline reads “Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations,” while the BBC runs with “Mass wildlife loss caused by human consumption.” No wonder: in the 148-page report, the word “humanity” appears 14 times, and “consumption” an impressive 54 times.

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