Barbarian Britain: The letter The Guardian refused to publish

31 October 2018 — True Publica

By TruePublica: Mo Stewart, an Independent disability studies researcher and fellow of the Centre for Welfare Reform, sent a letter to the Guardian newspaper last week to acknowledge the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), as used to resist funding the Employment and Support (ESA) long-term sickness and disability benefit to those in greatest need. Influenced by corporate America, the deplorable treatment by the DWP of chronically ill and disabled people, who live in fear of the WCA, is well documented and the Guardian had published letters in the past on the same subject yet failed to acknowledge this significant anniversary and failed to publish the letter. Co-signed by over 80 individuals made up of doctors, academics, charities, carers, campaigners, journalists and researchers along with other members of the public, it is cause for concern that the Guardian would fail to publish this most important of all letters.

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Black Agenda Report 2 November 2018: Obama Occupied Africa, Russiagate is “The Big Lie,” Policing in Canada, Mumia on Empire

26 November 2018 — Black Agenda Report

Obama Militarily Occupied Africa 

“In the 8 years that Barack Obama was president, “AFRICOM went from 3 military bases to 84 bases” on the continent, said Paul Pumphrey, co-founder of Friends of Congo, speaking at a conference against US and NATO bases in Dublin, Ireland. Between 1996 and 2006, the US-backed regimes of Rwanda and Uganda, “by UN estimates, killed over 6 million people in Congo,” said Pumphrey.

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British Army Chief Jumps on the Anti-Russian Bandwagon By Brian Cloughley

26 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

On November 24 the head of the British army, Lieutenant General Mark Carleton-Smith, was reported as saying that “Russia today indisputably represents a far greater threat to our national security than Islamic extremist threats such as al-Qaida and Isil,” and that “The Russians seek to exploit vulnerability and weakness wherever they detect it… We cannot be complacent about the threat Russia poses or leave it uncontested.”

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Major Psy-Op in Europe Exposed: UK Government Tramples on Values It Vowed to Protect By Alex Gorka

26 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Those who have been saying that the West has turned Russia into a scapegoat to be blamed for each and every thing that goes wrong have been proved right. We have witnessed concocted stories invented to denigrate Moscow that have gone viral as directed by the secret services. The UK, the country that is spearheading the anti-Russian information campaign, offers a good example that illustrates how this is being done.

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There is no left-wing case for Brexit: 21st century socialism requires transnational organization

26 November 2018 — LSE Blog

The contribution of traditional social democracy to the consolidation of neoliberalism in Europe illustrates the difficulties of developing a nationalist left alternative in the contemporary capitalist state, argues Lea Ypi. Contemporary socialism requires new ways of organising and must be transnational. Using the British case, she explains why neither Remain nor Leave fully capture the demands of the left.

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‘Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism’ wins the 2018 Deutscher Prize

25 November 2018 — Climate & Capitalism

Kohei Saito honored for his brilliant study of Marx’s views on the relationship between society and nature

I’m thrilled to report that Kohei Saito’s brilliant bookKarl Marx’s Ecosocialism: Capital, nature, and the unfinished critique of political economy, has won the 2018 Deutscher Memorial Prize. The prize, named for the great Marxist scholar and historian Isaac Deutscher, is awarded annually to “a book which exemplifies the best and most innovative new writing in or about the Marxist tradition.”

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Russia Blocks Ukrainian Navy From Militarizing The Sea of Azov – Updated By Moon of Alabama

25 November 2018 — Moon of Alabama

Updated below

The Ukrainian government under the oligarch Petro Poroshenko is in election campaign mode. That is one reason why it is launching new provocations against Russia. Yesterday Ukrainian forces reportedly occupied a town within the neutral zone between the government controlled part and the rebel held Donetsk area. Today the Ukrainian navy sent a tug and two small gun boats, recently acquired from the U.S. Coast Guard, Ukrainian build Gurza-M class types, to pass through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov.

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UK Commits Extra Military Forces to Ukraine: Irresponsible Policy, Dangerous Repercussions By Arkady Savitsky

24 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Ukraine’s Constitutional Court green-lighted a bill on amending the country’s main law by enshrining into it the final goal of obtaining NATO and EU membership. The decision was announced the next day after the UK and Ukraine’s defense ministries made a joint statement, stressing the need to expand military cooperation. The defense chiefs agreed that Operation Orbital, the Army training program started in 2015, was a success to be continued at least till 2020. Instructors from the British Army, most of who have significant experience in participating in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, have trained over 9,500 Ukrainian servicemen. An unspecified number of UK soldiers would be sent to train Ukrainian special forces and marines, in addition to the 100 personnel deployed currently in the country.

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US Mass Mobilizations: Wars and Financial Plunder By James Petras

25 November 2018 — James Petras

Introduction: Over the past three decades, the US government has engaged in over a dozen wars, none of which have evoked popular celebrations either before, during or after. Nor did the government succeed in securing popular support in its efforts to confront the economic crises of 2008 – 2009.

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