The USA is preparing for a confrontation with Russia and China By Manlio Dinucci

13 December 2018 — Voltaire Network

The US Commission on the National Defense Strategy was created in 2017 in order to provide Congress with some expertise on the subject. However, its principal source of information is the US Institute of Peace, the equivalent of the NED for the Secretary of Defense. As a result, its bipartisan attitude is in reality the point of view that the Pentagon wants to defend via the Democrat and Republican Parties.

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Black Agenda Report 13 December 2018: Why We Can’t Have A Fighting Green Party; Defeating Police Oppression in Chicago; Yellow Vest…

13 December 2018 — Black Agenda Report

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things — Like a Fighting Green Party 

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
A faction of the Green Party’s steering committee wants to dissolve committees it doesn’t like and silence internal discussion among Greens about the party’s many problems, and perhaps expel working parties. If they succeed it could end the Green Party.

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Extinction Rebellion Rally and Civil Disobedience at BBC Headquarters

13 December 2018 — Extinction/Rebellion

BBC  Lead from the front on the Climate Emergency!

 On Friday 21st December, hundreds of Extinction Rebels will be descending on the BBC’s Portland Place headquarters.

The news could not be worse. Global carbon emissions have risen by 2.7% in 2018. Extinction Rebellion exists to tell the truth, and we are asking the BBC to do its duty and inform the British public about the reality we now face. This is an emergency.

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Review: Britain: Gordon Brown’s self-exoneration rings hollow

13 December 2018 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

 Review by Alex Miller

My Life, Our Times
By Gordon Brown
Bodley Head, £16.99, 500 pages

December 13, 2018 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal— Gordon Brown went from being a creditable left-wing British Labour MP in the 1980s to Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) under Tony Blair from 1997-2007 and then Prime Minister from 2007, until his defeat at the hands of the Conservatives in 2010. As co-architect of New Labour, he became a champion of business elites, the private sector, the ultra-wealthy, globalisation, private finance initiatives (PFIs), public-private partnerships (PPP), privatisation, financialisation, and just about any neoliberal policy you care to mention.

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Statewatch News Online, 12 December 2018 (18/18)

13 December 2018 — Statewatch


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1. Statewatch Analysis: ‘More police’ is not a synonym for ‘more security’ by Andreu Merino. 


1.    Talk by Aidan White at the launch of Statewatch’s Library & Archive
2.    IRELAND: High Court strikes down Ireland’s data retention regime
3.    Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (3-10.12.18)
4.    Travel surveillance: USA calls for global PNR standard and seeks to export profiling software
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How can Brexit be about democracy after this? By Graham Vanbergen

13 December 2018 — True Publica

How can Brexit be about democracy after this?

I have written endlessly about the involvement of dark money and right-wing free-market fundamentalists agitating for Brexit who secured positions in high office and the very corridors of power. In my recent book, ‘Brexit – A corporate coup d’etat’ – I highlighted how they established, built and nurtured authoritative organisations to ensure that Brexit was not a wasted opportunity to push forward the next stage of the global reign of free markets.

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Conservatives Own the Ongoing Disaster That Is Brexit By Natasha Hakimi ZAPATA

13 December 2018 — Truthdig

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind visit to the United Kingdom, where the elephant in every room seems to have grown to such proportions that Brits can hardly breathe without mentioning it with a groan. I’m talking about Brexit, of course, the U.K.’s ill-fated divorce from the European Union, which began over two years ago with a referendum that launched British politics into chaos.

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Gilets Jaunes: Selected Stories 12 December 2018

12 December 2018 — Global Research

Gilets Jaunes: A Glimmer of Hope and Sanity

By Mark Taliano

The only glimmer of hope at the moment are the Gilets Jaunes[2] protests in France. Macron’s tax grab is all about serving imperial agendas at the expense not only of target countries, but also at the expense of a habitable planet, and a sustainable French economy as well. Read more…
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Psychological tyranny prescribed by the DWP: preventable harm is government policy

12 December 2018 — True Publica

GP’s opinion of people's sickness now rendered meaningless by heartless Gov't

Influenced by corporate America, the commonly labelled ‘welfare reforms’ began in July 2006 with the introduction of the Welfare Reform Bill by the New Labour government, and guaranteed that claimants of long-term out-of-work sickness and disability benefit were to be coerced and intimidated by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) simply for committing the ‘crime’ of being too ill to work.

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