Second phase of Grenfell inquiry delayed for a year By Alice Summers

14 December 2018 — WSWS

As the first phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry concluded, its chair, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, announced that its next phase is unlikely to go ahead until autumn 2019 at the earliest.

The first phase concluded more than a year after its first session in September 2017. The inquiry has strict limitations about what can be discussed and when, with the first phase only taking witness and expert testimony regarding the night of the June 14, 2017 fire that killed 72 people.

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Anglo-Saxon “Eyes” are Fixed on Countering China By Jean Perier

10 December 2018 — New Eastern Outlook

In spite in a number of signals that the Trump administration has made over the months to indicate that it is prepared to try to take China down alone, the better part of American policymakers have been hard at work behind the scenes, trying to put together a slapdash coalition against Beijing. It’s rather curious that certain American media sources are not even trying to conceal this fact from the general public.

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The ignorant, repressive attack on Frank Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” By David Walsh

14 December 2018 — WSWS

In late November, a Cleveland, Ohio, radio station, WDOK, decided to stop playing the popular Frank Loesser song from the 1940s, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” In the song, as it is generally performed, a man encourages a woman to stay the night and she expresses concerns about what her family and the neighbors will think if she does.

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“Five Eyes” intelligence agencies behind drive against Chinese telecom giant Huawei By Nick Beams

14 December 2018 — WSWS

Evidence has come to light that US operations against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and the arrest and detention of one of its top executives, Meng Wanzhou, to face criminal charges of fraud brought by the US Justice Department are the outcome of a coordinated campaign by the intelligence agencies of the so-called “Five Eyes” network.

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The secret spy dinner behind coordinated assault on Huawei

14 December 2018 — Asia Times

Five-nation intelligence-gathering bloc steps up campaign to limit China’s reach

December 14, 2018 3:22 AM (UTC+8)

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BBC Claims Chemical Weapons Helped Assad But Fails to Explain How By Tony Cartalucci

14 December 2018 — Land Destroyer

December 14, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – The BBC published an article in October titled, “How chemical weapons have helped bring Assad close to victory” in which it claims chemical weapons have been “crucial” to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s “war-winning strategy.”
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France in Turmoil… Blame Russia!

14 December 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Well, what d’you know, regular as clockwork, Russia is being blamed – again – for “sowing social division” in Western states. This time, it’s the ongoing nationwide public protests in France against economic austerity which some Western media outlets have claimed are being “amplified” by Russian influence.

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Trump and China: Towards a Cold or Hot War? By Marc Vandepitte

12 December 2018 — Global Research

At first glance, the dispute between the US and China revolves around unfair competition and theft of intellectual property. On closer inspection it is about something much more fundamental, namely frantic attempts by Washington to preserve its hegemony over this planet. Are we heading for a clash between the two titans?

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Bellingcat’s Kerch Gaff -Kurt Volker bought Ukraine’s Lie

12 December 2018 — The Saker

by GH Eliason for The Saker Blog

For 5 years Ukraine has bamboozled supporters by using” independent” researchers like Bellingcat that work with Ukraine’s Intel to fabricate its innocence.

On November 25th, the Kerch incident happened, worsening the West’s relationship with Russia ahead of the G-20 Meeting in Argentina.

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A World of Multiple Detonators of Global Wars By Prof. James Petras

12 December 2018 — James Petras

We face a world of multiple wars some leading to direct global power conflagrations and others that begin as regional conflicts but quickly spread to big power confrontations.

We will proceed to identify ‘great power’ confrontations and then proceed to discuss the stages of ‘proxy’ wars with world war consequences.

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Julian Assange: No Surrender By Ann Garrison

13 December 2018 — Global Research

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears to be one step closer to forcible removal from Ecuador’s London Embassy, most likely to be extradited to the US to face charges in the Eastern District Court of Virginia, which is commonly known as “the espionage court.” If UK police have to go in and remove him by force that will of course demonstrate the brutality of the state in the Gandhian tradition.

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