A Wall And A Frontier By Andrew Savin

31 January 2019 — Oriental Review

In the article “How Not to Build a ‘Great, Great Wall”, one of the creators of The American Empire Project and a professor of history at New York University, Greg Grandin, gives some rather interesting details about Donald Trump’s proposal that a wall be built on the southern border, a subject that is being widely discussed both in America and in Mexico.

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Organic Bytes 31 January 2019

31 January 2019 — Organic Consumers Association


‘Radical Rethink’

woman sitting in a farm crop field with her back to the camera facing the sunriseA new study calling for a “radical rethink” of the relationship between policymakers and corporations reinforces what we’ve been saying for years: Our triple global crises of deteriorating public health, world hunger and global warming share common root causes.

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Venezuela Newslinks 30-31 January 2019

31 January 2019 21:15 — The New Dark Age

Note: There may some duplication with previous posts due to cross-posting of articles.

86% of Venezuelans Oppose Military Intervention, 81% Against US Sanctions, Local Polling Shows

Regime Change In Venezuela: Army Defectors, Russian Mercenaries And Disappearing Gold

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A liberal elite still luring us towards the abyss By Jonathan Cook

31 January 2019 — True Publica

A group of 30 respected intellectuals, writers and historians has published a manifesto bewailing the imminent collapse of Europe and its supposed Enlightenment values of liberalism and rationalism. The idea of Europe, they warn, “is falling apart before our eyes”, as Britain prepares for Brexit and “populist and nationalist” parties look poised to make sweeping gains in elections across the continent. Continue reading

UK: Corbyn allows vicious Tory Immigration Bill to pass By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden

31 January 2019 — WSWS

Labour’s response to the Conservative government’s post-Brexit immigration legislation was a devastating exposure of all claims that Jeremy Corbyn is leading a “socialist revival” of the party. Corbyn and his allies, such as Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, are political opportunists, entirely devoid of principle, and purveyors of a variety of left-nationalism that is antithetical to the fundamental interests of the working class.

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New Oil Sanctions on Venezuela: “Would Destroy What’s Left of its Economy”

31 January 2019 — TRNN

National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the US will freeze Venezuelan assets and block oil payments for Venezuelan oil imports to the US. This would not only be illegal, but would also be yet another crippling blow to the country, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot (Inc. transcript)
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The Political Economy of Half-Earth By Troy Vettese

31 January 2019 — Socialist Project – The Bullet

That the “extermination, enslavement, and entombment of the aboriginal population in mines […and] the transformation of Africa into a warren for the commercial hunting of black skin” was essential to capitalism’s emergence has long been recognized. Few, however, realise that capitalism has been changing the climate since its “rosy dawn.”1

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Germany and EU support US-engineered coup in Venezuela By Peter Schwarz

30 January 2019 — WSWS

The governments of Germany, France, Spain, Great Britain and the Netherlands, as well as European Union Foreign Affairs Commissioner Federica Mogherini, gave the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, an ultimatum on Saturday: either he calls “free, transparent and democratic elections” within eight days, or Juan Guaidó, who appointed himself head of state last week with Washington’s backing, will be recognized as the new president.

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Britain Lurches Deeper into Brexit Crisis: Its Population Remains Deeply Alienated from the Political Establishment By Dr. Leon Tressell

29 January 2019 — Global Research

The British political establishment is experiencing an unprecedented crisis over the issue of exiting the European Union. The Conservative government staggers from crisis to crisis over its Brexit deal while politicians off all colours bicker and argue as the UK lurches towards a potentially devastating No Deal scenario. This had lead to a huge distrust in the political class amongst the long suffering public.

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Venezuela Newslinks 28-29 January 2019

29 January 2019 20:39 — The New Dark Age

The Making Of Juan Guaidó: How The US Regime Change Laboratory Created Venezuela’s Coup Leader

Chris Williamson outmanoeuvres five regime-change hawks, live on the BBC

Bernie and the Dems Flunk Trump’s Test On Venezuela’s Coup

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Sanctions Are Wars Against Peoples

28 January 2019 — Moon of Alabama

A former UN rapporteur says that the numerous US sanctions (pdf) against Venezuela are devastating and illegal:

Mr De Zayas, a former secretary of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and an expert in international law, spoke to The Independent following the presentation of his Venezuela report to the HRC in September. He said that since its presentation the report has been ignored by the UN and has not sparked the public debate he believes it deserves.

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Leaks expose UK and EU government plans for military deployment in Brexit crisis By Chris Marsden

29 January 2019 — WSWS

The Sunday Times has reported that the Conservative government is planning for the possible imposition of martial law as a result of the deepening crisis over Britain’s exiting the European Union (EU). The Daily Mirror reported that the EU is anticipating violence on the streets and decades of political instability.

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The History – and Hypocrisy – of US Meddling in Venezuela

29 January 2019 — Venezuela Analysis

Author and activist Brett Wilkins looks at the history of US meddling in Venezuela.

There isn’t a nation in the Western Hemisphere that hasn’t at one time or another found itself caught in the far-reaching tentacles of US imperialism. Venezuela is certainly no exception. Washington has been meddling in its internal affairs since the 19th century and it continues to do so to this very day, when the specter of yet another US-backed coup, or even a direct American military intervention, looms larger by the day.
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In broadside against China, White House levels criminal charges against Huawei By Andre Damon

29 January 2019 — WSWS

US officials announced Monday a series of trumped-up criminal charges against Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications company and second-largest smartphone maker, and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who is currently under house arrest in Canada.

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