Manbij False Flag: The Empire Devours Its Own Soldiers By Nauman Sadiq

17 January 2019 — Global Research

Immediately after Donald Trump’s announcement of withdrawal of American troops from Syria on December 19, the Kurdish leadership reportedly threatened [1] to set free hundreds of Islamic State’s prisoners and their family members being held in makeshift prisons in the Kurdish-held areas of Syria.

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Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (10-16 January 2019)

17 January 2019 — PCHR 

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip
  • A woman and a child were killed during the 42nd week of the Return and Breaking the Siege March. 
  • 143 civilians, including 34 children, 3 women, 3 journalists, and 3 paramedics, were wounded; the injury of 3 of them were reported serious.

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A Tale of Two Austerities By John Clarke

17 January 2019 — Socialist Project

The greatly intensified austerity that has been imposed in the UK since 2010 has been looked to with considerable approval by right wing imitators. Among countries that had developed a relatively adequate ‘welfare state’, the attack on social provision in the UK has been outstandingly severe. One of the key elements of this has been a drive to degrade social benefit systems. The central objective has not been, as is generally claimed, to save money but rather to ensure a level of desperation that drives people into low wage precarious work and depresses the level of real wages.
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John Pilger: ‘Real journalists act as agents of people, not power’ By Eresh Omar Jamal

16 January 2019 — Daily Star

Eresh Omar Jamal

John Pilger, as foreign correspondent, covered Bangladesh’s Liberation War. His front-page report ‘Death of a Nation’ alerted the world to the life-and-death struggle of the Bengali people. He has been a war correspondent, author and documentary filmmaker who has won British journalism’s highest award twice. For his documentary films, he has won an American Television Academy Award, an Emmy, and a British Academy Award given by the British Academy of Television Arts. He has received the United Nations Association Peace Prize and Gold Medal. His 1979 documentary, Cambodia Year Zero, is ranked by the British Film Institute as one of the 10 most important documentaries of the 20th century. He is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Heroes, A Secret Country, The New Rulers of the World, and Hidden Agendas. In an exclusive (electronic) interview with Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star, Pilger talks about his coverage of Bangladesh’s Liberation War, the state of journalism today, and the current political shifts happening in the West.

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Tories secretly prepare for snap general election

17 January 2019 — True Publica

Tories secretly prepare for snap general election

The TruePublica Editor: Theresa May dared MPs to vote for a General Election after her Brexit deal suffered the worst defeat in British history. The PM asked Labour to call a confidence vote in the House of Commons after 432 MPs voted to kill off the withdrawal agreement with only 202 backing her. It was a crushing defeat like no other. Never in our lifetime has a prime minister been humiliated like this. And yet she staggers on. And calling their bluff had a reason.

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Theresa May’s Conservative government survives no-confidence vote By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden

17 January 2019 — WSWS

Theresa May’s government survived a no-confidence vote Wednesday night brought by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. MPs voted by 325 to 306 with all 314 MPs of her divided Conservative Party voting to keep the government in office. They were joined by the 10 MPs of the Democratic Unionist Party and an independent unionist.

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Pompeo Turns Reality Upside Down By Philip M. Giraldi

17 January 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Pompeo Turns Reality Upside Down

The speech made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the American University in Cairo on January 10th deserves more attention than it has received from the US media. In it, Pompeo reveals his own peculiar vision of what is taking place in the Middle East, to include the impact of his own personal religiosity, and his belief that Washington’s proper role in the region is to act as “a force for good.” The extent to which the Secretary of State was speaking for himself was not completely clear, but the text of the presentation was posted on the State Department website without any qualification, so one has to assume that Pompeo was representing White House policy.

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A Planet in Crisis: The Heat’s on Us By Dahr Jamail

16 January 2019 — Global Research

I’m standing atop Rush Hill on Alaska’s remote St. Paul Island. While only 665 feet high, it provides a 360-degree view of this tundra-covered, 13-mile-long, seven-mile-wide part of the Pribilof Islands. While the hood of my rain jacket flaps in the cold wind, I gaze in wonder at the silvery waters of the Bering Sea. The ever-present wind whips the surface into a chaos of whitecaps, scudding mist, and foam.

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The Internet is Facing a Catastrophe For Free Expression and Competition: You Could Tip The Balance By Cory Doctorow

13 January 2019 — Electronic Frontier Foundation

The new EU Copyright Directive is progressing at an alarming rate. This week, the EU is asking its member-states to approve new negotiating positions for the final language. Once they get it, they’re planning to hold a final vote before pushing this drastic, radical new law into 28 countries and 500,000,000 people.

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Europe on the Brink of Collapse? By Peter Koenig

17 January 2019 — Global Research

The Empire’s European castle of vassals is crumbling. Right in front of our eyes. But Nobody seems to see it. The European Union (EU), the conglomerate of vassals – Trump calls them irrelevant, and he doesn’t care what they think about him, they deserve to be collapsing. They, the ‘vassalic’ EU, a group of 28 countries, some 500 million people, with a combined economy of a projected 19 trillion US-dollar equivalent, about the same as the US, have submitted themselves to the dictate of Washington in just about every important aspect of life.

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