More defiance define Gilets Jaunes “Acte 10” (Videos)

21 January 2019 — Greanville Post

Collated and with commentary by Patrice Greanville

PREFACE The video below is an eloquent document about the clashes of Gilets Jaunes with the police. The anger of the demonstrators is obvious, there’s pent-up frustration with a regime they perceive as deaf and dumb to their interests or the institutions of genuine democracy (sound familiar?). The video —a collage of various clashes and possibly different dates—focuses on a great deal of violence, but Gilets Jaunes “acts” (as they call them) are mostly peaceful. Do not—despite these images—yield to the notion the Gilets are a bunch of irresponsible “casseurs” (guys just out to break senselessly everything in sight). Their cause is just. But notice as well that these are people who are not easily intimidated. There’s something to be learned from the French here, in how they tell the ruling cliques that they won’t be taken for granted. Except for the top video, all the rest reflect events occurring between January 19 and 20.

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Is Russia imperialist? By Stansfield Smith

21 January, 2018 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Russia is said to be an imperialist world power, one in conflict with the imperialist superpower that is the United States. Russia has been characterized in this manner both during the period of the Soviet Union and after the Soviet Union collapsed and separate states were formed. Russia is said to be imperialist both when it was a socialist state and now as a capitalist state.

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Devastating cuts to Britain’s social security breach int’l human rights law

21 January 2019 — True Publica

By Koldo Casla – odUK: In accordance with international human rights law, countries must take concrete steps to the maximum of their available resources to fulfil economic and social rights progressively. This includes the right to social security and the right to an adequate standard of living.

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Book Review: What’s the alternative to factory farms?

20 January, 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

‘Farming, Food and Nature’ offers a powerful critique of industrial livestock production, but fails to challenge the profit-system that drives it.


Joyce D’Silva and Carol McKenna, editors
FARMING, FOOD AND NATURE
Respecting Animals, People and the Environment

Routledge, 2018

reviewed by Martin Empson

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