Climate and contradiction in Marx’s theory of history by Matt Huber

11 February 2019 — GreenLeft – Marxist Sociology Blog
Climate change is often seen as a “new” kind of crisis of capitalism – one that throws into question the standard Marxist analysis as having a blind spot with respect to nature. This has led to a whole host of intellectual efforts to “green” Marxism, or to argue an ecological Marxism must go beyond class to incorporate the “new” social movement of environmentalism.

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How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela

10 February 2019 — Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

Alan MacLeod looks at the role of the media in the regime change operation in Venezuela.

Juan Guaido swore himself in as "interim president" on January 23 (EFE)

Juan Guaido swore himself in as “interim president” on January 23 (EFE)

The latest extraordinary chapter in the bizarre world of Venezuelan politics is playing out before our eyes. After winning the 2018 presidential elections, Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated in January, only for the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó — a man whom, at the time, less than 20 percent of the country had even heard of — to declare himself President.

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A Progressive ‘Artifice’ of Democratic Impotence: The ‘World’ Finally ‘Gets It’ By Alastair Crooke

28 January 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Antonio Gramsci described an interregnum as a time “when the old is dying and the new cannot be born… in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms pertain.” In such periods, the new is perceived as mad, bad and dangerous to contemplate.

Britain plainly is going through such an interregnum: a period when the élites that previously ‘managed’ political discourse (in Michel Foucault’s words) within strict consensual frontiers, now find that it is being acerbically contested. Such periods are also moments when sanity is lost — when the limits and meaning of what it is reasonable to believe – and do – melt away.

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Venezuela Newslinks 10-11 February 2019

11 February 2019 19:16 — The New Dark Age

Due to duplication, there may be some cross-posting.

Podcast Ep 2: How Israel helps Latin American death squads

Making Globalism Great Again

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An open letter to the people of the U.S.A. from President Nicolás Maduro

11 February 2019 — The New Dark Age

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela delivered this Feb. 7 message to the people of the U.S. through social media.

If I know anything, it is about the people, because just like you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I was forged in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality. I am no tycoon; I am a worker of mind and heart.  Today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which Comandante Hugo Chávez forged starting in 1998, inspired by the legacy of Simón Bolivar.

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France: Yellow Vests and Red Unions Strike Together

10 February 2019 — PM Press

Macron Prepares New Repressive Measures

On Tues, Feb. 5, as the Macron government pushed harsh repressive laws against demonstrators through the National Assembly, the Yellow Vests joined with France’s unions for the first time in a day-long, nation-wide “General Strike.”

At the very moment when in Paris the lower house was voting to implement Macron’s proposed laws designed to suppress public demonstrations (a legal right protected in both the French Constitution and the U.N. Human Rights Declaration) tens of thousands of their constituents were out in the streets all over the country demonstrating and striking against Macron’s authoritarian, neo-liberal government. The demonstrators’ demands ranged from better salaries and retirement benefits, restoration of public services, equitable tax codes, an end to police brutality, and banning the use of “flash-balls” on demonstrators, to Macron’s resignation and the instauration of participatory democracy.

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Latest FoI release from MoD shows extent of UK air and drone war in Syria by Chris Cole

11 February 2019 — Drone Wars

The rise in UK air and drone strikes in Syria since September 2018 has been laid bare in the MoD’s latest responses to a Drone Wars UK FoI request. The number of British strikes in Syria per month rose to its highest ever amount (75) in December 2018.

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In Venezuela, White Supremacy is Key to Trump’s Coup By Greg Palast

10 February 2019 — Greg Palast

By Greg Palast updated from Truthout

Note: Palast covered Venezuela during the Chavez presidency for BBC Television Newsnight and The Guardian. Download, for free, the film of Palast’s BBC reports, “The Assassination of Hugo Chavez.” This article incorporates additional reporting by William Camacaro in Caracas.

On January 23, right after a phone call from Donald Trump, Juan Guaido, former Speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared himself President. No voting. When you have official recognition from The Donald, who needs elections?

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