Can the Left Look to Portugal for an Alternative to Austerity? By Asad Ismi

1 March 2019 — Global Research

While social-democratic parties all over Europe have been losing power and popularity, the centre-left Portuguese government is being lauded even by the mainstream media for defying the European Union (EU) with its anti-austerity policy and thereby sparking an economic recovery in the country.

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Venezuela Newslinks 1 March 2019

1 March 2019 19:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting

Venezuela’s (very Black) Top General Addresses Troops

Venezuela and American Manifest Destiny – Gerald Horne

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Extinction rebellion By Chris Hedges

24 February 2019 — Truthdig

There is one desperate chance left to thwart the impending ecocide and extinction of the human species. We must, in wave after wave, carry out nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to shut down the capitals of the major industrial countries, crippling commerce and transportation, until the ruling elites are forced to publicly state the truth about climate catastrophe, implement radical measures to halt carbon emissions by 2025 and empower an independent citizens committee to oversee the termination of our 150-year binge on fossil fuels. If we do not do this, we will face mass death.

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UN investigators call for arrests over Gaza war crimes By Maureen Clare Murphy

1 March 2019 — Electronic Intifada

Palestinians evacuate Karim Kullab after he was shot by Israeli snipers during Great March of Return protests on 21 September 2018. Kullab, 25, died of his injuries later that day. Mohammed Zaanoun ActiveStills

Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by using lethal military force against unarmed protesters in Gaza, a United Nations independent commission of inquiry has found.

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Poisoning the Public: Toxic Agrochemicals and Regulators’ Collusion with Industry by Colin Todhunter

1 March 2019 — Dissident Voice

In January 2019, campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason lodged a complaint with the European Ombudsman accusing European regulatory agencies of collusion with the agrochemicals industry. This was in the wake of an important paper by Charles Benbrook on the genotoxicity of glyphosate-based herbicides that appeared in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe.

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The Trump presidency: From the Manhattan underworld to the White House

1 March 2019 — WSWS

“The finance aristocracy, in its mode of acquisition as well as in its pleasures, is nothing but the rebirth of the lumpenproletariat on the heights of bourgeois society.”—Karl Marx, The Civil War in France

What Marx described, in his analysis of the corruption of the bourgeoisie in France leading up to the 1848 revolution, applies with even greater force to the United States of 2019, where the bourgeoisie faces its own rendezvous with social upheaval and explosive class battles.

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UK: Scapegoating of firefighters for Grenfell deaths exposes fraud of official inquiry By Robert Stevens

1 March 2019 — WSWS

Fire Brigades Union (FBU) General Secretary Matt Wrack has said the government’s inquiry in the Grenfell Tower fire is in danger of becoming a “whitewash.”

He told the Guardian, “The views I am expressing are being expressed more bluntly in fire stations, that this is in danger of turning into a stitch-up of firefighters … the only thing they did on the night was turn up to put a fire out and yet they are the people that have come under most scrutiny so far.”

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Who Are the “Brutal Dictators”, The Business of War: Selected Articles

1 March 2019 — Global Research

Financial Imperialism – The Case of Venezuela

By Dr. Jack Rasmus

Invasion of Venezuela by US and its proxies is just around the corner! This past week vice-president Pence flew to Colombia once again—for the fifth time in recent weeks—to provide final instructions to US local forces and proxy allies there for the next step in the US regime change plan. Read more…

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The war on the poor

1 March 2019 — True Publica

The war on the poor

TruePublica: This is the latest depressing news of the ideological war on the poor in Britain. Although much of what is reported below is known to some extent, most of the stories below were reported in just the last few weeks. This article then highlights some interesting facts, the underlying reasons for these deliberately driven social disasters, the ideology behind it and concludes with what might come next.

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