War by other means: US/EU sanctions aimed at crippling Syria By Jean Shaoul

27 April 2019 — WSWS

This past week has seen massive queues in Syria’s capital Damascus outside petrol (gas) stations.

The fuel shortage has become far worse than during the war—bringing commercial life almost to a standstill. With domestic oil production down as a result of war damage and disruption to only 24,000 barrels per day (BPD), far less than the 136,000 bpd it needs, the government has rationed petrol. Private cars are allowed 20 litres every five days and taxis 20 litres every 48 hours. Before the war, Syria enjoyed relative energy autonomy.

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Venezuela Newslinks 27 April 2019

27 April 2019 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting

‘Vulgar maneuver’: Maduro slams Abrams for trying to co-opt legacy of Hugo Chavez
https://www.rt.com/news/457699-maduro-chavista-abrams-venezuela/

Canada Gets Cozy with Repressive Middle East Monarchies
https://dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/canada-gets-cozy-with-repressive-middle-east-monarchies/
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Half of all land in England owned by less than one percent of the population By Margot Miller

27 April 2019 — WSWS

The UK is one of the most unequal societies on the planet. The scale of this is effectively documented in new research revealing that one half of all the land in England is the private property of less than one percent of the population. This equates to just 25,000 people. England accounts for just over half (53 percent) of the total area of the UK.

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Black Agenda Report 26 April 2019: ADOS Opposes Free Tuition, Debt Forgiveness; Dems Want to Stop Sanders; Pompeo’s Truth About Lies

26 April 2019 — Black Agenda Report

Why ADOS “Reparationists” Oppose Free Tuition and Student Debt Forgiveness

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
The latest foolishness from the ADOS “reparationists” exposes the real purpose of their shtick, to substitute reparations chatter for productive class analysis and organizing
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If war is an industry, how can there be peace in a capitalist World? By Vijay Prashad

26 April 2019 — MROnline

Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937.

The Seventeenth Newsletter (2019).

Originally published: The Tricontinental (April 25, 2019)

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

On 26 April 1937, twelve bombers of the German Condor Legion and the Italian Aviazione Legionaria flew low over the Basque country of Spain in the midst of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). They tore down over the small town of Guernica, where they let loose their fiery arsenal. Almost two thousand people died in this defenceless town. Noel Monk of the Daily Express (London) was one of the first reporters to enter the town, hours after the bombers dropped their ordinance. In Eyewitness (1955), Monk wrote, ‘A sight that haunted me for weeks was the charred bodies of several women and children huddled together in what had been the cellar of a house. It had been a refugio’, a refuge. Pablo Picasso, the artist, was so moved by news of the fascist bombing raid on this town that he painted his most powerful work–Guernica (1937)–which now hangs in Madrid’s Reina Sofia.

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Assange Expected to confirm Wikileaks source of DNC Emails was Seth Rich not Russians By Dr Michael Salla

26 April 2019 — Michael Salla

Assange Seth Rich

The April 11 arrest of Julian Assange has resurrected the narrative that emails stored on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were not hacked by Russia, but leaked by a disenchanted employee, Seth Rich, who wanted to expose how Bernie Sanders was systematically undermined during the 2016 primaries by the DNC. According to this narrative, Rich communicated with Assange and handed over the DNC emails through Wikileaks’ secure online drop box.

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