Venezuela Newslinks 16-17 May 2019

17 May 2019 20:15 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day

Venezuela ROUNDUP: U.S. raid Venezuela embassy a brutal act against international law, says Maduro

Who’s Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela’s D.C. Embassy?
https://www.mintpressnews.com/whos-behind-the-pro-guaido-crowd-besieging-venezuelan-embassy-in-dc/258533/

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Iran Newslinks 16-17 May 2019

17 May 2019 20:20 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated through the day

Foreign Office warns against Iran travel for British-Iranians
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48314799

Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump’s Proposed Iran War
https://www.globalresearch.ca/top-ten-differences-iraq-war-trumps-proposed-iran-war/5677742

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Extinction Rebellion and the Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism

11 May 2019 — News from Nowhere

This is part 4 of a series of articles entitled ‘Astroturfing the way for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

Here are the links to the other parts:

0) Introduction: Some Inconvenient Truths about Extinction Rebellion and the Climate Mobilisation movement
1) Dr Gail Marie Bradbrook: Compassionate Revolutionary… for hire?
2) Political Charities and the Brave New World of Professional Activism
3) Green Gail and the Technocratic Industrialists: Citizens Online’s Digitopian Nightmare

Exactly a month on from the beginning of Extinction Rebellion’s demonstrations in London, the British Parliament has approved Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s motion to declare a national ‘climate emergency’ – being one of the group’s three demands. This comes two days after pro-Corbyn campaign group Momentum declared its ‘union’ with Extinction Rebellion in the Guardian [1]. The rallying of the climate movement under the Labour party is an entirely predictable affair. And already we have cardboard cut-out [2] ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband declaring that “Politics needs to be on a war footing to deal with this enemy.”

Don’t Iraq Iran by David Swanson

16 May 2019 — Washington’s Blog

If Iran had spent the last few decades lying about and threatening the United States, and had attacked and built military bases in Canada and Mexico, and had imposed sanctions on the United States that were creating great suffering, and then a lying scheming war-crazed Iranian official announced that he believed the United States had put some missiles on some fishing boats in the Chesapeake Bay, would you believe that . . .

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Target Iran! By Francis Boyle

16 May 2019 — Consortium News

Francis Boyle positions sabre-rattling at Iran squarely inside the catastrophic saga of U.S. imperialism.

The author delivered this speech at the Perdana Global Peace Forum 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 22, 2006. That year the U.S. had deployed aircraft carriers to the Persian Gulf and tensions then, as now, were high.

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Scientists against the machine

17 May 2019 — Red Pepper

Jane Shallice examines the history of radical research at the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science

The social consequences of the present direction of science and technology are clear. New technologies used to strengthen state surveillance, the interminable research and production of weapons and delivery systems, the necessity to end carbon based energies, the corporate nature of science and universities, intellectual property rights and the seizure of knowledge as private property for private returns, genetic engineering and GM, AI, algorithms, big Pharma’s dominance and its impact on health care, environmental pollution and degradation and, dominating all, the role of human activity on climate change.

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Sustainable Pulse: Glyphosate, GMOs and Pesticides – Weekly Global News Bulletin 16 May 2019

16 May 2019 — Sustainable Pulse

Brands Set to March on US EPA over Glyphosate Concerns – Interview with MegaFood
On May 23 a group of top brands and members of the public are set to march to the offices of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver a vital petition, which aims to end the pre-harvest spraying of glyphosate-based herbicides on crops, one of the main reasons for our contaminated food supply. Sustainable […]

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An open letter to Extinction Rebellion

15 May 2019 — Red Pepper

“The fight for climate justice is the fight of our lives, and we need to do it right.” By grassroots collective Wretched of The Earth.

This letter was collaboratively written with dozens of aligned groups. As the weeks of action called by Extinction Rebellion were coming to an end, our groups came together to reflect on the narrative, strategies, tactics and demands of a reinvigorated climate movement in the UK. In this letter we articulate a foundational set of principles and demands that are rooted in justice and which we feel are crucial for the whole movement to consider as we continue constructing a response to the ‘climate emergency’.
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During Protests in Commemoration of 71st Anniversary of Palestinian Nakbah: Israeli Forces Wound 144 Civilians

16 May 2019 — Internationalist 360°

On Wednesday, 15 May 2019, Israeli forces wounded 144 Palestinian civilians, including 49 children, 4 women, and 1 paramedic, in excessive use of force against the peaceful participants in the protests organized in commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakbah.

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The latest multi-billion pound move in NHS privatisation – is the endgame in sight?

10 May 2019 — OurNHS

Private healthcare firms have just been offered a substantial say in deciding how billions of pounds of NHS mental health money is spent.

Jessica Ormerod Deborah Harrington

“No privatisation of the NHS on my watch,” said Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health, shortly after taking up his post. But this week the Health Services Journal (HSJ) revealed that “Providers offered control of NHSE budgets worth billions” (paywall). The article is explicit that the private healthcare sector is central among those now being offered control of at least £2billion of mental health cash.

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