Statewatch News Online, 30 May 2019 (13/19)

30 May 2019 — Statewatch

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Viewpoint: Why have the French police become the most violent in western Europe? by Salvatore Palidda:


1.    EU: Council of the EU wants data retention without cause – Germany joins in
2.    EU: European elections: results and commentary
3.    UK: Lessons from the past: the long history of political policing in the UK
4.    EU: Council discuss Member States the right to veto releasing trilogue discussions
5.    ITALY: UN special rapporteurs call for withdrawal of Salvini decree criminalising rescue activities
6.    FRANCE: We accuse! A statement against the criminalisation of protest in France
7.    EU: Frontex launches first formal operation outside of the EU and deploys to Albania
8.    FRANCE: Les Gilets Noirs: We are in the airport in France
9.    Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (14-20.5.19)
10.  ITALY: Ill-treatment and detention: investigation of the Lampedusa centre
11.  EU: Council discussing yet another small step towards full, open, democratic decision-making
12.  Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (30.4-13.5.19)

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Stripped of Their Rights: Understanding the Gaza Strip By Rima Najjar

30 May 2019 — Global Research
Many wonder why Israel continues to persecute the Palestinians in Gaza with such brutal repression.

The answer is simple; Palestinians in Gaza pose a demographic and, indeed, an existential threat to the Jewish state, which created the inferno that is Gaza today in order “to exist” as such.

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Palestinians to be sacrificed for Israel-Gulf marriage By Tamara Nasser

29 May 2019 — Electronic Intifada

King Hamad of Bahrain and the Trump administration are planning an economic summit with Israel in Manama that Palestinians see as part of an effort to liquidate their rights. (Wikimedia commons)

Ties between Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia, and Israel are warmer than ever as the United States beats its war drums against Iran and prepares to reveal its so-called “Deal of the Century.”

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Life After a French Revolution: What Next for the Protest Camp That Won? by Greg Frey

30 May 2019 — Novara Media

Two things are clear when entering France’s infamous Zone to Defend, or Zad: this is a reclaimed space and a divided territory.

The handmade cabins, the welcome messages scribbled over road signs and the empty tear gas canisters littering the fields show how these 4,000 acres have been salvaged from the states’ plans to turn them into an airport. Under this central struggle another one lurks. The defaced map of the zone and the spray-painted message ‘Zad for Sale’ on the lighthouse, show how the end of the airport project has divided the Zad’s inhabitants. When I asked a long-term inhabitant, he described this as the latest feature of the zone’s ongoing “civil war”.

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Human Alchemy – Field Notes On Watching Emotions

30 May 2019 — Media Lens

Incident On The 17:11 From Victoria

‘Twas the night before Christmas. I’m heading back to the family home and enjoying a rare taste of my old life among the corporate sardines on the 17:11 from London Victoria. Appropriately enough, the tin can we’re in is packed and silent: a hundred opposable thumbs are twitching over a hundred touch screens. Not a word is spoken. I have a feeling that if I were to attempt to talk to any of the humanoids around me, it would be regarded as a situationist prank. You could hear an email drop.

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Iran Newslinks 30 May 2019

30 May 2019 — The New Dark Age

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Tehran will ‘quickly’ restart nuclear program if EU fails to negotiate with Iran – Russian deputy FM

Washington’s Mighty Warriors: Draft Dodgers and Scoundrels

Press review: US to bear guilt for Iran deal collapse and Xi goes to Russia to counter US

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Julian Assange Newslinks 30 May 2019

30 May 2019 — The New Dark Age

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Unequal Justice: Julian Assange Is an Enemy in Trump’s War on the First Amendment

Human Rights Hypocrisy: Defending Billionaires, Destroying Journalists

Julian Assange ‘too ill’ to appear for court hearing, says lawyer

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Sen. Graham’s Call for Military Intervention in Venezuela: A Scare Tactic?

29 May 2019 — TRNN

Sen. Lindsey Graham issued one of the most explicit threats of military intervention against Venezuela yet. But does he mean it and does he truly believe Venezuela is a threat to the United States or is he just trying to scare the Maduro government? We discuss the latest escalation with CEPR’s Alex Main (Inc .transcript)

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