Brazil: leaked conversations reveal legal stitch-up against Lula

12 June 2019 — In Defence of Marxism

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Yesterday, The Intercept Brazil news site published a number of correspondences between former judge Sergio Moro, and the Lava Jato (“Car Wash”) prosecutors, led by Federal Public Ministry of Brazil attorney, Deltan Dallagnol. The Operation Car Wash corruption case led to the arrest and imprisonment of (among others) former PT president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (“Lula”), who was convicted without evidence. These correspondences reveal the political objectives behind this operation, which included action to organise fraud in the 2018 elections.

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China Newslinks 12 June 2019

12 June 2019 — The New Dark Age

Panda Diplomacy Much Better than Mafia Extortion of Collapsing West
https://journal-neo.org/2019/06/12/panda-diplomacy-much-better-than-mafia-extortion-of-collapsing-west-1209/

‘Make Russia Prostrate Again’ Is the Only Thing US Democrats and Republicans Can Agree on
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/06/12/make-russia-prostrate-again-is-the-only-thing-us-democrats-and-republicans-can-agree-on/

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Russia-China : the summit which the media ignored By Manlio Dinucci

12 June 2019 — Voltaire Network

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On 5 June, the media projectors zeroed in on President Trump and the European leaders of NATO, who, for the anniversary of D-Day, auto-celebrated in Portsmouth “peace, freedom and democracy in Europe,” vowing to “defend them at any time, wherever they may be threatened”. The reference to Russia is clear.

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Tory cuts result in 131,000 preventable deaths in the UK By Barry Mason

12 June 2019 — WSWS

A reversal of public health initiatives has led to 130,000 preventable deaths since 2012. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank lays the blame on austerity measures pursued by the 2010 Conservative/ Liberal Democrat government and continued by the Tory government of Theresa May.

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Silvia Federici in Conversation with Astra Taylor

12 June 2019 — The Believer

“LIKE THE WELFARE WOMEN SAID: EVERY WOMAN, EVERY MOTHER, IS A WORKING MOTHER.”

What memory can do:
Re-signify the earth
Re-signify the local
Make the struggle visible

Read Silvia Federici and she will revolutionize the way you understand the world. She will turn it upside down and radicalize it. Part of a group of feminist thinkers who have reinvented and expanded Marxism, Federici has helped put women’s work, long banished to the margins of anti-capitalist analysis, at the center. Reproduction, the typically unpaid work of caring for others and sustaining common life, is as important as production, the waged work left-wing political economists have traditionally emphasized. 

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Israeli Private Intelligence Company Black Cube Out of Control

11 June 2019 — TRNN

Shir Hever discusses the dangers of privatizing security and intelligence, as a private company called Black Cube that claims to use Israeli Mossad procedures hires out its services to the highest bidder and goes after international as well as Israeli activists, business people, and politicians

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‘Mirthless Laugh’ – The Persecution And Torture Of Julian Assange

11 June 2019 — Media Lens

For anyone persuaded by the state-corporate campaign of sneers and smears depicting Julian Assange as a shit-smearing narcissist and rapist, the comments made by Nils Melzer, the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, must be deeply shocking. The BBC headline:

‘Julian Assange subjected to psychological torture, UN expert says’

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The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction By John W. Whitehead

10 June 2019 — The Rutherford Institute

John Whitehead“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984

Tread cautiously: the fiction of George Orwell has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day surveillance state.

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4 TONS OF C-4 U.S. MANUFACTURED FOUND IN DER’AH AND STORED BY ISIS!!! SAA GRINDS NUSRA IN BOTH HAMA AND IDLIB by Ziad Fadel

11 June 2019 — Syrian Perspective

Don’t you just love hypocrisy?  Don’t you love it when Evangelicals like Mike Pompeo and Mike Pence pontificate about Christianity and their ideological love for all things Zionist?  Isn’t it just beautiful when Syrian security services come upon 4 tons of C-4 all manufactured in the United States?  On June 1, 2019, that’s exactly what happened.

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Britain: Labour victory in Peterborough silences the cynics By Joe Attard

11 June 2019 — In Defence of Marxism

Image: Socialist Appeal (UK)

The Labour right wing were fully expecting and hoping for the party to lose a key by-election in Peterborough last week. This constituency voted strongly to leave the European Union, and the press had hyped up Nigel Farage’s right-wing Brexit Party, which everybody expected to win the seat. This would’ve given a boost to the Blairite plotters and Farage’s hard-Brexiteer outfit. But on the day, Labour defied expectations and won with an increased majority. Originally published at Socialist Appeal on 7 June.

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