An update

18 June 2019 — The New Dark Age

I won’t be updating the site between the 20th and the 24th June as I will be out of town.

As a point of interest, the site now has 20,770 stories posted since 2010 when I moved over to WordPress. The work posted between 2003, when it first went live, and 2010, is unfortunately no longer part of this site, aside that is, from my own work which extends back to 1987 or so. I have reloaded some of the earlier work (which I still have) but it’s a vast enterprise, it all has to be ‘re-frozen’ to fit this site.

William

Why China Is Confident It Can Withstand US Pressure

18 June 2019 — Oriental Review

On 1 June 2019, Beijing introduced higher tariffs on around $60 billion worth of US products. This was in response to a decision by the US government on 10 May 2019 to increase tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent. Later, US President Donald Trump ordered tariffs to be imposed on a further $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. Washington has actually been waging a trade war against Beijing for some time now and is using the technology sector to bully the country in the hope that it will undermine its economic position as the US once managed to do with Tokyo.

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Turkey begins to openly combat Syrian troops

18 June 2019 — Inforos

This may spoil Moscow-Ankara relations

Yury Veselov, military observer, Inforos

The Defense Ministry of Turkey officially confirmed on June 16, 2019 that Turkish artillery was involved in shelling Syrian governmental army positions near Tell Bazam in the “de-escalation zone” in the northwest of the Idlib province. This was allegedly “made in agreement with the Russian side as response to accurate data indicating from where two Turkish observer posts were attacked.”

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UK: Tory government positions itself as most loyal US ally against Iran By Chris Marsden

18 June 2019 — WSWS

Britain intends to send special forces to the Gulf of Oman. Their stated mission is to protect UK warships amid rising tensions between the US and Iran. But politically their role will be to help consolidate the Conservative government’s position as the premier ally of the Trump administration, which is considered essential amid the escalating crisis over Britain’s exiting the European Union.

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Venezuela Newslinks 17-18 June 2019

18 June 2019 • 15:15 — The New Dark Age

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

Venezuela the latest victim of West’s ‘virus-like’ black ops – Russian intel chief
https://www.rt.com/news/462123-western-intelligence-influence-virus/

U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage that Is Deadly, Illegal and Ineffective
https://www.globalresearch.ca/u-s-sanctions-economic-sabotage-deadly-illegal-ineffective/5680928

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The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange by Chris Hedges

18 June 2019 — Truthdig

On Friday morning I was in a small courtroom at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. Julian Assange, held in Belmarsh Prison and dressed in a pale-blue prison shirt, appeared on a video screen directly in front of me. Assange, his gray hair and beard neatly trimmed, slipped on heavy, dark-frame glasses at the start of the proceedings. He listened intently as Ben Brandon, the prosecutor, seated at a narrow wooden table, listed the crimes he allegedly had committed and called for his extradition to the United States to face charges that could result in a sentence of 175 years. The charges include the release of unredacted classified material that posed a “grave” threat to “human intelligence sources” and “the largest compromises of confidential information in the history of the United States.” After the prosecutor’s presentation, Assange’s attorney, Mark Summers, seated at the same table, called the charges “an outrageous and full-frontal assault on journalistic rights.”

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