Ukraine on the cusp of change By M.K. Bhadrakumar

23 July 2019 — Indian Punchline

Ukraine President Vladimir Zelensky celebrated his party’s big victory in the parliamentary election, Kiev, July 21, 2019

The thumping victory by the Ukraine President Vladimir Zelensky’s Servant of the People party, securing an absolute majority of 253 seats in the 450 member parliament, can be viewed as a tectonic shift in the geopolitical landscape of Eurasia. The next big party in the parliament will be the pro-Russia Platform – For Life, which secured 44 seats. The stunning rout of the pro-western forces symbolised by former President Poroshenko’s Solidarity party (24 seats).

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Israel’s Herbicide warfare against Gaza farmers By Maureen Clare Murphy

23 July 2019 — The Electronic Intifada

Thousands of acres of Gaza farmland have been damaged by Israel’s aerial spraying of herbicide. (Forensic Architecture)

Israel’s military propagandists are at it again.

A video recently tweeted by COGAT, the bureaucratic arm of Israel’s military occupation, celebrates its efforts to teach Palestinian farmers in the West Bank about hybrid fruits and vegetables.

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Why Boris Johnson Is Even More Dangerous Than Trump By Patrick Cockburn

24 July 2019 — Counterpunch

Is the rise of Boris Johnson to be the next prime minister the product of a soft coup? Does Donald Trump’s racist demonisation of four non-white congress members prove him to be a “fascist” leader like Mussolini and Hitler? The two questions should be answered together because political developments in Britain tend to emulate those in the US, and vice versa, though the latter is less frequent. The Thatcher-Reagan years in the 1980s were an example of this cross-infection and it happened again in 2016, when the British electorate voted narrowly for Brexit and American voters (though not a majority of them) chose Trump as president.

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Boris Johnson premiership deepens Brexit crisis and heralds bitter class conflict By Robert Stevens

24 July 2019 — WSWS

Boris Johnson won the leadership of the ruling Conservative Party Tuesday after decisively defeating Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt by a two to one margin. Johnson will take over as prime minister today from Theresa May, after she resigns following her last Prime Minister’s Questions session in parliament.

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Book Review: ‘An important contribution to the fight to stop capitalist destruction’

23 July 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Book review and full video of meeting to launch ‘System Change Not Climate Change: A Revolutionary Response to Environmental Crisis.’

  • Book Review: Valerie Lannon says the new book is “an accessible summary of revolutionary theory and practice related to the climate crisis and how to overcome it.”
  • Video: Martin Empson, Sarah Ensor, Ian Angus and others speaking at the book launch meeting held in London on July 4, 2019. Ian calls it “an important contribution to the fight to stop capitalism from destroying the planet our lives depend on.”
  • List of essays in the book.

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Julian Assange News Links 24 July 2019

24 July 2019 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so check back

Indian auto workers speak out in defence of Assange and Manning
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/24/assa-j24.html

Today’s links
http://mikewhitneysgraspingatstraws.blogspot.com/2019/07/todays-links_23.html

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