UN Rapporteur on Torture’s Letters to UK, Ecuador, US and Sweden

30 July 2019 — Defend Wikileaks

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer visited Julian Assange at HMP Belmarsh on 9 May 2019, and has written letters to the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Ecuador and Sweden to express that he is “gravely concerned” about Assange’s treatment and to urge the latter three governments to ensure Assange is not extradited to the United States. Melzer, who also detailed his findings about Assange’s current health and conditions, was assisted in his assessment by medical forensic expert Prof. Duarte Vieira Nuno and psychiatrist Dr. Pau Perez-Sales.

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Ratlines: The Vatican, The Nazis & Western Intelligence By Hugo Turner

28 July 2019 — Internationalist 360°


In one of the more shocking episodes of the Cold War tens of thousands of Nazi war criminals and their fascist allies were smuggled out of Europe and resettled around the world in places like Argentina, Canada, Australia and the United States. Others were resettled throughout the middle east a few ended up as far away as South East Asia. They were considered too valuable by western intelligence to face justice for their crimes. 27 Million people were killed in the Soviet Union alone, 4 million in Poland, I’ve written of the many uses these fascist exiles were put to in my previous articles. They were used as spies, propagandists and terrorists in the west’s secret war on the Soviet Bloc and even non-aligned countries like Yugoslavia. They went to work for Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, universities, and think tanks and were even used to turn out the vote for the Republican Party in the US. The Ukrainian fascists formed a powerful lobby in the US, Canada and Australia. In Canada for example the Ukrainian Nazi exiles are so powerful that they have placed one of their own at the head of Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. As the cold war neared it’s end these fascist movements in exile returned home seizing power with the help of Western Intelligence in Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, in the 1990’s and Ukraine invatican 2004 and again in 2014. They also have a great deal of influence in the Baltic countries of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania where SS veterans hold yearly parades and are treated as heroes. Thus the fascist exiles have gone from a scandalous chapter in cold war history to the cause of a new cold war with Russia. They have played a vital role in the increasing danger of fascism worldwide.

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Alaska Governor Demolishes Climate Research by Robert Hunziker

30 July 2019 — Counter Currents

“The University of Alaska Fairbanks (“UAF”) is a hub for Arctic climate research, and a magnet for top scientists and international collaborations— and it’s in trouble.” (Source: Sabrina Shankman, A Death Spiral for Research: Arctic Scientists Worried as Alaska Universities Face 40% Funding Cut, Inside Climate News, July 19, 2019)

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Universal Music Group coverup continues in response to artists’ class-action lawsuit By Kevin Reed

30 July 2019 — WSWS

The social and legal fallout from the June 2008 music vault fire in Hollywood, which destroyed an invaluable popular music archive at Universal Studios and which Universal Music Group (UMG) covered up for years, is continuing.

Artists in the class action suit against UMG – Soundgarden, Courtney Love, Steve Earle, Tupac Shakur and Tom Petty

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Mad King Boris News Links 29-30 July 2019

30 July 2019 • 16:00 — The New Dark Age

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

Brexit: Boris Johnson says farms will thrive as PM visits Wales

Johnson urges voters not to back Brexit Party ahead of crunch by-election

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US Foreign Policy in Shambles: NATO and the Middle East. How Do You Wage War Without Allies?

26 July 2019 — Global Research

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky and Bonnie Faulkner

  • Michel Chossudovsky discusses the recent US/Iran clash in the Persian Gulf;
  • Iran’s capability as a military power;
  • the breakup of the Gulf Cooperation Council;
  • the Al-Udeid military base in Qatar the largest US base in the Middle East, and Qatar an ally of Iran;
  • the flop of the proposed Middle East Strategic Alliance, also known as the Arab NATO;
  • the July 2016 failed coup d’etat against Turkish President Erdogan;
  • the US/Israel/Turkey “triple alliance” now a Turkey/Iran/Russia “triple entente”;
  • Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense shield constitutes its de facto exit from NATO;
  • the geopolitical realignment of the Middle East and its repercussions on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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War, empire and racism in the Anthropocene By Dr. Nafeez Ahmed

27 July 2019 — True Publica

War, empire and racism in the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene. A proposed new geological epoch which designates a shift to a planetary age dominated by human impacts across the geological processes of the Earth. Geologists dispute the duration, precision, relevance and even accuracy of the concept. But the term has increasingly entered the scientific lexicon as increasing numbers of experts across myriad disciplines recognise that for the first time in history, the future of the entire planet—for generations if not millennia to come—is now being fundamentally determined by the activities of the human species. But the Anthropocene is about far more than just climate change. It is about an entire system of life, whose design is to maximise resource extraction at the expense of expendable ‘Others’. It is bound up, intimately, with a global system of racism emerging from the legacy of centuries of colonialism. And it is inseparable from the ceaseless sequence of industrial wars, culminating in today’s permanent state of the endless ‘war on terror’.

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Puerto Rican crisis deepens over Rosselló’s replacement By Rafael Azul

30 July 2019 — WSWS

The crisis of rule in Puerto Rico deepened on Sunday when Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Justice, Wanda Vázquez, second in line to replace Governor Ricardo Rosselló, declined the appointment in a Twitter message. Rosselló announced his resignation from the governorship on July 24, following twelve days of mass popular protests. The governor’s resignation is to take effect on this Friday, August 2.

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Black Agenda Report 29 July 2019: US Was Model for South African Apartheid / Book Supplants Howard Zinn / Mackler Running Against War

29 July 2019 — Black Agenda Report

US Was Model for South African Apartheid 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
The US acted as midwife to South Africa’s apartheid system, said Dr. Gerald Horne, author of “US Imperialism and Anti-Communism vs. Liberation of Southern Africa, from Rhodes to Mandela.” Horne, a professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston and possibly Black America’s most prolific living political writer, said the US Carnegie Corporation formulated “the blueprint” for South Africa’s apartheid system, imposed in 1948 as “a combination of neo-slavery and Jim Crow on steroids.”
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