Puerto Rico in Flames By Atilio Borón

30 July 2019 — Internationalist 360°

The popular insurgency in Puerto Rico overthrew a corrupt, reactionary and servile government, which bowed its head and tolerated Donald Trump’s contempt and insults on the occasion of Hurricane Maria in September 2017 and the “humanitarian aid” that the New York tycoon personally went to distribute. Given that the Puerto Rican Constitution of 1952 does not provide for the call for elections in cases such as the current one, the resigned president must appoint his successor before August 2. Renewed popular pressure could overturn colonial regulations and force the installation of a transitional government, but it seems very unlikely that such a thing could happen. Other alternatives, such as a call for a Constitutional Assembly, seem closer to reality, as will be seen below. The unifying factor in the imposing street protests was the blatant corruption of Governor Ricardo Rosselló, the phenomenal indebtedness into which the island’s government has fallen, and the leaking of his revealing homophobic conversations, his misogyny, and his contempt for the main opposition figures and even for the victims of the hurricane.

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Boris Johnson’s Fake Radicalism

2 August 2019 — Craig Murray

We hear much about Johnson coming to power as an iconoclastic figure willing to cut a swathe through the ranks of the Establishment and especially the Civil Service, aided by blue skies thinker Dominic Cummings.

In fact nothing could be further from the truth. There has never been a Prime Minister more entrenched in and deferential to the London Establishment than Boris Johnson.

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Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the Unravelling of US Empire

2 August 2019 — Consortium News

To be a law-abiding nation, the U.S. must grant self-determination in areas it has stolen, write Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
PopularResistance.org

The results of centuries of U.S. empire, which began with Manifest Destiny that crossed the North American continent and grew into a global empire, are coming home to roost in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

Puerto Ricans had an important victory in July with the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló after more than one million people protested to demand his removal. This was a powerful display of people power, but changing the head of state does not confront the real issues for Puerto Rico: ending colonialism and ensuring self-determination.

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Defending Assange and Basic Freedoms: Think Bigger – Much Bigger By Al Burke

2 August 2019 — Off Guardian

Around the globe, well-informed and dedicated souls have for years been explicating the persecution of Julian Assange and its much broader implications. They include the likes of Suzie Dawson in New Zealand, Caitlin Johnstone in Australia, John Pilger in Britain and Joe Lauria in the United States, to mention just a few.

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Media silent on dismissal of DNC suit against Julian Assange

2 August 2019 — WSWS

A federal court ruling last Tuesday, dismissing a Democratic National Committee (DNC) civil suit against Julian Assange “with prejudice,” was a devastating indictment of the US ruling elite’s campaign to destroy the WikiLeaks founder and of the entire “Russiagate” conspiracy theory peddled by the Democratic Party, corporate media outlets and the intelligence agencies for the past three years.

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How fast is the climate changing?

2 August 2019 — MROnline

Originally published: Rebel News Ireland by John Molyneux (July 25, 2019)

It is clear that there is now quite widespread public awareness of the fact that climate change is a reality and a serious threat to the future of humanity. And this is reflected to some extent in the mainstream media despite their reluctance to treat the issue as a real emergency. However, there is still a considerable disjunction between the way climate change is generally perceived and the reality of what is actually happening.

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UK: Over 1,300 homeless people penalised last year under the 1824 Vagrancy Act By Joe Mount

2 August 2019 — WSWS

Thousands of people are being prosecuted every year in the UK under the draconian Georgian-era Vagrancy Act 1824. This outlaws begging and rough sleeping “in any deserted or unoccupied building, or in the open air, or under a tent, or in any cart or waggon, not having any visible means of subsistence.”

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Syria News Links 29 July – 2 August 2019

2 August 2019 — The New Dark Age

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

Opinion: Why Kamala Harris Is Unfit to Be President
https://www.greanvillepost.com/2019/08/01/opinion-why-kamala-harris-is-unfit-to-be-president/

Faux Humanitarian Irwin Cotler, the White Helmets, and the Whitewashing of an Appalling Agenda
https://www.mintpressnews.com/irwin-cotler-white-helmets-israel-whitewashing/261073/

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