China News Links 5 August 2019

5 August 2019 — The New Dark Age

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The Global Currency War Has Begun. China’s Yuan Breaks the 7 to $1 Band. Why is The Dollar Rising?
https://www.globalresearch.ca/china-yuan-breaks-7-1-band-global-currency-war-has-begun/5685617

Currency War Begins: Chinese Yuan Crashes to New Record Low as Global Markets Tumble
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ActivistPost/~3/cYosU7j1CEw/currency-war-begins-chinese-yuan-crashes-to-new-record-low-as-global-markets-tumble.html

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Venezuela News Links 5 August 2019

5 August 2019 — The New Dark Age

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Omission of Atrocities Committed by the Venezuelan “Opposition” Discredits UN Human Rights Report
https://www.globalresearch.ca/omission-atrocities-committed-venezuelan-opposition-discredits-un-human-rights-report/5685622

Nobody Will Stop the US if It Blockades Venezuela
https://www.globalresearch.ca/nobody-will-stop-us-it-blockades-venezuela/5685618

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NPR Shreds Ethics Handbook to Normalize Regime Change in Venezuela

5 August 2019 — FAIR

FAIR

The Reagan administration in 1982 coerced National Public Radio (NPR) to cover more favorably the US terrorist war then being waged against Nicaragua.

As Greg Grandin writes, Otto Reich, head of the administration’s Orwellian propaganda outfit known as the Office of Public Diplomacy, informed the public network that his office had contracted “a special consultant service [to listen] to all NPR programs” on Central America. Dependent on state funding, NPR promptly buckled under pressure, reassigning reporters viewed as “too easy on the Sandinistas,” and hiring conservative pundit Linda Chavez to provide “balance.”

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BBC Panorama on anti-semitism: a catalogue of reporting failures

29 July 2019 — Media Reform Coalition

The BBC transmitted an edition of Panorama on 10 July called ‘Is Labour Anti-Semitic?’, presented by John Ware. It contained allegations that senior Labour figures close to Jeremy Corbyn had interfered with the internal investigations process and that the Party was insufficiently committed to tackling anti-semitism within its own ranks. In response, the Labour Party argued that the programme “was not a fair or balanced investigation. It was a seriously inaccurate, politically one-sided polemic, which breached basic journalistic standards, invented quotes and edited emails to change their meaning. It was an overtly biased intervention by the BBC in party political controversy.”

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8chan: Another Mass Shooting, Another Internet Purge This is the third “mass casualty event” in less than a year that was immediately followed up by censorship of the internet

5 August 2019 — Off Guardian

Kit Knightly

Last year, after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the new social-media platform Gab was attacked in the press and bullied off the internet. Earlier this year, following the Christ Church mosque attack, New Zealand briefly totally blocked access to several websites.

Yesterday, two men allegedly killed 30 people at a store in Dayton Ohio, and a mall in El Paso Texas.

Today 8chan has been totally shut down.

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In the World of Truth and Fact, Russiagate is Dead. In the World of the Political Establishment, it is Still the New 42

5 August 2019 — Craig Murray

Douglas Adams famously suggested that the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42. In the world of the political elite, the answer is Russiagate. What has caused the electorate to turn on the political elite, to defeat Hillary and to rush to Brexit? Why, the evil Russians, of course, are behind it all.

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The Stubborn Truth About Employment and the Defense Industry by Nia Harris

5 August 2019 — TomDispatch

Co-Written by Nia Harris, Cassandra Stimpson, and Ben Freeman

A Marilyn has once again seduced a president. This time, though, it’s not a movie star; it’s Marillyn Hewson, the head of Lockheed Martin, the nation’s top defense contractor and the largest weapons producer in the world. In the last month, Donald Trump and Hewson have seemed inseparable. They “saved” jobs at a helicopter plant. They took the stage together at a Lockheed subsidiary in Milwaukee. The president vetoed three bills that would have blocked the arms sales of Lockheed (and other companies) to Saudi Arabia. Recently, the president’s daughter Ivanka even toured a Lockheed space facility with Hewson.

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Statewatch News Online, 5 August 2019 (16/19)

5 August 2019 — Statewatch

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STATEWATCH NEWS

1.   Italy-Malta “Non Paper” wants compulsory relocation mechanism rather than the voluntary one
2.   EU Council Presidency proposes follow-up on extending PNR to sea and rail traffic
3.  Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (6.7-25-7.19)
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China’s Yuan Breaks the 7 to $1 Band–The Global Currency War Has Begun

5 August 2019 — Jack Rasmus

Over this weekend, China’s Yuan currency broke out of its band and devalued to more than 7 to $1. At the same time China announced it would not purchase more US agricultural goods. The Trump-US Neocon trade strategy has just imploded. As this writer has been predicting, the threshold has now been passed, from a tariff-trade war to a broader economic war between the US and China where other tactics and measures are now being implemented.

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A life costs £10,000: how G4S’ Brook House detention contract works

4 August 2019 — Corporate Watch

In 2017, security company G4S was in the headlines again after the Panorama TV programme exposed new revelations of brutality in Brook House, one of two immigration detention centres the company runs for the Home Office. Two years later, the National Audit Office has published a report on G4S’ contract to run the centre.

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Assange’s father speaks to the WSWS: “Julian’s resolve is fierce” By Oscar Grenfell

5 August 2019 — WSWS

John Shipton, Julian Assange’s father and a leading campaigner for his freedom, spoke to the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) in Sydney yesterday about the conditions of his son’s imprisonment in Britain and the fight to prevent his extradition to the US. The WikiLeaks founder faces the prospect of 175 years in a US jail for his role in exposing American war crimes.

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