Haiti News Links 2 October 2019

2 October 2019 – The New Dark Age

Coverage of events in Haiti simply don’t exist in the so-called mainstream media, unless there’s an earthquake or a hurricane or when they get cheap oil from Venezuela. I’d like to be able to publish more useful stories on courageous Haiti, but as you can see from the links below, sources are thin on the ground.

As proof, here’s the opening para of ‘Haiti: The International Front Positions Itself’

‘The so-called “international community”, so far silent on the serious Haitian crisis, has just made its move. On September 30, a meeting took place between allies of the ruling party, sectors of the political opposition specifically called for their extreme moderation (if we can use the oxymoron) and the self-proclaimed “group of friends of Haiti,” better known as the Core Group. The entity is as irregular in its institutionality as it is decisive in the internal affairs of the Haitian nation, deprived of the most elementary exercise of political sovereignty. Its name, “Core Group“, leaves no doubt as to its importance. The Core Group is a para-supra-state body, a type of committee of colonial administrators that brings together representatives of the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the European Union and the ambassadors of the United States, France, Canada, Germany, Spain and an out of tune continental guest: Brazil.’

These links from Ezili Danto’s newsletter, virtually the only regular source of independent news on Haiti:

Haiti Targeted by Economic Hitmen & UN Front for Deep State Enrichment

American Celebrities Useful Idiots Haiti Part 2

China News Links 1 – 2 October 2019

2 October 2019 • 14:55 — The New Dark Age

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

New ‘Red’ Bloc: Russia -China Alliance

Central Bankers Go Green… Why?

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Brexit/Bojo News Links 2 October 2019

2 October 2019 — The New Dark Age

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

Boris Johnson: No-deal only alternative to Brexit plan

Campaign group beautifully takes the Tories down, with the words of a Conservative icon

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Dangerous Detentions: Julian Assange And Remaining In Bel-marsh By Binoy Kampmark

2 October 2019 — Oriental Review

Much ink has been spilt in textbooks describing situations where autocratic states can behave badly.  They abuse rights; they ignore international law and they ride roughshod over conventions.  Liberal democracies may boast that they follow matters to the letter of the law, and make sure that citizens are given their fair and just cause in putting forth their cases.  The practice suggests all too glaringly that the opposite is true.

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Corbyn holds pro-Remain party discussions over leading “caretaker” administration or stepping aside to allow “government of national unity”

2 October 2019 — WSWS

By Chris Marsden

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell yesterday publicly opposed plans for a “government of national unity” and insisted on Jeremy Corbyn’s right to head a “caretaker government” to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

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Look who’s not laughing! By Dimitri Orlov

1 October 2019 — Club Orlov

When everything is routine, world leaders generally manage to remain poker-faced or (in the case of American politicians) grinning stupidly with a vacant-eyed stare. But when things get interesting all sorts of ticks and grimaces and strange gestures and postures start showing up. And when you see one of the “world leaders” (in quotes because I use the term facetiously) looking like his entire life is flashing before his eyes at a joint press conference, you can be sure that something very funky is going down. To wit: here is the Ukraine’s new, popularly elected president, Vladimir Zelensky, appearing next to Donald Trump and looking for all the world as if he really doesn’t want to be there. A bright seven-year-old will tell you that much (I checked) but we adults wish to know more. And so I will oblige and fill you in on some of the salient details.

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Tory Conference: Priti Patel demonstrates Tory ‘law and order’ priorities

2 October 2019 — True Publica

Conference: Priti Patel demonstrates Tory 'law and order' priorities
Home Secretary Priti Patel has claimed that the Conservatives are “the party of law and order once again”, as she unveiled a number of measures designed to present the Tories as tough on crime. The home secretary continued: “As we renew our place as the party of law and order in Britain, let the message go out from this hall today: To the British people – we hear you.”

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Ukrainian oligarchy in crisis over Zelensky-Trump call By Clara Weiss

2 October 2019 — WSWS

The scandal over Trump’s blatant attempts to pressure Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating the son of the leading Democrat Joe Biden, which now forms the basis for a CIA-backed investigation into the possible impeachment of Trump, has thrown the Ukrainian oligarchy into deep crisis.

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Socialism is the only realistic solution to climate change by John Molyneux

1 October 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

There is no third way

Capitalism will not and cannot prevent climate disaster. A socialist response at governmental and societal level is an historic necessity.

John Molyneux is editor of Irish Marxist Review and a supporter of People Before Profit. This article was first published on the socialist website Rebel.

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Relaying Views of US’s Top General, Newsweek Sees No Need for Countervailing Facts

1 October 2019 — FAIR

by Joshua Cho

Newsweek: NATO Superiority Over Russia Has 'Eroded,' Forcing Alliance to Create New Strategy, U.S. General Says

Newsweek (9/18/19) reports NATO is losing “superiority” over Russia, without mentioning that the alliance’s combined military budget is 17 times that of Russia.

Lazy, one-sided reports like Newsweek’s “NATO Superiority Over Russia Has ‘Eroded,’ Forcing Alliance to Create New Strategy, US General Says” (9/18/19), by David Brennan, are a major reason why US officials are still taken seriously when they demand further investments in the military/industrial complex and the strengthening of an unnecessary military alliance like NATO.

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