Vladimir Putin, Syria’s pacifier-in-chief

23 October 2019 — Asia Times

Vladimir Putin, Syria’s pacifier-in-chief

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during a joint press conference after their talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on October 22, 2019. Photo: Sergei Chirikov / poll / AFP

Russia-Turkey deal establishes ‘safe zone’ along Turkish border and there will be joint Russia-Turkey military patrols

By Pepe Escobar

The negotiations in Sochi were long – over six hours – tense and tough. Two leaders in a room with their interpreters and several senior Turkish ministers close by if advice was needed. The stakes were immense: a road map to pacify northeast Syria, finally.

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To Defend Evo’s Victory is to Defend the Peace, Democracy, Prosperity and Sovereignty of Latin America as a Whole

23 October 2019 — Internationalist 360°

https://i2.wp.com/www.crbz.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/1082855078.jpgA new chapter is added to the complex scenario recently configured in Latin America with the anti-neoliberal popular rebellions in Ecuador, Haiti and Chile, in which the right-wing forces that govern in those countries have responded with the most brutal repression: the disregard of Evo Morales’ resounding electoral triumph by the Bolivian and international right-wing, backed by the planet’s media power and the US economic and political power elite.

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Brexit News Links 22-23 October 2019

23 October 2019 • 15:20 — The New Dark Age

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

How the BBC and ITV turned into full-on Tory propaganda mouthpieces
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheCanary/~3/KQIvgovtQN0/

Boris Johnson’s hospital building programme – just another lie?
https://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/boris-johnsons-hospital-building-programme-just-another-lie/

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Burn, Neoliberalism, Burn By Pepe Escobar

23 October 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Neoliberalism is – literally – burning. And from Ecuador to Chile, South America, once again, is showing the way. Against the vicious, one-size-fits-all IMF austerity prescription, which deploys weapons of mass economic destruction to smash national sovereignty and foster social inequality, South America finally seems poised to reclaim the power to forge its own history.

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Poisoning the Planet: Pesticides and Capitalism

24 October 2019 — The New Dark Age

9 stories on the global impact of pesticides on ALL life on the planet (all in PDF format).

9 stories on the global impact of pesticides on ALL life on the planet.

Open Letter: Where have all our insects and birds gone?

Neonicotinoid insecticides, glyphosate and Roundup Ready GM Crops

Last year the Guardian published letters from all over the country asking this question. Both the neonicotinoid insecticides and glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide appear to be responsible.1
The UK government, the NFU, the Farming Minister, the Defra Minister, Defra and the Department of Health are supporting glyphosate and systemic neonicotinoid insecticides. Some UK farmers say it will be impossible to farm without access to these two chemicals. They are voting to grow GM Roundup Ready Crops after Brexit.

Has Monsanto told the truth about GM Roundup Ready crops? Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta coat their GMO corn seeds with neonics but charge farmers extra for them— even though studies show that neonic-coated seeds provide no real benefit to farmers.

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Carcinogenicity assessment flawed for four out of 10 pesticides, new review shows

A new review of carcinogenicity assessments of pesticide active ingredients shows 40 percent were not carried out in compliance with existing European guidelines, leading to possible continued exposure of farmers and consumers to cancer-causing pesticides.[1] In 30 percent of the cases, significant details were missing from the dossiers, raising uncertainties about how European authorities came to the conclusion they did.


To those who support the renewal of the registration of glyphosate or remain silent about it

“Corporate totalitarianism … rules through dispensability and corruption. It treats communities, people, countries, ecosystems and species as disposable and dispensable.”

Update on glyphosate renewal: On May 17 2017, the European Commission announced its intention to renew the license for glyphosate for 10 years despite a petition last year from 1.5 million citizens urging them not to. The British Government and civil servants supported this renewal wholeheartedly. But are they aware of the implications? The EU Commission was in a hurry because it didn’t want to wait for the Monsanto Papers to come out. However, MEPs have asked for an inquiry into them.

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Chile News Links 23 October 2019

23 October 2019 • 20:40 — The New Dark Age

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Mass protests continue in defiance of military crackdown in Chile
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/23/pers-o23.html

Chile’s Social Organizations Convene Constituent Assembly
https://libya360.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/chiles-social-organizations-convene-constituent-assembly/

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Ecuador News Links 22 October 2019

22 October 2019 — The New Dark Age

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Ecuador: From The Middle of the World to the End of the World
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/10/21/ecuador-middle-world-end-world

The Joker and Latin American Turbulence
https://libya360.wordpress.com/2019/10/21/the-joker-and-latin-american-turbulence/

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Refurbishment Is the Dirty Word We Should Be Using, Just Look at the Achilles Street Estate

22 October 2019 — Novara Media

Anita Strasser

by Andy Worthington 

Imagine living on a council estate and being given a ballot on the proposed destruction of your home as part of a ‘regeneration’ plan. Imagine that the council makes all kinds of lavish promises regarding your future housing and security, but then refuses to back up these promises with anything resembling a legally-binding contract. This is what’s happening at Achilles Street.

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