The debts of undocumented Vietnamese migrants in Europe

28 November 2019 — Open Democracy

Debt and trafficking were used to explain why 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in a lorry in Essex, but whom did the migrants owe?

Nicolas Lainez

Phong, 27, is an undocumented Vietnamese migrant working eleven hours a day, six days a week at a Vietnamese restaurant in Paris for €1,550 a month. He lives a minimal existence. Every penny Phong can spare goes to repaying the €15,000 debt he incurred while travelling from Nghe An in central Vietnam to France. The smuggler had charged him €4,000 up front, which was enough to get him to Moscow on a tourist visa. The trip to Poland cost a further €6,000: €2,000 for the arrangements to leave and €4,000 for arriving safely. A final €5,000 was due once he arrived in France.

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Bolivia News Links 30 November 2019

30 November 2019 — The New Dark Age

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

Québec Solidaire Congress: A Few Skirmishes, But Shift Right?
https://socialistproject.ca/2019/11/quebec-solidaire-congress-few-skirmishes-shift-right/

Bolivia’s Coup Dictatorship Threatens Argentine Human Rights Delegation
https://libya360.wordpress.com/2019/11/29/bolivias-coup-dictatorship-threatens-the-argentine-delegation/

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We Asked NHS Doctors About the Trade Documents Corbyn Revealed

29 November 2019 — Novara Media

This week Corbyn revealed un-redacted trade documents detailing talks between the Conservative government and the Trump administration between 2016 – now. He argued they prove the NHS is indeed up for sale, contradicting Boris Johnson. We asked two medical doctors to explain the papers. Featuring Dr Rita Issa and Dr Timesh Pillay.
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Understand The OPCW Scandal In Seven Minutes

29 November 2019 — Caitlin Johnson

One of the annoying things about continuing to write about the OPCW/Douma scandal in the near-total absence of mainstream media coverage is the fact that it’s difficult for a new reader to just jump in on this developing story without having followed it from the beginning. There are a lot of details to go over to introduce someone to the story, and if I repeat them every time I write an article on the subject I’m twelve paragraphs in before I get to the new developments, and by that time I’ve bored all the readers who didn’t need the introduction. I’m sure other alternative media figures commenting on this story have encountered the same problem.

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Member of Ukraine’s Parliament Leaks Trove of Biden Financial Records

29 November 2019 — Off Guardian

2012 file photo, Hunter Biden

On Wednesday, November 20th, Russia’s Tass news agency headlined “Joe Biden’s son and his partners received $16.5 million from Burisma — Ukrainian MP”, and reported:

The Ukrainian Office of the Prosecutor General has drawn up an indictment against the owner of the Burisma Holdings energy company, ex-Ecology Minister Nikolai Zlochevsky, that contains information that the son of former US Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter, as a Burisma board member along with his partners, received $16.5 million for their services, Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada MP from the ruling Servant of the People party Alexander Dubinsky told a press conference on Wednesday, citing the investigation’s materials. According to him, the money came from duplicitous criminal activity.

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NYT’s “Leaked” Chinese Files Story Covers For Terrorism

21 November, 2019 — (Tony Cartlaucci – NEO)

The New York Times has once again exposed itself as an organ of US special interests operating under the guise of journalism – contributing to Wall Street and Washington’s ongoing and escalating hybrid war with China with a particularly underhanded piece of war propaganda.

Who Gets to Speak for British Jews? How the Myth of ‘the Jewish Community’ Marginalises Dissent

29 November 2019 — Novara Media

Number 10 Flickr

by Jo Sutton-Klein 

The UK’s chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, caused yet another headache for Labour this week when he accused Jeremy Corbyn of allowing “a poison sanctioned from the top” to take root in the party. Although he didn’t explicitly tell people not to vote Labour, it was easy to read between the lines when Rabbi Mirvis mused, “what will happen to Jews and Judaism in Britain if the Labour party forms the next government?”

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New Study: “Russian Trolls” Did Not “Sow Discord” – They Influenced No One

29 November 2019 — Moon of Alabama

The U.S. has claimed that the Russia government tried to influence the 2016 election through Facebook and Twitter.

Russia supposedly did this through people who worked the Internet Research Agency (IRA) in St. Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia. The IRA people ran virtual persona on U.S. social networks which pretended to have certain political opinions. It also spent on advertising supposedly to influence the election. U.S. intelligence claimed that the purpose of the alleged Russian influence campaign was to “sow discord” within the United States.

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Bolivia News Links 29 November 2019

29 November 2019 — The New Dark Age

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

Russian diplomat compares developments in Bolivia to Ukrainian events
https://tass.com/politics/1094011

Alternative Media promotes Canadian Foreign Policy
https://dissidentvoice.org/2019/11/alternative-media-promotes-canadian-foreign-policy/

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Capitalism: The fantasy world continues

28 November 2019 — Michael Roberts Blog

The fantasy world continues.  In the US and Europe, stock market index levels are hitting new all-time highs.  Bond prices are also near all-time highs.  Investment in both stocks and bonds are delivering massive profits for the financial institutions and companies. Conversely, in the ‘real’ economy, particularly in the productive sectors of industry and transport, the story is dismal.  The world’s auto industry is in serious decline.  Layoffs of workers are on the agenda in most auto companies.  The manufacturing sectors in most major economies are contracting. And as measured by the so-called purchasing managers indexes (PMIs), which are indexes of surveys of company managers about the state and prospects for their companies, even the large service sectors are slowing or stagnant.

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