Former British Ambassador to Syria: UK complicit in Trump’s Syria Oil Grab

7 November 2019 — Mint Press

With the UK Parliament already on alert, how long will it be before Congress wakes up to this scandal-in-the-making?

by Peter Ford

The cat is out of the bag. The UK is potentially complicit in a war crime. With typical insouciance the U.S. military dropped this bombshell by tweet and apparently without realizing the implications for U.S. partners:

We are repositioning @CJTFOIR forces to Deir ez Zor #Syria to continue partnering w/ #SDF to defeat ISIS remnants, protect critical infrastructure, & deny ISIS access to revenue sources. Mechanized forces provide infantry, maneuver, and firepower.

— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) October 31, 2019

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UK General Election News Links 5-7 November 2019

7 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

[I’ve included all the BBC ‘news’ coverage of the general election. Mostly it’s trivial but you be the judge. WB]

Lewes Bonfire Night effigies include a urinating Boris Johnson

General election 2019: Liberal Democrats, Greens and Plaid Cymru agree pact

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Syria News Links 6-7 November 2019

7 November 2019 • 15:00 — The New Dark Age

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

Today’s Links 7 November 2019

Former British Ambassador to Syria: UK complicit in Trump’s Syria Oil Grab

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US congressional panel outlines next phase of dirty war on Syria: Occupy oil fields and block reconstruction

5 November 2019 — Grayzone

US troops Syria oil field
A DC foreign-policy apparatchik who oversaw Congress’ Syria Study Group proclaimed that the US military “owned” one-third of Syrian territory, including its “economic powerhouse,” then outlined a sadistic strategy for preventing reconstruction of the “rubble.”

By Ben Norton

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Even a Clown Is Fascinated by Ideas: The Forty-Fifth Newsletter (2019)

7 November 2019 — Tri-Continental

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

In 2017, Issa Shivji delivered the Harold Wolpe Memorial Lecture at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Issa, who taught at the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) for decades, reflected on the idea of revolutionary intellectuals. He remembered a lecture given by Ali Mazrui fifty years previously, where Mazrui defined an intellectual as someone who is fascinated by ideas. ‘Even a clown is fascinated by ideas’, yelled out one of the students.

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Unfree Media – State Stenography And Shameful Silence

7 November 2019 — Media Lens

A recent viral clip of Jeremy Corbyn featured vital truths about the corporate media that ought to be at the forefront of public consciousness in the approach to the UK General Election on December 12. The clip began:

‘A free press is essential to our democracy. But much of our press isn’t very free at all.’

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Bolivia: Audios Linking Civic, Ex-Military And US In Coup Plans

7 November 2019 — Popular Resistance –

On November 4, a helicopter carrying President Evo Morales made an emergency landing on Monday due to a mechanical problem, the military said, raising suspicions among his supporters after opponents promised to remove him. The mechanical problems are being investigated by the Air Force. No one was injured in the incident. KZ

Opposition politicians held talks with U.S. senators to destabilize Bolivia and organize a general strike after Evo Morales’ victory.

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Ukraine News Links 6-7 November 2019

7 November 2019 — The New Dark Age

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Kiev decries New York Times for indicating Crimea as Russian territory

Deep State on the National Security Council: Colonel Vindman Is an ‘Expert’ With an Agenda

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REPORT: NHS privatisation – real expenditure 26 per cent, not 7 per cent

7 November 2019 — LSE Politics and Policy – True Publica

David Rowland is the Director of the Centre for Health and the Public Interest. Prior to this he worked within healthcare professional regulation in the UK as the Head of Policy at three national regulators and has developed significant expertise in social care policy, NHS workforce issues, regulation, safeguarding, whistleblowing and patient safety.

Political parties are making all sorts of claims to save the NHS from its current financial strangulation and the privatisation drive, mainly because a general election is due and the NHS is inevitably used a political football. This report really is quite explosive, not least because the general public has been ‘hoodwinked’ into believing that only 7 per cent of the NHS budget is spent on private contractors. However, are claims of eradicating privatisation unachievable given its current scale and depth?

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How the media, including the BBC is manipulated by government propaganda

7 November 2019 — True Publica

How the media, including the BBC is manipulated by government propaganda

By Simon Wren-Lewis: While Dominic Cummings is no genius, he does have a good understanding of how the UK media works, and therefore how to manipulate it. There are many ways to do this, but one of the most obvious is to use privileged access in return for uncritical coverage. This is how it works.

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Mainstream Media Pro-Johnson Propaganda Gets Into Full Swing

7 November 2019 — Craig Murray

We are now under election broadcasting rules.

Ian Austin left the Labour Party nine months ago. He was then appointed by the Tories as Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Israel. As of yesterday, he is neither a MP nor a candidate for election. He is a minor politician who achieved only the most junior ministerial rank, PUSS, and for only seven months. He is best known for heckling Jeremy Corbyn while Jeremy Corbyn was delivering the official Labour response to the Chilcot Report on the illegal invasion of Iraq, shouting “Sit down and shut up” and “You stupid disgrace” at Corbyn for criticising the war.

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