Collapse of UK National Health Service threatened as Johnson government readies further onslaught

31 December 2019 — WSWS

By Robert Stevens

The National Health Service (NHS) faces collapse after decades of underfunding, staffing cuts and privatisation.

Even before the onset of the NHS’s now-annual “winter crisis,” a heightened expression of a year-round crisis, senior doctors’ representatives warned that the health service was “on its knees.”

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Iran News Links 26-31 December 2019

31 December 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

Washington escalates Mideast war threat with strikes on Iraq, Syria
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/31/iraq-d31.html

The Syrian War: America’s “War on Terror” Exposed
http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2019/12/the-syrian-war-americas-war-on-terror.html

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Bolivia News Links 30-31 December 2019

31 December 2019 • 10:30  — The New Dark Age

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Exterminating Angels

Left-wing MAS Leads Voting Intentions In Bolivia
https://popularresistance.org/left-wing-mas-leads-voting-intentions-in-bolivia/

The Coup in Bolivia: Lessons for our Movement
https://dissidentvoice.org/2019/12/the-coup-in-bolivia-lessons-for-our-movement/

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An Improvisation 2004 – The Andrew Hill Trio

31 December 2019 — Jazz on the Tube

[One of my favourite artists. I actually met him in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1975. WB.]

A dynamic performance by pianist Andrew Hill and his trio

Andrew Hill (1931-2007) was a masterful pianist and a very original composer whose music fell into the avant-garde but was really in its own category.

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Once it was the banks that were too big to fail, now it is the financial bubble

30 December 2019 — theplanningmotivedotcom

A BUBBLE TOO BIG TO FAIL

‘The global economy was an economy of two halves, the halve-nots and the halves- everything. I have pointed out a number of times, that in many major economies, especially the biggest of them all, the USA, the top 10% spend as much as the bottom 80% on personal consumption. The top 10% rely heavily on capital gains, and their spending habits are shaped by the status of the share and bond markets.

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Remove these capital gains enjoyed by a tiny minority in each country and the global economy implodes. The world economy is now addicted to these bubbles, though the fix needed keeps growing. Nothing could be unhealthier. A capitalist economy driven by low interest rates feeding speculation rather than a high rate of profit feeding investment has scrambled the DNA of capitalism.[my emph. WB]

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Fake “Farmer Willi” part of an international fake parade

6 December 2019 — GMWatch

Farmer Willi in field Glyphosate Factory

“Grassroots” defenders of pesticides and GMOs keep on faking it! Report by Jonathan Matthews

Five thousand tractors caused severe disruption in Berlin last week as farmers protested against the German government’s environmental protection policies. These include plans to limit the use of fertiliser in order to tackle nitrate pollution in groundwater, and to phase out glyphosate by 2023 to protect biodiversity.
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After U.S. Strike On Iraqi Forces Its Troops Will (Again) Have To Leave

30 December 2019 — Moon of Alabama

Within Syria @WithinSyriaBlog –

17:43 UTC · Dec 29, 2019

Trump just made the mistake of his presidency.

That may be true or may be not true. Here is what happened.

On Friday a volley of some 30 107mm Katyusha rockets hit the K1 base which houses Iraqi and U.S. troops near Kirkuk, Iraq. One U.S. mercenary/contractor died, two Iraqi and four U.S. soldiers were wounded. Instead of finding the real culprits – ISIS remnants, disgruntled locals, Kurds who want to regain control over Kirkuk – the U.S. decided that Kata’ib Hizbullah was the group guilty of the attack.

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China News Links 26-30 December 2019

30 December 2019 — The New Dark Age

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Seventy Years of U.S. Destabilisation in China. U.S. Sponsored Uyghur Insurgency in Xinjiang
https://williambowles.info/2019/12/30/seventy-years-of-u-s-destabilisation-in-china-u-s-sponsored-uyghur-insurgency-in-xinjiang/

Iran seeks joint naval maneuvers in Caspian Sea with regional states, media reports say
https://tass.com/world/1104879

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Depleted Uranium and Radioactive Contamination in Iraq: An Overview

22 August 2017 — Global Research

December 28, 2019

First published on August 22, 2017, this authoritative report by Dr. Al- Azzawi addresses the war crimes committed by the US and its allies through the use of  depleted uranium (radioactive) ammunition, resulting in countless deaths attributable to the spread of leukemia among children, congenital malformations, breast cancer. etc. Dr. Al-Azzawi is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG).

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Media’s Deafening Silence on Latest WikiLeaks Drops Is Its Own Scandal

29 December, 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation – Medium

Caitlin Johnstone

This is getting really, really, really weird.

WikiLeaks has published yet another set of leaked internal documents from within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adding even more material to the mountain of evidence that we’ve been lied to about an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last year which resulted in airstrikes upon that nation from the US, UK and France.

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Seventy Years of U.S. Destabilisation in China. U.S. Sponsored Uyghur Insurgency in Xinjiang

29 December 2019 — Global Research

By Shane Quinn

Source

China’s exit in October 1949, from the sphere of US control, was perhaps the heaviest blow to strike American post-World War II global hegemony. China’s successful drive for independence had been anticipated in Washington for many months.

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Wikileaks Still Holding Powerful to Account as Founder Julian Assange “Slowly Dies” in Prison

30 December 2019 — Mint Press

Assange is kept in being kept in solitary confinement 23 hours per day, often sedated, in Britain’s notorious Belmarsh Prison.

Julian Assange is dying inside Belmarsh Prison in London. Those are his own words, relayed through English journalist Vaughan Smith, who revealed that the Wikileaks founder called him on Christmas Eve to share his greetings. Smith also divulged that Assange told him he is kept in solitary confinement 23 hours per day and is often sedated.

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