China’s Virus Response Has Been ‘Breathtaking’ 31 January 2020

31 January 2020 — Asia Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping is leading a scientific ‘People’s War’ against the coronavirus

President Xi Jinping formally told WHO head Tedros Ghebreyesus, at their meeting in Beijing earlier this week, that the coronavirus epidemic “is a devil and we cannot allow the devil to hide.”

Ghebreyesus for his part could not but praise Beijing for its extremely swift, coordinated response strategy – which includes fast identification of the genome sequence. Chinese scientists have already handed over to Russian counterparts the virus genome, with snap tests able to identify it in a human body within two hours. A Russia-China vaccine is under development.

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People Keep Starving to Death in Tory Britain

31 January 2020 — Novara Media

And they call it democracy

@harriepw

Errol Graham was just four and a half stone when his emaciated body was found by bailiffs. The 57 year old had starved to death in a flat with no electricity or gas supply.

The only food in his cupboards were two tins of fish, four years out of date. His benefits had been stopped by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) only months before. As a vulnerable claimant with a long history of severe mental illness, he should have been protected. Instead, he was left to die.

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France at a Crossroads

24 January 2020 — The Bullet

Richard Greeman

The nationwide general strike in France, now entering its record seventh week, seems to be approaching its crisis point. Despite savage police repression, about a million people are in the streets protesting President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed neoliberal “reform” of France’s retirement system, established at the end of World War II and considered one of the best in the world. At bottom, what is at stake is a whole vision of what kind of society people want to live in – one based on cold market calculation or one based on human solidarity – and neither side shows any sign of willingness to compromise.

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Cuba is Testing Products Against Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

30 January 2020 — Internationalist 360º

Alan Macleod

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The Cuban government has announced that it is testing new medical products against a range of chronic illnesses, including cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The Caribbean country has become a hotspot for pharmaceutical research, having already developed techniques that eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis between mothers and children. It was not revealed which types of cancer government scientists are testing against, but they have already developed a lung cancer vaccine, skin cancer medicine and new, minimally invasive techniques in esophageal cancer surgery.

Julian Assange: Countdown to Freedom

26 January 2020 — Defend Wikileaks

Randy Credico’s ongoing series of interviews on the approaching extradition trial of Julian Assange in London, featuring regular updates from the Courage Foundation

Episode 1: Coleen Rowley & Anthony Papa

In this first podcast, hear compelling clips from William Kunstler and John Pilger on extra-judicial and arbitrary detention as well as interviews with Nathan Fuller, director of the Courage Foundation which supports whistle blowers and runs Julian’s public defense campaign, Coleen Rowley, retired FBI Special Agent and whistle blower, expert on criminal procedure constitutional law, and Anthony Papa, artist/activist and the author of 15 to Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom, and This Side of Freedom: Life after Clemency.

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Monsanto/Bayer News Links 30 January 2020

30 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

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

EPA Reapproves Glyphosate, Claims Pesticide Poses No Human Health Threat
https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2020/01/30/epa-reapproves-glyphosate-claims-pesticide-poses-no-human-health-threat?cd-origin=rss

Kellogg’s will phase out pre-harvest glyphosate use
https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/19298-kellogg-s-will-phase-out-pre-harvest-glyphosate-use

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Iran News Links 29- 30 January 2020

30 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

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Do All Countries have the Right to Fight Terrorism?
https://journal-neo.org/2020/01/30/do-all-countries-have-the-right-to-fight-terrorism/

NIAC Action Statement on Passage of Legislation Prohibiting Unauthorized War with Iran
https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2020/01/30/niac-action-statement-passage-legislation-prohibiting-unauthorized-war-iran?cd-origin=rss

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Palestine News Links 1-30 January 2020

30 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

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How is Washington “Liberating” Free Countries
https://dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/how-is-washington-liberating-free-countries/

Iraq-Raping Neocon Upset That People Keep Bringing Up The Iraq Thing
https://www.greanvillepost.com/2020/01/30/iraq-raping-neocon-upset-that-people-keep-bringing-up-the-iraq-thing/

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IRR News (15 – 29 January 2020)

30 January 2020 — Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

Remembering the liberation of Auschwitz and the impact of the Holocaust reminds us of the breadth of fascism’s victims – Jews, Roma and Sinti, lesbian and gays, Communists, the physically and mentally disabled, political and religious opponents. It provides us with a real lesson in the meaning of a powerful slogan like ‘Never Again’. For if fascism represents a fundamental attack on human dignity, we all need to come together to build unity in action around the forces that nurture its all-embracing violence.

UK Came & Went, Leaving Europe in a Mess

30 January 2020 — Consortium News

As Great Britain returns to the uncertainties of the open sea, it leaves behind a European Union that is bureaucratically governed to serve the interests of financial capital, writes Diana Johnstone

By Diana Johnstone in Paris
Special to Consortium News

Whew.  Finally, at last, the United Kingdom is formally leaving the European Union on Jan. 31.  Here in Paris, the champions of French withdrawal from the EU are celebrating. They see Brexit as the harbinger of a future “Frexit,” a French departure from undemocratic governance, and the beginning of the end of a failed project to unify Europe around the demands of neoliberal capitalism.

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