Netanyahu may yet prove himself the Houdini of Israeli politics

4 March 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The Israeli prime minister has worn down voters by refusing to go, while his rival Benny Gantz has no visible path to power

Middle East Eye – 4 March 2020

It may have taken him a year and three elections to achieve it, but on Tuesday, Benjamin Netanyahu started to look like the Great Houdini of Israeli politics – escape artist extraordinaire.

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PATRICK LAWRENCE: Moscow’s Difficult Decision on Idlib

3 March 2020 — Consortium News

Turkey’s leader, who nurses dreams of some kind of neo–Ottoman restoration across the Middle East, is now on a reckless tear.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a press conference in Turkey, Dec. 1, 2014. (Russian government)

By Patrick Lawrence
Special to Consortium News

As Recip Tayyip Erdogan prosecutes his latest military intrusion southward into Syria, all the old mythologies about the Turkish president and the 9-year-old Syrian conflict are rehearsed once again, hopelessly threadbare as they are. The problem now is not the fog of war. The problem is the war of fog.

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Black Agenda Report for 4 March 2020

4 March 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Fear Pervades Black Politics, and Makes Us Agents of Our Own Oppression

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
Many Black voters recoiled in abject terror at the very thought that the Democratic Party – “our” party, in many Black folks’ minds – might fracture under the challenge of the Sandernistas.

Freedom Rider: U.S. Continues Its War on the Rest of the World

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
The duopoly corporate parties enforce silence and ignorance on foreign policy to ensure that Americans have neither the knowledge nor the tools to resist their country’s policy of endless war.
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GM food issue on the rise again in UK

3 March 2020 — GMWatch

GM Foods and UK Map

Media articles show concerns haven’t gone away

Judging from the high number of media articles drawing attention to the post-Brexit threat of the US’s GM foods invading British supermarket shelves, it’s clear that the GM food issue is far from dead in the UK. It appears that it was only “sleeping” due to the fact that EU labelling and risk assessment requirements for GMOs, combined with public resistance, have mostly kept GM ingredients from going directly into human food for over two decades.

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Report reveals how Westminster’s electoral system massively failed voters

4 March 2020 — True Publica

Report reveals how Westminster’s electoral system continues to fail voters

By Megan Collins: Something is deeply wrong when over 70% of votes count for nothing. That’s what Westminster’s voting system did in December’s election, according to a damning new analysis from the Electoral Reform Society.

A staggering 22.6 million people had their votes ignored, the ERS’ new report, Voters Left Voiceless, on the results of the 2019 election shows.

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Spycops monthly roundup, March 2020

4 March 2020 — Spycops

Here’s this month’s roundup of news from the campaign for truth and justice about Britain’s political secret police.


The Metropolitan Police have upheld a complaint against undercover officer Andy Coles, made by ‘Jessica’ who he deceived into a relationship when he was deployed in the 1990s.

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