The Judas Goat

20 July 2020 — UNZ

Israel Shamir

Violent demonstrations have broken out in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Thousands marched, dozens were arrested, but more citizens continued to arrive and join the protests. The people of the only Jewish state are upset and unhappy. They expected a better outcome from their fight with corona.

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“Credible Open Source Reporting”, the Intelligence Services and Scottish Independence

21 July 2020 — Craig Murray

I write as somebody who held Top Secret clearance for 21 years, with extensive daily use of Top Secret material that entire time, and the highest possible specific codeword clearance above Top Secret for 11 years. I personally conducted for the FCO the largest “action on” operation in GCHQ history. (“Action on” is the process of declassifying top secret material for, in my particular case, government to government use). I have also given evidence in person in a three hour appearance before Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee.

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The U.S. Nuclear Presence in Western Europe, 1954-1962

21 July 2020 — The National Security Archive

Germans and Italians Did Not Seek Formal Agreement to U.S. Nuclear Weapons Storage on Their Territory 

Declassified Records Reflect Debates over Nuclear Weapons Stockpile, Use Decisions, and Independent Nuclear Capabilities
New Document Shows French Concern that U.S. Might Not Use Nuclear Weapons in a Crisis
Nukes in Europe Peaked in 1960s at 8,000; over 100 Remain Today, and Are Still Controversial

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Pesticides speed the spread of deadly parasites

21 July 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Agrochemical pollution

Schistosoma mansoni is one of five species of tiny waterborne worms that cause schistosomiasis.

Even low concentrations of pesticides can increase transmission and weaken efforts to control the second most common parasitic disease

A study published in this month’s issue of the journal Lancet Planetary Health concludes that widespread use of pesticides and other agrochemicals can speed the transmission of the debilitating disease schistosomiasis, while also upsetting the ecological balances in aquatic environments that prevent infections.

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An Israeli charity group is uprooting Palestinians – not planting trees

21 July 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The Jewish National Fund has won plaudits for its environmental work, but its agenda has been to evict on behalf of the state

The National – 21 July 2020

The Jewish National Fund, established more than 100 years ago, is perhaps the most venerable of the international Zionist organisations. Its recent honorary patrons have included prime ministers, and it advises UN forums on forestry and conservation issues.

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Has the left been gulled into believing its small right to speech is already too much?

20 July 2020 — Jonathan Cook

My post earlier this month on the so-called “cancel culture” letter proved to be the most polarising I have written – matched only by another recent post on the pulling down of a statue in the UK to a slave trader. The ferocity of the reactions to both, I believe, is related. It derives from a similar refusal, even on the left, to factor in power – and how it is best confronted – when assessing issues of speech and oppression.

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Black Agenda Radio for Week of July 20, 2020

20 July 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The Historical Quest for a Black Nation / Move 9 are Free – Mumia is Next / Maroons As Movement Role Models

The Historical Quest for a Black Nation

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Thanks to the New African Independence Movement of the 1970s, today’s Democratic politicians are discussing reparations for Black Americans, said Edward Onaci, a professor of history at Ursinus College. Onaci is author of the book, “Free the Land: The Republic of New Africa and the Pursuit of a Black Nation-State.”
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