Battlefield Social Media: The West’s Growing Censorship

9 October, 2020 — Land Destroyer

Censorship in the West flourishes as tech giants turn social media back into traditional programmed media.

(Gunnar Ulson – NEO) – The United States, United Kingdom and the European Union are fond of passing judgement on nations around the globe regarding “free speech.” Continue reading

Omnibus Collisions: Coronavirus Policing and Overreach in Victoria

9 October 2020 — The New Dark Age

by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

In her September 17 speech to parliament, the Attorney General of the Australian state of Victoria, Jill Hennessy, explained various provisions of the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill.  Of most interest was the proposal that would dramatically inflate the scope of public health power in ostensibly preventing a spread of COVID-19.  “The broader class of persons who may be appointed as authorised officers may include public sector employees from Victoria and other jurisdictions.  For example, health services staff, WorkSafe officers such as Inspectors, Victoria Police members and Protective Service Officers.”

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Ecosocialism and/or Degrowth?

8 October 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Should the ecological left aim to reduce all consumption, or to radically transform the prevalent type of consumption?

Michael Löwy is the author of Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe (Haymarket 2015), and emeritus research director in social sciences at the CNRS (National Center of Scientific Research)  in Paris.

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The limits of Chinese power

8 October, 2020 — Asia Times

By Pepe Escobar

Everything about US-China hinges on the result of the upcoming US presidential election.

Trump 2.0 essentially would turbo-charge its bet on decoupling, aiming to squeeze “malign” China on a multiple Hybrid War front, undermine the Chinese trade surplus, co-opt large swathes of Asia, while always insisting on characterizing China as evil incarnate.

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