Wage War Against the Philosophy of War: The Forty-Fifth Newsletter (2020)

5 November 2020 — Tricontinental

Kyōichi Sawada Japan Mother and her children wade across a river in Vietnam to escape US bombing 1965 3

Kyōichi Sawada (Japan), A mother and her children wade across a river in Vietnam to escape US bombing, 1965.

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

In mid-October, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its World Economic Outlook report, which offered some dizzying data. For 2020, the IMF estimates that the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will decline by 4.4%, while in 2021 the global GDP will rise by 5.2%. Stagnation and decline will define the economic activity in both Europe and North America, as well as in large states such as Brazil and India. With a second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe and with the first wave not having been controlled in Brazil, India, and the United States, it appears that these IMF estimates might sink further downwards. Continue reading

We need to talk about state racism IRR News November 2020

5 November 2020 — Institute of Race Relations

In the current mainstream discussion about racism in political parties, the history of state racism – through the passing of implicitly racist immigration controls – doesn’t even merit a mention. It is as though politicians and media pundits have no memory, beyond the immediate moment, let alone a conception that the British state, like any other state in the world, can embed racism in its laws and policies. Racism in immigration controls started with the Conservatives’ passing of the 1905 Aliens Act to control Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe. And, if we want to talk about more recent shame, one of the most shameful acts of any post-war Labour government came in 1968 when it enacted the Commonwealth Immigrants Act – specifically designed to decitizenise and deny entry to East African Asians who were British citizens, having been taken by the coloniser, Britain, to Africa.

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Uneven Earth’s Monthly Readings September/October 2020

5 November 2020 — Uneven Earth

September & October readings

On the politics of mental health, conservation, and the ecology of fire


Once a month, we put together a list of stories we’ve been reading: news you might’ve missed or crucial conversations going on around the web. We focus on environmental justice, radical municipalism, new politics, political theory, and resources for action and education. Continue reading

Israeli politician boasts about role in Corbyn’s downfall

5 November 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Asa Winstanley

Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin addressing Gilad Erdan at an anti-BDS conference. (NGO Monitor/YouTube)

An Israeli politician has claimed responsibility for her part in the political downfall of former UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

“Bye bye @jeremycorbyn,” Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin posted on Twitter, “Justice is done. Proud I was part of this puzzle.” Continue reading

The huckster and the hack: UK govt report undermines stars of Cambridge Analytica-Russiagate scandal

2 November 2020 — The Grayzone

Christopher Wylie Carole Cadwalladr Cambridge Analytica Russia Brexit


Self-styled whistleblower Christopher Wylie and The Guardian reporter Carole Cadwalladr earned film deals and flashy awards by blaming Brexit and Trump on a sweeping conspiracy between data firm Cambridge Analytica and Russia. A British government investigation shatters their claims to fame.

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Bolivia: A New MAS Government, Not More of the Same

4 November 2020 —

Ollantay Itzamná


Indigenous people in front of the old Government Palace in Bolivia

For the ethical imperative of Buen Vivir, those who during the coup d’état hid, kept silent, and were complicit with the coup plotters, can no longer be public officials. Among these are the great majority of the former officials of the Morales government. They are also morally co-responsible for the massacres and humiliation of our indigenous brothers and sisters during the coup and under the de facto government.

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