Biden Iran envoy boasted of depriving civilians of food, driving up Iranian inequality in sadistic sanctions manual

8 March 2021 — Grayzone

[Note: All the Twitter links have been removed. WB]

Art of sadism

Richard Nephew has taken personal credit for depriving Iranians of food, driving up their unemployment rates, and celebrated the economic destruction he caused as “a tremendous success.” Under Biden, he will help direct policy on Iran.

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Fear and Celebration of Substack Are Both Misplaced

4 March 2021 — FAIR

Twitter: Substack is a dangerous direct threat to traditional news media. But more importantly? It is a threat to journalism.The beginning of Sarah Roberts’ critique of Substack (Twitter, 2/28/21)

A debate rages in the media world about the trend of writers with substantial online followings moving away from writing for traditional publications and simply going to the website Substack, where writers sell content directly to their readers, untethered from any editorial constraint. (It’s like a less titillating version of OnlyFans.) Substack has a number of investors, including the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

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Labour time is the visible hand guiding production and consumption

8 March 2021 — theplanningmotivedotcom

A tribute to the International Communists 1930s Theses

This article reviews the thesis presented by the Group of International Communists, titled the Fundamental Principles of Communist Production and Distribution. It was written in 1930, when Stalin, donning the mantle of the Russian Revolution and having anointed himself as chief revolutionary, was crushing debate within the European left and disorientating the movement to honour his informal pact with imperialism. This is a valuable document. One of the few oppositional documents of its time, and one that needs a current airing.