Lula da Silva Wins Brazilian Presidency

Monday, 31 October, 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Lauren Smith

A group of people holding flags Description automatically generated with medium confidenceAuditorio Celso Furtado. President-Elect Lula da Silva Surrounded by Supporters at Rally [Source: photo by Lauren Smith]

Right-winger Jair Bolsonaro’s claims of election fraud reduced to sour grapes as Brazil’s bulletproof voting process shames the United States’ swiss-cheese system

Workers’ Party (PT) candidate, former president Lula da Silva, won the Brazilian presidency with just over 50 percent of the vote in the runoff election held on October 30.

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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is Elected President of Brazil

Monday, 31 October 2022 —

Brasil de Fato

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is the first former Brazilian president to be elected to serve a new term in office. At 7:57pm, the PT candidate had 59.563.912 votes and could no longer be reached by his opponent, the current occupant of the Planalto Jair Bolsonaro (PL), consolidating the victory.

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Onwards towards Odessa

Monday, 31 October 2022 —  The van says…

Aside from its size as a city, Odessa’s importance as a port is immeasurable to the Ukraine


A lot has been said of late regarding happenings near Kherson, yet with the promised Ukrainian advance being as elusive as the Ghost of Kiev, there may be more to events in the area than meet the eye. This article will look both at Russia’s future push westwards as well as other matters which will see Ukrainian fortunes fall faster than the mercury in Siberia during December.
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Ukraine News Links 29-30 October 2022

Sunday, 30 October 2022 — The New Dark Age

Peskov Cuts The Crap…

What ever happened to our fear of Armageddon?

Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism And The Roots Of Fascism

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Of Gas and Hot Air

Sunday, 30 October 2022 — The van says…

Hot air from the politicians, yet no heat for the people


We have seen some pretty scary stories coming out of the UK of late, and the ones regarding its energy situation are even worse than those concerning the political rollercoaster that London has become of late. This shorter article will take a wry look at what it’s all about.
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Watch: 5 questions about Brazil’s historic elections

Thursday, 27 October 2022 — Peoples Dispatch

Everything you need to know about the second round presidential elections in Brazil which will see former president Lula face off against far-right incumbent Bolsonaro

On October 30, Brazilians will go to the polls to choose their next president. The two candidates – former President Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro – have very different visions of what Brazil should be and have run very different campaigns. Zoe Alexandra of Peoples Dispatch gives a primer on key questions regarding the Brazilian elections – what voter intention surveys say, the controversial campaign, the platforms and promises of Lula and Bolsonaro, and the governor’s race in Sao Paulo.

How the world now works – or doesn’t

Sunday, 30 October 2022 — Dr Malcolm Kendrick

[How fewer doctors means more doctors – it’s official]

This blog has nothing to do with heart disease, or vaccines, or anything directly about medical practice at all.

However, it does have a great deal to do with data manipulation, which is something very close to my heart. It also illustrates how a ‘fact’ can be anything but.

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Brazil’s economic and political rollercoaster

Sunday, 30 October 2022 — Michael Roberts Blog

The latest polls put Workers Party leader Lula de Silva ahead in the two-horse race with incumbent right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro in today’s final round of the presidential election in Brazil.  If Lula wins, it will be a dramatic comeback for the former president after having been jailed for alleged corruption under the previous right-wing Temer regime; and then finally released and allowed to run again.  A Lula victory will mean that the Workers Party has regained the presidency after losing it when last WP leader Dilma Rousseff was impeached by a right-wing Congress in a ‘soft coup’ in 2016.

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NATO Had Plans for a Preemptive Strike on Russia Using the Cover of a French-Led Naval Exercise in the Mediterranean

Sunday, 30 October, 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Sonja Van den Ende

New U.S. Army command in Wiesbaden to coordinate war support for Ukraine. [Source:]

Revelations further underscore mendacity behind Biden administration claim that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was unprovoked

POLARIS 21 was a large-scale French naval exercise in the Mediterranean that took place from November 18 to December 3, 2021, off the island of Corsica between France and Spain.

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The message from China’s party congress

Sunday, 30 October 2022 — Indian Punchline


Xi Jinping (left) with new politburo standing committee members  Li Qiang, Zhao Leji, Wang Huning, Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang and Li Xi at a meeting with media, Great Hall of People, Beijing, Oct.23, 2022

The highlight of the recent 20th National Congress of the Communist Party (CPC) of China has been the re-election of Xi Jinping as the General Secretary for another five-year term. The tradition set by Deng Xiaoping in the post-Mao Zedong era has been set aside. This was not unexpected, and has been largely interpreted as a consolidation of political power by the incumbent leader. That is partly so but not entirely. Its consequences are wide-ranging.

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Ukraine News Links 27-28 October 2022

Friday, 28 October 2022 — The New Dark Age

Europe Self-Destructing For U.S. Proxy War In Ukraine, W/ Prabhat Patnaik

The Division Of The American Society Is In Ukraine

Will Ursula von der Leyen be forced to resign, and will her deeds be investigated?

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Statewatch News Issue 18/22: Join our Board; Refugee relocation scheme founders; Who benefits from EU security funding?

Friday, 28 October 2022 —

(Issue 18/22, also available as a PDF)

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Welcome to the latest edition of Statewatch News, featuring:

  • Join our Board of Trustees!
  • Refugee relocation scheme founders as states plan to “intensify police checks” across the EU
  • Who benefits from EU military and security funding?

As well as news on a fresh round of migration control funding from Spain for Morocco (to the tune of €30 million) and our usual roundup of news and reports from across Europe.

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Bolsonaro Implements Policies that are Completely Subservient to U.S. government, Says Director of Brazilian Data Privacy Group

Friday, 28 October, 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Julian Cola

Jair Bolsonaro in front of U.S. flag while, fittingly, celebrating U.S. Independence Day on July 4, 2020. [Source:]

Inauguration of a Fusion Center of Multinational Intelligence gathering located next to the pristine Iguaçu Falls—a long-held dream of the U.S. Embassy—is a case in point

“The U.S. has been a huge partner to Brazil in this project and others as well and we’re taking advantage of the model that has been built”

—Sergio Moro, Brazil’s ex-Minister of Justice and former federal judge speaking about the establishment of the Fusion Center, a high-tech intelligence hub located along the Triple Frontier in the city of Iguaçu Falls. Continue reading

Sound and Fury

Friday, 28 October 2022 — Big Serge Thoughts

On nukes, order of battle, and chariots

Big Green Tube of Death

It has been several weeks since I last posted in this space – while I could apologize for the hiatus, I actually believe that one should only write when they have something to say – I do not believe in content simply for the sake of content (call that the Disney model). Events on the ground in Ukraine have been subdued for the past few weeks. This, so far at least, is in keeping with the predictions I made in previous posts that the front would stabilize towards the end of October as Ukraine’s offensive capability degraded and Russian reserves began to enter the theater. We’ll talk on that more in a bit – the real impetus for writing now is to take stock of some of the agitation (both nuclear and conventional) that has occurred in recent weeks and discuss the risks of escalation, with some other minutia and tangential content thrown in.

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Glyphosate, GMOs and Pesticides – Weekly Global News Bulletin 28 October 2022

Friday, 28 October 2022 — Sustainable Pulse

Indian Government Restricts Use of Glyphosate in Massive Blow to Agrichemical Lobby

The Indian government has restricted the use of glyphosate-based herbicides due to the risks to human and animal health. On Tuesday the Agricultural Ministry stated in a notification that “the use of glyphosate is prohibited and no person, except Pest Control Operators (PCOs), shall use glyphosate.” The government statement added that all agrichemical companies have […]

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