Ukraine News Links 9-10 November 2022

Thursday, 10 November 2022 • 21:30 — The New Dark Age

The Military-Industrial Complex Wins Again!

Sun Tzu Walks Into a Kherson Bar…

The Pullout From Kherson

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Doomsday Merchants

Thursday, 10 November 2022 — The van says…

Too many people think that a step back is a step over the edge


Yesterday a pivotal decision by the Russian High Command polarized opinion on the internet. This article published yesterday cover the ins and outs of why Shiogu and Surovikin made the move that they did, yet today’s post will concentrate on the reactions shown across cyberspace as bloggers and boneheads alike commented on the day’s news. Before we look at reactions, we have to examine the actions and realize how one has led to the other.

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UK: Manston and beyond – violence by design

Thursday, 10 November 2022 — Institute of Race Relations

The ‘hostile environment in asylum and immigration policy is an environment that fosters racism, everyday cruelty and violence by design’. So concluded the jury at the London Session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Violations of the Rights of Migrants and Refugees in June 2019. Fast-forward to 2022, and the ‘crisis’ at the Manston asylum holding centre in Kent surely underlines the accuracy of a verdict of ‘violence by design’. For this is not a crisis born of neglect, or a failure to prepare; this is not a crisis due to underfunding, insufficient staffing, or lack of suitable accommodation. It is a politically manufactured crisis, designed by politicians – some determined to rip up international conventions and to break taboos on responsible speech by demonising vulnerable people, even after the far-right terrorist attack on a Border Force centre in Dover.

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New Europol rules massively expand police powers and reduce rights protections

Thursday, 10 November 2022 — Statewatch

The new rules governing Europol, which came into force at the end of June, massively expand the tasks and powers of the EU’s policing agency whilst reducing external scrutiny of its data processing operations and rights protections for individuals, says a report published today by Statewatch.

Given Europol’s role as a ‘hub’ for information processing and exchange between EU member states and other entities, the new rules thus increase the powers of all police forces and other agencies that cooperate with Europol, argues the report, Empowering the police, removing protections.

New tasks granted to Europol include supporting the EU’s network of police “special intervention units” and managing a cooperation platform for coordinating joint police operations, known as EMPACT. However, it is the rules governing the processing and exchange of data that have seen the most significant changes.

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The Attack on Nature Is Putting Humanity at Risk: The Forty-Fifth Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 10 November 2022 — The Tricontinental

Heloisa Hariadne Brazil Com uma gota já se faz oceano pra sede se matar em mergulho 2021Heloisa Hariadne (Brazil), Com uma gota já se faz oceano pra sede se matar em mergulho (‘A drop of water becomes an ocean to quench a diver’s thirst’), 2021.

Dear friends,

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

In the last week of October, João Pedro Stedile, a leader of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) in Brazil and the global peasants’ organisation La Via Campesina, went to the Vatican to attend the International Meeting of Prayer for Peace, organised by the Community of Sant’Egídio. On 30 October, Brazil held a presidential election, which was won by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, affectionately known as Lula. A key part of his campaign addressed the reckless endangerment and destruction of the Amazon by his opponent, the incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro. Lula’s victory, helped along by vigorous campaigning by the MST, provides hope for our chance to save the planet. This week’s newsletter contains the speech that Stedile gave at the Vatican. We hope you find it as useful as we do.
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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, November 2022

Wednesday, 9 November 2022 — Climate & Capitalism

Six new books and six recent essays: important reading for reds and greens

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

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