Cleaning the Augean stables (Part I)

Friday, 25 November 2022 – Dr Malcolm Kendrick

Peer-review: Time to get rid of it

‘There seems to be no study too fragmented, no hypothesis too trivial, no literature citation too biased or too egotistical, no design too warped, no methodology too bungled, no presentation of results too inaccurate, too obscure, and too contradictory, no analysis too self-serving, no argument too circular, no conclusions too trifling or too unjustified, and no grammar and syntax too offensive for a paper to end up in print.’  – Drummond Rennie.

Somewhat damning?

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UK: State violence in a no-access border zone

Thursday, 24 November 2022 — Institute of Race Relations

Exactly a year ago, a dinghy with 34 people on board sank in the English Channel. There were two survivors. In the three hours it took for the boat to sink, as distress messages flooded in from those on board, French and British coastguards debated whose responsibility it was to rescue them. No help came, as one by one the passengers died of cold or drowned. As this week’s Calendar of Racism and Resistance shows, the body investigating the deaths – the worst loss of life in the Channel in over 30 years – the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), will not present its findings until at least early summer next year, and has not yet been in touch with most of the families of those who died, despite being sent their contact details. The families have also been denied access to recordings of their loved ones’ final calls for help. The unmistakable message conveyed by such responses is that these deaths don’t matter and that the families of the deceased are unworthy of respect.

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Ukraine News Links 23-24 November 2022

Thursday, 24 November 2022 — The New Dark Age

The Ukraine War Is A Sales-Promotion Campaign For Lockheed And Other U.S. ‘Defense’ Contractors

American Democracy: Buying and Selling Elections

BRICS breaks the hegemony of the West

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Ukraine – Running On Empty

Thursday, 24 November 2022 — Moon of Alabama

Yesterday the Pentagon announced another transfer of weapons to the Ukrainian military:

According to the Pentagon, the package includes:

Additional munitions for NASMAS
150 heavy machine guns with thermal imagery sights to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Additional ammunition for HIMARS
200 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds
10,000 120mm mortar rounds
High-speed Anti-radiation missiles (HARMs)
150 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs)
Over 100 light tactical vehicles
Over 20,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition
Over 200 generators
Spare parts for 105mm Howitzers and other equipment

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Putin invokes Castro’s legacy

Thursday, 24 November 2022 — Indian Punchline


Statue of Fidel Castro, first of its kind anywhere in the world, was unveiled by President Vladimir Putin, Moscow, Nov. 22, 2022

A three-meter-tall bronze statue of Fidel Castro was unveiled on Tuesday in the Fidel Castro Square in Moscow’s Sokol District by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in memory of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution.

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In Malay, Orangutans Means ‘People of the Forest’, but Those Forests Are Disappearing: The Forty-Seventh Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 24 November 2022 — The Tricontinental

Cheri Samba Democratic Republic of the Congo Reorganisation 2002Chéri Samba (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Reorganisation, 2002.

Dear friends,

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

The dust has settled at the resorts in Sharm el-Shaikh, Egypt, as delegates of countries and corporations leave the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The only advance made in the final agreement was for the creation of a ‘loss and damage fund’ for ‘vulnerable countries’. However, despite being hailed as a breakthrough, the deal is little more than the financing of the Santiago Network for Loss and Damage agreed upon at the COP25 in 2019. It also remains to be seen whether this new financing will in fact be realised. Under previous agreements, such as the Green Climate Fund established at the COP15 in 2009, developed countries promised to provide developing countries $100 billion per year in financing by 2020, but have failed to meet their stated goals. At the conclusion of COP27, the United Nations expressed ‘serious concern’ that those past pledges have ‘not yet been met’. More importantly, the Sharm el-Sheikh Implementation Plan notes that a ‘global transformation to a low-carbon economy is expected to require investment of at least $4–6 trillion a year’ – a commitment that is nowhere in sight. The International Energy Agency said that, in 2022, annual global clean energy investment will remain below $1.5 trillion. This is ‘record clean energy spending’, they announced, and yet, it is far below the amounts that are required for a necessary transition.

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Ukraine News Links 22-23 November 2022

Wednesday, 23 November 2022 — The New Dark Age

I Like Douglas MacGregor, But…

Tokayev’s policies will focus on Russia, China and the West

Missile Attack On Poland – A Provocation By Kiev And Warsaw

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Ukraine – Lights Out, No Water And Soon No Heat

Wednesday, 23 November 2022 — Moon of Alabama

Earlier today the Russian military shut down the Ukrainian electricity network.

Previous attacks had limited the distribution capacity to some 50% of demand. Controlled blackouts over several hours per day allowed to give some electricity for a few hours to most parts of the country. The attack today created a much larger problem. Not only were distribution networks attacked but also so the elements that connect Ukraine’s electricity production facilities to the distribution network. All four nuclear power stations of Ukraine with their 15 reactors are now in shutdown mode.

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Black Agenda Report November 23, 2022

Wednesday, 23 November 2022 — — Black Agenda Report

Xi Jinping, Justin Trudeau and White Supremacist Ideology
Margaret Kimberley
Western arrogance and anger about the economic prowess of a non-white nation resulted in Xi Jinping’s very public dressing down of Justin Trudeau.

EXCERPT: Pentagonism, A Substitute for Imperialism, Juan Bosch, 1967
Editors, The Black Agenda Review
A book by Dominican politician and historian Juan Bosch explains the connections between U.S. foreign policy, permanent war, and the defense industries.

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Ukraine News Links 21-22 November 2022

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 — The New Dark Age

Anti-Imperialist Youth Intensify Campaign To Free Kononovich Brothers

Beth Van Schaak Lies…

Did North Korea invent a teleporter?

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Outrageous Brainwashing Event—Sponsored By Bush Institute and CIA-Backed National Endowment for Democracy (NED)—Deliberately Falsifies History to Inflame American Hatred Against Russia and China

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Jeremy Kuzmarov

Former President George W. Bush speaks with David Kramer, the Executive Director of the...George W. Bush speaking with David J. Kramer, Director of the Bush Institute. [Source:]

Head of International Republican Institute Dan Twining ridiculously compares Putin-Xi meeting to Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact between Hitler and Stalin, while former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs accuses Russia of igniting protests in Chile

Russia-bashing was in full vogue at a conference at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas co-hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) on November 16, whose purpose was to mobilize public support for the war in Ukraine.

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Ukraine News Links 20-21 November 2022

Monday, 21 November 2022 — The New Dark Age

Liberating Africa from Poverty Requires Changing Power Relations with the West

President John F. Kennedy: His Life and Public Assassination by the CIA

Background to current US policy in Europe

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Messages from the mud

Monday, 21 November 2022 — The van says…

If you’re going off the beaten track, it might be better if you are on tracks.


If there’s one thing that everyone agrees about, it’s that the weather in Eastern Europe can be terrible from any time in October through to April. From snow to hail to frosts that last a month, the inclemency of the climate becomes more legendary the further you travel eastwards.

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EU Commission Chief Faces Corruption Probe Over Pfizer Contracts

Sunday, 20 November 2022 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The EU can’t have its own puppets swashbuckling the high life and doing their own thing, can they?

Is it possible that the President of the European commission, Ursula von der Leyen is not quite as squeaky clean as some might assume? Do such lightweights, who define themselves by how much they fail to achieve, who come from the bowels of political obscurity in Germany rise to such prominence without a little help from powerful elites, masonic links and corrupt corporations?

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Ukraine News Links 19-20 November 2022

Sunday, 20 November 2022 — The New Dark Age

Sure, Sure, Mr. Austin. In Related News…

Who Are The Ukrainian Integral Nationalists?

Russia Strategises With Iran For The Long Haul In Ukraine

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Multipolarity shows up in Kazakh steppes

Sunday, 20 November 2022 — Indian Punchline


Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev welcomed President of China Xi Jinping with an official ceremony at Akorda Presidential Palace, Nur Sultan, Sept. 14, 2022.

The President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made a tantalising remark to reporters on Sunday that his country will pursue a multi-vector policy. As he put it, “I believe that given our geopolitical situation, given the fact that we have over $500 billion involved in our economy, given that there are global companies operating in our market, we simply have to pursue a multi-vector, as they say now, foreign policy.”

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