An update

Wednesday, 29 March 2023 — The New Dark Age

I’m afraid I’ve been rather tardy of late in updating the site and I suppose I should apologise to regular visitors but I’m kinda burned out and preoccupied with other concerns and frankly, feeling rather lazy, I have after all, been doing this for 40 years, having started my first online publishing venture in the year 1983, when I lived in Brooklyn, NY, with New York Online, first on my Commodore 64, then an Apple ][e and then finally, a Macintosh, in 1984, when it came out. Back then, before the advent of WWW, NYOL ran on Fidonet, an amazing distributed network out of New Jersey I think. It worked by ‘piggybacking’ on what were called in those days, AT&T’s Long Lines, before the advent of broadband and the software used was called Red Ryder Host, an incredibly flexible piece of software. Of course it was slow, incredibly slow, initially 30 characters a second, at best, over a modem connection that increased (in theory anyway) to 960 characters per second but rarely achieved that rate. There were no standards, so connections were hit-and-miss, sending data intercontinentally often required multiple attempts before ‘success’

In 1987, I established probably the very first, non-corporate networked news publication called Southscan, a Bulletin of Southern African Affairs, published and mostly written by South African ex-pat David Coetzee, in its day probably the most authoritative publication on Southern Africa. The journal started life in London where David was based as a weekly print publication and after meeting David in London, we agreed to try and publish a US edition. David would email me the copy (or try to) and I’d lay it out in PageMaker and print it on a Xerox Copier/Binder and mail it out to our US subscribers. I also produced 2 or 3 electronic editions simultaneously. This lasted from 1987 until 1991, with a spinoff on  a weekly TV programme, South Africa Now, produced by Danny Schecter.

Enough of reminisces, I’ll no doubt feel too guilty not to resume covering events on The New Dark Age.


Ukraine News Links 15-20 March 2023

Monday, 20 March 2023 — The New Dark Age

Pro-Israel and Ukraine Groups Use Identity Politics to Attack Free Speech

Criminals at Large: The Iraq War Twenty Years On

‘Rigorous’ Maidan Massacre Exposé Suppressed By Top Academic Journal

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Why 3 US banks collapsed in 1 week: Economist Michael Hudson explains

Wednesday, 15 March 2023 — Geopolitical Economy Report

Economist Michael Hudson analyzes the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, Silvergate, and Signature Bank, explaining the similarities to the 2008 financial crash and the US government bailout.


Economist Michael Hudson analyzes the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, Silvergate, and Signature Bank, explaining the similarities to the 2008 financial crash. [inc. transcript.]

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Ukraine News Links 13-15 March 2023

Tuesday, 15 March 2023 — The New Dark Age

U.S. Regime Wins the Propaganda-War On Ukraine While Losing The Real War

The left has failed the class struggle. Marxism & anti-imperialism are what can save us.

Ukraine’s Death By Proxy

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“Provoked” NATO expansion, “unprovoked” Ukraine war, and the Dire “China threat”

Wednesday, 15 March 2023 — CovertAction Magazine

By Felix Abt scene like something out of a third-rate mafia movie: producer, screenwriter and director (left) leaves this Orthodox church in Kyiv with his leading actor (right)—neither is Orthodox—taking leisurely steps, while sirens wail warning of an imminent Russian bombing. Although Moscow was briefed by Washington before this visit to avoid a dangerous incident, The Independent, representing the bellicose mainstream media, enthusiastically cheered: “Biden defies safety warnings and air raid sirens for moment of history in Kyiv.” [Source:]

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Black Agenda Report March 15, 2023

Wednesday, 15 March 2023 — Black Agenda Report

Farewell, Senior Brother: In Memory of Kevin Alexander Gray
Jemima Pierre, BAR Editor and Contributor
Kevin Alexander Gray was a contributor and good friend to the Black Agenda Report team. His passing is a huge loss to BAR, and to the Black liberation movement. Dr. Jemima Pierre shares her remembrances of a family man, movement leader, author, and restauranteur.

China, Covid Origins, and War Propaganda
Margaret Kimberley, BAR Executive Editor and Senior Columnist
A human cause of covid-19 is possible, but anti-China rhetoric is war propaganda, not scientific evidence.

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Sabotage of Nord Stream won’t go unpunished

Tuesday, 14 March 2023 — Indian Punchline


Biden & Scholz huddle in White House, with no aides present, dwelt on the sabotage of Nord Stream, Washington, March 3, 2023

Next Monday, an uneasy anniversary arrives. It will be 20 years since the invasion of Iraq by the United States. Britain was a pillar of the US-led ‘coalition of the willing.’ The Guardian columnist John Harris wrote on Sunday that it was “the greatest political and humanitarian disaster the UK had been involved in since the second world war… when the supposed political centre ground suddenly lurched somewhere reckless and catastrophic.”

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Ukraine – Media Start To Acknowledge Reality

Tuesday, 14 March 2023 — Moon of Alabama

Finally some truth about the real state of the Ukrainian military is sneaking into main stream media. It is as bad, still not fully disclosed, as we have described it again and again.

As the Washington Post provides:

Ukraine short of skilled troops and munitions as losses, pessimism grow

I’ll leave out the propaganda bits and go for the factual beef. The quotes are long but needed to grasp the depth of horrible situation.

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Foreign devils on the road to Afghanistan

Sunday 12 March 2023 — Indian Punchline


UN Security Council held a meeting on women and peace and security at UN Headquarters, New York, March 7, 2023

On March 7, the western powers huddled together in Paris for a restricted meeting on Taliban and the Afghanistan situation. It was an exclusive meeting of the Special Representatives and Envoys for Afghanistan of Australia, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Ukraine News Links 12-13 March 2023

Monday, 13 March 2023 — The New Dark Age

American Mercenary Defected To Russia

The Realities of the International Power Struggle

Creating Culture on the Fly

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Michael Hudson: Why the US banking system is breaking up

Sunday, 12 March 2023 — Geopolitical Economy Report

Economist Michael Hudson responds to the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, and explains the similarities with the 2008 financial crash and the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s.

A run on American Union Bank in 1932

The California-based, cryptocurrency-focused Silvergate Bank collapsed on March 8. Two days later, Silicon Valley Bank went down as well, in the largest ever bank run. The latter was the second-biggest bank to fail in US history, and the most influential financial institution to crash since the 2008 crisis.

Economist Michael Hudson, co-host of the program Geopolitical Economy Hour, analyzes the disaster:

China steps up, a new era has dawned in world politics

Saturday, 11 March 2023 — Indian Punchline


Under Chinese mediation, Saudi Arabia and Iran have reached an agreement to resume diplomatic relations, Beijing, March 10, 2023

The agreement announced on Friday in Beijing regarding the normalisation of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran and the reopening of their embassies is a historic event. It goes way beyond an issue of Saudi-Iranian relations. China’s mediation signifies that we are witnessing a profound shift of the tectonic plates in the geopolitics of the 21st century.

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Israel marriage ban too racist even for apartheid South Africa

Friday, 10 March 2023 — The Electronic Intifada

Ali Abunimah

Man speaking at microphone in front of crowd at the Arkansas State Capitol protesting school integration with signs reading Race mixing is Communism and Stop the race mixingIsrael’s restrictions on marriage are reminiscent of laws against race mixing that existed in the United States and apartheid South Africa John T. Bledsoe Library of Congress

Israel is a country where people “can be assured they will not be persecuted or discriminated against because of what they believe or whom they love,” former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg boldly asserts.

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Ukraine News Links 10-11 March 2023

Saturday, 11 March 2023 — The New Dark Age

Georgia’s Withdrawal Of Its US-Inspired Foreign Agents Bill Won’t End Western Pressure

They Do Grow Them Dumb…

Contradictions Of The Imperialist ‘Rules-Based Order’

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Black Agenda Report March 8, 2023

Wednesday, 8 March 2023 — Black Agenda Report

How Comrades Revealed the Existence of COINTELPRO
Margaret Kimberley
On March 8, 1971 a brave group of people revealed the extent of FBI spying, harassment and even the killings of US citizens. More than 50 years later we would do well to remember the significance of their actions.

EDITORIAL Dedicated to Women in Struggle, African Agenda, 1974
Editors, The Black Agenda Review
Revisiting a 1974 editorial on Black women and the international struggle against patriarchy, racism, imperialism, and capitalism on International Women’s Day.

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John Pilger: The Betrayers of Julian Assange

Friday, 10 March 2023 — MintPress News

Pilger assange

I have known Julian Assange since I first interviewed him in London in 2010. I immediately liked his dry, dark sense of humour, often dispensed with an infectious giggle. He is a proud outsider: sharp and thoughtful. We have become friends, and I have sat in many courtrooms listening to the tribunes of the state try to silence him and his moral revolution in journalism.

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