Watch: Secret Power

30 January 2023 — Craig Murray

I spoke at this meeting on Saturday and gave a broader overview than usual of the Assange case and its importance. I think it comes over fairly cogently, even though I was actually feeling pretty dizzy and faint.

Jonathan Cook is, as ever, particularly worth listening to closely, and it was great to catch up with Jeremy Corbyn again.

At the end of the event I was particularly honoured to receive from Jeremy the Gavin Macfadyen Prize for supporting whistleblowers, not for myself but on behalf of Julian Assange, and I say a few more words on that subject.

Ukraine News Links 2-3 February 2023

Friday, 3 February 2023 — The New Dark Age

Have Moscow And Budapest…
https://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2023/02/have-moscow-and-budapest.html

Why 100% Of The Blame For Ukraine’s War Is Obama’s, And None Is Putin’s
https://orientalreview.org/2023/02/03/why-100-of-the-blame-for-ukraines-war-is-obamas-and-none-is-putins/

Why’d The CIA Chief Unexpectedly Tell The Truth About Russian-Chinese Ties?
https://orientalreview.org/2023/02/03/whyd-the-cia-chief-unexpectedly-tell-the-truth-about-russian-chinese-ties/

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The West sees Iran in a new way

Thursday, 2 February 2023 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

A drone exploding over a Defense Ministry workshop in the central Iranian city of Isfahan, on January 29, 2023

The Wall Street Journal reported from Tehran on Wednesday that “a lethal crackdown and an ailing economy have quieted anti-government street demonstrations … organised protests have largely tapered off.” The paradox is, this interpretation is widely applicable in the contemporary world situation, including many G7 countries. How can one pretend there are no “protestor grievances” in Britain or France today, and, yet, how come they are mute?

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Plastics a Big Factor in Rapidly Declining Sperm Counts, Expert Says

Friday, 3 February 2023 — The Defender

Sperm counts are declining worldwide — and at a rate more than double that since the turn of the century — according to one of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists, who says endocrine-disrupting chemicals are likely to blame.

By Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D. 

declining sperm count plastics feature

Sperm counts are declining worldwide — and at a rate more than double that since the turn of the century — according to Shanna Swan, Ph.D., author of “Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.”

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Spycops in Spain; EU asylum plans; AI Convention draft leak; UK govt attacks basic freedoms

Friday, 3 February 2023 — Statewatch

Issue 02/23, 2 February

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Welcome to our latest bulletin, featuring:

  • Special report: Spycops in Spain
  • EU asylum plans: unaccountability and failure
  • First draft of artificial intelligence convention published
  • UK government assault on basic freedoms continues

And: Draft European Council conclusions, Dutch police surveillance case, travel surveillance, and more.
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Swedish Prosecutors Destroyed Assange Documents

Friday, 3 February 2023 — The Dissenter

By Kevin Gosztola

Press photo from the Swedish Prosecution Authority. Fair use for news and commentary purposes.

Swedish prosecutors destroyed copies of email correspondence related to the extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi.

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Why Smart Meters Are Good for Utility Companies, Bad for Consumers

Thursday, 2 February 2023 — The Defender

Proponents of smart meters say the devices promote energy conservation by providing detailed feedback to consumers about their habits, but critics say the technology can be harmful to health and it poses real privacy concerns.

By Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D.

Smart meters — or “advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) installations” — are wireless devices that use radiofrequency (RF) radiation to transmit information about how much water, gas and electricity consumers use to utility companies.

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Ukraine News Links 31 January – 2 February 2023

Thursday, 2 February 2023 — The New Dark Age

Nostalgia For The Cuban Missile Crisis
https://popularresistance.org/nostalgia-for-the-cuban-missile-crisis/

What A Load Of Contrived BS.
https://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2023/02/what-load-of-contrived-bs.html

The New York Times Just Admitted That The West’s Anti-Russian Sanctions Are A Failure
https://orientalreview.org/2023/02/02/the-new-york-times-just-admitted-that-the-wests-anti-russian-sanctions-are-a-failure/

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Black Agenda Report February 1, 2023

Wednesday, 1 February 2023 — Black Agenda Report

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The US Continues Escalating in Ukraine
Margaret Kimberley
The U.S. got more than it bargained for after instigating the Ukrainian conflict. The Biden foreign policy team grows more desperate, and their plans become more dangerous as they reckon with the unintended consequences of their actions.

EXCERPT: Howard University: Every Black Thing and Its Opposite, Kwame Ture
Editors, The Black Agenda Review
Kwame Ture reminds us that the Black university is a place of contradictions – and a potential site of struggle.

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Kim Johnson row: Starmer is oiling Israel’s slide into fascism

Thursday, 2 February 2023 — Jonathan Cook

In slapping down an MP for decrying Israel’s new government, the Labour leader has left supporters of Palestinian rights politically homeless

Middle East Eye – 2 February 2023

What’s become all too clear over the past three years is that Labour leader Keir Starmer tolerates no criticism of Israel whatsoever – even when such criticism accords with international law, the verdict of the human rights community or just plain common sense.

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UK: Ratcheting up the hostile environment

Thursday, 2 February 2023 — Institute of Race Relations

This week, tough new rules came into force under the Nationality and Borders Act, potentially denying ‘foreign criminals’ sentenced to over 12 months access to modern slavery protections. At the same time, amendments made to the online safety bill will, if passed, lead to the criminalisation of social media companies that show online videos of Channel crossings in a ‘positive light’. But when it comes to the ‘hostile environment’, it’s not just primary legislation we should be concerned about. As we report in this week’s calendar of racism and resistance, the hostile environment also grows through incremental measures, Kafkaesque bureaucracy, and other dubious practices, both official and unofficial. A new Home Office taskforce is set up to intensify controls and checks in banks, schools and the NHS. Yet this government department is unable to provide basic safeguards for asylum-seeking children, with hundreds disappearing from Home Office hotels. It is only thanks to the vigilance of journalists and campaigners that this has come to light. Thanks to them we know about other practices and acts of institutional neglect that are taking place under the radar, such as the failure to communicate successful asylum decisions to those living in Home Office hotel accommodation, or to provide medical and vaccine records to Tower Hamlets GPs seeking to provide care for asylum seekers dispersed from Manston.
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It’s Not About Phenotype; It’s About The Interests Being Served

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 — Popular Resistance

Tyre nicholsDemonstrators gather outside the White House on Friday for a protest over the death of Tyre Nichols. Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press.
  • By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III, Popular Resistance.

“It makes it even harder to swallow…because they know what we have to go through.” RowVaughn Wells – January 28, 2023

Well, they have done it to us again.  What for most White Americans is a simple inconvenience, a traffic stop, became for an African American another series of frames from a horror movie.  Instead of being pulled over, given a ticket and sent on his way; Tyre Nichols was pulled out of his car by the police, sadistically beaten and sent to the hospital to die.

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Writing About a Joy That Invades Jenin: The Fifth Newsletter (2023)

Thursday, 2 February 2023 — The Tricontinental

Abdel Rahmen Al Muzayen Palestine Jenin 2002Abdel Rahmen al-Mozayen (Palestine), Jenin, 2002.

Dear friends,

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

Israel calls its latest military campaign Operation Break the Wave, a lyrical description of a brutal reality. This year, 2023, will be the seventy-fifth year after the Nakba, the catastrophe of 1948 when Israeli troops illegally removed Palestinians from their homes and tried to erase Palestine from the map. Since then, Palestinians have resisted against all odds, despite Israel’s formidable backing by the most powerful countries in the world, led by the United States.

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Operation Z: The Hidden Truth about the War in Ukraine

Wednesday, 1 February 2023 — The Postil Magazine

We are so very pleased to bring to our readers a sample from Jacques Baud’s book on the conflict in the Ukraine, which has just been translated into English. It is called Operation Z (which is the code-name of the Special Military Operation launched by Russia on February 24, 2022). We have been waiting eagerly for this translation to come out, so we can get the truth about this conflict.

Please support Jacques Baud’s great work and purchase a copy of his book, and also please spread the word about this translation.

Without further ado, here is an excerpt from Operation Z.

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