The Group of Seven Should Finally Be Shut Down: The Twenty-First Newsletter (2023)

Thursday, 25 May 2023 — The Tricontinental

Leon Golub USA Vietnam II 1973Leon Golub (USA), Vietnam II, 1973.

Dear friends,

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

During the May 2023 Group of Seven (G7) summit, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, near where the meeting was held. Not doing so would have been an act of immense discourtesy. Despite many calls for an apology from the US for dropping an atomic bomb on a civilian population in 1945, US President Joe Biden has demurred. Instead, he wrote in the Peace Memorial guest book: ‘May the stories of this museum remind us all of our obligations to build a future of peace’.

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EU moves against search and rescue?; Frontex takes the lead on deportations; Europol looks across the Atlantic

Thursday, 25 May 2023 — Statewatch News

Also available as a PDF.


European moves against search and rescue missions?

Frontex takes the lead on deportations

Europol extends its reach across the Atlantic

And: European Commission argues for legality of anti-encryption plans; latest documents on new EU migration and asylum laws; border police watchlist “progressing well”; open letter on the Artificial Intelligence Act.

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NatCon and the British war on woke

Thursday, 25 May 2023 — Institute of Race Relations

The American hard Right are coming to the UK – and Europe. But, unlike in Hungary, where the gathering of Europe’s extreme-right figures (including the prime ministers of Hungary and Georgia) was an offshoot of the Trump and Bolsonaro supporting US Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the National Conservatism conference in the UK is a project backed by the Washington-based Edmund Burke Foundation. The NatCon participants may not be so brazen in supporting white nationalism as their counterparts in CPAC, but their preoccupations with ‘faith, flag and family’, birth-rates and ‘traditionalism’ also speaks to an Alt-Right and Christian conservative agenda. Several of the organisations represented at NatCon, such as Policy Exchange, the Common Sense Society, Free Speech Union and the Legatum Institute, have been linked to the Atlas Network, an integrated pro-corporate network which grew out of the UK-based Institute of Economic Affairs and has received funding from US billionaire and right-wing libertarian Charles Koch.
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60 Minutes Australia Keeps Churning Out War-With-China Propaganda

Thursday, 25 May 2023 — Caitlin Johnson

Caitlin Johnstone

Listen to a reading ot this article (reading by Tim Foley):

60 Minutes Australia has been playing a leading role in saturating Australian airwaves with consent-manufacturing messaging in support of militarising to participate in a US war against China. A segment they ran a year ago is titled “Prepare for Armageddon: China’s warning to the world,” and features an image of Xi Jinping overlaid with war planes and explosions and captioned “POKING THE PANDA”. Another from a year ago is titled “War with China: Are we closer than we think?” Another from ten months ago is titled “China’s new target in the battle to control the Pacific.” Another from six months ago is titled “Inside the battle for Taiwan and China’s looming war threat.” Another from two months ago is titled “Is the Navy ready? How the U.S. is preparing amid a naval buildup in China.”

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Anatoly S. Chernyaev Diary, 1983

Thursday, 25 May 2023 — National Security Archive


At the Central Committee: “what a humiliating role I am in, doing everything I can to dress a naked, completely naked king”

KAL shootdown “showcased with monstrous obviousness the power and pressure of the ‘military complex’ over our entire life and politics”

On nuclear war: “this vast world, full of fantastic achievements of the human mind and labor, can in a few short minutes fall victim to a nervous breakdown of one of the two ‘superpower’ leaders”

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Russia: Western Creation of the Threatening “Bear” and Pre-Romanov History

Wednesday, 24 May 2023 — Geopolitics and Climate Change

Roger Boyd

“In his present mood, PM [Neville Chamberlain] says he will resign rather than sign alliance with Soviet”
(Sir Alexander Cadogan, British Permanent Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, private diary entry, May 20th, 1939, quoted in Kotkin 2017, p. 642)

“Russia … a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”
(Winston Churchill, October 1939, quoted in Mettan 2017, p. 176)

“The Russian bear has always been eager to stick his paw in Latin American waters … Now we’ve got him in a trap, let’s take his leg off right up to his testicles. On second thought, let’s take off his testicles, too.”
(Air Force General Curtis LeMay’s advice to President Kennedy during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, quoted in Joshua Rothman, Waiting For World War III, The New Yorker Oct. 16th, 2012)

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5 ways Israel attempts to control love in occupied Palestine…

Wednesday, 24 May 2023 — Mintpress News

The Israeli government briefly tried to demand that all foreign passport holders inform it of any romantic relationships they may have in the occupied West Bank.

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Israeli military Unit 8200 surveils Palestinian electronic communications and uses private information about their love lives to blackmail them.

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British warmongering is driving Europe towards catastrophe in Ukraine

Wednesday, 24 May 2023 — Jonathan Cook

ZelenskiyFrom lobbying for fighter jets to supplying depleted uranium, the UK is making sure escalation is the only way forward

Declassified UK – 24 May 2023

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky made an unexpected trip to Britain last week on a whistle-stop tour of European capitals, pleading for more powerful and longer-range weapons to use in his war against Russia.

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US post-9/11 wars caused 4.5 million deaths, displaced 38-60 million people, study shows

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 — Geopolitical Economy

Wars the US waged in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Pakistan following September 11, 2001 caused4.5 million deaths and displaced 38 to 60 million people, with 7.6 million children starving today

The wars the United States waged and fueled in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Pakistan following September 11, 2001 caused at least 4.5 million deaths, according to a report by Brown University.

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Know Your Rights! Get trained up with Green and Black Cross

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 — NETPOL

Our friends at Green and Black Cross are running a free Know Your Rights training on Wednesday 24 May 6pm – 9.30pm!

A new Public Order Act (for England and Wales only) became law in early May, and parts of it are already in force. But as police powers are expanded, many people are confused about where that leaves us. Join the grassroots legal support crew at Green and Black Cross for a Know Your Rights training and find out what you need to know before joining a protest. The training will take place on Zoom, and will cover:

  • Key information you need to know when going on a protest
  • Tips on interacting with police and security
  • Common laws used at protests
  • What to do if you are stop-and-searched or arrested

The training will be 2.5 hours long, with breaks and live auto capitions will be available.

Fill in this Jotform to register for the training.

Sign up for the training now

Find out more about the new Public Order Act

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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