This time it’s different

14 May 2021 — The Electronic Intifada

Ahmed Abu Artema

A streak of light from a rocket blazes through a dark skyResistance movements in Gaza are responding to a wave of popular anger over Israeli provocations in Jerusalem and at al-Aqsa. – Bashar Taleb APA images

As I write, the building I live in here in Gaza is shaking continuously. Above us, Israeli F-16 warplanes pummel us with a seemingly endless barrage of bombs.

I am writing amid a rapid flow of developing events, so it is certain that by the time this is published, many things may have changed, but I am trying to highlight the general features of this current round of escalation in Palestine.

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Palestine/Gaza News Links 13-14 May 2021

14 May 2021 • 20:50 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

Global Resistance: End The Nakba Now!
https://popularresistance.org/global-resistance-end-the-nakba-now/

Palestinians in Israel now face far-right mob violence backed by the state
https://williambowles.info/2021/05/14/palestinians-in-israel-now-face-far-right-mob-violence-backed-by-the-state/

If I Fall In The Struggle, Take My Place
https://popularresistance.org/if-i-fall-in-the-struggle-take-my-place/

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 14 May 2021

14 May 2021 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Glyphosate Raises Malaria Risk through Damage to Insect Immune Systems – New Study

The chemical compound glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, can weaken the immune systems of insects, suggests a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Round Up™, a popular U.S. brand of weed killer products. The researchers investigated the effects of glyphosate on […]

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Palestinians in Israel now face far-right mob violence backed by the state

14 May 2021 — Jonathan Cook

Protests by Palestinian citizens are being greeted with a mix of police violence and vigilante-style attacks from Jewish fascists

Middle East Eye – 14 May 2021

With Jerusalem ablaze and Gaza on the brink of another major Israeli onslaught, it has been easy to overlook the rapidly escalating ethnic violence inside Israel, where one in five of the population is Palestinian.

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China blocks US bases in Central Asia

14 May 2021 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

1300-km long Tajik-Afghan border runs through difficult and dangerous terrain and is a major drug crossing area (File photo)

Ten months after the first meeting of the foreign ministers of China and the five Central Asian states, Beijing has followed through with a second session on May 11 at a gathering in Xi’an, China, hosted by Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The venue is symbolic. The ancient city of Xi’an used to be the ‘terminus a quo’ of the Silk Road. And, perhaps, the timing too, as this is also the 25th anniversary of the ‘Shanghai Five’ process, where China, quietly but steadily, began building up its economic, military, and diplomatic relations with Central Asia and presented itself as viable partner.

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G7 or failed colonial powers telling the world what to do

9 May 2021 — Peoples Dispatch

G7 are a bunch of western countries—the US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada—who believe that they have the “civilizational” mandate to tell the world how it should be run

by Prabir Purkayastha

The Foreign Ministers of G7 countries met in London this week and issued a communique painting Russia as a “malicious actor” and China as a “bully”. It had little substance apart from ticking all the “right” boxes in its anti-China and anti-Russia campaign: Uyghurs, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Crimea, Ukraine, etc. It ended with arrogating to itself the mantle of being the “rules-based international order”, distinct from what the real, lawful international order is, the United Nations and its Security Council.

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German Greens crusade for U.S./NATO wars

6 May 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor

German Greens Crusade for US/NATO Wars The Green Party in the U.S. is also a pro-peace party — but that’s no longer the case in Germany.

Ann Garrison: Diana, the German Greens are leading in the polls, heading into Germany’s federal elections in September. So Chancellor Angela Merkel may even be replaced by the Greens’ candidate Annalena Baerbock. However, the last time I looked, the German Greens were calling for a rewrite of the UN Charter to take away Russia and China’s power to veto wars proposed by the US and its European allies on the UN Security Council.

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Geopolitical Projection: US Claims China is an “Aggressor”

14 May 2021 — Land Destroyer

(Brian Berletic – NEO) – US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has, in a 60 Minutes interview, accused China of acting “repressively at home and more aggressively abroad,” emphasizing it as a “fact.”

He repeated unfounded claims that “1 million” Uyghurs are being interned in facilities in China’s western region of Xinjiang and referred to it as “genocide.”

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Meet the Censored: C.J. Hopkins, Critic of the “New Normal”

13 May 2021 — TK News by Matt Taibbi

Internet platforms have had a sense of humor failure about the Germany-based playwright, author, and satirist, one of many zapped for criticism of pandemic policies

Matt Taibbi

The arrival of Covid-19 has crashed America on a paradox that reads like the plot of a bad Star Trek episode. Half the country mistakes science for a set of inflexible decrees and demands it be worshipped as a religion. The other half believes the first group is always lying and defies even its sensible dictates, in its own theology of liberation. Science, a deliberative process, is collateral damage to the battle.

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