Tonnes of ‘recycled’ European plastic pollute the oceans

1 July 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Capitalism fouls things up

Researchers from National University of Ireland Galway and the University of Limerick have concluded that “Recycling of European plastic is a pathway for plastic debris in the ocean.” That’s the title of a study published this week in the journal Environment International, showing that much of the plastic supposedly recycled by the EU, UK, Switzerland and Norway actually ends up in the ocean.

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The storm of protest in the United States

3 July 2020 — MRonline

Interview by Ömür Şahin Keyif for BirGün (Istanbul) conducted on June 23, 2020

Originally published: BirGün (Istanbul) (July 2, 2020)   |

ÖŞK: The protests started after George Floyd’s death continue all over the United States. Do you think these protests will fuel the will to organize among the working-class people? Can the energy coming out of the protests be persistent? What are the obstacles?

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GM groups call on the public: Ask Ministers to reject plans to de-regulate gene editing

2 July 2020 — GMWatch

UK: PLEASE TAKE ACTION

Three of the UK’s largest GM campaigns – GM Freeze, Beyond GM and GMWatch – have joined together to oppose an amendment to the Agriculture Bill that would give the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice, the power to change the definition of a GMO and re-classify many forms of gene editing as non-GM.

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Gene Editing: Scientifically indefensible, anti-democratic, and harmful to trade

2 July 2020 — GMWatch

The amendment to the Agriculture Bill seeking to de-regulate gene-edited foods and crops should be discarded

An amendment has been tabled[1] in the UK House of Lords to the Agriculture Bill, seeking to change the definition of a genetically modified organism (GMO) in the UK’s Environmental Protection Act (1990) in order to exempt certain types of new genetic modification techniques, such as gene editing, from GMO regulations, within the context of “Agriculture Research”. This would mean that certain types of genetically modified organisms, including gene-edited ones, would escape safety checks and labelling. The Agriculture Bill will go to the committee stage in the House of Lords on 7 July.

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UK: Sweet wholesaler awarded £108 million PPE contract and they had no experience with PPE

2 July 2020 — Good Law

The Government has awarded an £108 million contract for the supply of PPE to a wholesaler of sweets. The enormous contract was awarded to the confectionery business seemingly without any advertising or competitive tendering process. There is no evidence that the company, Clandeboye Agencies Limited, has any experience in supplying PPE.

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The Coronavirus pandemic, ecological catastrophe and global capitalism: an interlocking phenomenon

28 June, 2020 — Middle East 4 Change

by Mehdi Kia (May 14, 2019)

The COVID-19 pandemic has unravelled the close structural links between the climate crisis and the global capitalist mode of production.[1] This is a scenario that the socialist left should own as a central platform in its campaigning and organisation activities. The climate catastrophe not only has an immensely broad appeal to young and old, but is gender neutral, differentially effects the most deprived sections of society, and is by its nature international. The climate crisis directly links what is immediately effecting most people’s lives with anti-capitalism, internationalism and socialism. In short global climate catastrophe has the potential to unite all ages, mobilise the young, is inherently anti-capitalist, and does not recognise national borders. It is thus central to the revolutionary socialist agenda.

Capitalism: All Icing no Cake

27 June 2020 — theplanningmotivecom

On Wednesday, 25th June, new coronavirus cases in the USA spiked to 45,557, (NBC news). This was the highest since the pandemic broke. Investors thought Covid was in the rear-view mirror when It was always in front of the windscreen, but these investors, driving with their headlights off and too short to look over the dashboard, were nonetheless confident that their FED GPS screen was directing them securely down the money highway. What a crash is in the making.

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The British Capitalist Class may rue the day they put their weight behind a Johnson government rather than a Corbyn government. A Labour government would have dealt more efficiently and wisely with the pandemic than the “disruptor” Cummings and his private sector mates ever could. And, a Corbyn led government would have arrived at an agreeable accommodation with the EU. In the end the capitalists got what they deserved, and it has cost them trillions, trillions which we must ensure they pay for, not the British working class.

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The Stage Is Set, the Fight Is Rigged, and The End Is Near

25 June 2020 — New Eastern Outlook

Phil Butler

US342342Donald Trump is finished. He’s gone halfway to destroying the office of President of the United States. The “deep state” he swore he would eradicate, they’re massaging the shoulders of truth killer Joe Biden as if to ready him like a has-been boxer about to emerge from a sweaty arena tunnel of American politics. But nobody is talking about the 2020 endgame. If all the world is a great big geopolitical stage, what does the final act promise?

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Phony experts with veiled conflicts of interest polluting debates on endocrine disruptors, glyphosate, GMOs

26 June 2020 — GMWatch

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Noisy onslaughts tip the scales towards industry. Report: Jonathan Matthews

One of France’s leading daily papers, Le Monde, just published an article on how “a group of toxicologists with tenuous expertise and veiled conflicts of interest are working to derail the implementation of European regulations” on endocrine disruptors – synthetic chemicals that are toxic at very low doses.

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Having Sucked America Dry, Tech Giants Seek New Markets Beyond Reach of US Antitrust Laws

25 June 2020 — Mint Press

FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, hugs Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi at Facebook in Menlo Park, Calif. U.S. President Donald Trump should have been ready for a bear hug from Narendra Modi this week in Washington. The folksy embrace has become a signature move for the Indian prime minister in greeting global leaders and celebrities alike. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

An aggressive push to consolidate companies in the tech sector, coupled with the world’s ever-increasing dependence on digital platforms and tools, is quickly leading to a crisis of sovereignty.

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Meet BlackRock, the New Great Vampire Squid

22 June 2020 — Greanville Post

Ellen Brown

Blackrock

BlackRock is a global financial giant with customers in 100 countries and its tentacles in major asset classes all over the world; and it now manages the spigots to trillions of bailout dollars from the Federal Reserve. The fate of a large portion of the country’s corporations has been put in the hands of a megalithic private entity with the private capitalist mandate to make as much money as possible for its owners and investors; and that is what it has proceeded to do.

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