Psychological tyranny prescribed by the DWP: preventable harm is government policy

12 December 2018 — True Publica

GP’s opinion of people's sickness now rendered meaningless by heartless Gov't

Influenced by corporate America, the commonly labelled ‘welfare reforms’ began in July 2006 with the introduction of the Welfare Reform Bill by the New Labour government, and guaranteed that claimants of long-term out-of-work sickness and disability benefit were to be coerced and intimidated by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) simply for committing the ‘crime’ of being too ill to work.

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Book Review: The roots of Fascism and the seeds for its defeat

12 December 2018 — John Riddell

Zetkin bookA review of  ‘Fighting Fascism’ by Clara Zetkin

By Elizabeth Schulte: With the rise of the right internationally, there has never been a more pressing need for clarity about the roots of fascism, its history, and why and how it can be defeated. Among the clearest thinkers on this subject is German socialist Clara Zetkin, whose writing on the topic has been republished thanks to the work of Mike Taber, John Riddell and Haymarket Books.

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She Works Hard for the Money By Philip A Farruggio

11 December 2018 — Global Research

She works hard for the money
So hard for it, honey
She works hard for the money
So you better treat her right

— Donna Summer

She just turned 30, has three children, receives no welfare (except SSI for her Down’s Syndrome daughter), no food stamps anymore (she earns too much at $ 24k a year to get much), has no health coverage for herself (the kids are on Medicaid), and like the Donna Summer’s song “Works hard for the money!

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The Indiscreet Charm of the Gilets Jaunes By CJ Hopkins

11 December 2018 — Greanville Post – Consent Factory

So it appears the privatization of France isn’t going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or “yellow vests”), a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in cities and towns throughout the country to express their displeasure with Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to transform their society into an American-style neo-feudal dystopia. Highways have been blocked, toll booths commandeered, luxury automobiles set on fire, and shopping on the Champs-Élysées disrupted. What began as a suburban tax revolt has morphed into a bona fide working class uprising.

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Who does Emmanuel Macron owe? By Thierry Meyssan

11 December 2018 — Voltaire Net

President Macron is often presented as a Rothschild Boy. This is true, but secondary. Thierry Meyssan demonstrates that he owes his electoral campaign mostly to Henry Kravis, the boss of one of the world’s largest financial companies, and to NATO – a considerable debt which weighs heavily today on the solution to the Yellow Vests crisis.

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France’s “yellow vest” protesters brave repression and mass arrests By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira

9 December 2018 — WSWS

For the fourth consecutive Saturday, “yellow vest” ( gilet jaunes ) protestors demonstrated yesterday across France against the rightwing government of Emmanuel Macron. They did so in defiance of ominous threats of state violence and a massive mobilization of security forces.

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Emmanuel Macron & the Yellow Vests Protests: A Lesson in How Not to Mitigate Climate Change By Andreas Malm

9 December 2018 — London GreenLeftEurope Solidaires Sans Frontieres

Capitalist climate governance has always relied on pseudo-reforms that leave the richest free to accumulate capital, while dumping taxes on working people to nudge them in the ’right direction’. But as the protests of the gilets jaunes show, many working people no longer accept the moralising terms of capitalist approaches to climate change. In this article, Andreas Malm argues that if we really want to save this Planet, we must pursue a different kind of climate politics, one that could learn a great deal from the methods and tactics of the gilets jaunes.

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Decimated’: Germany’s birds disappear as insect abundance plummets 76% by Morgan Erickson-Davis

27 October 2017 — Mongabay

  •  A new study in PLOS ONE reveals a 76 percent reduction in Germany’s flying insect biomass over the past 27 years while another reports the country’s bird abundance has declined 15 percent in just over a decade.
  • While the causes behind the insect decline haven’t yet been conclusively studied, the PLOS ONE study suggests agricultural intensification like increased pesticide use may be contributing to the decline.
  • Neonicotinoid pesticides have been blamed for bee declines, and studies also link them to declines in aquatic insect communities. Many flying insects have aquatic life stages.
  • More research is underway to better understand the causes and ramifications of such a big decline in flying insect biomass.

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Trump’s Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit the Rich

8 December 2018 — TRNN

As stock markets around the world are reeling from contradictory Trump administration signals regarding US policy towards China, we look at: Who benefits? And: What would a better trade policy towards China look like? CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot and PERI’s Gerald Epstein discuss the issue

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