Britain: cancer and Capita – NHS outsourcing disaster deepens

12 February 2019 — In Defence of Marxism

By Dan Langley, Royal College of Nursing (personal capacity)

Image: Socialist Appeal

On 14 November 2018, the British Medical Association (BMA) uncovered a system error by Capita, an outsourcing company responsible for ‘business processes’. Capita’s negligence led to 48,000 women not receiving their letters for cervical cancer screening and follow up, potentially putting many lives at risk.

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Climate and contradiction in Marx’s theory of history by Matt Huber

11 February 2019 — GreenLeft – Marxist Sociology Blog
Climate change is often seen as a “new” kind of crisis of capitalism – one that throws into question the standard Marxist analysis as having a blind spot with respect to nature. This has led to a whole host of intellectual efforts to “green” Marxism, or to argue an ecological Marxism must go beyond class to incorporate the “new” social movement of environmentalism.

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How the people could really govern By Terry Bell

10 February 2019 — Terry Bell Writes

A version of this item appeared in the City Press on February 10

The people shall govern. So says the Freedom Charter. And so they do, says the ANC along with all the parties represented in parliament.

But this is a lie. And awareness of this fact is what has caused such widespread disillusionment with mainstream politics and political parties. In our party list electoral system this is particularly pertinent: every five years we go to the polls to vote for a party where a president and perhaps the party elite, usual decide on the representatives over whom we have no control. Yet a universal franchise — one person, one vote — is a concession won after many bloody and bitter battles in recent centuries by working people deprived of even the slightest influence over those who governed them.

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SONA 2019: Mbeki without the poetry By Terry Bell

9 February 2019 — Terry Bell Writes

South Africa is again in the midst of that five-yearly cycle when politicians make extravagant promises that, on even cursory examination, ignore reality. And that does not even mean looking ahead to the consequences of the fourth industrial revolution that the world has already embarked on.

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Resolutely Promised Prosecutions of Climate Criminals May Force Urgent Climate Action By Gideon Polya

8 February 2019 — Global Research

Eminent climate scientist Professor James Hansen has published a must-read, 55-page summary of the worsening climate emergency.

In short, to correct the Earth’s presently disastrous energy imbalance we must urgently reduce the atmospheric CO2 to 342-373 ppm CO2 from the present disastrous 407 ppm CO2.

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Oil, Agriculture and Imperialism: Averting the Fast-Track to Armageddon? By Colin Todhunter

8 February 2019 — Global Research

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has more or less admitted that the ongoing destabilisation of Venezuela is about grabbing its oil. He recently stated:

“We’re looking at the oil assets… We’re in conversation with major American companies now… It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies really invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.”

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Leaked Wikileaks Doc Reveals US Military Use of IMF, World Bank as “Unconventional” Weapons By Whitney Webb

8 February 2019 — Mint Press

This “U.S. coup manual,” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, serves as a reminder that the so-called “independence” of such financial institutions as The World Bank and IMF is an illusion and that they are among the many “financial weapons” regularly used by the U.S. government to bend countries to its will.

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Corporate tax cuts in UK save big business billions of pounds By Barry Mason

8 February 2019 — WSWS
Tax cuts being implemented by Theresa May’s Conservative government will save big business billions of pounds, as austerity measures continue to pauperise millions of workers. Corporation tax will be slashed from its current figure of 19 percent to a 17 percent rate effective from April 2020.

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‘5G Will Be a Global Catastrophe’: Activist Warns of Massive ‘Human Guinea Pigs’ Trial

7 February 2019 — 21st Century Wire

As word begins to spread about the corporate-government collusion in what appears to be an increasingly reckless roll-out of the new military-grade 5G cellular technology, activists around the world are now beginning to elevate this issue to the level of a bona fide public health crisis. Not surprisingly, government officials and corporate sponsors are attempting to avoid the issue altogether. 

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It’s finally here: Worlds End!

7 February 2019 — Corporate Watch

Doom, despair, denial, depression, IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD!!!

These are common reactions when people learn about the reality of climate change.

Similarly, when people think about capitalism it can seem as though nothing can be done to change it, that it’s too big, too strong. Maybe that’s just the way the world is.

But things change. Worlds end… New ones begin.

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NHS 10-year plan: Recipe for further attacks on services and privatisation in UK By Ajanta Silva

7 February 2019 — WSWS

Theresa May’s Conservative government recently set out a 10-year plan for the National Health Service (NHS).

As if everyone was oblivious to the last nine years of austerity, including huge cuts to the NHS budget and privatization of health services, May claimed the Tories would be the saviours of the NHS over the next decade with the launch of the Long Term Plan (LTP).

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