1 October 2021 — Statewatch News
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Exactly one month after the fall of Kabul and the disgraceful withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the United States has come into the world limelight with the Aukus Pact, an alliance that takes the initials of the names of the three signatory countries (Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom), with which it intends to “contain” Chinese expansion. The confrontation with the Asian giant is a way for the United States to demonstrate that withdrawal from Afghanistan does not mean a retreat in international affairs. When Kabul fell into the hands of the Taliban, the whole world questioned Washington’s credibility and, above all, its ability to guarantee security.
The European Union database of suspected drug reaction reports is EudraVigilance, and they are now reporting 20,595 fatalities, and 1,960,607 injuries, following COVID-19 injections.
A Health Impact News subscriber from Europe reminded us that this database maintained at EudraVigilance is only for countries in Europe who are part of the European Union (EU), which comprises 27 countries.
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19 July 2021 — Statewatch
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27 June 2021 — Indian Punchline
A thoughtful, far-sighted proposal by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron calling for resumption of the European Union-Russia summit met sudden death at the EU’s summit in Brussels on Friday.
18 June 2021 — Statewatch
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As public and private sector institutions push ahead with the development and deployment of remote biometric surveillance systems – currently best-exemplified by facial recognition technology – opposition is increasing.
16 June 2021 — Socialist Project
In the wake of the global financial crisis, water services have come under renewed neoliberal assault across Europe. At the same time, the struggle against water privatization has continued to pick up pace; from the re-municipalization of water in Grenoble in 2000, to the United Nations declaration of water as a human right in 2010.
9 June 2021 — Peoples Dispatch
An anti-militaristic spectre is haunting Europe: trade unions, social movements and political organizations are mobilizing against war and against the next NATO summit in Brussels.
September 5-6, 2015, Helsinki, international conference “Nato and Russia in the Baltic Sea Area” organized by “No war-No Nato” committee
On June 14, 2021 NATO will hold a “Summit of Allied Leaders” at its headquarters in Brussels. According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenber, the meeting “is a unique opportunity to reinforce NATO as the enduring embodiment of the bond between Europe and North America.” The summit will follow a “Group of Seven” (G7) meeting of leaders in the UK from June 11-13.
1 June 2021 — Voltaire Network
The United States is pursuing its plan to transform the Atlantic Alliance from a super-army against Russia to one against China. The European Parliament has just quietly placed the European Union on this political line, even before the governments have taken a decision.
30 May 2021 — Monthly Review
By Alain Badiou
Alain Badiouis a French philosopher, formerly chair of philosophy at the École normale supérieure and founder of the faculty of philosophy of the Université de Paris VIII. He is the author of numerous books and essays.
This essay is adapted and updated from Polemics, translated by Steve Corcoran (London: Verso, 2006). The new sections have been translated by James Membrez.