Ecosocialism or barbarism: African journal interviews C&C editor Ian Angus

24 March 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Global crisis

Ian Angus

“A conscious and collective struggle to stop capitalism’s hell-bound train is our only hope for a better world.”


In an interview with the African Review of Political Economy, Climate & Capitalism editor Ian Angus discusses the environmental crisis, the Anthropocene and Covid-19.

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UK Covid-19: We are NOT Cattle

17 March 2020 • 18:00 — The New Dark Age

Barbarian Britain

This is a work-in-progress, I’ll add/take away as the ideas/events emerge. What the government is doing is monstrous beyond words, dressed up with slick slogans – ‘Wash often for 20 seconds’, to hide the essentially benign neglect approach to the nation’s health. This is a national emergency. Banks should be nationalised, private healthcare taken over, the people mobilised. Those forced to cease work must be paid, but it’s clear, from the very beginning that business comes first (even if they’ll be no business left). The government hasn’t made it an official emergency, hence businesses can’t claim insurance (apparently, this has just changed, though the details escape me).

It’s also clear that the government is using us, the people, in a vast experiment called ‘Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs)’, because the NHS simply doesn’t have the capacity, having been starved to death for the past ten years. The fancy graphs they show us, actually  hide the reality, that the only way the NHS can cope, is to slow the spread of the disease, one ‘stage ‘at a time. So you ‘suppress it’ for awhile using for example, ‘social distancing’ then you let the disease rip for awhile (more old and sick die), then suppress it again, and so on, until their ‘herd immunity’ kicks in and we can go back to being cattle once more. Nobody has ever tried to do this before, anywhere, that’s why I call it a gigantic, whole society experiment. So not only are we being treated as cattle, we are also being used as guinea pigs. Quite a menagerie this tory goverment has made for us.

Something else also changed today; the government, probably under pressure from the medical profession, is restarting the testing of people for the virus. This is vital. What I find odd though, is why is there no App available so that the infected can be tracked (voluntary of course)? This is something that epidemiologists do all the time when tracking the progress of a disease.

The following extracts are from the government’s raison d’etre that supports the government’s (non) handling of the crisis. Although dated 16 March 2020, clearly its major proposals  were articulated well before Boris Johnson’s press conference last week with his two government lackeys, sorry scientists, who articulated the ‘herd immunity’ concept of disease control [sic], that is to say, sacrifice the old and the sick so that the survivors (hopefully the majority) acquire immunity.

Essentially, the report articulates the Eugenicist approach to ‘dealing’ with the crisis; sacrifice the old and the sick so that the young and healthy survive. (You can download the full report at the end of the article).

All quotes are from the report.

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Julian Assange, Political Offences and Legal Restraints: Day Three of Extradition Hearings

27 February 2020 — Global Research

Wednesday, February 26, Woolwich Crown Court.  Today, the focus shifted to the protagonist himself and the nature of the US-UK Extradition Treaty of 2003, a contentious document that shines all too favourably for US citizens.   

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Bid to free Manning launched as explosive new evidence threatens to end Assange extradition

24 February 2020 — The Canary

By Tom Coburg

Lawyers acting on behalf of imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning have lodged a motion, arguing for her release. This comes as WikiLeaks tweeted that Julian Assange‘s lawyers intend to produce ‘bombshell’ evidence at next week’s extradition hearing.

Meanwhile, more evidence has emerged to further the argument that the extradition hearings should end on the grounds of extreme prejudice by UK authorities.
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“Organic is the future”

1 February 2020 — GMWatch

Read this article to the end for the clarity it brings on the link between farmer suicides in India and GM Bt cotton.

Vandana Shiva, a pioneer of organic farming in India, is incensed by the 2019 draft law to compulsorily register all seeds used by farmers. On a wintry afternoon, at her farm Navdanya in the Himalayan foothills, the noted ecologist spoke on the future of the organic farming movement in India. Excerpts:

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Iran News Links 26-27 January 2020

27 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

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

Russia, Iran agree to look at format of parliamentary dialogue of Caspian nations
https://tass.com/world/1113385

Today’s Links 27 January 2020
http://mikewhitneysgraspingatstraws.blogspot.com/2020/01/todays-links_27.html

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A Roundup of News about Glyphosate 13 December 2019

13 December 2019 — The New Dark Age

Argentina: Devastating consequences of GMO-based intensive ag on native amphibians
https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/19263-argentina-devastating-consequences-of-gmo-based-intensive-ag-on-native-amphibians

Why Good Nutrition Will Remain a Distant Dream Unless We Stop the Chemical Onslaught on Our Food from Farm to Plate
https://colintodhunter.blogspot.com/2019/12/why-good-nutrition-will-remain-distant.html

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‘Mr Assange could die in prison. There is no time to lose’

25 November, 2019 —  RT

‘Mr Assange could die in prison. There is no time to lose’ – over 60 medics in open letter to UK govt.

A demonstration in support of Julian Assange outside of Westminster Magistrates Court in London. ©  REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Julian Assange may be in real danger of dying in a UK prison, medics from across the world warned in an open letter. He may not even be fit to stand extradition trial, given the years of denial of proper healthcare.

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Lawyers launch $500M class-action lawsuit against Roundup makers

21 November 2019 — GMWatch

Case represents Canada’s largest class-action lawsuit against manufacturers of glyphosate herbicide

EXCERPT: Darryl Singer, the head of commercial and civil litigation at Diamond & Diamond, said the plaintiffs involved in this class-action lawsuit are looking not only for financial compensation, but also what he calls “behaviour modification” so that the same thing doesn’t happen again in the future with other products in Canada.

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