UK: Fresh novichok allegations used to escalate anti-Russia offensive By Thomas Scripps

19 September 2018 — WSWS

While the facts remain obscured in the case of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov and their alleged role in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the political significance of the story is crystal clear. The novichok scandal is at the centre of the British government’s ratcheting up of diplomatic, economic and military tensions against Russia.

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Labour’s John McDonnell embraces Blairite “new economy” plan By Laura Tiernan

19 September 2018 — WSWS

A report by the Blairite Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) calls for sweeping economic reform to “post-Brexit Britain,” demanding “the most significant change in economic policy in a generation.”

“Prosperity and Justice: A plan for the new economy” was published by the group’s Commission on Economic Justice and is loaded with high-minded calls for “securing good jobs, good pay and good lives” and “spreading wealth and ownership across the economy.”

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Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un Meet in Pyongyang. Preamble to a North-South Peace Agreement By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

18 September 2018 — Global Research

Repeal of the ROK-US Combined Forces Command (CFC)

Washington has attempted to block the inter-Korean dialogue and sabotage the peace process.

The negotiations are led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who is accused by the DPRK of carrying out “gangster like tactics”.

The Trump administration has no intention of reaching a peace agreement which would annul the Armistice Agreement of 1953. Under this agreement the US and the DPRK are still at war.

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The implications of US-China trade war By Nick Beams

18 September 2018 — WSWS

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis ten years ago, the leaders of the world’s major powers pledged that never again would they go down the road of protectionism which had such disastrous consequences in the 1930s—deepening the Great Depression and contributing to the outbreak of world war in 1939.

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Western demands on Syria By Thierry Meyssan

18 September 2018 — Voltaire Network

While on the ground, the war is ending, and only Idlib still needs to be freed from the terrorists, the Western powers are starting trouble all over again. They have just presented their demands to the UN special envoy, Staffan de Mistura. Unsurprisingly, the United States refuse the process led by Russia, for the unique reason that they didn’t have anything to do with it, while the United Kingdom and France seek to impose institutions which would allow them to govern the country from the shadows. Continue reading

Syria News Links 18 September 2018

18 September 2018 16:12 — William Bowles

New security system to be established in Idlib — Russian defense chief
http://tass.com/defense/1022145

Turkey: Civilians to stay in Idlib, ‘terrorists’ to be removed
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/turkey-civilians-stay-idlib-terrorists-removed-180918112856499.html

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Russia reveals the MH17 ‘smoking gun’ By Pepe Escobar

18 September 2018 — Asia Times

Defense Ministry provides missile engine evidence, shifting blame to the Ukrainian military

The Russian Defense Ministry may have finally unveiled the “smoking gun” able to solve the mystery surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down on July 17, 2014 over the Donetsk Oblast, a province in eastern Ukraine. Continue reading

Economist magazine calls for soldier MPs to lead UK By Julie Hyland

18 September 2018 — WSWS

The Bagehot notebook in the Economist has urged the rise of a “new generation of soldier-statesman” as “politicians steeled in war are well placed to unite a divided country.”

The Economist was founded in 1843 to agitate for the repeal of the Corn Laws (import tariffs) and was described by Karl Marx as the “aristocracy of finance.” Its column is named after Walter Bagehot, editor of the Economist between 1861-1877, banker, journalist and British constitutional expert and is written in Bagehot’s name. Currently authored by Adrian Wooldridge, it is considered a must read on British politics.

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