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Trump is running scared of Socialism

Donald Trump’s economic advisers released a bizarre report attacking socialism yesterday. Socialists can only take one lesson from it: we’re winning.
by Miles Kampf-Lassin
Part 5 - A Flawed Critique
Accidental arguments for single-payer aside, the entire premise of the CEA critique of socialism misses the mark. After pointing to the failures of farming and food production under Stalin and Mao — models which, as far as I’m aware, no socialist politicians or Democratic Socialists of America organizers are advocating for — the authors claim that “the lessons from socialized agriculture carry over to government takeovers of oil, health insurance, and other modern industries: They produce less rather than more.
The implication is that socialist policies would result in scarcity — bread lines, famine, and rationed care. For socialists, however, the goal is not to eliminate production, but to shift it from boosting corporate profits to serving human needs. As Meagan Day explains, “Our goal is …

The oligarchs behind the “humanitarian” regime change network now exploiting Jo Cox’s death to push for UK Labour split

Only by masking their otherwise unpopular policies in the cloak of Jo Cox’s tragedy, and humanity’s natural empathy for good samaritans and the downtrodden, has this small group of powerful individuals been able to launder disastrous wars and military adventurism as “the right thing to do.”
by Vanessa Beeley and Whitney Webb
Part 8 - Ted Turner and Calvin’s connections to Clinton
Ted Turner endorsed Hillary Clinton’s election campaign in 2016. Time Warner was among the myriad of media moguls who financed the failed Clinton campaign to the tune of $50,000 – $100,000, according to statistics published by Politico.
CNN reporter Larry King was once caught on open-mic in the early 1990s telling Bill Clinton that “Ted Turner would serve” him. A report in the Washington Times cited Turner as saying “Hillary Clinton is one of the smartest and most powerful people in the world.” Turner praises Clinton uncritically, ignoring her record as one of the most malevolent war-hawks of our generation.

US senators seek to stop weapons sales to Saudi Arabia over Yemen war, Khashoggi murder

A newly proposed bill in the US Senate would suspend the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and block refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen, as punishment for the death of a Washington Post columnist.
A group of senators on the Foreign Relations Committee, led by Bob Menendez (R-New Jersey) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced the “Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act of 2018.” It was sponsored by three Democrats and two Republicans.

Polish president marches with nazis in Warsaw

Anya Parampil reports on a 200,000-strong far-right rally held in Poland over the weekend to mark 100 years of the country’s independence. Polish President Andrej Duda spoke at the event, which included self-described Nazis and fascists chanting slogans such as “Refugees, get out!”. News Analyst for Sputnik Radio, Dmitry Babich, joins Anya to discuss the roots of Nazi sentiment in Poland and whether or not the mainstream international press has sufficiently covered the disturbing news.

Pentagon launched new classified operation to support Saudi coalition in Yemen

Even as the humanitarian crisis precipitated by Saudi Arabia’s more-than-three-year war in Yemen has deepened, the Pentagon earlier this year launched a new classified operation to support the kingdom’s military operations there, according to a Defense Department document that appears to have been posted online inadvertently.
The existence of the new classified operation, code-named Yukon Journey, was partially revealed in a Defense Department inspector general report posted online earlier this month, which noted that “the Secretary of Defense designated three new named contingency operations: Operation Yukon Journey, and operations in Northwest Africa and East Africa.
The three operations, which focus on al-Qaida and ISIS, are classified, the report notes, and the Pentagon has not publicly disclosed their location beyond saying they are in the Middle East and Africa.
But another document posted earlier this year on a Pentagon-affiliated website identifies Yukon Journey as a Central Com…

Η Ιταλική αντίσταση ενάντια στη νεοφιλελεύθερη χούντα έρχεται πάνω στην ώρα για τον Τσίπρα

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Και ξαφνικά, όλα φαίνεται να "πηγαίνουν δεξιά" για τον Τσίπρα και την κυβέρνηση ΣΥΡΙΖΑΝΕΛ. Κατά ... "διαβολική σύμπτωση", πήρε και πάλι μπρος η μηχανή σκαλίσματος σκανδάλων εν όψει των επικείμενων εκλογικών αναμετρήσεων μέσα στο 2019.
"Όλως τυχαίως", μπήκε στο στόχαστρο ως και ο ίδιος ο πρώην πρωθυπουργός, Κώστας Σημίτης, μετά τη δίωξη Παπαντωνίου και την πρόσφατη αναθέρμανση των μεγάλων υποθέσεων διαφθοράς στο χώρο της υγείας, στις οποίες φαίνεται ότι εμπλέκονται και ορισμένα κορυφαία στελέχη της ΝΔ.
Ξαφνικά, ξεθάφτηκε πάλι η μη νομιμότητα της μείωσης των συντάξεων και η κυβέρνηση έδωσε ένα προεκλογικό δωράκι στους συνταξιούχους, επιτρέποντάς τους να διεκδικήσουν τα χαμένα λεφτά, χωρίς βέβαια να τους εγγυάται κανείς ότι θα το πετύχουν.
Ήρθαν όμως δειλά-δειλά και άλλα προεκλογικά δωράκια στην επιφάνεια, όπως, για παράδειγμα, η ανακοίνωση για περαιτέρω μείωση των ασφαλιστικών εισφορών για ορισμένους επαγγελματικούς κλάδους, από την αρχή…

AOC shows the way to Bernie and the progressives: a third, fully independent party and a solid alliance with the Greens

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finally scores against the establishment
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It seems as if the new star of the progressive movement, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, heard the alarm that we activated about two months ago.
As we wrote, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a critical factor for the outcome of the civil war inside the Democratic party. But if you consider this as a 90-minute football game that has started with her astonishing victory and will end at the day of the 2020 presidential election, we are only about nine minutes from the start of the game. And the establishment already scored three goals. With that rate of retreat, the progressives will be literally vanished by 2020.
Indeed, Cortez counterattacked decisively. It was her turn to score big against the establishment, inside the court of the corporate Democrats.
As the Intercept reported:
           Protesters with the environmental group Sunrise marched on Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s office on Tuesday. The group, made …

How the Bush administration used the 2001 anthrax attacks to manufacture consent for the Iraq war

17 years ago, less than one month after the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001, weaponized anthrax was sent through the mail in a biological attack that stunned an already traumatized nation. The first American died from anthrax infection on October 5th. During the weeks that followed, letters sent through the US postal system containing anthrax were targeted at US media organizations and sitting US senators. In the end, five people were left dead–two US postal workers, a Florida photojournalist, a New York city hospital worker and a 95 year old widow in Connecticut. Over 22 people were hospitalized from exposure. Many dozens more tested positive for anthrax in the months that followed.
It was a one-two punch of guttural horror. Americans were already glued to their television sets, watching 24/7 coverage of planes exploding and iconic skyscrapers crumbling. Over and over, we watched thousands perish. But terrorism was still abstract to those removed from the tragedy. The anthrax a…

Yemeni war deaths have been underestimated by 5 to 1

An NGO responsible for reporting on war deaths in Yemen has acknowledged that it has underestimated the casualties in the three-year-old conflict by at least five to one.
Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project had originally estimated that about 10,000 people had been killed in the war in Yemen, roughly the same number reported by the World Health Organization. WHO surveys are regularly cited as estimates of war deaths in Yemen by UN agencies and the world’s media. But ACLED now estimates the true number of people killed in Yemen is probably between 70,000 and 80,000.
ACLED’s estimates do not include the thousands of Yemenis who have died from the war’s indirect consequences, such as starvation and preventable diseases like diphtheria and cholera. UNICEF reported in December 2016 that a child was dying every 10 minutes in Yemen, and the humanitarian crisis has only worsened since then. At that rate the total of all deaths caused directly and indirectly by the war must by now b…

How neoliberalism manufactured consent to secure its unlimited power

From David Harvey's A Brief History of Neoliberalism
Part 1 - Construction of political consent across a sufficiently large spectrum of the population
How was neoliberalization accomplished, and by whom? The answer in countries such as Chile and Argentina in the 1970s was as simple as it was swift, brutal, and sure: a military coup backed by the traditional upper classes (as well as by the US government), followed by the fierce repression of all solidarities created within the labour and urban social movements which had so threatened their power.
But the neoliberal revolution usually attributed to Thatcher and Reagan after 1979 had to be accomplished by democratic means. For a shift of this magnitude to occur required the prior construction of political consent across a sufficiently large spectrum of the population to win elections. What Gramsci calls ‘common sense’ (defined as ‘the sense held in common’) typically grounds consent.
Common sense is constructed out of long-standing pr…

Trump is running scared of Socialism

Donald Trump’s economic advisers released a bizarre report attacking socialism yesterday. Socialists can only take one lesson from it: we’re winning.
by Miles Kampf-Lassin
Part 4 - The Truth About M4A
It’s not just Tuesday’s report. Earlier this month, President Trump penned an op-ed in USA Today directly criticizing Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All plan, claiming that it would somehow “eviscerate Medicare” and “threaten America’s seniors.
Of course, the plan would do no such thing, seeing as how it’s predicated on expanding the existing program — which functionally serves as a single-payer system — to all Americans. And as Sanders himself pointed out, Trump’s case is “full of lies.
But one thing Trump did get right in his op-ed is that a full 64 percent of House Democrats, along with fifteen Democratic senators, have signed on to Sanders’s plan.
And in nearly half of all the races that Democrats are contesting this fall, their candidates are backing Medicare for All. That’s a massive…

The oligarchs behind the “humanitarian” regime change network now exploiting Jo Cox’s death to push for UK Labour split

Only by masking their otherwise unpopular policies in the cloak of Jo Cox’s tragedy, and humanity’s natural empathy for good samaritans and the downtrodden, has this small group of powerful individuals been able to launder disastrous wars and military adventurism as “the right thing to do.”
by Vanessa Beeley and Whitney Webb
Part 7 - Kathy Calvin and the UN Foundation
The UN connection extends beyond the role of the UNHCR, with the attendance of Kathy Calvin at the 2016 Concordia Summit.
Calvin is the CEO and president of the United Nations Foundation. Calvin, Mabel Van Oranje and Jeffrey Skoll intersect on the Advisory Council of the Elders — alongside British entrepreneur and billionaire Richard Branson and Sally Osberg, who is the president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation.
Once more, we see how the star-studded cast of the movement-building and social-change engineering world overlap and circulate in the ever expanding and interwoven spheres of influence.
In a 2011 interview with Forb…

Η ΕΕ χρηματοδοτεί συμμορίες για να καταστέλλουν πρόσφυγες

Μαρτυρία διασώστη στο Tvxs
Φωτεινή Λαμπρίδη
Ο θάνατος ως πολιτική επιλογή
Σήμερα ο Ιάσων εργάζεται για τους Γιατρούς Χωρίς Σύνορα. Την Κυριακή φεύγει για το Νότιο Σουδάν όπου θα βοηθήσει στη δημιουργία δομών.
Κουβαλάει όμως έντονα μέσα του το σημάδι από την εμπειρία της Λιβύης και μένει άναυδος που η διεθνής κοινότητα παραμένει απαθής παρά τις κραυγές αγωνίας των ανθρωπιστικών οργανώσεων και τα ντοκιμαντέρ που έφεραν στο φως τα διεθνή δίκτυα.
«Δε νομίζω ότι κάποιος μπορεί να παραμείνει ίδιος μετά από αυτά τα βιώματα. Δεν είναι μόνο η επαφή με τον θάνατο που σε σοκάρει, αλλά κυρίως η κτηνωδία στην οποία υποβάλλονται ολόκληρες ομάδες πληθυσμών που έτυχε να μη γεννηθούν λευκοί Ευρωπαίοι.
Είναι πάρα πολύ σκληρό να είσαι σε ένα περιβάλλον που είναι πολιτική επιλογή ο θάνατος. Να σκέφτεσαι ότι όλοι αυτοί οι άνθρωποι θα μπορούσαν να είχαν σωθεί και δεν σώθηκαν.
Αυτή τη στιγμή τα ευρωπαϊκά κράτη αφήνουν εκατοντάδες ανθρώπους να πνίγονται αβοήθητοι ή τους στέλνουν πίσω στα κέντρα βασανιστηρίων κα…

Φάκελος Κύπρου: Οι Χουντικοί γνώριζαν για την εισβολή και έκαναν διακοπές

Γιώργος Στάμκος
Μέρος 5ο - “Οι Αμερικάνοι μας κοροϊδεύουν”
Ο Χένρι Κίσιντζερ ήταν τότε ο απόλυτος κυρίαρχος της εξωτερικής πολιτικής των ΗΠΑ και θεωρούνταν “φιλότουρκος”. Σύμφωνα με τις πληροφορίες που έφθασαν, μέσω της Μ. Βρετανίας (Κάλλαχαν), στην Αθήνα “ο Κίσινγκερ ήτο απρόθυμος να ασκήσει πίεση επί της Τουρκίας προκειμένου να παρεμποδίσει την προέλαση των στρατευμάτων της στην Κύπρο”. Έτσι και η Μεγάλη Βρετανία που ήταν -και είναι- Εγγυήτρια Δύναμη της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας, είχε το πρόσχημα για να αποφύγει να αναλάβει τις ευθύνες της.
Οι ΗΠΑ, μέσω του Σίσκο που πηγαινοερχόταν μεταξύ Αθήνας και Άγκυρας είχαν ως βασικό τους μέλημα να αποφύγουν έναν γενικευμένο Ελληνοτουρκικό πόλεμο, που θα διέλυε τη ΝΑ πτέρυγα του ΝΑΤΟ σε μια εποχή που η Σοβιετική Ένωση ήταν ακόμη πανίσχυρη.
Έτσι οι ΗΠΑ παρακολουθούσαν και μεθόδευαν τις εξελίξεις στον αποδιοργανωμένο από τη Χούντα ελληνικό Στρατό, ώστε να μην είναι σε θέση να διεξαγάγει πόλεμο κατά της Τουρκίας. Οι Χουντικοί άρχισαν τότε να αντιλαμβ…

3 simple questions which can expose government lies

Πού πάνε τα χρήματα όταν «παγώνουν»;

του Άρη Χατζηστεφάνου
Πώς θα αντιδρούσατε εάν ένα πρωί η τράπεζά σας σας απαγόρευε οποιαδήποτε ανάληψη αν δεν της εξηγούσατε τι θα κάνετε τα λεφτά; Αυτό φαίνεται πως έπαθε η Βενεζουέλα. Σύμφωνα με δημοσίευμα των «Τάιμς», η Τράπεζα του Λονδίνου αρνείται να επιστρέψει 14 τόνους χρυσού αν δεν λάβει διευκρινίσεις από την κυβέρνηση του Καράκας για το πώς προτίθεται να τους διαχειριστεί!
Αν και οι λεπτομέρειες της υπόθεσης παρέμεναν συγκεχυμένες όταν γράφονταν αυτές οι γραμμές, το περιστατικό φέρνει στο προσκήνιο το κολοσσιαίο παιχνίδι που παίζεται στο παγκόσμιο τραπεζικό σύστημα με άξονα τις κυρώσεις που επιβάλλουν δυτικές χώρες σε κυβερνήσεις σε ολόκληρο τον πλανήτη.
Ηδη από το 1998, πριν ο Μπους, ο Ομπάμα και ο Τραμπ αυξήσουν με φρενήρεις ρυθμούς τις οικονομικές κυρώσεις, ο αναλυτής Τζεφ Σίμονς εξηγούσε στους Financial Times ότι «τα δύο τρίτα του παγκόσμιου πληθυσμού υπόκεινται σε κάποιου είδους αμερικανικών κυρώσεων».
Σήμερα ο ίδιος υποστηρίζει ότι οι κυρώσεις είναι η συνέχιση του «πολέμου …