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I wrote this for the Guardian in 2014 when the coup junta in Kiev declared war on its Russian-speaking population in the Donbass. — John Pilger (@johnpilger) September 24, 2022

NATO sabotages Ukraine-Russia talks as Europe suffers

The Grayzone   Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector and ex-Marines intelligence officer, addresses reports that now-former UK PM Boris Johnson pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to reject peace talks with Russia this April, and explains how the war will devastate European economies as it drags on.  

Day 1261: Julian Assange still in prison and under slow-motion execution by the Anglo-American imperialist criminals

failed evolution   On 11 April 2019, the Ecuadorian government of traitor Lenin Moreno, invited the Metropolitan Police into the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and they arrested Julian Assange . Since then, Assange is kept in Belmarsh high security prison in London, without actual charges.   The real reason world's number one political prisoner is still kept in this high security prison, is because he exposed horrendous war crimes carried out by the US imperialists and their allies.   The ruthless Western imperialist regime wants to punish the No1 real journalist in the world and make him an example for any Whistleblower or real journalist who will attempt to expose its big crimes in the future.   And the Anglo-American axis has now become officially a fascist coalition , framed by the rest of its Western pets. UK's Home Secretary Priti Patel, one of the most ruthless ever, decided to extradite Julian Assange to US. No surprise of course. The only question we had in mind is

Mexico’s President calls for Julian Assange’s release!

The Jimmy Dore Show   Joe Biden never talks about Julian Assange, not that the American press ever bother to ask. Quite the opposite from Biden is Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), who has been a forceful and outspoken voice demanding that Assange be freed. In other ways as well, AMLO has taken a more oppositional stance toward Mexico’s neighbor to the north than any other Mexican president in recent memory. 

The Queen and her legacy: 21st century Britain has never looked so medieval

by Jonathan Cook   Part 2 - Wall-to-wall eulogies   There are reasons a critical gaze is needed right now, as the British public is corralled into reverential mourning. The wall-to-wall eulogies are intended to fill our nostrils with the perfume of nostalgia to cover the stench of a rotting institution, one at the heart of the very establishment doing the eulogising. The demand is that everyone shows respect for the Queen and her family and that now is not the time for criticism or even analysis. Indeed, the Royal Family have every right to be left in peace to grieve. But privacy is not what they, or the establishment they belong to, crave. The Royals’ loss is public in every sense. There will be a lavish state funeral, paid for by the taxpayer. There will be an equally lavish coronation of her son, Charles, also paid for by the taxpayer. And in the meantime, the British public will be force-fed the same official messages by every TV channel – not neutrally, impartially or objectively,

Greek ‘Watergate’: Mitsotakis’ authoritarianism cannot be tolerated anymore

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is a “destabilising factor” for the country and citizens cannot stand his “authoritarian” attitude, senior socialist lawmaker Michalis Katrinis told EURACTIV after it was unveiled that the secret services bugged the phone of Greek socialist opposition leader and MEP Nikos Androulakis.   by Sarantis Michalopoulos   Part 3 - The next day ‘does not include’ Mitsotakis   Opposition parties have asked Mitsotakis to resign and call snap elections, but the conservative leader insists that he will complete his term. The next general elections are due in 2023, and the new electoral law suggests that a coalition government will be needed, a practice almost unknown to Greek politicians who are used to single-party governments. Potential scenarios are circulating in Athens, and Greek socialists will play a kingmaker role between the ruling New Democracy and the main opposition Syriza party (EU Left). However, they have not revealed their cards yet. Asked if

Europe’s electricity market: the scam of the century?

DiEM25   Winter Is Coming…and Europe is facing a full-blown energy crisis. Power companies are hiking the price of electricity, making a tough winter even worse. And this time, it’s not just the poorest who are affected. The middle class is also feeling the squeeze. How much of this is due to how our politicians have set up Europe’s energy market, and how much to corporate greed? What other factors are at play? And how can we get out of this mess?  

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What a disgrace, @BBC . Monarchy in Greece was abolished in 1974. This clown is nobody's crown prince. We are not a British colony either. — Nikos Papadojannis (@N_Papadojannis) September 18, 2022

The big fraud behind the outrageously high natural gas prices revealed

globinfo freexchange   Speaking at the Greek radio broadcaster Real FM 107,1, the Greek economist, Yanis Varoufakis, revealed the real reason behind the outrageously high natural gas prices, which can't be justified only by the war in Ukraine and Putin's actions to cut supplies to Europe.    As he pointed out, the biggest part of the rise of natural gas prices is due to the stock market games. Prices should rise by 80% at most, not 800%. The rest of this hyper-profit is because big companies have already bought quantities of natural gas for the next two years. So, they don't sell it now in order to boost its price and sell it later at much higher price.    Yet, the worst part of the story is that these financial games often create bubbles - similar to the Lehman Brothers bubble in 2008 that led to the Wall Street collapse - so we are now to the point where the German government is forced to subsidize big companies with billions, exactly because they play these risky financ

The Forde report and the lessons of the Corbyn movement

The long-delayed Forde report was finally released earlier this week. Commissioned by the Labour Party as an independent inquiry into the findings of the 2020 leaked report (aka ‘LabourLeaks’), Forde confirms what many on the left have known all along.   by Socialist Appeal  Part 5 - Identity politics   Accusations such as antisemitism are now a common weapon in the arsenal of the establishment. The right wing has learnt that identity politics is the soft underbelly of much of the left, and that – in the face of no resistance – political attacks can easily be hidden under the cloak of personal perceptions, “legitimate concerns” and “lived experience”. Due to the subjectivist nature of such politics, any individual or self-proclaimed representative of the oppressed can end up making whatever accusations they like, often dressed up in inflammatory and moralistic language. And woe betide those who dare to challenge this, or who seek to bring out the political nature of such attacks. This