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The real reason Boris Johnson pushes for a no-deal Brexit

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The UK political landscape looks increasingly chaotic, especially after Boris Johnson's ultimatum for a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. It looks like the whole country suffers from a general nervous breakdown through a "bellum omnium contra omnes" situation. But if you "follow the money", you will, eventually, see the whole picture quite clearly. And you will realize that this whole Brexit issue, is primarily the product of a merciless war among rival factions of the British capital.

In the mid-July, Reuters "exposed" some key supporters of Boris Johnson who have poured hundreds of thousands of pounds into his campaign. As Reutersreported:

          More than half the donations came from financiers and businessmen who funded the campaign to leave the European Union. The two biggest backers are Anthony Bamford, the billionaire chairman of the construction equipment maker JCB, and Jonathan Moynihan, chairman of venture capital fund Ipe…

Progressive Democrats vote against BDS, Palestinian rights

The Grayzone
House Democrats, including key progressives, have passed a measure condemning the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS). Why are Reps. Ro Khanna, Tulsi Gabbard, and Ayanna Pressley denouncing a global movement for Palestinian rights?

At least 14 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrike on crowded market in Yemen’s Sa’ada

At least 14 civilians have been killed when Saudi-led warplanes conducted an airstrike on a crowded market in Yemen’s northern province of Sa’ada, as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its bombardment campaign against its southern neighbor.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news website reported that the Saudi-led jets pounded the Al Sabet market in Qataber district of the province on Monday afternoon, killing 13 civilians, including two children.

It further said the aerial aggression also left 23 others, including 11 children, wounded. The report added that the airstrike occurred at a time when the market was overcrowded.

Yemen’s health ministry also said at least 10 of the wounded were in critical condition, warning that the death toll was likely to rise.
Full report:
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/07/29/602193/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-airstrike-market-Qataber-Saada-Houthis

Mini-nuclear reactors are coming, and they could reinvent the energy industry

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Nuclear power may be making a comeback as researchers develop reactors that are smaller than ever before.

H δεύτερη - και ίσως θανατηφόρα - δόση της θεραπείας σοκ

του Στέλιου Κούλογλου
«Μία καινούργια κυβέρνηση έχει στη διάθεση της 6 με 9 μήνες για να επιβάλει μείζονες αλλαγές. Αν δεν αδράξει την ευκαιρία για να δράσει αποφασιστικά στη διάρκεια αυτής της περιόδου, δεν θα της προσφερθεί ξανά αυτή η ευκαιρία». Μίλτον Φρίντμαν
Δεν είναι τυχαίο ότι η κυβέρνηση Μητσοτάκη εφαρμόζει κατά γράμμα την οδηγία του γκουρού του παγκόσμιου νεοφιλελευθερισμού. Φυσικά για όλες τις εκλεγμένες κυβερνήσεις του κόσμου, ο «μήνας του μέλιτος» μετά την εκλογή τους, είναι η προσφορότερη περίοδος για να εφαρμόσουν το πρόγραμμα τους. Αλλά ο Φρίντμαν δεν αναφερόταν σε κανονικές κυβερνήσεις, αλλά στην κυβέρνηση που έχει στόχο, μέσα από μια θεραπεία σοκ, να «επιβάλλει μείζονες (νεοφιλελεύθερες) αλλαγές», εκμεταλλευόμενη μια συγκυρία που σπάνια εμφανίζεται. 
Η ειδική συγκυρία που σήμερα εκμεταλλεύεται η κυβέρνηση Μητσοτάκη, είναι ένας συνδυασμός πολλών παραγόντων. Πρώτον, του απρόσμενου, ακόμη και για την ΝΔ προεκλογικά, εκλογικού ποσοστού της με το οποίο κέρδισε άνετη κοινο…

A year after Nicaragua’s coup, the media’s regime-change deceptions are still unraveling

Corporate media outlets blamed Nicaragua’s government for a deadly arson attack during the 2018 coup attempt, but new information raises serious doubts about the official story, highlighting the campaign of regime-change misinformation.
by John Perry
Part 5 - Flawed coverage in The Guardian
My assertion, that any doubts about who caused the fire would be unlikely to dispel the media verdicts, was proved correct. The simple reason was that neither local nor international media were interested in addressing these questions, as was soon demonstrated by coverage in the UK by The Guardian
The newspaper had already published 13 news stories about the violence in Nicaragua by early July. Its Latin American correspondent had visited the country in June and I had told him about the opposition’s arson attacks. By the time The Guardian’s freelance reporters Carl David Goette-Luciak and Caroline Houck covered the story on July 5, some of the facts about the fire had begun to emerge. Even so, rath…

'Unprecedented, wasteful, and obscene': House approves $1.48 trillion Pentagon budget

In a bipartisan deal that one anti-war critic said demonstrates how thoroughly "broken and captured Washington is by the Pentagon," 219 House Democrats and 65 Republicans on Thursday voted to approve a budget agreement that includes $1.48 trillion in military spending over the next two years.

Just 16 Democrats—including Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)—voted against the two-year, $2.7 trillion budget agreement. Largely due to expressed concerns about the deficit, 132 Republicans and Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) also voted no.
The final vote was 284-149.
The House passage of the budget deal, which President Donald Trump quickly applauded on Twitter as a victory for the military, comes after the Congressional Progressive Caucus threatened in April to tank the measure in opposition to its out-of-control Pentagon outlays.

But most of the Progressive Caucus voted for the agreement on Thursday, pointing to increases in domestic spending.

"It's not …

Η ουσία πίσω από τη νέα επιχείρηση προπαγάνδας με αφορμή τις συντάξεις-μαμούθ

failed evolution

Με το γνωστό στυλ, τα ιδιωτικά ΜΜΕ σχεδίασαν μια νέα επιχείρηση προπαγάνδας με όχημα την "ανακάλυψη" των συντάξεων-μαμούθ. Τα μιντιακά "λαγωνικά" έδωσαν άλλη μια πάσα, αυτή τη φορά στον υπουργό εργασίας, Γιάννη Βρούτση, προκειμένου να επιδοθεί στο τυπικό αντι-ΣΥΡΙΖΑ κρεσέντο με ύφος εισαγγελέα. 
Η Έφη Αχτσιόγλου, έβαλε τα πράγματα στη θέση τους δίνοντας την πραγματική εικόνα:  
              Για όσους ασφαλίζονταν με τα παλαιά καθεστώτα (πριν τον ν. 4387/2016) αλλά αιτήθηκαν συνταξιοδότησης μετά τον ν. 4387/2016 και μετά την 01.01.2019, ακριβώς επειδή το παλαιό σύστημα για κάποιες κατηγορίες ασφαλισμένων δεν προέβλεπε ανώτατα όρια εισφορών δεν προέκυπταν και ανώτατα όρια συντάξεων. Για τον λόγο αυτό   είχαμε επεξεργαστεί και δρομολογήσει νομοθετική ρύθμιση η οποία έθετε ανώτατο όριο σύνταξης το δωδεκαπλάσιο της εθνικής σύνταξης, όμως η ρύθμιση αυτή δεν πρόλαβε να περάσει από τη Βουλή καθώς προκηρύχθηκαν πρόωρα εκλογές.
Αλλά αυτά είναι ψιλά γράμματα…

“United States” to Imperial America: Our Hidden Empire

Empire Files
The global expanse of US military bases is well-known; but it's actual territorial empire is largely hidden. The true map of America is not taught in our schools. Abby Martin interviews history Professor Daniel Immerwahr about his new book, 'How To Hide An Empire,' where he documents the story of our "Greater United States."

'Δεν φορέσαμε ποτέ τη στολή του Μακεδονομάχου'

failed evolution
Οι κακόμοιροι 'Μακεδονομάχοι' θέλησαν να γλιτώσουν το έθνος από τους 'επικίνδυνους' Αριστερούς διεθνιστές και το παρέδωσαν στους υπηρέτες του διεθνούς κεφαλαίου που είναι πολύ χειρότεροι. Διότι λόγω ιδεολογίας, δεν έχουν απολύτως κανένα ηθικό φραγμό και άρα μπορούν άνετα να παίζουν το ρόλο των υπερασπιστών της πατρίδας. Τόσο, όσο χρειάζεται για να υφαρπάξουν ψήφους. Μετά, επιστρέφουν ξανά στην 'κανονικότητα' που τους επιβάλει η ιδεολογία τους.

World 'will diminish role of dollar and US banking system': Russian minister at Non-Aligned Movement

The Grayzone
The Grayzone’s Anya Parampil sits down with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov at the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Venezuela. They discuss the emerging multipolar world and efforts to establish a financial system independent of the US dollar.

Τα identity politics και η "φεγγαρόφωτη" των νεοφιλελέδων

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Το χθεσινό άρθρο του Liberal που αφορά το πρόσωπο της νέας υφυπουργού Εργασίας, Δόμνας Μιχαηλίδου, έχει ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον καθώς αποτελεί χαρακτηριστικό παράδειγμα αυτού που οι Αμερικανοί ονομάζουν identity politics. 
Με τον όρο identity politics, οι Αμερικανοί περιγράφουν έναν τρόπο άκρως επιφανειακής πολιτικής προσέγγισης, που στην ουσία αποτελεί ένα τέχνασμα της νεοφιλελεύθερης σχολής, το οποίο έχει σαν στόχο να αποπροσανατολίσει και να απομακρύνει το κοινό από την ουσία της πολιτικής αντιπαράθεσης. 
Η συγκεκριμένη τακτική χρησιμοποιήθηκε κατά κόρον από τα Αμερικανικά ΜΜΕ κατά την προεκλογική περίοδο των προεδρικών εκλογών του 2016. Το φιλελεύθερο μιντιακό κατεστημένο εξαπέλυσε σφοδρή επίθεση εναντίον του Μπέρνι Σάντερς, αντίπαλου της Χίλαρι Κλίντον για το χρίσμα των Δημοκρατικών. Και αυτό, γιατί έβλεπε με τρόμο ότι οι σοσιαλιστικές πολιτικές που πρέσβευε ο Μπέρνι Σάντερς (εντελώς αντίθετες με τα συμφέροντα του μεγάλου κεφαλαίου), είχαν τεράστια απήχηση σ…

Huge disappointment for the progressives: Khanna, Gabbard,&Pressley voted for an anti-BDS resolution

The 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard came under fire for voting in favor of condemning the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed (398-17) a nonbinding resolution condemning the BDS movement.

Gabbard is the only presidential candidate to vote for the bill. Two of the three Democratic members of Congress still running for president, Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Tim Ryan of Ohio, were absent during the vote. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, known for her pro-Israel views, was absent during the vote as well.

The non-violent BDS movement, founded in 2005 by 170 Palestinian unions, political parties, refugee networks, and women organizations, among others, has gained such renown that it was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Inspired by South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, BDS calls for non-violent pressure on Israel through boycotting any organization linked to Israel, withdrawin…

Johnson’s Westminster cabinet is far to the right of Thatcher

Craig Murray
I can only imagine that the media people who are saying this is the most right wing cabinet since the 1980’s were not sentient in the 80’s. Thatcher never had a Home Secretary remotely as illiberal as Pritti Patel, never had a Foreign Secretary remotely as xenophobic as Dominic Raab, never even had a Chancellor as anti-State intervention as Sajid Javid (though came closer there) and never had a Defence Secretary as bellicose as Ben Wallace.
Even Thatcher’s final and most right wing Cabinet contained figures like Ken Clarke, Chris Patten, John Major, Virginia Bottomley, Douglas Hurd and William Waldegrave. All Tories with whom I have fundamental disagreements, but every single one of them is far, far to the left of virtually all of Johnson’s appalling cronies.  
Thatcher deliberately and cruelly wrecked the social democratic society in which I grew up, with the aim of destroying any ability for working people to be protected against the whims of the wealthy. But Thatcher n…

«Κρεβατωμένοι» οι κατηγορούμενοι για το σκάνδαλο ΚΕΕΛΠΝΟ - Για το 2020 πάει η δίκη

Αναβολή για τις 30 Μαρτίου του 2020 η δίκη για το σκάνδαλο του ΚΕΕΛΠΝΟ με βασικό κατηγορούμενο τον πρώην εκπρόσωπο εργαζομένων του Οργανισμού κι «εκλεκτό» του Άδωνι Γεωργιάδη κατά τη θητεία του στο υπουργείο Υγείας, Σταμάτη Πουλή.  Αιτία της αναβολής στάθηκε τα προβλήματα υγείας που επικαλέστηκαν τόσο ο ίδιος ο Σταμάτης Πουλής όσο και η συγκατηγορούμενή του, Ελένη Τσάγκαρη.
Υπενθυμίζεται ότι ο Σταμάτης Πουλής θα βρεθεί αντιμέτωπος με βαριές κατηγορίες μεταξύ άλλων, συμμορία για τη διάπραξη κακουργήματος και πλημμελήματος, ψευδούς βεβαίωσης, υπεξαγωγή εγγράφου από υπάλληλο κατ’ εξακολούθηση και μη, νόθευση εγγράφου από υπάλληλο κατ’ εξακολούθηση κ.α.
Μαζί του κατηγορούμενοι βρίσκονται η σύζυγός του Ανδρονίκη Θεοφιλάτου, ο πρώην διευθυντής του οργανισμού, Θεόδωρος Παπαδημήτριου, η πρώην πρόεδρος Τζένη Κρεμαστινού και οι υπάλληλοι Κατερίνα Πολύζου, Ελένη Τσαγκάρη και Δημήτρης Καλαμπαλίκης.
Την αναβολή για την εκδίκαση της πολύκροτης υπόθεσης που επρόκειτο να διεξαχθεί σήμερα (25-7-2019)…

A year after Nicaragua’s coup, the media’s regime-change deceptions are still unraveling

Corporate media outlets blamed Nicaragua’s government for a deadly arson attack during the 2018 coup attempt, but new information raises serious doubts about the official story, highlighting the campaign of regime-change misinformation.
by John Perry
Part 4 - Mountains of countervailing evidence
As I live in Masaya, a city which at the time was cut off from the rest of Nicaragua by opposition roadblocks, I could not personally visit Managua. Had I done so, I would have quickly seen that the consensus view of who caused the fire was unlikely to be correct, because for weeks the Carlos Marx barrio had been sealed off by roadblocks manned by armed protesters.

A video posted on Facebook, allegedly showing police trucks in the barrio, was later shown to have been made almost two months earlier. 
There were other obvious questions about the incident. For example, how was it that the CENIDH representatives (well known to be anti-government) were on the scene so quickly? Why would police or gov…

Is the Left now ready for a counterattack in order to exterminate the neoliberal/far-right authoritarian beast?

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David Harvey speaks with Greg Wilpert and describes how neoliberalism neutralized the Left in the early 70s and why now there is a peculiar alliance between neoliberalism and right-wing authoritarianism.

As Harvey points out:

There's a curious alliance occurring between right-wing authoritarianism and neoliberalism, which is very very troubling.
When the neoliberal ethic was first being proposed, it was very much being proposed to the generation of 68 and saying to that generation, 'Look, you want individual liberty and freedom. OK, we'll give it to you in this neoliberal form, which is a very political, economic form, and you have to forget other issues, like social justice and the like.' So, it seeped its way into the discourse of much of the Left and this creates a sort of tolerance for some neoliberal practices.

Neoliberalism has a very clever way of turning things around and blaming the victim. And we saw that in the foreclosures of the housin…

Israel demolishes 70 more Palestinian apartments in East Jerusalem

The Real News Network
Jeff Halper, a leader of the anti-demolitions movement, discusses the destruction of Palestinian homes, along with the history and politics that allows this violation of international law to continue.

Engineers want to 3D print an entire rocket in 60 days

Seeker
This team of engineers is using one of the world's largest 3D metal printers to build rockets, and it could shake up the space industry as we know it.

Scientists just discovered fresh water under the ocean, and it’s huge

Seeker
Scientists found a freshwater aquifer under the ocean. And get this — there's enough water to fill 1.1 billion Olympic-sized swimming pools. 

Σκάι: Ο παρουσιαστής είδε «πορεία του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ» το συλλαλητήριο των φοιτητών, αλλά ο ρεπόρτερ τον επανέφερε στην τάξη

Στο αποψινό δελτίο ειδήσεων του Σκάι [23/7] ο παρουσιαστής Νίκος Στραβελάκης χαρακτήρισε ως «πορεία του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ» τη σημερινή συγκέντρωση διαμαρτυρίας που πραγματοποιήθηκε ενάντια στην κατάργηση του πανεπιστημιακού ασύλου, στο κέντρο της Αθήνας.
Τον παρουσιαστή όμως έμελλε να βάλει στη θέση του ο… δημοσιογράφος του ίδιου σταθμού που κάλυψε την εν λόγω συγκέντρωση.

Συγκεκριμένα, όταν ο ρεπόρτερ του σταθμού Δημήτρης Λάππας πήρε τον λόγο, έσπευσε να διορθώσει τον Νίκο Στραβελάκη, καθώς επισήμανε πως τη συγκεκριμένη πορεία πραγματοποίησαν πάνω από 2.000 άτομα από φοιτητικές παρατάξεις, ενώ διευκρίνισε την απουσία του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ.

Δείτε το βίντεο από την επίμαχη στιχομυθία και… βγάλτε τα συμπεράσματά σας:

https://www.koutipandoras.gr/article/skai-o-paroysiastis-eide-poreia-toy-syriza-syllalitirio-ton-foititon-alla-o-reporter-ton

Jeremy Corbyn is attacked because he is anti-capitalist, not anti-Semitic

It was sixty minutes of unsubstantiated allegations, disgruntled gripes, ridiculous verbal insults and pathetic accusations. Most of the dross was delivered with the sincerity of tears rolling down a crocodile’s scaly skin as it drags its latest unsuspecting prey underwater to be devoured. 
by Tommy Sheridan
All of it presented by a jackal in human form with a track-record of Corbyn bashing that should have disqualified him from ever being commissioned by a ‘public service’ broadcaster to present the programme. I’m talking about Panorama’s ‘Is Labour Anti-Semitic?’ and the former Sun journalist John Ware who presented it, no doubt drawing on his vehemently anti-Corbyn notes used in 2015 to present ‘Jeremy Corbyn: Labour’s Earthquake’.
That Panorama show was widely condemned for its overt bias against Jeremy Corbyn and attracted several hundred complaints from viewers. It was broadcast several days before the ballot for the Labour leadership contest in 2015 closed and many believed it w…

You’d have to be mad to think Boris Johnson is the answer to Britain’s problems

 by George Galloway 

As Noel Coward sang, “Only Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon-day sun.” You could say the same about the Conservative Party, which just chose Boris Johnson to lead it.

Getting his sole challenger Jeremy Hunt’s name wrong has become a national obsession. Mind you, he got his own wife’s nationality wrong when he claimed she was Japanese (she’s Chinese) on a mission to...China!
You’d have to have been out in the noonday sun, would certainly have to be English and being mad would help, if you thought Boris Johnson was the answer to Britain’s now rather critical problems.

Britain’s (almost) new prime minister is the perfect encapsulation of all of the vices (and one or two virtues, to be fair) of the upper-class English elite (even though his grasp on Englishness is itself tenuous).
The feeling that one is born to rule, buttressed by an expensive education at the world’s most exclusive school, Eton (which has educated precisely half of all Britain’s prime minis…

US sanctions threaten "famine" in Venezuela, leading economist warns

The Grayzone
Top Venezuelan economist Francisco Rodríguez's new study says the Trump administration's sanctions have cost Venezuela $16.9 billion per year – and caused food shortages that could lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths. 

'US economic terrorism will backfire': Iranian foreign minister calls for unity in Nicaragua

The Grayzone
In Nicaragua, The Grayzone's Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal asked Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif about US sanctions, Europe's role in the nuclear deal, the Non-Aligned Movement meeting in Venezuela, and seizures of oil tankers.

A year after Nicaragua’s coup, the media’s regime-change deceptions are still unraveling

Corporate media outlets blamed Nicaragua’s government for a deadly arson attack during the 2018 coup attempt, but new information raises serious doubts about the official story, highlighting the campaign of regime-change misinformation.
by John Perry
Part 3 - Unsubstantiated claims spread by international corporate media
The international press, as on so many occasions, took its lead from the local media. Reuters, an agency which has consistently taken an anti-Ortega line, gave prominence to the government’s accusers and quoted the secretary of the Organization of American States describing it as “a crime against humanity.” 
A BBC report was more balanced, but still emphasized the accusations against the government. The New York Times put the house fire together with other incidents to describe what it called a campaign of terror by forces backing Ortega. 
The US State Department quickly concurred, saying the attack was “government sponsored.” Within a week, the Inter-American Commissio…

Whenever the Tories get into trouble, the BBC helps them out

While the BBC ratchets up its campaign against the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the timing of its Panorama programme couldn’t have been more perfect. 
by Readers of The National 
Part 4
RICHARD Leonard is only repeating what he has been told by his party HQ in London. Whatever happens at the time of the next referendum will not be decided by him or his branch members.
The same applies to the Tory and LibDem Scottish branches. There are no Scottish Labour Party, Scottish Conservative Party or Scottish LibDem Party members as there are no such parties. All three are branches of their London-based parties; consequently, irrespective of what they may claim, they have no power to form and implement policies of their own in Scotland. 
Few people ever check the Electoral Commission’s register of parties, if they did they might be surprised to find that these so called “Scottish” parties are nothing more than a logo and slogan used by their respective parties on ballot papers in Scotland. They…

Ruthless Donald Trump proves he could even provoke a civil war in his effort to maintain power

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Latest completely absurd Trump tweet against the 'Squad', demonstrates how ruthless and dangerous he is. Trump tweeted:
            The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border...And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!
The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border...And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2019
Trump found a way to regroup his far-right base by attacking the four progressive Democrats, in order to boost his stagnating popularity. But the absurdity of his latest tweet is beyond imagination. While he has been proved …