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offsite link Released Lula in for greatest fight of his life Mon Nov 11, 2019 18:26 | amarynth
By Pepe Escobar – Posted with permission Better not mess with the former Brazilian president; Putin and Xi are his real top allies in the Global Left He?s back. With

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offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/11/08 ? Open Thread Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:30 | Herb Swanson
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offsite link Deconstructing Islamophobia Thu Nov 07, 2019 13:29 | The Saker
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international / economics and finance / other press Monday January 01, 2018 14:18 by 1 of indy   text 2 comments (last - tuesday january 02, 2018 14:26)
This is a repost of an important topic that doesn't get enough coverage by Peter Koenig for the Saker blog and is about the rapid move towards a cashless society which is being sold to us as only positive. This is highly unlikely to be the case.

The other day I was in a shopping mall looking for an ATM to get some cash. There was no ATM. A week ago, there was still a branch office of a local bank – no more, gone. A Starbucks will replace the space left empty by the bank. I asked around – there will be no more cash automats in this mall – and this pattern is repeated over and over throughout Switzerland and throughout western Europe. Cash machines gradually but ever so faster disappear, not only from shopping malls, also from street corners. Will Switzerland become the first country fully running on digital money?
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Sunday December 24, 2017 23:28 by 1 of indy   text 1 comment (last - saturday december 30, 2017 23:39)
This is a republish of an important story covering the covert agenda of Facebook and outlining the dangers of uncritical acceptance of social media, The article first appeared on VoltaireNet.org by Shelley Kasli

What Alternative für Deutschland, Rodrigo Duterte, Mauricio Macri, Narendra Modi, Barack Obama, the Scottish National Party and Donald Trump have in common? They relied on their election campaigns on the advice of Mark Zuckerberg. Taking the case of the falsification of Indian elections, Shelley Kasli reveals the way Facebook manipulates democracies.

A recent Bloomberg report has revealed how a secret unit of Facebook has helped create troll armies for governments around the world including India for digital propaganda to influence elections [1]. Under fire for Facebook Inc.’s role as a platform for political propaganda, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has punched back, saying his mission is above partisanship.

But Facebook, it turns out, is no bystander in global politics. What he hasn’t said is that his company actively works with political parties and leaders including those who use the platform to stifle opposition—sometimes with the aid of “troll armies” that spread misinformation and extremist ideologies [2]. read full story / add a comment
international / animal rights / other press Sunday December 24, 2017 22:39 by anon
The Guardian published an article yesterday on how the Japanese have evaded through military technology the Sea Shepherd patrols that previously prevented them whaling and that they are now killing whales inside the internationally recognized Southern Ocean whaling sanctuary, that surrounds Antarctica.

A fleet of Japanese ships is currently hunting minke whales in the Southern Ocean. It is a politically incendiary practice: the waters around Antarctica were long ago declared a whale sanctuary, but the designation has not halted Japan’s whalers, who are continuing a tradition of catching whales “for scientific research” in the region. In the past, conservation groups such as Sea Shepherd have mounted campaigns of harassment and successfully blocked Japan’s ships from killing whales. But not this year. Despite previous successes, Sea Shepherd says it can no longer frustrate Japan’s whalers because their boats now carry hardware supplied from military sources, making the fleet highly elusive and almost impossible to track. As a result the whalers are – for the first time – being given a free run to kill minke in the Southern Ocean. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Tuesday December 19, 2017 23:34 by Lydia Andrews
As Congress considers recovery and relief packages for hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, the island's Archbishop and national religious groups are holding a vigil in a Congressional office building on Wednesday.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Saturday December 09, 2017 22:13 by ipsc
We carry below an official statement from the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, the leadership of the global BDS movement. The IPSC has called an emergency lunchtime protest against the move this Friday 8th December between 1pm and 2pm: read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Friday December 08, 2017 17:54 by Lydia Andrews
As the Senate and House tax plans head to conference committee to reconcile tax plan differences, major religious leaders from Puerto Rico are asking Congress to protect the island from new proposed ‎taxes. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Tuesday December 05, 2017 22:50 by sw
The Fine Gael / Independents government is to propose to the Dail this coming week that Ireland join the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence (PESCO). This will mean a new EU Defence budget starting at over €1.5 billion a year (up from €590 million). Each participating EU state, including Ireland, will be required to reach an average of 2% of its GDP to ensure that the EU becomes a global military power. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Thursday November 30, 2017 22:07 by Lydia Andrews
As the Senate pushes tax reform, the head of a religious development group expressed concern over parts of the House and Senate proposals that could harm low income people in the United States and people in the developing world. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / press release Wednesday November 29, 2017 15:32 by Lydia C. Andrews
Jubilee USA, a religious development group, asked the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to require greater disclosure of what payments corporations make to governments where they operate. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Thursday November 09, 2017 11:59 by Art O Laoghaire
Despite the Oslo Accords and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994, the Israeli state is never going to grant the Palestinians complete autonomy or independence. As recently as last week in London Netanyahu said there could never be an independent Palestine. So they have to actively maintain a state of conflict, and heightened security. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / news report Sunday October 22, 2017 23:49 by Kate Zeller
More than 130 faith communities across the United States are praying and acting for hurricane victims ‎during religious services this weekend. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / event notice Monday October 16, 2017 11:08 by Laurence Cox   text 2 comments (last - saturday april 14, 2018 13:07)
The ReBirth of Marxism: Haunting the Future

National University of Ireland Maynooth, 4 – 5 May 2018
Call for papers

In his play Marx in Soho, Howard Zinn has Marx ask “Don’t you wonder why it is necessary to proclaim me dead, again and again?”

May 5, 2018 will be Marx’s 200th anniversary – one among many anniversaries which remind us of Marx and Engels’ long-lasting impact on the modern world. As we send this out, we are sandwiched between the 150th anniversary of Capital and the 100th of what Gramsci called a “Revolution against Capital” in Russia. Our conference includes the May Day bank holiday, celebrated by the traditional labour movement – but it also marks the 50th anniversary of the start of “May 1968” in Paris, while “Ireland’s 1968” is sometimes dated to the violent suppression of a civil rights demonstration in Derry, five months later.
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international / economics and finance / press release Friday October 13, 2017 16:36 by Abby Wilhelm
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank begin their annual meetings which run between October 13th and 15th. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Wednesday October 11, 2017 15:39 by Abby Wilhelm
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) releases its biannual report on global economic stability and presents new indicators it says can help predict financial crisis. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Wednesday October 04, 2017 16:25 by Abby Wilhelm
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, President Trump called for Puerto Rico's debt to be wiped out. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday October 03, 2017 20:07 by Abby Wilhelm
As President Trump visits Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, island religious leaders are calling for aid, debt relief and measures to end child poverty. The statement is issued by San Juan's Catholic Archbishop, Roberto González Nieves, St. Thomas' Catholic Bishop Herbert A. Bevard and Evangelical Bible Society Head Reverend Heriberto Martínez. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Monday September 25, 2017 23:38 by 1 of indy
This is a repost from Thierry Meyssan site and it discusses how the US military-intelligence industrial complex has co-opted the far Left, largely unrealized to themselves in the fight for US imperialism. The story of Kobane and Rojava got a surprising amount of coverage in the mainstream and that in itself is often a red flag because they don't give publicity for nothing unless there is a propaganda reason for it. While maybe a surprise to some, the US via it's pawns like Saudi Arabia and up to recently Turkey, were and are the main backers of ISIS in all it's forms, from support, logistics, weapons, oil-purchase, it is all part of a greater goal to destroy Syria, and use the Kurds to carve out their own state and in the process to give the US a bridgehead to attack Iran, break up Iraq, and permanently cripple Syria. The US will also ensure that if the Kurds manage to form their own state, they will setup it up to Balkanize it and leave it in a permanent state of war so they can play the old divide and conquer game. Over the previous decades the US has previously backed and then dropped the support for the Kurds many time and betrayed them. So while the Kurds may well deserve their own state, these things do not occur in a vaccum.

When the Russians were invited by Syria to support it in crushing ISIS in 2014 and so far they have gone along way and block the US's plan A for Syria, they came up with plan B to use the Kurds to achieve the goal. There is no doubt that there was and is a pre-existing left leaning movement within the Kurds and even with Anarchist tendencies or elements to it but it just seemed all too good to be true and the immense resources and budgets of US imperalism and it's NATO allies, has the means to control the show as outlined in Meyssan's article read full story / add a comment
international / environment / press release Friday September 22, 2017 18:40 by Abby Wilhelm
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joins other religious and development groups in their call for ‎debt relief for hurricane-battered Caribbean islands. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday September 19, 2017 18:22 by Abby Wilhelm
Caribbean islands recovering from Hurricane Irma, now confront Hurricane Maria. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Thursday September 14, 2017 17:14 by Abby Wilhelm
On behalf of Caribbean Catholic Bishops, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire called for islands dealing with Hurricane Irma to receive debt relief. read full story / add a comment
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