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Why Is Syria Hell on Earth? Here’s the Ugly but True Answer - Zaron Burnett

Hafez al-Assad

If you catch news of the Syrian conflict, it seems like a narrative that’s knotted and frayed, impossible to untangle. However, it’s not, if you pull on the right thread.

When the world learned that the…

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Added by joe taylor on June 22, 2017 at 16:25 — No Comments

To prevent fires in Britain, Neocons must stop lighting them overseas - Neil Clark

The Grenfell Tower fire in West London, which has killed at least 58 people and left many more homeless, is a shocking indictment of the UK's neoliberal/neo-conservative Establishment and their warped priorities.

We don’t have, it seems, enough money for all tower blocks in the country to be fitted with sprinklers and for adequate fire safety measures to be in place, but we do have enough to set fire to a series of secular…

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Added by joe taylor on June 19, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Brexit can wait. Democracy can’t. Demand a new election now!

Demand new election now

The popular social movement that swept Jeremy Corbyn to within touching distance of Downing Street should be sustained until the illegitimate, Tory-DUP government is removed from office and another election held.

Theresa May has no mandate to rule, having lost her overall majority by gambling on an unnecessary general election. The aim was to shore up her position inside the Tory Party. Instead, she is now a lame duck, a prime minister without authority both inside…

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Added by Gerry Gold on June 10, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Labour’s vision for Britain is of the people, for the people - Roger C.

Thursday’s election unequivocally proved that Labour’s current leadership have a vision for Britain that the public want to pursue, they have cut through the negative narrative that was engineered to thwart them and deny Britain an opposition and an alternative to the self-serving…

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Added by joe taylor on June 11, 2017 at 9:05 — No Comments

From caretaker leader to squatter: Theresa May must resign - Roger C.

I have argued for some time that Theresa May would not survive long as leader of the Tories due to her absolute lack of support and popularity within her own party. I have argued that May was a ‘caretaker’ leader, who would be permitted to get the brexit ball rolling but who would be replaced before a general election. I have also argued that she called the election on the 8th June as a means of shoring up her leadership in the face of an imminent leadership…

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Added by joe taylor on June 10, 2017 at 11:21 — No Comments

A vote for Labour is a vote for yourself - Joel Lazarus

 

Anyway, here we are on the eve of another general election. I just want to make one main point – that a vote for Labour is really a vote of confidence in yourself, in ourselves, in society, in hope. I’ll explain what I mean in a second, but, first, this statement comes with a massive caveat: if you are in a constituency where Labour cannot win, but…

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Added by joe taylor on June 8, 2017 at 7:02 — No Comments

The Intolerance Of Theresa May And We Should All Be Afraid - Roger c.

In the wake of the London Bridge attack, Theresa May has despicably attempted to exploit her address as Prime Minister to distract from her own culpability in the recent attacks and to push the agenda in her election manifesto.

Theresa May used her speech to lay out a 4 point plan for tackling the issue of the attacks Britain is being subjected to and the cornerstone is government (Tory) control of access to the…

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Added by joe taylor on June 5, 2017 at 7:57 — 4 Comments

The course is set on hope - Paul Mason

In an election, the media forces us to focus on parties. The Labour Party has moved to the left; the Conservatives are having a dire campaign; the Libdems have disappeared. What’s obvious though, is that the real action is in the electorate.

For a while now, and catalysed by Brexit, a conservative near-majority has been emerging, aligning the obsessions of the selfish upper middle classes with those of racist and…

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Added by joe taylor on June 4, 2017 at 20:01 — No Comments

The Tory NHS Land Grab That Is Daylight Robbery - Roger C.

The 9th of June 2017 could trigger the Tory NHS land grab, which could cost British tax payers close to £5billion but, potentially, far far more.

In the Tories continued Long Term Economic Plan of handing over tax payer wealth to privateers, they…

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Added by joe taylor on June 2, 2017 at 8:16 — No Comments

How Britain’s Propaganda Machine Controls What You Think

On the one hand, just five individual Billionaires in Britain get to control 80% what you read in printed media and on the other hand, just five Internet Service Providers get to control what 87% of people get to see on their devices. Both are heavily influenced by government. It…

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Added by joe taylor on May 31, 2017 at 16:27 — 1 Comment

Why Corbyn is right about terrorism - Owen Jones

The only individuals responsible for terrorism are terrorists themselves. The world is not lacking for people with grievances. The vast majority would never contemplate slaughtering innocent people: they would abhor the very idea. That’s exactly what Jeremy Corbyn says in his…

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Added by joe taylor on May 28, 2017 at 8:23 — No Comments

Britain’s security: Are we ready for an honest talk? - Roger C.

Once again Britain has been hit by an attack that has left scores devastated. Britain’s security is understandably at the forefront of people’s minds and a great many emotional reactions to the incident come first before rational debate can dominate.…

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Added by joe taylor on May 25, 2017 at 12:16 — No Comments

Why Jeremy Corbyn has the best long-term plan for tackling terrorism on British soil - Dr Kadira Pethiyagoda

Tragic terror attacks like that in Manchester, inspiring fear and anger, often drive voters to back the incumbent. It is ironic then that one of the essential long-term solutions to the terror threat lies within the foreign policy agenda articulated by leader of the Labour Party,…

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Added by joe taylor on May 25, 2017 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Dementia tax: To soften us up for US style health insurance. - Roger C.

Since the Tories launched their woeful manifesto for the 2017 election, focus has been primarily on their highly controversially proposed ‘dementia tax’. In a nutshell, the Tories were planning on forcing families to take out insurance to cover social care, with the elderly…

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Added by joe taylor on May 23, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Labour’s manifesto: a triumph of leadership and hope over cynicism and despair - Jeff Goulding

As I reflect upon the Labour Party manifesto, I am struck by its breadth and scope. It is the most transformational programme offered by any political party, certainly in my lifetime and possibly since the post-war Attlee government. It offers real solutions to the problems faced by…

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Added by joe taylor on May 17, 2017 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Saving Britain by taxing the rich - Paul Mason

Labour is raising income tax to pay for the NHS and elderly care. It’s raising a wealth tax to pay for sending students to university for free. It’s reversing George Osborne’s cuts to corporation tax to pay for revolutionary new…

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Added by joe taylor on May 17, 2017 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Want a revolution? Vote to save the NHS

You say you want a revolution but, well, you know, it’s all in the head.

The last time Britain had truly had enough of the type of politics of the Tories was…

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Added by joe taylor on May 12, 2017 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Labour party’s future lies with Momentum, says Noam Chomsky

Professor Noam Chomsky has claimed that any serious future for the Labour party must come from the leftwing pressure group Momentum and the army of new members attracted by the party’s leadership.

In an interview with the Guardian, the radical…

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Added by joe taylor on May 11, 2017 at 9:19 — 1 Comment

International tribunal finds Monsanto guilty of crimes against humanity

Is Monsanto, the corporate scourge of the Earth, finally going to pay for its crimes? If the International Monsanto Tribunal has any say in the matter, the answer to that question appears to be an emphatic “Yes.” The tribunal, based in Hague, Netherlands, describes itself as “an…

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Added by joe taylor on May 9, 2017 at 16:34 — No Comments

Carbon pollution is suffocating ocean life and speeding up the next mass extinction - Joe Romm

Depletion of dissolved oxygen in our oceans, which can cause dead zones, is occurring much faster than expected, a new study finds.

And by combining oxygen loss with ever-worsening ocean warming and acidification, humans are re-creating the…

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Added by joe taylor on May 9, 2017 at 8:31 — No Comments

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