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John Pilger on Julian Assange’s Press Conference

Julian Assange announced in yesterday's Press Conference that he "would be leaving the Ecuadorian embassy “soon”. He sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after being told he would be sent to Sweden, where there is a warrant against him over alleged sexual offences against two women. He has offered to speak to Swedish prosecutor for initial inquiries but his reason for not going to Sweden is the ...

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Ukraine – Anger in Russia is white hot!

Anger in Russia is white hot against the slaughter of ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine. Here is an article from a Russian journalist directed at Germany. The Russian appeal to Germany From Egor Prosvirnin My name is Egor Prosvirnin, I am the chief editor of the Russian site www.sputnikipogrom.com which advocates European values. I’ve heard that one of the aspects of life that Europeans, and Germans especi ...

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As fracking expands in the UK, so does resistance

Kate Aronoff, August 5, 2014, for Waging Nonviolence As of last week, energy companies will once again be invited to explore and bid on shale gas reserves in the United Kingdom. Under “exceptional circumstances,” they can even submit applications to drill in national parks and world heritage sites. The decision lifts a three-year, nationwide ban on new licenses, and has prompted a range of responses from Br ...

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What Do the World Bank and IMF Have to Do With the Ukraine Conflict?

In this column, Frédéric Mousseau, Policy Directory of the Oakland Institute and co-author of the report ‘Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict’, argues that IMF and World Bank aid packages contingent on austerity reforms will have a devastating impact on Ukrainians’ standard of living and increase poverty in the country. OAKLAND, United States, Aug 12 2014 (IPS) - Mos ...

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Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

The self-serving con of neoliberalism is that it has eroded the human values the market was supposed to emancipate. By George Monbiot, The Guardian, Tuesday 5 August 2014 To be at peace with a troubled world: this is not a reasonable aim. It can be achieved only through a disavowal of what surrounds you. To be at peace with yourself within a troubled world: that, by contrast, is an honourable aspiration. Th ...

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The European Commission’s great TTIP betrayal

By Glyn Moody When the European Commission was laying the foundations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - TTIP, also known as TAFTA by analogy with NAFTA - it was doubtless hoping that the public would ignore it, just as it had ignored countless other boring trade agreements. But of course TTIP is not principally a trade agreement: it aims to go far beyond "merely" liberalising trade by ...

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Ukraine – Yatsenyuk resigns amidst pressures exerted by IMF

Collapse of Ukraine Government: Prime Minister Yatsenyuk Resigns amidst Pressures Exerted by the IMF By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, July 24, 2014 Region: Russia and FSU Theme: Global Economy, Poverty & Social Inequality Global  Research, July 24, 2014 Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation in the Rada (Parliament) and that of the entire Cabinet on Thursday, Ju ...

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Gross violation of press freedom in Bulgaria

Newsletter Gross violation of press freedom in Bulgaria | #FreeMediaRace Just now our campaign manager in Bulgaria, Rosen Dimov, told me, quote, "above all this European Citizens Initiative is about building a transnational civil society", and I honestly couldn't agree more. Our challenge, one that all Citizen's Initiatives face, is to tackle the collective action problem: Although most citizens agree that ...

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‘No way out for Greece while the same policies of austerity are implemented’

By Russia Today* (RT), 20 July 2014 – Greece has become a social experiment for the implementation of the most extreme neo-liberalism aimed at not contaminating the eurozone during the first period of the crisis, with the same policies being followed now, Greek MEP George Katrougalos told RT. RT: The Wall Street Journal recently suggested the IMF owes Greece an apology for making its financial struggle wors ...

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Elite Insanity on Display in Ukraine

By Robert J. Burrowes* For those of us interested in understanding what is driving the conflict in Ukraine, now seriously complicated by the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet – which has raised the potential of the conflict to explode into a nuclear war with devastating consequences for humanity – it is worth delving into the psychology of key parties to the conflict and particularly those ...

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