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Britain 17.08.18: Jeremy Corbyn

Finkelstein on Corbyn-Mania, by Norman G. Finkelstein

"The question . . . comes down to this: Would [self-anointed authority Barnaby Raine] prefer to be ugly and bald or to be Jewish in Britain today? It’s not a trivial or tongue-in-cheek query. The fact is, personally as well as professionally, these physical stigmata are ten thousand times heavier a cross to bear than to be born a Jew. If the nonproblem of anti-Semitism ranks a “very, very serious problem” in the UK, then the British people are most fortunate. In fact, the Corbyn candidacy would be redundant as they will already have reached the Promised Land."

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Britain 16.08.18: Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn’s Labour is Being Made to Fail – by Design, by Jonathan Cook

"The full adoption of the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) definition of anti-semitism will be a major victory both for Israel and its apologists in Britain, who who have been seeking to silence all meaningful criticism of Israel, and for the British corporate media, which would dearly love to see the back of an old-school socialist Labour leader whose programme threatens to loosen the 40-year stranglehold of neoliberalism on British society."

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Afghanistan 16.08.18

Trump's Sanctions On Iran Dig Deeper Grave For US Forces in Afghanistan, by Finian Cunningham

"The dramatic, and seemingly unstoppable, surge of Taliban offensives across Afghanistan is proof that the US is fast becoming the latest foreign power to succumb to failure in a land known for being the “graveyard of empires”.

"But unlike past empires defeated in Afghanistan, the US stands out as singularly contributing to its own ill-fate through excessive blundering and its legacy of criminal duplicity.

"In particular, Washington’s obsession with confronting neighboring Iran and plotting regime change in Tehran could well be the tipping point in Afghanistan. The point, that is, where the US tips itself into a strategic, military grave it has been digging in Afghanistan over the past two decades."

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Syria 16.08.18

UN Report Finds ISIS Given “Breathing Space” in US-Occupied Areas of Syria, by Whitney Webb

Last paragraph: "By maintaining a Daesh pocket in the territory it occupies, the U.S. can continue to justify its illegal presence in the country for the long-term. Indeed, just last month, the Trump administration made it clear that the U.S. military plans to stay in Syria for the long haul, substituting Iran for Daesh as its new regional boogeyman."

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Media 08.08.18

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Media 04.08.18

The Doors of Perception: Why Americans Will Believe Almost Anything, by Tim O’Shea

From Paragraph 2: "We are the most conditioned, programmed beings the world has ever known. Not only are our thoughts and attitudes continually being shaped and molded; our very awareness of the whole design seems like it is being subtly and inexorably erased. The doors of our perception are carefully and precisely regulated."