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Europe’s flooding shows climate solutions must be driven by people power

Lesley Rankin is a researcher at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). She wrote the following article (Open Democracy 28 July 2021), and argues that the failure to do enough to tackle the climate crisis is a failure of political leadership and the to involve the population as active participants. This means that dealing with the environmental challenge and preparing for future shocks are inseparable from the battle for justice.  

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Why huge wealth threatens U.S. economy

In this article Robert Reich  ( 27 June) puts forward his view on the impact on the economy of the growing wealth gap in the United Sates, between the few at the top and everyone else. This gap, he says, is reminiscent of what happened before the Wall Street crash in 1929 and Great depression. The risk of another similar meltdown is possible. It will also make the United states vulnerable to the next demagogue.

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500 American journalists call for revealing facts of Israel’s oppression of Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been toppled by a coalition of opponents. Most of the world has welcomed the change. Netanyahu presided over a long list of human rights violations against Palestinians. The new government may not change this. The following (Days of Palestine 12 June 2021) is about 500 journalists in the United States, who have signed an open letter demanding American media  reports on the realities of the Israeli occupation and its policies in Palestine.

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The G7 gathering re-affirms business as usual produces nothing of substance

By Joe Montero

Scott Morrison goes to London and the G7 summit in Cornwall. Australia is not a member of the group and there because of an invitation from the United Sates to be an observer. The Australian Prime Minister was going to shine at a private meeting with United States President Joe Biden. But the presence of British Prime Minister put an end to this. In diplomatic terms, this is a snub. Continue reading The G7 gathering re-affirms business as usual produces nothing of substance

Assange’s father and brother touring U.S. to demand journalist’s freedom

Jessica Corbett covers the coming U.S. tour by Julian Assange’s father John Shipton and brother Gabriel Shipton (Common Dreams 28 May 2021). Starting on 6 June, the tour plans to meet up with activists, journalists  and policy makers, to lift support o the call for Julian’s freedom and against attacks on a free press. Julian Assange  is the founder of WikiLeaks and hunted by Washington for revealing inconvenient truths.

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Israel forced to call ceasefire but Palestinians still under occupation

By Joe Montero

The first notes for this article were penned last week, when the bombardment of Gaza and other atrocities against the Palestinian population showed no sign of slowing down, and the Australian government remained silent.  The ceasefire was then brokered. The Australian government remains silent. Continue reading Israel forced to call ceasefire but Palestinians still under occupation

The United States claims to defend democracy while being its greatest global violator

By Joe Montero

Under  the Biden administration, the United States is trying hard to renew  its claim as the  defender of  democracy and human rights around the world. Yet no power has and continues to do more to undermine democracy and human rights. This  is the stark reality. Continue reading The United States claims to defend democracy while being its greatest global violator

Decline of U.S. capitalist system is causing growing desperation

The following from Richard D. Wolff and published by Economy for All (23 April 2021). Economy for All is associated with the (Independent Media Institute) in the United States. This article is about the state of capitalism in the United Sates. Many of the features of decline described, This could just as easily be referring to Australia. The difference is that Wolf’s country has been a global empire, while ours a small economy largely integrated into the American one. Wolff describes the ongoing decline of the global empire, the inability of those at the top to turn the tide. He also talks about the widening social divide and responses to the decline. which is like being on a moving train on track to hit a stone wall.

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