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A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Russian official statements about counter-actions to US sanctions Fri Apr 16, 2021 23:58 | The Saker
16 April 202119:28 Foreign Ministry statement on measures in response to hostile US actions The latest attack by the Biden administration against our country cannot go unanswered. It seems Washington

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/04/16 ? Open Thread Fri Apr 16, 2021 22:00 | Herb Swanson
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offsite link The US warplans for the Ukraine (OPEN THREAD # 12) UPDATED Fri Apr 16, 2021 18:48 | The Saker
Frankly, Biden’s address to the US nation (the first one in his life) was probably the lamest most clueless political speech I ever heard.  And I am not referring to

offsite link Iran & Russia set to sign comprehensive strategic agreement ? Al Mayadeen TV report Fri Apr 16, 2021 13:07 | amarynth
Original link: http://middleeastobse... Video link: https://www.youtube.c... Description: According to a recent Al Mayadeen TV report, the purpose behind Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov?s recent visit to Tehran was to pave the way

offsite link South Front added to the sanctions list Thu Apr 15, 2021 23:23 | amarynth
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Lockdown Sceptics

Stay Sceptical. Control the Hysteria. Save Lives.

offsite link News Round Up Fri Apr 16, 2021 02:54 | Jonathan Barr
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about the virus in the past 24 hours ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
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offsite link Is the Government Levelling With Us About the Vaccines? Fri Apr 16, 2021 02:04 | Will Jones
If the Government still has confidence in the vaccines then it needs to act like it. If it doesn't then it needs to be upfront about this so a proper debate can be had about what that means for the future.
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offsite link The Case For Lockdown Collapsed When Sweden?s Epidemic Began to Retreat Thu Apr 15, 2021 20:00 | Noah Carl
The argument for lockdowns made a clear prediction concerning what would happen in Sweden. But that prediction was wrong. Up to week 51, the country saw age-adjusted excess mortality of just 1.7%, below the EU average.
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offsite link Where Do London?s Mayoral Candidates Stand on Lockdown? Thu Apr 15, 2021 18:40 | Toby Young
A Lockdown Sceptics' reader has emailed all the anti-lockdown candidates in the London mayoral election, trying to work out just how "anti" they are. They all come out pretty well, although some are more sound than others.
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offsite link Most Care Home Vaccine Rates below Government Guidance Thu Apr 15, 2021 17:51 | Michael Curzon
A consultation has been launched into making Covid vaccinations mandatory for care home staff as data shows that more than 96,000 eligible staff at older adult care homes in England have not received a vaccine.
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Big Capital will use every tool at its disposal to crush socialists like Corbyn

category international | politics / elections | other press author Wednesday December 18, 2019 23:27author by 1 of indy Report this post to the editors

Slavoj Zizek writes an interesting Op Ed for RT.com about the massive Labour defeat in the UK elections outlining some of the main factors but also highlighting how big Capital has gone to great lengths to completely discredit Corbyn

What is not realized is that while traditional Left concepts like the class war and actual socialism have been removed off the agenda by all the media and the Left itself has largely be redirected into identify politics which offers no real resistance to big Capital, big Capital themselves are still very much fighting the class war and making sure the central ideas of socialism don't get an airing nor come remotely close to be fulfilled and hence people like Corbyn have to be discredited by any and all means

For example in his report he says:

The Labour Party’s election failure in the UK proves that, for the progressive left to succeed, it will have to become considerably more revolutionary. The ‘softly, softly’ approach isn’t working.

Since, in some sense, the election was about Brexit, the first thing that strikes the eye is the asymmetry in the position of the two big parties. The Tories constantly repeated their mantra of “Get Brexit done!”, while Labour’s stance was the worst possible.

Knowing well their supporters were almost symmetrically split between ‘Remainers’ and ‘Leavers,’ the party leadership was afraid to choose one side and thus lose voters opposed to it – but, as the saying goes, if you try to sit on two stools simultaneously you may well fall into the gap that separates them. What made things worse was how the true stance of Corbyn was more or less known: he wanted a Brexit, just a different one.

The now-outgoing party leader wanted the UK to get rid of EU financial, and other, regulations in order to pursue more radical Leftist policies

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The second reason for Labour’s failure was the well-orchestrated campaign of character assassination against Corbyn, who was even rated the Top Anti-Semite of 2019 by the Simon Wiesenthal Center (ahead of actual terrorists!). This was a case of foreign meddling into elections at least as strong as the alleged Russian meddling into the last US elections.

Gideon Levy correctly predicts that the precipitous conflation of critique of Israeli politics with anti-Semitism will give rise to a new wave of anti-Semitism, and one can clearly see where this path will eventually end. As Marxism taught us, anti-Semitism is a displaced anti-capitalism: it projects the cause of social antagonisms engendered by capitalism onto an external intruder (the ‘Jews’).

The temptation here is to make a fateful step further and to denounce any radical anti-capitalism as a form of anti-Semitism – signs of this are already multiplying all around the world. Can one imagine a more dangerous way of inciting hatred?

I find it especially worrying when this strong pro-capitalist stance is combined with the newly-discovered love among US Christian conservatives for Israel: how can the US Christian fundamentalists, who are by nature anti-Semitic, now passionately support the policy of the State of Israel?

There is only one solution to this enigma: it is not that the US fundamentalists changed, it is that Zionism itself, in its hatred of Jews who do not fully identify with the politics of the State of Israel, paradoxically became anti-Semitic. In other words, it constructed the figure of the Jew who doubts the Zionist project along anti-Semitic lines.

There is only one solution to this enigma: it is not that the US fundamentalists changed, it is that Zionism itself, in its hatred of Jews who do not fully identify with the politics of the State of Israel, paradoxically became anti-Semitic. In other words, it constructed the figure of the Jew who doubts the Zionist project along anti-Semitic lines.


Other related interesting reads are:

Destroyed by appeasing his enemies: The Shakespearean tragedy of Jeremy Corbyn
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/475891-corbyn-general-election-destroyed/

Slavoj Zizek: Will the global Left allow right-wing nationalists to take control of society's discontent?
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/474473-left-protests-communism-nationalists-zizek/

Related Link: https://www.rt.com/op-ed/476079-corbyn-socialists-labour-capital-zizek/
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