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‘We Are In a State of Insurrection’: Deep Inequality and Macron’s Dedication to Elites Fuel Yellow Vest Uprising in France

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“The French don’t want crumbs, they want a baguette.”

France’s “yellow vest” protests began in mid-November over gas taxes but have grown in size and scope since then. (Photo: File—Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

After more than two weeks of protests over high fuel prices and intensifying inequality across France under centrist President Emmanuel Macron, the French government announced Tuesday that it would suspend planned price hikes for gas and electricity—but the demands of the so-called “Yellow Vest” protesters have become more broad, and more broadly embraced, as the demonstrations have swelled in size and energy.

The price increases for the utilities will be suspended for six months, said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, but leaders of the demonstrations in which hundreds of thousands have donned yellow safety vests were dismissive of the gesture.

“It’s a first step, but we will not settle for a crumb,” Benjamin Chaucy, one of the leaders of the protest, toldAl Jazeera. “The French don’t want crumbs, they want a baguette.”

The yellow vest protests began November 17, with 300,000 low- to middle-income demonstrators expressing outrage over fuel costs, which have gone up 20 percent in the last year as a result of Macron’s plan to tax carbon use. The price hikes are the result of France’s effort to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent in the next 12 years—but the reaction from protesters suggests intense anger across the country as low-income households have bore the burden of the green initiative, adding to the untenable cost of living for many, while the rich have been given generous tax cuts.

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In addition to their dissatisfaction with the government’s offer regarding the price hikes, the yellow vest protesters have widened the scope of their demonstrations and demands in recent days. The protests have exploded into an impossible-to-ignore statement of outrage over Macron’s leadership, which had a 23 percent approval rating according to a poll released Tuesday by Ifop-Fiducial for Paris Match and Sud Radioworking conditions for paramedics; school reforms; and the perception that Macron, a former investment banker, is a president for the country’s elite.

Workers who live in rural areas far from city centers were the worst-affected by the fuel taxes, as they rely on their cars far more than city dwellers, bolstering protesters’ complaints that Macron represents those wealthy enough to live in Paris and other large cities.

“People want fair fiscal justice. They want social justice,” Thierry Paul Valette, a Paris protest coordinator, toldAl Jazeera.

Four people have died in the Yellow Vest protests so far, and an estimated 75,000 people took part in demonstrations that turned violent in Paris this past Saturday. Hundreds of vehicles were set on fire and the Arc de Triomphe was vandalized with the words, “The Yellow Vests will triumph.”

Meanwhile, police used water cannons, stun grenades, and hundreds of canisters of tear gas against the demonstrators, as well as arresting about 400 people.

“We are in a state of insurrection, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Jeanne d’Hauteserre, mayor of Paris’s 8th district, told Al Jazeera.

According to French journalist Agnès C. Poirier, both far-right leader Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the left-wing group France Unbowed, have tried to link themselves to the Yellow Vest movement—but their attempts have been rebuffed.

“The protesters seem wholly uninterested in party politics,” Poirier wrote in the New York Times last week. “But they do have something in common with the extreme right and the radical left: a profound dislike of Mr. Macron.”

While only a few hundred thousand people have physically taken part in the movement so far, Le Figaro and Franceinfo reported late last month that 77 percent of French people support the Yellow Vests’ protests.

“The Yellow Vests seem to be the face of a deep malaise in French society,” wrote Poirier.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights!

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By Ajamu BarakaThe UDHR was the first major instrument produced by the United Nations (UN), an institution itself created at the end of the Second World War. Its creation was hailed as a breakthrough that would give institutional substance to the pledge by member states to promote international cooperation, commit to peaceful relations among states and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms. Read more…

HuffPost’s Attack on Academic Integrity, Truth and Justice

By Elias DavidssonThe attack on Prof. Robinson was no personal vendetta. It rather represents an attack on all scholars who dare question the official account on 9/11, including myself. Read more…

US Senate Resolution Potentially Changes Middle East Dynamics

By James M. Dorseydraft US Senate resolution describing Saudi policy in the Middle East as a “wrecking ball” and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “complicit” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if adopted and implemented, potentially could change the dynamics of the region’s politics and create an initial exit from almost a decade of mayhem, conflict and bloodshed. Read more…

“Persian Gulf of Tonkin” Ingredients All in Place for US War on Iran?

By Whitney WebbWith the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident as historical precedent, there’s a real possibility that the U.S. government could stage an incident in the Persian Gulf that would allow the Trump administration to push for military intervention in the Persian Gulf targeting Iran. Read more…

Video: The Spider’s Web. Britain’s Second Empire. Corrupting the Global Economy. The British Elites’ Network of Tax Havens

By True Publica“The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire” documents how British elites created a network of tax havens after World War II and the lengths they take today to preserve it – exemplified in a chilling scene where a Jersey police officer harasses and interrupts the filmmakers’ interview with a tax haven whistleblower. Read more…

“Global Order” Equals the “New Fascism”

By Mark TalianoThe current “neoliberal” bailed-out “free market” diseconomy, imposed globally by military war crimes, erases nation-state sovereignty and self-determination in favour of supranational totalitarian predation. Read more…

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Nominee for US Ambassador to Yemen is No Friend of the Yemeni People

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Confirming Christopher Henzel as the US Ambassador to Yemen will continue the US role in the starvation and deaths of millions of Yemenis

Codepink's women for Peace at the Nomination Hearing for new US Ambassador to Yemen. (Photo by Ann Wright)

Codepink’s women for Peace at the Nomination Hearing for new US Ambassador to Yemen. (Photo by Ann Wright

While the press has closely followed the Senate efforts to stop US support for the Saudi war in Yemen in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, a December 4 Senate Foreign Affairs Committee meeting introducing Donald Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to Yemen slipped under the radar.

Christopher Henzel is presently the Charge d’Affairs, or acting Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. A career Foreign Service officer, he has been the acting Ambassador since the departure of the Obama administration’s appointee in January 2017. He is now Trump’s pick to become the highest US diplomat to the wartorn nation of Yemen, but his initial appearance before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee did not go very well. Watch video here.

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After briefing by CIA Director, Senator Corker says there was zero chance MBS was not involved in journalist Khashoggi’s murder. (Photo by The Hill)

Senators Corker, Mendenez, Kaine, Markey and Young used the appearance as an opportunity to skewer the Trump administration’s participation in the Saudi war on Yemen and its handling of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  Earlier in the day Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker and the heads of the Senate Armed Services, Appropripriations and Intelligence Committees received a briefing from CIA director Gina Haspel on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s (MBS) involvement in the Khashoggi’s murder and dismemberment. In the committee hearing, Corker said “There is zero doubt in my mind  that Prince Mohammed ordered and monitored the killing of Khashoggi. If Prince Mohammed were put on trial, a jury would unanimously find him guilty in about 30 minutes.”  Corker said that the Trump administration’s assertion that there is no direct evidence of MBS’s involvement was “unacceptable.”

At a time when US senators, both Democratic and Republic, are finding the US relationship with Saudi Crown Prince MBS untenable, Henzel, as the acting US Ambassador, has been close to MBS.

At a time when US senators, both Democratic and Republic, are finding the US relationship with Saudi Crown Prince MBS untenable, Henzel, as the acting US Ambassador, has been close to MBS. As top US representative in Riyadh, Henzel is undoubtedly the American who has had the most meetings with MBS and senior officials of the Saudi government, including accompanying President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo in their meetings with MBS.

This will probably continue to be the case. With the war raging in Yemen, the US Embassy in Sanaa is closed and the US Ambassador to Yemen will be located conveniently in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the same building as the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia.  Since the Trump administration has not filled the position of US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Henzel  as the new Ambassador to Yemen will be seen as the top US diplomat.

Granted, Henzel does have extensive experience in the Middle East, but no history of any diplomatic breakthroughs. Like so many other foreign service people in the region, he seems to have been more an appendage of the Pentagon. He was director of the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs at the Department of State in Washington from 2013 to 2016.  He headed the provincial reconstruction office in Mosul, Iraq in 2010-2011; was deputy chief of mission and chargé in Manama, Bahrain from 2004-2007, when peaceful protesters were brutally repressed. He worked in US Embassies in Yemen and Pakistan, and from 1985 to 1987 in Saudi Arabia. When assigned in Washington, Henzel worked on budgeting for U.S. military and economic assistance for the Near East region, on Egyptian and Maghreb economic affairs, and was the desk officer for Iran.

Senator Menenedez asked Henzel if he had read the recent reports by human rights organizations about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.  Henzel replied that he had heard that the reports were finished, but he had not read them, to which Menendez asked: “Wouldn’t it be wise for a person coming before the committee to have read the reports?”  Henzel bumbled a “Yes.”

Other questions to Henzel about the Saudi war on Yemen included the Saudi breaking of the ceasefire with 45 air attacks the previous day, the continued closing of the port of Hudiadah where food deliveries have fallen by 50 percent.  Senator Tim Kaine reminded Henzel that the Iran had not been involved in Yemen until the Saudis began attacking the Houthis. Houthis had been challenging the central government of Yemen for decades because they as a minority had been left out.

As the acting US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Christopher Henzel is neck-deep in the blood of the Yemeni people and confirming him as the US Ambassador to Yemen will continue the US role in the starvation and deaths of millions of Yemenis. His experiences on Middle East issues from Palestine to Iran, from Saudi Arabia to Yemen are supporting policies calling for death and destruction rather than non-killing approaches through real diplomacy.

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345,000 VERY LOW IQ MEN DELIBERATELY DRAFTED FOR VIETNAM ‘Video’

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HALF WERE ASSIGNED TO COMBAT UNITS
THE DEATH TOLL WAS APPALLING”

War is cruel in an infinite number of ways.

Here’s one few people are aware of.

The story of “McNamara’s Folly”, also known as “Project 100,000.”

During the Vietnam War, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara lowered mental standards to induct 354,000 low-IQ men.

The death toll was appalling.

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Syria: Russian military moved S-300 system near US forces

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The Russian military allegedly moved their S-300 air defense system near the front-lines of the U.S. Coalition forces in eastern Syria, Saudi-based Asharq Al-Aswat claimed, citing diplomatic sources.

“In the past days, Russia began moving some parts of the S-300 sophisticated system to Deir Ezzor, a step that would make the flyover of coalition planes (in missions) against ISIS east of the Euphrates River more difficult,” the Asharq Al-Aswat sources claimed.

The Syrian and Russian forces have not yet commented on these claims by the publication.

On October 1st of this year, the Russian Federation delivered the S-300 air defense system to Syria.

The move to deliver the S-300 system to Syria came just two-weeks after the downing of the IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of Latakia.

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THE VIETNAM WAR HEROIN EPIDEMIC ‘Video’

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WHO STARTED IT?
GIVE ME A “C”, GIVE ME AN “I”, GIVE ME AN “A”

Do you know who kicked off the heroin epidemic of the 1960s?

In New York City alone, over 40,000 soldiers who were addicted to heroin in Vietnam came home with raging drug habits.

They were unemployed, abandoned by the government, and well trained in maniacal violence.

It is any wonder violent crime and murder rates spiked in the city in the 60s and 70s?

The next big spike came in the late 1980s and early 1990s when abundant cheap cocaine came up from Latin America and was marketed in the form of crack.

What is the common denominator to these twin catastrophes?

The CIA.

Vietnam: The roots of the 1960s crime wave

 

 

 

 

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Shameless PSC and its supporters shut down free speech on Palestine

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Tower Hamlets PSC and its supporters shut down free speech on Palestine

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By: Revolutionary Communist

On Wednesday 21 November members of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and other allied groups demonstrated once again their complete bankruptcy in the fight to build a real movement in solidarity with Palestine. At a protest outside Tower Hamlets Town Hall against the Labour council’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which labels criticism of Israel as a racist state anti-Semitic, members of Tower Hamlets PSC, Unison, the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), Free Speech on Israel (!), the Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association (THJFA) and Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) colluded to deny the RCG the right to speak.

When the discussion in the council chamber on IHRA was ended with no action from the council, RCG supporters heckled the council and spoke about the use of the IHRA definition to shut down free speech and Labour’s craven acceptance of this. Not only did the organisations of the opportunist left not support us, but they asked the council speaker to read a statement publicly dissociating themselves from the interruption. Spineless cowards like these, desperate to maintain respectability and their links with the Labour Party, will never put up a real fight for Palestine, free speech or anything else, and must be exposed.

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The demonstration outside the Town Hall was called by the Tower Hamlets PSC and THJFA. Supporters of the RCG had mobilised for this protest for several weeks and had been in regular communication with the organisers about the event. Tower Hamlets Council had unanimously adopted the full IHRA definition of anti-Semitism on 19 September. The definition deliberately conflates anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism. One of the examples of anti-Semitism attached to the definition is calling Israel ‘a racist endeavour’. The racist nature of Zionism from its very beginning, when it was sponsored by British imperialism to promote British interests in the Middle East, is a fact, and criticising this is crucial to taking an anti-Zionist position.

The PSC/THJFA had secured a short slot in the council meeting to ask for a minor amendment to the definition, protecting the right of Palestine campaigners to ‘criticise Zionism as a political ideology; or to describe any policy or law or practices of the state of Israel as racist’ which avoids defining Zionism as racism. In contrast to the PSC, our demand is the only principled anti-Zionist demand – for the council to fully repeal the IHRA definition.

The demonstration was joined by three other campaigns on different issues – against the closure of nurseries, against council redundancies without pay, and against the plans for waste disposal. This is testament to the council’s attacks on working class people. As the demonstration got underway and the speakers were due to start, an RCG supporter asked to be added and were told that there was an agreed list of speakers already and not much time. RCG supporters challenged all of the main organisers from all of the organisations leading the demonstration and they all refused to defend our right to speak: pathetic excuses were trotted out: no time, the list is full, why should we have speaking rights, important speakers still to speak, lots of campaigns here, why should we have an open mic etc etc.

They still found time for long bursts of music between speeches. You could not make it up – a banner that says ‘Free Speech on Palestine’, speakers talking about defending free speech, a demonstration against censorship… And yet – a concerted effort to prevent the RCG from being able to speak.

The demonstrators then took their places in the public gallery of the council chamber and at the allotted time Sybil Cock was given three minutes to petition the council meeting on behalf of the PSC/THJFA. Four minutes was allotted for councillors to ask questions, and 30 seconds for the response of the Mayor. Zionist Labour councillor Kevin Brady took up more than half of this by talking in support of the IHRA definition and tagging on a short question at the end. After a few more short comments the discussion was brought to a close, with no suggestion that the council would reconsider its adoption of the definition.

At this point RCG supporters rose to their feet to offer a proper challenge to the council, speaking about Labour’s craven sell out of the Palestinian struggle, heckling, and displaying a banner reading ‘Zionism is racism!’. As police and security forcibly removed us from the chamber, there was no solidarity shown by the members of the opportunist ‘left’, who shouted ‘saboteurs’ at us and shook their heads. In getting the council speaker to dissociate them from the protest, they showed their desperation not to be associated with such a principled action against Labour’s Zionism. The council meeting was restarted, Mayor John Biggs called the PSC petition ‘offensive’, and the opportunists went for a pizza.

The behaviour of the PSC and their allies is not surprising given recent experiences of RCG supporters in GlasgowNewcastleLondon, and elsewhere. In discussion before the protest, Sybil Cock had explained to us that the battle against IHRA was already lost, but campaigners just had to ‘do our bit’. Such a defeatist attitude was evident, and the PSC and their supporters were only going through the motions, restricting criticism to the respectable – and redundant – channels of Labour’s local ‘democracy’ The only problem for them was the presence of RCG supporters who were willing to reject ‘respectability’ and really fight for the rights of Palestinians and solidarity campaigners. The only answer these spineless cowards have when faced with this is censorship – the same tools the councils and the state are using to prevent any real anti-Zionist movement developing in solidarity with Palestine and against its British imperialist supporters.

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Tower Hamlets council – repeal the IHRA definition!

Oppose Labour’s capitulation to Zionism, and all its apologists!

Zionism is racism! Victory to the Palestinian people!

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Pompeo claims Iran has largest missile arsenal in region (video)

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US Secretary of State Zionist puppet Mike Pompeo called on the United Nations to reimpose missile restrictions on Iran, while speaking at a Security Council meeting in New York on Wednesday.

In his address, Pompeo claimed that Iran is “the largest ballistic missile force in the Middle East” and has “more than 10 ballistic missile systems in its inventory or in development.”

“We risk the security of our people if Iran continues stocking up on ballistic missiles. We risk escalation of conflict in the region if we fail to restore deterrence. And we convey to all other malign actors that they too can defy the Security Council with impunity if we do nothing,” he warned.

Pompeo went on to say that Washington “seeks to work with all other members of the Council to reimpose on Iran the ballistic missiles restrictions outline in 2019.” He also called on the council to preserve a UN arms embargo on Iran in 2020.

Reacting to this statement, Russian envoy to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, pointed out that the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 has banned Iran’s “activities related to ballistic missiles able to deliver nuclear weapons.”

Pompeo claims Iran has largest missile arsenal in region (video)

“In general, rocket launches are not prohibited,” he added.

Nebenzia also stated that the UN is now facing “a paradoxical situation,” in which “only one member” of the Security Council is not only refusing to implement the body’s decisions, but also seeks to force other members to follow his example.

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US-backed commander says Turkey is unable to attack northeast Syria

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The spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Kino Gabriel told Kurdistan 24 in a recent interview that Turkey will not be able to attack northeast Syria because the situation greatly differs than that of Afrin.

The SDF spokesperson told the publication that the U.S. observation posts in northern Syria have secured the area and blocked any potential cross-border hostilities.

“The United States has established observation points and they participated in establishing security here. I don’t think we are going to witness more attacks in the near future,” Gabriel said, adding that the observation posts allowed the SDF to concentrate their forces towards the Daesh fronts.

Gabriel blamed Turkey’s attacks last month for the Islamic State’s resurgence in several towns in the Euphrates River Valley.

“This allowed the SDF to push IS and to advance in some of the areas, after they halted their operation for some time due to Turkish attacks in the past,” he would add.

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the Turkish military would be launching a new offensive east of the Euphrates in the coming days.

The Turkish leader said that the primary focus of the operation is to “clear out the terrorists” east of the Euphrates.

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Nazi Knesset rejects bill to ‘maintain equal rights amongst all its citizens’

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Israeli Knesset rejects bill to ‘maintain equal rights amongst all its citizens’

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The Knesset voted down today, by a margin of 71-38, the Basic Law: Equality bill, tabled by MK Mossi Raz (Meretz). The text of the bill was clear and concise: “The State of Israel shall maintain equal political rights amongst all its citizens, without any difference between religions, race and sex.” This is a direct quote from Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

Following the resignation of Defense Minister Lieberman a few weeks back, the governing coalition has a razor-thin margin of one vote: it controls 61 one votes out of 120. However, the coalition enjoyed the support of Yesh Atid, led by Israel’s Trump wannabe, Yair Lapid. Its eleven votes are unlikely to have delivered victory to the opposition, however, as many members of the Zionist Camp fled the hall before the vote.

Despite one the greatest political cons in history – “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East” – Israeli law never recognized equality between citizens. An attempt to enter an equality clause to the Human Dignity and Freedom Basic Law, back in 1992, failed – mostly due to the opposition of the religious parties. The Israeli Supreme Court, doubling as the country’s High Court of Justice, found – or, rather, invented – emanations of equality in Israel’s Basic Laws; doing so often required the court to fall back on the equality clause of the Declaration of Independence, claiming it was the expressed will of the Founders.

Doing so after today’s vote will require extraordinary powers of judicial juggling. And the court, which was never that great shining light its supporters portray it (see, for damning example after another, Michael Sfard’s superb “The Wall and the Gate”) is becoming less emboldened to face the government.

Following the tumult of the Nation State Law, when the Druze filled the streets in protest – claiming, correctly, the law made them second class citizens – Netanyahu promised them he’d grant them an exemption somehow. Perhaps he’d declare them honorary Jews. Today, Netanyahu closed the gate of equality before them.

He did so with the votes not only of his ultra-nationalist coalition, but also with those of Lapid, whose party claims to be a center party while serving as a gateway drug to the extreme right. And by the absent votes of the frightened members of Labour. Those 71 votes represent the hard core of practical Zionism – Zionism as it is, not as it may be – who decided Israel would be a Jewish country and not a democratic one.

The Knesset told 20% of the country’s citizens that it would demand their loyalty, but would not grant them equality. They would have second class citizenship, dependent on the whim of the Jewish majority. Next time the government of Israel tells you it “shares values” with the US, remember what that value is: 3/5 of personhood.

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