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With virtually all Euphrates River bridges in Syria destroyed by the US-led coalition, China has meanwhile agreed to invest two billion dollars in construction of industrial parks across Syria, an important step in restoring the war-torn country’s infrastructure.

Friends of Syria

Chris Tomson

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:00 A.M.) – With virtually all Euphrates River bridges in Syria destroyed by the US-led coalition amid a wider bid to defeat the Islamic State, China has meanwhile agreed with the Syrian Government to invest two billion dollars in construction of industrial parks across the country, an important step in restoring the war-torn country’s infrastructure.

The agreement was ratified at the First Trade Fair in Qin Yong on July 9 and enables Chinese companies to begin construction on a total of 150 enterprises.

“China, Russia, and Iran have provided substantial support to Syria during the military conflict. Therefore, it is these three countries that will a major role in the reconstruction of Syria,” the Syrian ambassador said during a press conference on the matter.

Other deals are also in the making to allow Russian companies to operate Syrian oil and gas fields, many of which have…

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According to a recent Canadian study, the total proportion of cancer cases related to lifestyle and environmental factors is almost 41%.

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Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Shockingly, worldwide cancer rates are predicted to rise even further, and that by the year 2020, 1-in-2 women and 1-in-3 men will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. It is so common already, in fact, that it getting cancer is more common than getting married or having a first baby.

The cancer industrial complex is negligent in warning people who chemotherapy is now known to actually make some cancers spread and make some tumors more aggressive. Government and its myriad regulatory agencies work diligently to prevent access to natural or alternative cancer treatments, and doctors and the mainstream media give the impression that the causes of cancer are a mystery.

In reality, one can significantly reduce the likelihood of getting cancer by making lifestyle changes, and according to a recently published study out of Canada found that the total…

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The average person doesn’t realize how close the American empire is to collapsing under its own weight. Hell, the average person’s mind is thoroughly riddled with propaganda and entertainment, that they don’t even realize that their country is an empire. They think it’s normal to live under an all powerful government that has hundreds of military bases all over the world, and is constantly at war.

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The average person doesn’t realize how close the American empire is to collapsing under its own weight. Hell, the average person’s mind is thoroughly riddled with propaganda and entertainment, that they don’t even realize that their country is an empire. They think it’s normal to live under an all powerful government that has hundreds of military bases all over the world, and is constantly at war.

But there’s no doubt that this state of affairs cannot continue. In fact, even the high ranking officials in our government know that their empire is on the ropes, and challenged on all fronts by nations that are no longer willing to bow down to Washington.

Recently the US Army War College published a report titled, At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World. The report, which was written by high level officials from the Pentagon and multiple think…

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How can a ruling by the highest court in the land be ignored and disregarded?

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by Cedric ‘G-Boy’ Clerk

I am currently serving life without parole in the Missouri Department of Corrections. I have been incarcerated since the age of 15.

I’m being held under an unconstitutional sentence along with 80-plus others who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles (JLWOP). In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court found it unconstitutional to sentence a juvenile to life without parole, according to Miller v. State of Alabama (2012). We must be taken back in front of our respective courts and be resentenced.

I’m being held under an unconstitutional sentence along with 80-plus others who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles (JLWOP).

In August 2016, Missouri passed Senate Bill 590, which states that those who fall under Miller v. Alabama can “petition” for parole after 25 years of incarceration. Still we are being held with life without parole sentences. How can we possibly make…

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A wide range of American conglomerates, including oil, energy, banking, aerospace, auto and heavy manufacturing enterprises have jointly started a lobbying campaign against the new round of sanctions against Russia passed by the US Senate, CNN reports.

BP, ExxonMobil, General Electric, Boeing and Citigroup, MasterCard and Visa are reportedly among the companies raising concerns the punitive measures will ultimately harm their businesses, rather than the Kremlin.

Ford, Dow Chemical, Procter & Gamble, International Paper, Caterpillar, and Cummins have reportedly warned the measure could impact their businesses as well. . .

 

Source: US corporations lobby against anti-Russia sanctions

From Global to Local: The Making of Things and the End of Globalisation

by Finbarr Livesey

Profile Books Ltd (2016)

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In From Global to Local: The Making of Things and the End of Globalisation, Finbarr Livesey challenges the common neoliberal claim that globalization is the be-all and end-all of global prosperity.

Livesey’s premise, which he supports with an impressive array of data, is that globalization peaked shortly after 2008 and the world economy is in a period of deglobalization. World trade is slowly declining as a percentage of GDP, and many companies who moved factories to the third world are improving their bottom line by reshoring them to the US and Europe.

Livesey contends that, to a large extent, last year’s vote for Britain to leave the EU and for a US president who promised to withdraw from the TPP and bring back American jobs, merely reflect an economic trend that began nearly a decade ago.

The present deglobalization was triggered by the 2008 financial crash that sucked trillions of dollars out of the global economy. However, Livesey identifies a number of other factors that influence this trend – chief among them the volatility of oil prices and shipping costs (containers must be booked months in advance) and the growing cost of labor in China and neighboring countries. At the same time, technological advances, including 3D printing and “additive manufacturing,” have led to an upsurge in “on demand” industries and consumer frustration with being limited to millions of identical mass produced items.

At present many companies find it more profitable to shorten their supply chain by producing most or all component parts locally or regionally. Between 2010 and 2015, over 1300 companies brought production back to the US. Even Apple and Google have started to reshore significant manufacturing operations.

At present three-fourths of everything bought in the US is made in the US.

Originally published in Dissident Voice

Wall Street banks are among America’s least-loved institutions. According to a new national poll by Bloomberg (pdf), far more people have an unfavorable view of banks than a favorable one—the difference is 21 percentage points (31% favorable versus 52% unfavorable). Americans also view the media and White House unfavorably, on balance, but not by nearly as much as banks.

Although this is bad for banks, it’s been worse. In December 2009, when the extent of the financial damage wrought by the subprime mortgage meltdown became clear, the net favorability of banks among Bloomberg’s survey respondents was -48 percentage points (18% favorable versus 66% unfavorable).

As banks have clawed back some respectability, relatively speaking, they have risen up the rankings of institutions that Americans loathe. In Bloomberg’s latest survey, the banks outrank Congress, insurers, and drug manufacturers at the bottom of the favorability rankings.

What do members of Congress, insurance companies, and pharma firms have in common? Look no further than the angst about reforming the country’s health care system for clues. The bitter partisan battle over repealing, replacing, or—as now seems to be the case—letting Obamacare “implode” through neglect reflects the prevailing mood about how health care is delivered in the US. Few are happy about the cost and coverage of health plans, but there is little consensus on how to improve it, not least in Congress.

On top of all that, this week a multi-state lawsuit was filed against six drug manufacturers for alleged price-fixing of antibiotics and oral diabetes medicines. That won’t help improve the image of America’s least-liked industry any time soon.

Source: Survey: Americans Hate Health Care Industry Even More than Wall Street