Rafael Soriano and Débora Nunes

Débora Nunes, member of the National Directory of Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, addresses a crowd. (Gustavo Marinho/Landless Workers Movement)

Brazil is facing a profound political and economic crisis since a coup d’etat overturned Dilma Roussef’s government in March of 2016. The new government is unrolling austerity policies that are eroding working families’ political gains by dismantling labor protections and social services and unleashing human rights abuses, including escalating assassinations of peasants and indigenous people. This political context—which shares characteristics with the U.S. climate under Donald Trump—is defined by a crisis of capitalism that resurfaced with the economic meltdown in the Global North that was initiated in 2008.

Rafael Soriano, a member of MST’s Communications Collective, discussed this political climate with Débora Nunes, member of the National Directory of Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, or Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, widely known by its Portuguese acronym MST. This social movement of peasants, rural workers and landless families reclaims land rights and struggles for a genuine agrarian reform that would benefit all Brazilians—and strives for deep social and political transformation.

In this interview, Nunes reflects on the danger and potential of this current moment, highlighting opportunities to build alternatives to capitalism as the current economic system flounders.  . .

Source: Transforming Society as Capitalism Crumbles: Lessons from Brazil’s Peasant Movement

A statement by US forces operating illegally in Syria lied, claiming:

“At approximately 12:30 a.m. GMT Sept. 16, Russian forces struck a target east of the Euphrates River in Syria near (Deir Ezzor), causing injuries to Coalition partner forces. Several (US-supported terrorist) fighters were wounded and received medical care as a result of the strike.”

Russian war aviation has been critical in the fight against US-supported terrorists.

On Sunday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov categorically denied the accusation, saying:

“To avoid unnecessary escalation, the command of the Russian forces in Syria gave the US (forces) an advance notice, through an existing communications channel, on the borders within which the military operation in (Deir Ezzor) would be conducted.”

“The priority targets for destruction are the (ISIS) firing positions from which they are leading large-scale attacks on the Syrian forces.”

If coalition terrorists are in ISIS-controlled areas, it’s further proof of US support for this scourge.

On Sunday, Syrian forces liberated Jafrah, a strategic town northeast of Deir Ezzor’s military airport, improving its security, controlling areas surrounding it, closing off ISIS’ land-based exits from the city, the Euphrates River their only option.

Continued progress by government and allied forces in Deir Ezzor heads steadily towar eliminating ISIS in and around the city, a major triumph once accomplished, its last stronghold in the country liberated.

As US-supported SDF terrorists advance on the city, clashes with government and allied forces could follow.

Assad vowed to liberate Syria entirely. Washington has other ideas, wanting control over as much Syrian territory as it can grab.

On Sunday, Assad said some Western countries continue supporting anti-government territories – meaning America and its rogue allies, NATO and regional ones.

On Friday, “political prostitute” Nikki Haley said Washington won’t accept Syria under Assad’s leadership.

Regime change remains US policy – conflict resolution cooperation with Russia pure fantasy.

Source: Russia Refutes US Accusation About Bombing Coalition Forces

The End of the Chinese Miracle

Financial Times (2017)

This documentary explores factors behind China’s declining economic growth and the potential effect on the rest of the global economy.

The filmmakers attribute China’s recent economic miracle to an explosion of young workers willing accept low wages in hundreds of thousands of factories manufacturing cheap consumer goods for the West. Over two decades, the lure of jobs has prompted the migration of millions of Chinese youth from the countryside to 88 super cities (the size of London) all over China.

Owing to demographics, this supply of endless young workers has stalled, causing average manufacturing wages to more than double. The global recession and declining demand for cheap plastic has prompted many Chinese manufacturers to move to Southeast Asia, where wages are much lower. Others are are illegally employing undocumented Vietnamese laborers smuggled into China. Not mentioned in the film, is the rapid replacement of Chinese workers with robots (see China Replaces Workers With Robots) .

Owing to the decline in good paying manufacturing jobs, many rural workers are returning to their families to work the land.

Meanwhile commodity exporting countries (eg Australia, China’s main source of coal) are being forced into recession as Chinese manufacturing declines.

 

 

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Toxoplasmosis gondii, which is also linked to schizophrenia, is mainly carried by cats. It’s present in nearly 100% of outdoor cats. This new study is the best argument I’ve seen for requiring cats to be licensed, just as dogs are, and kept indoors.

Nwo Report

Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that a parasite found in 11% of the American population has been linked to alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and cancer.

One third of the world’s population is infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Researchers say that the toxic parasite affects 11% of the U.S. population aged 6 years and over.

Genengnews.com reports: Researchers from 16 institutions across the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia have now analyzed genetic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data from infected individuals, and from studies in cell cultures, to link T. gondii infection with a number of brain disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and even some cancers. “This study is a paradigm shifter,” stated co-author Dennis Steindler, Ph.D., director of the Neuroscience and Aging Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. “We now have to insert…

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North Korea has offered to completely freeze its nuclear program amid a total mainstream media blackout in the West. The corporate media also blacked out Saddam Hussen’s offer to negotiate in 1990. Deja vu all over again.

Nwo Report

North Korea has offered to completely freeze its nuclear program amid a total mainstream media blackout in the West. 

As the corporate controlled media continue beating the drums of war against Pyongyang, they are ignoring one crucial detail about the North Korean crisis: Kim Jong-un has offered to end its nuclear program and thus neutralize the threat of war.

Realnews24.com reports: However, prominent media outlets such as the Washington Post continue to tell a different story, namely that:

“[North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un] has shown no interest in talks — he won’t even set foot in China, his biggest patron. Even if negotiations took place, the current regime has made clear that ‘it will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiating table, as one envoy recently put it.”

As the Intercept explains, this is a false assertion:

“There’s, of course, a significant difference between North Korea saying it…

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US Sanctions Continue to Backfire

Posted: September 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

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China helps Iran sidestep US sanctions – consolidating the One Belt One Road revival of the ancient Silk Road.

Tales from the Conspiratum

Image result for Silk road Old Silk Road

Source: US Sanctions Continue to Backfire | Covert Geopolitics

geopolitics.co
Sept 17, 2017

In another slap in the face against US hegemony, China just opened up a $10 billion credit line for Iran. This means that, while the US Congress was forced to raise the debt ceiling again, this time way beyond the $20 trillion mark, the Eastern Alliance member countries are moving ahead with the massive Eurasian project known as the One Belt One Road revival of the ancient Silk Road.

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Center for Biological Diversity

HOUSTON— Refineries and petrochemical plants in south Texas released nearly 1 million pounds of seven especially dangerous air pollutants during flaring and chemical spills triggered by Hurricane Harvey, according to a new Center for Biological Diversity analysis of industry data.

Staggering amounts of benzene, 1,3-butadiene, hexane, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, toluene and xylene — estimated at 951,000 pounds so far — were emitted during Harvey-related flooding by several dozen petroleum industry facilities operated by Chevron Phillips, Exxon Mobil, Shell and other companies. These seven chemicals are all toxic air pollutants documented to cause serious harms to human health, and several cause cancer.

Total air pollutants from all oil and gas facilities added up to 5.46 million pounds, which is equal to 2,729 tons.

“Oil-industry facilities spewed thousands of tons of toxic chemicals into defenseless communities, despite ample warning about hurricane risk to this area,” said Shaye Wolf, the Center scientist who compiled the analysis. “Dangerous flaring from coastal refineries has become routine during major storms. The petroleum industry seems utterly unwilling to take responsibility for operating safely, even as climate change makes storms like Harvey more destructive.”

Today’s analysis is based on initial industry reports to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality through Aug. 31, and these numbers are expected to grow. While some of the toxic emissions were caused by storm damage, including tank roof failures at six facilities, the majority of emissions were caused by refinery and chemical plant shutdown and startup procedures that used flaring.

Below are the seven dangerous air pollutants released by Texas petroleum industry facilities during Harvey.

Seven Toxic Air Pollutants Released by Texas Oil Facilities During Harvey

Chemical Amount released
(pounds)
Human health risks
Benzene 75,949 Increased cancer risk; harms to developing fetus; blood disorders; irritation to eyes, skin, lungs
1,3-Butadiene 98,917 Increased cancer risk; cardiovascular injury; irritation to eyes, skin, lungs
Hexane 21,575 Neurotoxic effects including dizziness, nausea, headache, numbness, muscular weakness, blurred vision
Hydrogen sulfide 10,463 High concentrations can cause sudden unconsciousness, respiratory paralysis, seizures and death
Sulfur dioxide 708,503 Burning of the nose and throat, difficulty breathing, severe airway obstruction, particularly harmful to children, the elderly and those with asthma
Toluene 28,284 Harms to the developing fetus; injury to central nervous system; irritation to eyes and lungs
Xylene 7,184 Harms to nervous system, gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system, kidneys and respiratory tract

A summary of the TCEQ data for these seven chemicals can be found here.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.5 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places

Source: Analysis: Nearly 1 Million Pounds of Seven Deadly Air Pollutants Released by Texas Refineries During Harvey Floods