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Where is capitalism headed?

by JBB — last modified Aug 21, 2018 04:58 PM
Marxists look at the world economy | ISR | By Hadas Thier, David McNally, Lee Wengraf, Lee Sustar and Michael Roberts

Corbyn’s Labour Party is Being Made to Fail –By Design

by JBB — last modified Aug 20, 2018 07:52 AM
by Jonathan Cook | CounterPunch | A party endlessly obsessing about anti-semitism, a party that has abandoned the Palestinians, a party that has begun throwing out key progressive principles, a party that has renounced free speech, and a party that no longer puts the interests of the poor and vulnerable at the centre of its concerns is a party that will fail.

Hezbollah's role evolving in Syria as Assad nears victory | Al-Monitor

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 18, 2018 04:48 PM
"Another dimension to Hezbollah's role in Syria might involve training the new Syrian army. ... The Syrian army may adopt a heavyweight Hezbollah model, with a bigger focus on anti-armored, anti-tank weapons and long-range missiles, by basically trying to build a more asymmetric and fluid force.” Iran and Hezbollah have experience developing resistance groups, such as the Local Defense Forces in Syria. Kassir noted, “They could work on replicating [Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] model in Syria, as has been done in Iraq with the Popular Mobilization Units.”"

Venezuela military officers arrested over drone attack on Maduro | Deutsche Welle

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 15, 2018 08:13 AM
"The officials identified the two military officers as National Guard Alejandro Perez and Colonel Pedro Zambrano. The pair appeared before court together with opposition lawmaker Juan Requesens, who was arrested last week. Two commercial drones, allegedly laden with C-4, detonated while Maduro was giving a speech on August 4 in Caracas. The government soon announced that a group of 11 hitmen was behind the attack , adding they were financed from Bogota and Florida. The group was allegedly offered $50 million (€44 million) and a safe haven in the US in exchange for killing Maduro."

Lula: There Is a Right-Wing Coup Underway in Brazil | NYT

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Aug 14, 2018 12:07 PM
Mr. da Silva, the former president of Brazil, wrote this Op-Ed essay from prison. "Sixteen years ago, Brazil was in crisis; its future uncertain. Our dreams of developing into one of the world’s most prosperous and democratic countries seemed imperiled. The idea that one day our citizens might enjoy the comfortable living standards of our peers in Europe or other Western democracies seemed to be fading away. Less than two decades after dictatorship ended, some wounds from that period were still raw."
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