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Why Does Israel Support an Independent Iraqi Kurdistan? | teleSUR

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 01, 2017 09:16 AM
"In a bid to stave off the influence of neighboring anti-Zionist Arab countries, Higgins explained, Israel began creating an “alliance of the peripheries.” “In order to undermine the idea of a united pan-Arab socialist state,” he said, one that supports the Palestinian struggle, “Israel (sought) to make ties with non-Arab Muslim actors.” That policy of undermining pan-Arabism, which, according to Higgins, has expanded now into undermining the “Axis of Resistance” — that is, Iran, Syria, as well as Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements — explains Israel’s underlying motive for supporting Iraqi Kurds."

Jeremy Corbyn promises rent controls and clampdown on gentrification | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 27, 2017 12:49 PM
"Addressing his first conference since stripping Theresa May of a majority in June, Corbyn used the speech to put forward his long-held belief that the neoliberal economic model “forged by Margaret Thatcher many years ago” was broken. ... Corbyn also attacked the media in the speech, saying they were “under instruction from their tax-exile owners to destroy the Labour party”. He said one paper had devoted 14-pages to attacking Labour, and the vote had gone up 14 points. “Never have so many trees died in vain,” he said. “Here is a message to the Daily Mail editor – next time make it 28 pages.” Corbyn said Diane Abbott had borne the brunt of much of the abuse – a line which saw the conference hall rise in standing ovation and sing Happy Birthday to the shadow home secretary. “She suffered intolerable misogynist and racist abuse,” he said."

Kurds Back Independence by 92% in Referendum | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 27, 2017 12:43 PM
"The referendum on Monday was nonbinding outside Iraqi Kurdistan and was not internationally recognized. Kurdish authorities in Erbil announced on Wednesday that 92.7 percent of those who went to the polls on Monday had voted for Kurdish leaders to seek independence. About 72 percent of 4.6 million registered voters cast ballots, with about 2.9 million voting “yes” to independence and about 224,000 “no,” the Kurdish Independent High Electoral Referendum Commission reported."

Why the Kurds Are Seeking Independence From Iraq

by JBB — last modified Sep 25, 2017 08:45 PM
by Patrick Cockburn | CounterPunch | The real constraint on self-determination for Iraqi Kurdistan is that, referendum or no referendum; it remains a minnow in shark-infested waters. The US and its allies will no longer need the Kurds to the degree they do today once Isis is defeated. The Iraqi central government will get stronger rather than weaker. The safest course for the Kurds is still a confederal power-sharing agreement with Baghdad, but so far neither side has had the will to make this happen.

UK's Labour pledges infrastructure nationalization, credit card cap | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 25, 2017 04:15 PM
"McDonnell used a speech at the party’s annual conference in the English seaside resort of Brighton to call for a more state-controlled economy, promising to bring so-called “Private Finance Initiative” contracts into public control. The contracts have been used for decades to fund public infrastructure project using private capital. They have long attracted criticism for inflating costs and channeling public money to shareholders. Successive governments have attempted to reform the process."

AfD leader quits party caucus hours after German election breakthrough | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 25, 2017 11:27 AM
"Founded by a group of economics professors in protest against Greek bailout programmes, the party morphed into an anti-immigrant force after the refugee crisis in the summer of 2015 when around a million refugees arrived in Germany after Merkel said they were to be allowed in. ... The AfD is by no means only a party of the “left-behinds” and its agenda continues to be set by western politicians advocating conventional small-state economics. A survey in June showed that 39% of the party’s supporters have a higher than average income."
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