What are They Trying to Do to Us?

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A brief overview (also available as printable pdf)

Life has become very strange indeed for billions of people since March 2020.

We are no longer allowed to do what we always did, see who we want to see, live freely in the way we fondly imagined we were entitled to do.

Everything has changed. Now we have to check the latest restrictions on our movements and activities. We can’t go to concerts, football matches, pubs or cafés. We are told to avoid other people and to wear masks to cover our faces when we do share the same spaces.

Nobody knows what the future holds for them or their family. Insecurity and anxiety are rife.

To start with, these were supposedly emergency measures, but the weeks turned into months without any end in sight.

Now we are being told that it could be years before we are allowed to resume our lives and even then we are going to need a “vaccine passport” to carry out even the most basic activities.

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Toxic masculinity, the nuclear lobby and its climate change confidence trick

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In 2021, not only viruses, but also ideas, are sweeping around the world. There is a renewed global push for equality for women. A newly revitalised movement to end racism. The pandemic means that the health of each nation now depends on the health of all nations. The climate crisis is headed to affect the whole world…

Curiously absent from these global anxieties is the nuclear threat. Nuclear war could annihilate not only millions of people, but also our chances of a liveable climate. Nuclear pollution affects mainly indigenous peoples , just as nuclear weapons testing was cheerfully imposed by the rich nations on distant indigenous lands.

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Repression and arrests in the migrant camp in Tenerife Eng/Esp

by Izquierda Diario translation thefreeonline shared with thanks

Since the end of February, more than 1500 people have been crowded into the Las Raíces camp located in the municipality of La Laguna in Tenerife.
By Ana Adom Published on Apr 8, 2021

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The desperation of more than 1,500 people, without medical attention or sanitary conditions, in the La Raíces migrant camp, in Tenerife, has led to the protest.

And in the face of the protest, the Government has responded with repression, the intervention of riot police and several detainees.

At first the point of greatest saturation of the Islands was in the port of Arguineguín in the town of Mogan, southwest of Gran Canaria. There, last summer, several tents began to be installed to control the new entrances, but already at the end of November more than 2000 people took refuge.

Sube la tensión en Las Raíces - La Provincia

It was at this dock where the police intervened, expelling hundreds of them without having a place to go, an operation that was later branded as a “mistake and lack of coordination.”

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‘Global Britain’, aggressive imperialism and draconian policing

by Rohan Rice shared with thanks

Belligerent abroad and Oppressive at home, the government’s Rhetoric is being Cemented into Law. Mass Resistance is the only Response.

A protest banner reading Defend the right to Protest Photo: Amardeep Singh Dhillon

On 16 March 2021, Boris Johnson announced that the UK would be breaking its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons that the UK signed along with 191 other countries in 1968. 
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It came as part of a defence and security review announcement in which Prime Minister Johnson outlined Britain’s plan to once again become a dominant, aggressive, imperial power on the world stage.

Most notable was the commitment to a 40 per cent increase in nuclear warheads to be purchased from the USA, taking Britain’s total from 180 to 240. No doubt Iran and North Korea will see the irony.

In an impudent show of imperialist intent Britain will also invest more in all five sectors of military defence, including cyber, maritime, land, sea, and space. Within this is the creation of a National Cyber Force, new special forces regiments called ‘rangers’, and a Counter Terrorism Operations and Situation Centre in Whitehall.

Britain’s new off-the-books ‘ranger’ regiments will further undermine democracy and accountability The Canary

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Chinese NGO accuses US of starting 81% of all wars between 1945 and 2001 Eng/Esp

China reports US initiated 81% global armed conflicts

The United States was behind eight out of ten armed conflicts that broke out in the world in the period from 1945 to 2001, calculated a Chinese NGO in a new report
USA Human Rights Fiascos. The China side of the story.

Since the proclamation of independence in 1776, the United States has lived just two decades without becoming involved in a war, says the Chinese Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS,for its acronym in English) in an article published on Friday.

China report says US causing humanitarian disasters - RTHK

«According to incomplete statistics, of the 248 armed conflicts that occurred in 153 regions of the world from the end of World War II in 1945 to 2001, 201 were initiated by the United States, representing 81 percent of the total number […] These wars not only caused a large number of military casualties to the warring parties, but also caused extremely serious civilian casualties and material damage, which caused terrible humanitarian disasters ”, highlights the NGO.

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Vallekas is not a beast to be tamed by political parties, fascists, or police

per Anarquistas de vallekas http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/532950

The Spanish fascist party, Vox held a provocative street meeting in the poor but defiant Vallecas barrio of Madrid as a tactic to gain support in the May 4th local elections.. The neighbours called for resistance and the meeting was abandoned amid objects thrown and police charges against the antifascists, with arrests and 32 injured. Inevitably the right wing media presented the resistance as ‘Antifa Fascism’ with blanket coverage and the few Vox supporters as brave heroes of democracy. But we stood up and fought back.

Vallekas is not a beast to be tamed: not by political parties, not by fascists, not by the police: Chronicle of the Vox rally in Vallekas

by Anarquistas de Vallekas

Last Wednesday, April 7, VOX had a campaign presentation in Vallecas, in a clear act of provocation.

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Ukraine Again! War hysteria, Macho fascism, Russophobia and US imperialism

Ukraine redux: war, Russophobia and Pipelineistan

By Pepe Escobar, on April 8, 2021 via martyrashrakat first posted at Asia Times shared with thanks. illustrations added

Ukraine and Russia may be on the brink of war – with dire consequences for the whole of Eurasia. Let’s cut to the chase, and plunge head-on into the fog of war.

On March 24, Ukrainian President Zelensky, for all practical purposes, signed a declaration of war against Russia, via decree No. 117/2021.

The decree establishes that retaking Crimea from Russia is now Kiev’s official policy.

That’s exactly what prompted an array of Ukrainian battle tanks to be shipped east on flatbed rail cars, following the saturation of the Ukrainian army by the US with military equipment including unmanned aerial vehicles, electronic warfare systems, anti-tank systems and man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS).

More crucially, the Zelensky decree is the proof any subsequent war will have been prompted by Kiev, debunking the proverbial claims of “Russian aggression.” Crimea, since the referendum of March 2014, is part of the Russian Federation.

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“Mutual Aid Not Charity in the Philippines” Supports Tricycle Drivers and Operators

Posted on by enough14 . Originally published by Etniko Bandido Infoshop.

Philippines. It has been a year now; people are still struggling economically specially the marginalized community. The government has no clear plan and support to those people in needs.

We are experiencing lockdown again in areas of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite. Every municipalities implemented curfew from 6pm to 5am, checkpoints of police in uniform are everywhere and everyone will be penalized if they violate certain protocols and policy.

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Kill The Bill: Solidarity with Bristol Protesters!

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Wessex Solidarity

Derry Anarchists

The Derry Anarchist Collective stands in solidarity with our comrades in Bristol and other cities in their continued resistance to the Police Bill.

The Government says that this Bill “will allow the police to take a more proactive approach in managing highly disruptive protests causing serious disruption to the public.

The bill will “widen the range of conditions that the police can impose on static protests, to match existing police powers to impose conditions on marches”. And “Broaden the range of circumstances in which police may impose conditions on a protest.

What this means is that the police will have increased powers to oppress the freedom of assembly and our right to protest introducing lengthy prison sentences.

The Tories have brought this Bill in under the cover of COVID, but in reality, it is a reach to protect the status quo against legitimate protests ranging from organising for…

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The Criminalization of Big Pharma, mRNA Vaccine Deaths and Injuries. EU Adopts “Digital Vaccine Passport”

The New Dark Age

3 April 2021 — Global Research

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

On March 25, 2021, the European Parliament voted 468 to 203 in favour of the Digital Vaccine Passport or “Green Pass” which requires EU citizens to get vaccinated if they want to travel, or even have access to various social and cultural activities within their respective communities.

The EU Digital Vaccine Passport is part of  the infamous ID2020 project sponsored by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI)  which uses generalized vaccination as a platform for digital identity“.

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Flooding the planet with plastics from US Fracking Glut: Big Oil’s answer to Climate Emergency

The Free

Posted on First part by Megan Redshaw, J.D. shared with thanks

Faced with diminishing demand for fossil fuels, the struggling oil and gas industry is investing billions of dollars in new plants designed to produce millions more tons of plastics — and millions more tons of pollution.  

As oil companies’ profits sink amid decreasing demand for their product, oil and gas giants are setting their sights on a new market — they’re pouring billions of dollars into new plants designed to produce plastic from chemicals sourced from fossil fuels.

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To Hell with the Planet. U.S. frack glut Plan booming cheap Plastics worldwide,

By Beth Gardiner

Even as the European Union rolls out aggressive plans for reducing plastic waste, countries are importing cheap ethane from US frackers to expand their plastics industries.

Plans for a huge and controversial new chemical plant in Antwerp, Belgium, are drawing attention to several European countries’ growing imports of chemicals from the United States: by-products of fracked natural gas and oil that would fuel plastic production, even as the European Union rolls out aggressive plans for reducing plastic waste and battling climate change.

The U.S.-to-Europe trade in petrochemical by-products, coming as global demand for plastic climbs, could potentially undermine the European goals on both waste and carbon emissions.

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Scientific study and optical gas imaging videos demonstrate that the worst recorded oil and gas methane pollution is in the Permian Basin of Texas & New Mexico. A new network of pipelines is being built to bring the liquid part of the frack gas extraction (LPG) to the giant new plastics and export plants being set up on the Gulf Coast, making a mockery of plans to limit CO2 release and save the planet.

The expansion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the United States has created a plentiful supply of ethane, an ingredient for making plastic which flows as a by-product of fracking for oil and natural gas.

Its availability, and low cost, have prompted a massive buildout of plastic production in Texas, Louisiana, and western Pennsylvania. Nearly 350 fracking-enabled petrochemical projects, with a total price tag of more than $200 billion, have been planned or completed since 2010, according to the American Chemistry Council, an industry group.  

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