Bulletin N° 858



Subject : THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE: Lessons from the Dung Beetle on “survival of the fittest” and “beggar thy neighbor.”




September 5, 2019

Grenoble, France


Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,


Historically, ideologies might be compared to asteroids hurtling towards earth - some hitting us, while others are near misses; some as big as the Empire State Building, while others burn out leaving debris as small as marbles. Margret Thatcher once slyly commented on the Empire’s view of one ideology: "We know who the “Chosen People” really are. It doesn't matter what others think."


The U.S. mass entertainment industry has introduced propaganda films to rehabilitate the German National Socialist Party, providing a revisionist history of monopoly capitalist competition in the 20th century, and promoting “collectivist capitalism” under the authoritarian rule of state controls, as against liberal “individualist capitalism” under the less visible dictatorship of financial institutions which imposed debt bondage on the masses by way of despotic rule.


All ideological constructs have a beginning, a middle, and an end; all have histories that invite analyses: "Baby let me light your fire!" In this context, the ideology of anti-Semitism and its mirror image, Zionism, has a history which can be delineated.



The ideologies of nationalism, international capitalism, and international socialism are, of course, mental constructs which can be found embedded in western historiographies of the past 100 years and more. Lawrence Stone’s book, The Past and the Present Revisited (1981), discusses the ideological blinders worn by different groups, at different times, in different places; and  describes the “heroic phase” of historical writing which began in England in the late 1950s and quickly spread to France and the United States. The first three chapters of his book, consist of essays describing: a) radical changes in the questions that have guided historical research, b) new data that have been discovered and new tools developed to better understand the past, and c) changes in methods of research and methods of presentation – particularly “the revival of the narrative”.


“I feel myself to have been peculiarly fortunate,” Stone writes in the introduction to this book,


to have lived through, and taken some part in, so exciting a transformation of my profession. If, as seems likely, the flow of new recruits into academia is going to be very severely restricted over the next fifteen years for lack of job opportunities, it is probable that intellectual stagnation will set in, since it is from the young that innovation comes. If this happens the past twenty-five years will come to be seen as something, squeezed in between two periods of quiet consolidation of received wisdom.

. . .

    All the essays in this book were written in the 1960s to 1980s, and they reflect a shift in interest from social, economic and political change to change in values, religious beliefs, customs and patterns of intimate behavior. In this shift the essays do not merely reflect changes in my own perspective upon the past, but rather a more general shift in the 1960s to 1980s from sociology to anthropology as the dominant source of new ideas in the historical profession in general.  . . . [These] essays try to display something of the bubbling ferment of new ideas, new approaches and new facts which characterize that Golden Age of historiography. There are, therefore, few aspects of the ‘new history’ which are not touched upon somewhere in this volume, either generally in the three historiographical surveys or more specifically in the [18] topical essays [which compose the second part of this book].(p.xi)


Professor Stone introduces his next to last essay toward the end of this book – Chapter 20, entitled “Old Age” – by commenting on the subjective considerations that have motivated historians to pursue certain inquiries rather than others.


It is a truism that historians tend to ask questions about the past that are of direct concern to the societies in which they live. In the nineteenth century, the central issues were nation-building and constitutional law; in the early twentieth century, they were economic development and class relationships; today it is mentalité, that untranslatable French word meaning the way people regard the cosmos, themselves, and one another, and the values according to which they model their behavior toward each other.(p383)




In his first chapter, Stone discusses the critique of history as a social science. The basic threat is that social science tends to reduce the study of man, and of social change, to “a simplistic, mechanistic determinism based on some preconceived theoretical notion of universal applicability, regardless of time and space, and allegedly verified by scientific laws and scientific methods. Both historians and social scientists must recognize at least three universal constraints on human cognition which affect all disciplines that are concerned with the nature of man.”(p.42) Citing the historian Robert Nisbet, Stone lists these constraints:


first, the awareness of the elements of art that lies in all efforts to grasp reality, no matter how undergirded by pretentious methodologies and computer systems these efforts may be; second, that however one proceeds, with whatever degree of objectivity and devotion to truth, he cannot escape the limitations imposed by the form of his inquiry; and third, that many words through which social scientists approach reality are unalterably metaphoric.(cited on p.42)


Many “new historians” have lost sight of these pervasive constraints, leading to fundamental mistakes in thinking, such as believing that people are reducible to the most accessible form of evidence that can be found [which today we might consider to be the Google influence]. The gathering of such statistical evidence has produced a tendency towards an artless form of scholasticism which is difficult to escape. Another illusion of many “new historians” is produced by the errors of “essentialism,” the imposition of a crude and brazen ideology thereby reproducing a dogmatism. Both constraints “threaten to become as stifling and sterile as those which first came under attack some forty years ago.”


It is impossible to pretend that the great journals of the 1930s, Annales and The Economic History Review, are still as exciting and stimulating today as they were in their heady youth. The latter is far more narrowly technical than it used to be, and the former, though still as adventurous and innovative as ever, is so large and diffuse as to be difficult to digest. Nor does their newer rival, Past and Present, now have quite the same path-breaking significance that it possessed only ten years ago [in the 1970s]. This decline in excitement is not because of any deterioration in the quality of the articles published, but because it is more stimulating and rewarding to be successfully converting the unbelievers than to be preaching to the already converted. (pp.42-43)


In the second chapter Stone presents a new development in historical study which he thought, in the early 1980s, promised to make a major contribution to our historical understanding by connecting intellectual and cultural history with social, economic and political structures in the past.


In the last forty years collective biography (as the modern historians call it), multiple career-line analysis (as the social scientists call it), or prosopography (as the ancient historians call it) has developed into one of the most valuable and most familiar techniques  of the research historian. Prosopography is the investigation of the common background characteristics of a group of actors in history by means of a collective study of their lives. The method employed is to establish a universe to be studied, and then to ask a set of uniform questions – about birth and death, marriage and family, social origins and inherited economic position, place of residence, education, amount and source of personal wealth, occupation, religion, experience of office, and so on. The various types of information about the individuals in the universe are then juxtaposed and combined, and are examined for significant variables. They are tested both for internal correlations and for correlations with other forms of behavior or action.


     Prosopography is used as a tool with which to attack two of the most basic problems in history. The first concerns the roots of political action: the uncovering of the deeper interests that are thought to lie beneath the rhetoric of politics: the analysis of the social and economic affiliations of political groupings, the exposure of the workings of a political machine and the identification of those who pull the levers. The second concerns social structure and social mobility: one set of problems involves analysis of the role in society, and especially the changes in that role over time, of specific (usually elite) status groups, holders of titles, members of professional associations, officeholders, occupational groups, or economic classes; another set is concerned with the determination of the degree of social mobility at certain levels by a study of the family origins, social and geographical, of recruits to a certain political status  or occupational position, the significance of that position in a career, and the effect of holding that position upon the fortunes of the family; a third set struggles with the correlation of intellectual or religious movements with social, geographical, occupational, or other factors. Thus, in the eyes of its exponents, the purpose of prosopography is to make sense of political action, to help explain ideological and cultural change, to identify social reality, and to describe and analyze with precision the structure of society and the degree and the nature of the movements within it. Invented as a tool of political history, it is now being increasingly employed by the social historians.


     The major contributors to the development of prosopography can be divided into two fairly distinct schools. Those of the elitist school have been concerned with small-group-dynamics, or the interaction, in terms of family, marriage, and economic ties, of a restricted number of individuals. The subjects of study have usually been power elites, such as Roman or United states senators or English MPs or cabinet members, but the same process and model can be and have been applied to revolutionary leaders as well. The technique employed is to make a meticulously detailed investigation into the genealogy, business interests, and political activities of the group, the relationship being displayed


In the final Chapter of Part One, devoted to a survey of historiography since the Second World War, Professor Stone offers a reflection on the revival of the historical narrative. “Before looking at the recent trends, one has first to back-track in order to explain the abandonment by many historians, about fifty years ago, of a 2,000-year-old tradition of narrative as the ideal mode.”(p.75)


Economic and demographic determinism has not only been undermined by a recognition of ideas, culture and even individual will as independent variables. It has also been sapped by a revived recognition that political and military power, the use of brute force, has very frequently dictated the structure of the society, the distribution of wealth, the agrarian system, and even the culture of the elite. Classic examples are the Norman conquest of England in 1066, and probably also the divergent economic and social paths taken by Eastern Europe, North-Western Europe and England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The ‘new historians’ of the 1950s and 1960s will undoubtedly be severely criticized for their obsession with social, economic and demographic forces in history, and their failure to take sufficient account of political organization and decision –making and the vagaries of military battle and siege, destruction and conquest; Civilizations have risen and fallen due to fluctuations in political authority and shifts in the fortunes of war. It is extraordinary that these matters should have been neglected for so long by those who regarded themselves as in the forefront of the historical profession. In practice, the bulk of the profession continued to concern itself with political history, just as it had always done, but this is not where the cutting edge of innovation was thought to be. A belated recognition of the importance of power, of personal political decisions y individuals, of the chances of battle, has force some historians back to the narrative mode, whether they like it or not. To use Machiavelli’s terms, neither virtu nor fortuna can be dealt with except by a narrative, or even an anecdote, since the first is an individual attribute and the second a happy or unhappy accident.(pp. 81-82)


. . .

     Historians are, therefore, forced back upon the principle of indeterminacy, a recognition that the variables are so numerous that at best only middle-range generalizations are possible in history, as Robert Merton long ago suggested. The macro-economic moel is a pipe-dream, and ‘scientific history’ myth. Monocausal explanations simply do not work. The use of feed-back models of explanation built around Weberian ‘elective affinities’ seems to provide better tools for revealing something of the elusive truth about historical causation, especially if we abandon any claim that this methodology is in any sense scientific.


     Disillusionment with economic or demographic monocausal determinism and with quantification has led historians to start asking a quite new set of questions, many of were previously blocked from view by the preoccupation with a specific methodology, structural, collective, and statistical. More and more of the ‘new historians’ are now trying to discover what was going on inside people’s heads in the past, and what it was like to live in the past, questions which inevitably lead back to the use of narrative.(p.85)

. . .

One further reason why a number of ‘new historians’ are turning back to narrative seems to be a desire to make their findings accessible once more to an intelligent, but not expert, reading public, which is eager to learn what these innovative new questions, methods and data have revealed, but cannot stomach indigestible statistical tables, dry analytical argument, and jargon-ridden prose. Increasingly, structural analytical, quantitative historians have found themselves talking to each other and to no one else. Their findings have appeared in professional journals or in monographs so expensive and with such small press runs (under1,000) that they have been in practice almost entirely bought by libraries. And yet the success of popular historical periodicals like History Today and L’Histoire proves that there is a large audience ready to listen, and the new historians are now anxious to speak to that audience, rather than leaving it to be fed on the pabulum of popular biographies and textbooks. The questions asked by the new historians are, after all, those which preoccupy us all today: the nature of power, authority and charismatic leadership; the relation of political institutions to underlying social patterns and value systems; attitudes to youth, old age, disease, and death; sex, marriage and concubinage; birth contraception and abortion; work, leisure and conspicuous consumption; the relationship of religion, science and magic as explanatory models of reality; the strength and direction of the emotions of love, fear, lust and hate; the impact upon people’s lives and ways of looking at the world of literacy and education; the relative importance attached to different social groupings, such as the family, kin, community, nation, class and race; the strength and meaning of ritual, symbol and custom as ways of binding a community together; moral and philosophical approaches to crime and punishment; patterns of deference and outbursts of egalitarianism; structural conflicts between status groups or classes; the means, possibilities and limitations of social mobility; the nature and significance of popular protest and millenarian hopes; the shifting ecological balance between man and nature; the causes and effects of disease. All these are burning issues at the moment and are concerned with the masses rather than the elite. They are more ‘relevant’ to our own lives than the doings of dead kings, presidents and generals.(pp.87-88)


Professor Stone concludes his survey of post-WW-II historiography with a summary description the current state of historical studies and the reappearance of the narrative method of presentation.


The fundamental reason for the shift among the ‘new historians’ from the analytical to the descriptive mode is a major change in attitude about what is the central subject matter of history. And this is turn depends on prior philosophical assumptions about the role of human free will in its interaction with the forces of nature. The contrasting poles of thought are best revealed by quotations, one on one side and two on the other. In 1963, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie entitled a section of a volume of his essays ‘History Without People.’ By contrast, half a century ago Lucien Febvre announced ‘Ma proie, c’est l’homme,’ and a quarter of a century ago Hugh Trevor-Roper, in his inaugural lecture, urged upon historian, ‘the study not of circumstances but of man in circumstances;’ Today, Febvre’s ideal of history is catching on in many circles, at the same time as analytical structural studies of impersonal forces continue to pour out from the presses. Historians, therefore, are now dividing into four groups: the old narrative historians, primarily political historians and biographers; the cliometricians who continue to act like statistical junkies; the hard-nosed social historians still busy analyzing impersonal structures; and the historians of mentalité, now using narrative to chase ideals, values, mind sets, and patterns of intimate personal behavior – the more intimate the better.


     The adoption by the last group of minute descriptive narrative or individual biography is not, however, without its problems. The trouble is the old one, that argument by selective example is philosophically unpersuasive, a rhetorical device not a scientific proof. The basic historiographic trap in which recently been well set out by Carlo Ginzburg:


The quantitative and anti-anthropocentric approach of the sciences of nature from Galileo on has placed human sciences in an unpleasant dilemma: they must either adopt a weak scientific standard so as to be able to attain significant results, or adopt a strong scientific standard to attain results of no great importance.


Disappointment with the second approach is causing a drift back to the first.


. . .

     The second problem which arises from the use of the detailed example to illustrate mentalité is how to distinguish the normal from the eccentric. Since man is now our quarry, the narration of a very detailed story of a single incident or personality can make both good reading and good sense. But this will be so only if the stories do not merely tell a striking but fundamentally irrelevant tale of some dramatic episode of riot or rape, or the life of some eccentric rogue or villain or mystic, but are selected for the light they can throw upon certain aspects of a past culture. This means that they must be typical, and yet the wide use of records of litigation makes this question of typicality very difficult to resolve. People hauled into court are almost by definition atypical, but the world that is so nakedly exposed in the testimony of witnesses need not be so. Safety, therefore, lies in examining the documents not so much for their evidence about the eccentric behavior of the accused as for the light they shed on the life and opinions of those who happened to get involved in the incident in question.


   The third problem concerns interpretation, and is even harder to resolve. Provided the historian remains aware of the hazards involved, story-telling is perhaps as good a way as any to obtain an intimate glimpse of man in the past, to try to get inside his head. The trouble is that if he succeeds in getting there, the narrator will need all the skill and experience and knowledge acquired in the practice of analytical history of society, economy and culture, if he is to provide a plausible explanation of some of the very strange things he is liable to find. He may also need a little armature psychology to help him along, but armature psychology is extremely tricky material to handle successfully – and some would argue that it is impossible.


     Another obvious danger is that the revival of narrative may lead to a return to pure antiquarianism, to story-telling for its own sake. Yet another is that it will focus attention on the sensational and so obscure the dullness and drabness of the lives of the vast majority.(pp.94-95)


Finally, Stone ends his discussion of historiography and the revival of narrative history with a prognosis of what’s likely to come. He begins by quoting a grim observation originally made by the French historian Emmanuel  Le Roy Ladurie in 1972:


Present-day historiography, with its preference for the quantifiable, the statistical and the structural, has been obliged to suppress in order to survive. In the last decades it has virtually condemned to death the narrative history of events and the individual biography.(p.96)


But in this, the third decade [the 1980s], narrative history and individual biography are showing evident signs of rising again from the dead. Neither looks quite the same as they used to do before their alleged demise, but they are easily identifiable as variants of the same genus. Despite this resurrection, it is far too early to pronounce a funeral oration over the decaying corpse of analytical, structural, quantitative history; it continues to flourish and even to grow if the trend in American doctoral dissertations is any guide.


     It is clear that a single word like ‘narrative,’ especially one with such a complicated history behind it, is inadequate to describe what is, in fact, a broad cluster of changes in the nature of historical discourse. These are signs of change in the central issue of history from the circumstances surrounding man to man in circumstances; in the problems studied from the economic  and demographic to the cultural and emotional; in the prime sources of influence form sociology, economics and demography to anthropology and psychology; in the subject matter form the group to the individual; in the explanatory models of historical change from the stratified and monocausal to the interconnected and multicausal; in the methodology from group quantification to individual example; in the organization from the analytical to the descriptive; and in the conceptualization of the historian’s function from the scientific to the literary. These many-faceted changes in content, objective method, and style of historical writing, which are all happening at once, have clear elective affinities with one another: they all fit neatly together. No single word is adequate to sum them all up, and so, for the time being, ‘narrative’ will have to serve as a shorthand code-word for all that is going on.


     My hope is that, by drawing attention to the revival of narrative, this article will stimulate further thought about its significance for the future of history, and about the changing – and now increasingly tenuous – relationship of history to its sister social sciences, assuming that history belongs with the social sciences in the first place.(p.96)


This discussion by Professor Lawrence Stone echoes, in its underlying assumption, the famous warning made by the British anarchist novelist:



"Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past."

-George Orwell, 1984




* * *  

The standard retort to Professor Stone's historiography of “idealist history” is, of course, the Marxist axiom: “Material conditions influence ideas more than ideas influenced material conditions.” This theory of historical materialism is informed by the method of dialectical materialism, which applies the Hegelian "Ideal" (Thesis +Antithesis→ Synthesis) to material relationships. ("Standing Hegel on his head.")


Both Marx's theory and his method stand in contrast to the idealist histories discussed by Professor Stone, in which an infinity of interpretations can be entertained by historians, like Shiva dancing to the Vedas in some imaginary kinship Paradise, absent of social class struggles.

As an alternative to Stone’s idealist historiography, there exists the Marxist intellectual construction of historical materialism, using the conceptual tools of dialectical materialism,
- both of which Karl Marx produced almost 200 years ago as a theory and a method for understanding and for changing society. He called his approach : “scientific socialism.”




The 26+ items below will remind readers of the material conflicts of interest between la classe dominante and la classe dominée and the increasingly asymmetrical relationships that has evolved over the past many decades which has caused massive suffering, enslavement, and death and destruction for too many people.


The lack of class consciousness comes, indeed, at a high price!




Francis Feeley


Professor emeritus of American Studies

University Grenoble-Alpes

Director of Research

University of Paris-Nanterre

Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements

The University of California-San Diego







Palestine in Pictures: August 2019




News From Underground


From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Sunday, September 1, 2019
Subject: [MCM] Help this brave woman fight the CIA's huge "5 Eyes" spying apparatus


Please do what you can to help my good friend Suzie Dawson, a brilliant journalist and intrepid activist, who took on the "5 Eyes" intelligence colossus by investigating its extension in her own country, New Zealand—

an apparat that then went after her, and drove her into exile in Russia, where she's petitioned for asylum for herself and her two children.


Here is the essential background, from her website, below which there are all the links you need to help her out, by donating and/or helping spread the word on her behalf; and below those you'll find Suzie's  update, from today, on her current situation.




One Woman Is Taking On Corrupt Power And Needs Your Help To Continue

Kiwi journalist Suzie Dawson is a prominent defender of famous whistleblowers and parties targeted by the US, such as Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Kim Dotcom and WikiLeaks. For nearly a decade her journalism and activism has taken on some of the worlds most powerful actors. She has fought against unlawful spying by intelligence agencies on citizens. She combatted unfair power-grabs like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She has consistently sided with the people, speaking truth to power, and had the courage to speak up where citizens rights and freedoms have been eroded. 

Since 2012, Suzie's journalism warned that global intelligence agencies were targeting every day citizens, including New Zealanders. As a result, she became a target of intelligence agencies - the very people she had warned about - and in 2015 was forced into exile by their orchestrated campaign of harassment, intimidation and sabotage. 

In December 2018, a State Services Commission Report in New Zealand provided conclusive evidence that security services were, at times, out of control - confirming what Suzie had been saying all along. The report found that up to a dozen government agencies hired private intelligence companies to target journalists, activists, political parties and insurance claimants in retaliation for their dissent. 

Suzie has secured experienced human rights lawyers to continue her fight against the "Five Eyes” and to secure her refugee status and asylum claim in Russia. A series of actions are planned to make the relevant Western government agencies accountable for their illegal and unreasonable targeting of her. The focus of this campaign is to achieve transparency and accountability from the security services (who were funded and tasked to protect Suzie and her children's rights as citizens yet did the opposite).


Website: https://1vs5i.com

Very powerful short campaign video: 


Donation page: 



Campaign announcement tweets: 




Suzie's update:

Hi, all. 


You've been asking for updates on my situation, the good news is I am at liberty until at least September the 5th, when I will find out whether my new asylum application has been accepted for review. For more details, there are 3 easy ways to get up to date with my situation and the campaign progress:


1.       Campaign Updates are regularly posted on the Fundraising page: https://gogetfunding.com/help-a-kiwi-journalist-take-on-the-spies-1vs5i/

2.       I am filming short 5-min videos regularly and uploading them to my You Tube account: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPf90W3gtZzueNQTAvXCa5rmUY67EsHw3

3.       You can watch or join in our campaign planning in real time on our Discord server: https://1vs5i.com/discord 

This week, my lawyer Craig Tuck will begin doing interviews on a variety of platforms. Craig is an international human rights lawyer and death penalty specialist, he is also one of Julian's lawyers and met with Julian at the Embassy repeatedly prior to his arrest, so can be asked about a range of relevant issues. If you would like to interview him on your platform please drop us a line at media@1vs5i.com


Unsurprisingly, when you launch a campaign to take on intelligence agencies, a coordinated smear campaign is launched almost immediately in response. So far the crux of that campaign has been explicitly trying to deter people from donating to or resourcing the legal campaign, and attempting to undermine the truth of my experiences. The main thrust of the absurdist arguments is that I didn't "decide" that I was a target until long after I left New Zealand. This common smear, being planted across multiple platforms, is easily debunked by examining my actual body of work, which includes examples of me speaking publicly from 2011-2014 about the targeting of myself and other activists (and by whom), long prior to my leaving New Zealand. 


Just as one example, here is a wonderful interview I did in Auckland in 2014 with former NZ Green Party Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons, who is a political icon in NZ, having led the Greens and been a Member of Parliament for 15 years. We discussed the targeting of my media team, as well as the pervasive and concerning intrusions of surveillance in the lives of New Zealanders. Watch here: https://twitter.com/1vs5i/status/1168200679950888965


But smears are merely meant to distract us from the work at hand - and for us, that is holding the intelligence agencies to account, both in court and in the court of public opinion. This short 2-minute video is of me reminding supporters of why it is so important that we focus our intentions on the crimes of the powerful hands hidden in the shadows: https://twitter.com/1vs5i/status/1168215159128698880


Our website is also being regularly updated, and a slew of new content will be released this week: https://1vs5i.com


I deeply appreciate everyone who is willing to take the brave step of using their public platforms to support #1vs5i. This campaign is shining a light back on the abuses of the security services and intelligence agencies in a way that we haven't seen recently done. I humbly ask that you please do everything you can to support this campaign, for us all. 


Thanks so much and I'll be in touch



Breaking The Media Blackout on the Imprisonment of Julian Assange


by Mnar Muhawesh


John Pilger reveals Assange prison conditions



Clinical psychologist Lissa Johnson: They are trying to break Assange “physically and psychologically”


by Oscar Grenfell


Australia: NSW Greens pass motion “defending” Assange,

but MPs remain silent - World Socialist Web Site


by Oscar Grenfell


"Free Julian Assange!" say Roger Waters, John Pilger, and British MP Chris Williamson



Media blacks out Roger Waters’ performance in defence of Assange


by Oscar Grenfell


‘All of us are in danger’: John Pilger delivers a chilling warning from Julian Assange



Pia Klemp Is the Badass Hero the World Desperately Needs Right Now



Chris Hedges on What it Takes to be a Rebel in Modern Times



Abby Martin & Richard Wolff Discuss Socialism in 2019






How Bolsonaro’s Climate Change Denial & Anti-Indigenous Policies Led to Massive Fires in the Amazon

See the source image


with Maria Luisa Mendonça


High above Greenland glaciers, NASA looks into melting ocean ice

See the source image



Europe Is Warming Even Faster Than Climate Models Predicted

Satellite data of heat energy emitted from Europe on July 25, 2019, showing the current summer’s highest extremes.


by George Dvorsky


France Just Obliterated Its All-Time Heat Record


by George Dvorsky


Debating How Much Time We Have to Avert Climate Disaster

is a Waste of Time

See the source image


by Arn Menconi





News From Underground


From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Subject: [MCM] We're eating the Amazon (and so ourselves) to death—and have been for some time. (2)


Note that the first piece below, on how we're literally gobbling up the Amazon, came out on Oct. 25, 2017—

some two years prior to this moment's sudden universal screaming by "our free press" vis-a-vis the conflagration 

in Brazil. 


Without in any way defending the disastrous slash-and-burn policy of Jair "Firebug" Bolsonaro, we can—and

should—ask just how bad this conflagration really is, historically: a question raised judiciously in the second

piece below, by the OffGuardian's Catte Black.





Amazon Deforestation Linked to McDonald's, Other Retail Food Giants



October 25, 2017



 by Anna Sophie Gross and Daniel Gross


Genetic Engineering


deforestation logging wood cut cc 1000x523.jpg


Large-scale agribusiness operations clear large swathes of native forest to make way for soy plantations.


A Mongabay investigation, prompted by a report done earlier this year by the NGO Mighty Earth, suggests that customers buying chicken from some of Britain’s largest supermarkets and fast-food chains may be unwittingly fueling rampant deforestation in the Bolivian Amazon and Brazilian savanna.

Tesco, Morrisons and McDonald’s buy their chicken from Cargill, the biggest private company in the world, which feeds its poultry with imported soy. The U.S. food distributor purchases its soy from large-scale agribusiness operations that often burn and clear large swathes of native forest to make way for their plantations.

Ten years ago, soy traders agreed to stop buying soy from the Brazilian Amazon following severe pressure from activists, consumers and retailers such as Tesco and McDonald’s.

However, in the wake of this agreement known as the “soy moratorium,” global soy traders simply shifted their sights to nearby areas where deforestation is now rife in the Bolivian Amazon and Brazilian savanna — a region known as the Cerrado, part of which lies inside Legal Amazonia as designated by the Brazilian government.



Aug 23, 2019 

Amazon Burning?well maybe not so much

Statistics indicate this is an average year for wildfires, so why the above-average hysteria?


One of many misattributed photos doing the rounds. This is from another fire entirely.


by Catte Black



Today on Twitter OffG stepped into the current panic-inferno and thick forest of screaming hashtags that is the “Amazon Forest Fire Crisis.” The results were thought-provoking.

The mainstream media message is very simple. There are “record” numbers of forest fires currently in the Amazon basin. It’s mostly Bolsonaro’s fault. The G7 – soon to be assembling – needs to act. (Business Insider and The Guardian are also both very keen we send money to some rainforest charities)

Now, I’m not a fan of Bolsonaro personally, and that goes for all of us at OffG. I’m equally very supportive of preserving the rain forests and wild spaces of the earth. So, the broad sweep of the message is something I’m inclined to be sympathetic toward.

But something isn’t sitting right. This is the mainstream media in full and united chorus, flooding the news space with this one single message. This means there’s a fairly major agenda, and it’s unlikely to be saving the Amazon for all the little future babies.


Humanity Is Not Sleeping; It’s In An Induced Coma


by Caitlin Johnstone


The Great Hack the most important documentary of our time?


by Kayleigh Dray


How To Awaken From The Matrix Using Self-Enquiry


by Caitlin Johnstone






The movie documents a stunning environmental tragedy taking place on a tiny atoll in the center of the vast North Pacific Ocean.The team photographed and filmed thousands of young albatrosses that lay dead on the ground, their stomachs filled with plastic. The viewing is overwhelming,  not only for what it meant for the suffering of the birds, but also for what it reflected back to us about the destructive power of our culture of mass consumption, and humanity's damaged relationship with the living world.


Brexit & the Madness of the ‘Sovereign Individual’


by Daniel Lazare


"The Life and Crimes of George Herbert Walker Bush (w/ Lamar Waldron)" on YouTube


by Thom Hartmann


From: Cat McGuire
Subject: First they came for the comedians. . .


Well, actually no, the comedians were not the first to come under fire in what is now the most unprecedented wave of censorship in US history. 


In case you haven't heard, hundreds of alternative voices -- both right and left -- are being memory-holed with impunity. 


Newly added is Adam Garrison, a comedian who is neither right nor left, but enjoys skewering both sides of the political divide. His shtick consists of impersonating liberal Dan Myers and his Trumpian doppleganger Rusty Myers, flip sides of each other.


Recently, without even so much as a "sorry, bro," Facebook deleted his account, wiping out his entire collection of comedy videos which had been getting hits in the millions. YouTube likewise censored Garrison, but astonishingly, only the Rusty character.  


Check out a couple of Garrison's comedy videos and decide for yourself if you feel democracy is safer without Rusty Myers' threatening hate speech. 


At the pool








Area 51




See more of Dan and Rusty at the Organic Comedy Network where they're being heavily marginalized by algorythms.


Listen to a 15 min audio interview with Adam Garrison explaining how he got banned Soviet-style.





The IMF & World Bank: Partners In Backwardness


by Bonnie Faulkner and Michael Hudson


Top 5 countries opting to ditch US dollar & the reasons behind their move

Top 5 countries opting to ditch US dollar & the reasons behind their move


by RT


In Unprecedented, Shocking Proposal, BOE's Mark Carney Urges Replacing Dollar With Libra-Like Reserve Currency


by Tyler Durden


The World’s Largest Wealth Manager Just Turned Bearish on Stocks


by Ishika Mookerjee


U.S. Economic Warfare and Likely Foreign Defenses


by Michael Hudson





Days of Revolt: How We Got to Junk Economics



Late Imperialism


by John Bellamy Foster


International bankers, WW I (& Edith Cavell)


by Mujahid Kamran


Louis Farrakhan speaks on the Crimes of International Bankers during WW I


(video, 10min)


"How Elites Crush Black Dissent"


with Jacqueline Luqman


War Is a Racket



by David Broder


Could Queen Victoria Have Prevented WWI?


BBC History Revealed, with historian Lucy Worsley





The Differences between Fascism and Socialism


with Richard Wolff


Anti-Semitism and Zionism Have Formed a Brutal Alliance


by Wendy Elisheva Somerson


Hitler vs. the Elite Cabal of International Bankers


with James Perloff

(video, 30min)

Published on Jun 7, 2015 by Sarina Funderburke





Israel, the Holocaust, and Anti-Semitism

(Excerpted from Chronicles of Dissent)


by Noam Chomsky


Former Israeli troop reflects on the 'moral corruption'

of Palestinian occupation


with Avner Gvaryahu, former Israeli sergeant and paratrooper


Israelis torturing non-Jewish children


Australian documentary film. Viewer discretion advised.





How the U.S. Sowed the Seeds of Its Border Crisis


by Joel Whitney


Justice for José Antonio: Family Demands Accountability for Mexican Teen Killed by U.S. Border Agent


with José Antonio's family, including his Mother Araceli Rodríguez and his Aunt Taide Elena


Border Patrol Has Killed At Least 97 People Since 2003.

Hear Some of Their Victims’ Stories


with border activist Richard Boren


Orwellian Surveillance of Tohono O'odham Nation

- A Test Case for Entire US Border?


with investigative journalist Will Parrish





News From Underground


From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Subject: [MCM] Inventing "gunfire" from a wholly peaceful protest, PBS lies about its own report on Israeli attacks in Gaza



‘Protests turn violent’ with ‘gunfire’ — PBS lies about its own report on Israeli attacks in Gaza

Philip Weiss on August 26, 2019 




Last week PBS ran a brilliant piece from Gaza by Jane Ferguson that highlighted Israel’s maiming of hundreds or thousands of young protesters with leg-shattering rifle-shots.

The focus of the piece was Dr. Adnan al Borsh, a surgeon, who described in precise English the explosive nature of the wounds and his efforts to save young Palestinians, captured by a photograph of him falling asleep in an operating room chair at 1 a.m. on May 14, 2018, the day that Israel killed over 60 protesters.


Dr. Adnan al Borsh on May 14, 2018.

The sympathy of the piece was entirely with young men who had once loved to play soccer in their open-air prison. Ferguson:

Most of these kids have never seen the outside world, trapped in a tiny strip of land under blockade by the Israeli government and ruled over by the militant group Hamas.

I watched this report last week as a rapt amateur, with my heart in my throat. Another excerpt:

Ferguson: Waleed and his friends say they were unarmed, protesting near the border fence, when he was shot by a sniper.

Waleed Al Ramlawi (through translator): The Israelis were dealing with us as though we were an army. They were not dealing with us as peaceful protesters. We had no weapons, just our bodies.


John Yang

I was planning to celebrate the PBS New Hour, thensaw the packaging of the report. The title on the PBS site is: “Gazans suffer life-shattering injuries when border protests turn violent.” And host John Yang — I missed this when I was sitting at dinner — put the blame on the Palestinians in his intro:

For many months now, Palestinians in Gaza have regularly protested their conditions along the border fence with Israel. Those protests have often turned violent, resulting in deaths and permanent injuries.

Militant Palestinians have lobbed rockets and gunfire at Israel, especially targeting the soldiers at the border. But some international observers say the response of late has taken a disturbing turn.

These are… lies. There was nothing in the report to justify such a misrepresentation. Ferguson never mentioned gunfire. She did say that Palestinians sometimes send flaming kites over the border that can burn farmland, and that “the most cynical here encourage the smallest to approach the fence, goading Israeli guards.” There has been no “disturbing turn” lately.

Ferguson never mentioned rockets, never mentioned gunfire– except from Israel.


THE ANGRY ARAB: Israel Bombs the Middle East, Yet Again


by As`ad AbuKhalil



From: "Amal AraFA" <anahona366@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2019 3:54:13 AM
Subject: I am facing a big challenge and may be difficult but not impossible .. It is raising 200 dollars to work .. and help some of the injured ... Thank you to everyone who stood with us


I would like to thank those who stop with me and support me and support my team and my support ,, thank you very much very much
I am a nurse Amal Arafa from the Gaza Strip. I am 28 years old and I have 3 children.
We started work about a year and a half ago.

The Israeli occupation forces killed more than 220 young men and women and children and women and wounded more than 50,000 people during the year and a half
We are working in the northern Gaza Strip in a medical point which is about 3 young people and 9 nurses.

We agreed to establish this volunteer group to help the injured who are unable to get treatment after they are injured.
We cannot do this without you and your support
We need to get about $ 200 to buy the necessary equipment and medical supplies
I know this is difficult but it is not impossible You can give us any support to complete this amount and I hope you do not ignore this special message
We need more than 100 pieces of gauze and the price tag is about $ 50
We need six saline solutions and the price is about $ 40

We need first aid, which is a box enough for 5 people and costs about $ 10 each
We need pain medications because the injured can't without them because of the severity of the pain they are exposed to.
We need antibiotics to prevent inflammation

We cannot do this on our own, but we can do this with your presence and your support and support

You can support us with anything by clicking the link below


thank you
Nurses Group East Gaza Strip






















"Palestinian Christians under Israeli occupation speak out"



Israel’s Ban on Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Backfires


by Marjorie Cohn


Israel Demolishes 70 More Palestinian Apartments in East Jerusalem


with Jeff Halper, a leader of the anti-demolitions movement


Israelis celebrating the destruction of Palestine is nothing new


by Jonathan Ofir



From: "Amal AraFA" <anahona366@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 31, 2019 2:25:45 AM
Subject: Watch with pictures .....The Israeli army tried to kill a journalist, a paramedic and two young children. More than 70 youths were injured


The Israeli occupation forces tried to kill the photographer of the Turkish Anatolian Agency, Ali Gadallah, with a bullet in the head in Al-Awda camp in the area of Queen of East Gaza City.

A young man was shot in the neck but did not penetrate the young man's body and narrowly escaped.
Another young man was shot in the head and is now in intensive care
The Israeli occupation forces opened fire on two children under the age of seven years who were present in the eastern Gaza Strip

Our group has been working under such great pressure and our medic friend was shot in the chest and is now in the hospital

We need you to complete our work well and to help the injured in the eastern Gaza Strip
This does not happen to being with us and thank you for your support
I hope you donate to us and support us through the following link










































Airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria & Iraq Mark Dangerous Escalation in Decades-Long Israeli Aggression


with Ramo Khouri





“We’re in a Crisis of Deaths”: Migrant Death Toll Tops 900 in Mediterranean as 40 Die Off Libya


with Charlie Yaxley





Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China


by Ellen Brown


David Harvey on China


with David Harvey


"Anti-Capitalist Chronicles: The Significance of China in the Global Economy"


with David Harvey





The Media’s Russian Radiation Story Implodes Upon Scrutiny


by Scott Ritter


Unreported Deaths, Child Cancer & Radioactive Meat:

The Untold Story of Chernobyl


with Kate Brown





Black Agenda Report


Jeffery Epstein, Jay-Z, and the Miserable World

Created by the Billionaire Ruling Class


by Danny Haiphong


Epstein: The Maxwell Connection


by George Galloway


The Family That Built an Empire of Pain


by Patrick Radden Keefe


The Sackler dynasty’s ruthless marketing of painkillers has generated billions of dollars—and millions of addicts.


Watch the Damning Deposition the Sackler Family Wanted Buried


by David Armstrong



Family That Made Millions on Opioids Gave to Anti-Muslim Groups


by Ilana Novick



“This Ruling Is Huge”: Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million for Fueling Opioid Epidemic


with Julia Lurie


State Wants To Take Over Opioid Lawsuits


by Ohio Public Radio


David Koch May Have Taken Us All With Him




David Koch Is Dead, But His Legacy of Climate Denial Lives On





News From Underground


From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2019


Jeff Bezos is an excellent argument for

getting rid of his whole class



by Eric Zuesse





The hype over possible U.S.-Iran talks obscured something much more ominous


by Editorial Board, Washington Post


Lebanon, Iraq, Iran call out Israel's 'declaration of war' after it bombs 3 COUNTRIES in one weekend


from RT


"Will Iran respond to Israel's attacks?


from Al Jazeera English


Netanyahu 'desperate' to pull US into Iran conflict - fmr Pentagon official


with Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof


Israel’s ‘last struggles’? Netanyahu vigorously battles Iranian menace, threatens entire STATES


from RT


The growing Israel/U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia's crown prince is not just immoral. It's also stupid


by James North





US strategy in Africa is all about China


with Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston


We Are in a WAR SITUATION with China!


with John Pilger




"Fascism in the Age of Trump"


with Chris Hedges


The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight


with Bill Moyers & Mike Lofgren  





From: "The National Security Archive" <nsarchiv@gwu.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Subject: U.S. Sought to Preserve Close Ties to Indonesian Military as it Terrorized East Timor in Run Up to 1999 Independence Referendum






U.S. sought to preserve close ties to Indonesian military as it terrorized East Timor in runup to 1999 independence referendum

U.S. knew of Indonesian military’s creation, direction, and arming of militias in East Timor in 1998-1999, plans to “kill, drive out, or intimidate into silence independence activists” prior to historic vote

Posting of recently declassified documents marks 20th anniversary of key referendum

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 682


View the posting

Washington, D.C., August 28, 2019 – The U.S. government was aware for months that the Indonesian military had created, and was arming and directing paramilitary militias in East Timor in the leadup to the territory’s historic August 30, 1999, independence referendum, according to recently declassified documents posted today by the National Security Archive based at The George Washington University.  The documents provide an unprecedented window into U.S. policymaking and reporting in the aftermath of the May 1998 resignation of Indonesian President Suharto; the unexpected decision of President B.J. Habibie in January 1999 to suggest that East Timor would be allowed to vote on its political future after 24 years of Indonesian military occupation; the negotiations which led to the formation of the United Nations mission in East Timor (UNAMET); the months-long campaign waged by the Indonesian armed forces and its militia proxies in East Timor to terrorize the population and prevent it from voting for independence; and the systematic campaign of murder and destruction carried out by the Indonesian armed forces and its militia proxies in the wake of the referendum.

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, State Department, Defense Intelligence Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Pacific Command, and Defense Department all closely monitored events in East Timor during 1999 and produced hundreds of updates and reports on the events there, which had wide-ranging implications for Indonesia’s democratic transition, the role of the Indonesian armed forces, and events in other parts of the archipelago, such as Aceh and West Papua, where the military also faced independence movements which sought to capitalize on the resignation of Suharto. The records published here are highlights of more than 200 documents from 1999 obtained through declassification requests to the U.S. government by the nongovernmental National Security Archive, and which can be made available to journalists, scholars, and others by contacting Indonesia and East Timor project director Brad Simpson.

The newly released documents add to the significant declassified record on U.S.-Indonesia relations, which includes important materials the National Security Archive has posted on topics such as Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor and regime human rights abuses dating back to the mid-1960s.

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The 9/11 Decade : The Intelligence War | Al Jazeera World



Immediately after 9/11, the US announced that 'the gloves were coming off' in the fight against al-Qaeda. A unique Presidential Finding gave the CIA greater powers than it had enjoyed at any point in its history. Electronic eavesdropping, kidnap, rendition and water-boarding were the results. The film explores how the CIA fought al-Qaeda in the shadows, focusing on the monitoring of its communications, the group's escape from Tora Bora and the problems this raised. We examine the highs and lows of the intelligence war, revealing how the US nearly lost outright in 2003 and how al-Qaeda negated its own advances through a bloody campaign to eliminate Iraq's Shias. This is the story of the secret war behind the 'war on terror'.


The Top Five Special Interests Pushing Regime Change in Venezuela


by Kei Pritsker


Trump Offers Pardons for Lawbreaking to Build the Wall


by David A. Graham





From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2019
Subject: [MCM] The pillaging of Yemen (or what's left of it)


Thank you, Pres. Obama!







US and Israeli Collectors Buy Up What Remains of Yemen’s Ancient Heritage


Saada’s old city, which is among the world’s oldest human-carved landscapes, once consisted entirely of historic, centuries-old multi-story homes. Now, it has been wiped out, after Saudi Arabia declared it a military zone — even the city’s hand-carved wooden doors have been reduced to ashes.

by Ahmed Abdulkareem

August 26th, 2019


SANA’A, YEMEN — Yemen was once described as a living museum, but U.S. made bombs dropped by the Saudi-led Coalition’s jets have not only killed thousands of civilians and led to famine and the spread of disease but also pulverized the country’s rich architectural history and left its inimitable heritage at the mercy of the highest bidder.

“I remember how light filtered through the stained glass of the patterned crescent window (qamarias) onto the white gypsum plaster in the resting room (Deirmanah) on the top floor. At night, lights tossed dapples of color into the sky,” Saleh Ali al-Aeini recounted to MintPress from his partially destroyed high-rise apartment, continuing, “Now, only scattered glass remains amid a mound of dust and mud, thanks to American bombs.” 


Four historic buildings in Sana’a’s old quarter, including the home of Saleh Ali al-Aeini, were destroyed when U.S. made bombs were dropped by Saudi warplanes in June, 2015. Photo |  MintPress News


Saleh’s ancient tower-house was one of four historic buildings in the old quarter of Sana’a that were destroyed by U.S. bombs dropped from Saudi warplanes in June, 2015. The buildings’ many-storied tower-houses, three of them rising to 110 feet, were more than 2,500 years old. The newest of them was more than 1,000 years old, built long before the United States even existed as a nation.

Click on the link for the rest.




From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Subject: [MCM] Obama buying a $15-million "Bar-a-Lago" in Martha's Vineyard


... where he can rub shoulders with the rest of us.


(That "hope-and-change" thing was an excellent gig!)






Barack and Michelle Obama are buying a $15M estate in Martha’s Vineyard

By Hana R. Alberts

August 22, 2019 | 11:49am | Updated




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Barack and Michelle Obama are close to buying a massive Martha’s Vineyard estate.


TMZ reports that the former president and first lady are in escrow — aka in contract to purchase — a 29-acre beachfront plot with a 6,892-square-foot main house. The Obamas were initially just renting the seven-bedroom, 8½-bathroom spread for summer 2019, but apparently loved it so much that they made an offer.


It was most recently on the market asking $14.85 million, but the Obamas are apparently paying less.


The property at 79 Turkeyland Cove Road in Edgartown, Mass. — owned by Boston Celtics chief Wyc Grousbeck — has a living room with vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace, a chef’s kitchen and a formal dining room with giant windows, according to the property’s Realtor.com listing.


The Obamas will bunk in the master suite, which has a fireplace and private sun deck.


Obama’s the most expensive ex-president for taxpayers


by Bob Fredericks




Black Agenda Report


An Axis of Hope, Dignity and Defiance

stands up to the Triumvirate of Evil


by Gerald A. Perreira


What's Behind America's Racial Wealth Gap?


with Jacqueline Luqman & Mehrsa Baradaran, Professor of Law at UC-Irvine Law School


The Murder of George Jackson and the Modern Anti-Prison Movement


by Anita Johnson & Jonathan Jackson Jr.


Muslim persecution since 9/11 with Miko Peled


with Chris Hedtges & Miko Peled






(August 30, 2019)



Glenn Greenwald on the Amazon fires and the fight for Brazil's future



We Need a People’s Globalization to Defeat Global Neoliberalism


by T.J. Coles


Wall Street's Worst Nightmare for 2020 Is Coming True


by Norman Solomon


White Supremacy Is as American as Apple Pie


by Robert Scheer


An American Neo-Nazi Revisionist History

"EUROPA – The Last Battle"

~ The Full Documentary (2017)


Directed by Tobias (Bratt)

(film: 12h26min in 10 parts)


Since the mid-20th century, the world has only ever heard one side of the most horrific war in human history. During the 75 years that have now passed, only a single narrative of the great conflict has been heard. This over simplistic narrative totally ignores the previous decades of critical history leading up to World War II, ignores vital information from the actual war years, and outright fabricates lie after lie after lie. We are today living in the world of the victors of that war and without an objective, rational and balanced view of our history, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes. After World War Two, the victors of the war not only went on to write our history books, infiltrate our media and public education but even going so far as to criminalize the mere questioning of the official story's orthodoxy. The truth is, that our world today can only be understood through a correct understanding of World War II, the architects of it and the conflicts between Globalism and Nationalism. Between the old and new world order. The Traditional and the "Progressive". Day in and day out, has the post-war propaganda been pounded into the minds of three subsequent generations. Every medium of mass indoctrination has been harnessed to the task of training the obedient masses as to what the proper and "acceptable" view of this event should be. Academia, news media, public education, book publishing, TV documentaries, Hollywood films and politicians of every stripe all sing the same song. For very good reasons, most people don't trust the mainstream media anymore. You have already heard the official history millions of times. This new epic documentary gives an overview of how Europe has been shaped in modern history. In it, you will find the secret history, where you will find the real causes of the events. Watch this series and uncover the real root causes of World War II. It will take you on an epic timeline that will transport you back in time and lead you on the journey through the Bolshevik Revolution, the communist attempts to take over Germany; hyperinflation during the Weimar Republic, widespread unemployment and misery, Adolf Hitler's rise to power, World War I and II - all the way to the modern world. It presents the true historical events that lead to this world catastrophe known as the second world war, as well as the aftermath. Do be forewarned though, your worldview will never be the same. THE TRUTH FEARS NO INVESTIGATION.


Why is the Far-Right Rising Globally?


with Walden Bello





CEO Compensation Increased 940% Between 1978 and 2018, Workers' Only by 12%


with Julia Wolfe



Black Agenda Report

Is Warren Talented Enough to Betray the People

as Masterfully as Obama? |






LIVE: Yellow vests protest hits Paris for the 42nd straight week




From: Richard Greeman
Sent: Sunday, September 1, 2019
Subject: Les Vacances de Gilets jaunes, vues par le N.Y. Times


Les Vacances des Gilets jaunes, vu par le N.Y. Times


Le New York Times du 29 août titre en gros caractères: “Les Vacances sont un Mode de Vie en France au Mois d’Août. Les Gilets Jaunes n’ont pas de Quoi se les offrir.”


Puis, sous-titre, un peu moins gras:  “La France est justement célèbre pour ces longues vacances d’été. Mais de plus en plus de gens ne peuvent plus se payer un départ, reflet d’une société de plus en plus inégale.”


L’article, long et sympathique, est accompagné d’une vingtaine de photos en couleur dans le genre du Je Veux du Soleil de François Ruffin, photos qui valent la peine de regarder sur le site du Times, même si vous ne lisez pas l’anglais.




Voici, pour les non-anglophones, la traduction de quelques extraits du texte du journaliste Norimitsu Onishi, qui mélange analyses politiques et historiques pertinentes avec ses interviews de Gilets Jaunes qui passent leur ‘vacances’ sur un rond-point…

AUMETZ, France — Cela ne devait pas arriver comme ça, passer les vacances d’été sur un rond-point.

Mais alors que beaucoup des Français passaient le mois d’août à la plage, des manifestant.es Gilets jaunes se réunissaient près de leur rond-point habituel un vendredi soir. Ils partageaient des boissons, assis sur une variété de chaises et des sofas jetés dans leur cabane en bois. Une enseigne au dessus de la porte: “Vous êtes au bon endroit.”

“A la télé, on te montre tous ces embouteillages,” dit Rolland Gambioli, en référence aux bouchons monstrueux sur les autoroutes nationales au fort des vacances d’été. “On dirait que tout le monde est parti en vacances, mais beaucoup d’entre nous ne partent pas. La réalité est autre.”

Les vacances sont sacrées en France d’une manière qui semblerait bizarre aux États-Unis, en partie parce qu’elles sont considérées comme partie intégrale de la démocratie française.

 “Nous avons appris à l’école comment des générations antérieures ont lutté pour notre droit de partir et jouir d’un peu de soleil tous les ans,” dit Aurélie Mery, une des premières à occuper ce rond-point en novembre 2018. “C’était dans nos livres d’histoire, d’éducation civique, et passé de père en fils à travers trois, quatre générations.”

La plupart des Français savent que les vacances payées ont été arrachées au gouvernement dans la grève générale de 1936 avec la semaine de 40 heures. L’érosion d’une tradition chérie est le reflet d’une société de plus en plus inégale, parmi les nombreux changements qui sont en train de déchirer le contrat social non-écrite de la France et qui ont provoqué la montée du mouvement des Gilets jaunes. “Ainsi, nous passons nos vacances sur le rond-point, car nous y avons fait des amis,” ajouta-t-elle.

Les Gilets jaunes ne posent plus la même menace politique d’il y a à peine quelques mois, et dans pas mal de villages et villes on les a chassé de leur ronds-points et banni leurs manifestions suite aux violences de l’hiver dernier. Mais ils survivent comme organisations sociale dans des endroits déprimés comme Aumetz, petite ville minière dans le nord désindustrialisé.

“Les Gilets jaunes sont comme un feu,” dit “Papi,” le plus âgé du groupe et celui qui fidèlement tient le feu sur le site depuis le début. Parfois, onne voit que les braises, mais il suffit de quelques moment pour que cela flambe de nouveau.”



From: Henri
Sent: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Subject: RE: Les Vacances de Gilets jaunes, vues par le N.Y. Times


Merci Richard.


Bonne synthèse/analyse de Jacques Philipponneau sur les Gilets jaunes dans le dernier numéro de Creuse Citron en pièce jointe, elle date du mois d’avril. Bel exploit de leur part, ils auront réussi à rendre moins pessimiste un ancien de l’Encyclopédie des Nuisances (bon, ils avaient vu venir cette révolte tout à fait légitime et logique vu les politiques oligarchiques depuis une trentaine d’années, cf. ci-dessous). J’y joins un sympathique plaidoyer pro-domo d’un « Vieux Fourneau » local (on disait « soixante-huitard » il n’y a pas si longtemps …) :




Gilets plutôt rouges et noirs apparemment :



Dialectique de l’embourgeoisement… :



C’est le même processus qui s’est déroulé dans les années 60 en Europe :















Harvard is wealthier than half the world’s countries… because someone has to prop up the status quo


by RT


Dissent Is Being Criminalized Right Under Our Noses

Dissent Is Being Criminalized Right Under Our Noses


by Michael Siegel





"Kochland": Christopher Leonard on the Secret History of Koch Industries


& U.S. Corporate Power


S2 koch brothers






News From Underground


From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Subject: [MCM] "Conspiracy theorist" means "a rational citizen"


Dave Collum



I am a "conspiracy theorist". I believe men and women of wealth and power conspire. If you don't think so, then you are what is called "an idiot". If you believe stuff but fear the label, you are what is called "a coward".

8:14 PM · Jul 18, 2019·Twitter Web App





From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Sat, 31 Aug 2019
Subject: [MCM] Medium shuts down Rainer Shea for "conspiracy theory"—i.e.,
unpleasant truth—about the White Helmets

*... and the CIA's Shane Bauer applauds them for it.*

*Those who want a thorough expert take on the White Helmets can do no
*than to read Vanessa Beeley's excellent presentation:*




The lights keep going out: Medium shuts down Rainer Shea’s account

on spurious grounds

August 31, 2019


Please make sure these dispatches reach as many readers as possible. Share with kin, friends and workmates and ask them to do likewise.






Medium Has Begun Banning Its Users For Disputing Pro-War Narratives


ABOVE: Rainer Shea’s ominous void. The Empire’s long hand of censorship in
freedom”is as shameless as it is transparent. Meanwhile, many liberals
like Mother Jones’ Shane Bauer, not only remain silent, they cheer the
killers of free speech.


In February of last year, Mother Jones senior reporter and pro-war


ShaneBauer publicly demanded


for the popular blogging site Medium to ban anti-war journalists from its
platform. Bauer, who tweeted that Medium should “reign in the garbage
published on Syria by people like [Caitlin Johnstone]”, was unable to
immediately get his authoritarian request fulfilled. Johnstone, the
prominent anti-war blogger who Bauer wants to silence so badly, wrote


right after Bauer’s tweet that “Medium has been good to me thus far and I have
never had any issues with censorship there at all.” But Medium has now come
after me for writing exactly the kind of truthful content that Bauer
despises, so I should warn Johnstone and any other anti-war voices on
Medium that they’re not safe anymore either.



This May, Medium’s Trust & Safety Team sent me an email saying that they’d
removed one of my articles from the site because they “found it to be in
violation of site policies.” The article didn’t incite violence, encourage
harassment, include spam, or check off any of Medium’s listed rule
violations-aside from one rule that the site has expanded to function as an
excuse to silence legitimate journalism. My article, which was published in
September of 2018 and was titled “4 Reasons Why The White Helmets Are A
Front For War Propaganda,” clearly drew Medium’s attention because it fit
the site’s definition of “Conspiracy theories…which may foreseeably incite
or cause harassment, physical harm or reputable harm.”

That how they got me: by labeling my entirely fact-based analysis of
the White Helmets’ shady and illegal activities as “conspiracy theories,”
Medium targeted me for harming the White Helmets’ reputation.


Since Medium hasn’t censored any of its users who’ve tried to link


Bernie Sanders to Russia or accused


Caitlin Johnstone of antisemitism, the fact that they would dig up an
eight-month-old article and remove it because it includes unflattering
facts about a known terrorist organization


tells us how they intend to use the “reputable harm” rule.

It was this incident of censorship that paved the way for Medium’s next
action against me, one that’s resulted in what appears to be a permanent
removal of all of my articles from the site. This week, I received another
email that said: “After review of the account linked to this email address,
Medium’s Trust & Safety team has found it to be in violation of site
policies…As a result, it has been suspended from the platform.”






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