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Yellow Vests—Acte 19: Harder confrontations

[Paris, Saturday, March 23, 2019. 5,000 people demonstrated in Paris, one week after the major excesses observed in the capital. The Champs-Elysees were completely closed and this is the first time in 19 weeks that the Yellow Vests have failed to gather on the avenue. Two rallies were allowed: – a static gathering on the place of Trocadero (which took place without much incident) – a walk from the place Denfert-Rochereau to the basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre. A wild event rushed the Sacred Heart- but the police pushed the crowd around toward the Gare de L’Est (East Station) with tear gas, then quickly used the contact technique to disperse the protesters (on foot and on motorbike) – a police officer was the victim of Cardiac malaise in the Place de la Republique: he was quickly attended by the street-medics who preceded the arrival of the firemen, while the police force tried to secure the area.]


There Is No Such Thing As A Moderate Mainstream Centrist

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—This is what passes for the American political “center” today. Two mainstream parties, both backed to the hilt by the entirety of corporate media from coast to coast, arguing with each other over who is doing more to help advance cold war aggressions between two nuclear superpowers. They’re not arguing about whether or not the world should be destroyed, they’re arguing over who gets to push the button.


Russiagate Skeptics Rightly Boast About Being Proven 100% Correct

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—Clear-eyed leftists got Russiagate right while everyone else got it wrong because they were the only group ideologically positioned to do so. People defending Trump on the right were doing so out of blind partisan loyalty while ignoring out of necessity what has long been the single most damning piece of evidence against Russiagate: the fact that Trump has been advancing insanely aggressive escalations against Russia and its allies, thereby showing him to be at least as much of a neocon-coddling establishment crony as his predecessors. Those advancing the narrative from the Democratic Party-aligned “center” are far too eager for any excuse to bust Trump and far too trusting of the same mass media outlets which lied us into the Iraq war. This leaves only the true left to see things with lucidity, and only the most lucid among them saw it.