Friday’s news links – Aug. 8, 2019

Im/migrants and refugees

Mississippi ICE Raids Left Children Without Parents. Their Neighbors Rallied. NYTimes

More Than 100 Immigrants Were Pepper-Sprayed At An ICE Facility Buzzfeed

FBI Ranks ‘Black Identity Extremists’ Bigger Threat Than Al Qaeda, White Supremacists: Leaked Documents Newsweek

Voces de la Frontera Responds to ICE Detention of 680 People in Mississippi

Puerto Rico Braces for More Protests Against Latest Governor AP

Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning faces possible fines of $411,000 as judge orders sanctions to continue 

Hong Kong

China Warns U.S. After Diplomat Meets With Prominent Protesters Bloomberg

Hong Kong’s most urgent task is to stop violence, end chaos, restore order Xinhua

Hong Kong, Kashmir: a Tale of Two Occupations Pepe Escobar

Much to the distress of neocons and humanitarian imperialists, there won’t be a bloody mainland China crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong – a Tiananmen 2.0. Why? Because it’s not worth it.

Beijing has clearly identified the color revolution provocation inbuilt in the protests – with the NED excelling as CIA soft, facilitating the sprawl of fifth columnists even in the civil service.

There are other components, of course. The fact that Hong Kongers are right to be angry about what is a de facto Tycoon Club oligarchy controlling every nook and cranny of the economy. …

The big story in Hong Kong is not even the savage, counter-productive protests (imagine if this was in France, where Macron’s army is actually maiming and even killing Gilets Jaunes/Yellow Vests). The big story is the rot consuming HSBC – which has all the makings of the new Deutsche Bank scandal.

HSBC holds $2.6 trillion in assets and an intergalactic horde of cockroaches in their basement – asking serious questions about money laundering and dodgy deals operated by global turbo-capitalist elites. …

While China identified “Occupy Hong Kong” as a mere Western-instilled and instrumentalized plot, India, for its part, decided to go for Full Occupy in Kashmir.

Imperialism and global politics

NATO’s China Double-Think Sputnik

The US-led NATO alliance this week designated a whole new hemisphere to itself for “security” operations. No longer merely an “Atlantic” organization, it’s assuming the role of policing the Pacific. Quite a self-promotion.

NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking during a visit to Australia, talked about “the need” to deploy military forces in Asia-Pacific to counter the “rise of China”.

Pence signals openness to sanctions over China’s human rights abuses Axios

Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China Truthdig

The Reason China Is Winning The Battery Race OilPrice

America’s agriculture is 48 times more toxic than 25 years ago. Blame neonics Guardian

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